Any Duchess Will Do - Spindle Cove, Bk 4 Author:Tessa Dare What's a duke to do, when the girl who's perfectly wrong becomes the woman he can't live without? — Griffin York, the Duke of Halford, has no desire to wed this season -- or any season -- but his diabolical mother abducts him to “Spinster Cove” and insists he select a bride from the ladies in residence. Griff decides to te... more »ach her a lesson that will end the marriage debate forever. He chooses the serving girl.
Overworked and struggling, Pauline Simms doesn’t dream about dukes. All she wants is to hang up her barmaid apron and open a bookshop. That dream becomes a possibility when an arrogant, sinfully attractive duke offers her a small fortune for a week’s employment. Her duties are simple: submit to his mother’s “duchess training”… and fail miserably.
But in London, Pauline isn’t a miserable failure. She’s a brave, quick-witted, beguiling failure -- a woman who ignites Griff’s desire and soothes the darkness in his soul. Keeping Pauline by his side won’t be easy. Even if Society could accept a serving girl duchess -- can a roguish duke convince a serving girl to trust him with her heart?« less
After drugging her son and forcing him to accompany her to Spindle Cove, the Duchess of Halford demands that Griffin do his duty and choose a bride from the ladies at the Bull and Blossom...someone his mother can train to be the next Duchess. Deciding to teach his mother a lesson, Griffin selects Pauline Simms, a poor serving girl who will never make an acceptable wife for a Duke. Griff makes a deal with Pauline. He will give her one thousand pounds for a week of training, as long as she is a miserable failure. To Pauline, the money is a fortune she can't pass up. But what happens when she feels guilty about tricking Griff's mother?...or when she isn't a complete failure?...or when she falls in love with Griff?
I pulled an all-nighter with this book because I couldn't put it down. Tessa Dare has written a wonderful story with vivid characters. I loved both Pauline and Griff, and felt they were perfect for each other. I also liked Griff's mother and the many ways she would try to manipulate Griff and Pauline into situations that put them together. This is the last book in the Spindle Cove series. I hate to see this series end. My rating: 5 Stars.