Book: A Lady by Midnight (Spindle Cove #3) by Tessa Dare

Genre: MF Historical Romance, Explicit

Title: A Lady by Midnight

Author: Tessa Dare

Release Date: 28 August 2012

Previous Book in Series: A Week to be Wicked

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Summary: 

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 fiancé. 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.

What I Liked:

The relationship between Kate and Thorne had really good buildup in the previous book, so I was excited to get to their story.  They have seemed very aware of each other since their first scene together in A Night to Surrender.  I liked the buildup of their mysterious common background, even more so because Kate is completely unaware of it.

I also really enjoyed Kate and Thorne’s fake engagement/relationship of convenience.  I love how growly and protective Thorne is of Kate, even when everyone thinks that she hates him.  They have good chemistry, and things in this book get super steamy.  This is the first book in the series with a lower class person as a lead, and I really enjoyed how rough around the edges Thorne was.  It was a nice change from the typical Regency romance hero.

What I Didn’t:

The storyline with the Gramercy’s was a bit…unbelievable.  I liked the characters themselves (especially Harry!), but their whole ‘super unconventional, super scandalous, long lost relatives’ thing was just a bit too much.  And the duel at the end was completely crazy.

Overall:

This was another great entry in the Spindle Cove series.  Kate was likable and strong, but she still had a nice vulnerability to her.  Thorne was gruff and grumpy, but I loved his devotion.  The Gramercys were over-the-top, but I liked the characters if not their place in the plot.  My new favorite character is definitely Harry Gramercy, and I really wish that Tessa Dare would write a novella chronicling Harry’s love story with Ames.  I absolutely love when LGBT romances sneak their way into conventional het romance series!

My Rating: 3.5/5

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