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- Publisher: Avon; Original edition (30 August 2011)
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B004QWZJY0
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- Customer Reviews: 262 customer ratings
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A Night to Surrender (spindle cove Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Welcome to Spindle Cove, where the ladieswith 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 forcertain 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 doesnt belong here. So far as he can tell, theres nothing in this place but spinsters . . .and sheep. But he has no choice, he has orders togather a militia. Its a simple mission,made complicated by the spirited, exquisiteSusanna Fincha woman who is determined tosave her personal utopia from the invasion ofBrams makeshift army.
Susanna has no use for aggravating men;Bram has sworn off interfering women. The sceneis set for an epic battle but who can be namedthe winner when both have so much to lose?
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Susanna's father is retired war hero whose main concern is making cannons for war. He manipulates Bram to make militia of the men in spindle cove. Through assembling the militia Bram an Susanna can't keep their hands to themselves.
The plot was engaging, the characters developed, and the dialogue witty. There are, of course, some rather silly shenanigans. What follows is a humour-filled story full of high jinks and romance. So while ‘A NIGHT TO SURRENDER ‘ is light-hearted in general, it does not mean that the hero and heroine are fluffy characters. They both come with a lot of baggage and it is wonderful to see them work through it all. Highly recommended.
The romance is sweet and sultry, the laughs are many and there are important life lessons to learn. It offers similar enjoyment to Elizabeth Gaskell's 'Cranford' written almost 200 years ago. But with steamy sex scenes. This is one of those books that deserves six stars. I highly recommend it.
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Spindle Cove is a place run by Miss Susanna Finch, where young ladies can go to let off some steam, and not worry about their lives. The people there all have their own reasons being there, and Susanna takes care of them all, with the help of her friend Miss Kate Taylor, who is the female protagonist in book 3 (someone I'm dying to read about after the synopsis). Anyway, this is about book 1, with Susanna and Bram.
The story begins with Lieutenant Colonel Victor 'Bram' Bramwell returning from war with fellow comrades, his cousin Colin Sandhurst, Lord Payne and the dark and quiet Corporal Samuel Thorne. They have orders to gather a militia at Spindle Cove. But when a herd of sheep block their path, they debate how to get past. Perhaps they could scare them...
Susanna, meanwhile, is trying to convince Mrs Highwood to permit her three daughters, Diana, Minerva and Charlotte, to stay at Spindle Cove. But a loud bang interrupts them. Susanna goes to investigate, and this is where she is pushed out of harm's way by Bram, but he lands on top of her. He can't help but kiss her, and from then on, there is a mutual attraction. But this is tested when Susanna learns of Bram's plans for her respectful ladies haven. However, Bram is adamant that no-one, not even the beautiful Susanna, will stand in his way.
Bram meets her father, who he already knows. He tells Bram due to his part in the Peninsula War, he's been awarded the title of the Earl of Rycliff. Bram isn't eager for the title, and carries on gathering the few men there are in the village to make his militia. Susanna isn't happy at his interference, but the longer they spend together, the closer she and Bram get. Can they put aside their opinions and be together?
Overall, the book was fantastic. Bram is a character you really fall for. He's been wounded in the war, and now has a limp, yet it's touching when you see Susanna going out of her way to help him, even if he makes it difficult for her, because of his pride. Bram learns of Susanna's own scars, and why she's been single all of this time. Both were dynamic, engaging characters, and a joy to read about.
Not sure why he's never called Victor and always called Bram. Perhaps he doesn't like his name, but it's something I did wonder throughout the story, but never learned the reason why.
On now with book 2, with Colin and Minerva.
I'v read 'a Week to be Wicked' ( which is the 2sc book in the series) before i got my hands on this one. I'm not sure which one is better because they were both amazing.
A night to surrender had me hooked and laughing from the very first page.
The characters were very realistic, well developed and they all had a different personality. Susanna ( main character) was a lovely, hunted by the past young lady. Bram ( 2sc main character) was a super tough and wounded by the past man. The 2 of they combined together make a beautiful and spectacular couple.
They were moments where you just COULD NOT put the book down. Many romantic, passionate/hot, and epic scenes that just kept you turning the pages.
Although they were many things i liked, i still found something missing.
Overall, A night to surrender is a wonderfully written book by a wonderful author. Definitely worth a try. Simply FANTASTIC. I'm sure to buy more books and the next book in the series by Tessa Dare.
"' And before she could even catch her breath, he pressed his lips to hers. A kiss. His lips touching hers. It was warm and firm, and then... it was over. Her first real kiss in all her five-and-twenty years, and it was finished in a heartbeat. Just a memory now, save for the faint bite of whiskey on her lips. And the heat. She still tasted his scorching, masculine heat. Belatedly, she closed her eyes'.
The first page starts with the hero, Bram, dispersing a flock of sheep who are blocking the road - by setting off dynamite...and the pace picks up from there. Bram gets caught in the explosion but luckily finds something soft to land on - Susannah!
This book is everything that historical romance is meant to be; humourous, sensuous, entertaining and enthralling.
I loved when the pristine tea shop is taken over by the men and turned into an tavern - The Rutting Bull, and then later when the conflict is resolved and a compromise is reached and it is renamed "The Bull and Blossom."
I have already downloaded the next book and am eager to start reading.
I'm going to try another book of miss dares in her other series and if this proves to be good too, miss dare will probably become an auto buy for me. She brings characters alive and you really feel that the h and h really fall in love.
Great great read. Loved it.
I found by the time you were getting towards the end the story was getting a lot better but as i said i liked it but wont give it 5 stars
GREAT FAN OF TESSA DARE HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS SERIES.
This romance lacks a lot of substance too. I enjoy fluff, but this was fluffier than candyfloss.
Her later books are muuuuch better.
I love how the book flowed and how the other stories were slowly introduced, because after reading this
I just had to see what happened to the others.