Title: Once Upon a Winter’s Eve
Series: Spindle Cove, #1.5
Author: Tessa Dare
Genre: Historical Romance
Source: Purchased (eBook)
Some wallflowers bloom at night…
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.
There is nothing I like more than finding a series I love, only to find out that not only does it have the regular series installments, but it also has novellas! That means more time in a world I love, but in a shorter book!
I kind of loved this book. Did you really expect me to say anything different about a Tessa Dare book? Violet was a great character and I loved the whole idea of someone showing up at a ball – is he a spy? What are his true motives? And, with such a short story, we still get to know a lot about Violet Winterbottom and her history. She was a smart character, cautious, but still a perfect heroine for the story.
This short novella packed a punch. It was full of the same humour that I expect from a Spindle Cove story, but it’s still a short and sweet story. There’s sadness and hope and the title might scream that it would be a perfect read for Christmas – something I totally think would work, looking back on it.
I can only hope that the rest of the books in this series are this good. Clearly, I just can’t get enough of Tessa Dare and the women of Spindle Cove!