THE DARE AND THE DOCTOR Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway

Happy release day to Kate Noble’s THE DARE AND THE DOCTOR – the third full-length book in the Winner Takes All series! To celebrate, the publisher has put together a review and feature post blog tour (links to the other stops are at the bottom of this post) and I’m thrilled to be able to be a part of it.

I am a somewhat of a newcomer to Regency romance and so THE DARE AND THE DOCTOR is the first book in this series I’ve read. But it definitely won’t be my last. It was just so easy to get transported into Margaret and Rhys’s love story and I could not put the book down until I’d devoured it in its entirety.

If you’d like to know more about THE DARE AND THE DOCTOR or any of the other books in the series, scroll down for information about each novel. If you’d like to follow the author on social media, her information is also below. If you’re in the US and you’d like the chance to win the three full-length books in the series, enter in the Rafflecopter.

And if you’d like to know what else I thought about THE DARE AND THE DOCTOR, my review follows beneath the book’s description and praise.




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Title & Series: THE DARE AND THE DOCTOR (Winner Takes All #3)
Author: Kate Noble
Release date: November 22, 2016
Publisher: Pocket Books
Pages: 384
Formats: Mass Market Paperback, eBook



National bestselling author Kate Noble’s THE DARE AND THE DOCTOR lures readers back to the dazzling, irresistible Winner Takes All Regency Romance series.

Margaret Babcock has always been content with her quiet life in the country. But every now and then, she feels the urge to spread her wings. Her late mother used to whisper, “What’s the worst that could happen?” at the start of an adventure, and now Margaret’s continuing the tradition. So when Dr. Rhys Gray, her longtime correspondent on matters botanical, invites her to speak to the London Horticultural Society about her new rose hybrid, she accepts. She’s excited about her first visit to London, but even more so about getting to see her friend Dr. Gray.

When she arrives, Rhys is eager to show her the wonders of the city, and the two spend many happy hours together just as friends, of course! But would friends miss each other quite as fiercely when they’re apart; or feel such a spark when they’re together? Margaret finds that friendship with Rhys is much more complicated than she’d imagined…especially when it turns out her friend has forgotten that he may be promised to another woman.


Note: This review is based on an eARC received from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest thoughts about the book.

Praise for the Winner Takes All Series

“A thrilling and absorbing tale about two people who find so much safety in each other that they’re able to take the biggest risk of their lives. Not to be missed.”

Kirkus Reviews (STARRED REVIEW, The Dare and the Doctor)

“Noble asks “Can men and women just be friends?” in the third Winner Takes All installment, and the answer is an enchanting tale filled with poignancy and wit…readers will be caught up in the plot as the hero and heroine’s letters reveal more and more about themselves and their relationship…secondary characters enhance the storyline and propel the romance. Noble crafts a lovely, easy-to-read story.”

—RT (FOUR STAR REVIEW, The Dare and the Doctor)

booklist_starreview_badge“With her usual witty writing and exquisite flair for characterization, Noble offers [The Lie and the Lady]. The effortless manner in which she wrote. The Lie and the Lady as a separate love story while at the same time gracefully connecting it to The Game and the Governess and cleverly hinting at what is to come in the series is nothing less than brilliant.”

Booklist (STARRED REVIEW, The Lie and the Lady)

“After a scandalous escapade with John, a commoner she thought was the Earl of Ashby. Letitia returns to England as the fiancée of a somewhat older, titled widower- only to find out that her new home is right in John’s backyard . . . heartwarming.”

Publishers Weekly (The Lie and the Lady)

“The Earl of Ashby trades places with his friend and secretary in order to prove he can win a woman without the benefit of his title in The Game and the Governess…It’s a delicious treat to watch Ned grow from earl to man, and see the stalwart Phoebe get everything she deserves.”

Bookpage (TOP PICK IN ROMANCE, The Game and the Governess)

“The subtle development of romance between the devil-may-care earl and the proper governess is the impetus behind this winning novel, complete with rich characters and a multi-dimensional plotline.”

—Publishers Weekly (STARRED REVIEW, Best Summer Romance pick, The Game and the Governess)

The Review

THE DARE AND THE DOCTOR is a story that’s so easy to fall in love with. Its two main characters, Margaret and Rhys, are endearing, a touch awkward, and perfectly suited to one another. Its romance is effortless, yet not without complications. It is heartwarming, funny, utterly enchanting, and absolutely unputdownable. And it can be thoroughly enjoyed even if the other books in the series have not yet been read.

Margaret Babcock often preferred the company of plants to people. Dressing up, dancing and socializing were not among her favorite things to do. She felt most herself and closest to her mother when in her greenhouse. But when the opportunity arose for her to show a hybrid rose she’d created to the Horticultural Society in London and spend some time with her dear friend Dr. Rhys Gray she couldn’t pass it by.

No matter how out of place she knew she’d feel in London or how ill-equipped she was to navigate through society there. No matter how plain she imagined she looked and dressed, how tall she was, or how inappropriate she could sometimes be. Because she knew that if her mother were still around she would have dared her to go. And she knew that if she had been dared she would have accepted the challenge.

Rhys Gray wasn’t as reckless, emotional or impassioned as either of his parents or most of his siblings. He enjoyed having responsibilities. He enjoyed being practical and logical. He enjoyed working in his lab and helping patients. He enjoyed corresponding with Miss Babcock. And he was excited about the prospect of seeing her when she came down to London.

He knew of no one as forthright, intellectually curious, and interesting as she. And he was certain that while she may have felt something more for him once upon a time, that now she felt only friendship toward him. Which is all he wanted. Which is all he felt for her. And which is all they could ever be.

Kate Noble created the perfect match in Rhys and Margaret but she didn’t let either come to the realization quickly or easily, she put a seemingly insurmountable obstacle in the way of their happy ending, and she asked each to take risks they might not otherwise have taken. All of which make for an immensely entertaining read.

And in addition to their sweet, fragile and delightful romance, the author delivered a story filled with excitement, deception, humor and heartache. From robbery to duels, from fish heads to fashionable dresses, from schemes to sobs, and from gossip to scandal, with the promise of so much more, this story is sure to captivate.

Readers looking for a wonderful and positively engaging story and characters that will make them smile, laugh and hope for a happy ending will adore THE DARE AND THE DOCTOR. Even with its idyllic setting and its proper English etiquette, it is a lightning-fast and totally delectable must read that can and will likely be devoured in just one sitting.

The Rating


About Kate Noble


Kate Noble is the national bestselling author of The Lie and the Lady, The Game and the Governess, third in the witty, sexy Winner Takes All Regency Series, and the critically acclaimed, RITA Award-nominated Blue Raven series.

Under the name Kate Rorick, she writes for television, as well as novels based on the Emmy Award-winning web series The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, for which she is also a writer and producer. She lives in Los Angeles.


Other Books in the Series


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Title & Series: THE GAME AND THE GOVERNESS (Winner Takes All #1)
Author: Kate Noble
Release date: July 22, 2014
Publisher: Pocket Books
Pages: 432
Formats: Mass Market Paperback, audio, eBook



Trading Places meets Pride and Prejudice in this sexy, saucy romance—first in a new series from the author of YouTube sensation The Lizzie Bennet Diaries.

Three friends. One Wager. Winner takes all.

The Earl—‘Lucky Ned’ Ashby. Pompous, preening, certain that he is beloved by everyone.

The Miller—John Turner. Proud, forced to work as the Earl’s secretary, their relationship growing ever more strained.

The Doctor—Rhys Gray. Practical, peace-loving, but caught in the middle of two warring friends.

Their wager is simple: By trading places with John Turner and convincing someone to fall in love with him, Ned plans to prove it’s him the world adores, not his money. Turner plans to prove him wrong.

But no one planned on Phoebe Baker, the unassuming governess who would fall into their trap, and turn everything on its head…

Three best friends make a life-changing bet in the first book in a witty, sexy new Regency trilogy from acclaimed author Kate Noble, writer of the wildly popular Emmy award–winning web series The Lizzie Bennet Diaries.



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Title & Series: THE LIE AND THE LADY (Winner Takes All #2)
Author: Kate Noble
Release date: December 29, 2015
Publisher: Pocket Books
Pages: 384
Formats: Mass Market Paperback, eBook



John Turner was thinking only of winning a bet when he swapped identities with his friend, the Earl of Ashby. He didn’t wager on winning the fiery Countess of Churzy’s heart with his lies, or on falling for her in return.

Leticia, impoverished Countess of Churzy, was publicly humiliated when it came out that she had fallen for the man, not the master. She fled when she learned of his betrayal. But fate throws them together again, and some things are too intoxicating to be denied.

John is determined to regain her trust—and her love—this time as himself. Letty knows what choice she must make to survive, but if she turns her back on her dashing rogue – again – will she loose her chance at love forever?



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Title & Series: MISS GOODHUE LIVES FOR A NIGHT (Winner Takes All #2.5)
Author: Kate Noble
Release date: September 19, 2016
Publisher: Pocket Books
Pages: 109
Formats: eBook



Next in the witty, sexy Winner Takes All Regency series from Emmy winner Kate Noble, author of The Game and the Governess and writer of the wildly popular web series, The Lizzie Bennett Diaries.

Cecilia Goodhue is a schoolteacher with a past, living with her sister and her husband in a tiny English village. Resigned to a quiet life, Cecilia is surprised when she finds out that her young cousin has run off with a man of no means.

Cecilia had once been a teenaged girl who also fell for a young man’s charms—only to be devastated by his betrayal. Determined to not let her cousin meet the same fate, she heads off to London to but is shocked when her investigation leads her right to the front door of the very man who broke her heart: Theo Hudson.

Together, they reluctantly embark on finding her cousin and returning her to her family. During their searching in London, it soon becomes clear that they both remember their short-lived romance differently and perhaps now, years later, they have a fresh chance at love.


The Giveaway


Courtesy of the publisher…

  • All three (3) books in the Winner Takes All series – THE GAME AND THE GOVERNESS, THE LIE AND THE LADY and THE DARE AND THE DOCTOR – to ONE winner US only

Note: You can enter at all participating blogs, but you can only win once.

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