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?
Love, love, love Tessa Dare's writing and especially her Spindle Cove series, so when I found a copy of her latest jewel in my mailbox, I was so excited to read it. Ms. Dare did not let me down.
Any Duchess Will Do is the 4th book in the series, and it has a Cinderella-gone-rogue feeling to it that I loved. The book starts off with the Duke, Griff York, waking up from a drug induced slumber in a carriage bound for Spindle Cove. The culprit?-his own mother! She's desperate for babies and wants a grandchild of her own to smother with her overwhelming love, and she's tired of waiting. When they get to Spindle Cove, she tells Griff to choose any lady that he wants, and she'll worry about making her fit to be a duchess.
Griff, wishing to keep his meddling mama off his back, decides to beat her at her own game and chooses the worst possible candidate- a working woman named Pauline Simmons. She's at the bottom of the social ladder and couldn't possibly become a duchess, but his mother isn't going to give up that easily and agrees to his challenge. But she'll only have a week to prove Griff wrong. Pauline can't stay away from Spindle Cove for long because of her simple minded sister Daniela who relies on Pauline.
What Griff's mama doesn't know however is that he promised Pauline one thousand pounds if she promises to thwart the duchess' efforts and swears she'll do her worst. Pauline agrees, knowing there would never be a future between the incredibly handsome Duke and herself. It would be unfathomable. So she agrees, hoping to use that money to give her and Daniela a better life and to open her own lending library in Spindle Cove.
Pauline and Griff have such a sweet and funny back and forth. They get each other even though society dictates that that could never be. For how could a Duke and a lowly working women ever have something in common? But they do and their passion is so smoldering and when Griff and Pauline come together....it's so satisfyingly sexy. I loved everything about this book and finished it rather quickly.
I'm hoping there will be another Spindle Cove novel and if so, of course I'm going to read it. Ms. Dare is one of the reasons why I love historical romances so much. They help me go back to a time where things were much more complicated. Where love wasn't necessarily the deciding factor in a marriage, but when love trumps all and defies society it is so satisfying. I really hope you all give this series a chance. I don't think you'll be disappointed!
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