I received this book for free from Edelweiss/Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Lord Dashwood Missed Out by Tessa Dare
Series: Spindle Cove #4.5
Published by Avon Impulse on 12/08/2015
Genres: Adult, Historical Romance, Romance
A snowstorm hath no fury like a spinster scorned!
Miss Elinora Browning grew up yearning for the handsome, intelligent lord-next-door…but he left England without a word of farewell. One night, inspired by a bit too much sherry, Nora poured out her heartbreak on paper. Lord Dashwood Missed Out was a love letter to every young lady who’d been overlooked by gentlemen—and an instant bestseller. Now she’s on her way to speak in Spindle Cove when snowy weather delays her coach. She’s forced to wait out the storm with the worst possible companion: Lord Dashwood himself.
And he finally seems to have noticed her.
George Travers, Lord Dashwood, has traveled the globe as a cartographer. He returned to England with the goal of marrying and creating an heir--only to find his reputation shredded by an audacious, vexingly attractive bluestocking and her poison pen. Lord Dashwood Missed Out, his arse. Since Nora Browning seems to believe he overlooked the passion of a lifetime, Dash challenges her to prove it.
She has one night.
My love for Tessa Dare is pretty intense. I mean, who doesn’t love Tessa Dare? I was pretty excited about another Spindle Cove story, even if it was a novella, which tend to be pretty hit or miss for me. Even so, I just had to read Lord Dashwood Missed Out by Tessa Dare, and I did think it was a fun way to spend the evening.
The whole premise of this book is so much fun. Nora, sick and tired of crushing on a man that overlooks her, writes an essay on all the reasons he’s missing out by not getting together with her. I mean, who of us has not felt that way? What makes this super fun, is that this essay she wrote becomes super popular, and a few years later when the subject of her essay, Lord Dashwood, returns to England and discovers this essay, he is less than pleased. And wouldn’t you know Lord Dashwood and Nora end up stuck in a carriage together on a snowy night.
So, at first I wasn’t so sure I liked Dash. First, that is such a lame nickname. Dash! But really, he did seem like a bit of a jerk at times, and that really frustrated me. I just found it a bit offensive that Dash (ugh that name!) basically dared Nora to show him what he was missing. But he does improve, although seriously he makes some very bad decisions that would have pissed me right the heck off were I Nora.
Nora is so easy to relate to. She cracked me up, and I love how she doesn’t let Dash push her around, for the most part. Sometimes she does things stupidly, too, though, and that was also frustrating.
What was totally awesome, though, was seeing some of my favorite characters from Spindle Cove. Seriously, I just loved that! Especially Colin, because . . . well, it’s Colin! And it was fun to see Charlotte and Charlotte’s crazy mother who reminds me a lot of Mrs. Bennet from Pride and Prejudice. I cannot tell you how excited I am that Charlotte is getting her story next!
While Lord Dashwood Missed Out definitely suffers from being a novella, I did enjoy it and am so glad I read it. This is the most amazing story ever, however, it was ever so much fun to spend time with the Spindle Cove residents.