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Welcome to Spindle Cove, where the ladies with delicate constitutions come for the sea air, and men in their prime are... nowhere to be found. Or are they?Spindle Cove is the destination of choice for certain types of well-bred young ladies: the painfully shy, young wives disenchanted with matrimony, and young girls too enchanted with the wrong men; it is a haven for thoseWelcome to Spindle Cove, where the ladies with delicate constitutions come for the sea air, and men in their prime are... nowhere to be found. Or are they?Spindle Cove is the destination of choice for certain types of well-bred young ladies: the painfully shy, young wives disenchanted with matrimony, and young girls too enchanted with the wrong men; it is a haven for those who live there. Victor Bramwell, the new Earl of Rycliff, knows he doesn't belong here. So far as he can tell, there's nothing in this place but spinsters... and sheep. But he has no choice, 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 personal utopia from the invasion of Bram's makeshift army. Susanna has no use for aggravating men; Bram has sworn off interfering women. The scene is set for an epic battle... but who can be named the winner when both have so much to lose?...

Title : A Night to Surrender
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ISBN : 9780062049834
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Number of Pages : 372 Pages
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A Night to Surrender Reviews

  • Karla
    2018-09-05 12:04

    I thought I was being so cute when I took a GR buddy up on a dare to read this one if she would read Led Astray by a Rake by Sara Bennett. We're not exactly sure who got the short end of the stick in this affair. I think the Bennett book probably has bigger font, so I got shafted this go-round. When we meet next time, GR Buddy, it will be YOU at a disadvantage.As I read this, I thought it was a lot like a Doris Day-Rock Hudson comedy, except in costumes and with little of the wit and charm and a fraction of the plot. It could have also benefited from a drunk Thelma Ritter and Tony Randall providing the funneh, but maybe that's just me.The Characters:Susanna Finch is a tall and freckled "spinster" who has taken it upon herself that she knows what's best for all shunned and awkward little ducklings like herself. She's a controlling mother hen of the worst sort, and has converted the rugged seaside fishing village of Spindle Cove into a tea-sipping, non-threatening duckling haven with every ounce of testosterone squeezed out until all the native nutsacks resemble empty coin purses. Because of a bad experience with common medicine of the period (bloodletting, leeches), she's a loud advocate and self-taught local trailblazer of alternative healing methods (including aquatic physical therapy) and has herself concocted a potion to handle asthma. A typical wallpaper heroine, feisty and speshul who is rearwy vewy fwagile inside.Victor Bramwell is a soldier with a bum knee, back from the battlefield but he wants to go back. His knee hurts. He rubs it a lot. A lot of things remind him of his knee. So he rubs it a lot. He's like Pavlov's dog that way. He's a manly man who likes guns and the manly life. Which includes remaining a soldier. Godammit, that knee hurts. (And guess where a boring and prolonged scene of aquatic therapy comes in? G'wan....GUESS!)The Hero's Cock:God, he wanted her so fiercely. She could have no idea. With every erotic splash of her lithe body undulating in the water, his imagination ran wild. He pictured the two of them, linked in all manner of strange, salty embraces. His cock stiffened to a painful degree, jutting out in front of him despite the cold, carving his way through the water like the prow of a ship. The HMS Priapism.If it weren't illegal (and just plain gross), I would beat Tessa Dare to death with Patrick O'Brian's corpse.But instead let's have him glare at her in an Intimidating Old British Guy way for awhile until she might feel a smidge of shame:The Dialogue:“Come along. Before I arrived in this village, you and your muslin-clad minions had them reduced to mending lockets and piping icing on teacakes. You don’t understand. Men need a purpose, Susanna. A worthy goal. One that we feel in our guts and our hearts, not just in our heads.”“Men need a purpose?” She sighed, exasperated. “Can’t you understand women are the same? We crave our own goals and our own accomplishments, our own sisterhood as well. And there are precious few places we can find it, in a world ruled by the opposite sex. Everywhere else we are governed by men’s rules, live at the mercy of male whims. But here, in this one tiny corner of the world, we are free to be our best and truest selves. Spindle Cove is ours, Bram. I will fight to my last breath before I let you destroy it. Women’s needs are important, too.”The Battle of the Sexes has never been so stilted, soapboxy, and boring.The Contemporary-In-Petticoats Dirty Talk:“God, I think I’m going mad. You can’t imagine how much I think of this. All the time, everywhere. Yesterday, I stopped in the shop for ink, and all I could think of was you, spreading your legs for me on the countertop. Or bent over the display case. Then slammed against the storeroom shelves, skirts hiked to your waist and one leg propped on a crate. Every waking moment, I’m thinking of this."He blocks the scenes of imaginary ravishings like a 2nd Unit Assistant Director. Hawt.My Main Gripe:After reading several very recent titles, I feel like I'm tilting at windmills at this point, but it's still frustrating Every. Single. Time.Each development in the plot and characters hits the reader with all the subtlety of a low overhang. When the hero thinks, "This woman was changing him," I feel more than a bit insulted that the author feels I have to be fed every single, incremental step in both the H and h's thought processes. Leave these characters a bit of mystery! Make me think a little and make my own conclusions! Then maybe, just maybe, when turning points come in the characters' relationship, it will be - oh I dunno - a bit more exciting, hmm? Let the characters' actions speak for themselves.In other words, get out of their damn heads for a second. It's not interesting to watch them pick at their belly buttons and muse over the lint every other page. Hey, dummies, NEWS FLASH: it's a funky color, it smells bad, and it's the same thing you contemplated five minutes ago. Stop it.I'm NOT asking for deep psychological drama, but good God, it really seems like the authors who do this are very lazy when so much of the story is spent on repetitive idiocy. Here, the hero has about three thoughts that he constantly chews and rechews: 1) the h's hair/eyes/teeth/freckles/skin pores, 2) his mission and duty vs. his turgid yearning to plumb the h's depths, and 3) his hurty-ouchy knee that threatens to ruin his entire life and sense of self-worth, because he's that extreme kind of woobie, damaged hero. God, I can't imagine the pissing and moaning he'd have done if they'd actually amputated the damn thing. (And he has a total PTSD freakout when some minor character's foot gets shredded by malfunctioning artillery. Everything in the "plot" ends up coming back to the hero's and heroine's fears, needs, and insecurities.)When the same naval-gazing is done over and over, it really takes on the dimensions of filler. And boring filler at that. Just sayin'. Maybe the emphasis on a character's self and his/her thoughts is a product of this self-help/self-esteem/self-analysis era in which we live. It's part of the culture today, and so it shows up in the literature. However, rather than feeling like I'm getting to know a character, I feel like I'm being held hostage by someone who, after five minutes' acquaintance, thinks I'm their new best friend, their life and experiences are of monumental interest, and they try to drag me into their problems about their looks, their life's direction, their childhood issues, their choices and decisions, etc., and it's all I can do to not crack them over the head and run away.This guy was yet another in an interminably long line of poor woobie heroes with an owie in need of a hug, and the heroine was yet another pathetic, self-deprecating, extreme overreactive twit. The sex was dull, the tension meh, the conflicts small and/or uninteresting, the dialogue....ugh. It wasn't all that remarkable, merely more of the same flatly-written, cranked-out dross (which is apparently the norm for Avon's titles nowadays).If one were to remove the repetitive filler of endless head-hopping and naval-gazing about the same old subjects, it could have been shortened by 100 pages or way more with nothing lost. Seems like the critical reviews of Dare's other books mention the same thing about substance-length ratio, so I'm not going to bother reading more of this author. If I want to read a category style story, I'll read a category length book. Diane Gaston and Carla Kelly have far more interesting soldier-heroes and they deliver tight stories and good characters within their word count constraints. Sure, it's still wallpaper, but it's an eye-catching wallpaper. Dare's wallpaper is a plain white with a slight texture, maybe a tiny fleck pattern. Books like this little turd-nugget are the worst sort of wallpaper fluff: totally inert.I was contemplating giving this 2 stars because of the fact that the hero is a Napoleonic-era soldier. I'll read to the end of any romance with that character type, and the fact that I did when I have bailed far earlier in other books gave me brief pause. I actually agonized about it for a while, but in the end Dare's style was simply too damn boring without a hint of nuance and mystery, the biggest sin a book can commit IMO.(My Magic 8 Ball says that later books in the series will have pairings of gruff Corporal Thorne & Kate Taylor, and the surgeon Daniels and Diana Highwood. Bring on 2012 & 2013!)Oh, and for the lone, positive in this book, I did like the first chapter with the sheep. They were awesome, and the antics there were pretty funny. However, once the sheep left the story, so did the charisma.

  • Carmen
    2018-09-16 14:49

    If a woman's intellect was in any way analogous to her undergarments, men should thrill to see it revealed. Strangely enough, Susanna had never known it to work that way.I hated this book. Absolutely despised it. And spent the whole time wondering what was wrong with me.I should delight in Dare's little protofeminist who sets up a haven for girls/women that's managed to set itself outside of the patriarchy. And I can tell Dare is trying REALLY HARD here. But she's completely failing. I didn't like Susanna or Bram. I would just shrug this off as me being 'not in the mood' and given this another try, but unfortunately this is my second attempt in two months and I felt the same both times. So, it's not me, it's Dare.PREMISE:Susanna was made sick when she was a teenager due to aggressive bloodletting. She always wears gloves to hide her scars. She has set up Spindle Cove where she can rescue young women from the patriarchy - she gets sickly girls/women, girls/women who no man wants (for instance, Kate has a huge port-wine stain on her face), girls/men who are separated from their husbands, and girls/women who are too man-hungry and have to taken away to this Cove so I guess they don't get pregnant before they are married. She has a absent-minded mad scientist father who basically ignores her.Bramwell is a soldier who limps due to a surgery on his leg after taking a bullet. He is hellbent and determined to get back on the battlefield, even though anyone can see that he can no longer take these long marches. He ends up in Spindle Cove and strikes a deal with Susanna's father to get back in the war-game if he forms a militia in the Cove.PROBLEMSONE: Tessa Dare can't bring me to care about Susanna and Bram's tragic pasts. I should be having strong emotions at the fact that Susanna wears gloves everywhere and never takes them off because it will show the ugly scars from her bloodletting. This could have been SO GOOD and Dare could have made my heart bleed if she had any skill. Especially since later she has the classic 'he takes off her scars and kisses them and tells her she is perfect scene' which should be HEARTRENDING, but it just isn't.The book is unfortunately too fluffy and the issue isn't treated seriously enough for me to work up any kind of feelings whatsoever about it. And it is a golden opportunity which Dare wastes due to her lack of talent.Same exact thing with Bram. Oh, he's tragically wounded. A soldier who knows nothing else but now can't soldier because he has a bum leg. I should be feeling intensely for him. But I'm not. Dare doesn't have the skill to pull this off. And let me tell you as a personal aside, that Bram does NOT act like a man in chronic pain would act, just saying. It's very unrealistic. He only remembers his leg when it's suitable for the plot. TWO: I didn't like Susanna. First, the scene in which she asks Bram not to allow two 14-year-old boys to enlist in the militia and he refuses. Did I mention he was an asshole? Her response to this is to come back, dressed as a man, and try to enlist herself. It's the height of silliness. It's so silly and weird. And then Dare tries to have a 'he sexily measures her for a uniform' scene and a 'will he cut off all her hair?' scene and etc. He also watches her load and fire a gun and that gives him an erection. *rolls eyes* She's childish. This isn't the way to handle things and the fact that she can't see that is troubling.Secondly, she has this crazy idea that Bram just needs hugs and snuggles and that he has a secret yearning for them. At first she thinks he has PTSD or some sort of childhood trauma, but she quickly comes to the conclusions that he needs snuggling.This big, brutish soldier-turned-medieval lord, now shorn close as a yearling - looking vulnerable and lost, in need of care. HER care....But now she saw his motives clear. Here it was, his secret. No childhood trauma, no ravages of war, just a deep, unspoken desire for closeness. Oh, he'd rather die than admit it in such terms, but that low, yearning sound told all.I didn't know what on Earth she was talking about. She basically just makes this up in her head and then talks about it all the time as if it were fact. I mean... yes, he wants to fuck her, and ideally that would involve some snuggling, but I have no idea where the codswallop of "he just needs hugs!" came from. It is really childish and makes no sense. I'm surprised he doesn't laugh his face off when she (frequently) tells him this. It's a stupid idea. Not because all humans don't need affection, but because she's so enamored with this idea, and it is based on absolutely nothing.Thirdly, she says cruel things."...and those boys worship the ground you limp on."WOW. Wow. Okay. The book just acts like he is completely fine with her saying this to him, which is RIDICULOUS because it is really a cruel thing to say to this particular man.Fourthly, she beats Bram in one scene. You could laugh and think a woman beating a man is 'cute,' but let me assure you it is not cute and I don't think abuse is 'cute.' I couldn't believe Dare was writing this scene."Will it help to hit something? You can hit me." Approaching her, he dropped his arms to his sides. "Go ahead, love. Do your worst."No sooner had the words passed his lips than her fist met his gut, driving into his side like a mallet. A mallet with a knobby little row of knuckles. The blow came before he'd had the chance to prepare, to tense his muscles in defense."Oof." He clutched his side, reeling. "For God's sake, Susanna.""You asked for it," she cried defensively, nursing her punching hand close to her breast and rubbing her knuckles. "You told me to do my worst.""I know, I know." He straightened, blowing away the pain with a deep exhalation. "It's just... your worst was worse than I was anticipating.""You should know by now, I'm just full of surprises." Her breath caught on a wild sob. She pulled back for another blow.This time he intercepted it, easily catching her fist in his own. "Hold a moment.""I'll hold nothing." She kicked him in the shin. His good shin, fortunately."We don't hit other people." I say this about 50 times a week, mostly to four-year-olds. I'd hate to think that this basic concept escaped a grown woman. This scene is NOT OKAY, and him 'asking for it' doesn't justify it in the least bit. She's supposed to love this man, but she's okay with striking him and causing him pain?! Bad form. Very disturbing.And that's not the end of her violent, abusive tendencies, she also strikes her father in the face. Her father. In the face. o.O I was frankly horrified and even more horrified to realize she's not going to be curbed in any way for these acts of violence against men she allegedly loves.THREE: I didn't like Bram. If you thought Susanna was bad... Bram is disgusting. UGH. He's a horrible, horrible hero. This is kind of tied into the HOW'S THE SEX, CARMEN? section, so things are going to get a little muddled. Let's begin. - He tackles her and kisses her on their first meeting. KISSES her. I mean, I love kissing, but this was very rude and presumptuous and not romantic at all. I was really angry with him.- "Come now." He leaned toward her and murmured, "Are you going to pretend you didn't enjoy it?"UGH. Not one of these assholes. The 'I know you liked it!' assholes. - No, he decided. He would do her a favor by staring at it, calling her attention to what needed to be repaired. Indeed. Staring at her half-exposed, emotion-flushed breast was his solemn duty, and Bram was never one to shirk responsibility.Yes, he's doing her a favor by staring at her breast. A FAVOR. Instead of just telling her that her dress is rent. Wow, real gentleman here. /s - "Men's business, love. The specifics needn't concern you."Fuck you. - This whole scene."Miss Finch, it's not wise for officers to quarter in the same house with an unmarried gentlewoman. Have a care for your reputation, if your father does not.""Have a care for my reputation?" She had to laugh. Then she lowered her voice. "This, from the man who flattened me in the road and kissed me without leave?""Precisely." His eyes darkened.His meaning washed over her in a wave of hot, sensual awareness. Surely he wasn't implying...No. He wasn't implying at all. Those hard jade eyes were giving her a straightforward message, and he underscored it with a slight flex of his massive arms: I am every bit as dangerous as you suppose. If not more so.So... what? He'll rape her if he stays in the house? She should be afraid of his dangerous masculinity? She, a virgin in her twenties, will just NOT BE ABLE TO CONTROL herself and will ravage him in the night or something?! - Colin could make all the disparaging remarks he wished about bluestockings. Bram knew clever women always made the best lovers. He especially appreciated a woman who knew something of the world beyond fashion and theater. For him, listening to Miss Finch expound on the weakened state of Napoleon's army had been like listening to a courtesan read aloud from her pillow book. Arousing beyond measure.This whole thing, throughout the book, where woman-as-fully-human qualities serve not to make the heroine seem fully human in the hero's eyes, but instead to give him erections. He doesn't admire her intelligence because he thinks, "She's a human being, just like me. She can be an equal partner to me." He thinks, "I have an erection now!" while not paying serious attention to a word she's saying. It's gross. - Bram's whole schtick about how the blacksmith isn't "a real man" because he crafts jewelry (who the fuck does he think is making jewelry in 1813?) and the vicar isn't a 'real man' because he wears a pink waistcoat and cares about cushioning his pews. Bram also reminds us that real men like steak (rare!), hate cake, hate cleanliness, and hate 'pretty things.' Because men!But he also understood her other purpose - clinging to her position of power in this village. On that score, he could not let her win.WHY? Why does this little woman-friendly slice of the world offend and disgust you SO much?! The patriarchy owns 99.99999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999% of the world, and you can't give this little population 5,000 town a pass?!?!?! You have to fuck it up, too?!!? JFC.- He just unilaterally decides to marry her, even though she doesn't want to get married, because he 'deflowered' her. Her opinion, wants, concerns don't matter. He's going to marry her, THE END. Fuck what she wants. But he WAS going to marry her, despite it. Because when he looked at Susanna, all he could think was one word. It wasn't a particularly elegant or poetic word, any more so than "like." But it had a straightforward eloquence all its own.MINE.Truly sickening. "She's also mine," Bram growled. "Don't get any ideas. She's mine."Susanna squeezed talk hand. That sort of talk was so medieval and possessive. And she loved him for it.This is him posturing in front of a DOCTOR who is treating her for broken ribs and internal bleeding. A doctor who is absolutely not trying to fuck Susanna in any way. Oh, yeah, you're a big man, Bram./s So fucking weak."I'm offering you everything I am. And if I do say it myself, I'm a lot of man to handle. I'll protect you fiercely, challenge you daily, and want you nightly - at the least. You won't be able to manage me the way you manage other men."*Carmen's eyes roll so hard* OH, PLEASE. *adopts a high-pitched, whiny voice* "Oh, I'm a big tough strong man, so much man you can't handle me, nah nah nah, blah blah blah." Get bent.FOUR VIRGIN HEROINE I might not be able to read books about virgin heroines anymore. It's not the virginal women who annoy me, it's how heroes act when they take a virgin to bed that really grates my cheese.He let his mouth linger over hers. She hadn't been kissed much. At least, not properly. He could tell in the way she was struggling to respond. She was unschooled, but she showed great natural aptitude.Oh, I'm so glad you've determined she has a NATURAL APTITUDE towards kissing. Maybe, if she's very lucky, she can please you in the future. You fucking trash.These weren't practiced motions, honed on other men.They were only for him.This proprietary shit. I HATE IT. I HATE IT.No sooner had the thought surfaced in his mind, than he seized on it. He HAD to make love to her. Someday. Not today. Today, she was only learning to kiss. She wasn't ready.Oh, YOU get to decide you are going to fuck her. ONLY YOU. She has no say, apparently. And YOU'LL determine when she's ready. Not her, you. Because you're scum."These gloves of yours, they drive me mad. I want to strip them from your hands. Kiss those slender wrists, suck on each of those long, delicate fingers. And that would only be the beginning. I want to see the rest of you, too. Yours is a body made for a man's pleasure. It's a crime against nature to hide it."What. The Fuck. Is this shit. "Your body is made for a man's pleasure." That is SO FUCKING DISGUSTING, I can't even deal with it. What a horrible, hateful thing to tell a woman. "Wearing clothes is a crime against nature." Yeah, walk around naked all the time. I'd love that. But you'd have to be completely isolated, because I own you.He took her hand and brought it to his body, cupping her palm over the bulge tenting his breeches's fall. "Feel this?" .... "It's for you, Susanna. For your pleasure.""Good heavens. All of it?"He chuckled low and kissed her neck. "Yes, all of it. It's made to fit inside you."This is EXACTLY the kind of behavior I always get when virginal heroines are involved. Absolutely disturbing, you-are-a-child "lessons" on "This is a penis! I know it's really big, don't be scared. It's made to fit inside you! Don't worry, you can take it!" *Carmen vomits* "This" - he ground his erection against her hand - "belongs here." His finger slid inside her, giving her an exquisite sense of fullness and bliss. "It's as simple as that."Gross."And I love this." His fingers found her cleft, parting her to slip deep inside. "I love feeling how tight you are. Knowing that there haven't been others."HOW DARE YOU. Ugh. This is exactly why I hate all this virgin shit. How DARE you tell her how happy you are that she was a virgin before meeting you and gloat in how 'tight' she is and how absolute your ownership of her is. You fucked tons of women. You're such a piece of trash. Not for having a sex life before her, but for making her feel like a "pure" "untouched" piece of property that is more valuable to you because she's "tight" and "innocent." It's SICK. SICK.HOW'S THE SEX, CARMEN?"There's no one else in this village strong enough to take you on. You need a real man, to show you what to do with all that passion seething beneath your surface. You need to be challenged, mastered."Disgusting."A beast is just what you want. A big, dark medieval brute to throw you to the ground, tear the clothes from your body, and have his wicked way with you. I know I'm right. I haven't forgotten how EXCITED you were in the aftermath of that blast."Disgusting trash. "You secretly want to be raped, and I KNOW it, don't LIE to me, you know you LOVE IT."He spent his seed all over the sweet, rounded slope of her belly - not into the fold of his shirt or her shift, as might have been the more gentlemanly manner. In some primitive way, it satisfied him to mark her.You're mine now.Oh, charming. Mark her with your sperm. She belongs to you now! She's your fucking property because you came on her like a fucking dickbag. Don't get me wrong, I have no problem with men coming on women's bodies, but there's a way to do it and not be gross, and his thinking here is absolutely gross.He fucking has her rub her own clitoris during sex. He fucking teaches her to rub her own clit during sex to get herself off. THAT'S YOUR JOB, FATHERFUCKER. That's YOUR fucking job. To get her off. Are you so FUCKING lazy that you can't even be bothered to make her cum? YOU ARE FUCKING TRASH. Don't even talk to me. You can't even do this right. "You want THIS." He nudged her opening with the smooth, blunt crown of his erection. "In you, hard and deep. Isn't that right?"Either fuck her, or don't fuck her, but please do EVERYONE a favor and shut up. No one wants to talk about your penis but you. Personally, I would be laughing at him hysterically, but I guess she's not to that level.Is there anything you LIKED about the book, Carmen?Yes. Any time Minerva confronted a male, it was hilarious. :DAlso, Pouring tea was just what she needed right now. Such a civilizing force, tea. She would nip sugar with little silver tongs. Stir milk with a tiny spoon. Tiny spoons were incompatible with a state of sensual turmoil.Thorne is super-cute and I would like to see a romance with him.Also, this scene between Bramwell and Susanna."Let me be certain I understand you, Miss Finch. You've amassed a colony of unwed women, then driven away or gelded every red-blooded male in Spindle Cove. And yet you feel no deprivation.""None whatsoever. In fact, I believe our situation to be ideal.""You do realize, that sounds very..."She tilted her head in empathy. "Threatening? I do understand how a man could perceive it that way.""I was going to say, Sapphic." ..."Have I shocked you, Miss Finch?""I must own, you have. Not with your insinuations of romantic love between women, mind. But I would never have supposed you to be so versed in ancient Greek poetry. That is a shock indeed.""I'll have you know, I attended Cambridge for three terms.""Truly?" She stared at him in mock astonishment. "Three whole terms? Now that IS impressive." Her voice was a low, seductive drawl that raised every last hair on his forearm. - Her rejection of his marriage proposal.TL;DR - Sigh. I honestly thought this would be a sweet little, cute little, slightly humorous protofeminist historical romance novel. I thought it would amuse and please me. Instead, it filled me with rage. The hero is SUCH an asshole.The heroine is abusive.Also, it was just SO silly and fluffy and completely without substance. Usually, that wouldn't bother me, I actually like that sometimes, but Dare isn't skilled enough to pull it off.I don't know if I am cut out to read virgin heroine romance anymore. Not because I don't like and respect virginal women, but because authors can't seem to grasp how to write a good first-time sex scene that doesn't fill me with rage. It's not the women that are the problem, it's the men, who are always reduced to giving 'lessons' on what a cock is, how to kiss, don't-worry-it'll-fit etc. etc. I know it's 1813, but given the protofeminist nature of this novel, I'd like for him to a.) not treat her like an idiot, and b.) be a compassionate, kind man who treats his woman like a human being, not like a new car her just bought off the lot. MINE, MINE, MINE. She's so tight, virginal, I'm the only cock that will ever be inside her, blah blah blah misogyny. It's so gross. Couldn't you make him less gross? Couldn't you create a hero who treats a woman like a person?! An equal?! I guess that's TOO radical. We can have women teaching militia men how to shoot in this novel, but we can't have a hero who sees a woman as a fellow human being.

  • UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish
    2018-09-14 10:54

    Keepin' this short...A Night to Surrender is the first book in Tessa Dare's Spindle Cove series, and a funny, sexy, poignant story! And when I say funny, I mean laugh-out-loud funny! Bram and Susanna are wonderful people who captured my heart, and I couldn't get enough of them. But truth be told, the entire cast of characters is so intriguing, so compelling, so in need of happily ever afters, that I absolutely must read their stories, too.Honestly, stories like this is why historical romance is my go-to genre of choice when looking for a feel good, entertaining read! Funny, romantic, poignant, sexy... What a wonderful story!!

  • Jill
    2018-08-27 14:42

    All he's ever been and all he's ever wanted to be is a soldier. At twenty-nine Lieutenant Colonel Victor Bramwell of the British army is too young to retire. A lead ball damaged his knee eight months ago, and Bram now faces the prospect of having to resign his commission. Visiting Sir Lewis Finch at Spindle Cove is Bram's last hope that he might regain his field command. When Sir Lewis acknowledges that Bram's knee is not up to coping with the demands of being an infantry officer, he offers Bram an earldom courtesy of the Prince Regent. With his title of Lord Rycliff, Bram is given Rycliff Castle, and as the new lord, Bram is given the task of raising a militia to defend his part of the coast.Susanna Finch, twenty-five years-old, is the resident spinster-in-charge at Spindle Cove. Having experienced firsthand the healing qualities of the seaside, fresh air, good food and exercise Susanna began inviting young ladies - the sickly, the scandalous, the shy, the well-bred misfits of British society - to holiday and recuperate at Spindle Cove, a place where they can just be themselves.This is just so good. The dialogue is witty and clever. The tension between Bram and Susanna is fun. "Lord Rycliff, may I have a word?""Only one Miss Finch?" The faint answer came from the direction of the keep. "I couldn't be that lucky."A Night to Surrender is romantic, funny, charming and sexy. I don't think this novel needs a deep analysis. It should be taken at face value for what it is - light, fun, excellent.There's a preview at the end of A Night to Surrender of the next in the series A Week to Be Wicked where Bram's good-for-nothing cousin Colin meets his match. If you've never read Tessa Dare this is the perfect novel to begin. A contender for my favourite historical romance of the year.

  • Catherine
    2018-09-06 10:54

    "We have to get out of here, Bram. Before they take our bollocks and use them for pincushions."Bram made his way to the nearest wall and propped one shoulder against it, resting his knee. Damn, that climb had been steep. "Let me understand this," he said, discreetly rubbing his aching thigh under the guise of brushing off loose dirt. "You're suggesting we leave because the village is full of spinsters? Since when do you complain about an excess of women?""These are not your normal spinsters. They're...they're unbiddable. And excessively educated.""Oh. Frightening, indeed. I'll stand my ground when facing a French cavalry charge, but an educated spinster is something different entirely.""You mock me now. Just you wait. You'll see, these women are a breed unto themselves."Welcome to Spindle Cove. As Colin said, the women here are not quite the society ladies you are probably used to seeing in Historical Romance. They are the ones that have various conditions that require them to be out of the public eye. Susanna is not such a woman, but because of some past experiences with her own condition, she is determined to save these women from the unfortunate experiences they might end up facing. She has made Spindle Cove a sought after haven and does her best to help these women without resorting to medical cures.Enter Bram and his cohorts. They’re on their way to see Susanna’s father, Sir Finch, hoping he can pull some strings and get Bram back into the military position he desires. Instead, Bram is given the unwelcome news that he has become a member of the nobility and that he is required to pull together a militia to guard against French invasion. Sir Finch dangles the possibility of restoring Bram back to active duty after his militia is given a successful military review at the midsummer fair, so Bram is determined to succeed. Imagine his surprise to find that men are at a minimum in Spindle Cove! The conflict between Bram and Susanna’s goals gave this book a bit of a battle of the sexes feel. I wasn’t really loving it in the beginning, as I felt it was a bit too stereotypical and heavy-handed, but the author really delved into Bram and Susanna and I fell in love with them. Susanna has a hard time dealing with people who have no problems to be fixed. When she meets Bram he is frustrated by her need to load him with baggage he doesn’t have. In his eyes he’s a simple man and he wishes she could just take him at face value."My pride's not wounded, for God's sake. And no, I'm not disappointed. Nor haunted, nor embittered, nor threatened. Stop trying to pin all these emotions on me like frilly pink ribbons. I'm not one of your delicate spinsters, Miss Finch. This isn't about my tender feelings. I have things to accomplish, and you"--he poked a single finger into her shoulder--"are hindering me." For his part, Bram is treading water and struggling to stay afloat. He has always identified himself by his capabilities in the military. He is lost and uncertain of himself after being shot in the knee and taken off active duty. He is determined to return to that life—because he believes he has no worth or skills beyond that—but he is hampered by the fact that he is not completely healed. He cannot accept this weakness in himself (he finds it something to be ashamed of) and continues to push to be as capable and ready as he was before. In Susanna’s unconscious quest to uncover his hidden issues, she stumbles upon the truth and cannot help but slowly fall for him.Here it was, his secret. No childhood trauma, no ravages of war. Just a deep, unspoken desire for closeness. *sigh* How can you not be sucked in by such a man?The humor and the dialogue in this book popped. There were so many scenes where I found myself giggling and smiling. But there were also the deeper, more emotionally rich scenes where I had to sigh. I had such a fun time watching Bram and Susanna clash and banter and eventually fall in love. This romance absolutely pleased me and I had a warm feeling in my chest when I closed the book. *sigh* So good. Favorite Quote: "No, Susanna," he said. "I cannot love you just a little. If that's what you want, you must find a different man." His green eyes were breathtaking in their intensity. His thumb brushed her bottom lip. "Because I can only love you entirely. With everything I am, and everything I will be. Body, mind, heart, soul."Edited to add: I forgot to include a snippet that I thought was absolutely hilarious. Colin reminded me of the "I'm on a horse" guy from the Old Spice commercials. "Tonight," he announced, "is the night we take back that village. And we're not going to do it by marching in lines or committing acts of brave idiocy. We're going to do it by being men. Manly men. The kind of men a woman wants to take control."Brows wrinkled in confusion."But..." The blacksmith looked around the group. "We are men. Last I checked, anyhow.""It's not just a matter of having the proper equipment. It's using the equipment properly." Leaping up on a crate, Colin spread his arms wide. "Look at me. Now look at yourselves. Now look back at me. I am the man you want to be like."Dawes crossed his arms. "Why is that, precisely?""Do you know how many women I've bedded?" When Rufus and Finn perked, he waved at them. "Have a guess, boys.""Seventeen," offered Finn."More.""Eighteen.""Still more.""Er...nineteen?""Oh, for the love of God," he muttered. "We'll be here all day. Let's just call the number more than you can imagine. Because clearly, that is the case." Under his breath, he added, "Perhaps higher than you know how to count."*For a sneak peek, check out my Tempting Teaser on Fiction Vixen*

  • Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
    2018-09-20 14:55

    *4.5*Wow, this book marks a momentous occasion for me: I finally found a M/F historical romance that I could fall in love with!I get it now, folks, I get it. I finally understand why people read those books with the old-fashioned, bosomy women on the cover, embraced with some semi-naked man.A lot readers get into romance through different ways. Many of my friends cut their teeth on historical romance or harlequin romances. I, however, found my way to romance through urban fantasy. Though I've tried a few M/F historicals in the past (Suddenly You, Ten Reasons to Stay, The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie), the genre never spoke to me. Until this one. I think I have some idea as to why this book worked so well for me. 1) It was funny. This book was legit hilarious at times, and I just looooved the humor that the author infused into each scene. The book felt light and fun, even when it had its more tender, serious moments. 2) I loved the heroine. Susanna was an all-star heroine. Smart, funny, strong... she just worked for me in every way. 3)A damaged hero. A weakness of mine. I want to kiss the boo-boos and make them better. 4)The sex. This was WAY hotter than I expected it to be! It was sensual and raw and romantic. I loved the sex scenes and there were a good number of them. 5) Lastly and most importantly, the audiobook narrator. 5+++ stars for such a KILLER narration by Carolyn Morris. This was my first listen by her and I already am planning on listening to the rest of this series because I was so wowed by the narration. She did an awesome, awesome job and really made this book come to life. This book just might make me a historical lover after all.

  • Jilly
    2018-09-23 15:50

    Dear book,If you are swept away by the romantic beauty of the Regency Era, and can allow yourself to forget all about the fact that everyone probably smelled terrible, there were no toilets, and most of us would have probably been stuck being a poor servant or wife of a dirt farmer and died early from something stupid like an infected hangnail..... this book is for you.Like all good romances, it all starts with a harmless little sheep-bombing. Bloody sheep - always in the road. What's a good military man to do? Obviously, get out the explosives to scare them away... and possibly scare the crap out of the town, take out a road, and cause general mayhem...Worth it!So, our fearless military leader meets his future love: a spinster who is determined to save her town from all of those terrified sheep and terrifying men. See, this town is a haven for spinsters and they have a strict "no boys allowed" policy that these men are infringing upon. And infringe they do! For some reason, the militia have a problem with the town's tavern being named "The Blushing Pansy" and the fact that the blacksmith is busy making pretty lockets for the women instead of weapons or horseshoes. They are supposed to be building an army in the town, but it's way too civilized. Too feminine. Too quaint.According to my favorite male character:"I should hate for it to be charming. Give me a dank, seedy, vice-ridden pustule of a village any day. Wholesome living makes my skin crawl."Oh, it's charming. It's so charming that these men are in danger of losing their...um.. manhood...don't worry, the ladies will package them up all pretty and let you have them back on your way out of town...The story was a push and pull of two strong personalities trying to achieve opposite goals. And, it was hilarious and really adorable. I loved all of the characters and devoured this book with the gleefulness of a young lamb frolicking in the meadow. (They do that, right?)

  • Dino-Jess ✮ The Book Eating Dinosaur ✮
    2018-09-04 10:54

    Where has historical romance been all my life? Seriously, you guys? Why did no one tell me how amazing it can be? This book was magical. I LOVED IT.Bram. Oh! You stupid, stubborn idiot. I love you. I'd let you ravage me any day. Loves. Get in the man-dungeon.Susanna. A woman after my own heart. She is doing her part to help women who don't fit the mold that society wants to put them in, be themselves and escape the horrific "cures" that those in the medical world want to inflict upon them. She's headstrong yet sensible, she's freaking amazing and she felt very real. I want to be her friend. I loved that Spindle Cove was a safe place for women. I want to go there on holiday. Loves.The dialogue in this. I nearly died laughing a few times. I had a giant grin on my face throughout pretty much this entire book. The banter between the characters is hilarious, I can't applaud it enough. So much happened in this. I have to say that the drama was a little over the top towards the end there, but I still ate that shit up with a spoon. I can't wait to read the next book, but I am even more excited for Thorne's story. Hello broody, sullen leading man. This book was exactly what I needed this week, a glorious escape from reality with wonderful characters, a sweet love story, steamy sexy times and a decent helping of drama. LOVES.4.5 just-kisses Stars

  • ♥Rachel♥
    2018-08-30 14:56

    Tessa Dare continues to dazzle! No formal review just a few of my favorite quotes which (fair warning) are spoilery:"Susanna fair. I want to hear you say you're mine."She framed his face in her hands and looked him in the eye. "I'll say this. I claim sole possession of my body, my heart, and my soul. And tonight, I choose to share them all with you."The word "like" did not communicate an unspoken connection of similar minds, or an obsessive attention to freckles. It certainly didn't encompass the sort of wild reckless, unreasoned lust that had driven him(view spoiler)[ to deflower a virgin on the village green."So I will just tell you I love you. I love you, Bram. I want everyone to see it, and I want you to know...you're a part of this place now. No matter where duty takes you, Spindle Cove will always be here for you. And so will I."He put both arms around her, pulling her flush against his chest. "You beautiful, brazen thing."Then he went silent, just holding her gaze for what seemed like eons. Nerves multiplied in her stomach with every passing second. She swallowed hard. "Don't you have anything else to say?""'Hallelujah' springs to mind.""No, Susanna," he said. "I cannot love you just a little. If that's what you want, you must find a different man. Because I can only love you entirely. With everything I am, and everything I ever will be. Body, mind, heart, soul.""You're my home, Susanna. My home, my heart, my dearest love. Wherever you are, that's where I belong. Always." (hide spoiler)]

  • Shawna
    2018-09-04 11:50

    4 ½ stars – Historical/Regency RomanceAnother satisfying, steamy read from Tessa Dare and a great start to a promising new series! I loved the unique storyline, quaint setting, humor, quirky secondary characters, and especially the passionate, fun, and believable romance between a gruff, alpha military hero and spirited spinster heroine, who were perfectly suited for each other and totally combustible together.I can't wait for the next book, A Week to Be Wicked, to come out! 4 ½ stars!

  • Nadine Jones
    2018-09-08 07:41

    Wow, with this book I went from: (1) I don't expect much from this book, to (2) wow this actually isn't bad! I think I'll like it!, to (3) OMG I can't believe the suckage here, but maybe it gets better, to (4) I must stop reading, I can't stand it any longer.*At the start, I enjoyed this book FAR more than I expected. It made it to my list by a recommendation (can't remember from where ... Julia Quinn maybe?) but I didn't expect much. I'll be honest, the author's name sounds so made up and over-the-top, I figured the book would be too. But maybe it's her real name! Susanna is a red haired independent beauty living in the country with her father, a great pistol and weapon expert, and Bram is a hulking hotty who was just passing through on his way to rejoin the army. He accidentally acquires an Earldom from her father, so he sticks around a bit. The characters are great, their interactions are real and witty. *One downside already: he had to teach her how to kiss. I AM SO SICK OF THAT!!!!! WHY do so many romances create such innocent heroines???? Aren't they writing these for adult women? I don't want to read about a supposedly independent woman who is so dependent on a man that he actually has to teach her how to kiss.*The rest of this review COULD count as a spoiler, so read no further if you don't want to hear it (tho really, it's not too spoilerish, for any regular reader of romance, you pretty much know what's going to happen. There are no surprises in this book).*I've about had it with this book. I WANT to like it, I really do. I like the characters, I like how they are a little unconventional without being too stereotypical. I like how the hero is turned on when the heroine talks about politics or fires a pistol expertly. I like her long red hair. But I am sick to death of the hero telling her what a man needs and how the world works, blah blah boring sexist blah blah CRAP. But he is such a CLOD, I don't know what SHE sees in HIM. After spending a few days in the village, he is so overcome by his insane arousal around her that he walks up to her and says "I can't stop thinking about fucking you, what are you going to do about it?" Well, okay, he doesn't say it quite like that, but close enough. (I should go get the book so I can quote it exactly and you can share in my amazement. Here we go, his inane statement and her reply: "We're going to have this out, you and me. Right here. Right now. I'm going to tell you every wild, erotic, depraved thought you've inspired, and then you're going to run home scared. Lock your bed-chamber door and stay there for the next month so I can concentrate and do my damned duty." "That sounds like a very poorly thought-out plan." But instead of LAUGHING in his face, she goes along with it. She's so overcome at the thought of this guy being into her, that I guess she's into him too? I guess?I also really really hate how he completely ignores her wishes. She is prim and proper and seeks to lead a very ladylike life. Yeah, that seems stupid to me, but who am I to judge? it's important to her. Does he respect that? No! After waking up from an opium-induced 2-day coma, he's all turned on by her in her purple dress and they start making out. She protests every step of the way, but he keeps saying "oh just kisses, just kisses" and that is of course enough to convince her to keep on letting him paw at her against her better instincts. A few more "just kisses" lines and they are fucking under a willow tree in the middle of town, less than a stone's throw from the village tavern where a big hoedown is taking place. I'm sorry, what? Oh, and before the actual intercourse, he strips her naked (remember, they are under a willow tree in the center of town, and everyone else is in the tavern next door, and she didn't even want to be kissing him originally) and just stares at her. WHY does this happen in so many romances? Why am I to think it's romantic that the hero makes the heroine feel TOTALLY UNCOMFORTABLE? I mean, who out there likes to strip naked and have a virtual stranger just stare at them? Obviously, strippers like this, and porn stars, but other than that, who? The last straw came the day after their interlude under the willow, when he decides he's going to ask her father for her hand in marriage, and she says: hey, wait a minute, shouldn't you be asking ME? and he says: our activities last night rendered that conversation irrelevant, and she says: I don't agree at all! But he continues forward. Because men always know best. And women are always twits. And that's all very very romantic. NOT.Truly, I gave it another 50 pages after that scene, and it didn't get better. She became more twit-like, and he became more cloddish. Ugh.

  • mich
    2018-08-27 16:05

    This book was SO CUTE! It was really funny too, I cracked up several times, like momentary uncontrollable laughing. The humor was great and the best thing about this book to me. I enjoyed the story and the romance as well, BUT, I can’t give it more than 3 stars cuz maaaan, somewhere around the 70% mark in my kindle, I just sorta fell out of it and became really bored. The tension seemed to have fled the story by then, and it felt like nothing was really happening. I struggled to get back into it (I even re-read two other books in the meantime), and by the time I finally finished this, much of my initial glowing feelings about the book as a whole had waned quite a bit. But I really loved Colin in this book and I hear he’s the star of the next book so OF COURSE I’ll be reading that soon! This was my first read from this author and it was definitely good enough to keep going.

  • Floripiquita
    2018-08-27 08:45

    Mi sexto libro del #RetoRita. Tras varios libros bastante malos de contemporánea, he tenido que volver al romance histórico para encontrar una historia que me convenciera, con una protagonista de armas tomar (nunca mejor dicho), que sabe lo que quiere y va a por ello. No conocía a la autora Tessa Dare, su forma de escribir me ha gustado mucho, así como la historia que ha creado. Una historia que ilustra muy bien lo que vivían/sufrían las mujeres en esa época por no ser lo que la sociedad esperaba de ellas.Aunque le ha faltado algo para ser inolvidable, la relación entre los dos protagonistas es muy bonita y sus tiras y aflojas bastante divertidos. Además, Spindle Cove esta repleto de secundarios que dan mucho juego, ¡voy a por ti Colin!

  • edge of bubble
    2018-09-20 08:47

    I think I went into reading this book with higher expectations then I should have, after reading my friends' reviews. I could have enjoyed the book more, alas, I couldn't find what I was looking for.The book had lovely humour and made me chuckle numerous times. I was yawning in between the chuckles, but it's still worth giving it a chance.

  • Nuria Llop
    2018-09-24 11:57

    23ª Lectura del #RetoRitaPremiada con un RITA a la Mejor novela de Regencia en 2012, lo merece sin ninguna duda. Es un ejemplo perfecto de novela de regencia de esta segunda década del siglo XXI: centrada en la historia de amor y en los conflictos personales de cada protagonista, sin intrigas importantes ni antagonistas villanos que dificulten (o alimenten) la relación de pareja. Eso implica que el conjunto de personajes debe sostener la novela, y no es fácil lograrlo con todos. Tessa Dare lo hace y los borda. Nos podrán gustar más o menos, pero son auténticos, están bien definidos y actúan acorde con sus personalidades, la época y lugar en el que viven. Personalmente, los protagonistas no me han entusiasmado (no como los de la siguiente entrega “Siete noches de locura”), sin embargo, la novela sí. Es una mezcla de situaciones y personajes tan bien conseguida que me ha enganchado por completo y la he disfrutado de principio a fin. Lástima que en España solo se hayan publicado las dos primeras entregas de esta serie, porque Cala Espinada enamora, atrapa y nos deja con ganas de más. Una novela refrescante, divertida, con toques de originalidad y una calidad literaria indiscutible. La recomiendo encarecidamente a todas las lectoras de romántica histórica y a aquellas que busquéis una buena novela del género para unas horas de evasión.

  • Rachel (BAVR)
    2018-09-19 14:48

    This book has been taking up room on my eReader for a couple months now because I just ... can't ... finish ... it. Reading about these characters just made me want to pull my hair out, which is sad because I enjoy Tessa Dare's prose. SUMMARY:Miss Susanna Finch is an unlikely spinster heroine who pretty much runs an unlikely little towned (nicknamed Spinsters Cove) with a group of unlikely spinster girls who like to live away from men as spinsters and be merry (and unlikely). It's explained that the girls move to Spindle Cove because they can't fit in anywhere else. In order to do this, Miss Finch has turned the town into one big girl's paradise to keep out all those rascally men and their rascally man parts. Enter: Victor Bramwell, the new Earl of Something-or-Other (because: of course), who is ordered to set up a militia or some such in this little nowhere of a town. Battle of the Sexes, take your place!YE OLDE DELIGHTS:Tessa has a talent for prose, and she can write a good love scene. YE OLDE GARBAGE: It's hard for me to put a finger on what bothers me about this book. The women - I think it's the women. No, wait, the men. It has to be the men. No ...Perhaps it's the whole lot of them. Even though Susanna and her girls are supposed to be free-thinkers (Regency feminists to the rescue!), they read like strange cardboard cut-outs of stereotypical females. They go swimming, but the whole point of that scene has to do with the men ogling their womanly bits. They don't need men, but when the men come to town, it's like the end of the world. And then the men take it upon themselves to take over the town, get rid of the girly stuff, and all but mount a giant penis in the town square. These people don't seem to understand how to be people. It's insulting to any gender. I don't feel like I could sit down and snack and talk with the women in this book, nor do I feel like I could have a less-than-hostile conversation with the men. I just had to give up.Bram and Susanna seem well suited for each other. They're both uber-perfect leaders and beautiful. They want to fondle each other and hug. Match made in heaven, I suppose. Granted, I'm only assuming they ended up together. I quit reading after the main couple got in a silly fight about their silly hang-ups. Susanna was the worst, though. Just the worst. Little Miss Perfect was good at just about everything: healing, leading a small town, guiding young women into adulthood, sexing up Bram, target practice, probably midwifery and inventing an early-model computer. I just couldn't get myself in the mood for more shenanigans. I tried to finish it out of respect for Tessa Dare; I really did! Alas, Susanna was just too perfect for me.

  • April (Aprilius Maximus)
    2018-09-16 11:58

    TESSA DARE DOES IT AGAIN

  • Duchess Nicole
    2018-09-21 10:03

    Yay, I found a new author to love! I swear, something about the historical romance genre makes the titles/covers/stories blur together sometimes. Within a few pages of A Night to Surrender, I knew this author writes a bit different than the norm. She managed to make me laugh numerous times. The banter between Susanna and Bram is a happy kind of back and forth and totally chuckle worthy.So then I settled in with my cup of coffee last night to finish the book, halfway through and comfortable with the fun, slightly silly feel this recent group read. And I got smacked in the heart with meaningful emotions! Turns out there is more to Susanna AND Bram than I originally thought. Susanna has scars (literally) from her past. And Bram has scars from his recent battle in the English Army. Both of them are at a point in their lives in which they think they know what they want. But once they meet, they find in each other something that they didn't know they were searching for. Gosh, that sounds like the blurb from the back flap of a book, huh? But it's true here, and very well done. It didn't seem like the overused trope. Bram and Susanna bring out the wonderful in each other! Pitter pat went my little heart!If you're wanting a historical without the overly descriptive depiction of balls and gowns, the gossiping society ladies and rakish earls, this one is perfect! The town of Spindle Cove is it's own little slice of heaven, and with all of the quirky characters filling it up, this seems to be a series that has plenty of room to grow.

  • Pepa
    2018-09-23 15:44

    3.5me gusta la forma de escribir de la autora. Me encanta su sentido del humor, las situaciones tan divertidas que plantea y esa ironía mordaz que llenan sus diálogos... el problema es que la pareja protagonista no me ha convencido. No voy a negar que el final es de lo más tierno... pero todo surge demasiado precipitado y pesa más la lujuria que el amor... Tan solo es mi opinión.De todas formas, seguiré de cerca a esta autora, porque ya he comentado que su estilo me gusta mucho y el libro en general es muy divertido

  • Yolanda
    2018-08-31 10:39

    #RetoRita3,5No es una historia de esas que dejan huella, pero me he reído muchísimo. Unos diálogos divertidos, con unos protagonistas peculiares Bram y Susanna que me han hecho reír mucho. No puedo olvidarme de Colin, qué ratos me ha dado.Lectura fácil, entretenida y divertida, sin más pretensiones. Lujuria, puyas y situaciones divertidas que te hacen querer seguir leyendo para ver cuál será la próxima perlita que soltarán. Me he reído mucho.

  • ☆★Tinja★✮ A Court of Pizza and Laziness
    2018-09-16 12:00

    Loved this ♡ Can't wait to read the others ;)

  • Andzhelika
    2018-09-11 15:00

    Радвам се, че най-сетне се наканих да прочета тази книга. Отдавна не бях чела нещо подобно и ми беше много приятно отново да се потопя в този жанр.

  • Kimberly Carrington-Fox
    2018-09-22 11:51

    Nuestra reseña en A la cama con... un libro

  • Lana *Lifeinwordsandlyricscom*
    2018-09-08 11:46

    Oh my God, books make me bipolar, I swear. I only just cried from The Bourbon Thief and then I was laughing hysterically between the pages of this book, the genre of which I abandoned while still in high school. A totally different set of 5 stars, but 5 stars nontheless. Over and out

  • Jennifer Leighton
    2018-09-19 10:41

    Delightfully humorous! I haven't laughed this much during reading a romance novel in a while. Tessa Dare is now one of my new favorite authors.

  • Laura the Highland Hussy
    2018-08-29 10:54

    Review posted on Demon Lover's Books & MoreI’ve wanted to read this one for a while, and the other night I was flipping through to see if it was what I wanted to read before bed. *sigh* I should have known you can’t just “flip through” one of Tessa Dare’s books. I was up til 1 am where I had to stop because my eyes literally wouldn’t focus any longer. In fact, I think the same could be said of all 3 books in this series, since I read them all in the same week.Susanna is the only daughter of an eccentric nobleman, and she takes care of her papa (sort of reminds me of Belle from Beauty and the Beast and her inventor papa). She also seems to run the small town of Spindle Cove. It became a haven for awkward young ladies, ladies who’d been ruined, or women with health issues who needed a respite. Bram is an officer who’s recovering from a gunshot to the knee. He is hell-bent on proving he can still command his regiment. His last ditch effort to prove this is to find Sir Lewis, a friend of his father, and a man who has the Prince Regent’s ear, to see if he can’t put in a good word for him. On his way down, his company is halted by sheep in the middle of the road, and his cousin, their demo expert, decides to set a charge to scatter the sheep. Bram sees a pretty country girl right in the blast path, so he tackles her. What follows is one of the funniest scenes in any book ever. He’s absolutely aware of her soft womanly body beneath him, and she thinks he’s addled in the brain for blasting sheep.This is where Tessa Dare excels-the banter. The writing is fantastic, the romance is sweet, and all of it comes down to the connection between the characters. Bram and Susanna have a great connection. They are good together and you find yourself rooting for their Happily Ever After.I recommend this to everyone. It is passionate and witty, fun and romantic, and you won’t want to miss it.

  • Anna Casanovas
    2018-09-05 07:45

    Probablemente 4 1/2 estrellas.Compré "Una noche nada más" este verano porque lo vi en oferta en una librería, me gustó la portada (superficial, sí, pero a menudo un detalle importante), y me llamó la atención que la novela había ganado el RITA en 2012. La historia de "Una noche nada más" es muy original ya que tiene la valentía de reírse, con elegancia y sutileza, de muchos clichés de las novelas de Regencia. El argumento no es, sin embargo, en exceso elaborado, en realidad es muy simple, pero la complejidad y profundidad de los personajes es el gran contrapunto y es lo que, en mi caso, ha conseguido engancharme a la historia.Bram, el protagonista masculino, cumple con los estereotipos físicos de la época (alto, enorme, fuerte, rudo, encerrado en sí mismo y atormentado), pero la autora tiene la genialidad de hacerle romántico, tierno y muy cariñoso. Ella, Susana, también cumple con los estereotipos de solterona lista, pero al mismo tiempo es liberal, cariñosa y enfoca sus sentimientos por Bram de un modo brillante. Hay dos escenas, una cuando ella le corta el pelo y otra cuando ella le dice que si él quiere que ella lo abrace solo tiene que pedírselo, que son casi perfectas. He dudado en ponerle cinco estrellas y no me he decidido porque me habría gustado que el final estuviese más desarrollado. Me imagino que la autora resolverá las dudas que me han quedado en las siguientes novelas de la serie.

  • Sam (AMNReader)
    2018-09-05 09:42

    Meh.... 2.5? Is this an unpopular opinion? Could be my timing and attitude right now, but it was just a bit of a miss for me. I found this book amusing and light-hearted, a little slow and a little annoying. -Bram felt like he was kind of traditional, yet accepts that Susanna has all these hidden talents and "manly pursuits"-I felt like the sex was kind of taking up too much of the plot, as nice as some of that was-The set up was just...silly. And the tension didn't really make me keep coming back.+The lamb, Dinner.+The wit+Great heroine personality, refusing to settle

  • Jamie
    2018-09-23 12:57

    LOVED THIS!!!!

  • Ridley
    2018-09-14 11:44

    Maybe I shouldn't rate this, since I only got 20% of the way in before I gave up, but it seems about right. It's competently written, in the sense that the spelling and grammar are correct, the dialog sounds like speech and the characters are at least a bit compelling, and nothing about the story really offends me. That much generally earns at least two stars, even if the rest of the book is a lazy, cliched, big dumb mess. It's a bad book, but it's a harmless one, so two stars it is.Despite what Avon says, this is not a historical romance. This is actually a time-travel fantasy. What this story does, rather than offer a window to the past, is confirm the contemporary reader's biases that People Back Then Were Stupid and that if they, the contemporary reader, had been born back then, They Would Have Known Better. It also features a cameo appearance of the perennial favorite Women Can Only Be Happy If They Adhere To Contemporary Values And Behavior. So, unlike a historical romance or historical fiction that has an actual relationship with history, this isn't about visiting the past. This isn't about women carving out spheres of influence or exercising agency from within the different rules of their time. This is about feeling good about living in the present day.Our heroine just knows that bleeding is bad medicine despite it being the accepted science of the time. She is of course completely informed on the details of the wars with Napoleon and the United States, even arguing with the hero about tactics, despite living in a rural village. Naturally she and all her spinster friends in their Disney musical town are perfectly happy to be single. I guess they must all be independently wealthy with 100% control over their fortunes and not have interfering relatives to worry about. It's just tea and pianofortes and sea bathing and intelligent conversation for the lot of 'em.So, like I said, it's a time-travel fantasy. Maybe that's your thing. We all like to have our biases confirmed--Lord knows I giggle every time one of those "family values" sorts gets caught with a rent boy--but this isn't a bias I share. I read this book, and it just strikes me as arrogant self-applause. YMMV