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Beauty and the Blacksmith: A Spindle Cove Novella [Kindle Edition]

Tessa Dare
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (150 customer reviews)

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Book Description

(This is a novella of approximately 36,000 words. Also included is a three-chapter preview of Any Duchess Will Do.)

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?

Editorial Reviews


"Charming, smart and sexy, BEAUTY AND THE BLACKSMITH made me fall in love instantly." ~Fresh Fiction

"This classic story of love across the social divide matches two characters who are strong and compassionate in their love for each other. A great title for Regency romance readers." ~Library Journal

About the Author

Tessa Dare is a part-time librarian,full-time mommy, and swing-shift author ofhistorical romance. She makes her home inSouthern California, where she shares a cozy,cluttered bungalow with her husband,their two children, and a big brown dog.

Product Details

  • File Size: 405 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Avon Impulse (April 30, 2013)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BOQEB04
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,410 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sweet, steamy but very forgettable escapism May 2, 2013
By CHB74
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I have a novella bias---not against them, but in favor of them. :) I just adore shorter romantic fiction, including (especially?!) Tessa Dare's. I feel like novellas still deliver most of what I love about romance while forcing writers to chop out most of what I don't. We get fewer endlessly drawn out, overlong conversations; fewer contrived misunderstandings; fewer can't-tell-one-from-the-other, repetitive sex scenes. Instead, we just get a solidly sweet, amusing and enjoyable story. That said, this novella fell a bit short even for someone who loves that format as much as I do. I didn't adore this one nearly as much as Dare's "The Scandalous, Dissolute, No-Good Mr. Wright", (an all-time favorite of mine!) or most of the novellas I've read by Courtney Milan.

What I Liked:

So many current romances are practically drowning in their own angst. This story is a serviceable if unspectacular antidote for those of us who crave less weighty grimness and more mood-boosting fun. It's unashamedly sweet and hopeful.

Tessa Dare writes with energy, humor and joy. While this doesn't approach the level of her best work, we get some of the witty lines and snarkily observant prose that makes most of her books an automatic buy for me.

The H and H, Aaron and Diana, are both likable and admirable characters. That said...

What I Didn't Like:

I personally tend to prefer deep characters with interesting edges and relatable flaws. I feel like Diana was by far Ms. Dare's most flatly 'perfect' heroine: stunningly beautiful, astoundingly kind and generous and noble and courageous...etc. Similarly, Aaron was a fairly typical, generic hero: pretty much perfect, but not especially layered or compelling to me.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I've never fallen for a blacksmith... until now. April 30, 2013
By Letitia
Format:Kindle Edition
Rating: B+ ... Heat: Warm

I've fallen for a lot of heroes. Viscounts, Earls, and Dukes. Second sons and illegitimate sons. Pugilists and pirates. But I've never fallen for a blacksmith... until now. And, oh, Aaron Dawes is definitely worth the fall. I'm sure Diana Highwood would agree.

Diana Highwood is perfect, poised, and polite. Unexcitable and unemotional. Not by choice, really, but because she had to be. Any extra emotion or too much activity would set off an asthma attack. Now that she's been attack-free for more than a year, she's ready to start living. Experience all the things she's been denied. And the first thing she wants to experience is passion and heat...

With Aaron Dawes. Town blacksmith and pseudo-big brother to all the towns ladies. Aaron has spent many a day and night wishing he were with Diana but never thought it'd come true. A woman like Diana, she's meant for a gentleman not a laborer. And Aaron was meant for a farmer's daughter or a barmaid, not the prettiest lady in Spindle Cove.

But you can't fight fate or deny chemistry, and these two have plenty of both on their side. It was so sweet to see Diana finally able to let loose and be herself. Try new things. Let her hair down and get some soot on her fancy frocks. And believe me, when these two come together - more than Aaron's forge gets hot and bothered. *wink*

I have been looking forward to Diana's story since book one, and Beauty and the Blacksmith was a perfect and cute happily ever after for her. Aaron is just the man Diana needs. He treasures her but never coddles her, which she's had enough of to last two lifetimes. And who would want gentle after years of it? Not me. I'll take Aaron's roughened and callused hands over a pampered dandy's any day! I'll take some lovin' on an anvil over a feather bed any time!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beauty and the Blacksmith~ April 30, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Miss Diana Highwood, the perfect beauty of her family, is destined to be a noblemans wife, at least according to her mother and Diana has accepted this until they arrive in Spindle Cove to address her health and she meets the local blacksmith, Aaron Dawes. Now with two years of glances and delicious thoughts, she is pushed by her sister to live her life her way and Diana decides to finally act on her thoughts and desires, much to the delight of Aaron. Never in his dreams would he expect a lady to give up a genteel life for the life of being a blacksmith's wife but Diana seems determined too even though she refuses to tell anyone about their relationship. Matters come to light that force this couple to explain themselves (seriously, I about died laughing at that scene...oh, her poor mother!) and you just hang on for the happily ever after that is sure to come!

Oh my goodness, what a clever, hilarious tender and sexy romance! I devoured it and was so disappointed when it was over! Tessa Dare has become an auto buy author for me with her Spindle Cove series and this novella is the reason why. I know when I read a Tessa Dare book I will get a smoldering romance with trials and grit mixed with some laugh inducing scenes that will keep you up all night until you finish and Beauty and the Blacksmith is no exception! Diana is quite a beauty but through her actions, Aaron learns that beauty goes all the way through and helps showcase her strength, determination and intelligence. However, he learns that maybe she isn't the right fit for a kitchen :) Aaron is protective (having had to raise two sisters), affectionate, honest and strong... especially in the forearm area and he is a wonderful counterpart to Diana and takes her mishaps in stride and helps give her the courage to follow her heart. Clever wit, charm, smoldering heat and a true love destined to be make this a keeper for both new and old Tessa Dare fans! 4 1/2 stars

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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars My First Kindle Reading
This book has very sweet H and h who have to work out their future. They are perfect together and overcome all obstacles. Read more
Published 3 days ago by G. Boden
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
real good reading
Published 6 days ago by ida hipkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
like the book
Published 8 days ago by Patricia Valdez
5.0 out of 5 stars What a wonderful story
Tessa Dare she is a wonderful writer and I always have trouble in putting her books down every book that I have read have a really good story line so get reading you will have a... Read more
Published 21 days ago by ajs
3.0 out of 5 stars A little slow
I enjoy the story but compared to others in the series it was a little slow. I can understand that the characters didn't have a history to build upon but so much of the story was... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Patricia
4.0 out of 5 stars Short and Sweet
There's something about Tessa Dare's Spindle Cove that makes you want to go back for more but I recommend that you read the other books in the series first. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Scissors
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't Let This One Get Away!
4.5 stars. As the most beautiful of the Highwood daughters, Diana's mother has long planned to marry her to nobility. Perhaps even a Duke. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Beverly Diehl
5.0 out of 5 stars Another spindle cove romance
Wonderful!!! After reading a boring romance. This was just what I needed!! The love scenes were super hot!loved it!!
Great read
Published 1 month ago by frances rodriguez
3.0 out of 5 stars Loved the H/h, but not the plot
Aaron is hunky, strong and sweet. I enjoyed reading how Diana's character developed from reserved and proper to being able to know her mind and stand up for what she wants. Read more
Published 1 month ago by amtmcm
5.0 out of 5 stars WHOOOOOA! (Joey Lawrence Voice)
I liked this book. I’m glad to finally see Diana character come to life in her own way. I’m glad it was a novella and not drawn out. Read more
Published 2 months ago by ASpoon
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More About the Author

Tessa Dare is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of ten historical romance novels and four novellas. Her books have won numerous accolades, including Romance Writers of America's prestigious RITA® award and multiple RT Book Reviews Reviewer's Choice Awards. Booklist magazine named her one of the "new stars of historical romance," and her books have been contracted for translation in a dozen languages.

A librarian by training and a booklover at heart, Tessa makes her home in Southern California, where she shares a cozy, cluttered bungalow with her husband, their two children, and a big brown dog.

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