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?
Isolde Goodnight is penniless and desperate when her salvation comes in the form of a bequest from her passing godfather. She had hoped to receive money, but instead what she got was a decrepit dilapidating castle with a surly Duke and his trusted wolf dog as its occupants.
The proud Duke of Rothbury, Ransom Vane, suffered an injustice the day his bride-to-be jilted him. Shamed, alone, and broken inside and out he decided to rot away with the castle that had been in his family for generations, continent to just lie there and die. He never expected a beautiful woman to come barging in on him and ruin his plans with claims that the castle was now hers.
The bewitching story comes to life with Ms. Dare’s ability to paint a portrait with her words, creating a Gothic backdrop to her utterly romantic tale of the non-beauty and her handsome, beastly Duke with a penchant of speaking his mind-no matter how naughty or sensual!
“Listen to me. When a man wakes, he wakes wanting. He wakes hard and rude and aching with need.” He shifted, pressing his erection against her hip. “Do you feel that?”
She gasped. “Yes.”
“It wants in you,” he said.
“Yes. In you. Hard, deep, fast, and completely. Now don’t wake me at this hour again unless you’ve found the perfect retort to that.”
She didn’t answer.
What a great message Ms. Dare offers her readers and this was definitely a promising beginning to what appears to be a fantastic series. I laughed out loud, smiled so wide my cheeks hurt, and swooned for our hero and heroine. I wait on pins and needles for book 2 in the Castles Ever After series.