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A Night to Surrender (spindle cove Book 1) by [Dare, Tessa]
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4.2 out of 5 stars 237 customer reviews
Book 1 of 4 in Spindle Cove (4 Book Series)
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"Delightful... Enticing romantic encounters are matched by witty conversations that slowly and seamlessly reveal deep truths about Dare's endearing one-of-a-kind characters." (Starred Review) -Publishers Weekly
"Dare has struck just the right chord with readers. Her light yet fascinating plots, disarming characters, sense of humor and sensuality enthrall." (Top Pick) -RT Book Reviews magazine
"Lively and sexy, this funny, enjoyable battle of the sexes ensnares readers in a delightful adventure."  -Library Journal

From the Back Cover

Welcome to Spindle Cove...

Spindle Cove is the destination of choice for certain types of well-bred young ladies: the bookish, the shy, the heartbroken or misunderstood. It's a haven for young women who don't quite fit in.

Victor Bramwell, the new Earl of Rycliff, knows he doesn't belong here. So far as he can tell, there's nothing in this village but spinsters and sheep. But he has orders to gather a militia. It's a simple mission, made complicated by the spirited, exquisite Susanna Finch--a woman who is determined to save her ladies' refuge from the invasion of Bram's makeshift army.

The last thing either of them expects is a powerful attraction. Much less explosive passion. The village of Spindle Cove is set for an epic battle of the sexes...but will love conquer all?

Product Details

  • File Size: 1467 KB
  • Print Length: 405 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; Original edition (August 30, 2011)
  • Publication Date: August 30, 2011
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004QWZJY0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,930 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By book junkie VINE VOICE on August 9, 2011
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I really enjoyed the setting of this novel- Spindle Cove is a refuge of sorts for ladies who don't quite fit in (they prefer fossil hunting to drinking tea) or else need a break from an awful husband, or to be removed from an inappropriate love interest. Susanna organizes the ladies activities (nature walks, swimming, etc) and is the only child of Sir Finch, a retired millitary man. Bran is a millitary man seeking her father's help in regaining a commission after a war injury.

I enjoyed this novel, but would have enjoyed it a bit more if there had been a bit more detail. I didn't feel like I knew Susanna very well- for example, the book alluded to a disastrous season, and if she disclosed what the disaster was, I don't remember it. Also this was a really steamy romance, which I don't mind, but they got together so soon (and frequently) in the novel that there wasn't much tension or suspense. It was nice, but I won't re-read it.
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This was a well written book that had strong characters and it was fun to spend time getting to know them. The concept was that Bramwell had been injuried in war and was seeking orders to return to battle and ended up asking a friend of his father's in a little place called Spindle Cove. Spindle Cove was Susanna Flinch home and the home for many women escape society for one reason or another. When Bramwell and friends arrived everything about her little town and her life turned upside down. The romance is very hot and story was great. Could not put it down -- it was a PJ day - Thanks Tessa !

This is the first book of the Spindle Cove series looking forward to book two 'A week to be wicked' due out Spring 2012.
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I wish this story had been told in a little more depth. The concept behind the novel seemed very interesting, however, most of the book was spent on the two main characters sex scenes. It occurs fairly early in the book and continues often - literally ending the book, too.

There were characters I would have liked to have known more about. Perhaps the author plans to use those characters in other books in the series but a little more depth in this book would have improved it.

I did find myself liking the heroine - she was told in more depth than the others. You felt as if you knew her by the end. Not so much regarding the hero. He remains a mystery.

I read the book in a day, so it is not a difficult book to read. If you are looking for a quick read and like a lot of sexual encounters in your historical romance, this may be the book for you. I prefer a book with more emphasis on the characters and less on the sex. Not a bad book but not one that I would recommend to a friend unless I knew that it fit their preferences. If this book is indicative of Ms. Dare's work, I most likely will not be reading any more of her works.

On a more important side, a portion of the proceeds of this book are being donated to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund. I applaud the publisher and the author their support of such a worthy cause.
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But somewhere beyond the first third of the book, either it or I lost our way. Heroine Susanna Finch is supposed to be a feminist and has made Spindle Cove, a small seaside village, into a haven for "misfit" women, i.e. those who don't want to exist solely to complement and please a man. They may be unhappily married, spinsters on the shelf, or those at a marriageable age but not willing to compromise their selves for the sake of being a "Mrs.".

The idea sounds really good. Spindle Cove is pretty much a women's town. The men are either very young or safely sexless, it seems to me. (For example, the local pub has been turned into a tea shop named "The Blushing Pansy".) Susanna uses her haven to build up the women's confidence so that they can safely enter society again, while staying true to who they are.

There are several funny bits in the book. One of my favorites is the various uses put to MRS. WORTHINGTON'S WISDOM, a guide to proper comportment for ladies, copies of which are found throughout Spindle Cove.

Enter hero, Victor Bramwell, wounded soldier and newly-minted Earl of Rycliff. He wants to go back to battle but is told his wounds are too serious, but if he can create a militia of men near Spindle Cove and whip them into shape, he can go back to his soldiering. (Susanna's father, Sir Lewis Finch, BTW, has the say over whether or not he will regain his command.) Bram comes with his soldier companions, one of whom is his rakish cousin Colin (and be prepared for his story in future).

Susanna and Bram meet cute and from then on it's plenty of sexual tension between them until they finally do the deed.
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A lovely romp! Although the characters may not have been as well developed as one would like, and perhaps the sex scenes were too early and too often, the main characters' thoughts and feelings were well handled -- enough to understand the characters, but not wallowing in their thought processes. Surprisingly good accounts of medical practices at the time but I have no idea if the ball and chain episode is based on historical fact. It is rooted in practical medical theory and plausible within the story line. The story's setting is creative, the atmosphere is mostly light-hearted and the sheep -- the sheepherding scene is delightful! On second thought, considering the sheep scenes, the characters are probably developed just right - this is excellent entertainment.
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