keskiviikko 25. toukokuuta 2016

Tessa Dare: A night to surrender ja Romancing the duke

Tessa Dare on melkein liiankin osuva nimimerkki historiallisten viihderomaanien kirjoittajalle. Teokset ovat tusinatavaraa, mutta teksti ei kuitenkaan pahemmin takkua, ja jokunen omaperäinen ajatuskin kirjoihin on saattanut pujahtaa.

A night to surrender (Avon, 2011; ISBN 978-0-06-204983-4).

Welcome to Spindle Cove, where ladies with delicate constitutions come for the sea air, and men in their prime are . . . nowhere to be found.

Or are they?

Spindle Cove is the destination of choice for certain types of well-bred young ladies: the painfully shy, young wives disenchanted with matrimony, and young girls too enchanted with the wrong men; it is a haven for those who live there.

Victor Bramwell, the new Earl of Rycliff, knows he doesn't belong here. So far as he can tell, there's nothing in this place but spinsters ... and sheep. But he has no choice, he has orders togather a militia. It's a simple mission, made complicated by the spirited, exquisite Susanna Finch--a woman who is determined to save her personal utopia from the invasion of Bram's makeshift army.

Susanna has no use for aggravating men; Bram has sworn off interfering women. The scene is set for an epic battle; but who can be named the winner when both have so much to lose?

Romancing the duke (HarperCollins, 2014; ISBN 9780062240163).

As the daughter of a famed author, Isolde Ophelia Goodnight grew up on tales of brave knights and fair maidens. She never doubted romance would be in her future, too. The storybooks offered endless possibilities. And as she grew older, Izzy crossed them off. One by one by one. Now Izzy's given up yearning for romance. She'll settle for a roof over her head. What fairy tales are left over for an impoverished twenty-six year-old woman who's never even been kissed?

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