Date read: June 1, 2013
1. A Night to Surrender
1.5. Once Upon a Winter's Eve
2. A Week to be Wicked
3. A Lady by Midnight - Paperback | Kindle
3.5. Beauty and the Blacksmith
4. Any Duchess Will Do
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A temporary engagement, a lifetime in the making . . .My Thoughts: Oh, Corporal Thorne! I didn't think you'd be the one who made me swoon like a too-tightly corseted lady, but your solid, sometimes scowly demeanor did the job. I love as the bits and pieces of a character's inner armor sloughs off to reveal the beating heart beneath all the fierceness. Thorne had a lot of heart under all that muscle. It just took Kate a while to excavate it.
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.
Things I liked... oh, who am I kidding? I liked all of it! Thorne is fierce and he wants the best for Kate. Kate is a genuinely upbeat woman who has weathered her fair share of hardships in life. Watching the two of them unthaw enough to come together was so much fun.
As always, the background characters in Spindle Cove are still shining merrily away. We see some old faces (Payne, you rascal!) and some new ones (the Gramercy clan). I had some genuine moments of doubt as to why they had descended upon Spindle Cove, I'll have you know. Was it simply for the reason that they claimed or was there a darker reason hidden away that had the potential to make things very difficult for Thorne and Kate?
Without a doubt, I am IN LOVE with this entire series. I know it's hard to tell what with my NOT SHUTTING UP ABOUT IT but it's true. I'm starting to get scared as I get closer and closer to the end of the published books. I mean, what will I do once I read them all? WHAT WILL I DO?
Onward to Aaron and Diana's story!