Cara Recommends: Tessa Dare

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Tessa Dare has a new book and it is AMAZING.

Her last book, Do You Want to Start a Scandal, blew my mind, and I honestly didn’t think she could top it. I’ve read it four times since it came out and each time I find something new to love and adore. But this one is really something.

One of the things that Dare does very well is combine sometimes gut-wrenching vulnerabilities in her characters with humor and slapstick. She’s brilliant at manipulating reader emotions, taking you from laughter to arousal to tears–sometimes in the same scene! If you love having your heartstrings plucked by a master, you’ll get your money’s worth.

In The Duchess Deal, Dare tackles two scarred protagonists. The hero has external scars (caused by a misfiring cannon at Waterloo) that have caused him to internalize his pain. The heroine has internal scars that sometimes dictate her actions, even when she doesn’t want them to. But in each other, they just might find someone who loves them, scars and all.

So where to start with Tessa Dare?

The new Girl Meets Duke series.

You could just jump in with Duchess Deal. It’s the first book in a new series, and I highly recommend it. But if you’re like me, you like to binge-read book series. And she has several already finished and waiting for you!

The “last” book in both the Castles Ever After and Spindle Cove series.

My favorites of her series are the two that she combines in Scandal–the Spindle Cove series and the Castles Ever After series. Both are fantastic in general, but my favorites (other than Scandal) are:  A Week to Be Wicked (Spindle Cove) and When a Scot Ties the Knot (Castles).


Those are later entries in each series, however, so if you’re like me and have to start at the beginning, start with A Night to Surrender (Spindle Cove) and Romancing the Duke (Castles). All of the books in both series are funny, sexy, and heart-wrenching.

Her earlier series, the Stud Club and Wanton Dairymaid trilogies, are also fun reads. You really can’t go wrong with Tessa Dare!

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