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Any Duchess Will Do (spindle cove Book 4) by [Dare, Tessa]
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“Any Duchess Will Do is an equally beguiling blend of sparkling wit and simmering sensuality that is guaranteed to captivate fans of clever, sexy historical romances.” (Booklist (starred review))

Romances based on fairy tales have enjoyed a new surge of popularity recently, but in her fourth Spindle Cove novel, Tessa Dare gives readers an anti-fairy tale romance in which hard work and self-respect are the route to happiness, and love is the only magic anyone needs. (Heroes and Heartbreakers)

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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?


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1376 KB
  • Print Length: 389 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (28 May 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008CH21GO
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #31,946 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is a lovely book that is a joy to read. It's Regency setting and story line which is similar to Cinderella Make it a delight to read. It is both heart warming and amusing. I found myself laughing so much I could not read any further . I read it in a day and can not wait for her next book.
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Really good idea for a story. Loved Pauline's character and her relationship with the hero's mother, as well as the hero, obviously.. Not sure if I believe the hero feel in love with her at first sight though. Not with all that sugar and alum all over her!
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This is a romantic story of Griffin York, Duke of Halford and Pauline Simms and overworked barmaid. Griffin thinks to thawt this mother by picking a female to marry who goes totally against the grain of what his mother would think right and proper. Pauline is a downtrodden barmaid who instanly sparks something with Griffin and ultimately they come to an agreement that she would work at being a duchess, with his mothers assistance for a week, in which time she will try to be utterly wrong for the position. Needless to say she does eventually come right for the position of duchess and everything ends happily. This story is somewhat predictable but still a good read.
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Any Duchess Will Do is the fourth in Tessa Dare's Spindle Cove series, and it was a truly delightful read.

It's a kind of cross between Cinderella and Pygmalion (in intention, anyway) in which the Duchess of Halford, despairing of her son, the eighth Duke's ever marrying, drugs him, kidnaps him and bears him off to `Spinster Cove'. She marches him into the Bull and Blossom tavern, into the midst of a large group of industrious young ladies, and issues the instruction "pick one". She is tired of waiting for him to find himself a wife and tells him that she'll mould whoever he chooses into a suitable bride.

Naturally, Griffin York, Duke of Halford is horrified. But recognising that his mother is utterly determined, he decides that the best way to exact his revenge is to do just as she insists - and he chooses the least likely prospect he can find; Pauline Simms, the barmaid.

Still intent on avoiding his mother's machinations, Griff strikes a bargain with Pauline. If she comes with him to London for a week and ruins the duchess' plans by being a complete and utter social disaster, he will pay her one thousand pounds. Even though that's more money than she could ever have hoped to see in her lifetime, Pauline is initially reluctant to leave. Although she and her younger sister live with their parents, Pauline cares for her sister Daniela, who, while only a few years younger than Pauline, has the mind of a child.

But eventually she agrees. One thousand pounds will be enough money for her to attain her dream of opening her own library, and for her and Daniela to move out of their parents' house and be self-sufficient.
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I think only Tessa Dare could pull off the premise of this Pygmalion/My Fair Lady type story - servant girl trained as a wager by Duke's mother to be his wife succeeds brilliantly. Hmmmm! Nevertheless - pull it off she does. Entertaining, seductive and charming. A lovely read.
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This concept sounded marvelous when I chose this book, but when I started reading it I found it to be a tiny bit plodding. I persevered and I am so happy I did, because this ended up being one of the most romantic, sexy and funny historical romances that I have read in a long time!

His mother has kidnapped the Duke of Halford. If he wants to get his mother to stop pestering him to get married and to have a baby he has finally agreed to marry someone -anyone, and the one he chooses in Spindle Cove is farmers' daughter and barmaid Pauline Simms. The rub is, is that his mother has to turn Pauline into Duchess material and has but a week to do so. So, off Pauline goes to London to receive her `training'. Now the issue is, will they both be able to resist each other?

There is so much more to this story than just what the synopsis says. This may have sounded like a frivolous bit of writing at the start, but it really deals with much more. Naturally, the Duke is hiding something. Something dark. He has a room that he keeps locked -all the time. Is he killing kittens in there, Pauline wonders? However, it is a deeper secret than that.

I loved how this dissolute debauched Duke could be hiding something dark, yet not be portrayed as one of those overly brooding, always internalizing men who just lashes out at everyone and yet the reader is supposed to adore him anyway. I really dislike that sort of character.

And Pauline could have been written as a ditzy sort with no mind of her own, who falls in love at the first second. Well, maybe she does, but we are not forced to read chapters of her pining away over something she thinks she can't ever have. They are both resourceful, smart, funny people who are caught up in a wonderful charade.
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By Detra Fitch TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 23 Jun. 2013
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Griffin York, the Duke of Halford, has no desire to wed. His mother has decided that it will be happen this season. So when Griffin awakens to find that his mother has abducted him to "Spinster Cove" and then insists he select a bride from the ladies in residence, he wants to teach her a lesson. Griffin chooses the serving girl. Not just any serving girl would have done either. This serving girl must be the clumsiest to be found. After all, when she enters the room she is a royal mess, covered head-to-toe in sugar.

Pauline Simms works as a barmaid in town and works at home on her abusive father's farm. She wants nothing more than to take her slow sister away with her and to open a bookshop where they could live together in peace. That dream becomes possible when an arrogant duke offers her a small fortune for a week's employment. All Pauline has to do is submit to his mother's "duchess training" and fail miserably. But in London, nothing goes as planned. Sometimes opposites really do attract. ****

**** FOUR STARS! In this entertaining story, Tessa Dare proves that two perfectly wrong people can be blissfully right for each other. One or two scenes had the same flavor as the movies Pretty Woman (15th Anniversary Special Edition) [DVD]and My Fair Lady [DVD] [1965]. I know that may be hard to image, but this author actually succeeds in doing it! This story has no danger or suspense, only romance with a bit of comedy and a feel good ending. I enjoyed every single second of this delightful romp! ****

Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.
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