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Publisher's Summary

Top Ten Most Heartwarming Reads by Red Magazine.

Lady Penelope cares for all creatures. Gabriel Duke cares for no one. Can they care for each other? 

Wealthy and ruthless, Gabriel Duke had to fight his way from the lowliest slums to the pinnacle of high society—and now, with a reputation as the ‘Duke of Ruin’, he wants to get even. 

Loyal and passionate, Lady Penelope Campion never met a lost or wounded creature she wouldn’t take into her home and her heart. When her imposing—and attractive—new neighbour demands she remove her animals, Penny resists his demand and makes a counter-offer. She will part with her precious charges, if he can find them loving homes! 

Rising to the challenge, Gabriel does not expect such a simple task to result in intimacy with Penny and soon he finds this spirited spinster is not the push-over he thought. But Gabe is not the only one with a past he’d rather forget. And if Penny is intent on saving Gabe, perhaps he might just need to save her first.

©2019 Tessa Dare (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic Reviews

"I absolutely adored it. I laughed out loud numerous times.... Love her writing." (Jodi Picoult)

"A beautiful and sexy read." (Frost Magazine)

"...injecting just the right chemistry between her characters, Dare delivers another fine romance with a dose of good humour." (Woman’s Weekly)

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Tessa Dare as fabulous as always!

This story is hard to put down, from the beginning to the end. I just loved all the characters and the storyline. I found myself laughing out loud most of the way through it, getting strange looks from my husband.
Mary Jane Wells narration as usual topped it off beautifully! I highly recommend

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Thoroughly entertaining

I highly recommend this audiobook. I was hooked from the very first chapter. This is an excellent story with excellent narration.
Penny is a loving and caring soul. Gabe is a soul who needs to open himself to love. Each give the other the TLC they need. Theirs is a beautiful love story which sees Penny’s strength and Gabe’s goodness shine in spite of their respective pasts.

There were many amusing moments throughout that had me chuckling. The unlikely friendship that developed between Chase, Ash & Gabe was charming and one of my favourite chapters is the one with the 3 men and the goat.

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Mary Wells - Best performance on Audible

Mary, you never fail to entertain.
Tessa, your humour creates a disturbance wherever and whenever I’m listening. I can’t help but to laugh out loud at the antics of the men in your stories.
You are now one of my favourite authors.

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This was ok, enjoyable

I found the context of the timeline of the story a bit unrealistic, nearly bordering on mills and boon style sex scenes (not that I've read any, just assuming). Not your Jane Austen. Was an easy read, however I did find the language and sex scenes a bit cringe worthy.

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  • Karina
  • 16-12-2019

Brilliant!

I love this author's witty sense of humour and the narrator really brings this story to life!

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  • Richard
  • 04-12-2019

The Best One

love the series just keeps getting better. highly recommend this series and this author other series.

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  • 09-09-2019

fabulous read

best of the three, and all were good. i laughed more than i have in any other reg rom and I read a lot. well done indeed.
i have never before awarded 5 stars.

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  • JED
  • 13-01-2020

Easy read , funny in parts

Normal Tessa Dare type story. Silly storyline, but easy to listen to, and very funny in parts (if you don't mind swearing). Too much descriptive sex in this book. Less of that and more story would be better.

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  • Rachel Reads
  • 20-06-2020

Hilarious and sweet and hot

well it seems I have to listen to at least 5 bad books to get to a good one, and this is outstanding both story and narration

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  • Jackie Burns
  • 16-07-2021

Excellent fun!

OK…this story won’t win points for historical accuracy, but if there were an award for excellent fun then it’ll definitely be a contender. And as for the performance by the narrator - she needs an award for excellence all of her own! I haven’t smiled so much through an audio book for ages. Well written story supported by a superb voice performance.

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  • MagHod
  • 07-09-2020

So good

This book was tremendous. I think the narrator is literally the best at this job! The author is amazing as usual too!!

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  • Lorna
  • 22-04-2022

Lovely Listen!

I can't remember how I found this book and author but I wish I had sooner.
I adore historical romances and this one had extra laughs and spice whilst underneath the story was expertly woven.
The narrator did an outstanding job and I can still hear the parrot in my head.

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  • Deanna Gray
  • 08-03-2022

Crikey

Raunchiest book I've listened to in a very long time. Make sure you aren't interrupted! Mary Jane Wells and Tessa Dare at their best.

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  • Joey
  • 05-03-2022

seductive, sweet and so funny

Really enjoyed it, laughed out loud. totally unbelievable, total escapism, total appreciation! I also find Mary Jane's Wells performance adds to the book. The way she reads is both seductive and humorous.

Escapism for a working mum and chose to give up sleep to finish. thank you.

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  • Thor
  • 15-07-2021

F---k, is the prevalent word.

The book is an improvement over the previous one.
Sex is still rampant, but the story manages to be heard.
The Hero and Heroine have traumatic passes, which have to be overcome.
The humour survives, all the secondary characters and more make it palatable.
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  • kfkf
  • 08-04-2021

Best narration

Is Tessa Dare always this funny, and I’m only noticing because Mary Jane Wells is such a good narrator? Penny and Gabriel are perfect for each other — this is worth a listen

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  • Annie A
  • 13-11-2020

Brilliantly funny!

So many laugh out loud moments! Really enjoyed this book - easy reading /listening. Great characters and super Narration!
Definitely a re- listen for me. Look forward to book 4 of the series

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