A Lady by Midnight

A Lady by Midnight

Book - 2012
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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.

Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, c2012.
ISBN: 9780062049896
Characteristics: 374 p. --


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May 05, 2016

22/10 - 3.5 stars. This was quite good. I had a couple of chuckles here and there, but ultimately Thorne's attitude towards his own self-worth was more irritating than the story was good. His incessant refusal to believe that he was good enough for Kate grated on my nerves. I don't like heroes who think they know what's best for the heroines in their lives. If she says she loves him and is willing to overlook whatever it is that he thinks makes him not good enough for her, who is he to disagree? Especially in this particular instance. One of Thorne's main reasons for 'protecting' Kate from himself is that she's being accepted into a 'ton' family who might reject her for bringing scandal down on their name, but he knows that she lived in the dancing house/brothel, he was there with her. So why would him living in the dancing house be anymore scandalous than her living in the same place? To me it just seemed like a weak excuse for a 'hurdle' that Thorne and Kate had to get over before they could find their HEA.

Chapel_Hill_MarthaW Aug 15, 2015

I liked this third installment in Dare's 'Spindle Cove' series reasonably well, and she definitely has a gift for writing memorable, distinctive heroes and heroines who don't blend together in your memory, but the plot for this one was a bit...scattered, maybe? And I missed the laugh-out-loud humor that lightened the first two. I enjoyed the conclusion, though, and it's still a solid choice for fans of historical romance.

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