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Saturday, August 4, 2012

Review: A Lady by Midnight by Tessa Dare

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Title: A Lady by Midnight
Publisher: Avon Books

Source: Publisher
Publication Date: 28 Aug 2012
Series or Standalone: Series
ISBN: 0062049895
Format: ebook (ARC)
Pages: 384
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Place(s) Traveled to: Spindle Cove – Sussex, England  (1814)

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
First Line: Corporal Thorne could make a woman quiver, from all the way across the room. An inconvenient talent, so far as Kate Taylor was concerned.
Spindle Cove Series Order
Book 3: A Lady by Midnight
Book 4: Any Duchess Will Do (~2013)

When I first learned that A Lady by Midnight was going to be about Kate Taylor and Corporal Thorne I wasn’t surprised as events in the previous books had been leading up to it. But I also wasn’t thrilled either as there was just something about both characters that just didn’t warm my heart. Though I also knew that I wouldn’t be able to resist reading a Tessa Dare book and so when I had the chance to read an egalley of it I jumped at it. And boy was I glad I did because this book made me feel ALL THE FEELINGS! It also kept me up into the wee hours of the night just to finish it. (I really think that books should come with a warning label.)
I was sucked into this story right from the start and I did what I didn’t think I would do…I fell in love with Kate and Thorne.  While Thorne and Kate aren’t my favorite Spindle Cove couple  I really enjoyed their backstory and think its one of the better ones in Dare’s Spindle Cove books. I enjoyed learning the origins of these two characters and I’m not gonna lie when I say that my heart broke just a little bit reading them. I also liked how Thorne suffered from PTSD…I know its a crazy thing to like but its not a story line that you often see in historical novels so it was really refreshing and made his character all the more real. 
I also liked how all my favorite Spindle Cove residents wove in and out of this story. My only complaint is that there weren’t enough of them. I did enjoy the addition of the crazy, eccentric Gramercy family but I think I’d have preferred less of them and more of my crazy, eccentric Spindle Cove friends. And have I mentioned all the feelings this book made me feel? Because if not it totally did. A Lady by Midnight is such a heart-achy book and its ups and downs will keep you guessing until the last page on what will happen with these characters. As with the other books in this series I hated for this one to end. I just love this world and I want to live in it forever. If you haven’t discovered this series yet then you are really missing out.

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One Response to “Review: A Lady by Midnight by Tessa Dare”

  1. Meredith

    I, too, was uncertain about Kate and Thorne, but once Dare shows us Thorne’s past and how absolutely honorable he is, I fell in love. I still like Colin and Minerva are my favorite story, but I loved how much Kate was willing to fight for the life she wanted, whether it was “ladylike” or not.