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Publisher's Summary

A temporary engagement, a lifetime in the making . . .

After years of fending for herself, Kate Taylor found friendship and acceptance in Spindle Cove - but she never stopped yearning for love. The very last place she'd look for it is in the arms of Corporal Thorne. The militia commander is as stone cold as he is brutally handsome. But when mysterious strangers come searching for Kate, Thorne steps forward as her fiancé. He claims to have only Kate's safety in mind. So why is there smoldering passion in his kiss?

Long ago, Samuel Thorne devoted his life to guarding Kate's happiness. He wants what's best for her, and he knows it's not marriage to a man like him. To outlast their temporary engagement, he must keep his hands off her tempting body and lock her warm smiles out of his withered heart. It's the toughest battle of this hardened warrior's life...and the first he seems destined to lose.

©2012 Eve Ortega (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers

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Overall Rating: 4.75
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Character Rating: 5.00

Audio Rating: 4.50 (Not Part of the overall rating)

First Thought when Finished: A Lady by Midnight by Tessa Dare had all the feels and smiles!

Overall Thoughts: Tessa did it again! I loved Kate and Thorne's love story. I knew these two were destined to be a great match when Kate was a bit more sure of herself on the inside and Thorne appeared very sure of himself on the outside. Thorne stepping up to "pretend" to be Kate's fiance while they figured out if her new found family was legit was fun, interesting, and intriguing. I loved Thorne's back story. I dare you not to swoon after him. I loved Kate's determination to make him see his worth. I loved the ladies of Spindle Cove making sure that this turned out exactly as it should. All around another great entry in the series.

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Narrated By Carolyn Morris / Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins


Carolyn did an outstanding job with Kate and Thorne! These are really good on audio and well worth the time to listen too1

Final Thoughts: Tessa really does knock it out of the park with Kate and Thorne (his first name is Samuel but his last name fits him so well)!

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Excellent author / narrator combination

This is a very sweet and satisfying story, ably enhanced by Carolyn Morris' performance. While there is much use of modern language and sensibilities for a Regency, good story writing won my heart.

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  • Tracy T
  • Jacksonville, FL USA
  • 07-20-14

Great installment of this series!

This story was great, the hero and heroine were fantastic characters, strong, smart, and witty. There was lots of dialogue, great chemistry and nicely written sex.

I read the first 2 books in this series before they were available on audible. I was excited to see them all become available.

The narration was fantastic! Made the story that much better. The narrator did the men's voices great. Everybody had a distinct voice. Good job Carolyn Morris.

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Exquisitely romantic & hot

When it comes to romantic novels Tessa Dare writes exquisite prose with romantic scenes that will curl your toes. Ms Dare has a way of writing scenes that are curiously involved and seem to have no solution, then she unwinds the circumstances in a unique and surprising way. I loved the last few chapters of this book.

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Good narrator wasted

Story was so boring I couldn't finish. Not terrible. Just no excitement and romance was lame.

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  • 12-14-16

the worst of spindle cove

such a shame. I loved the rest but this was too unremittingly dour. Both hero and heroine bathed in such a quagmire of self recrimination and self worth that this book became painful.

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  • Alison
  • 12-07-15

Loved this couple

A continuation of the Spinster Cove series and I think my favourite one so far, although I did love Colin & Minerva's story.
Kate & Thorne are a great couple and their story was very interesting and held my attention throughout. The sudden appearance of the new family holidaying in the Cove could have been jarring to the story but after initial doubts I thought they worked rather well.
I've thoroughly enjoyed this series.