May Contain Spoilers
Review by Poo Penny
YAAAS!!! Thank you for being better a book than A Night to Surrender. Why am I reading all the Spindle Cove book out of order? Because my library does not have what I need when I need it! Damn you, HCPLC!
Anyways, I love Kate. Kate, who has a need to be loved, and craves a family. Kate also craves someone to love. She apparently has been spending the past year hating on Thorne, who is delightfully grumpy like, all the time. The soldiers threw him a party, and he… just read that for yourself. I laughed pretty hard at that. It was funny, I felt bad when Thorne was hating on himself. Like, that could have been toned down a a degree or five.
The family! Oh gosh, how hilarious were they. I was just as skeptical of them as Thorne, too. Like, seriously, no one is that rich, that dysfunctional, and that happy in these books. And says things like, family sticks together. I mean, sheesh, it was like whoa, Tessa, I need you to tone down the happy factor a bit. But then, I remember that I like the happy factor, and Thorne talked about his past enough to bring down the happiness just enough. It will be hard for any book in this series to be better than Any Duchess Will Do, that one so far has been my absolute favorite Tessa Dare book, and I would even say one of my favorite romance novels to date. I keep comparing them all to that one.
Grade: 4 stars
Review copy borrowed from our local library
About the book
A temporary engagement, a lifetime in the making . . .
After years of fending for herself, Kate Taylor found friendship and acceptance in Spindle Cove—but she never stopped yearning for love. The very last place she’d look for it is in the arms of Corporal Thorne. The militia commander is as stone cold as he is brutally handsome. But when mysterious strangers come searching for Kate, Thorne steps forward as her fiancé. He claims to have only Kate’s safety in mind. So why is there smoldering passion in his kiss?
Long ago, Samuel Thorne devoted his life to guarding Kate’s happiness. He wants what’s best for her, and he knows it’s not marriage to a man like him. To outlast their temporary engagement, he must keep his hands off her tempting body and lock her warm smiles out of his withered heart. It’s the toughest battle of this hardened warrior’s life . . . and the first he seems destined to lose.