Once Upon a Winter’s Eve by Tessa Dare

Released: November 15, 2011

Title: Once Upon a Winter’s Eve (A Spindle Cove Novella)

List Price: $0.99

Author: Tessa Dare

Pages: 258 kb

Publisher: Samhain Publishing

Description (Amazon): 

Some wallflowers bloom at night…

A Spindle Cove Novella

Violet Winterbottom is a quiet girl. She speaks six languages, but seldom raises her voice. She endured bitter heartbreak in perfect silence. The gentlemen aren’t beating down her door.

Until the night of the Spindle Cove Christmas ball, when a mysterious stranger crashes into the ballroom and collapses at Violet’s feet. His coarse attire and near-criminal good looks would put any sensible young lady on her guard. He’s wet, chilled, bleeding, and speaking in an unfamiliar tongue.

Only Violet understands him. And she knows he’s not what he seems.

She has one night to draw forth the secrets of this dangerously handsome rogue. Is he a smuggler? A fugitive? An enemy spy? She needs answers by sunrise, but her captive would rather seduce than confess. To learn his secrets, Violet must reveal hers—and open herself to adventure, passion, and the unthinkable… Love.

Warning: The heroine packs a pistol, the hero curses in multiple languages, and together they steam up a cold winter’s night.


If you’ve read past posts, you know I love Tessa Dare. Here’s another reason why. (Sidenote: Weird, all the novellas so far have been about wallflowers o_O)


(Rycliff came very close to having that adventure he wanted in A Night to Surrender.)

Violet Winterbottom was introduced in Dare’s first Spindle Cove novel, A NIGHT TO SURRENDER. But, to be honest, I couldn’t remember who she was (still can’t actually..) However, her story is still interesting.

Violet has been hidden away in Spindle (Spinster) Cove doing all manner of unwomanly things: sea bathing, shooting, archery, participating in the local militia.

A bloody, bruised, (eventually) unconscious man crashes their ball. No one knows who he is or what he’s saying. HE’S NOT SPEAKING ENGLISH! But, Violet a connoisseur of languages, recognizes the language and the man. From there is a mini adventure discovering Violet’s history, Christian’s reason’s for his (jerkish) behavior, and sneaking a criminal out of Spindle Cove under Rycliff’s nose.

The chemistry is good, the characters are fun and interesting. There was a bit too much going on for it to be a novella. I think it could’ve been a full length novel, but I still enjoyed it and think you will too.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.


Fun Fact About the Author: She started writing with PRIDE AND PREJUDICE  fanfiction =]

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