Beauty and the Blacksmith

Tessa Dare
Beauty and the Blacksmith
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Release Date
April 2013
Historical Romance

Take a trip to Spindle Cove in New York Times bestselling author Tessa Dare's gorgeous and sexy Regency romance.

Beautiful and elegant, Miss Diana Highwood is destined to marry a wealthy, well-placed nobleman. At least that's what her mother has loudly declared to everyone in Spindle Cove.

But Diana's not excited by dukes and lords. The only man who makes her heart pound is the village blacksmith, Aaron Dawes. By birth and fortune, they couldn't be more wrong for each other ... but during stolen, steamy moments in the smithy, his strong hands feel so right.

Is their love forged strong enough to last, or are they just playing with fire?

Book Review by Ashia (reviewer)
Apr 08, 2013   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
284 people found the following review helpful
BEAUTY AND THE BLACKSMITH takes us on another tour through Spindle Cove, and this time, we learn more about Aaron Dawes, the blacksmith.

Aaron has long been infatuated with Diana Highwood, but deems himself beneath her. At the same time, Diana is also infatuated with Aaron, but fears what her mother would say should she voice out this attraction. The social chasm would've kept them apart, but they are inevitably drawn to the other. Will these two lonely hearts find the courage to be together?

Once again, Tessa Dare swept us into an unlikely romance made possible by the attraction and commitment these two characters have and make to each other. I felt Diana's story was more realistic, in that her story could've been our story, a woman courted by a man whom her mother (parents) might deem unsuitable for her.

I know Diana is not high and mighty, despite being a lady, yet in this book, we see there's so much more to her. She grew into herself, and it was lovely to see. We also see a bit more about her younger sister, the precocious Charlotte. I can't wait to read her book and meet the man who would be her perfect match.

Aaron just melts the heart, with his vulnerabilities and insecurities, yet from the moment he recognized Diana's subtle signs, he didn't let up in his pursuit of her. I just love a man who knows what he wants and sets about getting it.

Heartwarming with realistically portrayed characters, BEAUTY AND THE BLACKSMITH is another great read from Tessa Dare.
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Book Review by SusanRenee (reviewer)
Jan 16, 2014
275 people found the following review helpful
In her last Spinster Cove novella BEAUTY AND THE BLACKSMITH, Dare features characters whose love story is briefly glanced over all the way back in book one of the Spindle Cove series, A NIGHT TO SURRENDER. And because of conversations alluding to the past, the story and the couple feel like they have a history which enriches the novella.

Lady Diana Highwood spends her days breaking her necklace so that the village blacksmith, Aaron Dawes, has to fix it. It gives her an excuse to drop by and just see him despite knowing that no matter what her heart says a match with Aaron will not please her mother.

Tessa Dare is a master of the romance novella. Her novellas have the feel of a full and robust full-length novel despite the smaller page count. The love, the hope and the hardships facing Diana and Aaron never suffer from its novella length. Their story is just as important and Dare gives them the story they–and the readers need.
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