I love Tessa Dare and her Spindle Cove series. I like that all of her heroines are unusual in some way and that they find love despite the fact that they defy convention. Here, Nora fits the bill. She is an author of a popular pamphlet on her way to Spindle Cove for a reading. The subject: the man who left her and missed out on the happiness should could have given him. It’s all about acknowledging her own worth and refusing to define herself by a man’s attention. It’s good stuff. But I can’t say the same about the hero.
Lord Dashwood was Nora’s brother’s best friend. She nursed a crush on him for most of her life and it seemed they would end up together. But for some reason, he turned his back on her. He humiliated her. And he left to explore the world. She never expected to see him again, until she was unexpectedly trapped with him in a carriage on the way to Spindle Cove.
The story is short and I don’t want to give too much away, but I will say this. I loathed Dashwood. He is a complete prat to Nora from the moment they reunite. He taunts her. He insults her. He is downright mean to her. And I kept waiting for Dare to turn it around. I kept waiting for an explanation to excuse his past behavior –and his present behavior, too, for that matter. But it never came. Yes, these two get together, but on Dash’s side it felt more like scratching an itch, while we see how much Nora still loves him.
The ending tries to convince us that he cares about her, but it’s too little, too late. He didn’t deserve her years ago and he doesn’t deserve her now.
It was nice to see some familiar favorites from the series return. And there were some mildly amusing moments, as Dash pondered titles to possible sequels to the pamphlet. But as for the main romance here, I am definitely disappointed. I wish I would have skipped this one.
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Lord Dashwood Missed Out
by Tessa Dare
Release Date: December 8, 2015