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The Duchess Deal
The Duchess Deal: Girl Meets Duke | Tessa Dare
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When girl meets Duke, their marriage breaks all the rules… Since his return from war, the Duke of Ashbury’s to-do list has been short and anything but sweet: brooding, glowering, menacing London ne’er-do-wells by night. Now there’s a new item on the list. He needs an heir—which means he needs a wife. When Emma Gladstone, a vicar’s daughter turned seamstress, appears in his library wearing a wedding gown, he decides on the spot that she’ll do. His terms are simple: - They will be husband and wife by night only. - No lights, no kissing. - No questions about his battle scars. - Last, and most importantly… Once she’s pregnant with his heir, they need never share a bed again. But Emma is no pushover. She has a few rules of her own: - They will have dinner together every evening. - With conversation. - And unlimited teasing. - Last, and most importantly… Once she’s seen the man beneath the scars, he can’t stop her from falling in love…
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Angela_TheBookNerdess
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4.5🌟

Oh stars, have I ever found me an author I love reading!

Cute, sassy, funny seamstress is about to be homeless when a war wounded duke proposes a marriage of convenience. And Heir for him and security of her. Neither bargain on love. Just guess what they get!

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cariashley
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This was a totally light, enjoyable historical romance and a quick read as well. I‘m a big fan of Tessa Dare on Twitter so have been meaning to read more of her books. This is my fifth read of vacation, and I‘m on the way to Boca Raton now - husband has a work thing and I‘m continuing my vacation in the meantime! #romantsy

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Zelma
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This isn‘t a novel that will change my life but I definitely found another romance author that I enjoy. Yay! Fun, light, didn‘t take itself too seriously. I don‘t have a photo of the book so this one of Doggie will have to do. Not a new one but super sassy.

hermyknee 😍😍😍 3mo
Purrfectpages I love this picture! 3mo
LeahBergen Aww! 😍😍 3mo
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tracey38 Oh, I love it! The look!! ❤🐶 3mo
Slajaunie Sassy indeed! 😁🐾 3mo
Redwritinghood Love that pic! 💕💕 3mo
AlaMich The ear!!🐶❤️ 3mo
Linsy So cute! 3mo
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cassandra-levens
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. From the romance to the witty humor. It kept me wanting more and kept a smile on my face. The female lead was a strong and intelligent woman, she made the book.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Welcome to Litsy!! 4mo
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Purplerosiepage
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This was smart and funny. I absolutely devoured it, and I was not bored once. No mystery or espionage- just two people falling in love.

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Bookishaf
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Read this because she‘s coming to a book festival I‘m helping run at my library and absolutely loved it! It was witty and fun and so charming. I really gotta up my Romance game!

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Christinak
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“Ash was ready to #plunge his arm, cat and all, into the fire—what were a few more burns, after all—but burning fur was a disgusting scent, and he was just decent enough to balk at the idea of murdering Emma‘s pet before her very eyes.”
#QuotsyJan19

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bunny
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One of my favorite romance tropes has to be the marriage of convenience that slowly becomes something more. This book has that in spades, along with a take on Beauty and the Beast that I really enjoyed. On the whole this book was both delightful and funny, and the perfect escape.

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bonnetpunk
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Laugh out loud funny, hot and sweet. A delicious un-put-downable romp.

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Deborah42
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A historical romance with very little historical accuracy that is nonetheless a marvelously entertaining love story, especially if you enjoy a Beauty and the Beast vibe.

A scarred hero jilted by his fiancée needs an heir and a disgraced vicar‘s daughter working as a seamstress needs payment for her work. A marriage of convenience seems the obvious solution.

I loved their verbal sparring. Lots of laugh out loud moments.

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shaegeeksout
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Sorry its been a bit since I posted! Loved this book! So funny and sexy! Definitely check this one out!

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Dragon
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A fun romp, the theme of this book and the Georgette Heyer book is the same. Titled soldier, wounded in the Napoleonic Wars, needs a wife and enters into a marriage of convenience. The similarities end there. This book has a more modern heroine and a lot of sexy times 🔥🔥🔥. Also a lot of fun Shakespeare an swearing. A fun , frivolous historical #romantsy 💚

DGRachel This was my first Tessa Dare and I was immediately hooked! 10mo
Nutmegnc @Dragon @DGRachel Tessa Dare is one of my fav romance writers!! 10mo
Dragon Thanks @DGRachel @Nutmegnc she can be counted on for a funny, satisfying historical romance 👍😀🐉💚 10mo
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DGRachel @Dragon @Nutmegnc Yes! I love humor in my romance novels and Tessa Dare never fails to make me laugh. 10mo
Nutmegnc @Dragon @DGRachel I think this particular book is one of my favs from Tessa Dare. Laugh out loud funny!! 10mo
robinb Tessa Dare❤️ 10mo
Dragon Thanks @robinb 👍🐉😀 10mo
Dragon Thanks @Nutmegnc @DGRachel I agree , there‘s lots of funny scenes, I especially enjoyed the wedding dress 👰🏼 10mo
Centique I haven‘t read Tessa Dare yet! I can‘t wait 😍 10mo
Dragon Thanks @Centique I‘m convinced you‘re going to love her books. They‘re funny and a little wicked. 👍🐉 9mo
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Dragon
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Starting a new historical #romantsy on my Kindle Paperwhite, this one is full of spice 🔥🔥🔥. Saturday burger and book at the mall.

EloisaJames I love this book—the dress scene is fabulous!! 10mo
Dragon Thanks @EloisaJames it sure was! A fun Regency romp. 👍🐉 10mo
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awishman
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This was my first Tessa Dare and I really enjoyed it. Marriage of convenience and leads to love.

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Lauren.Archer
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This is my normal read, but wow did I love this. I found myself laughing and swooning a lot. Fun read!

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Michollio
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Sweet and funny. I loved this book and am excited to check out more of her stuff.

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elizabethlk
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I finally got to the Duchess Deal and it was everything I hoped for and more. It was sweet and sexy and hilarious. Loved every moment. Definitely one of Tessa Dare's best (and I think most of her stuff is great to begin with).

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BethM
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Not your typical regency. No fainting and vapors, and very little focus on social structure. A fun and funny read. The pet names are absolutely delightful.

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Verity
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Another marriage of convenience romance, this time with a bit of a beauty and the beast twist. I really enjoyed this - it‘s a satisfying romance which also sets up some interesting potential sequels with the heroine‘s group of friends.

dsfisher It was fun 12mo
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Verity
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Fresh bedtime reading: some historical romance from Tessa Dare! #romantsy

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justsendwaffles
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“If I choose to make a darling of you, there is nothing you can do about it.”
“Of course there‘s something I can do about it. I can have you sent to an institution for the feebleminded and insane.”
She shrugged. “If you say so, cherub.”
#tessadare #romancenovel

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ThatBookishGal
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Look what the mailman brought in!! Shhh don‘t tell my hubby I got another book. I‘ve been in a bit of a reading slump but suddenly reading romance seems to help! Gizmo seems to approve!! Couldn‘t resist after all the buzz about it from the When In Romance podcast!

WilliamMorrowBooks Tessa Dare is one of our Avon ladies and we love her! 13mo
ThatBookishGal @WilliamMorrowBooks this will be my first Tessa Dare and I am super looking forward to it! 13mo
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theresidentromantic
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This was my first Tessa Dare and I have to say, I completely adored it. These characters are so funny and sweet and the tone of the book is so light. I listened to this one and I really think that was about 50% of why I liked it so much. The reader does such an amazing job with the main characters voice and inflection, it was hard not to fall in love. I'm already into another of her books on audio that I wish I loved as much as this.

EclecticBookLover I love her! She's got some really great books. 14mo
Daughter-of-words She‘s my fave historical romance author! The Spindle Cove books are so good especially if you like a good laugh with your romance🤗 14mo
theresidentromantic @Daughter-of-words Maybe I'll switch over! My library had the Castles series and while this first book is ok, it's not this one. I definitely haven't laughed out loud nearly as much. 14mo
CoverToCoverGirl It‘s been lingering in my TBR pile.. I‘ll have to bump it up closer to the top 😊 14mo
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Bkwrm7
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1. Both. iPad and a Galaxy.
2. I have a Nook Glowlight that I adore, but mostly use on vacation to avoid packing a whole bag of books. Tagged book was my most recent purchase on it which I am greatly looking forward to reading on my next getaway.
3. Marvel Puzzle Quest. I am maybe a teensy bit addicted.
4. Laptop and iPad. At my last job we had Surfaces instead of desktops and I miss that a lot - especially for conferences.
#manicmonday @JoScho

JoScho I have a nook glow light too but never use it anymore since I got my kindle. 14mo
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CrinolineDream
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Another thrift store #haul! 😎 #romantsy

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theresidentromantic
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I've never read a Tessa Dare before and, having once again lost interest in Cinder, I moved on to this library hold. And I honestly haven't stopped laughing for ten minutes. I'm still holding my sides over the outraged tone of this sentence in context.

theresidentromantic I pressed pause too quickly, the rest of it is" he was a man, he saw boobs." Omg, I haven't stopped laughing. 1y
CocoReads I just got this one-I‘ll have to move it up on the pile! 14mo
theresidentromantic @CocoReads you totally do! I think I have about 3 hours left 14mo
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Ms_T
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A classic rags to riches/beauty and the beast story brought up to date with lots of sauciness. This book has everything; humour, sadness, wit and charm all wrapped up in an endearing plot. Very readable and thoroughly likeable. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Peterfox123 Sauciness eh? Does that mean..? 1y
Peterfox123 @Ms_T 👍👍👍👍👍👍 1y
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robinb
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This lady can write. 😍 She is consistently good and fills her writing with laugh-out-loud humor, heart-wrenching emotion and characters to cheer for...with some really great lines for highlighting. 😉This story combined the rags-to-riches trope (for Emma), the tortured (scarred) trope (for Ash) and the overcoming-broken-hearts trope (for both). And it all came together perfectly. All the ⭐️s. #romantsy❤️

DGRachel This was my first Tessa Dare and I love her! I binge read everything I could get my hands on after this one!! 1y
robinb @DGRachel She‘s just soooo good, isn‘t she?! 😍 I did the same when I first found her years ago. As far as historical romances go, she and Grace Burrowes make me laugh harder than anyone else does. And humor is a MUST for me. 1y
DGRachel Humor is a must for me, too. I‘ll have to check out Grace Burrowes. I don‘t think I‘ve read anything by her. 1y
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robinb @DGRachel If you try Burrowes, I‘ll be interested to see what you think. She‘s a bit different than everyone else...a unique style. Dry wit and wonderful detail. She‘s pretty much an auto buy for me as well. 1y
DGRachel Do you have a recommended starting point? 1y
robinb @DGRachel Burrowes is prolific (currently 75+), and she writes fast. Most of hers are series, and I definitely recommend reading those in order. My favorite series is actually her first...the Windhams (8 siblings, first is tagged), but ALL of her books are worth a read! She‘s wonderful! Haven‘t tried her contemporaries yet, I prefer historicals. Please let me know what you think...I‘m excited for you to try her! 😊 1y
DGRachel I think that‘s the one I bought today! I need a good book with a HEA - my dog is at the ER vet and I‘m freaking out waiting. Yay for Kindle app on my phone. 1y
robinb @DGRachel YAY! It‘s been awhile since I read that series (I just noticed I haven‘t reviewed it here on Litsy)...I feel like a re-read is in order. 😉 I have a weakness for family series (Quinn‘s Bridgertons, Long‘s Everseas & Redmonds), etc. 🤷🏻‍♀️ Hope your fur baby is OK! 1y
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robinb
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You gotta ❤️ this dedication in a romance novel...🤣🤣🤣🤣
Thanks @Ms_T for reminding me with your earlier post that I needed to get to this one. Tessa Dare never disappoints! 😊 #romantsy ❤️

LeahBergen 😂😂 1y
robinb @LeahBergen I know!!! 😆 Great way to start a book... 1y
Bostonmomx2 Haha you know he read those chapters first 😂😂 1y
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robinb @Bostonmomx2 Exactly! I just love that! ❤️ 1y
Ms_T You‘re welcome! I hope you enjoy it as much as I am 😃 1y
robinb @Ms_T 👍 I‘m loving it! 😊 1y
Mollyanna I love it! I really need to try Ms Dare. I‘m seeing a lot of good things about her on Litsy. 1y
robinb @Mollyanna She‘s great, love her humor! ❤️ 1y
Mollyanna I have her on my TBR. Maybe I‘ll try and bump her up the list a bit. Good to know that there is humor in them too. 1y
robinb @Mollyanna I think you‘ll be hooked once you try her. 😉👍 1y
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Ms_T
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Sat at my desk at work laughing like a loon 😂😂😂 #MillsAndBoon

AlaMich 🙄 1y
robinb I ❤️ Tessa Dare! 🤣🤣🤣🤣 You‘ve just reminded me...I need to read this! Thanks! (edited) 1y
Ms_T @AlaMich @robinb I haven‘t read a Tessa Dare before and not a Mills & Boon for years. This book is a lot of fun 😂 1y
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AlaMich @Ms_T Doesn‘t the line go, “Lie there and think of England?” 😂 1y
Ms_T @AlaMich Yes! 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿😂 1y
robinb @Ms_T she is usually an auto buy for me...I have this one but haven‘t got to it yet...but maybe I‘ll read it next! Her books are always fun reads! ❤️ 1y
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Ms_T
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Starting this today. I love the author‘s note 🤣

#MillsAndBoon

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Crewgurl
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I do love a good romance novel every now and again. Quick easy read (I read it last night) and an adorable storyline.

Light31 Agreed - quick and fun read. Fun fact - she started out writing JA fan fic - a fellow Dwiggie! 1y
Crewgurl @Light31 that is awesome!!! 1y
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Arcana
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A lovely, romantic romp, bursting with wit! Highly enjoyable, and highly recommended ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #romantsy
(Warning: This book will make you laugh! Empty your bladder accordingly🤭)

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HollyB3
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I found this one to be an absolute delight! All the hype was completely justified. I don‘t think I laughed so many times while reading a romance. The banter between Ash and Emma was just so fun. I loved this so much it took me less than two days to finish it. Just perfect. And the narration was unparalleled. Mary Jane Wells hit all the right notes. And this cover is absolutely gorgeous. Okay, I‘ll stop gushing now.

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Arcana
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A dedication cheat sheet for all the wicked chapters! 😂👏👍

ValkyrieAndHerBooks 😂🙌🏼🖤✨ 1y
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CocoReads
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Thank you so much @Johanna414 for this warm looking blanket and I love the cover on this book! I‘ve been wanting to read this for awhile! #blanketandbookexchange

Johanna414 Glad you like them! There should be a couple other books as well- did you get those? 1y
CocoReads I did, thank you so much! 1y
CocoReads @Johanna414 they didn‘t make the picture because I was rushing out the door—late as usual! 1y
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Johanna414 Lol no problem! Just wanted to make sure everything got to you ok! 1y
Johanna414 I‘m at work right now (and wondering why the heck I thought it would be a good idea to work today...) so I‘ll open mine up after I get home 1y
CocoReads Glad you got it! You‘re better than me—if I‘d been at the hospital all day I totally wouldn‘t be at work the next day! 😄 1y
CocoReads It will go so well with my couch! 1y
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Expandingbookshelf
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Beauty and the Beast meets Cinderella meets Batman. Seriously.

I was totally charmed by this sweet and steamy audiobook. It‘s full of funny banter, eclectic spinsters and cats. It‘s not historically accurate-and delightfully so. One of my favorite parts of the book is the Duke‘s servants blatantly talking shit about their boss and pushing for him to fall in love with our heroine. I have been on a romance audiobook kick lately and I‘m LOVING it.

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laurencjay
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This is my first EVER romance and I have to say I‘m all in. I absolute devoured this book, it was just so much fun! As a very deliberate reader (I just always want to get all the details) it was so nice to read through a book so quickly and still feel so fully engrossed. If you are wondering whether you should try romance, TRY ROMANCE and don‘t look back. ps: thanks to @Mommamanzi for gifting me this book ❤️

Mommamanzi I‘m so glad you liked it!!! I was nervous as I had never read it before! ❤️ 1y
laurencjay It was AWESOME 🙌🏻🙌🏻 1y
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laurencjay
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Fake news is everywhere these days

swishandflick She's also got a great "nevertheless she persisted" moment in there somewhere! Definitely intentional, love her ❤️ (edited) 1y
laurencjay I saw that too and wondered. It‘s so tongue in cheek. I love it. This is my first real romance I‘ve ever read and I‘m seriously obsessed. @swishandflick 1y
Expandingbookshelf I burst out laughing when I got to this line in the audiobook 1y
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Verity
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Met the charming Tessa Dare today as the lovely Sarah MacLean organised a reader tea party while they were in London. I forgot to take my copy with me (don‘t ask) but Ms Dare was kind enough to sign me a book plate and so I stuck it in when I got home. Christina Lauren were also there, they were both really friendly and they signed my copy of their book. A lovely afternoon.

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Ms_T
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Another win thanks to #NetGalley. (I‘m on a roll today 😃). Not exactly an ARC as it‘s released tomorrow but it‘s free and it has really good reviews. Hurrah! #MillsAndBoon

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Verity
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Look what arrived in the post for me! I won a twitter competition and now I have the new Tessa Dare. Something good from Twitter! Who knew! #bookpost

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sunflowermeghan
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I am loving this book! Tessa Dare is one of my favorite historical romance authors and this book does not disappoint.

Kaye Welcome to Litsy. Hope you enjoy it 🌸 1y
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MommaBeja
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Beauty meets the Beast and enters a marriage of convenience. He is a Duke who is scarred in an accident on the battlefield She is a vicar's daughter who walked to London after her father threw her out Their story is hot Love Ashe's sense of humor.

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mdemanatee
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My staycation is too far along for my liking. Can I just have infinite reading time forever? I guess this also fits the #riotgrams prompt for the day.

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MarriedtoMrT Yup! Loved that. Sneaky author. 1y
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ness
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This was a fun one (and it has the iconic “she persisted” line it it, which is 🔥🔥🔥).

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ContraryMary
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Book 1. (I‘m 11 books behind on reviews so these are gonna be quick and dirty to catch up) 5🌟 I liked this one, I‘m a fan of the marriage of convenience trope. Cute romance, and I liked the secondary characters.

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ValkyrieAndHerBooks
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I‘m currently in the middle of both of these fantastic #romantsy reads, so I‘ll keep going, but I‘ve hit my #24in48 goal!!! @24in48 😆🎉 I always love this ‘thon! Happy reading, Littens!

#GloryToTheGuild! @Zenvicious @Nessavamusic @Aliciaftw

tysephine Woo hoo! 🎉🎉🎉 1y
RebL w00t! 1y
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Nessavamusic Grats!!! 1y
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Zenvicious Gratz! 1y
megt Hooray! Well done! 1y
Aliciaftw Congratulations!! 1y
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CoffeeK8 Two great books! 1y
GypsyKat Congratulations! 👏👏👏 1y
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mariaku21 I've been meaning to read that Penny Reid one! congrats 🎉🎉🎉 1y
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