Review: Beauty and the Blacksmith by Tessa Dare

Review: Beauty and the Blacksmith by Tessa DareBeauty and the Blacksmith by Tessa Dare
Series: Spindle Cove #3.5
Published by Avon Impulse on April 30th 2013
Genres: Adult, Historical Romance, Romance
Format: Ebook
Source: Amazon

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.

Final Thoughts:

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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6 Responses to “Review: Beauty and the Blacksmith by Tessa Dare”

  1. Nick

    I love Tessa Dare!!
    I haven’t read this novella yet and I think there are a few books in this series I need to catch up on, but I can definitely understand you wanting a longer story. I ALWAYS feel like that about novellas. I’m glad you liked it though despite some of the issues you had. I’m already swooning over Aaron and his arms lol! 🙂

    • Quinn's Book Nook

      Tessa Dare is the best! I really love this series. Which ones have you read? My favorite is A Week to Be Wicked. I do enjoy novellas, although they rarely become favorites. But I like reading them when I’m in a reading funk.

  2. Rowena

    Tessa Dare is great! I enjoyed this book but I wanted more too. Still, it was good stuff and I loved Aaron and Diana were great. I loved that Diana grew a pair and started standing up for herself.

  3. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

    I have this one I have this one! I haven’t read it but I have it! I think it was a freebie or really cheap right after someone told me I needed to read the Spindle Cove series. Thanks for the reminder. I need to get this off my Kindle and get reading! I do hate when the couple in a novella is really good because that always means I wish I could have seen them in a full length book! It seems like a waste in a novella though a boring couple or unlikable couple wouldn’t really work either so I guess there is no winning from me!

  4. Sophia Rose

    I know through everyone’s book chatter that Spindle Cove series is a must read and I will eventually. How neat! A blacksmith. Now that type of class difference would make for a good challenge. Thanks for letting me know to expect some issues b/c of the story length.

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