Romancing the Duke by Tessa Dare | Audiobook Review

Posted August 20, 2014 by Zeee in Reviews4 Comments

Romancing the Duke by Tessa Dare | Audiobook ReviewRomancing the Duke written by Tessa Dare
Publication Date: 2014-01-28
Series: Castles Ever After #1
Format: Audiobook
Narrated by Carmen Rose
Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star
Flame Rating: three-half-flames
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In the first in Tessa Dare's captivating Castles Ever After series, a mysterious fortress is the setting for an unlikely love . . .

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 a 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?

This one.

My Thoughts

Tessa Dare has done it again!  Romancing the Duke, the first book in her Castles Ever After series is an awesome read!  I have been reading Tessa Dare’s backlist and I must say she has become an auto-click author for me!

Romancing the Duke is about Isolde Goodnight, a daughter of a well-known children’s author who has been gifted a castle by her godfather.  She has been left destitute by her father and had nowhere to go until she got word about her inheritance.  She immediately embarks on a journey to claim her castle without knowing that said castle came with a duke!  Ransom, the duke of Rothbury, has been in seclusion for the better part of the year due to an incident that has left him blind.  He doesn’t know that HIS castle was sold by his solicitors until Izzy arrives at his doorstep.  What happens next is a story that had me giggling all throughout the book!

The story is unique in a sense that it brings a new flavor to the Beauty and the Beast story.  I love seeing the sparks between Ransom and Izzy.  I love Izzy so much because she reminds me or ME!  So yes, I am a little bit biased.  I love how Izzy still lived up to her father’s memory by playing the “sweet little Izzy” from her father’s stories and acknowledging and even playing along with her father’s fans/devoted readers.  It was so fun reading about cosplay during the regency period.  In fact, this was the first historical romance book that I have read mentioning an author fan base like today.  So fun.

As fun as this book was, I was a little disappointed in the end.  I could not imagine how Ransom’s solicitors, who were fleecing him and trying to have him committed to an asylum, got off without so much as a slap on the wrist when their duplicity was discovered.  I could not understand how the person handling the case (I forgot what he was called) just threatened the solicitors and telling them that the Prime Minister’s (or head judge or whatever) son was a fan of the Goodnight tales.  I mean, it felt really frivolous to me and I was expecting it to be a serious matter.

All in all, I really recommend reading this book.  It was fun and enjoyable and I feel like there were no boring parts!

The Audiobook

This book was narrated by Carmen Rose and I love her!  In fact, I have loved quite a few books that she has read.  The voices used are perfect and not annoying at all.  She also uses a light tone to match the humorous lighthearted parts of the story.


About Tessa Dare

Author: Tessa Dare

Tessa Dare is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of fourteen historical romance novels and five novellas. Her books have won numerous accolades, including Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA® award (twice!) and the RT Book Reviews Seal of Excellence. Booklist magazine named her one of the “new stars of historical romance,” and her books have been contracted for translation in more than a dozen languages.

A librarian by training and a booklover at heart, Tessa makes her home in Southern California, where she lives with her husband, their two children, and a trio of cosmic kitties.

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4 responses to “Romancing the Duke by Tessa Dare | Audiobook Review

  1. OH I think that end would irk me a bit too. Though I'm a bit blood thirsty sometimes with these things. lol I really need to give her a try. I've been meaning to and have this one even I think–that cover is just so pretty! Glad to hear you enjoyed it even if the end was a bit too light.
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    • Zeee

      Yes! Please do try her books! I am finding out that I am loving her! She is now an autobuy! 😀