Any Duchess Will Do by Tessa Dare {Amanda’s Review}

Posted 24 February, 2014 by Amanda / 14 Comments

Any Duchess Will Do by Tessa Dare {Amanda’s Review}Any Duchess Will Do by Tessa Dare
Series: Spindle Cove #4
Also in this series: A Night to Surrender, A Week to Be Wicked, A Lady by Midnight
Genres: Historical, Regency, Romance
Pages: 384
Format: Paperback
Source: Library

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?

*moans in despair at the end*

Thoughts on Any Duchess Will Do

I’m an idiot. I foolishly thought that, since we hadn’t really had any back story with either character (save a little with Griffin), Any Duchess Will Do would be my least favorite book of the series. Wrong. I also thought I’d hate the duchess (because really, who abducts their son like that?). Wrong.

Wrong, wrong, wrong.

And leave it to Tessa Dare to turn me into an emotional mess.

But that’s not a complaint. No. On the contrary, I love being pulled down into the depths of a wonderfully written romance. And Any Duchess Will Do, like its predecessors, is exactly that. My only complaint is that I have to wait for the next Tessa Dare book.

Never fear, my friends. I shall persevere.

This book. THIS BOOK. I adored Pauline. She knows where she comes from, but she doesn’t let it stop her. And she loves books. What’s not to love about that? And Griffin, who wasn’t so… favorable… in A Week to Be Wicked, was delightfully layered and complex. But I didn’t really expect anything less.

And really. The humor. You can’t help the giggles. Though from an author who has a series called Stud Club and another called Wanton Dairymaids, it’s not unexpected. It is, however, completely appreciated. As are the ejaculations.


Filed under: ESR: 9, Historical Romance, Review: Amanda,


14 Responses to “Any Duchess Will Do by Tessa Dare {Amanda’s Review}”

  1. Oh, yay!! I haven’t read this one yet but you know, Tessa Dare. I swear, the woman can do no wrong. And woo-hoo for the serving girl running away with the duke’s heart! I love a good rags-to-riches story.

  2. I have been putting on reading Any Duchess Will Do. I just don’t want the Spindle Cover series to end! And I’ve already read Romancing the Duke (MY FAVORITE!!) and I just don’t want to wait for Dare to publish a new one. I want ALL THE BOOKS right this minute.

    I can’t remember Griffin from A Week to Be Wicked. Who was he? So I think I’m going to read this once I finish my current read. I can wait no longer!

    • It took me a while to figure it out, but Griffin is the guy whose house (manor?) Minerva and Colin crash/visit on their trip. The one where Minerva acts as a foreign mistress.

  3. Oh my gosh! Your reviews for Tessa Dare novels make me giggle and want to move them all to the top of my TBR pile. Thankfully I still have BOTH Wanton Dairymaids and Spindle Cove to read through. Yay for excellent romance authors!!! :D

  4. I love when you go into a certain book of a series expecting that you won’t like those two characters but then it becomes one of your favorites. It doesn’t happen often so I’m glad you had the experience. I’ve read a book by this author and really enjoyed it and for some reason just put off reading more books by her even though I own almost all of her books.

    Thanks for the great review!

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