Title: Beauty and the Blacksmith
Series: Spindle Cove, #3.5
Author: Tessa Dare
Genre: Historical Romance
Source: Purchased (eBook)
At last, Diana gets a romance of her own! But with the last man anyone in Spindle Cove expects…
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?
So, first things first, I know that the covers for this series are definitely on the romance side, but I have one question: WHERE IS AARON’S HAND?!?! Seems just a wee bit risque to me!
Anyway, here we have another short novella for the Spindle Cove series, this time with Diana’s story! If you’ve read the series (and I hope you have, or else you probably shouldn’t be reading this review!), you’ll be FULLY AWARE of a certain someone in Diana’s life: her mother. I feel like Diana’s mother has become a bit of a legacy in this series — an annoying legacy at that — always commenting on Diana’s beauty and how she’s only fit for the most wealthy, most powerful, most handsome men. I mean, I’m sure mothers want well for their daughters, but Diana’s mother is always SO overboard with everything, even to the point where she neglects her other daughters’ happiness.
At any rate, it’s nice to see such a sweet story between the ravishing beauty of Diana and a blacksmith like Aaron. They couldn’t be more of a perfect fit and even though I was thinking Diana would get a full novel for her story, this shorter novella really packed a punch. To me, it was just so much more enjoyable than the first novella in the series, but that might be because we have gotten to know of Diana quite a bit throughout the series already.
Really, though, it was nice to see Diana through the eyes of herself and NOT through the eyes of her mother. She’s so sweet and down to earth and I loved her interactions with Aaron. And Aaron! How can you not love him? The man has major ambitions, is super kind and sweet, and — from the sounds of it — hot as hot can be. I’d call that winning.
This was a great installment to the series — though I’m wondering if this means we’ll never see Diana’s mother again? Maybe she’ll still hold on to her last remaining daughter? We shall see!