Available Today! The Dare and the Doctor by Kate Noble (My Review + a 3 Book Giveaway!)

The Story:
Kate Noble
Pocket Books
Pub date: November 22, 2016
ISBN: 9781476749402
Price: $7.99
Mass Market Paperbound
A Winner Takes All Novel (#3)

National bestselling author Kate Noble’s THE DARE AND THE DOCTOR lures readers back to the dazzling, irresistible Winner Takes All Regency Romance series. Margaret Babcock has always been content with her quiet life in the country. But every now and then, she feels the urge to spread her wings. Her late mother used to whisper, “What’s the worst that could happen?” at the start of an adventure, and now Margaret’s continuing the tradition. So when Dr. Rhys Gray, her longtime correspondent on matters botanical, invites her to speak to the London Horticultural Society about her new rose hybrid, she accepts. She’s excited about her first visit to London, but even more so about getting to see her friend Dr. Gray. When she arrives, Rhys is eager to show her the wonders of the city, and the two spend many happy hours together just as friends, of course! But would friends miss each other quite as fiercely when they’re apart; or feel such a spark when they’re together? Margaret finds that friendship with Rhys is much more complicated than she’d imagined…especially when it turns out her friend has forgotten that he may be promised to another woman.

“With her usual witty writing and exquisite flair for characterization, Noble offers [The Lie and the Lady]. The effortless manner in which she wrote. The Lie and the Lady as a separate love story while at the same time gracefully connecting it to The Game and the Governess and cleverly hinting at what is to come in the series is nothing less than brilliant.” —Booklist (STARRED REVIEW, The Lie and the Lady)

About the author
 Kate Noble is the national bestselling author of The Lie and the Lady, The Game and the Governess, third in the witty, sexy Winner Takes All Regency Series, and the critically acclaimed, RITA Award-nominated Blue Raven series. Under the name Kate Rorick, she writes for television, as well as novels based on the Emmy Award-winning web seriesThe Lizzie Bennet Diaries, for which she is also a writer and producer. She lives in Los Angeles. Visit Kate at katenoble.com, Facebook, and Twitter.

My Thoughts:
Sobs. I was hoping for a home run, since friends to lovers is one of my all-time favorite romance tropes, but was sadly disappointed. The characters had such great chemistry in the little time they had on the page in The Lie and the Lady, so to have an entire book for these two should have felt like a dream come true. It did not. I have rated this book a solid three stars because I do love Rhys and Margaret so much. These days, everyone is beautiful or some roguish earl, so it's nice to read a story of a tall and mostly plain girl and her nice, handsome doctor friend.

When Rhys and Margaret finally do admit to themselves and each other that there is more than friendship between them, things start to get awkward. It's like the chemistry just falls by the wayside and it's more about throwing them together, rushing to the end of the story than about watching things unfold naturally. Ughhhh. I know it's a romance novel and all, but I felt like their final meeting in the garden could have been nixed from the story all together and I would have been happier. I loved Margaret's "Go for the gusto" attitude, but that darn ending was just too abrupt! Their slow burn romance deserved a more fulfilling end.

Ahhh, well. Can't win them all can we? I can say, as a whole, this series is pretty good. It's not very historical as far as manners and dialogue, but is still a fun diversion--definitely a good distraction from all those annoying political posts on your Facebook timeline. ;)

Read my reviews of The Game and the Governess (Book 1) and The Lie and the Lady (Book 2)!

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My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars ~

*I receive complimentary books from publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.*

Book Giveaway!

WINNER TAKES ALL GIVEAWAY! To celebrate the third in the Winner Takes All series, The Dare and the Doctor, we are hosting a giveaway and the WINNER will TAKE ALL books in the series: The Game and the GovernessThe Lie and the Lady, and The Dare and the Doctor! Please note, you can enter at all participating blogs but you can only win once. U.S. only. Void where prohibited.

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  1. Fav romance novel? Gonna go w/ Kate Noble's The Summer of You!

  2. I happen to love a rather old romance novel A Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Deveraux but I continue to read to try to find other favorites.

  3. Oh goodness, my favorite romance novel...how do I choose? I've never read any of Kate's books so I can't pick hers yet. I'll have to go with...gah...A Passion Most Pure. I can't believe I had to choose one. hahahahaha

  4. Renee,
    Thanks for your thoughtful and honest review, and for hosting this very generous giveaway. By the way, I received The Cautious Maiden--thank you!
    Hmmm..., let's see. I am a big fan of The Notebook.
    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

  5. I don't really have a favorite novel, so many great ones out there

  6. I honestly couldn't pick ONE favorite novel even if my life depended on it. (I mean, I'd give an answer but it would be the first one I could think of ;-) )

    Thanks for the review!


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