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Tessa Dare Week: Review- Beauty and The Blacksmith

Title:  Beauty And The Blacksmith (Spindle Cove, book #3.5)


Genre: Historical Romance Novella

Author: Tessa Dare

Publisher: Avon Impulse

Source: Purchase, Kindle $1.99 available now, Paperback preorder $3.72 July 2, 2013

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from amazon.com:

Beautiful and elegant, Miss Diana Highwood is destined to marry a wealthy, well-placed nobleman. At least, that’s what her mother has loudly declared to everyone in Spindle Cove.

But Diana’s not excited by dukes and lords. The only man who makes her heart pound is the village blacksmith, Aaron Dawes. By birth and fortune, they couldn’t be more wrong for each other…but during stolen, steamy moments in his forge, his strong hands feel so right.

Is their love forged strong enough to last, or are they just playing with fire?


Rounding out Tessa Dare week is this delightful novella about our sweet, asthmatic Diana Highwood, one of the spinsters of Spindle Cove.  We have seen how her mother has been bullying her to marry a titled Lord and how Diana has done everything in her power to thwart her mother’s intentions all because she is in love with the town blacksmith, muscular, handsome commoner, craftsman, Aaron Dawes.

Tessa Dare can sway us to totally fall in love with her characters.  We want for Diana what she wants and for Aaron what he so rightly deserves.  She shows us why these two are meant for each other and she does it with her signature witty dialog and her boundless sense of humor.

This is the last Spindle Cove novella before the full length Spindle Cove novel ANY DUCHESS WILL DO, which debuted last Tuesday, May 28, 2013. ( I am reading it now and loving it!) I think I’ve said it before but I would love to step back in time and spend a holiday in Spindle Cove.  What fun to go on the outings with the ladies, learning to shoot pistols, meeting for tea at the Bull and Blossom and don’t forget how all those hunky gentlemen just happen to come to town and sweep pretty, sweet someones off their feet.



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Tessa Dare Week-Review- Any Duchess Will Do

Title:  Any Duchess Will Do (Spindle Cove Series)


Genre:  Historical Romance

Author:  Tessa Dare

Publisher: Avon, 2013

Source: purchase

Rating: 5

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from amazon.com:

Griffin York, the Duke of Halford, has no desire to wed this season–or any season–but his diabolical mother abducts him to “Spinster Cove” and insists he select a bride from the ladies in residence. Griff decides to teach her a lesson that will end the marriage debate forever. He chooses the serving girl.

Overworked and struggling, Pauline Simms doesn’t dream about dukes. All she wants is to hang up her barmaid apron and open a bookshop. That dream becomes a possibility when an arrogant, sinfully attractive duke offers her a small fortune for a week’s employment. Her duties are simple: submit to his mother’s “duchess training”… and fail miserably.

But in London, Pauline isn’t a miserable failure. She’s a brave, quick-witted, beguiling failure–a woman who ignites Griff’s desire and soothes the darkness in his soul. Keeping Pauline by his side won’t be easy. Even if Society could accept a serving girl duchess–can a roguish duke convince a serving girl to trust him with her heart?


Yes, this book was released on Tuesday and here it is Thursday and I’m ready to review it.  This was such a delight to read that I could not put it down until it was finished.  And then I was sorry it was over.

Tessa Dare had me rolling on the floor with laughter and a few pages later dabbing tears from my eyes.  Any author who can wring those emotions from me deserves a 5-star review.  This was a Cinderella story (Pauline actually loses a shoe running from the ball) crossed with Pygmalion.  The Dowager Duchess, Griffin’s mother, is delightful and sincerely wants him to be happy so she is doing everything in her power to turn Pauline into Duchess material and failing that, has no qualms about just throwing them together. Pauline is convinced that marriage is not an option and we need to turn the pages quickly to see how this impossible union could possibly happen.

Once again from this author we get superb, witty dialog.  The scenes are sometimes heart wrenching and at other times hilarious. The characterizations are spot on.


“What was happening to her?  She knew the answer to that question.  Griff was happening to her.  When the duke kissed her, her head spun, her knees melted….and her elocution improved.  Limber tongues and all that.  ‘Bloody Hell’ she mumbled…..”

Griff and the dowager Duchess:

“You are not ill,” he said.  “I command you to rise from that bed and be well.”

She fixed him with a droll gaze.  “Griffin, you are a duke.  You are not St. James curing the lepers.”


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Tessa Dare Week: Release Day- Any Duchess Will Do


Today is the Release Day for this, the next Spindle Cove Series novel.  I’ll be getting mine today and will have a review up very soon.

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Tomorrow Tessa Dare Week continues on La Deetda Reads: The Scandalous, Dissolute, No Good, Mr. Wright


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Tessa Dare Week:Review- A Lady By Midnight

Title:  A Lady By Midnight (Spindle Cove, Book #3)

A Lady by Midnight

Genre:  Historical Romance

Author:  Tessa Dare

Publisher: Avon, 2012

Source: Kindle Purchase $.99

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from Author’s website:

After years of fending for herself, Kate Taylor found friendship and acceptance in Spindle Cove–but she never stopped yearning for love. The very last place she’d look for it is in the arms of Corporal Thorne. The militia commander is as stone cold as he is brutally handsome. But when mysterious strangers come searching for Kate, Thorne steps forward as her fiance. He claims to have only Kate’s safety in mind. So why is there smoldering passion in his kiss?

Long ago, Samuel Thorne devoted his life to guarding Kate’s happiness. He wants what’s best for her, and he knows it’s not marriage to a man like him. To outlast their temporary engagement, he must keep his hands off her tempting body and lock her warm smiles out of his withered heart. It’s the toughest battle of this hardened warrior’s life…and the first he seems destined to lose.


Tessa Dare has another Spindle Cove Series novel being published tomorrow, May 28,2013, ANY DUCHESS WILL DO.  A LADY BY MIDNIGHT, is the full length novel that precedes along with the novella, BEAUTY AND THE BLACKSMITH, which I will review on Friday of this week. All novels in this series are stand-alone but they are all delightful so don’t miss any.

Tessa Dare can write dialog better than most.  She is witty and light hearted with her characters.  She creates a place that is fairytale happy and we all want to travel back in time to holiday at Spindle Cove.  Most of the mishaps are of the silly sort and we know that somehow Kate will convince Thorne that they are meant to be together in spite of the not so terrible lies of omission.  This is classic Tessa Dare, sweet, lovely and so hot the pages scorch.

Tessa can write lovely romantic dialog, too:

“I don’t know what is between us, but I know I’ve hungered for it all my life.  Maybe other women could walk away, but not me.  Never me.”

Tessa Dare Week at La Deetda Reads:

Monday A LADY BY MIDNIGHT A Lady by Midnight





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Review- Once Upon a Winter’s Eve by Tessa Dare

Title: Once Upon a Winter’s Eve

Genre: Historical Romance/Regency/Novella

Author: Tessa Dare

Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd., 11/2011

Source: Purchase, Kindle $.79

Rating: 3.5

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)




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