Malin’s #CBR Review #57: Any Duchess Will Do by Tessa Dare

4.5 stars

Mrs. Julien has already reviewed this book, and excellently as well, but that’s what I get for letting myself get so far behind on my reviewing.

Griffin York, the Duke of Halford, used to be a rake, drunkard, libertine and scoundrel of the highest order. He has no intention of ever getting married, and furthering the family line, but his mother, the Dowager Duchess, has other plans. Desperate for grandchildren and stability for her beloved son, she drugs Griff, and forces him to Spindle Cove, the idyllic seaside village where all manner of well-born spinsters reside. She wants him to pick any one of them, and she will make the girl duchess-worthy material.

Griff agrees that if she can turn any woman in the village into a suitable duchess candidate in a week, he will marry her. Then, to thwart his mother’s plans, he picks Pauline Simms, a barmaid who appears clumsy, coarse and wholly unsuitable. Pauline, whose father is a drunken oaf and sister clearly had Down’s syndrome, refuses to leave with their Graces. Only when Griff promises her a thousand pounds to come to London for a week, submit to his mother’s training, and deliberately fail, does she agree, as the money will allow her to finally escape her tyrannical father and open a lending library in the village. Continued on my blog.

7 thoughts on “Malin’s #CBR Review #57: Any Duchess Will Do by Tessa Dare

  1. Thanks, Malin!

    It was indeed delightful. I re-read A Notorious Countess Confesses this weekend. I’d forgotten just how good Long is. My heart was bleeding for them and I found I had more patience with the twee this time around because, I must repeat, GOD DAMN is she a good writer. Second best in the business. Jonathon Redmond in T-9. I hope Alex and Genevieve make a surprise appearance. Maybe just in church with their 3 children in tow, watching Adam give a sermon.

    • If they don’t show up in Jonathan’s book, they’re sure to make an appearance in the next one, which according to Long’s website is Ian Eversea’s book. The only hint Long has given so far is that Ian is schooled thoroughly by a young lady. I’m ridiculously excited at the idea of both books.

      • Let’s face it, she’s going to write about every single person in the village and then some before she gets round to Lyon and Olivia. I suspect Ian will be an amusing romance hero. He deserves to have to work for his HEA.

      • I don’t think they can possibly live up to the hype anyway.

        I had a look at Tessa Dare’s page (back to the topic theoretically at hand) and her website seems to imply a new series.

      • I hope it’s about the various ragtag members of Kate’s new family who were all introduced in that book that was a lot more meh than it should have been.

        Going over her back catalogue, I’ve also realized that I still haven’t read her first trilogy, awesomely titled The Wanton Dairymaid Trilogy. How have I not read those yet.

      • I want to read those, too, but Amazon mocks me with its pricing.

        Of all the incredibly suspension of disbeliefy things in Spindle Cove, the openly gay sister from the wacky family was the hardest to get over. I didn’t mind that book as much as you. I did so love Thorne and the smexy was very smexy.

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