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A Night to Surrender: Spindle Cove, Book 1 | [Tessa Dare]

A Night to Surrender: Spindle Cove, Book 1

Welcome to Spindle Cove, where the ladies with delicate constitutions come for the sea air, and men in their prime are..nowhere to be found. Or are they? Spindle Cove is the destination of choice for certain types of well-bred young ladies: The painfully shy, young wives disenchanted with matrimony, and young girls too enchanted with the wrong men; it is a haven for those who live there. Victor Bramwell, the new Earl of Rycliff, knows he doesn't belong here.
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Welcome to Spindle Cove, where the ladies with delicate constitutions come for the sea air, and men in their prime are...nowhere to be found.

Or are they?

Spindle Cove is the destination of choice for certain types of well-bred young ladies: The painfully shy, young wives disenchanted with matrimony, and young girls too enchanted with the wrong men; it is a haven for those who live there.

Victor Bramwell, the new Earl of Rycliff, knows he doesn't belong here. So far as he can tell, there's nothing in this place but spinsters...and sheep. But he has no choice, he has orders to gather a militia. It's a simple mission, made complicated by the spirited, exquisite Susanna Finch - a woman who is determined to save her personal utopia from the invasion of Bram's makeshift army.

Susanna has no use for aggravating men; Bram has sworn off interfering women. The scene is set for an epic battle; but who can be named the winner when both have so much to lose?

©2011 Eve Ortega (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Cam Las Vegas, NV, United States 02-19-14
    Cam Las Vegas, NV, United States 02-19-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Clever writing, great narration"

    What a superbly clever written book. It had some great lines that truly made me laugh out loud. The storyline was also well thought of and characters well developed. As much as I try not to read books in a series I’ll have to make an exception in this case. If the next two books are as filled with clever one-liners, then I can’t wait. Can’t believe I got this book on sale for $4.99 but once the sale is gone, it will still be worth the credit for those who are looking for not just a good story, but light humor.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Zeee @ I Heart Romance 05-08-14 Member Since 2014
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    "A Fun and Exciting Listen!"
    Where does A Night to Surrender rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    A Night to Surrender is among one of my top 5 listens for this year. I had stopped listening to audiobooks because I wasn't able to concentrate on the story but this audioble has made me love listening to stories.


    Have you listened to any of Carolyn Morris’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is the first time that I have heard her narrate but her delivery enhanced Tessa Dare’s book. I love the different voices that she used in her narration most especially the interaction between Bram and Susanna. I was never bored and for once, my mind did not wander while listening and I was able to follow through the whole reading.

    I also love that I was brought to tears at all the right moments and at times, I was unable to stop my laughter. The story in itself is a really fun read and Carolyn Morris’ British accent really helped the story along. I will definitely listen to more books narrated by her.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There was a part where Susanna taught Bram to exercise in the water with a shackle on his injured leg.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Natalie Purcellville, VA, United States 06-11-14
    Natalie Purcellville, VA, United States 06-11-14 Member Since 2011

    Addicted Audiofile!

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    "Good narration, witty, but not captivating"

    This is a well written book in terms of characters, scenery, and witty dialog. However, I found myself drifting off during many parts that didn't keep my attention. I love historical romance and this is worth a credit, but the plot is not a great suspensful page turner. It is a light, romantic fair and a funny story about "spinster cove". I think I will give the second book a chance however.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lia Sutton, Australia 05-11-14
    Lia Sutton, Australia 05-11-14 Member Since 2009

    I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!

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    "Sweet Fun Romance"

    A Night to Surrender is the second book that I read from Tessa Dare. I have found to be a geat author and will listen to more of her books.

    A Night to Surrender is the first book in Tessa Dare’s Spindle Cove series which takes place outside London in a seaside retreat for young ladies called Spindle Cove (or Spinster Cove as Lord Payne would say). The story centers around Susanna Finch, a retired war hero’s daughter, and the leader of the ladies at Spindle Cove. Apparently, Spindle Cove is “marketed” as a retreat for young ladies that are “painfully shy, young wives disenchanted with matrimony, and young girls too enchanted with the wrong men.” She meets Victor Bramwell, the new Earl of Rycliff who is there on a mission to get reinstated in the military and sparks MOST DEFINITELY fly.

    I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book! The hero and heroine Bram and Susanna are two very likable characters, both with an “affliction.” I also enjoyed meeting all the other ladies and interesting characters of Spindle Cove. I know this is a series so it was such fun to “meet” the future characters first. I was actually more interested with Miranda (because she loves to read, and let’s face it, we love this type of heroine).

    The story revolves around the formation of a militia to safeguard Spindle Cove from the impending threat of the French (?) for which Bram is set to make happen so that Sir Lewis (Susanna’s father) would use his power in the War Office to reinstate Bram (let us note that Bram was injured from a bullet to the hip). The formation of the militia was the condition. Susanna abhors war and doesn’t want her quaint little village to be overrun by males vehemently disagrees with this plan. Naturally, sparks fly as the two battle each other for the control of the village.

    The story is funny and witty and I could not help but laugh out loud at some really humorous parts. The romance was believable and I could not help but fall for Bram myself! Again, Dare is able to incorporate steamy scenes in her stories that enhance the romance between the two characters (read scene were they do it under the willow tree – yowza!).


    This book is narrated by Carolyn Morris and I love her! This is the first time that I have heard her narrate but her delivery enhanced Tessa Dare’s book. I love the different voices that she used in her narration most especially the interaction between Bram and Susanna. I was never bored and for once, my mind did not wander while listening and I was able to follow through the whole reading.

    I also love that I was brought to tears at all the right moments and at times, I was unable to stop my laughter. The story in itself is a really fun read and Carolyn Morris’ British accent really helped the story along. I will definitely listen to more books narrated by her.

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Kaye 08-24-14
    Kaye 08-24-14 Member Since 2005
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    "I'd hoped to like it more"

    Read from January 30 to February 12, 2014

    Story: 3 stars
    Narrator: 4 stars

    The reason Tessa Dare's books are on my To Sample list is because I've read tons of favorable reviews of her books and, most compellingly, a few of the reviews I've read compare her to Julia Quinn, who happens to be my favorite historical romance author.

    So maybe I went into this book with expectations that were too high. I was expecting a solid plot; fun, witty, and charming characters; and fantastic relationship development.

    What I found in the book was a serviceable plot, stock characters (though the main characters had their moments of individuality), and Insta-Lust in the place of genuine relationship development.

    It was that third part that had me the most disappointed in this book. Instead of building genuine rapport and romantic tension between Susanna and Bram, it was hard-this and pulsating-that from the moment they met. I'm surprised Bram was able to remain standing for as often as he had physiological reactions to just seeing her across a room. And for an inexperienced woman who's (supposed) primary concern was for the reputation of Spindle Cove as a place young women could come and recuperate from illnesses or just be themselves when they couldn't in Society, she sure did "surrender" to the Insta-Lust early---and OFTEN.

    And when I say often . . . once they consummate the first time (on the town green!!!!) they're going at it like rabbits whenever and wherever they can. One morning, in the hour it takes me to get ready to go to work, as I was listening to the audio, there were two (explicit) sex scenes and it seemed like a third one was starting. In just an hour of narration (the entire audiobook is around 11.5 hours long). I lost count of the times they'd "coupled" before we got to the end of the book and their epiphanies/declarations of love for each other.

    As far as the plot goes, if Dare had made the storyline and the (expansive) cast of minor characters more of the focus of the book, it might have fared better. Instead, because of the way things resolved, it all seemed pointless and unnecessary. There were a few bright moments: Minerva and her reticule full of rocks; Miss Taylor cutting off her hair so she could fill in as drummer boy for the review; the poignancy of Bram's reaction to Finn's (or was it Rufus's?) accident. But other incidents (and viewpoints in the story) were too obvious a setup for the next book, and did nothing to serve the plot/main characters of this story, so came across as distractions.

    Now, I will say that I didn't hate this book. Dare has a fun, breezy writing style that I enjoy. And while I'm not champing at the bit to read another one of her books right now, I'm not taking them off my list either. I was intrigued by several of the minor characters and I hope that some of them get their own stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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