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Always enjoy Tessa Dare's novels, her humorous style & funny dialogues makes an interesting read. Penny's, the heroine with her menagerie of ill assorted animals, encounters with the ruthless hero, Duke, in some probable & some highly improbable situations are neverthless quite amusing. The authenticity of Regency era is however severely tested in both language & social etiquette representation, which is a common flaw in these romances. I would howeve recommend this book.
You know when you finish a book and just want to hug it close? That's me after finishing this book.
It was just so utterly satisfying to read. It had fluff, romance, sexy times, drama and fun. I am so glad I read it and will happily read it again and again. I've never been disappointed by Tessa Dare and there was no concern that would happen here either. I loved reading Penny's story and she so deserved this book.
At the start you know little of Penny apart from her large collection of unwanted animals. From a goat to a dog with a cart due to his bag legs not working. There was an otter, a hedgehog, and a Highland steer. And let's not forget the parrot with the dirty mouth. But throughout the book you learn there is so much more to her. She is not naive and sheltered. And she doesn't need saving. She may have a soft spot for abandoned creatures but that's only as she feels a little adrift herself and needs someone to hold onto and help give her a focus and perfect. Luckily for her Gabe moves in next door and if there was ever a man in need of a little saving (and a whole lot of love) then it was him. And she needed the level of stubbornness and care he can provide too.
I love when a romance has sparks flying off the page as soon as the couple meet and we definitely have that in this book. I was also cracking up laughing throughout but especially at that first meeting. How could I not? It's that damned parrot. I adore the comedy value it added to every scene.
Look, I loved this book. It was absolutely genius and I cannot wait to read it again and again.
Gabriel (Gabe) Duke known as the Duke of Ruin is in equal measures despised and feared by polite society, deemed ruthless and a threat to the gentry, he has risen up from poverty and is determined never to know the hunger and pain of his childhood, but the man is not as ruthless as he and society seem to think he is. The heart behind the strong and powerful man becomes increasingly clear as he interacts with Lady Penelope (Penny) Campion. Penny may have a warm and kind heart but I love how she never cowered when it came to Gabe, she’s just the type of Lady I adore.
I could gush over Gabe for a long while, but I’m going to contain myself and say he is one man/person who sees what a gem Penny is from the get go – protective and passionate, I liked how her views and opinions where what he cared about more than those of the people around her – something he made clear to Penny and her friends/family.
The scene with Marigold, Ashbury, Chase and Gabe was so funny, and then there are the amusing scenes with Mr. Hammond and Mrs Burns the housekeeper, whom Hammond thinks may be (as the book progresses): 1) a ghost that’s taken corporeal form - something that has him more than a little uneasy; 2) a vampire - leading him to carrying around garlic, and finally; 3) a succubus - this one he says/thinks with glee.
It was lovely seeing the characters from the previous books pop up in this one. I do wish the scenes with Poppy’s brother had a bit more punch behind them, but this little niggle didn’t diminish the enjoyment the story and characters gave me.
I did a mental cheer when I realised this was finally out, and my excitement for this book turned out to be justified, I lost myself in the pages of the book – Gabriel and Penny (SIGH) I adored individually and as a couple. A rich tapestry of humour and passion mean this book will certainly be staying in my re-read pile, with the couple being more than a little memorable, that being said I do wish the book had been a little longer, so a compelling layer of depth could have been added, for example Gabriel was fab but I think the author could have given us more when it came to him.
Potential Triggers: A mother selling her child and child labour is mentioned, as is the grooming of a child.
Gabe and Penny, two totally opposite people can really attract Penny who only trust's her three friends and animals, and Gabe Who distrust everyone except himself. This book has everything going for it, as usual in other books every character is brilliantly described and all these wonderful men and up falling for these adorable self sufficient women. The situation they get in, their personalities make you laugh, smile, feel sad for them and wish the best for them. The interaction between the men in these books and the women is brilliantly written. You can sense now they feel about each other. THERE HAS TO BE ONE MORE IN THIS SERIES. CAN'T WAIT.
I missed a good historical romance and Ms. Dare delivered!
I was pulled in from the beginning and couldn't stop laughing - let's just say I encountered the funniest parrot in literature.
Our heroine, Lady Penelope saves all the unwanted animals. She's in no hurry to settle down, get married and the hero, Gabriel wants to take advantage of that. That's how they strike a bargain, which doesn't necessarily goes as they wanted it to go.
It's really a book with a lot of funny scenes and hot ones too - swoony ones - and I recommend it to any historical romance lover. 4.5 stars.
Let me tell you first why this book touched a personal chord with me: I have 2 rescue dogs that I took with me from Argentina when I moved to UK. I also have a great number of friends with rescued animals. "Crazy dog lady" it's not something I'm unfamiliar with. In my experience, these people are brave souls that have an unlimited capacity for love and the fact that many times they are mocked for it it's one of the injustices of life. And to Tessa Dare infinite credit not only does she understand this for Penny, but she also gives her the hero she deserves. Gabriel is not "won over", he does not realise that she is actually valuable, but he knows this from the start. It's a wonderfully beautiful book and a balm for the soul. It's also funny and hot.
I read this in a day and was sad when it ended. I love this series; pure escapism. The other two books are marvellous too. They are written to a formula I guess and so wouldn’t win literary prizes but she is such a witty, wonderful writer. You really believe in and like the characters. The dialogue is cracking; I laughed out loud at one point. Plus she writes really good sex scenes that manage to be romantic too. I’m so sad I’ll have to wait til she writes Nicola’s story.