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  • You won't regret it

    4.75* Review originally published at Romancing Romances. I received an eARC at no cost from the author, and I am leaving a voluntary and honest review. Thank you. Reading a book by Tessa Dare is always a pleasure. There are always funny, romantic moments with her books. Penny is one of the most adorable characters ever. She’s an animal lover, and a vegetarian – in the 1800’s! She takes care of animals that were hurt, or that no one wanted. She’s one of the most lovable people, she’s caring, and sweet, and a great friend. She’s someone we would all love to have in our lives. Gabe (Gabriel Duke) is fantastic. He’s ruthless, but, to be honest, it’s one of the things I like about him. Let’s face it, people take advantage of other people, and he just collects what they thought they could always owe. And the ton doesn’t like it. Too bad, if you ask me. Not his problem. Don’t like what he does? Then don’t give him the chance to do so, by not having debts everywhere! Anyway. Penny lives next door to this handsome Duke of Ruin. And their first meeting is hilarious! Penny has a parrot, the parrot flies away to Gabe’s house, and she follows, and his… pretty much naked. And what a scene! Tessa Dare is one of the best writers for sexy scenes – mind, not necessarily sex scenes, but everything before, after and the sex scene itself. It makes us readers feel as good as the characters. They strike an unusual friendship with attraction at first sight – not love, attraction. Loves comes later. Penny has the best of friends, but lately they have their own families, and their free time is limited. And Gabriel decides to help her with her new predicament. Penny’s brother wanted her to leave London, and go back to her family’s estate in Cumberland, and Gabriel doesn’t want her to go, because her presence as a neighbour would help him sell his new house. And Penny doesn’t want to leave her house, and she has a past that she doesn’t want to re-live, which might have happened if she left for Cumberland. Gabe helps Penny, and he’s ambitious, relentless, and he gets things done. Penny is so assertive about what she wants, she doesn’t leave things to chance. And when she wants Gabriel, and he wants her, things heat up! And wow! They have such sweet, romantic, sexy moments. Like I mentioned before, there’s something in Penny’s past that could have made her a scared, sad person, but no. She’s such a happy, tender, devoted person. It’s handled beautifully, with the hero feeling angry about what she had to go through, but I really liked that the women got together, and Penny handled it on her own – she’s fierce! So, read this book! You won’t regret it.

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  • Loved it!

    Very entertaining and witty. This is a great series and I can’t wait for the next book!

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  • Great historical romance with humour.

    This was a great romance, with a lot of humour in it. In this story, opposites due attract. I'm a great reader of historical romances.

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  • My favourite of the series!

    4.5 stars — Wow, it’s so hard to decide, but I think this was my favourite of the 3 so far! Still absolutely adored Mary Jane Wells as the narrator. She’s so consistent with her voices, with distinguishing between thoughts and dialogue, and she NAILS both the humour and the emotion of our characters. Penny was just so absolutely easy to love, and my heart broke for both of them. I loved that we had 2 emotionally scarred individuals who went opposite ways when trying to adapt to the hurt…and somehow they found one another. I kind of loved how Penny figured out how to be strong on her own, that it had nothing to do with Gabriel, that she grew to be that person just because…probably because of friends and stuff. That’s immensely admirable, and she is definitely a heroine to look up to. There were some very modern concepts in this book, and since I don’t read a lot of historical, I was initially thrown off. But while it may not have been the norm, I don’t see why some intrepid independent women couldn’t find value in those things even back then. I loved that there were lessons for today. I loved that Gabriel was so respectful of Penny — he really is a swoony hero, amplifying her voice and giving her agency. I was worried I wouldn’t love Gabriel, b/c he’s so gruff and blunt and forthright…but you really end up understanding why he is the way he is. And it made it that much more delightful to see Penny break through his walls and get to his heart. Obviously I loved them together. They had a lot of chemistry, but they also made me laugh a lot when they were together. I was surprised with the heartbreak parts of the story…I won’t go into them, b/c spoilers, but I wasn’t expecting it and it killed me at times. I adored all the antics with the animals — I’m an animal lover at heart, so I totally vibed with Penny on that aspect. I laughed and laughed and laughed at the antics with Chase and Ash. I loved seeing our circle of strong women again, and cannot wait for Nicola’s story! Loved the background story with Mrs. Burns. That was such an unexpected delight, and a side bit of humour, and I really appreciated that. So yeah. I kinda forgot I hadn’t finished up this review, so it’s a bit more disjointed — but needless to say there were so many parts that I absolutely adored, and put together they made for a favourite read.

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