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review 2018-03-06 13:18
Charming and compelling
A Night to Surrender - Tessa Dare


"In recent years, Spindle Cove had become the seaside destination of choice for a certain type of well-bred young lady: the sort no one knew what to do with. They included the sickly, the scandalous, and the painfully shy; young wives disenchanted with matrimony, and young girls too enchanted with the wrong men . . . All of them delivered here by the guardians to whom they presented problems, in hopes that the sea air would cure them of their ills.
As the only daughter of the only local gentleman, Susanna was the village hostess by default. These awkward young ladies no one knew what to do with . . . she knew what to do with them. Or rather, she knew what not to do with them. No “cures” were necessary. They didn’t need doctors pressing lancets to their veins, or finishing school matrons harping on their diction. They just needed a place to be themselves.
Spindle Cove was that place."



This series is about Spindle Cove and its interesting residents. Why do I think they are interesting? Because they don't fit in the Society and I definitely recognize myself in them so I can understand the characters.


This is the first book in the series. The story revolves around Susanna and Bramwell who find love under very unusual circumstances. I will not spend a lot of time writing about the storyline because I am sure that giving a general description of the place, the regency era and the basic undertone of this book is sufficient for any historical romance reader.


Susana is a 25-year-old unwed only child of a genius father who creates weapons for the army. She is a resident of Spindle Cove and in charge of all of the ladies who come there because they are in some way cast away from the society. She is intelligent, clever, capable, pretty and determined to keep men away from the women in Spindle Cove so women can feel more at ease and be themselves during their stay there. Bramwell is an officer who hurt his knee in the war and barely managed to keep his leg and he is on a mission to regain his post as a commanding officer and returning to the front lines in Spain to fight Napoleon's army. He thinks that his honor and his father's honor depend on his ability to return to war and defending their country.

The last thing on both of their minds is love but because of some stubborn sheep and bombarding them with black powder the fate for both of them will reveal its true plans.


I will also keep my thoughts about the book rather short because I said a lot about my feelings in the previous review I did which was about the fourth book in the series that I happened to read first (http://demonesstenebrae.booklikes.com/post/1646670/tantalizing-and-humorous-read).


This book is not as humourous as the fourth book in the series, Any Duchess Will Do, instead I would say it is more charming and heartwarming. Well, except for the first chapter with those stubborn sheep, that was amazing. Since this is the first book in the series, I imagine that the author took her time to set the tone for this series and that her writing gradually improved in some aspects as she got closer to her characters and to this world she created. Nonetheless, this doesn't take that much away from this book. It all depends on a reader, what he/she finds more endearing in this genre. For me, I appreciate both, and so I gave this book the same rating as I did for fourth book.


One thing that I also appreciate is the research the author does before setting the book in a certain historical time period and I believe that Tessa Dare did a great job concerning that. She even explained some of the things mentioned in this book at the end of the book under author's note. That is what every great author should do if they want their readers to get completely immersed in the story. If you understand the time then it is easier for you to understand the people and their actions better.


All in all, I find this a compelling story and a good regency world that I can easily enter and become a part of and feel for the characters. What more can a reader ask for? I also feel that I should add that I do not understand lots of comments in reviews who gave this book a one star rating based on the fact that the main heroine is a modern woman of her time that is fighting for women's rights in her own way but ends up in love with a man and gets married. Why is that a bad thing? Do all women who want equal rights for both sexes need to be without men and love in their life just to prove to some non-existent entity that they are feminists? I think that women can fight for their rights and have families and love just the same. Even more so maybe. Plus, in the regency era, especially in a high society, women who were openly voicing out such ideas were ostracised. Before you give this book such a low rating you need to understand the world setting which then commands the characters' actions and motives.


Thank you, Tessa Dare, for entertaining me and making me laugh. As a voracious reader that is a real blessing to me.



You’re human. We’re all scared, every last one of us. Afraid of life, of love, of dying. Maybe marching in neat rows all day distracts you from the truth of it. But when the sun goes down? We’re all just stumbling through the darkness, trying to outlast another night.” Colin downed another swig of wine, then stared at the bottle. “Excellent vintage. Makes me sound almost intelligent.”

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text 2018-02-06 22:49
Reading progress update: I've read 25 out of 328 pages.
No Surrender - Constance Maud

Oh, goody, only 300 more pages of Maud's polemics. 


Don't get me wrong, this is an important book, but the delivery of Maud's argument is as elegant as cracking an egg with an ice axe.


At least the beauty of my Persephone copy of this book makes up for some of the lack of quality in the writing. 



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review 2018-01-31 14:13
not for me
Surrender the Dark - L.A. Banks

Azrail was the Angel Of Death yet he feared the return of darkness. But he refused to lose to lose sight of the fact that to be chosen was the highest honor imaginable. The sacrifice would be great but that was what made being chosen so deeply revered. Azrail could feel the energy changing and the anticipation from the others. As he remained on the edge of one and the descent to another world,he  was a being of pure light and now would be reconstructed  into earthy flesh and matter. A process that hurt like Hades. Most of his kind didn’t  make  the full trasition into flesh. Instead they reach out to humans through the veil between the worlds entering human space without actually being human. Some of his kind had been trapped in the earthly realm following their dash with the fallen. The rumor wasd if the most high was calling on Azrail now to actually go to earth that the cosmic clock was ticking. This mission required forces on the ground. It also required an acute understanding and compassion for humans that can only be acquired through human experience. If this didn’t shift the course of humans toward the Light then the planet would be plunged into darkness forever. Humans would be lost and the Source Of All  That Is would start over again somewhere else. Azrail predicessions and mentors warned him that this mission was very dangerous. If he failed and the dark side won the balance between the darkness and and The Light would forever be tilted in  favor of demonic forces. Azrael hated being vulnerable to the dark.  Rebirth into the human world was no different from what Azrail imagined hunan birth to be. Azrail was to search for and find the girl. Celeste came home to find Brandon smoking a joint. Fighting with her had become Brandon’s national past time. Celeste sees demons and had been labeled  crazy. Aunt Nicey was Celeste’s guardian - she was there for Celeste - paid her  her bills from Celeste’s social security check and Brandon didn’t give her any BS. Celeste is contemplating suicide to just end everything. Celeste is tired of Brandon beating on her and belittling her. Celeste believes Brandon is going to kill her  but the demon in Brandon kills him. Celeste goes to a bar  and Azrail comes in and precedes to changes her life. Azrail tells Celeste he is an angel sent to protect her.Celeste teaches Azrail what he needs to know about how to live in the human world  Eventually celeste  believes Azrael's story even her part in it. Then Azrail and Celeste are off to go against evil.

I had mixed feelings about this book. There was too much extra stuff in the theology. I like that Celeste was definitely a different kind of heroine. I don’t think the writing in this book was great. There was also a lot of repetition. But I did like how the author showed the darker side of addiction and poverty. This was too slow  moving for me. I felt I was being preached at sometimes. I thought Celeste changed too quickly. So as I said I had mixed feelings on this book.

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review 2018-01-25 23:08
Surrender, New York by Caleb Carr
Surrender, New York: A Novel - Caleb Carr

See review at Book Haunt

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review 2018-01-09 20:36
Surrender: A Bitter Creek Novel - Joan J... Surrender: A Bitter Creek Novel - Joan Johnston

Surrender by Joan Johnston is a nail-biter.  Ms. Johnston has delivered a book that is well-written and packed with suspense.  Taylor is a pilot that takes on the job of dropping smoke jumpers when they need her.  Brian is a smoke jumper.  Their families have been feuding for years.  Brian and Taylor escape her plane together when her engines go out.  Their story is full of drama, action, humor, sizzle and did I mention suspense.  This is definitely one of those books you can't put down once you start it.  I loved this book from the first page to the last and look forward to my next book by Joan Johnston.  Surrender is part of the Bitter Creek Series but can be read as a standalone.  This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.


I voluntarily read an Advance Reader Copy of this book that I received from NetGalley.

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