Thursday, 24 July 2014

Review: TAMING MISS TISDALE By Jessica Jefferson

After having read Compromising Miss Tisdale and loving it (read my review here), I jumped at the opportunity to read Taming Miss Tisdale. Ms. Jefferson is giving away a $50 Amazon gift card so remember to enter.


Miss Tamsin Tisdale believes herself to be completely unsuitable for London life. After a myriad of social mishaps, and the potential ruination of her family name, she’s shipped away to her cousin’s northern estate. Only after she comes to her senses will she be welcomed home.

Marcus Winston, the Duke of Grayson, has a lackluster reputation. The last in a dying line, he’s endured a protected life—rank with privilege, encumbered by isolation. After a brief encounter with rebellion, he learns the devastating consequences of his carelessness and willingly accepts living life from inside his gilded cage.

However, a chance meeting with the brazen Miss Tisdale gives Marc the opportunity to reinvent himself into the man he’s always dreamed of being. When his deception comes to light, and ghosts from both their pasts threaten to unravel the intimacy they’ve come to cherish, will either of them set their fears aside long enough to embrace love? Or will Miss Tisdale’s stubbornness divide them?

My Review
You know how at the end of a great movie you clap. That’s what I did for Taming Miss Tisdale.  The characters were extraordinary, all of them were  interesting and dynamic, entertaining me with their snarky comments. 

I’ve liked Tamsin ever since book one, Compromising Miss Tisdale, which I also loved (see my review here). She has fire, heart, and a smart mouth. Marcus’ calm disposition was a perfect compliment to Tamsin's wilder spirit. Marcus had some spit in him too, coming out with some lines that made my mouth hang open.

Ms. Jefferson has set us up for another book in the series with a secondary character that had me laughing out loud, and I can’t wait until it comes out.

Taming Miss Tisdale as a stand alone, but I recommend Compromising Miss Tisdale, too.

I received this book for an honest review (but I would I have bought it if I wasn’t given the opportunity to review it).

I give this book five out five horse shaped chocolate bars.


            Jason looked bored. “Get to the important part, Grayson. Was she beautiful?”

            Again, Marc was ill-prepared to answer such a question. Taken individually, that large mouth, those plump pink lips, her long nose, red hair, and freckled skin—nothing about her was spectacular by any means. But together, all those odd pieces and parts, which seemed so ordinary at first glance, fit together to form the picture of a particularly stunning woman.

            “Yes,” he answered quite simply. No need to give Jason any more fodder for discussion by rambling on like some sort of awful poet.

            Jason grinned from ear to ear. “Well, that is quite eventful, indeed.” He swept a crumb off his jacket sleeve. “Does this original have a name?”

            Marc stopped suddenly, his coffee halfway to his lips. “Name?”

            Jason laughed. “Yes, her name. This unique creature has to have a name. Diana? Aphrodite? Venus, perhaps?” Then Jason stopped laughing as realization spread over his face like a mordant rash. “You don’t know her bloody name, do you?”

            Marc set his cup down on the table and stared at it. “She never volunteered the information and I never bothered to ask.”


Jessica Jefferson makes her home in northern Indiana, or as she likes to think of it—almost Chicago.  She is heavily inspired by classic sweeping, historical romance novels, but aims to take those key emotional elements and inject a fresh blend of quick dialogue and comedy.  She invites you to visit her at and read more of her random romance musings.

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  1. Oh I remember you talking about the first. They sound lovely!

    1. You are the best, Anna. They are.

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    1. Once I saw her listed, I was compelled to host. She is an awesome writer.

  3. Thanks for the review!


  4. Thank you for your review today! It cracked me up (horse shaped chocolate bars!)

    1. I'm glad. I like to connect my chocolate to the book. I should be thanking you for writing a wonderful novel. Thank you.

  5. What a great review. I can't wait to read the book.


    1. Get your copy now so you can start enjoying.

  6. I love historical romances! Will definitely read this one AND book 1! :) Thanks!

  7. Enjoyed reading your review. I don't think I've ever read where someone applauded at the end of a book! Gotta be good stuff to earn those accolades!

  8. Your lovely review has made me want to read this book.


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