Wednesday, August 24, 2011
A Night to Surrender by Tessa Dare, 400 pages
Victor Bramwell, or Bram as he's known to his friends, has come to Spindle Cove hoping that he is to soon be joining his company fighting Napoleon. Instead, he finds himself made the Earl of Rycliff, and set in charge of forming a company of soldiers from the local men to protect the coast. But Spindle Cove seems to be made up of nothing but women, with Susanna Finch at their head. Susanna has formed a retreat for ladies in Spindle Cove, a spot safe from overbearing husbands, fortune-hunting dandies, and quack doctors. Bram's company threatens all that she holds dear, including her perceptions about wooing and seduction. But Susanna's heart isn't the only one under siege, Bram finds himself falling under Susanna's spell. Will these two people be able to overcome their scars from the past and have a future together, or will forces conspire to pull them apart forever?
"A Night to Surrender" by be Tessa Dare's first book, but it it one of the best historical romances I've ever read. It's humorous and light-hearted, steamy and seductive, filled with intriguing characters and wonderful dialogue. There were additional characters introduced that will hopefully get their own stories told in later books. Tessa Dare has shown herself to be an author to watch with this outstanding romance.