Main Characters: Isolde “Izzy” Ophelia Goodnight, Ransom Vane Duke of Rothbury


Historical RomanceFiery Passion


“Any self-respecting rake had two kinds of women in his life: those he took to bed at night and those who made him a pancake in the morning. If he suddenly wanted both from the same woman, it was a warning flag. One big and red enough for even a blind man to see.”



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?

This one.



“I didn’t do it on purpose.” His arms went around her. “I just . . . I just needed to keep you up here.” He walked her backward until her knees met the edge of her bed, and they both tumbled onto the mattress. “In this bed.”

He stroked her hair, fanning it out over the pillows, and framed her face in his hands. “But I couldn’t discern what it was you needed to feel safe. I tried everything. Finally, tonight, you gave me the answer. Light. So now you have as many candles as you please. But now it’s gone all wrong. Because you’re here in this bed. But I’m here, too. And God help me, Izzy.” His brow pressed to hers, and his weight settled over her, crushing and warm. “I don’t know how to leave.”


I always love a good fairy tale. This bok right here is a great Beauty And The Beast story. I just like it when an adorable heroine wins the heart of a tortured hero who thinks hof himself as unlovable and unworthy. I think it’s a great story that has love, beauty, and redemption rolled into one.

Romancing The Duke is a nice historical novel that really transports you into the ghostly castle where Izzy and Ransom lived. You could imagine th Moranglians rallying in support of Izzy Goodnight. You could picture the loyal DUncan who never abandoned his lord even if Ransom was difficult. Most of all, the chemistry between Izzy and Ransom was so obvious you could almost touch it.

I’m not really big on historical romance novels because I always find the historical setting to be restrictive, especially on women, and prejudiced. However, when I do read historical love stories, I want them to be entertaining and addictive. I want to be taken to that time and place where the hero and the heroine are. I am very glad to say that this book truly gave me a good time. I enjoyed the wit and banter. I even enjoyed the antagonists and their ridiculous claims.

I have not read anything from Tessa Dare before, and I swear to correct that oversight right away. This first book in her Castles Ever After series is testament enough to why people should read her works. Tessa Dare writes historical romance in a way that makes you not want to stop until you truly reach each book’s happy ending.



“Sometimes he wondered if women were all lawyers, with an extensive code of Romantic Law that they kept stubbornly hidden from men.”


Reading Order [book-series]

Book 1 – Romancing The Duke

Book 2 – Say Yes To The Marquess

Book 3 – When A Scott Ties The Knot




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