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I spotted this on Tessa Dare’s website:
A lovely surprise

I was so honored recently to learn that  Any Duchess Will Do was chosen by Booklist magazine as one of their “Top 10 Romances of 2013″!

Meanwhile, the book has gone into its fifth printing!

Thank you, readers, for all the amazing support for Griff and Pauline, and for Spindle Cove.

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(Spindle Cove #4)

Genre: Historical Romance

Official Blurb 

Griffin York, the Duke of Halford, has no desire to wed this season—or any season—but his diabolical mother abducts him to “Spinster Cove” and insists he select a bride from the ladies in residence. Griff decides to teach her a lesson that will end the marriage debate forever. He chooses the serving girl.

Overworked and struggling, Pauline Simms doesn’t dream about dukes. All she wants is to hang up her barmaid apron and open a bookshop. That dream becomes a possibility when an arrogant, sinfully attractive duke offers her a small fortune for a week’s employment. Her duties are simple: submit to his mother’s “duchess training”… and fail miserably.

But in London, Pauline isn’t a miserable failure. She’s a brave, quick-witted, beguiling failure—a woman who ignites Griff’s desire and soothes the darkness in his soul. Keeping Pauline by his side won’t be easy. Even if Society could accept a serving girl duchess—can a roguish duke convince a serving girl to trust him with her heart?

★✩★✩★✩★✩★

There are just not enough superlatives to describe this book. ANY DUCHESS WILL DO has edged A WEEK TO BE WICKED into second place as my choice for the best book in this series. A ginormous feat considering how much I love Colin and Minerva!

There are so many things I love about this book, it’s difficult to know where to start but I’ll try.

The story blends all the magic of …

Pygmalion
Pygmalion

My Fair Lady (2)
My Fair Lady

and

Cinderella
Cinderella

The book is rich in humour and the sparkling dialogue provides so many memorable laugh-out-loud moments…

“Cor”. She unleashed her broadest country accent as she tipped her head to admire the curve of his tight, aristocratic arse. “I’ll have great fun with you on the wedding night.”

I love how Ms Dare tempers the lighter moments with moments that are so heart-rending…

When he tried to stand, he couldn’t. Grief seized like a savage, crippling pain. Like an auger drilling on his heart. It hollowed him out, left a round aching hole – one he knew would never be filled.

I adore Griff and Pauline. These two seem worlds apart but you know they are so right for each other. They are two parts of a whole and proof that true love will always find a way.

Pauline on Griff… The intruder was life-shattering, heart-muddling, oft-maddening Griff.

Griff on Pauline… Lord above. She had him enraptured to the point of drooling incoherence, and she had absolutely no idea.

This book has the most wickedly delicious, sizzlingly sexy, toe-curling love scenes ever! Chapter 21 should definitely come with a warning – READ AT YOUR PERIL! HIGHLY COMBUSTIBLE MATERIAL! 

I started out disliking Griff’s mother, the Duchess of Halford. After all what kind of mother drugs and kidnaps her own son! But her weakness for knitting misshapen items totally swayed my opinion but you’ll have to read the book to discover why!

I shed tears along the way; I hooted with laughter plenty of times; I sighed at the dreamy romantic moments; I nearly had to dowse myself with cold water at one point and finally I cheered for Griff and Pauline’s dreamy Happy Ever After.

Emerald Ring
She turned away burying her face in her apron. Griffin Eliot York, the eighth Duke Of Halford, was here, on his knees. For her. Ring in hand, with the whole village watching.

What else can I say about this book other than – FABULOUS! AMAZING! FANTASTIC! JUST AWESOME! IN A CLASS OF ITS OWN!

RATING: STELLAR 5 STARS

SENSUALITY RATING: HOT!!

Read May 2013

The Spindle Cove Series (click on cover for more details):

A Night to Surrender (Spindle Cove, #1) Once Upon a Winter's Eve (Spindle Cove, #1.5) A Week to Be Wicked (Spindle Cove, #2) A Lady by Midnight (Spindle Cove, #3) Beauty and the Blacksmith  (Spindle Cove, #3.5) Any Duchess Will Do (Spindle Cove, #4)

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I love this stepback from Any Duchess Will Do , the next book in Tessa Dare’s Spindle Cove series.

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(Spindle Cove # 3.5)

Genre: Historical Romance

Official Blurb 

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):

A Night to Surrender (Spindle Cove, #1) Once Upon a Winter's Eve (Spindle Cove, #1.5) A Week to Be Wicked (Spindle Cove, #2) A Lady by Midnight (Spindle Cove, #3) Beauty and the Blacksmith  (Spindle Cove, #3.5) Any Duchess Will Do (Spindle Cove, #4)

 

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Diana Highwood’s novella, BEAUTY AND THE BLACKSMITH, is scheduled for release on 30th April. It’s available to pre-order on Amazon Kindle and it costs £0.99 in the UK and $1.52 in the US.  I’ve ordered my copy!

Here are the links:

UK

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Beauty-Blacksmith-Spindle-Novella-ebook/dp/B00BOQEB04/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1362439029&sr=1-1

US

http://www.amazon.com/Beauty-Blacksmith-Spindle-Novella-ebook/dp/B00BOQEB04/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1362438997&sr=1-1&keywords=Beauty+and+the+Blacksmith

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A Week to Be Wicked (Spindle Cove, #2)

SPINDLE COVE (#2)

When a devilish lord and a bluestocking set off on the road to ruin…Time is not on their side.

Minerva Highwood, one of Spindle Cove’s confirmed spinsters, needs to be in Scotland. Colin Sandhurst, Lord Payne, a rake of the first order, needs to be…anywhere but Spindle Cove.

These unlikely partners have one week to…

~fake an elopement
~convince family and friends they’re in “love”
~outrun armed robbers
~survive their worst nightmares
~travel four hundred miles without killing each other

All while sharing a very small carriage by day and an even smaller bed by night.
What they don’t have time for is their growing attraction. Much less wild passion. And heaven forbid they spend precious hours baring their hearts and souls.
Suddenly one week seems like exactly enough time to find a world of trouble. And maybe . . . just maybe . . . love.

★✩★✩★✩★✩★✩★✩★✩★✩★✩★✩★✩★✩★✩★✩★✩

There are so many wonderful reviews of this book, there’s little more I can say, other than…

This book is all sorts of amazing!!  AN ABSOLUTE MUST READ!!!!

Thank you Tessa Dare for writing such a truly wonderful book and creating such an unforgettable couple in Colin and Minerva! You made me laugh! You made me cry!  You made me blush! You made me sigh!

RATING : A STELLAR ★★★★★

[Read March 2012]

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A Lady by Midnight (Spindle Cove, #3)

SPINDLE COVE SERIES BOOK 3

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 fiance. 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.

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Ever since I found out that this book was going to be Kate and Thorne’s story, I’ve been counting down the days to its release on 28 August. So imagine my surprise when a mysterious package, postmarked Spindle Cove, popped through my letter box on 26 August. I quickly tore off the brown paper wrapping and inside was an old battered journal. With baited breath I opened the journal and started reading.

Miss Bessie Busybody, Spindle Cove, Summer 1814

It all started a year ago when Corporal Thorne marched into Spindle Cove with the other militia men. I didn’t have much time for the man. He was always so stern, gruff and intimidating. That all changed the day I was taking tea with a friend in The Blushing Pansy. Miss Kate Taylor, our resident music teacher, had just finished her performance at the pianoforte and was curtsying in response to the enthusiastic applause. At that moment, I happened to glance around the room and saw Corporal Thorne’s reaction. It was the nearest to any human emotion I had ever seen him display. He was clearly shocked at seeing Kate Taylor. How strange I thought. Perhaps there was more to Corporal Thorne than I had first supposed.

Well, here I am a year later and still no further forward in solving the mystery of Corporal Thorne. I thought there might be some connection between him and Miss Taylor but events seemed to have proved me wrong. He avoids her like the plague and I think she would rather he were anywhere but Spindle Cove.

I admire Miss Taylor so much for her warmth, kindness and compassion. Despite spending a loveless childhood in that austere Margate school for orphaned girls, she still has such a positive attitude to life. She has plenty of courage as well. I saw that for myself when I was taking tea with a friend one day in the Bull and Blossom. I watched Miss Taylor suddenly march up to Corporal Thorne and, although I couldn’t catch all of the conversation that passed between them, I did hear her say…”Stay and listen while we play our best for you. Applaud when we finish. Tap your toes to the rhythm, if you like. Give Miss Elliott a bit of encouragement. And shock me to the fingernails by proving you’ve a smidgen of compassion.” Well, I held my breath wandering what the Corporal might do but he simply got up and walked out without looking back. Rude man!

You could have knocked me down with a feather when I heard this little tidbit. It seems Miss Taylor got stranded in Hastings after visiting her old headmistress and apparently Corporal Thorne came to her rescue. I expect Miss Taylor wondered why it had to be HIM of all men. What was intriguing was the fact they didn’t arrive back in Spindle Cove until after dark with both of them on Corporal Thorne’s horse! Fancy being that close to such a man! Somehow they seemed to have acquired a dog as well that answers to the name of Badger.

My goodness, there’s real excitement here. Mrs Nichols told me about the wealthy, titled, eccentric family who are staying at The Queen’s Ruby. I think she said their name was Gramercy or some such and they’re actually claiming to be Miss Taylor’s long lost relatives! If it’s true, I’ll be so pleased for her because it will be a dream come true. I know she’s never given up hope of one day finding her true family.

They may be odd but the more I see of the Gramercys, the more I like them. They do appear genuine in their love for Miss Taylor and their wish for her to take her place as a member of the family. Perhaps, at long last, she’ll be able to find answers to her questions about her parentage.

I popped into the All Things shop and Sally Bright couldn’t wait to tell me how Corporal Thorne announced to the Gramercys that he and Miss Taylor are engaged. I have to say this came as something of a shock. I didn’t even think they liked each other. Apparently, it all happened on the way back from Hastings. Something about Miss Taylor seeing Corporal Thorne in a totally different light – protective rather than intimidating, not to mention very handsome. There was talk of a kiss as well. It must have been some kiss, that’s all I can say!

Oh gosh! It will take me months to catch up on everything that has being going on while I’ve been away from Spindle Cove looking after poor Cousin Agatha.

There was something about an exploding melon – (no idea what that could be about), a surprise engagement party that didn’t go exactly to plan – (do they ever?), someone getting bitten by a snake – (remember to secure all doors and windows), terrible secrets being revealed – (that must involve the Corporal), Lord Payne giving Corporal Thorne dancing lessons – (WHAT!), a duel – ( isn’t that against the law?) and an unorthodox wedding – (what’s so unorthodox about a wedding?).

Oh well, plenty of time to finish this journal.

28 August 2012

Drat, drat and triple drat! Now I’ll have to purchase the book to find out what happens. I hope it’s worth it!

29 August 2012

Well, I’ve just finished reading A Lady by Midnight and did it live up to expectations. YES! YES! YES!

It was filled with tender romance, unforgettable characters, delicious sexual tension, angst, passionate love scenes and humour plus a wonderful epilogue.

VERDICT: HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

RATING: ★★★★★

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