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A Night to Surrender by Tessa Dare

A Night to Surrender

by Tessa Dare

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A Night to Surrender
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Battle of the sexes in Regency England - the romance is engaging and the characters likeable but the plot lacks substance.

The small town setting is quaint and the notion of a safe haven for society's wallflowers is charming. However, neither is sufficiently developed and the dynamic between the women is missing the closeness and intimacy that is expected in these circumstances (Kleypas's Wallflowers has this in spades). Similarly, the relationships among the men lack comradeship.

The witty banter and sizzling chemistry between Bram and Susanna make it all worthwhile though. Bram is an injured war hero intent on returning to his regiment but cannot keep his hands of Susanna long enough to fulfill his mission of forming a militia. Susanna is intelligent, independent and fiercely proud of helping the young women who don't fit into society's image of perfection. She is a lovely heroine but does have a tendency to submit to Bram when he becomes overbearing, which is contrary to her characterization. Moreover, Bram can be sexist and tends to dismiss Susanna's concerns and wishes, which it irritating at times.

Overall, an entertaining read despite its shortcomings and the romances developing among the secondary characters have definite potential. ( )
  Lauren2013 | Nov 19, 2016 |
So I really thought I had read some of this series, but I think I was confusing it with the Carsington series by Loretta Chase. So many HRom's and they are all so similar.

I tend to like Tessa Dare's work, but this story was just so one-dimensional and caricatured. I was able to guess every single plot and character move. Everyone was so happy, and acted perfectly. Even the one "tense" moment was a total dud because there was no doubt about what was going to happen.

So yeah, boring beginning to a series I've heard hyped up so much. ( )
  GoldenDarter | Sep 15, 2016 |
It's a great start to the series. I'm more anxious to read the second story and hope Corporal Thorne and Kate is the third...looks to be a good set up. ( )
  SheReadsALot | Jun 20, 2016 |
really 2 1/2 stars. some annoying male chauvinist and stupid girl moments. ( )
  kdf_333 | Jan 16, 2016 |
really 2 1/2 stars. some annoying male chauvinist and stupid girl moments. ( )
  kdf_333 | Jan 16, 2016 |
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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?
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"While in the town of Spindle Cove, a haven for ladies with delicate constitutions, to gather a militia, the new Earl of Rycliff meets his match in Susanna Finch, a woman who is determined to save her personal utopia from the invasion of his makeshift army."--From Novelist.… (more)

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