Series: Spindle Cove #3.5
Published by Avon Impulse on April 30th 2013
Genres: Adult, Historical Romance, Romance
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?
I have such a soft spot for Tessa Dare. A huge reason I got back into historical romance (after a little hiatus that lasted years) was because I read Romancing the Duke by Tessa Dare. It sucked me in and reminded me why I love historical romance so much. Since then I’ve read a lot of her books, including all of the Spindle Cove series . . . except Beauty and the Blacksmith, a novella about Diana Highwood. But that has changed, because I finally read this adorable novella, and I loved it so much!
What’s the Story:
Diana Highwood is the eldest Highwood sister, and she’s also the most beautiful. However she has a health problem – severe asthma – which led to her widowed mother and two sisters moving to Spindle Cove. Her mother wants her to marry some titled gentleman, but Diana is more interested in the local blacksmith, Aaron Dawes. Aaron likes Diana too, but can they make a relationship work even with class differences? (I think you know the answer to that!)
What I Liked:
- Spindle Freaking Cove! I love this small, unconventional town in Regency England. I love its residents, and all the quirkiness that comes with small town life.
- Aaron is so swoon-worthy. It was so easy to understand why Diana fell for Aaron. He’s hunky, with super awesome arm muscles from his work, but he’s also kind and caring and handles responsibility so very well.
- I’ve always loved Diana from previous Spindle Cove books. However it was just amazing to see her finally stand up for what she wants. She had enough of her mother pushing her to marry a titled gentleman, but she also wouldn’t stand for Aaron being an idiot either.
- The side-characters! Tessa Dare writes such fun and fully developed side-characters, but she especially excels at it in this series.
What I Disliked:
- I wanted more! I know it’s very common, but I did wish the story was longer than novella-length. Beauty and the Blacksmith is an exceptional novella, but it does have novella-related issues.
Beauty and the Blacksmith by Tessa Dare is an excellent addition to the Spindle Cove series. It’s filled with hunky heroes, independent heroines, quirky characters, and a small town we’ve all come to love.
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