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Diana and Aaron have been two of my favourite characters from the Spindle Cove series. I absolutely love the concept of this book, and thoroughly enjoyed everything I saw there - but they deserved a novel. There was too much going on too quickly, and the ending did not do them justice! I really, really wish there were more to their story than just 13 chapters. I feel like this could have easily been achieved. Slightly disappointed.
This was my first trip to Spindle Cove and it will not be my last one although this is merely an OK read, nothing mind-shattering or intricately woven. I’ve only read one other book by Tessa Dare which I absolutely loved and I wanted to give the Spindle Cove community a try, too. A novella seemed like the perfect snack to check the taste and I quite liked it.
Yes, I agree with some other reviewers that there’s not much in terms of character depth and it’s all a bit rushed, but you can expect only so much from a novella-length story. It can only be a moment’s snapshot and I’m OK with the characters being a little one-dimensional. But I do agree that it all is a bit too smooth – the flawless beauty who happens to have an adventurous, even reckless streak in her; the handsome craftsman who happens to be exceedingly well-mannered and well-spoken; the understanding sister who acts as co-conspirator; the forever matchmaking mother, the spinster, the eccentric… and I’m not all that sure about Regency instalust, ah but well.
Beauty and the Blacksmith is the literary equivalent to an ice-cream cone you enjoy while sitting at a little café enjoying a day off. Nothing more, nothing less. A sugary little fairy-tale. I don’t regret buying it but I doubt I will re-read it.
This story is supposed to be a Regency romance; however, the author doesn't develop her story or her characters to fit the period. A gently breed woman would not go about town without a chaperone, a sister or a maid. So the whole of this story could not happen in the Regency period. While I very much enjoy Tessa Dare's writing style, her storylines are leaving a lot to be desired. Her book covers are turning out to be the best part of book. Pity.
This book was charming and had potential but for me it ended up being "Just Okay." Even though there were some moments that Diana surprised me with her spunk. And I did like both of the M.C's. Other than wondering how this could all work out, it just didn't draw me in all that much. A H.E.A. happens although maybe not exactly as you would expect. There is also a look into Diana's youngest sister Charlotte' story called, "Do You Want to Start a Scandal (Castles Ever After).
Nice enough romance novella with nice romantic tension between hero and heroine climaxing in one very steamy sex scene. As is typical of most novellas, characters were not as developed as I would have liked but they were still likeable. I read this novella before any other books in this series. (In fact, it is my first Tessa Dare book.) I did not find that I missed anything for reading it out of order. I don't know that this novella sold me on the series as it was truly focused on this one couple with the barest mention of other characters in the series. However as the first story I've read by Tessa Dare, I can confidently say I like her writing style. I am looking forward to reading a full length book by Dare.
A charming love story about two lovers from different social classes (sweet-spoken Diana Highwoood and village blacksmith Aaron Dawes), but it failed to make me swoon. There is something about an early hook-up that affects my overall taste of the story, and I barely saw any growth on Diana's character. However, I love Aaron! He is strong and gentle and hardworking, and I wished he was paired off to a more suitable partner. Still a nice read.