Synopses & Reviews
In the first in Tessa Dare's captivating Castles Ever After series, a mysterious fortress is the setting for an unlikely love . . .
Growing up as the daughter of famed author Sir Henry Goodnight, Isolde spun romantic tales of knights and maidens. But now Izzy has nothing — aside from a stone heap inherited from her godfather. Gostley Castle is rundown, reportedly haunted, and already inhabited — by a darkly sensual recluse who claims to be the Duke of Rothbury. And he's not budging.
Ransom Vane intends to find the castle's rumored treasure. After a life marked by hardship and betrayal, he deserves it — far more than any sheltered English miss. Except Izzy is no gullible girl; she's intelligent, tenacious, and tempting beyond reason. With her wits and his brawn, they could find the priceless relics. All he needs to do is resist the urge to care for her.
A simple task . . . and quite impossible, when Izzy is fast becoming the prize he craves most of all . . .
"Dare's first Castles Ever After historical provides a unique twist to a fairy tale, complete with an ancient castle, a damsel in distress, and a wounded hero. In 19th-century England, Isolde 'Izzy' Goodnight is left penniless when her father, who was a writer, dies. Her one ray of hope is a letter telling her that she has inherited Gostley Castle from her godfather. The castle turns out to be a crumbling structure that already has a resident: Ransom Vane, the Duke of Rothbury. After an accident left him blind, Ransom has secluded himself in the castle, not realizing that his agents sold it to the man who bequeathed it to Izzy. Certain that the truth of the building's ownership lies in the untouched correspondence on Ransom's desk, Izzy insists on becoming his secretary. While she is drawn to his masculine beauty, Izzy really falls for Ransom when his kindness belies his rakish behavior. Dare's lyrical writing and expert, intense character development make this a romance to be savored with the eager expectation of future series installments." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Dare starts her new series with a unique storyline, a sweet, fun nod to literary fandom, and two main characters who are perfect for each other yet never would have met if they weren't each at a nadir in life's journey." Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
I think this is a truly unique historical that will appeal to readers who arent often historical fans. Smart Bitches Trashy Books
This book is already in my top books for 2014. This new series of Tessa Dares is off to an amazing start! Smexy Books
Dares lyrical writing and expert, intense character development make this a romance to be savored with the eager expectation of future series installments Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Splendidly talented Dare creates cleverly written dialogue, exceptionally appealing characters, and an engaging plot that gives a wink toward 'Beauty and the Beast' and a nod to fandom, all key components in this wickedly funny and soul-satisfyingly romantic novel, the perfect launch to Dare's new Castles Ever After series." Booklist (starred review)
Tessa Dares first instalment in the new Castles Ever After series, ROMANCING THE DUKE will have readers clearing their keeper shelf just to make room for this little gem! Jam- packed with hilarious banter, Dares trademark humor is showcased in its full glory. Fresh Fiction
As the daughter of a famed author, Isolde Ophelia Goodnight grew up on tales of brave knights and fair maidens. She never doubted romance would be in her future, too. The storybooks offered endless possibilities.
And as she grew older, Izzy crossed them off. One by one by one.
- Ugly duckling turned swan?
- Abducted by handsome highwayman?
- Rescued from drudgery by charming prince?
No, no, and . . . Heh.
Now Izzy's given up yearning for romance. She'll settle for a roof over her head. What fairy tales are left over for an impoverished twenty-six year-old woman who's never even been kissed?
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 lives with her husband, their two children, and a pair of cosmic kitties.