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I think the publishers have a lot of nerve charging this much for the kindle version when it's just a novella, but I really like the Spindle Cove series so I paid it anyway. I think Diana and Aaron could have supported a full length novel - I like their story and there were definitely parts that felt rushed
Lovely light read. Tessa Dare's writing is like a breath of fresh air. All the characters are likeable and you care what happens to them. Throughout the series the heroines' mother is constantly harping on about how her daughter is sure to marry well but she actually falls for the local blacksmith. There are obviously difficulties with this situation and the author deals with these, and the added mystery, well. Looking forward to the next book out at the end of this month.
I liked the heroine in previous books and found she did not disappoint in her own story. The plot is well paced and the hea is what I have come to love in this series. Highly recommend it if you like this genrre.
This is a good story but obviously because of its length you can't really go into depths with the characters all that much. I think they were good characters though and its a shame it wasn't made full length.
Una storia carina su due personaggi che non ti aspetti possano legare ed invece, contro ogni pronostico, hanno il loro HEA. Miss Diana come personaggio non mi aveva colpito più di tanto, non mi piacciono le bellissime con poco carattere perciò è una sorpresa il coraggio che dimostra nel corteggiare Aaron, il fabbro di Spindle Cove e soprattutto è sorprendente come letteralmente gli sbavi dietro per il suo fisico prestante, da vero uomo di fatica. In pratica si sono girati attorno per due anni prima che Diana si decida a fare la sua mossa e quando parte poi non la ferma più nessuno, da timida bellezza diventa una donna sensuale e sicura di sè. Anche Aaron ha il suo indiscutibile fascino, conosce benissimo i suoi limiti, sa che per estrazione sociale non potrebbe mai ambire a una lady di buona famiglia ma allo stesso tempo si concede la possibilità di vedere dove questa attrazione li può portare. Nel complesso una bella lettura, hot e romantica al punto giusto, finalmente la stupidissima madre di Diana viene rimessa al suo posto dalla figlia, Charlotte, la sorella minore, si dimostra molto intuitiva e meriterebbe un libro tutto suo e adesso attendo con ansia la pubblicazione in italiano dell'ultimo titolo. Comunque questi racconti brevi meriterebbero di essere tradotti invece vengono quasi sempre ignorati ed è un peccato per chi vuole avere tutti i titoli di una serie.
Beauty and the blacksmith is my second book by Tessa Dare, whom IŽve discovered by reading:
Any Duchess Will Do (Spindle Cove)
This book is a historical romance in the spindler cove series. I have no idea in which order I have to read the series, but have to admit that this is no problem as it can be read as a standalone.
The plot is nice. Miss Diana Highwood has suffered for year of asthma and her health was very fragile, this is why she has not been forced to marry early and has lived at spindler's cove with her mother and her younger sister. Her mother is hoping for her to marry a rich nobleman as she is the prettiest of her daughters. Diana's heart and body however only desire is Aaron Dawes, the village blacksmith. Aaron does not dare to approach this special lady who is meant for a nobleman, but the attraction is defintly mutual and so strong that they can't resist each other. A sweet story starts, but is a relation between the two even possible?
Well this is maily the plot, it is ok, not overwhelming, it is nice that the smith is really only a smith and does not have any hidden noble background. I would be curious if in their case love is enough to be happy even in a poorer way of life, especially for her. At the beginning she has troubles cooking for example, this is then simpy ignored afterwards which I regretted.
The real breathtaker of this book is Aaron. What a man in comparison to all these Lords of the historical romance books. Gererally the lords, the heroine falls in love with are very musculed strong and taned which never really made sense to me. So this man is all male, hot and in the same time tender and sweet...
So the story is ok, Aaron is great, Diana is nice but not overwhelming but what disturbed me is that towards the end I had the impression that the author just wanted to finish fast and not go into detail anymore.
So this was a nice but not great historical romance. Enjoy the read and feel free to comment MBTM
Lovely little novella! I had read some reviews where people thought the story was a little flat, or they didn't really feel the connection between Diana (23) and Aaron (27) and I disagree. I thought it was well-done and believable, and that Dare did a good job of adding little things that made the characters come alive and very three-dimensional, despite the limited space she had.
For example, that Diana has struggled with asthma so badly all her life has deprived her of being able to partake in a lot of things throughout life, and so I loved that now that she's better, she wants to "start living," as her sister terms it, and so applies that to her feelings for Aaron and actually doing something about it, instead of just longing from afar. Also, although yes they are very physically attracted to each other, it didn't feel only lust-based to me (and that's sometimes a difficult test for a romance book to pass for me, just FYI—particularly romance novellas).
I did find that last little twist to be kind of silly, especially if she's lived there for two years and they supposedly all know each other so well.
EXCERPT: I adored how the book starts off LOLOLOL! Aaron is a blacksmith and we start off her with her at the blacksmith—yet again ... we also see from the beginning what sizzling chemistry we're going to have throughout:
[ "Still don't know how you managed to smash it like that," he said.
By slamming it in a drawer. And finishing the deed with a rock.
"I don't know, either," she prevaricated. Her heart thumped wildly in her chest.
"I could almost believe someone did it on purpose. I know accidents happen. But they don't usually happen the same way twice."
As he fastened the necklace, his fingertips brushed her neck.
Diana sucked in her breath. She wanted to pretend the touch was an accident. As he'd said, accidents happen.
But they didn't happen the same way twice.
He caressed her neck a second time, his roughened thumb sliding down the soft skin at her nape.
"Why are you here?" he asked.
She couldn't answer. She couldn't move, couldn't think.
"I wonder about it. Why you come so often. Why every metal latch and clasp and rivet you possess seems to need mending of late." His voice grew deeper, almost dreamy. "I've told myself you're just bored with this village. With this weather, there's little else to do."
He circled her, running his finger beneath that chain. Branding her with a necklace of his touch.
"Other times"—she caught a wry note in his voice—"I decide you've been sent by the devil to torment me for my sins."
He came to stand before her, holding that vial that dangled from her necklace. He pulled gently, and she swayed toward him. Just an inch.
"And then sometimes I think maybe ... just maybe ... you're hoping for something to happen. Something like this." ]