Book Review: Any Duchess Will Do

As I continue on my journey of self publishing, I at some times get stuck in a block and need to find some sort of inspiration. I call this little necessary nudge of creativity my Muse. This little imp comes in all sorts of forms for my mind. I can find it in writing, but if there is a block obviously I need to seek it elsewhere; reading, whether a novel or some sort of creative writing; watching a movie, either an old favorite or a new curiosity; or dancing, either with friends or in a studio. Most always, though, when I am looking for my Muse, I can count on my favorite authors to bring it out in me!  

Any Duchess Will Do by Tessa Dare is no different. This is my first introduction to the author, and I found her by a GoodReads group that I am a part of for romance genre fans! This romance novel is part of the historical sub-genre with many hot and steamy moments! Her novel is very well written with such strong characters, you almost forget who to root for. Overall, I gave the book a 4* rating.

***SPOILER ALERT**  This review contains spoilers, please stop here if you do not wish to know the full description of the novel.

As we meet Pauline, a barmaid and farmers’ daughter, I immediately knew I was going to love her as a strong female character. Her temperament at an old hag mocking her family is so reactionary that I found myself questioning what I would have done in the situation, and I don’t think I would have done anything different.

As we meet Griff, I found immediately that he was a sly, desirous man, but so full of pain that I wasn’t sure how he would end up with Pauline, but the bargain he and his mother strike up reminds the reader of date and structure of the world.  Once they meet and he says “Her. I’ll take her.”, the fun definitely began!

The Duchess, Griff’s mother, is another strong character, sly and purposeful just like her son. I knew her purpose as a character, to get Pauline and Griff together, but honestly, once Griff brought Pauline back to his manor, I am not sure that the Duchess really had much else to do than dress Pauline up.

From divulging their dreams to the first kiss to the numerous love scenes, each one more steamier than the next, you can literally feel the characters fall in love with each other. You can also feel how hopeless their situation becomes. He a Duke, she a barmaid, there was no way for their union to ever be solidified in the eyes of society.

The last love scene, since we already have found the hurt in Griff as he exposes he lost a daughter, when he asks Pauline if he could potentially create a life within her, the pain Griff holds no longer becomes a weight holding him down in despair, but it all crashes around them when Pauline pushes too far and begs Griff to tell his mother about his lose, a secret he’s been holding for a year.

It literally breaks your heart as Pauline prods for Griff to say his passed daughters name, as if he were ashamed of her, like Pauline thought he was of her. Break, break, then shatter as she runs out of the house.

Being talked into attending the ball as herself, a barmaid and not the Duchess’ friend, proving she is not ashamed of herself to all of London, she meets Griff, and he proves to her his love in front of every watching eye. Happily ever afters are my favorite, and Tessa Dare does not disappoint!

 

Back at it!

It has been a while, friends, but guess who’s back!

For the past couple of months I have been rather busy with real life events, all kinds of rite of passages, but now I am back and ready to publish my second novel!

“See you soon” was a great success! Over 1,000 reviews on all different distributing websites with an average of a 4 star rating; I call that an amazing starting point. I have to thank every single person who downloaded my first novel for helping me start my self-publishing dream.

But as with all things, I must go on!

My next novel to be published is another romance. It is a far more developed and lengthy novel than “See you soon”, and I believe it will surpass the ratings my first novel received. With every novel I write and publish, another piece of me goes with it. I cannot wait to share this piece with you!

Coming to readers August 2013. The perfect summer’s end novel.

“The Shoreline”

After years of staying far from where the ocean met the sand, Alexis can’t help but be drawn to a sexy surfer, Jason.

Alexis Anderson has a lot going for her in the near future. She has bills to pay, divorced parents to deal with, and a degree she has yet to find a job for which will put it to use. Her friends, Lori and Jordan, seemed to completely have their lives together with jobs lined up and goals to meet while Alexis was just hoping to stay above water. As the girls decide to take a beach vacation to the Outer Banks of North Carolina, none of them would have ever guessed on finding love.

After all the years of staying out of the ocean, Alexis finds herself swimming within one full of emotions she could have sworn had never existed. Jason opens her eyes to a world of possibilities, but a sea of secrets stands between them. Overcoming them might be the greatest feat Alexis has ever faced, second only to her fear of being taken under by
another wave. As her love for Jason evolves, she hopes to find common ground somewhere between the ocean and the sand, the shoreline.

 

 

My first Christmas gift to you!

I have a pleasant surprise for you, my friends! My previous post stated that it isn’t about what to give during this beautiful Christmas season, but what that gift would mean to the receiver! This Christmas, I would like to give you the opportunity to read my first novel “See You Soon” completely free!  

This season, I would like to give you, my friend, the only gift that I know can signify a piece of me. I worked extremely hard on my first piece, putting slices of myself within the novel. With this gift, I know that I can take part in making your holiday even brighter! So far my novel has received a 4 Star review on GoodReads and a 5 Star review on Amazon!

Please take a second and enter this coupon code into Smashwords: HL59X

Once you have entered the code, you will be able to choose which version, kindle, nook, etc., you will need in order to enjoy my novel, “See You Soon”! I hope you have a great holiday!