Welcome to What-To-Read Wednesday. Each week our Fiction Vixen reviewers will tell you about a book they think you need to read ASAP. This week Amy recommends:
Romancing the Duke by Tessa Dare
Glorious. Just Glorious.
That was my first thought after finishing this story.
Isolde Ophelia Goodnight has lived two personalities throughout her life. The storybook Izzy Goodnight that filled her father’s pages of his fictional fairy tales known as The Goodnight Tales and the real Izzy who faces a penniless, homeless, friendless and now fatherless fate after the recent death of her Papa. Izzy may not be considered the “belle of the ball” to the locals at twenty-six years old, but she is ever the optimist, never hopeless. When Izzy receives a letter from executor, Lord Asher informing her that she has inherited a castle, she spends her last few shillings to travel to Gostley Castle only to fall faint in the arms of the owner upon her arrival.
“Her femininity was like a lacy blanket taking up his favorite chair. Not something he would have brought into the room, but since she was there…he couldn’t deny that a scarred, neglected part of him craved that softness. Hell, he ached for it, straight to his bones.”
Ransom, the Duke of Rothbury has resided at Gostley Castle for several months after an injury that left him both physically scarred and blind. Ever the recluse, Ransom is less than happy when a damsel in distress arrives at his doorstep only to inform him she is the new owner of the castle. Believing her claim to the castle is preposterous, Ransom informs Izzy that it is a mistake and she must leave immediately. But Izzy knows this is her last hope for securing her future and stands her ground refusing to leave until ownership of the castle is settled. And so their fairytale full of stubborn stances, witty comebacks and flirty banter begins.
“You come down here and torment me at the crack of every dawn. Now you’re making me tea. And flicking fluff. Is this some kind of coddling? I don’t want any coddling.”
“It’s not coddling. It’s not meant to be tormenting, either. I just…enjoy greeting you in the morning.”
Ransom would have believed just about any other excuse. But she couldn’t expect him to credit that she stole down here in the misty, early dawn for the pleasure of his company.
“It’s true. Every time you wake up, you let fly the most marvelous string of curses. It’s never the same twice, do you know that? It’s so intriguing. You’re like a rooster that crows blasphemy.”
“Oh, there’s a cock crowing, all right,” he muttered.
I can’t stress enough what a “feel good” book this is. A sexy, blind brooding hero, a courageous, imaginative and clever heroine. Plenty of witty, heartwarming dialogue mixed with tender, romantic moments. Izzy and Ransom radiate sizzling chemistry and entertain the reader throughout the entire book.
“Of course you don’t deserve her. No man deserves a woman like that. He mortgages his very soul to win her and spends his life paying off the debt.”
This is not your typical Regency Romance even though it is the historical genre. Regardless, I still believe any reader that enjoys romance can not help but fall in love with Romancing the Duke. Izzy and Ransom’s fairytale ending will be sure to leave a smile on your face and a warmth in your heart long after “The End”.