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review 2018-12-31 22:20
Historical Romance
Once Upon a Winter's Eve - Tessa Dare

Once Upon A Winter's Eve is a fantastic historical romance by Tessa Dare.  This is a fairly quick read, perfect for those with limited reading time.  Ms. Dare has given readers a well-written book with a fabulous cast of characters.  Violet has enjoyed her time at Spindle Cove and is not looking forward to going home to her parents.  When a man barges into the ball and drops at Violet's feet he seems familiar.  Christian was sent to France to intercept packets and pass them along to the home office.  Christian and Violet's story is full of suspense, action and sizzle.  I enjoyed reading Once Upon A Winter's Eve and look forward to reading more from Tessa Dare in the future.  Once Upon A Winter's Eve is book 1.5 of the Spindle Cove Series but can be read as a standalone.  This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.  

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review 2018-12-22 11:32
A Hero's Home: Resolution Ranch (Resolution Ranch #4) by Tessa Layne
A Hero's Home: Resolution Ranch - Tessa Layne



I love the message behind A Hero's Home. Tessa Layne has created two characters who couldn't be more different, but there's a beauty in their uniqueness. Jason is adjusting to civilian life after serving his country. Millie has a spirit that is free, but a heart that's lost. Theirs is a mismatch made in heaven.

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review 2018-12-18 00:00
The Governess Game
The Governess Game - Tessa Dare This was a sweet, light-hearted read. The hero lacked depth, I think, but i didn’t care, I was still kinda swoony from his first eulogy. (I love when people take kids seriously. I don’t mean humor them, I mean live in their reality). Alex was a spark. The romance was cute, but I kind of liked this for the ensemble most of all...quite a few laughs...
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review 2018-12-17 19:18
[REVIEW] The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare
The Duchess Deal - Tessa Dare

*dreamy sigh*

I am happy there are authors like Tessa Dare that give me just what I needed when I needed it. I am drowning in work and graduate work and a looming thesis, so I had to read something that made me laugh with the bonus of making me feel warm and fuzzy. This was just it, like a warm slice of apple pie.

The characters are flawed, yet you love them dearly: Emma is so sweet and brave, Ashbury has quite a temper, but he is witty and delightful. Their chemistry was undeniable, and all you wanted was for them to tell each other those three words. I alternated between "squee!" and a barely contained giggle fit while I read. Also, the secondary characters were amazing. Emma's friends (who are the protagonists of the coming books) are so different and uniquely interesting. I loved the butler, Khan; he was as loyal and as witty as our hero.

If you need a pick me up, definitely read this book.

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review 2018-12-14 00:00
Romancing the Duke
Romancing the Duke - Tessa Dare As they ( you know who they are) say, leave reality behind for these Tessa Dare fairy tales. There was nothing historical in this other than petticoats basically…And at first I didn’t think the determined, intuitive heroine was going to do it for me-or do enough anyway. It was, as so many Dare novels are, a spectacular meet-cute followed up with loosely held plot that uses sexual tension as its glue. This plot is so silly, so fantastical, so…did I say silly? There might as well have been unicorns and pegasus along with witches and, well, actual ghosts.

“Even if you did read my father’s stories, I doubt you’d enjoy them. They require the reader to possess a certain amount of…”
“Gullibility?” He suggested.
“Inexperience? Willful stupidity?”
“Heart. They require the reader to possess a heart.”

Izzy Goodnight (I mean, really) met Ransom, the Duke of Rothbury (who has like 4 other names + titles but we all know I like shortcuts) outside his castle, or was it hers? The meeting was the type I’d come to expect from Dare: memorable and funny. The beginning plugged along in a similar vein, but less memorable and more “cute” and I thought, “Well, here’s a two star novel with 5 star sexual tension (and sex).”

Until it wasn’t. It’s not that anything dramatic happens exactly to make this switch. It’s not that she’s fantastic at developing her characters. I don’t think she is generally. It’s actually that she’s so fantastic at showing vulnerability and tenderness. Then she layers it with 5 star sex and memorable dialogue. Maybe in this ridiculous plot she’s poking fun at the genre herself, but in the end-if we leave these where they ought to be-on shelves for ‘adult fairy tales’ (or something) With ridiculously sweet and tender moments-and something just a little more-both characters acting out of regard and respect for the other-being what they didn’t know they’d need…well, I’ll live in that land with those characters for a few hours.

Just to prove it…just to get back at him for all his crude, sensual games earlier…she bent over and pressed a tender kiss to his forehead. And she held it, for two heartbeats more.
Take that, sweet man.
Then she pushed to her feet and did her best to cover herself with her displaced corset and the torn bodice. He remained exactly where he was, flat on the threadbare carpet.
“Are you hurt?” she asked.
He let his arms fall to the sides. “I’m slain.”

Me too.
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