Title: A Lady by Midnight (Goodreads)
Publisher: Avon Books
Publication Date:30 April 2013
Series or Standalone: Series
Format: ebook (ARC)
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Place(s) Traveled to: Spindle Cove, England (1814)
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
First Line: Goodness. Just look at it. Thick as my ankle.
Spindle Cove Series Order
Book 3: A Lady by Midnight
Book 3.5: The Beauty and the Blacksmith (Novella)
Book 4: Any Duchess Will Do (28 May 2013)
I’ve been a fan of Tessa Dare for a long time now and have loved every moment that I’ve spent in Spindle Cove and was disappointed when I saw that the final book, Any Duchess Will Do would not involve Diana Highwood. We first meet Diana in the first book, A Night to Surrender, and she has been a part of every book since in some fashion. Her sister Minerva’s story was told in A Week to be Wicked and so I was hoping that Diana too would one day find love. So you can imagine my excitement when I learned that she would get her story…in the form of a novella, Beauty and the Blacksmith.
In some ways I should have known that Diana wouldn’t have a traditional marriage and her story did not disappoint. Beauty and the Blacksmith is short but its filled with humor and heart. Diana is a girl that has always done what is expected and I loved seeing her really come into her own and follow her heart. I also loved seeing more of her little sister, Charlotte, and wish there were more scenes with her. Maybe one day Dare will bridge the gap between the girls of Spindle Cove and a future series of hers so that she could get a story too. Though I won’t hold my breath on that one. lol
What disappointed me with this novella was that there was so little of Mrs Highwood, Diana’s overbearing mother. I would have loved more scenes with her when she learned about where her daughters heart resided. I think it would have been entertaining watching her head explode…figuratively, not literally. But alas, this was just a novella and so there wasn’t enough time for all those scenes that I wish could have been included.
Despite the lack of head explosions, Beauty and the Blacksmith was more than just your average boy meets girl story. Overlaid over the romance was a minor mystery with a thief in the Spindle Cove boarding house. And if you know anything about my romance reading preferences then you know how I like stories that offer a little more to them then just a romance. Beauty and the Blacksmith manages to do just that and even though it was so short the whole story ARC of the mystery is believably done.
I enjoyed Beauty and the Blacksmith and think that it fits in wonderfully with this series. Its also a story that is easily read as a standalone/introduction to this small English town. I loved the chemistry between Diana and Aaron and found their story to be very believable. I couldn’t have asked for a better story for Diana than this. Well, I do wish that it had been longer but I am happy with the story as it was told. And I think that anyone who has enjoyed a Tessa Dare book will enjoy it as well.