Orphaned and sheltered, Lady Aslyn Hastings longs for a bit of adventure. With her intended often preoccupied, Aslyn finds herself drawn to a handsome man who seems to understand her so well. What's a duke to do, when the girl who's perfectly wrong becomes the woman he can't live without? Griffin York, the Duke of Halford, has no desire to wed this season - or any season - but his diabolical mother abducts him to "Spinster Cove" and insists he select a bride from the ladies in residence. Griff decides to teach her a lesson that will end the marriage debate forever.
He chooses the serving girl. Overworked and struggling, Pauline Simms doesn't dream about dukes. All she wants is to hang up her barmaid apron and open a bookshop. That dream becomes a possibility when an arrogant, sinfully attractive duke offers her a small fortune for a week's employment. Her duties are simple: Submit to his mother's "duchess training"…and fail miserably. But in London, Pauline isn't a miserable failure. She's a brave, quick-witted, beguiling failure - a woman who ignites Griff's desire and soothes the darkness in his soul.
Keeping Pauline by his side won't be easy. Even if Society could accept a serving girl duchess - can a roguish duke convince a serving girl to trust him with her heart? I love everything about this book. The story line is fabulous, the characters are fresh and very appealing. I listened to the whole thing in one sitting and I could turn around and listen to it again. Eva Kaminsky's narration is terrific. I especially love her accent for Pauline, our heroine. Pauline is a country lass, who though lacking much formal education, is witty and quick and catches the hero's attention from first glance.
Griff, the Duke of Halford has been forced by his mother, a woman who is desperate for grandchildren to pick a woman to be his Duchess. His mother vows to be able to turn any one of the ladies of Spindle Cove into a woman that the Ton will accept as Duchess material. Griff offers Pauline a good sum of money to take his mother up on her offer and to fail spectacularly. Pauline doesn't see this as a problem. I love Tessa Dare more and more with every book of hers I read. It's worth a credit. It's worth the money. And most importantly, it's worth the time it took to listen to it.
I thoroughly enjoyed every minute. Genre: Regency Romance Performance by Eva Kaminsky was above average, except for a couple of mispronunciations which weren't bad enough to spoil everything for me. This book has everything: A plucky heroine A reluctant hero A determined Duchess And really bad knitting Tessa Dare takes us back to Spindle Cove, the haven for bluestockings, spinsters, and awkward young ladies needing some polish.
Most of the book takes place in London, but it begins and ends in Spindle Cove.
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The hero and heroine are great characters, and they grow and change over the course of the novel. Pauline takes on a little bit of shine, and Griffin finds a bit of humility. Although this is part of a series, it isn't imperative that you read the others first. Definitely worth the credit.
The storyline is so amusing and kept my interest till the end. It's about irresponsible, living in debauchery Duke who wants to spite his overbearing mother by marrying a serving girl. Bravo for both the author and the narrator with excellent job, and my first audio from the Spindle Cove series, love to venture another series. Why did I ever wait to dig into a Tessa Dare book. We were both attendants of a summit there. But the thing is although I knew her books, I never knew she wrote them.
But luckily, I took some pics with her. Anyhow, she has so many books that are highly raved by all my book buddies so it was a real challenge for me to decide which one to pop my TD cherry. I went on to audible and listened the samples of all her books out there and Spindle Cove series attracted me the most. And this book, this book called to me, like a siren would to a desperate sailor.
What an entertaining and enthralling listen!
Griffin York, the Duke of Halford is the fourth richest man in England and needless to say the most eligible bachelor that all women chase through a season. And our Griff was blessed not only with many properties and enormous wealth but also with a wicked, diabolical, headstrong mother.
Griff is determined to not marry now or ever and his mother is equally determined to get him married off soon and have cute, little, adorable grandchildren whom she can spoil rotten. Talk about a destiny, huh? But who knew, she really was his destiny at that moment. If the Duke of Halford and his mother wanted a disaster coming to their way, they are surely going to get that.
As one unexpected events after another turned out, Pauline found herself riding in the most luxurious coach she has ever ridden on her way to London to be taught how to be a duchess by none other than the current Duchess of Halford.
Review: Any Duchess Will Do by Tessa Dare
They are the polar opposite of each other. But despite their differences, Griff is inexplicably attracted to feisty, sassy-mouthed and determined Pauline.
And Pauline knows better than to fall for an aristocratic rake like Duke of Halford. She knows that she can be a mistress of Griff at best and a forgotten fling at worst. But the heart wants what it wants. Oh my God! Eva Kaminsky narrated the hell out of this book! I even bought a few other books that she narrated right away. She really captured the essence of this story with her stellar performance.
After all, the funny aspect of this story is what compelled me to listen in the very beginning and boy, was I wrong. And talk about the balance of love, smut, funny banters and interesting characters. I was truly truly hooked.
Any Duchess Will Do
I binge listened this story in 2 days. It was sizzling!
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My my, the palpable sexual tension of our protagonists and that sweet moment when they finally consummated their love? Hot, hotter and hottest! Tessa Dare made it to my favorite authors list with my very first read of hers. And yes, she really is the queen of funny and tasteful banters! Yes, this story is not perfection and everything since there are some a bit unrealistic moments and their love was a bit too insta. But despite everything, I really loved this book and it was a perfect ending for our two beloved MCs. Heartwarming, sweet, hot and so swoon-worthy!
Story reminded me of Cinderella, but it was such a feel good book. I actually finished it in one day because I enjoyed reading it so much.
The story even has the 12 am clock bells going off and her running away leaving a shoe behind. But the story is truly not silly. Ok that part was but it is done in a classier manner than I just reduced it to. A definite read. What made the experience of listening to Any Duchess Will Do the most enjoyable? I loved the concept of the Cinderella story but much better. I laugh out loud when all the servant where called and every one was confessing of what they did wrong it was hilarious, very, very funny, you got to read it you will appreciate it.
Who was your favorite character and why? I love it when there is a good reader and Eva Kaminsky was that! Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting? I did listen to the story in one sitting. Any additional comments? I very much enjoyed this Book and I recommend this Book.