Dare's latest Spindle Cove novella, set between full-length novels A Lady By Midnight and Any Duchess Will Do, is a steamy, saucy delight. While "Beauty and the Blacksmith" lacks some of the intricacy of her longer works, Dare's deft wit, dexterity with love scenes — one word, readers: "anvil" — and command of the ridiculous shine here. Fans of the series will love seeing Diana grab her happily-ever-after with hunky blacksmith Aaron and will wrap this short jaunt to Spindle Cove with a sigh and a smile.

Her domineering mother has always had lofty plans for quiet, angelic Diana Highwood, but her own dreams are much more basic, much more human...and much more carnal. Blacksmith Aaron Dawes has hammered his way into her heart over the past few years, and when it becomes apparent that their attraction is very mutual, the unlikely duo must forge a bond that no amount of class distinction or parental disapproval will break. (AVONROMANCE.COM, dl $1.99)

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Marla Hardy