Note: This review contains spoilers. This book is the third book in the Spindle Cove series.
When I finish a book that I’ve been looking forward to for some time, I don’t review it right away. I put it down for a day or two, and then I reread it. It’s not a problem for me, since I’m a fast reader and it only takes me a few hours to read it. I just want to make sure that I love the book as much as I think I do, just to be sure I’m not be overly enthusiastic. And if you’ve talked to me at all on Goodreads or in regular conversations, since the moment A Week To Be Wicked was released, I have been salivating for Kate and Thorne’s story. Could it possibly live up to its expectations? Could Tessa Dare continue this impossible climb of outdoing herself with every book? The short answer is yes. A Week To Be Wicked was better than A Night To Surrender (which was absolutely amazing) and A Lady by Midnight puts them both in the dust.
Kate and Thorne are not your typical Regency leads. They’ve not been raised in high society. They’re lower middle class, serving others. Thorne is taciturn, stone-faced–a military man without a pristine background. Kate is an orphan, raised in a foundling school. She’s managed to stay optimistic about her future, despite not knowing anything about where she came from, though Thorne seems to hold the key to her past. Early, the Gramercys show up, also claiming to hold the key to Kate’s past. Thorne steps up to protect Kate from these people, whom he sees as odd and out of place. Though for the last year, he’s done nothing to claim Kate for his own, he won’t let anyone else hurt her either. He truly believes he’s not fit enough to touch her, which gives him a wonderful complexity. Right until the end, Kate battles his deep insecurity.
I really can’t gush enough about what a wonderful book this, or how well Tessa Dare has developed Kate and Thorne as individuals, or brought them together as a couple. Her cast of characters are complex and unique. They’re fun to read about. I adore Spindle Cove. It’s an incredible back drop. Kate and Thorne’s back story is so wrenching to discover. I cheered for them, and I wanted to wince when I could sense they were both headed for a mistake. From page one, Dare had me swept up with the fate of these two characters and she never lost me.
Every book Tessa Dare has written has only been better than the last, from her first, Goddess of the Hunt, to this newest effort. I’ve never come across an author like her, who only gets better with age. If you’ve never read Tessa Dare, if you’ve ever hesitated to pick her up, please….start with this trilogy. Start at the beginning, with Susanna and Bram in A Night to Surrender, because Spindle Cove deserves a proper introduction, and Kate and Thorne’s story truly begins there. Read the entire story from the beginning. This is an author who deserves to be all the accolades we can give her. I loved this book. Is there a stronger word?