Book Review

by Tessa Dare

Genre: Historical Romance, E-book
Sensuality: HOT

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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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Reviewed By: Marla Hardy


Published: May 2013

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4 Stars

Average Rating: 4 Stars
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Beauty and the Blacksmith

Submitted by Robin in PA on September 22, 2014 - 12:09am.

Miss Diana Highwood and her family had lived in Spindle Cove for the last two years due to her ill health. In those two years, her mother has tried to marry Diana to various Dukes and Viscounts to no avail. But Diana has her eyes on the village Blacksmith, Aaron Dawes. Aaron has been fascinated by Diana since she arrived in the village, but has kept his distance knowing she must marry a Gentleman, not a Laborer. But when Diana makes her interest known, Aaron's good intentions don't stand in the way of their feelings for each other.

I'm happy to see Diana Highwood gets her own story in this novella. I've liked her character since she was introduced in the first book. And, it made sense to have her fall in love with the Blacksmith after her mother pushed her toward various aristocrats. There is a side story about small items disappearing from the local rooming house. The revelation of the culprit was a surprise for me. My rating: 4 Stars.