Beauty and the Blacksmith - Tessa Dare This is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.

Expected Release Date: April 30, 2013
Publisher: HarperCollins
Imprint: Avon
Author’s Website:
My Source for This Book: Edelweiss
Part of a Series: Yes, Book 3.5, Spindle Cove Series
Series Best Read In Order: Works well as a standalone.
Steam Level: Steamy
Pet Peeves: Ridiculous Ending
Favorite Tropes: Forbidden Romance/Heroine Off-Limits, Historical – Commoner Hero

I loved the fact that Aaron, our hero, is an “ordinary” man and not some Lord, and the chemistry and romance between him and Diana were absolutely wonderful. The pacing was perfect for the length of the story, with the attraction that had existed between the two being established early on so as to keep the romance from feeling at all whirl-wind, which was a major relief for me.

The one big drawback, however, was that the silliness of the Big Confrontation rather pulled the rating down a little for me, and didn’t really feel like it fit in with the rest of the story up to that point.

Still, a very good read.

Recommended for fans of lighthearted tales of forbidden lovers, beautiful heroines determined to prove their worth lies outside of their looks, and of strong, honorable heroes who have long loved from afar.

4/5 Stars