Tessa Dare gifts readers with a wonderful Spindle Cove Novella full of adventure and heat. Violet is better than a normal feisty Regency heroine, she has more gumption and more intelligence than the average miss. I enjoyed her pluckiness, the way she embraced the entire situation and how she faced everything head-on. The mysterious hero is the perfect leading man, his anonymity and injury make him so appealing, giving him the added sympathy factor but in no way unmanning him. Her quick mind, quick wit and quick tongue had me chuckling while I cheered her on. The connection between the couple is genuine and believable, as well as being scorching hot. As I so often chose to I read this one in bed, so a fair warning for those who decide to do that, be prepared to stay up much longer then you thought you would. This author is a favorite of mine and I always look forward to reading her stories; this one delivered as expected. I cannot wait to see what the other inhabits of Spindle Cove get up to.
Some wallflowers bloom at night...
Violet Winterbottom is a quiet girl. She speaks six languages, but seldom raises her voice. She endured bitter heartbreak in perfect silence. The gentlemen aren't beating down her door.
Until the night of the Spindle Cove Christmas ball, when a mysterious stranger crashes into the ballroom and collapses at Violet's feet. His coarse attire and near-criminal good looks would put any sensible young lady on her guard. He's wet, chilled, bleeding, and speaking in an unfamiliar tongue.
Only Violet understands him. And she knows he's not what he seems.
She has one night to draw forth the secrets of this dangerously handsome rogue. Is he a smuggler? A fugitive? An enemy spy? She needs answers by sunrise, but her captive would rather seduce than confess. To learn his secrets, Violet must reveal hers-and open herself to adventure, passion, and the unthinkable... Love.
Warning: The heroine packs a pistol, the hero curses in multiple languages, and together they steam up a cold winter's night.