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Any Duchess Will Do: Spindle Cove, Book 4 | [Tessa Dare]

Any Duchess Will Do: Spindle Cove, Book 4

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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?

©2013 Eve Ortega (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Cynthia 05-24-14
    Cynthia 05-24-14 Member Since 2012

    I love to sew and read. Now I can do both at the same time!

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    "Tessa Dare Writes a Dang Good Story!"

    I love everything about this book. The story line is fabulous, the characters are fresh and very appealing. I listened to the whole thing in one sitting and I could turn around and listen to it again.

    Eva Kaminsky's narration is terrific. I especially love her accent for Pauline, our heroine. Pauline is a country lass, who though lacking much formal education, is witty and quick and catches the hero's attention from first glance. Griff, the Duke of Halford has been forced by his mother, a woman who is desperate for grandchildren to pick a woman to be his Duchess. His mother vows to be able to turn any one of the ladies of Spindle Cove into a woman that the Ton will accept as Duchess material. Griff offers Pauline a good sum of money to take his mother up on her offer and to fail spectacularly. Pauline doesn't see this as a problem.

    I love Tessa Dare more and more with every book of hers I read.

    It's worth a credit. It's worth the money. And most importantly, it's worth the time it took to listen to it.

    I thoroughly enjoyed every minute.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Kimberly Indianapolis, IN, United States 05-09-14
    Kimberly Indianapolis, IN, United States 05-09-14 Member Since 2015

    I enjoy historical, paranormal, and contemporary romance. Also steampunk, sci-fi, fantasy, suspense, and fiction. I'm open to about anything

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    "Wonderful!"

    Genre: Regency Romance
    Performance by Eva Kaminsky was above average, except for a couple of mispronunciations which weren't bad enough to spoil everything for me.

    This book has everything:
    A plucky heroine
    A reluctant hero
    A determined Duchess
    And really bad knitting

    Tessa Dare takes us back to Spindle Cove, the haven for bluestockings, spinsters, and awkward young ladies needing some polish. Most of the book takes place in London, but it begins and ends in Spindle Cove.
    The hero and heroine are great characters, and they grow and change over the course of the novel. Pauline takes on a little bit of shine, and Griffin finds a bit of humility.

    Although this is part of a series, it isn't imperative that you read the others first.
    Definitely worth the credit.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Yuefang Luwuk, Indonesia 05-13-14
    Yuefang Luwuk, Indonesia 05-13-14

    Mom of 3 and a book lover.

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    "Fun twist of Cinderella's Story"

    The storyline is so amusing and kept my interest till the end. It's about irresponsible, living in debauchery Duke who wants to spite his overbearing mother by marrying a serving girl. Bravo for both the author and the narrator with excellent job, and my first audio from the Spindle Cove series, love to venture another series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Cam Las Vegas, NV, United States 06-14-14
    Cam Las Vegas, NV, United States 06-14-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Unlikely love match but cute story regardless"

    Story reminded me of Cinderella, but it was such a feel good book. I actually finished it in one day because I enjoyed reading it so much. The story even has the 12 am clock bells going off and her running away leaving a shoe behind. But the story is truly not silly. Ok that part was but it is done in a classier manner than I just reduced it to. ☺ so read it and enjoy the turn around of a Duke from a rake to a kind, generous and giving gentleman. A definite read

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Blue State Girl Vermont 12-15-14
    Blue State Girl Vermont 12-15-14 Member Since 2011

    Home is where my books are.

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    "My idea of a perfect HR!"

    For me, this romance was the perfect nexus of splendid parts. From beautiful plotting to perfect dialogue to intriguingly fleshed out characters to the gorgeous narration. Sensual and joyous and so very romantic, I didn't so much read/listen to it, as I reveled in it. It was my reward at the end of a long day, three nights in a row.

    I love great stories, but when it comes to audio books, the story can be great, but without a great narrator, you might as well give it a skip. Eva Kaminsky is a revelation in this one. Her accents (and I don't pretend to know what Pauline's accent was), add so much to the texture of the story that I hung on every word. The nuance she added to the dialogue was also fantastic. I once said the Rosalyn Landor could teach a master class. Eva Kaminsky could as well.

    I've enjoyed every book in the Spindle Cove series, but I LOVED this one.

    With Tessa Dare and Eva Kaminsky on board, this was a masterpiece!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer 06-13-14

    love to escape in to my Books, Historical, Highlander Scottish Romance , Mysteries & Suspense , Time Travel the Classics, Paranormal Romance

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    "Enjoyed- Any Duchess Will Do!"
    What made the experience of listening to Any Duchess Will Do the most enjoyable?

    I loved the concept of the Cinderella story but much better. The love that develops between Griffin York, the Duke of Halford and Pauline Simms was beautiful. also loved Griffins Mother. I laugh out loud when all the servant where called and every one was confessing of what they did wrong it was hilarious, very, very funny, you got to read it you will appreciate it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Griffin York, the Duke of Halford and Pauline Simms and Griffins Mother.


    What does Eva Kaminsky bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I love it when there is a good reader and Eva Kaminsky was that !


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I did listen to the story in one sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    I very much enjoyed this Book and I recommend this Book. I love when there are happy endings and I can enjoy the characters and not get angry at them.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Luna Silverdale, WA 05-12-14
    Luna Silverdale, WA 05-12-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Brilliant love story and great narrator"

    It has all the marks of a great story...with all the emotions that comes with it...finding true love and true friendship, anguish, pain, hilarity (was really funny when they got stuck together..litteraly),...and they live happily ever after...

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Susan A Bugg 06-05-15 Member Since 2008
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    "Love the whole series"

    I'm going to listen to all of them again in order. Her characters are so richly developed throughout the story.

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    Kindle Customer 03-30-15 Member Since 2014
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    "this is one of the best cinderella stories ever"

    This one made me laugh and cry. It's Tessa Dare's best. For the historical romance fan it is a must read.

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    Helen Phoenix, AZ, United States 03-13-15
    Helen Phoenix, AZ, United States 03-13-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Delightful story."

    Though it was like a fairy tale it was a delightfully warm story. The narrator was very good with the voices of the different characters.

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    "funny, imaginative, and intelligent writing. you"

    You will enjoy this story of passion read by an understanding reader. good pace and gripping story

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • sid042
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    "Loved the story"

    I loved this story--I think this is one of my favourite Spindle Cove stories. Griff is wonderful and Pauline is thoroughly likeable. Griff's mother amused me too and there's some really heart-breaking and strong, sexy moments. Whilst I enjoyed most of the performance, there was some odd pronunciations which a native Brit will hear. Vauxhall being pronounced Voh-hall was one of the worst. It's pronounced Voxhall by Londoners usually. That said the 'A's were nicely pronounced which I often find are weak when the narrator isn't a native Brit. For those who aren't British listeners, I suspect you'll enjoy this very much.

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