Back Blurb :
Welcome to Spindle Cove, where the ladies with delicate constitutions come for the sea air and men in their prime are. . .nowhere to be found . . .
Or are they?
Spindle Cove is the destination of choice for certain types of well-bred young ladies; the painfully shy, young wives disenchanted with matrimony, and young girls too enchanted with the wrong men; it is a haven for those who live there.
Victor Bramwell, the new Earl of Rycliffe, knows he doesn’t belong here. So far as he can tell there’s nothing in this place but spinsters. . .and sheep. But he has no choice , he has orders to gather a Militia. it’s a simple mission, made complicated by the spirited =, exquisite Susanna finch – a woman who is determined to save her personal utopia from the invasion of Bram’s makeshift army.
Susanna has no use for aggravating men; Bram has sworn off interfering women. the scene is set for an epic battle. . .but who can be named the winner when both have so much to lose?
My View :
I have read a lot of good reviews about Tessa Dare and I knew that I had to read her work I am so glad I did because this is just so good, Tessa dare is exactly what I expected and so much more this is just pure brilliance. It has everything that I personally look for in a Historical Romance. Enchanting and entertaining story with characters that are so real and likeable and not to mention my personal preference for a solid if flawed and tormented military hero.
Our first encounter of our hero sees him and his little band marching toward the aptly named “Spinster Cover” on his way to see the local gentry to try to regain his place in the Peninsula Wars after a horrific wound. Bram is a soldier through and through, he has gunpowder running through his very veins and he cannot think of anything worse than an office job, so this is his last chance to regain his role as an officer at the front.
He rolled onto his side, giving her room to breathe. “Where did you come from?”
“I think I should ask you that.” she struggled up on one elbow. “Who are you? What on earth are you doing here?”
“Isn’t it obvious?” He tone was grave. “We’re bombing the sheep.”
“Oh. oh dear. off course you are.” Inside her, empathy twined with despair. of course, he was cracked in the head. One of those poor soldier’s addled by war.
You can really feel Bram’s pain, soldiering is who is, it is all he knows and he feels very guilty about getting wounded and leaving his men. Bram is solid in his belief that his only way in the world is to go back to the hell that is the Napoleonic wars, and he will do anything and everything in his power to accomplish that goal especially now as he not only has to look out for himself but also for his wayward cousin, Lord Colin Payne. And he would achieve what he set out to do if he didn’t meet the spirited and fragile Susanna Finch, the daughter of the very gentleman whose help Bram needs to get what he wants.
Bram is a credit to his creator, everyone knows that I love a tragic war hero and Bram is that a much more, he’s too intelligent for his own good, too handsome for his own good (A pair of fine green eye’s have always made me swoon) too stubborn, and never shy of making his opinions universally known but all that makes him the absolutely brilliantly endearing man that he is and this is all before he show’s his softer side, once Susanna get’s past his defences he is highly sexy and protective. The steamy scenes between him and Susanna are alone enough to make you want a cold shower.
“Bram,” she whispered, unable to resist, “Do you think you could love me, just a little?”
He laughed, “Good lord, no.”
No? Susanna bit her lip, cringing inside, “Oh”
Oh dear. She dropped her gaze to his lapel, assessing her options. Could she bring her self to marry him, if he didn’t love her at all?
Of course she could, the alternative flashed before her eyes – a future that appeared hopelessly lonely and grim. She couldn’t picture it too clearly, but she sensed it sensed it would involve a great many cats and peppermints.
Never mind love. she could make do with lust or admiration, or whatever he offered her. even tepid affection was better than fuzzy peppermints.
He touched her cheek, drawing her gaze back up to his strong, handsome face. “No, Susanna.” He said “I cannot love you just a little. If that’s what you want, you must find a different man.” His green eyes were breathtaking in their intensity. His thumb brushed her bottom lip. “because I can only love you entirely. With everything I am, and everything I ever will be. Body, Mind, Heart and soul.”
So Victor Bramwell is given the new title of Earl of Rycliffe and the task to raise a militia in the little town of Spindle Cove by the local gentry, Lord Finch the problem that Bram has is that on arriving in the little town he soon realises that all is not what it seem’s for a start is overrun by women and men are thin on the ground and the one’s that he doe’s find and put into his militia are more concerned about baking cakes and what colour curtains should be hung than marching and shooting rifles and Bram knows exactly who to blame. Susanna.
Susanna isn’t what you expect she comes across as a very, strong-willed and minded young woman who knows exactly what she wants, but below that mask, there is a vulnerable and fragile young girl, who is tormented daily by her own horrors. Bram and Susanna are a match made in heaven, she is the tenderness and love that Bram craves and he is equally strong-willed and protective of what Susanna needs. it is just beautiful how they soothe each other’s broken hearts.
“Your begging to be taught a hard, fast lesson in what it means to please a man.”
“Your just longing to put her head on my lap and feel my finger’s in your hair.”
he backed her up against a rock. “You need a good ravishing.”
“You” She breathed, “need a hug”.
They stared at each other for a long , tense moments. At first, looking eath other in the eye. Then looking at each other’s 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 argument’s again.”
“The kind where both sides are right?”
And this time when they kissed, they both made that sound. That deep, moaning, yearning, whimpering sound.
That sound that said yes.
You are exactly what I need.
For me A Night Of Surrender, Spindle Cove book 1 was the best way to be introduced and start reading Tessa Dare, she knows her craft and what people want out of a Historical Romance, I can absolutely see know why so many people go crazy for this lady’s work she is just amazing and Tessa Dare is just so talented and she has definitely just stormed her way to the very top of my favourite author’s list. The only shame is that I started reading her work late, but that doesn’t matter it just means I get to read all her work now to catch up.
This is super sexy, highly enjoyable and Pure brilliance, one that should be permanently cemented on any Romance reader’s bookshelf.