New in Audiobook!

If you’re an audio listener, I’m excited to announce that two of my novellas are available in audiobook format for the first time!

Beauty and the Blacksmith audio cover artBeauty and the Blacksmith

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Cover The Scandalous Dissolute No-Good Mr. WrightThe Scandalous, Dissolute, No-Good Mr. Wright

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Order autographed copies of Tessa’s books!

Starting this December, I’ll be visiting The Ripped Bodice bookstore quarterly to autograph books. Click here to order. Books ordered by December 6th will ship on December 11th. Signed books make a great holiday gift for any historical romance fan in your life!… Read More »

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.

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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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The duke’s heart grew four sizes that day…



Cover image - Blonde woman in a red gown, standing in a snowy landscapeIntroducing… 


A holiday anthology featuring all-new linked novellas by yours truly, Sarah MacLean, Sophie Jordan and Joanna Shupe, available now!

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.

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Is it available in print?

Yes! We’ve put together a special hardcover edition.

You can even order a copy with a bookplate signed by all four authorswhich I daresay could make an excellent holiday gift.

Signed hardbacks are exclusively available to order from these 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.


The Novellas

“Meet Me in Mayfair” by Tessa Dare
Louisa Ward needs a Christmas miracle. Unless she catches a wealthy husband at the ball tonight, the horrid, heartless Duke of Thorndale will evict her family from their beloved Mayfair home. But when her friend begs to switch dance cards, Louisa finds herself waltzing with the enemy: the horrid, heartless–and unexpectedly handsome–Thorndale himself. Now the duke’s holding her future in his hands…and he’s not letting go.

“The Duke of Christmas Present” by Sarah MacLean
Rich and ruthless, Eben, Duke of Allryd, Read More »

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 »