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Friday, September 16, 2011

Book Review - A Night To Surrender by Tessa Dare - K.I.S.S. and Teal!

Today's K.I.S.S. and Teal book is "A Night To Surrender" by Tessa Dare, and it is another fantastic romance from the good folks at Avon Books that is a part of the National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month campaign.

About The Book:

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?

I know that I have said this about each book this week, but I absolutely enjoyed this book!!! 

Tessa Dare has created a wonderful little village of Spindle Cove, an idyllic place where young ladies who are, let's say - a handful, can go to be themselves and learn the social skills they need to be "proper" young ladies in society. Her heroine, Susanna Finch, is a spunky gal with a mind of her own, and I loved how independent and intelligent she is portrayed. Tessa's hero, Victor Bramwell, is handsome, brave, and stubborn - all great qualities in a man who needs a good woman by his side.  And the story of how these two strong-minded people handle the sparks that fly between them is lively and thoroughly entertaining.

I loved how Tessa had the character of Susanna be a healer who worked with various herbs and home-remedies to help the people of the village. She includes a lot of great history behind some of the archaic medical practices of the Regency-era, and how both Susanna and Bram had both suffered from bad experiences, but were willing to try new things if it would help.

"A Night To Surrender" is the first in Tessa's "Spindle Cove" books, and I can't wait for the next installment, "A Week To Be Wicked," which will feature two of the secondary characters from this first book. If the sneak peek preview is any indication, this second book promises to be a winner as well! Watch for it in March, 2012!

About The Author:

Tessa Dare is a sometime librarian, full-time mom, and swing-shift writer. Recently, Booklist magazine named her one of the “new stars of historical romance.” She makes her home in Southern California, where she shares a cozy, cluttered bungalow with her husband, their two children, and a big brown dog.

Here is a short video featuring Tessa talking about the K.I.S.S. and Teal campaign -



A copy of "A Night To Surrender" will be included in the wonderful giveaway package I am offering this week!  The package includes each of the seven "K.I.S.S. and Teal" promotional books and a gorgeous Avon Books tote bag, donated by Avon Books.

To Enter:

Simply leave your name and email address on this post or any post this week featuring the "K.I.S.S. and Teal" books!

You can enter daily, but please just once a day!  Good Luck Everyone!!

My Thanks to Avon Books for providing the review copy of this book, and for their generous donation of this giveaway!  I was not compensated for my opinion.


cheryl c said...

This is a great collection of books. Great cause, too!

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holdenj said...

I think Spindle Cove is going to sound like a great place to visit!

Mariee said...

I loved the books in The Stud Club Trilogy and this new series sounds just as good! Definitively adding them to my TBR list!

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Diane D - Florida said...

Ooops, I must do my daily entry before I go off to bed. Tessa is an awesome writer,and I've read lots of her books. I would love to read "A Night to Surrender" or any other K.I.S.S. and Teal book that you have debuted this week.

Thank you again Sharon for another opportunity, and for giving me some lovely music to listen to so as I'm nice and relaxed before going upto bed.

dpd333 AT aol dot com

jeanette8042 said...

I love Tessa Dare and your review makes me so excited to read this!

Jeanette J.

Carrie at In the Hammock Blog said...

i can't believe i haven't read anything from tessa dare yet. i will have to add this to my list of to read books!

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