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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; Original edition (Sept. 29 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 034550688X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345506887
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.3 x 17.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #405,569 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Prepare to fall in love.”—Julia Quinn

“The sweetest, sexiest romance you’ll read all year.”—Eloisa James

About the Author

Tessa Dare a part-time librarian, full-time mommy, and swing-shift writer. She makes her home in Southern California, where she shares a cozy, cluttered bungalow with her husband, their two children, and a dog.

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By Detra Fitch TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Sept. 22 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Sir Tobias "Toby" Aldridge's bride-to-be ran off to seek adventure. She has recently returned to London as the wife of Benedict "Gray" Grayson. Toby is still pondering how to achieve some revenge on the scoundrel who stole his bride when his eyes catch sight of a woman who takes his breath away. Toby decides to court the lady; however, she is seeking to wed a wealthy, powerful lord and become a lady of influence. This way she could help the needy. Sir Toby utilizes his talent for smooth debating to convince the lovely lady that should she consider him as a husband, she could and would be able to achieve her desires. Learning that the lovely lady is Isabel "Bel" Grayson makes her acceptance of his marriage proposal deliciously sweet, because Bel is the sister of Gray.

With just over two months until their wedding date, Toby must promise Bel anything she asks. Otherwise, Bel would break their engagement. This is how Sir Toby ends up promising to run for a seat in the House of Commons, though the very thought of possibly winning horrifies him. But as Toby's passion for Bel deepens into something more powerful, Toby must choose between a miserable political life or a miserable private life without Bel.

*** THREE STARS! An entertaining story that is perfect for warm, indoor reading on a rainy afternoon. Joss, Bel and Gray's widowed brother, is part of a romantic sub-plot with a physician's daughter. So readers will have the pleasure of two romances within this story. Tessa Dare's future as a romance writer looks bright indeed! ***

Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.
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i thoroughly enjoyed the romance and the characters were diverse and intriguing. it is a great way to spend an afternoon and you quickly become involved with the problems presented which include more than just winning the woman. a well written story. enjoy.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa121e828) out of 5 stars First 2 were amazing...this one is so-so Oct. 20 2009
By Amazon Customer - Published on
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I would be curious to see a review from someone who did not read the 2 books before this one. I'm wondering if I just didn't like this book because I loved Tessa's first 2 so was hard for this one to live up to the others?

I found Toby to be BORING. He was such a shallow character to me. I get it...he was the perfect gentleman but lazy and now his wife wants to make him a better man and he wants to try for her. And then the wife who is too perfect and giving and loving and shy but encouraging in bed. (YAWN)

I read the first 2 books in 2 days. It took me almost 2 weeks to finish this book. The plot was boring and the characters were almost like afterthoughts..."I have to write a trilogy, I have plot for 2 books...guess I'll throw the sister and the jilted groom together and see what happens." The end was a bit redemptive and the reason it got 3 stars instead of 2.

The best parts were revisiting the characters from the first 2 books. Loved hearing about Lucy's pregnancy and how Sophia and Gray were doing together in London.

I HIGHLY recommend Surrender to a Siren and Goddess of the Hunt. But you can probably skip this one.

***In response to comment***
I agree. The last chapter was great for getting to know how everyone is doing in the future. So...go ahead and open the book and read the last chapter.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa121e87c) out of 5 stars Much too annoying! Nov. 6 2012
By Denise - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
I only read a few chapters into this book and I can already see problems. The heroine isn't really likable, and the hero seems to be very shallow.

During her first date with the hero she turned down all his overtures to go places because of... "I can't eat this, someone suffered making it", and "We shouldn't spend when others have nothing", or "Those were stolen from their original owners" (marbles in the art museum) This was all in one outing. I can't understand why the hero put up with it. It was too soon for him to be in love with her considering he only met her the night before. Maybe he was just a glutton for punishment.

He asked her to marry him (on a whim? for revenge?) after an hour of knowing her, and she agreed thinking that his social position would help her change the world. I'm not sure why she feels that only a husband can do this for her. IMO any decent heroine would start off on her own, and get the hero's help along the way. This one seems to feel that she's only worth something with a man.

All in all, I found her too annoying and whiny, and he was too willing to take it. I won't ever find out what happens at the end, because it's simply not worth my time to get there.

I love all of Tessa Dare's other novels. It's a shame this one didn't turn out great as well.
17 of 23 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa121ecb4) out of 5 stars Admit - read half, skimmed rest Oct. 16 2009
By Mademoiselle Osa - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I bought this book eagerly despite not enjoying 'surrender of a siren' (but loving Goddess of the Hunt). The book is well written enough - but, it is the heroine, lord help me, that was so over-the-top priggish that I simply could not finish it! I felt sorry for the hero to have to be saddled with her - yuck. It's one thing to believe in justice or have a religion - it's another to subject others to misery because of it....ironic, really. She could not find love if it hit her over the head. After reading almost half of it trying to decide if I'd finish it, I skimmed the final half to see if there was any redemption for her. Much later she sort of gives a mea culpa. But, I couldn't bring myself to subject myself to her brand of misery for however many hour(s) it'd steal from my life to get to it. I didn't feel interested in the tension/issues that the novel revolved around - because it entirely revolves around the heroine being a stubborn, absorbed unloving whelp. She's so obessed with being 'perfect' she can't even be nice. So - the one star is not just the heroine but the effect her personality has on the entire story. Too bad, too - I did like Toby, but only pitied him in this one (he is in Goddess of the Hunt & is jilted in 'surrender of a siren'). Tessa Dare is a great writer (in the romance genre) & I will buy her next book (next year, I think) - but, this heroine was just awful!
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1221090) out of 5 stars What Happened?!... Dec 7 2009
By babs - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I'm so very disappointed...and very very shocked!

I've been a HUGE fan of Tessa Dare ever since I read "Goddess of the Hunt" and as you all know I do not give ratings where ratings aren't due, and I'm not going to start now.

This author built two perfect and entertaining characters in her previous books...And I can't believe this is how she decides to tell their stories. We all get to know Sir Toby in "Goddess" and I found myself in awe of him...I liked Toby from the start but when Dare shows us his true colors in this novel she turns him into a yappy tripping over his own feet drooling no guts of a man...

Isabel Grayson is even worse than Toby. She's an exotic beauty; Dare really had a way of showing us how glamorous she was, but reading about her is literally like watching paint dry (I'm not kidding)... It's been a long time since I've disliked a character so much.

I'm still so confused at how this story went so wrong. But boy did it ever. The only bright side to this book was the secondary story of Joss and Hetta, I was hoping they would get a book of their own, but they didn't.

I do however realize that not all books in a complete series can be 5 Star reads, but to let a story go so carelessly?! That wasn't very smart. LoL! Can you tell I'm really upset about this?. I'm crossing my fingers tightly that this is a fluke incident by this author. I will read the next in the series, but if it's anything like this one I'll not spend my hard earned book money (*smiles*) on this writer again.

Tessa Dare does have the stuff to make it in this book filled world...She proved that with the first two in this series (Both 5 Stars), but if she keeps writing like this she's in trouble before she's even given herself a chance.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1221174) out of 5 stars Unlikable heroine Nov. 18 2009
By Mary Victory - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
This book is the third of Dare books and the most recent in the series.

This book was greatly disappointing to me, mostly because I found the heroine prissy and dull. She had a holier-than-thou-attitude that is off-putting in romance novels. I just couldn't believe that her lover Toby would continue to put up with her ridiculous and annoying requests.

I was also disappointed because Dare hastily writes in the romance of Josiah Grayson and the doctor. I was hoping that their romance would merit a novel of their own. I found them to be more likable than Isabella and Toby.