- Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Avon; Original edition (20 Aug. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062049895
- ISBN-13: 978-0062049896
- Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.4 x 17.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 152,042 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
A Lady by Midnight (Spindle Cove) Mass Market Paperback – 20 Aug 2012
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From the Back Cover
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.
About the Author
Tessa Dare is the New York Times bestselling, award-winning author of more than a dozen historical romances. A librarian by training and a book-lover at heart, Tessa makes her home in Southern California, where she shares a cozy, cluttered bungalow with her husband, their two children, and a pair of cosmic kittens.
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Top Customer Reviews
As a recent fan of Ms Dare's I have been very impressed by her stories and hence suspect the change in my habits - and "A Lady By Midnight" took my admiration to whole new levels.
This is the story of a music teacher, Katherine Taylor, who has made something from her life after being orphaned and raised in a charity school. What Katie craves more than anything is to be part of a family and to be loved. Enter the gruff, abrupt, rude Corporal Thorne who for the past year has been avoiding Katie because she makes him feel emotions that frighten him. But one afternoon Thorne stops Katie from being run down by a carriage and has no option but to escort Miss Taylor safely home - which means spending several hours with her, during which their feelings start to unravel. Needless to say, a surprise awaits Katie back at Spindle Cove, in the form of some long lost relatives - but Thorne mistrusts them and claims he is engaged to Katie in order to put her under his protection....
I absolutely adored this book. The plot twists and turns but even when I tryed to predict what happened next, Ms Dare outsmarted me! At least twice the author's beautiful description of the confused emotions between H/ h almost reduced me to tears. Once or twice events seemed a tiny bit far-fetched, but even these situations were retrieved by the author and made to seem plausible and for the sheer pleasure I got from reading this story - I can't bring myself to rate it anything other than 5 stars.
Having been given a taste of Kate and Thorne's relationship from the other book, 'A week to be wicked', I ordered this book as soon as I had it completed. And is proved and even better read than the first.
I loved the relationship between Kate and Thorne and I couldn't put it done until finished. Got no work done that day. But it was well worth it and highly recommend it.
I mostly really enjoyed this regency romance. All of the characters are likeable; Kate is like the Bridget Jones of the era funny, at times sassy and looking for love. Thorne is comparable to Darcy, moody, stubborn and passionate. Reading Kate slowly break him down was entertaining.
The romance was good and I found myself routeing for this couple but what makes this book great is the humour. This book is really funny and often had me laughing out loud. One bit towards the end involving various pieces of weaponry was so funny it bought tears to my eyes.
This book did have its issues. I felt it was a tad longer than it needed to be and some of the drama towards the end was a little over done and in my opinion not needed.
Other than that I really enjoyed this funny romance, if you are a fan of historical love stories then I highly recommend this.
I've enjoyed the glimpses of Kate in previous Tessa Dare books, and especially her interactions with Corporal Thorne, the brusque commander of the cove militia who takes his role very seriously. I'm pleased to say this book did the established-characters justice, and I found the unveiling of Kate's tragic backstory really interesting.
Having been raised in an orphanage with no real memories of her early years, Kate has nonetheless tirelessly searched for some hint of her family, and just when she receives a final blow to her efforts it appears her family have come to find her!
I won't go into too much detail and ruin the plot, but I will say that I liked the 'family' members; they were all very distinct and added something to the story individually. I was also really pleased by the addition of Harry, a woman with a preference for male clothes and members of her own sex! Finally, a romance author who's not afraid to address such topics, and who managed to do so in a very natural way which only added to the main story.
Corporal Thorne was amazing, and I really liked the link he has to Kate's past - although I was very confused by the ages at one point, that's easy to get past with a pinch of fictional salt!
On the whole this was a lovely read, and it's left me wanting more from all the characters involved!
Kate is working in a place known locally as Spinsters Cove because of the high number of unmarried ladies living there. She teaches music to any of them that want to learn. Kate was a foundling brought up in a school. She has fleeting memories of before the school but not who her family were. Corporal Thorne is in charge of the local militia. He knows Kate from when they were children but is glad that she has forgotten him. He will protect her by never telling her.
When Marquis Drew and his unusual family saying that they believe Kate is a long lost cousin. Corporal Thorne is suspicious of their motives and claims he is her betrothed.
The story is about everyone's search for the truth, and the protection of family.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It was a good read. Had some funny parts and it was good to get an intro into the next story with Kate...Published 12 months ago by catalina40
Virtually monosyllabic, block of a flawed hero unravelled and straightened out by his long-standing love for our emotionally abused but resolutely optimistic heroine. Read morePublished 17 months ago by gimmielinda
An actually interesting plot as well as fun romance. Nice to get a sense of a whole load of characters, not just the leads.Published on 24 July 2014 by Cherry
Couldn't put it down, a very good read, after reading any duchess will do I wanted to try another book by tessa dare & so far am addicted to her books,always captivating. Read morePublished on 6 Feb. 2014 by Amazon Customer
I really enjoyed this book. The characters were well drawn and the storyline was interesting. There was humour and warmth throughout the book. Read morePublished on 8 Nov. 2013 by Jangler
Dare writes such brilliant stories and this is another good one. I have scored it 4 stars instead of 5 as I had trouble visualising the hero which was a shame as he was an... Read morePublished on 8 Nov. 2013 by Holly
I can't get enough of Tessa Dare's books. I especially love the Spindle Cove series. They just flow along and you're at the end before you know it, unfortunately. Read morePublished on 5 Jun. 2013 by Paula Roberts