The Dare and the Doctor by Kate Noble | Review

Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: Pocket Books
Release Date: November 22, 2016
Source of my copy: publisher
Series: Winner Takes All #3
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.

Reading a novel by Kate Noble is always a treat!

Dr. Rhys Gray and Miss Margaret Babcock met in The Lie and the Lady (book 2 in the Winner Takes all series). Margaret, a very dedicated horticulturalist, especially made an impression on me because she was this shy, socially awkward nerd and I love finding characters like her in a historical novel. A year has passed, and Rhys went back to London, but he and Margaret stayed in touch through letters of the academic and scientific sort. Thanks to Rhys, Margaret ended up being invited to go to London to talk about her new rose plant. 

Margaret was excited to spend time with her pen pal and friend, and the more they hang out the more their attraction grows for each other. But, Rhys was expected by his family to marry another woman, and when Margaret found out, she was unsurprisingly very upset. Can these two, who are obviously perfect for each other, find their HEA?

Unlike the smutty, smexy romance I've been reading lately, The Dare and the Doctor is a more quieter, slower (way slower) romance. The chemistry and tension between Rhys and Margaret was obvious, and half the fun is the anticipation of them to finally giving in and just kiss already. The Dare and the Doctor is only my second novel by Kate Noble, and I'm already crowning her the queen of the slow burn historical romance. Now, I'm usually bored with slow burn romances because I like my steamy, smexy scenes (the smexier the better!), but Kate Noble's novels remind me that with good writing and heightened tension, the pay off is all the most sweeter and satisfying--sort of like in the 2005 version of P&P when Darcy and Elizabeth finally, finally kisses at the end of the movie and it's utter perfection because you've wanted them to kiss already! the whole time. Yeah, it's like that in the two Kate Nobel books I've read so far. Of course, it's a romance novel so Rhys and Margaret do more than kiss but it's just all very sweet.

Anywho, if you like slow burn historical romances with excellent writing, pick up The Dare and the Doctor. It works as a standalone so you do not need to read the previous books in the series to enjoy this one, but while unneccesarry, reading them will give you more of a background on the characters and story. 

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