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Romancing the Duke
Romancing the Duke: Castles Ever After | Tessa Dare
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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. Ugly duckling turned swan? Abducted by handsome highwayman? Rescued from drudgery by charming prince?No, no, and . . . Heh.Now Izzys given up yearning for romance. Shell settle for a roof over her head. What fairy tales are left over for an impoverished twenty-six year-old woman whos never even been kissed?This one.
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AmberJoy
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I absolutely loved this story and want to read everything she‘s ever written and I‘m not even a romance person. The heroine has a ferret and a cosplaying fandom. Sold

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kljuczaknjigu
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Nobody reads just one book by Tessa Dare.
I loved Romancing the Duke maybe even more than any other novel by this author, and I consider Tessa one of the funniest historical romance writers ❤

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Centique
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Looks like I needed something else light and fluffy and this was great. I‘d been recommended Tessa Dare and I was impressed. Although simpler than Courtney Milan IMO, it was still very enjoyable. I do like a grumpy hero with a heart of gold and a straight talking, strong minded heroine. Also explicit - so not for the faint of heart 😂😂

Reggie Lol, that last sentence guarantees I‘m gonna put this one on my stack for when I read a “heavy” and need a break. 4mo
Centique @Reggie ha! Yes - and it did the trick. I might even have bought the next one in the series... 🤷🏻‍♀️😍 4mo
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Verity
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Mehso-so

So. Much. Plot. Also quite mad. I like Tessa Dare‘s newer stuff, but this was not my favourite. Never mind.

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Verity
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Next historical romance read from the library...

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Angela_TheBookNerdess
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Mehso-so

Holy cow, Tessa dropped a 3🌟on me.

I did not get along as well with this novel as I had her others. Much disappoint! It's good just not a favourite!

Daughter of a fairy tale author never doubts that romance is in her future, but as she grows up she strikes off the fairy tales one after the next.

Now she's settle for a roof over her head and Ransom the man of the castle has much to say.

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theladygreer
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This is the second Tessa Dare I've read, after When a Scot Ties the Knot, and it was even more fun & satisfying. She has a way of combining wildly different plot threads -- storybooks! Ferrets! Knights and handmaidens! Scurrilous solicitors! -- and making it all make a wonderful kind of sense by the end.

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Michollio
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A lovely romance about a lonely woman and an injured, bitter man who unexpectedly come together and create a wonderful community.

#BookishBingo: RITA award winner

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Owlizabeth
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My first Tessa Dare and it was pretty good! I love Regency romances with really outlandish plots, strong heroines and slightly broken heroes. So, boxes definitely checked! Carmen Rose did a good job narrating. Definitely an amusing way to spend a few hours. 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼 1/2 #romantsy

readordierachel Her 2 most recent books are really delightful. The first is 11mo
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Dragon
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Mehso-so

Couldn‘t get into this historical #tomantsy , I really enjoyed the other books I‘ve read by this author but not this one. I didn‘t really connect with the main characters. A definite so-so for me

Centique Oh bother. I haven‘t read any Tessa Dare yet but I have this one waiting on my Kindle. I‘m sure I‘ll agree with you on it! What do you think I should read instead? 11mo
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Chrissyreadit
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This was just the right kind of romance for a quick fluffy read. Some steamy scenes, an unrealistic story, both people are all in pretty quickly, some silliness and a happily ever after. Perfect palate cleanser or transition book for me.

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Chrissyreadit
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#babyitscoldoutside so I‘m trying out a hot romance (ok- lukewarm, it‘s not Outlander)- but my brain is mush and needs an easy distraction. #winterwonderland

ravenlee I enjoy Tessa Dare‘s books, but I made the mistake of reading several in a row. Much better enjoyed as a palate cleanser! 12mo
Dragon I‘m reading this one on the CloudLibrary App. 👍😀🐉 12mo
Chrissyreadit @ravenlee palate cleanser is exactly the feel I‘m going for. 12mo
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Chrissyreadit @Dragon I look forward to seeing what you think. 12mo
Dragon Thanks @Chrissyreadit I‘m on a historical romance binge 😂 and I‘m reading more than one at a time. So far this is okay but not as good as her book 12mo
Chrissyreadit @Dragon I stacked it cause I never know when I need some love. 12mo
Dragon 😀🐉👍 12mo
Cinfhen Sometimes mushy brains deserve a treat!! 12mo
Cinfhen Is your son feeling better??? 12mo
Chrissyreadit @Cinfhen yes! He said he had no idea sleep could be restful. He‘s almost talking and eating normally. Thank you for asking! 12mo
Cinfhen Great, the older you are the harder the recovery. Glad he‘s almost back to 100% 12mo
TrishB Always room for all the books! 12mo
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Crewgurl
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This was a fun standard romance novel. I‘ve read this series totally out of order, but I don‘t really think it matters.

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Margereadsthings
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Gosh this was adorable!

DGRachel Tessa Dare is one of my absolute favorite historical romance authors! 1y
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Deborah42
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Isolde Ophelia Goodnight is destitute now that her father is dead. Her only hope is an inheritance from her godfather. Of course, it turns out to be a ruined castle infested with rats, bats, and a grumpy duke who finds out that his ancestral home has been fraudulently sold.

Ransom, Duke of Rothbury, was injured in a duel after his fiancée ran away with another man. He is now blind, scarred inside and out, and hiding away from the world.

Cute!

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parasolofdoom
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I give up. More than being annoyed at naive heroine and dick hero, I just don't care. I read like 275/405 pages and realized I just had no desire whatsoever to find out how they get their inevitable HEA because it was boring.

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parasolofdoom
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Alphaholes 👏Are 👏 Not 👏 Sexy 👏

I can get on board with brooding, alpha male heroes with a redemptive arc -- to a point. It's fuzzy, I'll be first to admit that as Beauty and the Beast is my favorite fairy tale. Right now this is on the other side of that line for me. Maybe of the heroine wasn't so insistent that a good, gentle soul waiting to be redeemed by TWUE WUV waited underneath despite zero fucking evidence of it.

parasolofdoom Also there need to be grades of alphaholes because I've been using it for problematically possessive and arrogant male leads but this dude is beyond cringy archaic manliness 1y
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parasolofdoom
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My first Tessa Dare!

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KimmyM
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I loved this! It was so sweet and funny! I adored the characters and the story. Just fantastic!
Thank you @swishandflick for the recommendation months ago - I should have read this sooner!
I'm definitely going to read more by Tessa Dare.
#romance

swishandflick Yay, I'm so glad you enjoyed it! Tessa's the best 😄 1y
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KimmyM
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I started reading this the other day and it's delightful so far! I still feel like I'm new to #romance but I think I'll like this one!
#tessadare

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sammisho
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This might be the only somewhat cool place in all of Kansas City today!

@Daisey I got your card, and this post is for you. Yes. Yes ,you do. #treatyoself

Daisey 😂 I spent a good part of my afternoon chopping thistles and unloading/stacking straw. A hammock sounds more wonderful all the time! 1y
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Abby-J
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Dukes in romance novels are dashing, handsome, and occasionally mysterious. The above photo is of the current Duke of York. Real life is so disappointing.

MCYmermaid 😆 2y
julesG 😁 2y
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theresidentromantic
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So I finished this audiobook a while ago, but I never reviewed it! This wasn't quite as good as The Duchess Deal, but it definitely made me laugh a few times. ❤ #romantsy

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Abby-J
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That beautiful moment when there is a Star Wars joke in a your trashy Regency romance novel. 😍

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Vansa

"Oh,but this gift isn't the same as an ermine.This is property. Don't you understand how rare that is for a woman? Property always belongs to our fathers, brothers, husbands, sons. We never get to own anything."
"Don't tell me you're one of those women with radical ideas."
"No", she returned."I'm one of those women with nothing. There are a great many of us."

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TsundokuAleax
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Izzy is such a brave and determined character. She has been subjected to some odd and terrible circumstances but makes the best of it. Ransom has been trying to recover from a life changing accident when Izzy storms into his life and changes everything. I love how Izzy is so practical and almost tried to kill any attempts at her imagination soaring. There is some fun with a children's story that is a blessing and curse on her life.

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stuck.in.the.stacks
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So this is my first romance novel ever! I am planning on starting it in the next week or two. I really want to explore this genre and would love some other good "beginner" recommendations.

Also any thoughts on this one? I picked it up because a podcast recommended it as a good starting point if you wanted to get into romance...

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RealLifeReading
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Not too long ago I would have been all, good god, no romance novels! I still haven't really read more than a few - all by Sarah MacLean - but I'm more open to reading them now. So here I am taking a stab at Tessa Dare and some waffles.
Happy weekend you guys!

rabbitprincess That waffle looks yummy! 2y
LauraBrook I‘m new to the genre too, and Sarah MacLean was my intro. Love her! I‘ve read a few others, and started a different Tessa Dare series too, but MacLean and Eloisa James are my two favorite authors! 2y
swishandflick I LOVE this book (and Tessa Dare!) - hope you do too! 2y
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swishandflick Also - I'd recommend Susan Elizabeth Phillips as another romance author to try at some point. Her stuff is more contemporary, but really fun. I always love the witty banter her characters have 😄❤️ 2y
ghosthost I haven‘t read any Tessa Dare, but if you like Sarah MacLean, you might also enjoy Courtney Milan‘s Brothers Sinister series. 2y
CoffeeK8 @ghosthost I second this, and you should totally read Tessa Dare! 2y
brennahawleycraig Definitely read Eloisa James!! 2y
xicanti I third the Courtney Milan rec. 2y
sunflowermeghan I love this series by Tessa Dare! I just finished a new one but her. 2y
RealLifeReading @LauraBrook MacLean is fun to read! I'll have to give Eloisa James a try! 2y
RealLifeReading @swishandflick awesome! Thanks for the recommendation! 2y
RealLifeReading @ghosthost @CoffeeK8 thanks! I've definitely seen her name and will give her books a try 😀 2y
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ValkyrieAndHerBooks
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Yep! Totally loved this! Gonna jump straight into the next book in the series! Tessa Dare, you rock my world! #Romantsy #Cosplay #KickAssHeroine How have I not read this before now?! Can I be Izzy when I grow up? I mean, seriously, loved EVERYTHING about this book!

#VaginalFantasy pick #GloryToTheGuild!!!

pygmywarrior SEE?! 2y
EllanaRose OMG you just reminded me that I'm so far behind on the Vaginal Fantasy book club! 2y
Shaila Omg...I've had this on my TBR forever! I'd forgotten about it! 😍 Just read an Eloisa James and I have a book hangover now. And you know what they say about hangovers? 😂 Drink something to cure it! 2y
Zenvicious My favorite Tessa Dare by far. 2y
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🤣😂🤣OMFG!!! I‘M DYING RIGHT NOW!!!! The Star Wars references in this book are just too damn good!

#GloryToTheGuild

jmtrivera I LOVED that! And the fandom references! 2y
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😂😂😂*kussshhh* “Luke, I am your father.” * kussshhh* I love it! Yay, for Star Wars references!😍🤓✨

#GloryToTheGuild

Nessavamusic Makes me want to re-read but my TBR pile is massive! 2y
ValkyrieAndHerBooks @Nessavamusic I feel you! Mine is too! I‘m totally skipping ahead on my TBR to red these books! And trying to figure out fitting in some Tamora Pierce rereads! Lol 2y
Nessavamusic I‘ve never read Tamora Pierce I have just put one on hold at my library 2y
ValkyrieAndHerBooks @Nessavamusic And I‘m so excited that you are going to be reading her!!! 2y
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ValkyrieAndHerBooks
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I WAS planning to finish off some of my current reads before I started up mount TBR again. WAS. But I got so frustrated with my last read, I need something I know I can happily get into! So, I‘m going with an author I have recently gotten acquainted with (Thanks girls! #GloryToTheGuild!) and also happens to be a past #VaginalFantasy pick I haven‘t read yet! Yay! I can‘t wait to dig in to this one! Tessa Dare, you get all the heart eyed emoji‘s! 😍

ReviewsandReadathons I really loved this one! 2y
knm This is by far one of my favorite Tessa Dare books! 2y
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ariellajem

Okay, I haven't been happy with a romance novel, pretty much, ever. I've only made it through one, begrudgingly, one time. I'm pretty sure I was still in my teens. This one was recommended by a friend, and I'm flipping pages like a mad woman. So steamy, so smart. I dig it.

jamie_in_the_library I have a feeling I know who recommended it 😉 2y
ariellajem Haha, @jamie_in_the_library , you're not wrong. 2y
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phatsallylee
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Frigid temperatures call for steamy romance reads! #somelikeithot #sundayfunday

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swishandflick
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SWOON! Tessa Dare is quickly becoming a favorite author of mine, I smell a binge-read coming on! This story was wonderfully romantic with delightful, imperfect characters, steamy chemistry, and a refreshingly unexpected plot. I loved every second and gobbled it up almost in one sitting ❤️

PS: this e-book is currently on sale for $2.99! #ebookdeals #romantsy

Ashley_Nicoletto Same! She's so awesome! Thanks for the heads up I immediately went and bought this one. 2y
swishandflick @Ashley_Nicoletto Hope you love it as much as I did! I felt like The Duchess Deal set a really high bar, but this gave it a run for it's money! Just love her unexpected plotlines 2y
Christy2318 Tessa is a favorite. 💜💜💜💜 2y
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Karkar @swishandflick @Christy2318 okay I do not read romance, but everybody is talking about Tessa.....I want to try it again... what is her best book? 2y
swishandflick @Karkar I've only read two so far but they've both been absolutely fabulous! So this one or 2y
Christy2318 @Karkar My favorite is usually the one I read most recently. Several of them have interrelated characters. Romancing the Duke is a fun one with Beauty & the Beast overtones & more standalone than some of the others. 2y
ElenaBaer @Karkar you should also check out Julia Quinn. Her Bridgerton series is wonderful. 2y
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GeriReads

The one thing Ransom wanted less right now than a swooning woman? A nuzzling woman. Since his injury, he didn‘t like anyone too close. And he didn‘t require any nuzzling, thank you. He had a dog. -- 😂😂

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bookworm.krizia
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It was better than I expected. This is not a damsel in distress in need of saving. Its actually the other way around. It was a nice, easy read.

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lennearb
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Fun story with amusing twists

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DGRachel
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This was exactly what I needed to distract from all the feels from Stoner. Fun characters, some frankly bizarre situations, and the requisite HEA. Tessa Dare has quite a backlist, so I look forward to plenty of options when I need another break.

Edited to note that this is my 100th book finished of 2017. I never read this much before Litsy! ❤️all you awesome enablers!!

LeahBergen Wow! 👏🏻👏🏻 2y
robinb Congratulations and Tessa Dare is wonderful! ❤️ 2y
Merethebookgal That's awesome! Congrats 🎉 2y
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rubyslippersreads Congrats! I need to read faster! 😊 2y
rohit-sawant That's great! Congrats!! 2y
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DGRachel
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I have a book hangover from Stoner and a migraine from staying up until 3 AM working. Pain level is too high to go back to bed, so I'm hoping a little light reading will help. Checked this out from the library as a palate cleanser before the 9/1 #buddyread of The Water Beetles, which looks brutal.

rohit-sawant Hope you feel better soon! 2y
DGRachel @rohit-sawant Thank you! 2y
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TaciturnWhenReading
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Only 6 pages in and this gem pops up. I'll never look at a summer rainstorm quite the same way. 😂 ❤️ Tessa Dare!

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AnnieReads
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Another fun read from Tessa Dare.

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erista
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Starting this now. Need something light and fun.

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CaylasBooktopia
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When I picked up this book, I did not expect to discover the meaning of romance to those who have given up hope in thinking that they could ever be loved by someone. Both these characters have given up on the idea of a happily ever after, but they could not ignore the attraction that they have for each other. They were attracted to each other physically, but it was what was inside that pulled them close to each other.

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Jas16
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There is a #brokedownpalace (or castle ) in this #romantsy along with an injured hero who wants to be left alone and a heroine raised on fairy tales who needs to find the means for survival. There might also be a happily ever after but I am not saying. #junetunz

Cinfhen I'm rooting for a happily ever after 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻 3y
JoRead Love this book and author 😍😍 3y
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Nicole-Reads
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I loved this book! The hero was swoon-worthy, the heroine engaging, and the depiction of fandom in the plot immensely entertaining. This is a fun, deeply satisfying story. One that I am certain to read again and again.

JoRead This was my first book by her and I loved it! Not to mention the depiction of her hair reminded me so much of my own 😂😂 3y
Nicole-Reads @JoRead Haha That is awesome. I love details like that. It was my first by her too! Definitely not my last 3y
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GypsyLady
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I love this book! Such wonderful and engaging characters and I loved the fact that the hero wasn't perfect.

JoRead I loved this story! Welcome to Litsy 😊 3y
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ThinkWithin
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"It‘s like you‘ve crammed your brain so full of fairy tales, you‘ve squeezed out all the common sense."

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AisPM
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I loved this book 😍😃 so funny and kinda hot too...#marchbooks #historicalromance

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brandymuses
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This was my favorite vacation read, which surprised me. I read Dare's Spindle Cove series a few years ago and enjoyed it, but wasn't in a hurry to read this series. Now all I want to is binge it. This was funny, sweet, and sexy. Love both main characters and their interactions.