Book Review – The Dare and the Doctor

Posted December 27, 2016 by Kathy in 5 stars, Book Review / 2 Comments

Book Review – The Dare and the DoctorThe Dare and the Doctor Series: Winner Takes All #3
by Kate Noble
Published by Pocket Books on November 22, 2016
Genres: Adult Historical Romance
Pages: 384
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher
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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.


The Dare and the Doctor is another charming historical romance from author Kate Noble.  I loved Margaret and Rhys!

The Dare and the Doctor is the third book in the Winner Takes All series but it can be read as a standalone. Fans first met Margaret Babcock and Dr. Rhys Gray in The Lie and the Lady. Rhys is called upon his best friend to take care of Margaret’s father.  As they spend time together they form a friendship that stays strong after Rhys returns to his hometown. Through their letters they share their excitement for their work, Margaret’s passion is botany and Rhys passion is his medical career. Their families and friends have no interest in their passions so the friendship they creates a stronger bond. Margaret and Rhys are both socially awkward but they have no problems opening up to each other. When Margaret shares an important discovery Rhys encourages her to visit London to speak with the Horticultural Society. Despite her fears Margaret goes to London and begins a new chapter in her life.  She attends balls and makes new friends but something unexpected happens – her friendship with Rhys takes grows into something more. The Dare and the Doctor is a sweet friends to lover romance and I loved everything about it! The romance is a slow build and I thought it was a perfect pace since they both have no experience in being in love.  Rhys understands Margaret and takes his time getting to know her better. They both are under the pressure of their families so that is another connection they have.  I spent a lot of long nights reading this book because I did not want to put this down. I loved this book and I can’t wait to read more from author Kate Noble!

I received this book as a member of the XOXperts, XOXO After Dark’s official street team, in exchange for an honest review. Visit for the best in romance, urban fantasy and women’s fiction.

Rating Report
Overall: five-stars

About Kate Noble

Kate Noble is the national bestselling, RITA-nominated author of historical romances, including the acclaimed Blue Raven series and the Winner Takes All series. Her books have earned her numerous accolades, including comparisons to Jane Austen, which just makes her giddy.
In her other life as Kate Rorick, she is an Emmy-award winning writer of television and web series, having written for NBC, FOX, and TNT, as well as the international hit YouTube series The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. Kate lives in Los Angeles with her husband and son, and is hard at work on her next book.

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2 responses to “Book Review – The Dare and the Doctor

    • Kathy

      This was really sweet and a nice change from dominant aggressive characters. This was fun to read. I need to read the first book soon. Thanks Katherine!