Books I read this week: Vol 24, June 24

Novella: Winning Lord West

Author: Anna Campbell

Series: The Dashing Widows #3

Tags: Historical romance, Regency Romance, Earl, FWB arrangement, childhood sweethearts, widow, prickly female, mysterious disease

Format: ebook

Rating: Yay!


A novella.


Aw! This one was better than Mr. Townsend. There’s an adorable part where he is trying to woo her, and he keeps sending her letters addressing them “My Darling,” “My Sweetheart,” etc. She replies “I’m burning your letters, stop, you annoying man.”

I love books with letter correspondence! (Or, epistolary novels, as my English professor would say)

If you do too, check out: When a Scot Ties the Knot by Tessa Dare, and Love in the Afternoon by Lisa Kleypas. DAWWWW! I love those books!

Novella: The Scandalous, Dissolute, No-Good Mr. Wright

Author: Tessa Dare

Series: N/A

Tags: Historical romance, regency romance, Dukes!, frenemies, passionate female, previously ruined

Format: ebook

Rating: yay!


Another novella! This is a novellalicous week, I suppose.


Usually, I get a bit testy about reading a novella. There’s not enough tension or buildup for my liking. But I liked this one! I didn’t feel that it was rushed at all.

I think what helped is the way Dare uses time in this book. There are three or four vignettes of quick encounters between the couple, separated by years. The pacing is excellent. No awkward “Three Months Later…”, no lengthy “previously on” catch-up paragraphs. It feels like a longer book because it spans over years, touching on only the meat of each encounter.

Well done, Dare!

The silliest point is a stop the wedding scene, but overall, I liked the characters. They felt full and interesting, and it was a lot of fun.

RR: One Dance with a Duke

Author: Tessa Dare

Series: Stud Club #1

Tags: historical romance, regency romance, Dukes!, forthright female, marriage of convenience, socially inept hero, social anxiety, horse breeder

Format: ebook

Rating: super yay!


This is a reread. I bought it on a Kindle sale, and was just going to skim. Woops! Read it all.


I love it!


Um, that might be all I have to say about it.


It’s funny, because the Duke in this book is called the Duke of Midnight because every time he comes to a ball, he shows up at midnight, dances one dance, and then leaves. So it’s easily confused with The Duke of Midnight by Elizabeth Hoyt, which is about a pre-regency vigilante, and really nothing much to do with the Duke being ducal at midnight.


The heroine ruins all his plans by jumping in front of the meek, young girl he was going to dance with, and accepting the dance for herself.

And he likes it.


I love forthright females.

I love when the heroine is constantly pushing the hero’s well laid plans off kilter.

I love slightly socially inept, misunderstood heroes that show with action how much they love her instead of saying it.

I love wanting to shake the heroine and say “he just wants to love you!”

I just love it.


This book is more serious than Tessa Dare’s other series: Spindle Cove and Castles Ever After.

I love Tessa Dare. Seriously or silly, I always have fun reading her stuff.

Novella: Once Upon a Winter’s Eve

Author: Tessa Dare

Series: Spindle Cove #1.5

Tags: Historical romance, regency romance, spy!, wallflower, childhood sweethearts, mistaken identity

Format: ebook

Rating: meh.


Meh. It was a thing.


Also a Christmas novella. Not my favorite.


Apparently I’m working on filling in Tessa Dare’s I have missed as well.


Pretty much it.


When Darkness Comes

1 Comment

  1. Sister1

    Could we just have a rolling list of Bad Ways To Propose To Wendy? Reference to source of Bad Idea, of course.

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