A Night to Surrender (Spindle Cove Series #1) [NOOK Book]

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2012 RITA Winner for Regency Historical Romance

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2012 RITA Winner for Regency Historical Romance

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Dare (Three Nights with a Scoundrel) pairs up an educated spinster and a wounded hero in this delightful Regency, the first in the Spindle Cove series. Lt. Col. Victor "Bram" Bramwell is traveling with fellow soldiers when a flock of sheep stalls them. They set explosives to scatter the sheep, but Susanna Finch, a woman living nearby, gets too close. Fortunately, Bram knocks her out of harm's way just in time. The instant attraction between Susanna and Bram is complicated by Bram's having just inherited a title, a crumbling castle, and the right to summon a militia. The last will be nearly impossible in the peaceful woman-dominated community of Spindle Cove, where few are thrilled by the military newcomers. Enticing romantic encounters are matched by witty conversations that slowly and seamlessly reveal deep truths about Dare's endearing one-of-a-kind characters. (Sept.)
Library Journal
Furious that a militia is being recruited in her beloved Spindle Cove, a tiny seaside town that she has turned into a haven for young women, Susanna Finch takes on the arrogant commander, Victor Bramwell, a protégé of her inventor father and the new Earl of Rycliff. But the earl is not quite what she expected, and while her goal to keep her women's retreat safe from outside influences remains the same, her opinions of Bram do not. VERDICT Lively and sexy, this funny, enjoyable battle of the sexes ensnares readers in a delightful adventure that is another charmer in Dare's growing list and the first in a new trilogy. Dare (Three Nights with a Scoundrel) lives in Southern California.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062049841
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/30/2011
  • Series: Spindle Cove Series, #1
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 10,302
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Tessa Dare is a part-time librarian,full-time mommy, and swing-shift author ofhistorical romance. She makes her home inSouthern California, where she shares a cozy,cluttered bungalow with her husband,their two children, and a big brown dog.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2012

    A Keeper!!!

    This is a book you will want to reread! I somehow read the second book first and loved it! Thought this one couldn't be better, was wrong! You will fall in love with spindle cove and all the inhabitants. Loved Bram. Susana and Dinner!

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2012

    Well Written Romance

    I really enjoy Tessa Dare's writing. It's so refreshing to find romance novels that are well written with enjoyable, consistent characters. Nothing feels rushed or fake. Dare lets her characters develop naturally. This and the next Spindle Cover novel, Once Upon a Winter's Eve, are two of my favorite romance novels.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 19, 2011

    4.5! MEET THE LADIES OF SPINDLE COVE! A NIGHT TO SURRENDER BY TESSA DARE....

    A NIGHT TO SURRENDER by Tessa Dare is an exciting historical romance set in Spindle Cove,England. Book #1 in the "Spindle Cove" series. It is the story of Spindle Cove,where the ladies are unconventional,the men are in their prime and eagerly brave at times. It has witty banter,romance, sweet sensuality,ladies who are shy,geology hunters,disenchanted wives,easily enchanted with young men,have medical issues or a disfigurement. In "A Night to Surrender" we meet the leader lady of Spindle Cove, Susanna Finch, who is determined to keep this little village free of unruly men.She is fiesty,high spirited,scarred but beautiful.And Victor Bramwell,the new Earl of Rycliff,a wounded war veteran and who is ordered to gather a militia in Spindle Cove.While, Bram is building his militia with a makeshift Army he is also fighting his attraction to Susanna,who is also is father's best friend's daughter.The characters of Spindle Cove will capture your heart.A must read that will have you turning pages,and laughing out loud with their antics.Received for review from Good Reads. Details can be found at Avon,an imprint of Harper Collins Publisher and My Book Addiction Reviews.



    ***Spindle Cove Christmas novella! Once Upon a Winter's Eve will be released as an e-book on November 15, 2011***



    ***COMING IN 2012 A WEEK TO BE WICKED***

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 9, 2011

    Fun new Historical story line

    Tessa has a flair for wit and spice, and this book doesn't disappoint. I highly recommend all of her books (two previous 3-book historical series and a paranormal e-book), but I think this one was my favorite. I love the premise of Spindle Cove. Definitely looking forward to the next two books.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2012

    Very enjoyable!

    This is only my second book from Tessa Dare, but it won't be my last! I just love her writing and her stories are very sweet and had me laughing out loud. She has a way of making her characters jump off the page at you.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 13, 2012

    I Also Recommend:

    Good story line. Very well written. A great summer read.

    Good story line. Very well written. A great summer read.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 7, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    Witty, Heartfelt, and Sizzling Historical Romance

    Redonk Nutshell: Recovering soldier vows to return to his post but gets sidetracked in a quiet coastal town and the woman who keeps it running

    It's near impossible to go wrong with Tessa Dare. She's a master at telling stories that are funny, heartfelt, and romantic. It's safe to say that the romance blogging community sighed with rapture when Dare's latest release, A Night to Remember became available at the end of August. I know I was anxious to get my hands on it.

    Lt. Colonel Victor Bramwell travels to Spindle Cove to enlist the help of renowned firearms specialist Sir Lewis Finch to help him get his post back after recovering from being shot in the knee. What Bram doesn't count on is this: sheep. Oh, and a woman. Particularly the daughter of Lewis Finch, Miss Susanna Finch. Lewis bargains with Bram, challenging him to whip the residents of Spindle Cove into a militia. Upon completing, Lewis will write his letter of recommendation. Bram accepts and is shocked when Lewis bestows the extinct title of Earl of Rycliff to him, fully passing the responsibility of the militia.

    Irritated with the setback, Bram sets out to enlist local men only to realize that the men available to him are...well...cowed. Spindle Cove has served as a sanctuary to women who never found welcome in the ton, thus earning it's nickname"Spinster's Cove." Susanna has run Spindle Cove for years, helping women like her who never fit in with society's standards. With the arrival of Bram and his ragtag cousin, Colin, and his friend and corporal, Thorne, the quiet town is shaken from its slumber.

    Quite literally.

    The three men make a grand entrance on the coattails of a grand explosion of gun powder used to startle a herd of sheep from blocking their path. "The beastly, teasing, handsome sheep-bomber. Who was the man, and what did he want with her father? Hopefully just a polite social call. Though she had to admit, Bramwell didn't seem the tyupe for polite social calls."

    What really makes this story a gem is the humor and the blossoming attraction between two very hard-headed characters. These two enjoy sparring, constantly challenging the other to think or act in a manner that they had not done so before. It's riveting, especially because these two are both comfortable in their skin and recognize their own imperfections. Bram immediately recognizes Susanna's intelligence and comes to rely on it, while Susanna sees the softer, compassionate interior beneath his strict and hardened military shell. What we get are some pretty intense exchanges, laced with wit and passion:

    "That's absurd," he scoffed, "You're just begging to be taught a hard, fast lesson in what it means to please a man." "You're just longing to put your head in my lap and feel my fingers in your hair." He backed her up against a rock. "You need a good ravaging." "You," she breathed, "need a hug." They started at each other for long, tense moments. At first, looking each other in the eye. Then looking each other in the lips. "You know what I think?" he said coming closer. So close she could feel his breath wash warm against her cheek. "I think we're having one of those vexing arguments again." "The kind where both sides are right?" "Hell, yes."

    A Night to Surrender is a wonderfully wicked read.

    Rating: A

    Romance: 4/5 Raunch: 4/5

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2012

    Great beginning!

    I love Tessa Dare! This is a great beginning to a new series about Spindle Cove. Spindle Cove is a place where women go when they are not able, prepared or want to find a husband. Or...they have a husband and want to escape! This is the story about Susanna and Victor. She is a happy spinster and he is the new Earl of Rycliff. Victor is in charge of forming a militia to protect the Spindle Cove area. This story had sexual tension, humor and a budding romance. I look forward to reading the other Spindle Cove books! I originally wrote this review for another e-book website.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 8, 2011

    Steamy - Check it out!

    If you're in for a steamy read this is definitely a great book. There was just enough of a story to keep the reader interested, while there were a few great love scenes! Can't wait for the next great book in the series from Tessa Dare!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 30, 2011

    Great Read

    Sparkling with humor and sizzling with sex, A Night To Surrender pulsates with the wants and needs of females and males-needs not the same and on a collision course. A hodgepodge of men assembled to form a militia in a quiet seaside village wreck havoc on Spindle Cove that has a motto of "Tranquility is the soul of our community" and where young, gently-bred ladies come to get themselves sorted out.

    When black powder explosions, a sheep "stampede", and wagons loaded with army supplies show up along with Lieutenant Colonel Victor Bramwell, his wastrel cousin Colin, and Thorne, Susanna Finch rallies all her considerable abilities to keep the ladies' retreat intact and on schedule. The village depends on the money the ladies bring into Spindle Cove.

    The Queen's Ruby Inn is a temporary home for the ladies, whether sickly, scandalous, shy, disenchanted with marriage, too enchanted with the wrong men, or just misfits in the rules-ridden society of early nineteenth century England. Twenty-five-year-old Susanna, the daughter of the only gentleman in area, nurtures the ladies and helps them to realize their self-worth and take pride in their accomplishments. Her organizational skills, healer abilities, business sense, and abundance of energy are instrumental in keeping the village economically healthy and aesthetically pleasing. Her inner hurts, needs, and woes stay locked away until Bramwell invades her territory. Theirs is a romance not to be missed.

    Lt. Col. Victor Bramwell, seriously wounded in battle eight months ago, is healing and wants his command back. But his superiors ignore his requests. His last hope is his father's old friend Sir Lewis Finch, an eccentric inventor of weaponry who is a Royal Advisor to the Prince Regent who could get Bramwell back to his command.

    Sir Lewis has his own agenda and gets Bramwell elevated, not back to his command, but gets him a title. By royal decree Bramwell is now an Earl-Lord Rycliff-and owner of a dilapidated castle high on a ridge overlooking the village in one direction and overlooking the channel on the other side where the northern coast of France is only fifty miles away. He is supposed to raise a militia of twenty-four men to defend this area of the coast-NOT Bramwell's 'cup-of-tea'.

    Colin, Bramwell's ne'er-do-well cousin, is horrified. A pretty village with no taverns and overrun with unbiddable, educated, man-eater ladies is just too much. While his irresponsible mischief propels the plot along at top speed, it often brings about distressing outcomes, but sometimes there is humor that tickles the funny bone.

    The secondary characters are a diverse lot that add a wealth of emotions to the conflicts. The lamb named "Dinner" is not to be overlooked. He does his part to make this a delightful story.

    Read the full review posted at The Long and Short of It Romance Reviews

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 19, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    The first Spindle Cove Regency romance is a delightful historical

    In 1813 in Spindle Cove, Sussex, women run the seaside town as their personal sanctuary. Men for the most part especially militia are unwanted as the male dominated army takes over everything. Lieutenant Colonel Victor "Bram" Bramwell leads a troop heading to the town to set up an encampment as French forces are rumored nearby. However, sheep block their passage so he has his squad use explosives to move the flock. Susanna Finch happens to be walking nearby, but Bram saves her by knocking her from harm's way.

    Susanna and Bram are attracted to one another, but he has three strikes against him even before they can relate. First he is titled; second he owns a dilapidated castle; and third he is military. Still as the couple intelligently debates what protection the women of Spindle Cove need, they fall in love.

    The first Spindle Cove Regency romance is a delightful historical starring two stubborn strong battling protagonists with conflicting needs supported by a deep secondary cast. The enjoyable story line is fast paced with a nod to Lysistrata. Sub-genre readers will appreciate this brilliant early nineteenth century gender war as love may not be enough.

    Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 2, 2014

    I actually read the third one first and then bought the rest of

    I actually read the third one first and then bought the rest of them. I really liked this one. Bram and Susanna are a delight. Susanna had a lot of things to over come and she did with flare. She was admired and loved by the entire Village of Spindle Cove. Her idea for the village for women was awesome. Bram a flawed hero but came about in the end. I loved him and how he dealt with his issues. All the sub characters were great. I am reading the second in this series now, and have finished the third. Love them all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2013

    Disappointing

    I read the most recent book in this series first, because Amazon has it as one of the best romances of the year, and it was a much better book. I liked it so much that i decided to go back and read thru the series. This book was disappointing. The characters were pretty bland, storyline never really caught me, not nearly as funny as Any Duchess Will Do. I'll try the next one in the series and hope for better.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2013

    Mamasaint60

    A bit corny at times, and watch out for the sexy scenes. As all of Tessa Dare's books, it's a good read. I'll be reading them all. JS

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2013

    Very cute and charming. This is my second favorite book of the s

    Very cute and charming. This is my second favorite book of the series. I loved the characters and the story. Very well written and not slow or boring.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2013

    the books itself is pretty good so far, but the editing sucks.  

    the books itself is pretty good so far, but the editing sucks.  one of the characters has been referred to by THREE different ranks by page 47 (nook pages).  ridiculous.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2013

    Boorish Bram

    Ugh, I just never warmed up to the male lead. I suppose he fits the time period but my modern feminist sensibilities have little patience with men, or yes women too, who blame their inability to do their job on someone else's perceived sex appeal. Grow up already, it's not romantic, endearing, or sexy. I kept waiting for Susanna to call him on it which I don't feel she ever really did and for such a self-actualized character, that was disappointing. I know it's a romance novel and therefore reality is suspended but this one just made me angry. It's a shame because the other Spindle Cove stories are delightful. 2 stars for "Dinner" and boys blowing stuff up! I will be deleting this one as there is no need to ever read it again.

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  • Posted June 26, 2013

    This was the first book that I read from Tessa Dare and I will b

    This was the first book that I read from Tessa Dare and I will be back for more. I love the concept of a village/town for ladies that don’t fit in, in “normal” society but make it work in their little piece of the world. Then along comes a man and manages to disrupt everything and everyone. I can’t wait for the next one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2013

    Highly Recommended

    Loved It!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2013

    I have read ALL of Tessa Dare's novels and love them! I checked

    I have read ALL of Tessa Dare's novels and love them! I checked out some from my library and own all the Spindle Cove novels and novellas as well as the Werestag novella. You will not be dissapointed with any of her writings except that they end! I would like to find a "comparable" author because I just know Tessa's work to be the best for my tastes with the right amount of story, character development, setting, and spice. I was not actually a romance reader until I stumbled upon a free offering of one of her ebooks on my Nook. That was how I even found this genre and now am hooked!

    I have always been a fan of period romance movies and am a stickler for anything set in the Victorian (or earlier) settings of Europe which all of her books are. I do have a few other free historical romances but I just know already I won't be as pleased. I wish Tessa would go full time just writing ONLY Spindle Cove series and that PBS or BBC would pick up the rights and make an ongoing romance seriers for TV that would be hot and heavy and for adult viewers but tasteful. Maybe Netflix??? Wouldn't that be incredible! LOL

    Bascially to sum all this up do not worry one bit about purchasing any of her materials. You will love having them. I have read each of the Spindle Cove series twice and plan to re-read each once a year- Yes they are that good! I stay tuned for pre-orders and have always been on of the first to get a book as it comes out.

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