I've loved romance novels since...like forever. I read across most subgenres of romance. I also write fantasy/paranormal and new adult romance.
I'm running out of adjectives to express my adoration for Tessa Dare's books. I loved this novella and could not put it down.
Violet, a corner-lurking wallflower, is secretly nursing a broken heart at Spindle Cove following The Disappointment. A handsome stranger collapses at her feet at the Christmas Ball, mumbling in a foreign language only she can (barely) understand.
Violet is a great heroine. She's brave and smart. She's been working hard during her time in Spindle Cove, basically finding her mojo. And it shows.
Scene-to-scene, it was unpredictable, although clearly there was an HEA. Still, both Violet and C have brains, which was nice.
The only thing I had a tiny quibble with was Violet holding a loaded gun to the hero several times. Too much gun stuff for me. However, dramatically, it worked. Just sayin.
The sexytimes were oh-so-sexy. And urgent, which is always hot. The hero has a nickname he'd like to change, so he's particularly motivated.
Loooooved this. Go read it. May handsome strangers wash up on your shore and stroke your stockings. ;)