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Any Duchess Will Do

Spindle Cove, Book 4
Narrated by: Eva Kaminsky
Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (409 ratings)

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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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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.

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  • Kimberly
  • Indianapolis, IN, United States
  • 05-09-14

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.

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  • Yuefang
  • Luwuk, Indonesia
  • 05-13-14

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.

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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

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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.

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  • Luna
  • Silverdale, WA
  • 05-12-14

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...

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Enjoyable

Light and lovely romance novel. The presentation was done well. I do recommend this book for a light romance novel

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enjoyable story

it's a nice story. enjoyed listening to it.love the author. happy ending. duke and his problems.

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Inspired !!

A look at what the love of a child will do to one lost... beautiful.

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  • SGF
  • Boston MA
  • 11-27-18

Story is OK but narration could have more feeling

Story was entertaining but a little dragged out. Not as good as other Tessa Dare stories. Also the narration was a bit flat.

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  • JED
  • 12-30-18

Ruined by Narrator

Its a real shame that a very good story line is ruined by the horrible narration. Reading other reviews, some people have no problem with an American narrator trying to do a "stiff upper lip" english accent. If she thinks this is what people talked like she has a problem. The upper class may have thought they were superior but they could not have talked in this "plum in the mouth way". She also got so many words and pronunciations wrong that it really gets to you over the 10 hour journey. The story is good. Tess Dare has even worked out a happy ending in a realistic way, rather than suppose that "society" will accept a serving girl into their elite ranks. Such a shame about the narration.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 02-12-16

Engaging

I enjoyed the reading...It was very engaging😚 Can't wait for the next story in the series

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  • Julia
  • 12-03-15

Feel asleep in the middle and did not bother

Would you try another book written by Tessa Dare or narrated by Eva Kaminsky?

No, I will not.

Has Any Duchess Will Do put you off other books in this genre?

I do not think so, but of this author.

What didn’t you like about Eva Kaminsky’s performance?

She did not make the characters different enough and sometimes I think she had the pronunciation of places wrong.

What character would you cut from Any Duchess Will Do?

There where too little well developed characters not too many.

Any additional comments?

Completely unbelievable which would be ok, if it would be a fairy tale. But it sort of did not have to fantasy touch to it which does make you cope better with such a thing.

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  • faye
  • 03-21-15

funny, imaginative, and intelligent writing. you

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

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  • si042
  • 02-05-15

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.