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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Review: Any Duchess Will Do by Tessa Dare

Title: Any Duchess Will Do
Author: Tessa Dare
Series: Spindle Cove #4
Format: Audiobook
Narrator: Eva Kaminsky
Release Date: May 6th, 2014
Length: Novel (389 pages/10.8 hours)
Genre: Historical Romance
Source: Library
Buy: Audible, Amazon, Barnes & Noble
Rating: 4.5-stars

Melissa's Review:

Any Duchess Will Do is book four in the Spindle Cove series. I'm being bad and reading these out of order because I heard Pauline would be a character I'd love. Which was completely true, I loved this book! So far this is my second Historical Romance book in a very long time and I'm loving all things Tessa Dare it seems.

Pauline Simms is a serving girl in a place called "Spinster" Cove (aka Spindle Cove). It's pretty much what you think it is, a town that the "spinsters" go to for a holiday. It's pretty much full of ladies that don't have husbands, the occasional guy comes and gets a bride there that won't turn him down but it's pretty much all ladies. Enter Griffin York (aka Griff), the Duke of Halford. His mother is desperate to get him married off and having children so she drugs and kidnaps her son and whisks him off to Spindle Cove to find a bride. She makes a deal with him that he can pick any woman and she will train the woman in how to be a Duchess. Griff is hard headed and wants to prove a point so he chooses Pauline since he knows that his mother will fail in her duchess lessons. He tips the scales by offering Pauline money to be dreadful in her training from his mother. After a bit of thinking, she accepts the deal and plans on using the money to open a bookshop so her and her sister will be out from under her rude father's thumb. So Pauline and Griff are both basically going into this arrangement thinking she will do horribly and neither will fall for the other. Don't you know that's not how things will go, though. As always with books with plots like this, I like seeing who will crack and want a relationship first.

Any Duchess Will Do was a delight to listen to. The narrator handled Pauline's character well with her accent, and Griff's mother sounded fancy like you'd expect a duchess would sound like. I even enjoyed her male character voice for Griff. With each of the mother's lessons in diction, Pauline's pronunciation of words changed and it was very well done. I loved the story, plot, characters, and pretty much everything about this book. I'm starting to get addicted to TDare's books, so I will probably be listening/reading another one very soon. If you're a fan of Historical Romance and haven't read this book, I highly suggest it.


  1. Ah, a take on Pygmalion? Sounds like fun.

    1. Pretty much, though it's his mother doing the teaching :)

  2. I think I have this one, yaaaaaaaaaaaaaay

  3. Well I just really need to give her a go, don't I?

  4. I like the sound of this book. I love historical fiction/romance!

  5. Oh how fun! Histrom is just a great and fun genre. I need to try Dare at some point

  6. I haven't read anything by this author yet but I have several of her books on my Kindle. Hope to try her soon!

    Karen @For What It's Worth