So as far as historical romance novels go, I absolutely adore the Spindle Cove series by Tessa Dare. Because I live life dangerously, my first review will be on the third book of the series, just because it’s my favourite. All books in the series can be read independently, though if you do read them in order you do get more of a sense of progression and character awareness, which is a definite plus by any book. The main reason I love these books is that the women are all so unconventional – they’re no ladies whose biggest worry is whether the ton will approve of the early they fancy – they’re more like real women. As the town is nicknamed ‘Spinster’ Cove, it is generally full of women, who I would consider a little too smart and challenging for most men.
Anyhow, A Lady By Midnight, is in my opinion, the best in the series because I absolutely LOVE a dark, brooding male lead. You know the kind of guy that acts indifferent, but would really move heaven and earth to protect his gal? Well Corporal Thorne, the strong, silent and terribly damaged male lead is as self-depreciative and self-loathing as a leading man can get. Although some readers were put off by his constant determination that every kiss would be their last and he would control himself, I understood his feelings of unworthiness.
And as for the leading lady, Kate Taylor pulls no punches. She’s a great example of a woman who has that inner-confidence many people lack. She doesn’t go barging into situations, but she is entirely prepared to defend herself, and in spite of being timid, the girl does not take no for an answer. She’s brave, talented and sees the good in people. That’s another great thing about Spindle Cove ladies – they’ve got more going on than just being beautiful, and they all have their hubris.
So, Kate and Thorne start out by constantly locking horns, or more eloquently put, they ‘are like oil and water. They don’t mix.’ However, as per usual in such novellas, certain events push them together, and the walls that have been built are slowly knocked down. Thorne is a complex man, and Kate has a complex life, but their story really is beautiful, and perfect for those days you want to curl up and escape to the time of red coats, breeches and swooning.