STORY: 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 Rycliff, 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?
REVIEW: This is the start of the third series from Tessa Dare, and I can tell you right off the bat that my favorite is her first series The Wanton Dairy Maid Series and the début book ‘Goddess of the Hunt’. Her second series was The Stud Club Trilogy and I sort-of liked it and was partial to the first one more so then the other two.
And now she has written her third series and if the next three (I’m including an eNovella here as well) are as fun as this one, I’m well on my way to love this series as much as the first one.
I have all three on my Kindle and mean to go through all of them and will bring them to you as I read them.
As this story unfolds, we’re introduced to not just the hero and the heroine but to the place, Spindle Cove which is home to many women who in one way or another have made this place their refuge from society. They are here to discover ways and means of getting on and accepting themselves for who they are; learning to stand for what they believe in. They come from all walks of life, yet all have one thread that binds them together: freedom from men. Not that there are none in their small community, but that they just seem to have ‘adjusted’ to women in general and one in particular to lead them.
Ms. Dare gives us an interesting albeit not so much believable concept, and in spite of it, I did enjoy it. This is a fiction after all!
Lt. Colonel Victor Bramwell, Lord Rycliffe and Miss Susanna were one of the funniest characters I’ve read lately and just the dialogue alone between them makes this book a five start read. And let’s not forget Ms. Dare’s knack for creating one of the best sensual and sexual tension scenes. The woman can certainly make us laugh and blush and sometimes all at the same time.
The book ebbs and flows in pace, but well-developed characters and witty dialogue keep the plot moving along so that the sometimes implausible situations and slapstick comedy are overlooked. If you’re in a mood for a romantic regency comedy, than by all means go for it. I did and liked it well.