His Bride For the Taking by Tessa Dare

April 24, 2020 Book Reviews 3 ★★★

His Bride For the Taking by Tessa DareHis Bride for the Taking by Tessa Dare
Genres: Historical Romance
Pages: 89
Format: Kindle or ebook
Source: purchased
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Also by this author: When a Scot Ties the Knot, The Duchess Deal, Once Upon a Winter's Eve, How the Dukes Stole Christmas

It’s the first rule of friendship among gentlemen: Don’t even think about touching your best friend’s sister.

Sebastian, Lord Byrne, has never been one for rules. He’s thought about touching Mary Clayton—a lot—and struggled to resist temptation. But when Mary’s bridegroom leaves her waiting the altar, only Sebastian can save her from ruin. By marrying her himself.

In eleven years, he’s never laid a finger on his best friend’s sister. Now he’s going to take her with both hands. To have, to hold…and to love.

This novella was originally published in Rogues Rush In: a Regency Duet (2018), by Tessa Dare and Christi Caldwell

This book contains mature content and may not be suitable for younger readers.


His Bride for the Taking is a cute, short novella about a lord who rescues his deceased best friend’s slightly older sister after her fiance jilts her at the altar. By marrying her himself, of course. As one does. And then taking her on a disastrous honeymoon.

There’s humor as well as passion in this marriage-of-convenience story… and a twist that romance fans will probably see coming. Given that it’s a novella, and a short one at that, the couple resolve the inevitable conflict fairly quickly, and Dare even squeezes in an epilogue. Overall, I give the book 3 stars — it’s frothy and fun, but neither as memorable nor as entrancing as many of Dare’s longer books.

Read for the 2020 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge: #43, a book with more than 20 letters in its title.


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3 Responses to “His Bride For the Taking by Tessa Dare”

  1. Katherine

    I think novellas are great for trying out an author’s writing style without the commitment of a full length and this sounds like it was fun. Tess Dare is an author I’ve really wanted to read for awhile.

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      I agree about novellas, but I don’t think this one is as strong as some of Dare’s other novellas, or her full-length books. It’s fun, but it’s not quite as emotionally engaging. I really recommend The Duchess Deal or When a Scot Ties the Knot. I also really liked The Governess Game and several of the Spindle’s Cove books.