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Beauty and the Blacksmith: A Spindle Cove Novella
     

Beauty and the Blacksmith: A Spindle Cove Novella

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by Tessa Dare
 

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Take a trip to Spindle Cove in New York Times bestselling author Tessa Dare's gorgeous and sexy Regency romance

Beautiful and elegant, Miss Diana Highwood is destined to marry a wealthy, well-placed nobleman. At least that's what her mother has loudly declared to everyone in Spindle Cove.

But Diana's not excited by dukes and lords. The only

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Take a trip to Spindle Cove in New York Times bestselling author Tessa Dare's gorgeous and sexy Regency romance

Beautiful and elegant, Miss Diana Highwood is destined to marry a wealthy, well-placed nobleman. At least that's what her mother has loudly declared to everyone in Spindle Cove.

But Diana's not excited by dukes and lords. The only man who makes her heart pound is the village blacksmith, Aaron Dawes. By birth and fortune, they couldn't be more wrong for each other . . . but during stolen, steamy moments in the smithy, his strong hands feel so right.

Is their love forged strong enough to last, or are they just playing with fire?

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Blacksmith Aaron Dawes never forgot the day he laid eyes on Miss Diana Highwood. But would this aristocratic, elegant, and easily most beautiful woman in the county be courted by a village smithy? For two years, Aaron and Diana observe the social proprieties while fighting the slow burn of mutual attraction. Marriage out their respective classes is unthinkable. Diana’s mother is holding out for a duke for her daughter, and Aaron needs a woman who can be a helpmate in his trade. Is it a love to last a lifetime or will practicality rule the day?

Verdict This classic story of love across the social divide matches two characters who are strong and compassionate in their love for each other. The intricacies of village life coupled with a lively group of supporting characters make for an engrossing read. A great title for Regency romance readers.—Debra M. Dudek, Fountaindale P.L. Dist., Bolingbrook, IL
(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062238856
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
07/02/2013
Series:
Spindle Cove Series
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
147,712
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.60(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Tessa Dare is the New York Times bestselling, award-winning author of more than a dozen historical romances. A librarian by training and a book-lover at heart, Tessa makes her home in Southern California, where she shares a cozy, cluttered bungalow with her husband, their two children, and a pair of cosmic kittens.

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Beauty and the Blacksmith: A Spindle Cove Novella 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 72 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you like hot period romances, dont miss tessas books. She never disappoints. I especially love all her spindle cove books and look forward to more. No love triangles! And each story is stand alone! And these girls arent snarky witches. Phyl p
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
With passion, mystery, and forbidden love. 112 pages but alot of story built into it. I loved it and ighly recommend!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Short, sweet and to the point. Maybe not as steamy or intense as some of the other love stories by Dare, but still a charming and heartfelt story.
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books!*** Beauty and the Blacksmith by Tessa Dare Book 3.5 of the Spindle Cove series Publisher: Avon Impulse Publication Date: April 30, 2013 Rating: 4 stars Source: eARC from Edelweiss ***Warning: this is an adult book, and for the eyes of mature readers*** Summary (from Goodreads): At last, Diana gets a romance of her own! But with the last man anyone in Spindle Cove expects... Beautiful and elegant, Miss Diana Highwood is destined to marry a wealthy, well-placed nobleman. At least, that's what her mother has loudly declared to everyone in Spindle Cove. But Diana's not excited by dukes and lords. The only man who makes her heart pound is the village blacksmith, Aaron Dawes. By birth and fortune, they couldn't be more wrong for each other...but during stolen, steamy moments in his forge, his strong hands feel so right. Is their love forged strong enough to last, or are they just playing with fire? What I Liked: First, a warning: I have not read any of the other books in this Spindle Cove series. In fact, I've never read anything by Tessa Dare. So, I may not know the relationships of some characters to others, or background of the setting or several characters, or so on. Nevertheless, that did not stop me from understanding and enjoying this book I really liked this book. It is a novella, and therefore, it is short, but it is fun and swoony and so CUTE! I was thrilled by the character development in this book, despite the brevity of the story. Diana is a sturdy character from the beginning, but she definitely develops some more backbone as the story progresses.  Aaron is FABULOUS. Ever since Will Turner, I have acquired a liking for blacksmiths. Well, Aaron is no exception. Right from the start, he is one to make your heartstrings kick. He did not undergo too much character development, but I feel like he didn't need to. But maybe I am just biased. *wink wink* Even though I have not read any of the other Spindle Cove books, I got a good feel and understanding of the setting of the story. The place of the story is exquisitely described, and subtly, the author draws the readers into Spindle Cove. The time period is unmistakably historical - Regency, if I am not mistaken. I love Regency-era fiction. But that is no secret. YAY for no love triangle! No foreseeable love triangle, anyway. Diana and Aaron get a nice ending, as is expected. But it is a CUTE ending. This book is so cute. I love the sort-of proposal scene. If you read the novella, you will love it as well.  I know this is a novella, but when this book ended, I was dying for more! Good thing there was a preview of the next book that filled the last 25% of this book, right? NO. Because now I want more of that book! I think I have found myself a new historical fiction author to love! What I Did Not Like: I don't really have any complaints with this book. I enjoyed it; it was a quick and engaging read. Why 4 stars and not 5 stars? It feels like a 4-star book to me. It's a great historical fiction read!  Would I Recommend It: Of course I would! Especially if you have read the previous books in this series, or plan on doing so. Although, my recommendation would be to read the series in order. BUT, as with me, it is not necessary. Rating: 4 stars. This novella is absolutely adorable!
Beverly_D More than 1 year ago
Don't let this get away! 4.5 stars. As the most beautiful of the Highwood daughters, Diana's mother has long planned to marry her to nobility. Perhaps even a Duke. Powerful - and yet sensitive blacksmith Aaron Dawes, can shoe a horse OR mend a lady's locket with equal skill. Funny how Diana's necklace claps keep getting broken - they couldn't be more damaged if someone smashed them against a rock... This short Regency novella offers a great taste of Dare's Spindle Cove world, and can be read either in sequence with the others, or as a stand-alone. One of the things I really liked is that Aaron loves Diana for more than her beauty - her compassion is what first made him notice her, and while Aaron's build is impressive, Diana loves his creative side. Brimming with humor(days later I'm still snorting over "It got away!" in reference to a dinner Diana was attempting to cook) and scorchingly hot, this is a delightful little romance.
Somer More than 1 year ago
Beauty and the Blacksmith⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ written by Tess Adare (Spindle Cove 3.5) Diana Highwood was the beauty of her family and along with that beauty she held the responsibility to marry well. As a child and young adult, she suffer from bouts of asthma. However, as adult she outgrew her disability. Diane wanted a love match but found none of the dukes or lords presented to her by her mother to suit. Diana found herself strongly attracted to the village blacksmith, Aaron Dawes. However, since they came from two different worlds by birth right their love could not be. Aaron, also, found himself in love with Diana and they both lived for their stolen moments. The question became was their love strong enough. The author presents a question older than time itself. Can love conquer all? As a true romantic, I loved this novella and would recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really like Tessa Dares writing style and voraciously read all of her books. The only negative with this one is it ends to quick with a substantial part of the book filled with excerpts from other books. A fun QUICK read
MADreaderMD More than 1 year ago
I'm so glad Diana Highwood finally got her HEA and she didn't have to marry one of the lords or dukes her mama wanted in order to get it! This was a quick, fun read with plenty of heat. The description of Aaron working at the forge is enough to heat up anyone's day. The added little mystery was intriguing too. My only quibble was that I found it completely unbelievable that Charlotte could sleep that soundly!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a funny, cute and hot. Really enjoyed it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When you finish reading the first story, STOP! The next two are teasers and will spoil the first romance! The first story was unique! A beautiful, young woman (who could marry well) develops a crush on the village blacksmith/doctor. Her mother constantly tries to match her daughter with society peers and is frustrated by her daughter's inability to attract anyone, despite her extraordinarily beautiful daughter. The blacksmith harbors deep feelings for the beautiful heroine, but he knows that there is no chance for them. He needs a wife who can cook, clean, and be his helpmate. Diana cannot cook (she not only burned her first attempt to cook, she lot the eel), she has no idea if his sisters will accept her. Despite it all, they stupidly fall in love and now are forced to deal with the unlikelihood that that a blacksmith will be allowed to marry the most beautiful of the sisters. I recommend this story.
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I enjoyed the personality of both a heroin and hero.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another Spindle Cove series story I fell in love with !
camaibarb More than 1 year ago
Another great short story read from the Spindle Cove series. Diana got a real back bone and went after who and what she wanted. Aaron was a true down to earth hero. Loved the story 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not as good as some other Tessa Dare books I have read.
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This was a good story, especially for a novella, good characters, good storyline, sweet romance, really enjoyed it.
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