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Title: A Night to Surrender
Author: Tessa Dare
Publication Info: Avon 2011
Spindle Cove is the destination of choice for certain types of well-bred young ladies: the painfully shy, young wives disenchanted with matrimony, and young girls too enchanted with the wrong men. It is a haven for those who live there. Victor Bramwell, the new Earl of Rycliff, knows he doesn't belong here. So far as he can tell, there's nothing in this place but spinsters...and sheep.
But he has no choice, he has orders to gather a militia. It's a simple mission, made complicated by the spirited, exquisite Susanna Finch--a woman who is determined to save her personal utopia from the invasion of Bram's makeshift army.
Susanna has no use for aggravating men; Bram has sworn off interfering women. The scene is set for an epic battle...but who can be named the winner when both have so much to lose?
And here is HarperGray's review:
Tessa Dare writes some of the most humorously appealing prose that I have read in a long time. Inner monologues and personal observations are somehow both true to life and witty, dialogue is full of banter, and sheep get bombed.
Then why, oh why, is there so little chemistry between Susanna and Bram?
One might expect a daring rescue from the sheep bomb to result in the taking of liberties by our hero, but up until Bram kissed her, there was no hint of attraction on either side. The dialogue between them reveals little, and is continuously punctuated by funny yet obtrusive narration.
Tessa gets into her characters’ heads remarkably well, but when in one character’s head she doesn’t seem terribly interested in reading other characters, or making conjectures about them, or surmising their feelings. When in Bram’s head, Susanna’s objection to stationing a militia in her sleepy village of Spindle Cove sounds the worst parts of naïve and rich-girl meddling, and it’s not until much later in the book that the reader understands what she really (probably) meant by what she said.
As the book progresses so does the interaction between Bram and Susanna: before long their dialogue becomes less stilted, and sparks truly begin to ignite. But it takes enough story to get so far that one feels Dare putting an awful lot of trust in her readers’ patience.