Books I read recently #28

Welcome to another collective review!

I have read a lot of historical romance this year. This new found love of mine grew from reading all the books in the Brighton series back in January. I have a review of all the books on my blog. Link HERE. This is a new series that I absolutely loved! I hope you enjoy the review.

Have you read any of these books or any other by Tessa Dare?

Romancing the Duke by Tessa Dare


The fact that I read all the books in the series in a week should tell you how much I loved and enjoyed it.
In this book, we follow Izzy who is the daughter of the now late extremely popular fiction writer. Izzy’s father is so well known for the fantasy world he created and lots of readers have sort of grown-up reading and loving the story. In the books Izzy’s father wrote, one of the main characters was a girl named Izzy but with different physical features (the reason for this was told later in the book and I would avoid saying why to avoid spoilers). After the death of her father and he left everything he owned including publication rights and income to the next available male relation. Izzy is turn out in the cold with no food or money. She basically has to live off the graces of her father’s readers who enthralled by her.
Until one day she receives a message that she has been left something by her godfather. She travels all the way to Rothbury (or something like that) where she finds out that she has been left a castle (rundown but still a castle). The only problem now is for her to get the current occupant out of her newly inherited castle!
Ransom is the Duke of Rothbury and he is definitely now happy that a lady has come to his castle claiming she is the new owner. Ransom is blind has a result of a recent injury and he has sort of hidden himself from society and has not been seen in public functions for a long time. So when Izzy storms his castle claiming it is hers, he is not just going to allow her to kick him out of his home when he has just figured out the lay of the land and can move around comfortably.

They compromise. She helps him out has his secretary, which means he can finally figure our why his castle has been sold. And she gets to make money and redecorate the castle to fit her tastes.

I am trying to be invasive with the review has possible, because so many things happen that you just need to read for yourself.


I gave this book 3.6 out of 5 stars

Say Yes to the Marquess by Tessa Dare


I honestly don’t know what it is with all these ladies inheriting castles, because I need me one too.
Here we follow Clio Whitmore who has just inherited a castle and she has decided that she has had enough with her extended engagement to Piers Brandon, the Marquess of Granville. She has decided to break off her engagement and the only way for her to do that is to either go to Piers for him to agree to call off their engagement (which he cannot do because he is not even in the country) or to go to his nearest male relative to do it on his behalf.

Clio goes to Rafe Brandon to ask him to sign off on the breakup but he is not having it. Rafe is an ex-champion. He was a god in the ring until he had to step up and fill the role of his brother whilst he was out of the country. Rafe hates doing it and he cannot wait for his brother to be back and for him to go back to doing what he loves.

He decides that the best thing to do would be to arrange the wedding himself and make it irresistible that neither Clio nor Piers would be willing to back down. He seems to have everything all figured out until he found himself kissing Clio. He is confused and so was she. He cannot decide between buttering Clio up for his brother and having her for himself!


I gave this book  3.4 out of 5 stars

When a Scot Ties the Knot by Tessa Dare


I think this was my favourite book in the series. While I really enjoy the other books, this was more than the romance the concept was one that I do not think I have read anywhere. And more importantly, it was quite funny!
This book follows Madeline who lied to her family and all of London society that she was in love and betrothed to a Scottish man she met while on holiday. She made up a made, said he was fighting in the war, she wrote letters to and from him. Essentially she got all of England believing that her heart belonged to a man. When the ruse seemed to be getting out of hand, she decided it was time for Captain Logan Mackenzi to die. She decided he died in the war, she was disheartened and she was given a Castle (in Scotland) in hopes that it would allow her to be closer to her love.

Her life seemed to have settled down and she now has a comfortable routine with her sea life and her painting. Then one day Captain Logan Mackenzi shows up. He is hotter than the man she created in her imagination. Apparently, all the letters she wrote and sent in the post were delivered to him. She never thought that the man she made up could be an actual person in the war. When he arrives claiming to be her long lost lover, her aunt is happy but she is confused.

He wants to get married to her. He threatens to expose her to the whole of society if she does not go along with his plan and marry him. He wants a real marriage (which means SEX SEX SEX). She finds out why he was really trying to get her to marry him and she was moved to agree.

I really enjoyed this book. I honestly don’t know why. Maybe it was just the balance that worked for me.


I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars

Do you want to start a Scandal by Tessa Dare


I think for me, one of the most interesting parts of this book was in the end when we found out who the couple having sex in the library was.

Charlotte mother has been pushing her to every eligible bachelor in town. But Charlotte was really the one who pushed herself on Pier Brandon, the Marquess of Granville. When she finds Piers in the library at the Parkhurst ball, she informs him of her mother’s hunt but little does she know that she would soon be found in the arms of the Marquess.
A mysterious couple comes into the library and they have sex against the table which leaves Charlotte and Pier hiding behind the library curtains and out of sight. By the time the lovers leave, the tension between Piers and Charlotte have grown and they being found by Charlotte mother and the host of the ball was in no way helpful. Piers decided to get engaged to Charlotte on the spot to protect her dignity or whatnot.

We find out later that Piers was really only doing it to hide the reason he was actually in the library in the first place!


I gave this book 3 out of 5 stars

Thanks for reading.

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