A Lady by Midnight by Tessa Dare
Redonk Nutshell: Orphaned woman learns of her past while battling attraction to local Corporal
Book 3 in Tessa Dare’s Spindle Cove series isÂ A Lady by Midnight. Â It’s the story ofÂ Kate Taylor, a local woman we’ve seen in the previous two books who gives music lessons. She’s sweet, patient and caring. She also has a telling birthmark on her face. Â Kate has wanted to know more about her past since she was a young child, and she’s recently taken steps to dig up whatever she can. Â After a disheartening visit to her childhood orphanage, she has a run in with Corporal Samuel Thorne. Â These two have tolerated one another for the past year, Thorne doing his best to remain indifferent and Kate trying not to snap at him. Â They travel back to Spindle Cove together and come to realize there’s something of an attraction there. It’s a surprise to Kate but not to Thorne. Â When a troupe of aristocratic family members roll into Spindle Cove claiming Kate as their cousin, Thorne is skeptical. Â In order to protect her, i.e. insert himself into her life, he claims to be her fiance while the claims of Kate’s parentage are verified. Â What results is a cat-and-mouse play on Kate’s emotions and affections.
While I enjoyedÂ Lady, this wasn’t my favorite of the Spindle Cove series. Â It wasn’t as flirty or funny as the first two, but I suppose that’s appropriate given Thorne’s temperament. Â He’s a hard man, a man who truly takes the entire novel to come to terms with his feelings for Kate. Â And Kate…god love her. Â She truly is the perfect woman for him. Â Though she’s kind and patient, she also isn’t afraid to call him on his crap.
This was a lovely emotional journey, and I was glad for Kate’s discovery of her past and family. Â Thorne is a tougher cookie, but Kate works on him and gradually wears him down. Â It’s a story that starts out sad and gritty but grows into something warm and enduring. Â A sort of rags-to-riches love story.
Romance: 3.5/5 Â Â Â Â Â Â Raunch: 3/5