A Lady by Midnight (Spindle Cove, #3): Review

Book: A Lady by Midnight
Series: Spindle Cove, #3
Author: Tessa Dare
Reviewed by: Ellyce
Rating: 3.5/5 stars

Like many romance authors before and after her, Tessa Dare’s first work isn’t exactly what you would call stellar. It follows the typical genre formula, making the characters and style lack a certain element that could distinguish them from the massive influx that came before. Nonetheless, you can tell that her work has potential, so she’s someone you keep your eye on with future releases. Predictably, her next few titles aren’t exactly outstanding, but she writes in such a charming way during some passages that you can’t help but hope she improves. In 2011, Dare released the first book in her Spindle Cove series, which revolves around several spinsters and unusual ladies residing in the titular location. Spindle Cove has proven to contain some of her strongest books yet, and it’s here that her writing has truly flourished and begun to distinguish itself from the plethora of clich├ęd bodice rippers that flood the shelves.

As such, I had high hopes for the third book, A Lady by Midnight. Kate and Thorne were fascinating characters in the snippets that we got of them from the second installment, A Week to be Wicked. When I say I held high hopes for this book, I mean that I was ridiculously thrilled, and I haven’t been this anxious for a publication since George R. R. Martin’s A Dance With Dragons last summer. My friend Megan and I counted down the days till the book would be released, purchased Three Weddings and a Murder for the sole purpose of the sneak peek it had of A Lady by Midnight in the back, reread book two to pass the tide until Kate and Thorne’s story was released, and engaged ourselves in long discussions about how giddy we were about their story. I always tell myself not to have high hopes for things, because often times whatever it is won’t live up to my expectations. Sometimes, my worries will have been for nothing and I’ll be so happy with whatever it is that I don’t even think about the concerns I had. As the release date inched nearer for A Lady by Midnight, I began to worry if the book could really be as good as I was hoping it’d be. That being said, I liked the book well enough, but I didn’t love it like I was thinking I would. There are several things about the story that I enjoyed, but often times, Dare fell short of delivering and the book suffered heavily as a result. Continue reading

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