“I love a good romance novel tossed into my reading pile every now and then. It's a refreshing break from the many contemporary, classical and young adult novels I read, and plus, it usually only takes me a day or two to finish. I discovered Tessa Dare through The Ballroom Blog and decided one day to randomly try reading one of her novels.
Ms. Dare writes a beautiful little love story between Amelia d'Orsay and Spencer Dumarque, the Duke of Moreland. While there are a great many things that happen through the course of the novel, I was intensely drawn to the story of the love affair between these two, rooting for them, even when there seemed to be no hope! It's a crazy, emotional ride and one I thoroughly enjoyed taking.
I found it a little difficult to like Amelia d'Orsay at first, but then I realized it was mostly because she reminded me a little bit of me - caring deeply for her family, clinging on to fond memories and choosing to be happy in spite of her unfortunate circumstances. It was lovely seeing her stand up to Spencer and the others in the book, and it amused me to see how strong and self-sufficient she could be.
Spencer was a bit of an enigma at first, because he appeared to be unfeeling/uncaring, except when it came to his horses. But I like how we discover a softer, more vulnerable side to him, especially when he starts realizing how he feels about Amelia. Plus, imagining how he looks in my head and knowing that he loves books AND horses? Instant addition to my romance novel heroes I love list.
Speaking of horses, I thought the premise of the stud club was quite interesting, to say the least. It sounds like the type of crazy thing that people of that age (especially young, privileged people) might have come up with, and it added an interesting aspect to the whole story.
It is my pleasure to report that I was instantly hooked on the book and I will definitely be reading more of her novels in the future!”