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Beauty and the Blacksmith

(Spindle Cove #3.5)

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3.77  ·  Rating details ·  7,362 ratings  ·  710 reviews
Take a trip to Spindle Cove in New York Times bestselling author Tessa Dare's gorgeous and sexy Regency romance.

Beautiful and elegant, Miss Diana Highwood is destined to marry a wealthy, well-placed nobleman. At least that's what her mother has loudly declared to everyone in Spindle Cove.

But Diana's not excited by dukes and lords. The only man who m
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Mass Market Paperback, 150 pages
Published July 2nd 2013 by Avon Impulse (first published April 30th 2013)
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Anne
A lady and a blacksmith fall in love, and together they find their Happily Ever After.

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Realistically, this would never happen, but shrugs.
Whatever. It was cute, and I tend to give romance a bigger pass on inaccuracies because...

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Because all romance novels are filled to the fucking brim with inaccurate crap. We read them
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Jilly
Cute little in-between book with a romance between a daughter of a gentleman and a blacksmith. This is a big ol' no-no for back then. If men married beneath their station, they elevated the girl. But, if a girl married beneath her station, she was brought down to his class. So, for a gentleman's daughter to marry a tradesman? Not only scandalous, but she would actually lower her family name and hurt her descendants.


dramatic kitteh is right

And, in this case, it's not like he's actually getting such a pri
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Jill
Apr 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Diana Highwood is the beauty in the family of three daughters. As such her mother has high ambitions for her to make a successful match with a member of the titled nobility. But for two years while living in Spindle Cove, Diana has been infatuated with Aaron Dawes, the brawny, handsome blacksmith with the muscular forearms and manly wrists.

This novella is just as much fun as the other romances in the Spindle Cove series, although I think perhaps Diana should have been given her own full-
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UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish
Kindle Freebie as of Aug 16th, 2016 - not sure how long it'll be free, so grab it now !!! http://amzn.to/2aZeCct

4 delightfully sexy stars!

Charming, funny, romantic and sexy, Beauty and the Blacksmith is another wonderful addition to the Spindle Cove series! If you're a fan of feel good, meaningful, passionate historical romances with intelligent heroines and swoon-worthy heroes, you simply must read these books!

My thanks to Avon Books and Edelweiss for providing me with a copy of this story in exchange for an honest review.
Julie
Beauty and the Blacksmith by Tessa Dare is a 2013 Avon publication.

This book was free in the kindle store for a limited time last week, so I snapped it up without hesitation. This novella length story features Diana, a highborn lady, the most beautiful of her three sisters, and the daughter her mother has pinned her highest hopes on.

But, Diana is in love with Aaron Dawes, the local blacksmith, a man her mother would never approve of due to their class differences. However, after finding relief
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❤️ Dorsey aka Wrath Lover Reviews ❤️
Jan 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to ❤️ Dorsey aka Wrath Lover Reviews ❤️ by: Jennifer Leighton
4 Hottie Blacksmith Stars!!

This was a fun little novella, I loved Diana and Aaron. They were very sweet together, and Aaron is a swoon worthy hero, he was such a nice guy, very sweet and understanding....at times a bit too understanding of Diana's fear of her overbearing mother. I wish it had been a bit longer, loved the humor.

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I'm definitely looking forward to reading the rest of the books in the Spindle Cove series, Thanks for the rec Jennifer!!


This was a Kindle Freebie (on 8.15.16)- not sure for how long so do yo
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♥Rachel♥
Sep 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
With her stunning beauty and her position as a well-bred gentlewoman, Diana Highwood could have her pick of men, but there’s only one man who makes her heart race, Aaron Dawes, the town blacksmith. Her mother has had high hopes that Diana could care less about social classes. After suffering from severe asthma for years, and wondering if she’d even grow old, she just wants to live life to the fullest, and the way she chooses. Aaron is so much more than a blacksmith to her and the village of Spin ...more
Karla
Such boring fluff I can't even. -_-

Every time I thought about picking this up again, I found myself contemplating other, more exciting things. Cleaning the toilet, alphabetizing the canned goods, counting my teeth...
Al George
Eh, it was nice being back in Spindle Cove, but the rest? Just eh.

eh

Read for Mad About Series Challenge - 2018, Spindle Cove, one book left in the series and I'm done!

Series: See above

Sexy times: Couple of times. Nothing graphic.

Plan on reading more by the author: yes.

Synopsis
Diana is from the genteel class and Aaron is a Blacksmith. The two are NOT supposed to fall in love according to the dictates of society. Well, they do. Now, they have to convince the rest of the world that all is good.

Why it did or didn't work for me:
This was fine,graphic.
Planabove
Sexydone!
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KatLynne
Stamped with the author’s clever humor and witty banter is the tale of lady Diana Highwood and her fall for Spindle Cove’s scrumptious blacksmith, Aaron Dawes. It’s fun, engaging and offers a sweet morsel for all those who enjoy this series.
Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
This novella is cavity-inducingly sweet, cutesy, and completely unrealistic even for a fluffy little Regency romance novella. I can't believe I paid for this drivel. The plot: the beautiful, thoughtful, so utterly charming and perfect Diana is madly infatuated with the village's blacksmith. Aaron knows he is completely unsuited to the beautiful, thoughtful, so utterly charming and perfect Diana, and tries to resist her for all of 2.3 seconds.

This novella is completely unrealistic, I
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Carol Cork *Young at Heart Oldie*
Enchanting, romantic, sexy and funny! I just love this latest addition to the Spindle Cove series!

What I love about Aaron...

- he's no pampered nobleman but a skilled craftsman who has a real passion for what he does
- he's good with his hands ( read into that what you will!)
- he's a wonderful brother to his sister, Jessica and adores his nephews
- he's willing to fight ( literally) to protect those he loves
- he can be gentle and kind
- his pure superheated virility, sculpted chest, bronzed skin, forearms roped with muscle - hmm, I think you g
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Monique
Aug 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3,5 'cute and sweet' stars

“You can’t know,” he finally whispered into her hair. “You can’t know how long I’ve wanted this.”
She turned her head, seeking his kiss. “I think I have some idea.”

That was the only book/ novella in Spindle Cove series that I haven't read yet and even if I was not particularly interested in Aaron and Diana, I just couldn't leave it unread.

Being a novella size it's quite a quick read and even with a fast pace, I didn't feel like I'm missing something since I was/>
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ᴥ Irena ᴥ
This series is entertaining even with all the unbelievable things that happen. Beauty and the Blacksmith is the least believable so far. They breezed through pretty much everything.
I think this one would have been better with less sweetness and more pages. Oh, and without that ridiculous resolution of the missing items problem.
Too sweet.
Minerva's story is still the best.
Louise
“I need to know,” he said. “I need to know, right now, if you’re mine. I’ve been patient for years,and if need be, I can wait years more. I’ll do anything in my power to win you, to keep you. But I need
to know, this moment, if you’ll be mine in the end.” His hands moved to bracket her face, uncomfortably tight. His gaze burned into hers. “Tell me.”
With every wild beat, her heart thumped against his pendant. If she was looking for answers, she didn’t need to search any further than that.
“Yes,” she breathed. “Y—”
Before she could
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Lisa
Miss Diana Highwood, the perfect beauty of her family, is destined to be a noblemans wife, at least according to her mother and Diana has accepted this until they arrive in Spindle Cove to address her health and she meets the local blacksmith, Aaron Dawes. Now with two years of glances and delicious thoughts, she is pushed by her sister to live her life her way and Diana decides to finally act on her thoughts and desires, much to the delight of Aaron. Never in his dreams would he expect a lady t ...more
Steelwhisper
WTF? Now the regencies also feature instalust. I thought I'd be spared at least that... guh.

Sam (AMNReader)
It was fine. It was a short story about two sweet and beautiful people and their sweet and beautiful love for each other.
The end.
Norah Una Sumner
2.5 stars

This was an extremely cute and heart-warming novella but also extremely unrealistic. I did quite like our Aaron and I can completely understand Diana. I mean, HOTTIE ALERT!

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But the plot is really simple... way too simple.
Mirjana **DTR - Down to Read**

***3.75***

Tessa Dare’s books feel like a snuggle to my happy romance reader heart. They make me smile and they make me swoon. And this opposites attract novella is another great read from an author that’s quickly becoming a favorite go-to.

Full review to come.
Talltree
Aug 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.25 stars!
Zain Otoom
Sep 20, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
Boring to death, uninteresting, cliched as fuck and irritatingly unrealistic.
Jennifer Leighton
A dirty talking blacksmith with arms the size of tree trunks. Yes, please! I loved this so much...wish it had been longer!
Bree
Feb 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This story was short and sweet. Lots of chemistry between the main characters:)
Juliana Philippa
Lovely little novella! Why is it that I still have only read novellas from this series?? Especially since it's such a good one (apparently). I don't know, but anyway—I had read some reviews where people thought the story was a little flat, or they didn't really feel the connection between Diana (23) and Aaron (27) and I disagree. I thought it was well-done and believable, and that Dare did a good job of adding little things that made the characters come alive and very three-dimensional, despite ...more
Moonlight Reader
This is fast & cute. It is also silly, and not really very convincing but that's OK.
Melissa
Dec 08, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
You know, I was all set to give this the usual 3-star review, like I do with most of Tessa Dare's slight, anachronistic, but still enjoyable books, and then the heroine stood up in front of a large crowd of people and defiantly said the following of the blacksmith hero:

"And last night...? We. Were. Making. Love. In a bed. All night long. It was hot and sweaty and glorious. I left scratches on his back. He has a freckle just to the right of his navel."

At that point I rolle
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Zoe
Aug 28, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love a story of a lady being paired with someone below her "station". A man with money and a title is great and all but a man not being born into money and a title and still manages to snatch himself a place in life, well, that demands respect.

It was with that thought in mind that I read this novella.

I have always preferred full-length novels. Short stories rarely give me the details I need to feel connected with the characters. It is the same way I feel about Aaron and Diana too. Everything
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Angie
So far, 2016 has been a disappointing year for me book wise. I seem to be in a bookslump that I am afraid I'll never find my way out of, which of course only serves to feed into my fear and resulting disappointment. However, I knew the amazing Tessa Dare would not fail me, so I picked up one of her books I've managed not to read yet. I loved the "forbidden and irresistible" romance aspect of this one. Diana and Aaron were so adorable and great, and I loved every second of their love story. Anoth ...more
Desi
Oct 18, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Baffling and ridiculous pairing.

But at least the sex was realistic. And the interactions weren't half bad, though, kill me dead, I don't know how no one noticed her extended absences.

Honestly this whole book is a massive exclamation of "It's just not done!"... "Preposterous, I tell you!"
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Tessa Dare is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of fourteen historical romance novels and five novellas. Her books have won numerous accolades, including Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA® award (twice!) and the RT Book Reviews Seal of Excellence. Booklist magazine named her one of the “ne
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Spindle Cove (5 books)
  • A Night to Surrender (Spindle Cove, #1)
  • A Week to Be Wicked (Spindle Cove, #2)
  • A Lady by Midnight (Spindle Cove, #3)
  • Any Duchess Will Do (Spindle Cove, #4)
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“You’re a terrible cook. That I’ll grant you. You can’t hold your liquor, either. And you have questionable taste in men. So no, you’re not perfect.” His voice sank to a husky whisper, and his gaze dropped to her mouth. “But you’re close. Close enough to restore a man’s faith in miracles.” 16 likes
“My God, what’s happened?” He crossed to her at once and knelt at her side. “What is it? Tell me.”
“It’s ruined,” she cried.
“What’s ruined?”
“Everything. Your meal. My life. Our chances.” She hiccupped. “The eel.”
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