Review: The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare

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It’s always a great pleasure to read any one of Tessa Dare’s books, not the least of which is the witty banter between her main characters, and her prose, which is also witty, refreshing and almost poetic.

“I’ll take you home. My carriage is just outside.”
“Thank you, I prefer to walk.”
“More convenient still. My feet are even closer than the carriage.”

*****

He’d gone beyond anger, sailed straight past rage, and crashed into a place of primal fury, where blood ran in colors he hadn’t known to exist.

*****

They found themselves alone, the three of them. Emma, the duke, and a thick, uncomfortable silence.

And there are lots more peppered throughout the entire story.

THE DUCHESS DEAL is a reimagining of the fairy tale Beauty and the Beast in historical England, where the Beast is not a prince, but a duke (Ash) who got his scars in the war. Beauty is Emma, a vicar’s daughter turned seamstress, who was exactly what the lonely duke needs. But THE DUCHESS DEAL is more than the fairy tale; it goes much deeper to plumb at the hurt and insecurity on Ash’s side, and how, underneath his beastly appearance, he is very much a man in need of love. Continue reading

Top Reads in 2017

Here are my top reads in 2017. Definitely highly recommended too!

It’s always a great pleasure to read any one of Tessa Dare’s books, not the least of which is the witty banter between her main characters, and her prose, which is also witty, refreshing and almost poetic….THE DUCHESS DEAL is more than the fairy tale; it goes much deeper to plumb at the hurt and insecurity on Ash’s side, and how, underneath his beastly appearance, he is very much a man in need of love…The entire story is sweet and romantic, and this book is going right on my keeper shelf! Definitely worth a reread or two!

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WINTERSONG is magical, with a fairy tale atmosphere that is heightened by the lovely, lyrical writing. Though there are echoes of Labyrinth (my favorite childhood movie!), the author took it beyond that to create a story and characters that are unforgettable and that will live in you long after you have finished reading the book. I can say definitely that WINTERSONG is a book that will go on my keeper shelf and that I will reread over and over until I have wrung the last bit of magic from it.

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LOVE STORY is a hot, sexy romantic read with unforgettable characters and plenty of angst. Ooh, the angst! I love it and I love this story a lot. This is definitely going on my keeper shelf!…I love that the author gave us two individuals who are relatable in terms of financial and emotional aspects. Who hasn’t scrimped due to budget considerations, or looked for cheap places to stay when traveling? I also love how human and flawed Reece is, a standout among arrogantly confident alpha males. Definitely a must read!

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DISENCHANTED is one of the best fairy-tale retellings of Cinderella I’ve read. Susan Carroll writes a compelling tale that is full of magic and enchantment, yet also flawed and very human characters. Needless to say, I was in love from the first page, and I can’t wait to read more! It was great to see the author spin the original tale into something vivid and rich, lush and three-dimensional. You can bet I’m looking forward to the next book/s in the series!

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THE WRONG KIND OF COMPATIBLE is amazingly hot, funny and intense with unforgettable, geeky characters. Two thumbs up!! I’ve always liked geeky characters, but Cassie and Drew are the best I’ve read so far. I love their banter, especially the geeky one-liners that were so full of sexual innuendos–whether intentional or not. Each interaction, each word that comes out of their mouth reinforces that these are brilliant, brainy people, and I have to applaud the author for being able to totally immerse the reader in her world. Highly recommended! This is definitely going on my keeper shelf!

Update: Note that I’m not loving the new book cover, that you’ll see when you follow the buy link to Amazon.

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I’m speechless with wonder, with awe at the twists and turns the story had taken. The twists and turns are shocking and the revelations astounding. Everything happened very fast, leaving me stunned. I couldn’t turn the virtual pages fast enough. And the very last scene!! All I can say is book #3 is going to be very interesting indeed.

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