on November 22nd 2016
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With writing that is “nothing less than brilliant” (Booklist) comes the third in the witty, sexy Winner Takes All series from Kate Noble!
Dr. Rhys Gray and Miss Margaret Babcock are friends—strictly friends. But over the course of the year, as they exchange dozens of letters, they share personal details that put them on the path to something more. When Dr. Gray helps Margaret realize her dearest dream and she comes to his defense in the uproar that follows, it seems that their connection cannot be denied. But will their relationship stand the scruples of society and jealous intendeds, or are they destined to be only friends, and nothing more?
The perfect novel for fans of Regency Era romance, The Dare and the Doctor is a clever and passionate love story worth sharing.
~~Reviewed by AnnMarie~~
The Dare and the Doctor is the third book in the ‘Winner Takes All Series’ by Kate Noble. I haven’t read the first 2 books in the series, so can confirm that this book can easily be read as a stand alone one.
This story is about friends, Doctor Rhys Gray, and Miss Margaret Babcock. I thought it a really novel start to the story to have letters shown that were sent between the friends. They started off quite formally, and by the last one they were far less formal with their greetings and salutations at the end. Straight away you realise that the couple are firm friends that could easily be so much more.
Rhys is a doctor and Margaret is a budding botanical gardener. She has endeavoured to make a hybrid rose that is exotic, yet can withstand the British weather and will bloom more than just once a season. Rhys knows that she dreams of having the Botanical Society view her new rose and accept the hybrid. To her enormous thrill, he manages to set up a meeting in London with members of the society. Not only is she thrilled at showing the new rose, but she also really looks forward to spending time with Rhys.
There is an obvious attraction between the two of them, and although Rhys would dearly love to act on it, he is reminded daily by his family that he is expected to marry another woman. Not for her fortune, or her good name, but to join the families together so that Rhys’ father and brother can return from abroad where they ran when they disgraced themselves during a duel with his soon to be wife’s father.
The more time Rhys and Margaret spend together the more they find themselves attracted to each other, so it’s no surprise that when Margaret learns that Rhys is to be married she is distraught. She just wants to get her rose acknowledged by the society, and then go back to the country to lick her wounds. She is normally the kind of woman that knows what she wants and goes for it, but when a family’s happiness is at stake she knows she must take a back seat to them. Mustn’t she?
Rhys too knows his duty, is there any way he can reconcile himself to his dreaded future with a wife he doesn’t love, or will he somehow find a way to be with Margaret without putting his family’s happiness in jeopardy. He and Margaret are so obviously perfect for each other, they have to be able to be happy together, don’t they?
This book was a near perfect telling of a ‘friends to lovers’ story. It’s one where you wanted to keep on reading to get to the point where if nothing else, they give in and at least have a kiss. There is a trouble maker amongst them too, one that is trying to make sure that the couple don’t get together, and for me, it was quite a surprise to learn who that troublemaker was. It was quite the captivating story, with a nice amount of medical information thrown in along with some botanical knowledge too. A well written story with only one fault, a fault that many American authors tend to have. The book is written about England, with English characters, and yet the writing is very much American English. Silly things like calling Autumn, Fall, the characters walking on the side walk rather than pavement, or saying you will bring something somewhere, which should be that you will take something somewhere. It’s a shame that those errors were there because other than that the book would have been perfect.
I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Readers Copy of this book.