Monday, 20 April 2015
Review: Romancing the Duke by Tessa Dare
Format: Paperback / eBook
Released: January 30th, 2014
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. 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? This one.
I'm certainly no expert when it comes to historical romance, but I've enjoyed a few books in the genre. Romancing the Duke is a book I randomly picked off my shelf after finishing a huge fantasy novel, and I was immediately swept into a world of dukes, ladies and romance. I laughed, I gasped and I desperately didn't want this book to end though, as we know, all good things must come to an end!
Isolde 'Izzy' Ophelia Goodnight is a fantastic character, easy to like and humorous to boot. She takes no nonsense from anyone - especially not from Ransom, the Duke of Rothberry - and sticks to her guns like the strong-willed woman she is. Yes she has the occasional flight of fancy and has romantic expectations, but that doesn't mean she's willing to allow herself to be walked all over. At times I wanted to give her a high five for being so stubborn, and other times I just wanted to give her a hug! Ransom is also a great character, multi-layered and not all that meets the eye, and his relationship with Izzy is one that unfolds slowly and realistically.
I was really surprised by how much I enjoyed Tessa Dare's writing. She's a new author for me, and I wasn't sure what to expect. Her writing suited me well, though, and I found myself laughing out loud on more than one occasion. Her dialogue is witty and her plot well-structured, meaning Romancing the Duke tumbles along at a fast pace and is very difficult to put down. I honestly loved it!
Obviously this book has a bit of adult content in it, as is usual with this genre, but it never feels like it's forced or unnecessary. I thoroughly enjoyed meeting Izzy, Ransom and the rest of the characters, who all succeeded in taking me back to a time when things seemed simpler. I'm sure they weren't, of course, but it's nice to imagine. I'll definitely be getting the rest of this series and reading more by Tessa Dare as quickly as possible, I hope. In fact, I can't wait!
Please note: This is an adult book with sexual content and is aimed at older readers.