Synopses & Reviews
What's a duke to do, when the girl who's perfectly wrong becomes the woman he can't live without?
Griffin York, the Duke of Halford, has no desire to wed this season—or any season—but his diabolical mother abducts him to "Spinster Cove" and insists he select a bride from the ladies in residence. Griff decides to teach her a lesson that will end the marriage debate forever. He chooses the serving girl.
Overworked and struggling, Pauline Simms doesn't dream about dukes. All she wants is to hang up her barmaid apron and open a bookshop. That dream becomes a possibility when an arrogant, sinfully attractive duke offers her a small fortune for a week's employment. Her duties are simple: submit to his mother's "duchess training"… and fail miserably.
But in London, Pauline isn't a miserable failure. She's a brave, quick-witted, beguiling failure—a woman who ignites Griff's desire and soothes the darkness in his soul. Keeping Pauline by his side won't be easy. Even if Society could accept a serving girl duchess—can a roguish duke convince a serving girl to trust him with her heart?
"Dare's fourth Spindle Cove romance returns to Regency England's eclectic seaside community, where young ladies seek refuge from society. Griffin York, the marriage-shy eighth Duke of Halford, is dragged to the town by his mother, who orders him to pick a bride. He brashly selects Pauline Simms, a proud tavern serving girl. Griff's mother declares she can turn Pauline into duchess material; Griff retorts that if she fails, he'll be off the hook. He offers Pauline Â£1,000 to go to London and fail the training, promising that he'll return her to her home, and her mentally disabled sister, within a week. Pauline's hasty bargain to ensure financial security for herself and her sister is complicated by her attraction to Griff and her ability to see the man inside the titled facade. Griff admires Pauline's pluck as he reveals his deepest secrets and bares his soul. Though hints of Cinderella and Pygmalion aren't enough to make the premise plausible, Dare more than makes up for that with romance, humor, and intense emotional drama. (June)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
“Any Duchess Will Do is an equally beguiling blend of sparkling wit and simmering sensuality that is guaranteed to captivate fans of clever, sexy historical romances.” Booklist (starred review)
Romances based on fairy tales have enjoyed a new surge of popularity recently, but in her fourth Spindle Cove novel, Tessa Dare gives readers an anti-fairy tale romance in which hard work and self-respect are the route to happiness, and love is the only magic anyone needs. Heroes and Heartbreakers
Any Duchess Will Do
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bestselling author Tessa Dares exciting new Regency romance novel.
Busy Griff doesnt have time to find a wife, but when his mother kidnaps him, takes him to a tiny town known as “Spinster Cove,” and demands he pick any woman there to be his bride, promising shell turn her into a Duchess, he chooses serving girl Pauline Simms.
To best his strong-willed mama, the Duke offers Pauline £1,000 toward her dream of owning a bookshop just for spending a week with him in London and proving his mother wrong. But when Pauline becomes an overnight success, and gets entangled in Griffs diplomatic duties—not to mention his heart—will the new bond theyre forging be destroyed if Paulines true identity is revealed?
Filled with sensual sparring, political intrigue and unexpected passion, Any Duchess Will Do is sure to seduce RITA Award-winning author Tessa Dares historical romance fans and new readers alike.
About the Author
Tessa Dare is the New York Times bestselling, award-winning author of more than a dozen historical romances. A librarian by training and a book-lover at heart, Tessa makes her home in Southern California, where she shares a cozy, cluttered bungalow with her husband, their two children, and a pair of cosmic kittens.