ANY DUCHESS WILL DO
With its nods to Miss Congeniality, Pretty Woman, Cinderella and My Fair Lady, Dare’s smart, funny, sensual tale is brimming with marvelous characters — including a feisty heroine, a heartbreaker hero and a duchess who knits ill-fitting baby hats. The humor flows from the pages, enhancing the character development and enveloping the reader in a love story that’s so happy your heart will be touched.
A journey to Spindle Cove is always welcome, but not for Griffin York, Duke of Halford, whose mother insists he choose a bride from amongst the ladies in the seaside village. To teach her a lesson, he picks the Bull and Blossom’s barmaid. All Pauline Simms dreams of is owning a lending library — until Griffin makes her an outrageous offer. If she allows his mother to train her as a would-be duchess and fails, he’ll give her enough money to fulfill her wishes. Pauline is surprisingly inept and adept at her lessons. Most surprising of all is Griffin’s growing desire for smart, sassy Pauline. She brightens his life and eases his sorrow. He needs Pauline, but can he prove to her that she needs him? (AVON, Jun. 380 pp. $7.99)