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Thursday, May 9, 2013
Welcome to our Virtual book tour stop of Tessa Dare's "Beauty and the Blacksmith" and "Any Duchess Will do" Blog Tour brought to you by Bewitching Book Tours.
Beauty and the Blacksmith
(A Spindle Cove Novella)
by: Tessa Dare
Publishing Date: 4/30/13
Publisher: Avon Books
Genre: Fiction / Romance
Take a trip to Spindle Cove in New York Times bestselling author Tessa Dare’s gorgeous and sexy Regency romance.
Beautiful and elegant, Miss Diana Highwood is destined to marry a wealthy, well-placed nobleman. At least that’s what her mother has loudly declared to everyone in Spindle Cove.
But Diana’s not excited by dukes and lords. The only man who makes her heart pound is the village blacksmith, Aaron Dawes. By birth and fortune, they couldn’t be more wrong for each other ... but during stolen, steamy moments in the smithy, his strong hands feel so right.
Is their love forged strong enough to last, or are they just playing with fire?
Her eyes fluttered open. “Didn’t...didn’t you want to kiss me, too?”
“Then why don’t you? We’re alone. No one ever has to know.”
He snorted at that last. “It’s impossible to keep a secret in this village.”
“No, it’s not. I’ve been keeping all sorts of secrets for years. For example, sometime I think, very hard, about how you’d look without your shirt. You never would have guessed that, would you? No one would.”
He couldn’t help his startled laugh.
“And I gaze at your hair.” She lifted a hand, and her ungloved finger caught a lock of his hair. “It gets long sometimes, all the way to your collar. And then one day, it will be short again. I always wonder who you’ve been to see.”
She was half drunk, more than a little overwrought...but her words tapped a deep well of curiosity. He’d always known there was more to her than the pretty face everyone admired. He’d known her to possess courage and a good heart. But now, he caught glimmers of other qualities. Sensuality. Jealousy. A sly sense of humor.
This was an entirely new Diana Highwood. A real one. And she was with him, right now, in the rain and dark.
“Won’t you kiss me?” she whispered, sidling close. “Just the once?”
“The thing is, Miss Highwood, I’m not interested in kissing you just the once.”
“Oh.” Her face fell.
He propped one finger under her chin, tilting her face back up. “If I were to kiss you, once wouldn’t be enough. I’d want to kiss you many times. In lots of places.”
Any Duchess Will Do
by: Tessa Dare
Publishing Date: 5/28/13
Publisher: Avon Books
Genre: Fiction / Romance
Number of Pages: 384
Today Pauline is just a serving girl in Spindle Cove but tomorrow... she'll be a Duchess?! It's a Spindle Cove Pygmalion story as only New York Times Bestselling author Tessa Dare can tell it.
What's a duke to do, when the girl who's perfectly wrong becomes the woman he can't live without?
Griffin York, the Duke of Halford, has no desire to wed this season-or any season-but his diabolical mother abducts him to "Spinster Cove" and insists he select a bride from the ladies in residence. Griff decides to teach her a lesson that will end the marriage debate forever. He chooses the serving girl.
Overworked and struggling, Pauline Simms doesn't dream about dukes. All she wants is to hang up her barmaid apron and open a bookshop. That dream becomes a possibility when an arrogant, sinfully attractive duke offers her a small fortune for a week's employment. Her duties are simple: submit to his mother's "duchess training"… and fail miserably.
But in London, Pauline isn't a miserable failure. She's a brave, quick-witted, beguiling failure-a woman who ignites Griff's desire and soothes the darkness in his soul. Keeping Pauline by his side won't be easy. Even if Society could accept a serving girl duchess-can a roguish duke convince a serving girl to trust him with her heart?
“I thought you didn’t have noble impulses.”
“Believe me.” He stared into her eyes and spoke the words without lewdness or irony. “I don’t.”
If he possessed a single grain of decency, he would have set her down long moments ago. Wicked as it made him, he loved the way she was clinging to his neck. As though the world around them were a vast, frozen waste and sharing the heat of his body was her only chance to survive. It was so easy to believe, for this moment, that she needed him. Needed his touch, his mouth, his heated breath. His bared, feverish skin all over hers.
Amazing, what acrobatic contortions the lusting male mind could achieve. He’d almost convinced himself that kissing her lush, sweet lips was the noble thing to do.
Almost. But not quite.
“I’ll put you down now,” he said.
And then she pressed her lips to his.
Praise and curses be heaped. The girl kissed him.
Tessa Dare a part-time librarian, full-time mommy, and swing-shift writer. She makes her home in Southern California, where she shares a cozy, cluttered bungalow with her husband, their two children, and a dog.
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