(Spindle Cove # 3.5)
Genre: Historical Romance
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?
Enchanting, romantic, sexy and funny! I just love this latest addition to the Spindle Cove series!
What I love about Aaron…
– he’s no pampered nobleman but a skilled craftsman who has a real passion for what he does
– he’s good with his hands ( read into that what you will!)
– he’s a wonderful brother to his sister, Jessica and adores his nephews
– he’s willing to fight ( literally) to protect those he loves
– he can be gentle and kind
– his pure superheated virility, sculpted chest, bronzed skin, forearms roped with muscle – hmm, I think you get the picture!
What I love about Diana…
– her beauty is more than skin deep
– she’s kind,intelligent and determined
– her loving relationship with her sister Charlotte
– the way she finally emerges to be her own person and has the courage to follow her heart
– she doesn’t excel at cooking but is handy with a gun and a needle (and I don’t mean embroidery)
– she definitely can’t hold her drink!
– she has a natural sensuality
– she never considers Aaron as anything other than her equal
I love the unexpected pairing of the working class Aaron and the highborn Diana and Tessa Dare pulls it off beautifully. I never once felt that they aren’t meant to be together and their love story is sweet, tender, poignant and deliciously sexy.
“I would tell you you’re the kind of lovely that’s unfair to roses and sunsets.” *sighs*
Her head naturally tilted back. She was vulnerable beneath him now, and he took control, deepening the kiss. His tongue stroked hers. The grain of his whiskers rasped at the edges of her lips. Intriguing and so essentially male. She wanted to touch him, slide her fingertips down the edge of his jaw.
To enhance this enchanting romance, there are a series of mysterious thefts in the village; a new resident Miss Bertram and her elusive Mr. Evermore; Diana’s delightful sister, Charlotte; the overbearing Mrs Highwood; some hilarious goings on at the Queen’s Ruby boarding house and a more than satisfying happy ending.
My favourite quote:
”Don’t play innocent, Miss Highwood. You’ve been wanting this. A hard, sweaty pounding from the village smith. These strong, dirty hands all over your body. You’ve been wanting it, haven’t you?”
How I imagine Aaron Dawes…
How I Imagine Diana Highwood
It was a lovely feeling to be back in Spindle Cove again and be captivated by this feel-good, sweet, romantic story. I can’t wait for my next visit when Any Duchess Will Do!
VERDICT: FANTASTIC! LOVED IT!
RATING : 5/5 Stars
SENSUALITY RATING: HOT!
Read May 2013
The Spindle Cove series (click on the cover for details):