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Dear Readers,

Last week, my publisher and I made the decision to postpone my two upcoming books: The Bride Bet (Girl Meets Duke, book 4) and Love Letters from a Lord (a Spindle Cove novella).

I’m sorry for any inconvenience or disappointment. I’ve been putting off dealing with some health issues—nothing too serious or life-threatening, no worries!—and this year, my body and brain sat down like cranky toddlers and refused to cooperate until I pay them some attention. So I’m taking a little time off to do that, and then I’ll get back to making these stories as funny, sexy, and romantic as I possibly can.

As of today, I am not sure what the new release dates will be, but I will announce them when I do. If you’ve preordered one or both of these books, you may need place another preorder after the date has been changed.

Thank you so much for your understanding and patience. I’m so grateful for my wonderful readers.

Tessa… Read More »

Isn’t it beautiful?

The Bride Bet, coming your way late August 2020, is the fourth book in the Girl Meets Duke series.

Here’s the newly revealed description!

How to lose a duke in ten years…without losing your heart.

Once upon a time, two sworn enemies—the bookish daughter of a scholar and the devilish heir to a duke—made a pact: If they were both still single in ten years, they would marry each other.

It was a joke, Nicola thought. A duchess? Her?

But when the Duke of Westleigh returns a decade later, he’s serious. He needs an heir, so he’s holding her to their marriage bargain—diamond ring, lavish gown, engagement ball, and more. Nothing Nicola says can dissuade him. When she calls him arrogant, he praises her honesty. When she makes social stumbles, he catches her fall. And when she gets exasperated, the duke can’t seem to get enough. For reasons she can’t fathom, he claims that no other woman will do.

He’s betting he can change her mind, with logic and passion.

She’s betting she can change his mind, just by being herself.

And as the clock ticks down to a wedding day, neither is counting on losing their heart.


You can pre-order it today!
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How the Dukes Stole Christmas book coverJust in time for the holiday season, How the Dukes Stole Christmas is now available as a mass-market paperback!

Christmas magic is in the air… From the ballrooms of London, to abandoned Scottish castles, to the snowy streets of Gilded Age New York, four bestselling authors whip up some unforgettable romance…with a little help from some enchanted shortbread.

This is a re-release of a collection published in digital format last year, so before purchasing as an ebook, you might check your e-reader to make sure you don’t already have it. Sarah, Sophie, Joanna and I are thrilled that our holiday romance collection is now available for readers to find in their local stores. If you missed it, now’s your chance to catch up! And might I suggest that the paperback would make an excellent stocking stuffer or hostess gift for the holidays?

Cover of His Bride for the Taking

His Bride for the Taking, a Regency romcom novella, is now available on its own!

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

This novella was originally published in my 2018 duet with Christi Caldwell, Rogues Rush In. So again, check your e-reader first – but if you missed it last year, here’s your chance. This little historical romp isn’t linked to a series, so if you’re introducing a friend to my books, it makes an excellent entry point. His Bride for the Taking is now available widely as an ebook, and a print edition will soon be … Read More »

Today marks the release of my 25th historical romance, The Wallflower Wager! I’m so grateful to all the readers who have read my books, recommended them to friends, and encouraged me with kind words over the years. I hope you will embrace Penny and Gabe’s story just as warmly.

Amazon * Amazon UK * Apple Books * Nook * Kobo * Audible * More links

While you’re here, check out my upcoming Events and Appearances. I might be coming to a city near you!

Oh, and Girl Meets Duke book 4 has a title!… Read More »

The Wallflower Wager (Book 3 in the Girl Meets Duke series) comes out August 13, 2019 – and it’s available for preorder pretty much everywhere!

Behold, the cover.  Aren’t Gabe and Penny lovely? I adore his slight, wicked smile.

Cover of The Wallflower Wager


In other news, thanks to Tantor Media, three of my books are now available in audio for the first time: Surrender of a Siren, A Lady of Persuasion (releases April 19), and “His Bride for the Taking” in my duet with Christi Caldwell, Rogues Rush In. Hurrah!

Audio cover image for Audio cover of A Lady of Persuasion A blonde Regency lady in a white, lacy dress kisses a sexy man with dark hair and a nice set of abs.Read More »

Once Upon a Winter's Eve book coverA holiday gift to readers

Once Upon a Winter’s Eve, a Spindle Cove novella, is free in ebook for a limited time. If you’ve never read the Spindle Cove series, consider this your invitation to give it a try! Or if you have romance-reading friends, pass along the link and share the Regency love. Get it for Kindle, Nook, Kobo, Apple iBooks, and more.

Dukes in Audiobook

By reader demand, How the Dukes Stole Christmas is now available as an audiobook, narrated by the wonderful Justine Eyre. The perfect listen while you wrap gifts or bake cookies. Find it on Audible, Apple iTunes, or wherever you listen to audiobooks.

The Wallflower Wager is up for preorder

Book three in the Girl Meets Duke series is already available for preorder on Kindle, Nook, Kobo, and more. And the book description has been revealed:

They call him the Duke of Ruin.
To her, he’s just the beast next door.

Placeholder for cover of The Wallflower WagerWealthy and ruthless, Gabriel Duke clawed his way from the lowliest slums to the pinnacle of high society—and now 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 neighbor demands she clear out the rescued animals, Penny sets him a challenge. She will part with her precious charges, if he can find them loving homes.

Done, Gabriel says. How

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Coming October 15th!

Announcing HOW THE DUKES STOLE CHRISTMAS, a holiday anthology featuring all-new linked novellas by yours truly, Sarah MacLean, Sophie Jordan and Joanna Shupe!

Sarah, Sophie, Joanna and I had So. Much. Fun. putting this anthology together! Amazon has named it one of October’s top romances, and we can’t wait for you to read it. Read more about the stories and an excerpt from my own contribution, “Meet Me in Mayfair,” here

The e-book is available to pre-order:
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Click to enter a special giveaway:

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What about print copies, you ask? We’ve put together a special hardcover edition! You can even order a copy with a bookplate signed by all four authors—which I daresay could make an excellent holiday gift.

Signed copies are exclusively available to order from these three bookstores:
The Ripped Bodice (Los Angeles, CA)
Katy Budget Books (Houston, TX)
WORD (New York, NY)

Unsigned print copies are also available from Amazon and other online retailers.… Read More »

The Governess Game is out and available now!

Library Journal called Alexandra and Chase’s story “Pure reading joy.” My book-birthday wish is that it brings you joy, too.

Links: Kindle | iBooks Nook | Kobo | Audible | Amazon UK | More retailers

Also exciting: Target stores are carrying a special print edition with an exclusive bonus scene! It’s Chase and Alex’s first meeting in the bookshop, told from his point-of-view. How cool is that?  (If you’re an ebook reader or happen to pick up the book somewhere else, don’t worry—the bonus scene will be available on my website at a later date.)

The Secret Society of Damsels who DareThe Secret Society of Damsels Who Dare is always accepting new members on Facebook! Come join us for special giveaways and sneak peeks and such.

Oh, and for those of you who like to plan ahead, Book 3 in the Girl Meets Duke series now has a title and publication date… 😉… Read More »

The Secret Society of Damsels who DareI have always wanted to belong to a secret society. Since no one has ever asked me to join one, I created my own! (Obviously, I am not very good at keeping secrets.)

The Secret Society of Damsels Who Dare is my new Facebook group. All my readers are welcome to join this group, where daring is the default, and “damsel” is a gender-neutral term. 😉 There will be news and discussion and giveaways and … other special things I am still plotting, with the help of the group’s cunning mastermind—my assistant, Kelly.


Audiobook image for the GOVERNESS GAMECan you believe The Governess Game hits shelves less than two months from now? I’ve updated the book page with all sorts of new information: an excerpt, advance reviews, the utterly gorgeous stepback, and the beautiful cover for the UK edition. Alex and Chase are coming your way on August 28th!… Read More »

Rogues Rush In coverAvailable Now!

ROGUES RUSH IN, a Regency romance duet featuring me and the wonderful Christi Caldwell! If you’ve never read Christi, you are in for such a treat. Her books are heartfelt and oh-so-romantic.

This duet features two all-new novellas, and it’s available now! (Links: Kindle, Nook, iBooks, Kobo) A print edition is also available to order here.

RUSH to read it! (Sorry. I couldn’t help myself. 😂)

Two scandalous brides…
Two rogues who won’t be denied…

His Bride for the Taking by Tessa Dare

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

His Duchess for a Day by Christi Caldwell

It was never meant to be…
That’s what Elizabeth Terry has told herself while trying to forget the man she married–her once best friend. Passing herself off as a widow, Elizabeth has since built a life for herself as an instructor at a finishing school, far away from that greatest of mistakes. But the past has a way of finding you, and now that … Read More »