Review: A Night to Surrender by Tessa Dare

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Review: A Night to Surrender by Tessa Dare
A Night to Surrender

4 Stars

Book Info

Released: August 30, 2011
Genre: Historical Romance
Series: Spindle Cove #1
Published by Avon
Pages: 372

Spindle Cove is a nice and quiet vacationing spot where young ladies can go to and feel free to enjoy themselves without facing the judgement of others like they would in London society.  Also known as Spinsters Cove.  The ladies here are not your ordinary historical romance heroine.  There’s something that has been determined “less desirable” with each of them.  Once they are in Spindle Cove, though, they maintain a schedule.  On Mondays, they have country walks.  On Tuesdays, sea bathing. On Wednesdays, gardening.  I’ll have to let you find out about Thursdays when you read the book!

Susanna Finch is the head spinster of sorts.  She pretty much runs this town, and the women have taken it over!  Susanna’s control is tested when a group of men, led by Victor Bramwell, aka Bram, and soon to be known as Lord Rycliff arrives.  He’s a war hero seeking her fathers’ recommendation so that he can return to his post for the duration of the war.  Her dad gives him a castle, and a title, and will consider signing his papers if he manages to make the few good men of the town to make a presentation worthy of a military group.

With not too many pickings, he has his work cut out for him.  And the one thing he was not counting on is Susanna Finch.  She’s spirited, opinionated, strong willed, and he can’t help his attraction to her!  These two are great from the start!  Their dialogue is witty and funny and entertaining.  Their chemistry is amazing turning to hot!

The secondary characters in this book are endearing as well.  My favorite being Colin, Bram’s cousin.  Lord Payne is the incorrigible rake who, in more than one occasion, turns the sweet town of Spindle Cove upside down with his antics.  I can’t wait for his book next.

I am excited to see what happens with the rest of the crazy ladies in Spindle Cove!

Favorite quote:

He knew all her objections to marriage were logical. She’d built her life and village around happy spinsterhood, and the demands of his military career left no room for a wife. A hasty wedding could mean grief for Sir Lewis, scandal for Susanna, and God knew what for Bram. But he was going to marry her, despite it. Because when he looked at Susanna, all he could think was one word. It wasn’t a particularly elegant or poetic word, any more so than “like.” But it had a straightforward eloquence all its own.

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About Tessa Dare

Tessa Dare is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of fourteen historical romance novels and five novellas. Her books have won numerous accolades, including Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA® award (twice) and the RT Book Reviews Seal of Excellence. Booklist magazine named her one of the “new stars of historical romance,” and her books have been contracted for translation in more than a dozen languages.

Mixing wit, sensuality, and emotion, Tessa writes Regency-set romance novels that feel relatable to modern readers. With her bestselling “Spindle Cove” and “Castles Ever After” series, she has had great fun creating heroines who defy the conventions of their time—engaging in “unladylike” pursuits that range from paleontology to beer-making—and dreaming up the strong-willed, sexy heroes who find their hearts ensnared by them.

A librarian by training and a booklover at heart, Tessa makes her home in Southern California, where she lives with her husband, their two children, and a trio of cosmic kitties.

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I really liked this one. I hope there’ll be some more books in this series.


Thanks for the review! I just bought this book and I can’t wait to get started!

Jen B.

I have seen this book around and I have added it to my wish list. This sounds like a great start to a series.


Thanks for the review and the quote. It’s always nice when the hero has that possessive feeling especially from the start.


I love that quote…adding this series to my wishlist!!!


I did enjoy this story and all the characters we met in it.
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