Summary from Amazon:
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.
I’ve been devouring Tessa Dare’s Spindle Cove series, but I’ve been trying to read them slowly. I don’t want to finish this series too quickly because, you know, then it will be over. And I’ve just been loving this series. A Lady by Midnight may be my least favorite in the series so far, but it was still a wonderful addition to the Spindle Cove series.
Kate Taylor, Spindle Cove’s resident music teacher, is all alone in the world. After being left at Margate school at just 5 years old, she’s been on her own. She remembers nearly nothing of her time before Margate, and she’d give just about anything to have a family of her own. There’s nothing really to dislike about Kate Taylor. She’s independent, intelligent, and full of hope. She’s kind, and she embraces life in Spindle Cove. However, as much as I like Kate, I can’t say that anything about her personality really stood out to me. It’s been two days since I finished this book, and very little actually remains in my mind about Kate.
Thorne has always been very mysterious, and I’ve found him quite intriguing since the start of the Spindle Cove series. He’s that strong, silent type – and seriously, that’s my kind of hero. He’s definitely not one to beat around the bush, and he doesn’t sugar coat what he says, which does explain some of the animosity between Kate and Thorne. I definitely found Thorne a bit more memorable than Kate, especially his childhood. I also really like that Thorne is self-made. When you read a lot of historical romances set in Regency England – well the heroes do tend to be those born into nobility. And although there is nothing wrong with that, I’m an American. And I think we kind of like the whole self-made story. So I really loved that Thorne was able to make something of himself, even in Regency England.
I read A Lady by Midnight in one sitting. I spent Friday reading, reading, reading, and it was a great way to spend my time off. I did think that a few climatic points were a bit out-there, but, as I’ve said many, many times, I do not pick up an historical romance for realistic reading.
As I mentioned above, A Lady by Midnight is a great addition to the Spindle Cove series. Is it as memorable as A Night to Surrender or A Week to Be Wicked? No, not in my opinion. But if you like historical romance, you’ll like this one for sure.