Title: A Lady by Midnight
Series: Spindle Cove, #3
Author: Tessa Dare
Genre: Historical Romance
Source: Purchased (eBook)
A temporary engagement, a lifetime in the making . . .
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 fiancé. 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, WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO ME?
I have to admit, I actually read the first 3.5 (the half being the novella) books in this series before finally sitting down to write a review for any of them. The funny thing is that I was totally aware of this and told myself that the stories are all so different, the characters all completely different from one another, that it would be easy to write reviews.
I think to an extent I’m right about this, but it’s hard to not just fangirl all over these stories and gush about how amazing Tessa is as a writer, how her characters rock, and how swoonworthy her men are. Let’s just say, it’s hard to not say the same things over and over again.
But, while the past few stories have had major swoonworthy men, I would say that the man in this story, Thorne, took a little more to warm up to. It’s interesting because we do get to go inside of his head to see that he is in fact swoonworthy, but he still puts out such a rough exterior that you just want to yell at him and tell him to just say ALL THE THINGS!
And Kate! Oh, Kate was such a wonderful character. I loved the whole background to her story and how her and Thorne’s initial (well, not so much initial since they’ve known each other for a year) meeting went. They’re both such great characters, have gone through tough things in their lives, and they both seem to have a general attitude of determination. And instead of a lamb, we get a puppy. LAMBS AND PUPPIES – THESE ARE GOOD THINGS!
With each installment of this series, I think that one of the books must not be as good, but I am always so wrong. It seems like from the first pages I am completely hooked and probably grinning like a fool. Tessa Dare knows what she’s doing and even though there might be some of the same things that show up in her books (mainly the whole “I’ve bedded a virgin, now we must marry” thing), it’s hardly something that would detract from the story.
I just love seeing all of these stories for the women of Spindle Cove. I can’t wait to see who’s next!