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Once Upon a Winter's Eve (spindle cove) [Kindle Edition]

Tessa Dare
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Some wallflowers bloom at night...

A Spindle Cove Novella

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.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1125 KB
  • Print Length: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (15 Nov. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0061SNX1I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #20,527 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fun and feisty Regency romp 4 Mar. 2012
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Violet Winterbottom is getting over heartbreak at Spindle Cove - a retreat/refuge for women tucked away from the prying eyes of the Ton. She's quiet, sweet and intelligent - hardly the type to have men falling at her feet.

Until one night during the Spindle Cove Christmas ball when a dashing stranger does just that. He's dirty, soaked, bleeding and speaking in a language only Violet understands. A sensible girl would stay well clear. But Violet's not as delicate as she looks and has just one night to find out his secrets that might lead her to the love, and adventure, of a lifetime.


This novella is a short story that is part of Dare's Spindle Cove series. This story follows A Night to Surrender and comes before A Week to Be Wicked. I've not read either and found that this story was an intriguing insight into the series and didn't need to be read in order to be understood.

The characters in this story were great. Violet was a quiet girl but didn't fall into the cliche of being shy with it. She was feisty, honest and bold - I really liked her. Equally, the hero was everything I like in a leading man - brooding, mysterious and willing to sacrifice anything for the woman he loves. The pair had great chemistry and I really liked them as a couple.

This is an implausible, fun and feisty romp with characters I really enjoyed and an almost farcical, fast-paced storyline that was a delight from start to finish. It will only take you a little while to read, but the price is right and the story is a great way to spend an hour or so. If you're a fan of Tessa Dare or just looking for a light and frothy tale to take your mind off things for a while then I would recommend this to you. 5 stars.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The perfect antidote to a stressful day. 21 July 2012
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This book is like a soothing balm - I picked it up after an incredibly stressful day at work and settled down with a coffee to try and shake off the grumps. A couple of hours later I'd read the whole book and had a smile back on my face!
The story was a little confusing at first because I was totally convinced that Violet wouldnt have recognised her former lover after a year, even if he was now sporting a twice-broken nose and had bulked up. But I trust Ms Dare to deliver a good plot and so suspended disbelief and kept reading. I wasnt disappointed. This isnt Ms Dare's best book by far, but it's still worthy of 4 stars for achieving the near impossible and making me feel human again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A disappointment 12 Aug. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
The heroine in this novel refers to the male lead as 'The 'Disappointment' and it just covers how I feel about this novel it was a disappointment from start to finish. How could someone not recognize the love of ones life, the person they has adored from childhood, straight away. On my reading it took her an hour or more to figure out who he was despite the fact she touched him, looked in his eyes, heard him speak and held his head in her lap and he had been away for only a year. The story line then jumps to how devoted she has been to him; hmmmm wouldn't do if his face had been disfigured instead of just a broken nose she might then have been quite willing to let him be hung as a spy. This is the first I have read by this author and it will be the last, it was, dare I say it again, a disappointment!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely read 9 Jan. 2013
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Another good read from Tessa Dare. Really connected with the characters. I adore how the story doesn't take long to going, I was enraptured!
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4.0 out of 5 stars short and sweet 13 July 2014
By Cherry
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I enjoyed this more than the first Spindle Cove book. Fast paced and a bit rushed towards the end, but fine and good fun.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Light and frothy 5 Mar. 2014
By Venetia
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The book is pleasant enough but nothing amazing. Also, the basic premise that defines the plot is so unlikely as to be unbelievable. Not Tessa Dare's best by any means.
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