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Lord Dashwood Missed Out

(Spindle Cove #4.5)

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  6,520 ratings  ·  778 reviews
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A snowstorm hath no fury like a spinster scorned!

Miss Elinora Browning grew up yearning for the handsome, intelligent lord-next-door…but he left England without a word of farewell. One night, inspired by a bit too much sherry, Nora poured out her heartbreak on paper. Lord Dashwood Missed Out was a love letter to
Kindle Edition, 108 pages
Published November 2019 by Avon Impulse (first published December 8th 2015)
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4.5 stars

I absolutely loved this one! It has the trademark humor that I totally dig in all the Tessa Dare romances, and it's the perfect length to read on a lunch break.

So Nora was a somewhat naive and fanciful young lady who had a massive crush on the boy next door. And the boy next door was Lord Dashwood. Unfortunately, he apparently didn't feel the same way about his best friend's little sister, and callously broke her heart by leaving London without so much as a backward wave in her direc
Tessa Dare
Nov 17, 2015 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-wrote-this
So... this is coming soon!

December 8th in e-book and audio. I'm still waiting to learn the paperback edition's release date, but it should follow the e-release shortly.

If you'd like to read an excerpt, check out my blog today: "Ripping the Bodice"

Dash and Nora are a new couple to Spindle Cove, but many previous Spindle Cove characters are in the story. (As usual, Colin demanded to have all the best lines.)
UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish
Review now posted...

This! This right here is why I read historical romance when I’m looking to escape. Lord Dashwood Missed Out is laugh out loud funny, steamy and - at moments - tender. And even better still? This novella doesn’t read or feel like a novella which makes it escapism reading at its best because it can be read anytime, even when you don't have much time!


A snowstorm hath no fury like a spinster scorned!

Miss Elinora Browning grew up yearning for the handsome, intelligent lord-n
Christina ~ Brunette Reader

1,5 Stars

Part of the Spindle Cove series, waiting for book 5, this short novella features as the main couple Lord Dashwood, explorer and cartographer, and Miss Elinora Browning, spinster authoress of a scathing pamphlet warning young ladies against the lures of untrustworthy scoundrels and sharp, and a not-so-veiled, invective addressed at the man who so callously broke her girlish delusions about love.
Growing up together, Nora and Dash have always harboured a tendre for each other, but afte
cute. I liked them both.
MG *Bury Me with My Kindle.. & a REALLY Long Charger*
3 second chance stars

I borrowed the Audible version of this book from my e-library, and I found it to be an enjoyable listen though a bit of an odd addition to the Spindle Cove series as neither of the main characters were residents or even frequent visitors of the area as is the case with the rest of this series.

Elinora ("Nora") Browning fell in love with her neighbor at a very young age, and she never got over him, though he rejected her when she came out in society a few years ago. Instead of
In the Acknowledgments section of this book, Ms. Dare says that she knows that "missed out" isn't strictly Regency usage, so she's got some knowledge about what's historically accurate regarding the written and spoken language used in Regency times. That said, why oh why had she decided to throw that knowledge out the window when she wrote the story? The only thing that reminded me that this was a historical novel was the way its characters dressed. Everything else - the story setup and developm ...more
Al George
Finally a Dare novella that didn't leave me wanting.

good news

Read for the Mad About Series Challenge - 2018

Series: Well seeing as how I am reading it for a series challenge....

Sexy times: Yep. Just a bit.

Plan on reading more by the author: I think you already know that answer.

Apparently, Dash left Nora wanting and treated her rather abysmally. Either that or this is the view of a very young miss in love with a slightly older man with neither of them being mature enough to really understand w
2.5 stars

“Do you know,” he said, “you’re ravishing when you’re trying to hate me forever.”

Was fun to get glimpses of past main couple's from the series. Alas, the novella format alludes me again with rushed romance and a not quite historical feel.
I'm normally not one for novellas but I'm a sucker for Spindle Cove. This was a cute and quick visit to Spinster Cove where I got to catch up with my old favorites while Elinora and George get reacquainted. Cheesy but endearing I like this but I wanted more. ...more
Robin (Bridge Four)
I like novellas sometimes. They are great for diversions between reads or when I just need a breather before jumping back into a series or something else I’m reading. Tessa Dare has a fun sense of humor and romantic notions that can be a lot of fun even in 100 pages or less.

Nora knew she love Lord Dashwood since they were children. She had grand plans of marrying him and having all his children. But when he decided that he wanted to see the world and have some accomplishments of his own she was
Sam (AMNReader)
If only....
If only it hadn’t been a novella
If only they hadn’t had to share space with every other couple
And every other character
If only it weren’t for those weirdly paced starts

I enjoyed some of the dialogue, some of the steam, the cute gestures
But in the end, it seems we all missed out on the best parts: the developing relationship and characters.

Alex Morrison

I am a big fan of Tessa Dare, and I usually can overlook anachronisms in her books, especially in this series, because there's so much else good stuff to focus on. But for some reason I had a really hard time doing so with this book. The phrase "screaming orgasms" was actually uttered by a male character as an off hand comment to a friend at one point and I almost set my Kindle aside. Also a major side plot was a husband forgetting to pick up sherry on his way home - really? I get that these nov
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Nov 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was sooo cute!! 💕 I love the stories from Spindle Cove. This is the story of an author on her way to give a speech about her pamphlet on empowering women. Meanwhile, the man she wrote about has turned up and she has to face him.
Excellent romance! 😊
Lacey (laceybooklovers)
This was exactly what I needed today!!
Chloe Liese
Feb 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Luckily, the world is a sphere. I was always traveling toward you. I just took the long way around.”

My favorite Dare novella yet!! Perfect pacing, a great childhood frenemies to lovers dynamic, and hilarious cameos from favorite Spindle Cove characters. If you love her Spindle Cove novels, this novella is not one to miss.
April (Aprilius Maximus)
1.) A Night To Surrender ★★★★
*.) Once Upon A Winter's Eve ★★★
2.) A Week To Be Wicked ★★★★
3.) A Lady By Midnight ★★★★
*.) Beauty and the Blacksmith ★★★★
4.) Any Duchess Will Do ★★★★
*.) Lord Dashwood Missed Out ★★★.5
5.) Do You Want to Start A Scandal? ★★★★.5


“As the new day dawns, and my inkwell runs dry, I hereby make a vow. Not a vow to the man I once hoped to marry, but a promise to myself. From this morning forward, I will never shed another te
Carol Cork *Young at Heart Oldie*
After reading the darkly compelling The Highwayman, I was in the mood for something light-hearted and fun and what better than Tessa Dare’s latest novella in her brilliant Spindle Cove series.

“Second chance at love” is one of my favourite tropes and when the estranged couple are forced to take shelter from a snow storm in an isolated cabin…even better. I know there will be lively dialogue, some soul-searching, and delicious sexy moments, all leading to a Happy Ever After. Add a rescue mission un
Lord Dashwood Missed Out by Tessa Dare is a 2015 Avon publication. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher and Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

I have enjoyed most everything I’ve read by this author, but I haven’t been able to read as many of her books as I would like, but when I saw this was a novella length story, I was sure I could squeeze it into my review schedule. I’m so glad I did!

Years ago, Elinora Browning was humiliated by Lord Dashwood, leaving her frustrated,
ᴥ Irena ᴥ
Although Spindle Cove series is usually entertaining, Lord Dashwood Missed Out was a miss for me. It could be the length of the story; I couldn't get into it and the people I was supposed to root for fell flat. I simply didn't care for them.

This is one of those series where you can forgive all kinds of nitpicks because of the humour (the first book in the series has the most hilarious beginning), but here it was completely missing.

Next, because their story didn't have enough juice, we had those
Starr (AKA Bam Bam) Rivers
Another male virgin, woohoo! Suddenly, I;ve been reading so many books in the past few days about male virgins! It never gets dull. I do love a man who can control himself and sweet enough to wait for the right woman :) If only they existed in real life!!

That all said, George and Elianora were a fine pair. Always meant to be together, and I'm happy with the way they found their way back to each other in the end.

I also love the childhood true love type of story. Makes me happy :)
Anna lost in stories *A*
I recently read 5 books by Tessa Dare in less than a week and to be honest, the majority of my review for each of them would say the same :) so what I will do is write this beginning where I talk about all the reasons why I love her stories and copy it for each of them and then add near the end a few sentences about each book in their review :) first of all, Tessa Dare is one of my all time favourite authors :) her writing style works perfectly for me :) she writes historical romances that feel ...more
"Lord Dashwood Missed Out" is a Novella in the "Spindle Cove"-series about Elinora Browning who has written a pamphlet about the one man who has rejected her, George Travers, Lord Dashwood. And little does she now that he has come back with the sole purpose on claiming her!

How i adore this novella.The reunion between Dash and Nora was so hilarious and entertaining,and the fact that Dash is a virgin! Ahh how i swooned!!!

I laughed out loud with the scenes with the heroes before this Novella, Colin
Jen Davis
I love Tessa Dare and her Spindle Cove series. I like that all of her heroines are unusual in some way and that they find love despite the fact that they defy convention. Here, Nora fits the bill. She is an author of a popular pamphlet on her way to Spindle Cove for a reading. The subject: the man who left her and missed out on the happiness should could have given him. It’s all about acknowledging her own worth and refusing to define herself by a man’s attention. It’s good stuff. But I can’t sa ...more
Cee (The Mistress Case)
Do not read the reviews for this book, seriously. I regret reading those quotes because they're pretty much spoilers. Don't be tempted. Stay away from the reviews. Don't even read the shelves, including mine. Lord Dashwood Missed Out is a short novella, and all you need is the blurb. Just plunge into these pages and love it, like me! Have some faith in Tessa Dare! She got mad skills!

Okay, just saying, but Colin (Payne) from A Week to be Wicked needs to stop. He was such a dork who shamelessly st
Dec 15, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gr2015
”Because, my darling Nora . . . no matter where I traveled, you were always what was missing.”

This was a sweet novella, and had the typical Tessa Dare humor.

I really liked Elinora, even though I was frustrated with her at times with the way she swooned over George even when he acted like a real jerk.

I had a difficult time with my feelings regarding George. At first I didn’t believe him to be attracted to Elinora, especially with the way he kept baiting her, and then when Elinora found out

Christy LoveOfBooks

I had my first experience with Tessa Dare not too long ago when I read When a Scot Ties the Knot, and that book quickly became a favorite. I was in need of a winter themed book when I saw Lord Dashwood Missed Out, and even though it’s a novella deep into the Spindle Cove, I’m really glad I went with it.

The whole loathing to love trope is my favorite in romance. What’s cool about this is, Elinora and Lord Dashwood used to be good friends growing up together, then … stuff happens and he goes trave
Oct 27, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hr, 2-stars
Lord Dashwood Missed Out should be read as an extended epilogue of the previous full length novels of the Spindle Cove series, seeing that all four couples make several appearances in this novella.

The romance between Miss Elinora Browning and Lord Dashwood was so thin, it was more or less non-existent. Teenage drama drawn out for years and solved - literally - over night. I cringed my way through this novella. There's no other way to describe how I felt about it. Want an example? After poor, li
It's hard not to love everything that Dare pens - she is so good at sparkling dialogue and heroines that are fresh and happy. I think the latter is a big reason why I LOVE her books, the heroines are happy people, who choose that no matter their circumstances. It makes me feel good to read about them.

I just wish this were an actual full length novel. I had a hard time understanding Lord Dashwood's motives because there wasn't enough time to explore them. It all came to an end and he sort of plo
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