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A Lady by Midnight (Spindle Cove Series #3)
     

A Lady by Midnight (Spindle Cove Series #3)

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by Tessa Dare, Carolyn Morris (Read by)
 

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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

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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 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.

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Publishers Weekly
Dare's third Spindle Cove romance proves that sequels can equal, and even better, their predecessors (A Week to Be Wicked). In the early 19th century English coastal community of Spindle Cove, orphaned piano teacher Kate Taylor is desperate to find the truth about her parentage. After a discouraging visit to her former schoolmistress, who refuses to tell Kate anything, she finds herself relying on fellow Spindle Cove resident Corporal Thorne's kindness to return safely home. Though the meek Kate initially feels intimidated by her roguish escort, a mutual attraction sparks between the two during their journey. Upon arriving back at the Queen's Ruby inn, Kate is surprised to find a bevy of aristocrats in her room claiming to be her lost family. Thorne, suspicious of their motives, proposes to Kate that they become affianced, allowing him to stay at her side and protect her. But their fake engagement brings out genuine feelings even as answers to Kate's questions begin to emerge. Dare's captivating plotline is enlivened by multi-dimensional characters, while the love story is enhanced by the mysteries of its heroine's past.
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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781482986730
Publisher:
Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date:
12/17/2013
Series:
Spindle Cove Series , #3
Edition description:
Unabridged
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 5.70(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Tessa Dare is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of numerous historical romance novels and several novellas. Her books have won numerous accolades, including the prestigious RITA Award and multiple RT Book Reviews Reviewer’s Choice Awards. A librarian by training and a book lover at heart, she makes her home in Southern California, where she shares a cozy, cluttered bungalow with her husband, their two children, and a big brown dog.

Carolyn Morris has narrated numerous romance novels, most notably the Spindle Cove series by Tessa Dare.

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A Lady by Midnight 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 95 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A Lady By Midnight is book 3 in the Spindle Cove series, but can be read as a stand alone book. *Sigh* A Lady By Midnight. What can I say? All in all, this was a nice, witty romance. Here you have a heroine who's been orphaned at a young age and does not know where she came from. She's got a birthmark on her face and has always felt less than beautiful. Her life will be transformed one day, at midnight no less. Kind of like Cinderella. I liked Kate, her inner monologue would make me laugh. Thorne is all you need in a hero. He's a gentleman to Kate, always at her rescue, but he's got a dark, tortured past. He thinks he's not good enough for her. Beta hero alert. Both he and Kate share a bond due to their unhappy childhoods. Author Tessa Dare has given us a hero with a bit of what I'm thinking is post traumatic stress disorder. The atrocities he saw in the war make him black out sometimes when he's angry or under stress. But, of course, he never harms Kate. I liked the use of tattoos on Thorne. He has several tats, and he explains them all to Kate. It all adds more mystery to his character. I enjoyed the scenes between these two. Kate kept trying to pull Thorne in and find out about his shaded past, he kept trying to resist her. As the story flows, Thorne reveals his past and his reasons for keeping Kate away. The sex scenes were spicy hot. Maybe it's just me, but sex scenes in historical/regency romance always make me giggle. Perhaps her sense of touch was misleading her. Maybe if she looked the organ head-on, it wouldn't seem so intimidating. She dropped her gaze and pushed his breeches down over his hips. p.196 As the story flows, Kate finds out hidden secrets about her past, her mother, the Grammercys and even Thorne. In the end, she has an important choice to make, as there is a bit of a twist to story. There is a fight scene over Kate at one point and the author did a great job with it, she managed to add humor to it as well. It's one of my favorite scenes in the book. Overall, I felt like A Lady By Midnight could have been slightly shorter. Although I found myself losing interest a little bit towards the middle, I enjoyed the story overall. A Week to Be Wicked is the first in this series. I might read it one day. I recommend this one to fans of historical romance. This review is my honest opinion. I did not receive any type of compensation for reading and reviewing this book. I purchased my copy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was just ok for me. The first two in the series were great. I fell hard for Corporal Thorne and I was anxious for his story. I just knew in my heart these two characters would have a great story, I was wrong. It started great, until the family came into play (which was early in the book). I just expected something different, perhaps that was my problem with this book. I built up such expectations and for me at least they just fell flat. All the negatives aside the intimacy between these two was great. Steamy love scences that definately raised my temperature. I am still a big fan of Tessa Dare and would read anything she wrote. 3 stars because I'm a fan.
maria1213 More than 1 year ago
A Lady By Midnight is book 3 in the Spindle Cove series  It was so romantic I loved it I read it like three times now and I would never get tired of reading it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought this was a touching story. I enjoyed it and the characters were well defined.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sexy funny and witty. Great story line. Iwould highly recommend this one
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didn't want it to end. The loved the characters, the twists, the plot, and the ending wasn't that cliche.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After reading all the previous Spindle Cove books, I was very disappointed with this story. The love story wasnt believable. I liked Kate, but I did not enjoy Samuel's character. Tessa Dare is great, one of my favorite authors, but this book was so unlike the others. I was also interested in reading more of the previous characters - Colin and Minerva- and of the characters for the next book, but my curiosity was not satisfied.
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Not as fun, not as funny as the first two. I wanted to really enjoy it but had to work at it to finish...
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camaibarb More than 1 year ago
The third book in the Spindle Cove series and the first one I read. Loved it. Kate was a lonely woman who not only found the best kind of love, but a family that actually had her best interest at heart after a fashion. Thorne is my kind of Hero. Loved him. Loved all the characters of this series.
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Overall this was my favorite book in the Spindle Cove series. Potent and sweet the story felt a bit like a fairy tale, and the passion between Kate and Thorne was evident. Though the story could have probably served better as a novella (dragged on a bit with too much going on) I do love the plot and characters. Wonderful love story!
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Loved everything about this book ....and series. The plot, the characters, the story... epitome of romance. I read it twice... did not want it to end...Kate and Samuel...... a very special story.
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MADreaderMD More than 1 year ago
Love a story where the common, neglected girl gets her happy ending. And it's even better when the hero is a tough, damaged man in need of love himself.
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This was a good book but it was my least favorite of the 3. It did make me tear up a bit at a few different parts but other parts were a little long and boring. It was kind of hard to read.
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