Series Review: Is this series worth your time? Does it get better as the novels progress? Or does it get worse? Find out below:
Romancing the Duke by Tessa Dare | Castles Ever After Series
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Series: Castles Ever After
Author: Tessa dare
# of Books: 3 (Romancing the Duke, Say Yes to the Marquess, When a Scot Ties the Knot)
Book Order: Connected – Same Universe
Complete?: No, When a Scot Ties the Knot, will be published later in August 2015
Genre: Romance, Historical, Regency
Heat Rating: Really Warm
Point of View: Third Person
**This post was originally posted as a Fresh Friday review of the first book of the series. It has now been updated to include the newest publications in the series.**
When I read a Tessa Dare book I know that I am going to get three things: great romantic leads, humour and an entertaining plot line. After reading two of her other awesome series, I was eagerly awaiting this new one!
I really enjoyed this book despite not really knowing to expect plot wise from the vague plotline. But the plot was a lot of fun and interesting and there were aspects to it there weren’t like anything I have read in this genre before. It did remind me a lot A Night to Surrender in the setup but each story has its unique aspects to it and they really are different.
As expected, I smiled and chuckled to myself as I read–which is always a bonus. Ms Dare’s characters are always a great blend of wit and fun and always a joy to read. I always appreciate her female characters in particular. They are always strong leads who are more than able to take care of themselves despite the somewhat extraordinary situations they find themselves in.
The sexual tension between Izzy and Ransom was awesome to watch unfold. I loved their connection and their interactions with each other.
I have an idea where the series is going to go next (at least where the castles come into play) but I have no idea who the characters will be. Regardless, I’m looking forward to what comes next!
UPDATED (March 14/15): I FINALLY managed to read Say Yes to the Marquess! I’ve had my name on my library’s hold list since September 2014, where I was in position 100 in addition to waiting for the book to be published in December 2014! I guess people know a good thing when they see it.
There is a reason why Tessa Dare is the only historical romance reader I still follow deliberately. Her works are always so consistent in what they deliver but I never feel like I am reading a regurgitation of her previous works or another historical romance. Say Yes to the Marquess was everything I thought it was going to be (based on the synopsis). It was really cute, fun and sweet which was exactly what I needed to read. It was a great follow-up to Romancing the Duke.
I’m super, super excited to read When a Scot Ties the Knot. I think it is going to be my favourite of the series based on the synopsis. It looks like it is going to be a lot of fun and I can’t wait!
NOTE: These books aren’t connected by characters, rather they are connected by the idea that the leads inherit an old castle. So don’t expect any crossover of characters or a sequel book about one character from the previous novel.
Simply put: this is a fun, light-hearted read that Tessa Dare fans will love and new readers will enjoy!
Similar Reads: A Night to Surrender by Tessa Dare (Spindle Cove Series #1)
Synopsis for Romancing the Duke (from Goodreads):
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 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?