Summary from Goodreads:
After years of fending for herself, Kate Taylor found friendship and acceptance in Spindle Cove—but she never stopped yearning for love. The very last place she'd look for it is in the arms of Corporal Thorne. The militia commander is as stone cold as he is brutally handsome. But when mysterious strangers come searching for Kate, Thorne steps forward as her fiancé. He claims to have only Kate's safety in mind. So why is there smoldering passion in his kiss?
Long ago, Samuel Thorne devoted his life to guarding Kate's happiness. He wants what's best for her, and he knows it's not marriage to a man like him. To outlast their temporary engagement, he must keep his hands off her tempting body and lock her warm smiles out of his withered heart. It's the toughest battle of this hardened warrior's life . . . and the first he seems destined to lose
Lady by Midnight is book 3 in the Spindle Cover series by Tessa Dare. After reading the intriguing little snippets from book 2, A Week to be Wicked, I was excited to pick up this book and was absolutely thrilled with the read.
This book is amusing, dramatic, and is written with flair. I LOVED this story with its witty and clever writing. Tessa Dare knows how to turn a phrase. I didn't get to appreciate it in her earlier book but this one made me smile throughout the entire narrative. Her vivid descriptions of her characters makes them impossible not to love. Her characterization of Samuel makes him irresistible. We see his multi-layered personality with lines like:
“They scarcely shared the same alphabet as kindness. If true comfort were a nourishing, wholemeal loaf, what he offered her were a few stale crumbs” to
“There was good in him. Raw, molten goodness, bubbling deep in his core. But he didn’t possess the charm or manners to control it. It just erupted periodically in volcano fashion, startling anyone who happened to be nearby.”
I truly enjoyed Kate. I think she is one of my favorite fictional heroines. She is positive despite her difficult upbringing, she tenacious in seeking answers to her past, she doesn’t panic in stressful situations, and she is bold when she knows what she wants. She lives her truth. I love that.
As a couple, Samuel and Kate represent the depth and sacrifice of love. Ms. Dare has a way of making you feel the discomfort and pain of both characters subjugating their own desires for what they perceive is the greater good for their mate. You get to ride this roller coaster of emotion to it's final Happy Ever After.
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