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Tessa Dare is a very uneven writer (in my opinion). The "Duchess Deal" had me laughing at loud and almost gasping and sometimes "awwing". The whole "Girl meets Duke" vas very good. "Stud club" wasn't particularly good (a lot of unplausible motivations and some plot aspect left hanging) - but it wasn't very bad either and secret plot twist - revealed at the end was very cool and romantic. When it comes to the "Wanton Dairymaid" series (consisting of Goddess of the Hunt, Surrender of a Siren, and lastly A Lady of Persuasion) I would give books one and two 6.5/10 points. A Lady of Persuasion would get 4/10. The heroine is naive and holier than thou, which makes it hard to identify with her. The hero is a jerk (and not a sexy kind but eye rolling kind). There is a vague mentioning of child abuse scene that made me think "OMG! What happened???" - and then it's never mentioned again. The love story and pairing that would never ever happened in real life. I know that reading romance novels require leniency when it comes to reality and cynicism - but this book just was hard to read.
I generally like Dare's books as they're unashamedly fun and amusing. I usually get at least one lol. But this, no... I bought the audio, am 3/4 of the way through, and i'm not even sure I'll finish it. The heroine is fine, though she is a bit eye-rolling as she starts with the idea that she MUST marry a lord (not a peer, I note, the author hasn't bothered to clarify this), and then drops this requirement immediately. The hero is selfish. He and the brother of the heroine have one of those long conversations about the heroine where they might as well be talking about a horse. Then he manipulates the heroine into thinking he's running for election as an MP, but he's lying. He is condescending and sees her just as a beautiful woman at every turn. To add extra crassness the treatment of the only black character is not nice, including by the hero. Honestly, skip this. There are better romances around, including by Dare. But instead I recommend Alisha Rai or Alyssa Cole, because no-one should have to read anything this dull.
I have read every single Tessa Dare novel and some of her novellas as well. The Wanton trilogy was last, and now the collection is complete - I love Dare’s writing (I definitely wouldn’t have read all of her stuff if I didn’t!), and this book was just as well-written as her others. I also love sir Toby, and I was looking forward to reading his story. Well. Let’s just say I’m glad I didn’t start my Dare binge with this one, or I wouldn’t have bothered with the rest. I just couldn’t focus on anything in this story other than my dislike for the heroine. Isabel is annoying, childish, judgemental, rude, and I couldn’t for the life of me understand how Toby could be so in love with her from so early on in the story! I get, she’s hot - but so completely insufferable, it’s a wonder I was able to finish this story without skipping any chapters. I did it out of sheer determination to just be able to say that I have now officially completed Dares’s collection, but that’s it. I’m glad it’s over now, and I look forward to her new stuff, as I know she improved so much with her later work. Other comments about this book: there’s not much of a plot. I like the fluff so normally this wouldn’t bother me too much, but with such a terrible heroine I started to wonder what the point of this book was. I think the author must have realised it as well because some chapters were more about Joss and Hetta than Toby and Bel. I didn’t mind it too much, I like them - but not enough to redeem the story. Their little arc just did not captivate me either. It still gets two stars because it has a couple of funny moments that did make me laugh, and the epilogue was cute. All in all, it’s a terrible end to a mediocre trilogy, and I won’t be reading either book again, least of all this one. Big shame.
Boring. From all the books from Tessa Dare, this one is very very boring. Book1 and 2 from this series are ok, not the best from her, but ok. The caracters from this one are not that interesting and so is the theme. The other books took me few days to read, but this onenever ends...
Listen, I adore Tessa Dare. That’s the reason why this is getting two stars and not one. If you haven’t really read any of her stuff, you HAVE to read the spindle cove series and the castles ever after series! Seriously two of my very very favorite romance series…I’ve re-read both multiple times. But…just forget that this book exists.…
Y’all, this book gave me a headache. There were so many details in each character’s life that weren’t explored. It was really strange. The heroine was soooooooooooo sooooooooooo SOOOOOOOOOO unlikeable. BUT there were some serious issues in her past that might have made her that way AND if they were ever really addressed (which they weren’t), then maybe I wouldn’t have rolled my eyes every time she was in a scene. Maybe I would have liked her a little more. There’s a scene where she casually mentions being bitten and scratched by her mother but…it’s never mentioned again? What?! I realize she was supposed to be somewhat of a martyr and it’s great she was always thinking about the unfortunate. However, she was miserable throughout almost the entire book and every time she felt any happiness it made her miserable. And don’t get me wrong….I’m totally here for the steamy love scenes…all about it, but the nature of her character and the sexy scenes didn’t line up so I was just (once again) rolling my eyes. There were also some gross subservient moments that made me cringe where she just talked about serving her husband and everything she wanted to do was for his happiness. Yes, it’s a “historical” romance, but it’s catered toward modern readers…so…no thanks. That’s also a very different mindset than most of Dare’s other heroine’s have, which is why I usually adore her female characters. So that was surprising. I guess I thought there would be more character development. Toby was *fine,* just kind of shallow. And she never got less tiresome. I wanted more for Toby, because I really was looking forward to his story.
I do have to say…even though it made no sense to the story and was totally out of place, I did love Joss and Hetta’s little side story. I was actually disappointed that the book wasn’t about those two!
As the 3rd and final book in the series, this book was the worst. The storyline was poorly developed compared to the first 2 books. Both Toby and Isabel were one dimensional and at times annoying. The story of Joss and Hetta was odd and seemed thrown un as an afterthought to have Joss be married off. I generally like this author but I'd save your money and not buy this book.
I bought all three books: Absolutely loved the first, struggled through the second and wanted to kill the obnoxious martyr girl in the third! I really don't know what happened to the writer on this book. The story kept dragging over every issue the moron girl had to fight! After a time, you hated that she found any happiness at all. The poor guy he was nice enough, but what a rotten deal he ended up with in the end. Overall the books were readable, I didn't care for the constant audience whenever the feelings were being expressed I think that got old in the 2nd and 3rd books. The Epilogue appeared rushed, left out characters, bordered on a real life sermon and by far the WORST insulting mistake was ruining the 1st romance by the speculating of 'what if Lucy had gone into Toby's room'. Did the writer totally lose her mind?!?!?!?!?!
I am sorry to say I have to agree with the other reviews- this story did not hold my interest and I did not finish the book. I liked the other books in this series Goddess of the Hunt and Surrender of a Siren and would recommend them but not this one- not enough spark between the characters for me.
I tried. They're usually not perfect and he situations rarely relevant, but she was dreadful. I finished only with he hope she would improve but ugh!! Tooth grating for 3/4 of the book. I' glad I've read others from Tessa dare because if I'd started with this one I'd never have picked up another one of her books again