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
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
I enjoy historical, paranormal, and contemporary romance. Also steampunk, sci-fi, fantasy, suspense, and fiction. I'm open to about anything
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.
I love to sew and read. Now I can do both at the same time!
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.
Mom of 3 and a book lover.
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.
I don't want to live in a world without books!
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!
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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.
Griffin York, the Duke of Halford and Pauline Simms and Griffins Mother.
I love it when there is a good reader and Eva Kaminsky was that !
I did listen to the story in one sitting.
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.
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...
I love that it was a continuation of the Spindle Cove series, but in a slightly new setting. It was fun to meet new characters, while still getting a glimpse of "old friends." Very funny. Fast paced. Loved it.
Both the leads were great. The heroine was strong, but not annoying, She was sweet and likable, but not a pushover. The hero was fantastic too. He had an interesting backstory that was gradually revealed. He had some very funny lines.
She did a terrific job with both the aristocratic and peasant accents. She did the male voices just as well as the female voices.
I could have, definitely.
I'm so sad that this is the last the Spindle Cove series, at least so far. I've loved every one of the books and anything else by Tessa Dare.
I've read Tessa Dare before and really enjoyed her books. This one didn't disappoint. I loved the two characters who were really not suited to be together, but managed to fall in love anyway. Pauline is the spirited barmaid that Griff picks out in Spinster Cove when his mother, who is desperate for grandchildren, kidnaps him and demands that he select any young lady in the local bar to be his duchess. In a deliberate attempt to thwart her plan, Griff picks the least likely candidate, the barmaid. After he agrees to hire her for a week to prove that she is totally unsuitable, he takes her off to London for her duchess-to be-training. Pauline agrees to this as it will provide her with the money she needs to open a circulating library for young women and give her the means to get her and her mentally challenged sister away from the mistreatment they're receiving at home. Pauline tries her best to be a catastrophe in London, but manages to reach the Duke's heart anyway. The Duke's devious mother made me chuckle over and over again, especially when she calls together the entire servant staff to find out who wrote in the family Bible, or when she's knitting some unfortunate piece of attire. The narrator did a nice job, except that sometimes Pauline's accent tended to sound more Irish to me than Cockney. This book is definitely worth the credit and then some!
This was a great story. I loved it. I liked the hero and the heroine was great. I liked that she was a barmaid and he was a duke. Made for a great story line. I loved his mother's character too. There was lots of dialogue, great chemistry and fantastic sex.
The narration was too slow on regular speed and I sped it up to 1.25 speed and it was perfect! I loved the narration. She did the heroine so great with her accent. She also did a great job on the men's voices, they sounded like men. I would totally listen to this narrator again!
"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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