ROMANCING THE DUKE
“Adorable,” “funny,” “charming” and “clever” are a few words used to describe Dare’s novels, and the first of her Castles Ever After series is no exception. There’s an intrepid heroine, a brooding hero, delightful secondary characters (including an ermine named Snowdrop) and just enough angst and passion to turn this into a Dare fan’s delight. Don’t look for historical accuracy; for, in true Dare fashion, there are modern-day references galore that turn every scene into a joy and leave readers smiling. Isn’t that one reason for reading romance?
Miss Isolde Ophelia Goodnight, daughter of a bestselling author, is penniless after her father’s death and unexpectedly inherits a ghostly, ghastly castle. But the castle is occupied — by Ransom, Duke of Rothbury, a man coming to grips with his loss of sight. The sparks that fly between them set the stage for a battle that neither plans on losing. Yet, as Izzy takes the time to understand Ransom, he realizes she’s unlike most women — though her notions about romance and fairy-tale endings are strange to a loveless man. Living and working together, their mutual desire ignites, but can their love survive without belief in true romance? (AVON, Feb., 380 pp., $7.99)