A few days ago I reached into the TBR bag, closed my eyes and pulled about A Night to Surrender by Tessa Dare. Don’t get me wrong, the books in the TBR bag–yes, I had to upgrade the pile to a bag–are all ones I want to read. It’s a fine balancing act between TBR books, writing craft books and books that leap of the library shelves and into my arms at the library. (Psst–did you know Tessa Dare is a part-part-part-time librarian? She is!)
I was lucky enough to meet Tessa at the recent Romance Writers of America National Conference and see her win the RITA award in the Regency Historical category. I had read another of her titles from the Stud Club Trilogy and had been impressed by the quirky humor, appealing characters and surprising story lines.
A Night to Surrender is the first in the Spindle Cove series. Susanna Fitch is a take-charge woman who transformed Spindle Cove into a welcome retreat for woman who don’t fit in any where else in society. Whether for their appearance, health or unusual interests. Susanna has created an environment for these woman to grow and explore without the usual limitations of the day–and without the presence of several bachelors.
Until Victor Bramwell comes to town, that is. A recently injured soldier, he is trying to get back to the front lines where he belongs. He’s been charged with raising a volunteer militia to prove he still has what it takes to lead soldiers in war. Unfortunately, men are hard to find in the Spindle Cove area. The few he does find start spoiling Susanna’s idyllic society–and sparks start to fly between her and “Bram”. Soon these sparks turn into more than just attraction and both will need to reevaluate their self images as well as goals in life when faced with their true feelings for each others.
A Night to Surrender was a terrific read, full of humor, sensuality, and unexpected twists along the way. But, don’t take my word for it–read the first chapter here.
The Spindle Cove series continues with the titles below, including A Lady by Midnight that was just released this week. They are already downloaded to my e-reader–just don’t tell my TBR bag. It killed a spider for me last night, and I’d hate to make it an enemy now…