ARC Review: Beauty and the Blacksmith by Tessa Dare

Posted May 22, 2013 by Francesca in Reviews / 5 Comments

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ARC Review: Beauty and the Blacksmith by Tessa Dare
Beauty and the Blacksmith
by Tessa Dare

4 Stars


Released: April 30, 2013
Series: Spindle Cove #3.5
Published by Avon Impulse
Pages: 148
Format: ARC

Recommended Read!

“One of those few talented authors that can rock a novella.  BEAUTY AND THE BLACKSMITH is the second Spindle Cove novella I’ve read and it’s for sure another winner.”
~ Under the Covers

Tessa Dare blows me away every time.  She’s one of my favorite historical romance authors and, as I’ve said before, one of those few talented authors that can rock a novella.  BEAUTY AND THE BLACKSMITH is the second Spindle Cove novella I’ve read and it’s for sure another winner.  A winner from page 1 until I finished devouring it.

There’s just something sexy about a man who works with his hands and Aaron Dawes, Spindle Cove’s blacksmith, is sexy at his best.  All bulging muscles and rugged with a few secrets.  Miss Diana Highwood is the moth attracted to that light.  She’s a society lady, elegant, and according to her mother, she should be looking to marry a wealthy man with a title.  But she can’t keep herself from lusting after the blacksmith to the point she breaks her own jewelry just to take it to him to fix….repeatedly.

As usual I love her characters and I love Spindle Cove, full of the gossiping old women and there’s always some intrigue going on which in the end can provide for some comic relief as well.

Their attraction had obviously been building for a while and we are thrown in right about when their sparks couldn’t be contained anymore.   This novella was as sweet and funny as it was sexy!  Classic Dare.

Anything Tessa Dare writes goes immediately on my Keeper shelf.  She completely transports me to her worlds, makes me live her stories and leaves me sighing when I turn that last page.




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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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Maria D.
Maria D.

I really love this series and agree that Tessa Dare’s books – regardless of length – are well written. Thanks for sharing the review

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Yes, she’s just such a talented storyteller. sigh


I’ve got this on my tbr pile…can’t wait to read it-thanks for the review Francesca!

Lori Meehan
Lori Meehan

Thanks Francesca.


Woow,the cover is wonderful! 🙂

Thanks for recommendation and great review Francesca 🙂