Saturday, June 21, 2014

Romancing the Duke by Tessa Dare

Romancing the Duke is the first book in Tessa Dare's new series Castles Ever After. It's clearly "historical fiction" but the exact time in history is not specified. 

I enjoyed this breezy entertaining romance, but it's not what I'd call accurate historical fiction. Aside from the setting (a mouldering castle), the clothing, and the fact that the hero is a duke blinded in a duel, it's a modern romance. The heroine is quite modern, what she and the duke get up to is quite modern, and the whole subplot involving a group of people who dress up like characters in a book and travel around together felt thoroughly modern. I actually liked the subplot, I just didn't buy it in whatever time period this novel is supposed to be set in.

Romancing the Duke has many elements of a fairy tale. Recommended for anyone who enjoys historical romance with a modern heroine and who isn't too concerned about details.

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