Genre: Historical Romance/Regency/Novella
Author: Tessa Dare
Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd., 11/2011
Source: Purchase, Kindle $.79
Sexy Rating: 5
Description from amazon.com:
Some wallflowers bloom at night…
A Spindle Cove Novella
Violet Winterbottom is a quiet girl. She speaks six languages, but seldom raises her voice. She endured bitter heartbreak in perfect silence. The gentlemen aren’t beating down her door.
Until the night of the Spindle Cove Christmas ball, when a mysterious stranger crashes into the ballroom and collapses at Violet’s feet. His coarse attire and near-criminal good looks would put any sensible young lady on her guard. He’s wet, chilled, bleeding, and speaking in an unfamiliar tongue.
Only Violet understands him. And she knows he’s not what he seems.
She has one night to draw forth the secrets of this dangerously handsome rogue. Is he a smuggler? A fugitive? An enemy spy? She needs answers by sunrise, but her captive would rather seduce than confess. To learn his secrets, Violet must reveal hers—and open herself to adventure, passion, and the unthinkable… Love.
Warning: The heroine packs a pistol, the hero curses in multiple languages, and together they steam up a cold winter’s night.
Violet does not recognize the hero at first because he is quite a beat up sight. But she has her ideas and she tries to prove to herself that he is or is not who she thinks he is. She is not going to give an inch in her assessment until she is convinced of his identity.
This is light Tessa Dare novella. It is a quick read and Ms Dare can write quick and witty dialog as well as some heart thumping suspense. We don’t want to see Violet hurt by this rogue from the sea. The other inhabitants of Spindle Cove get a bit of short shrift in this rendition because of the brevity of the piece. That means that Ms Dare’s usual humorous touch is not evident quite as much as I would have liked. I encourage you to read this sweet story if you are in the mood for good writing, a passionate rogue and a smart and sassy heroine. (Frankly, at $.79 it is hard to pass up)