Once Upon a Winter’s Eve by Tessa Dare
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Length: Short Story (112 pgs)
Heat Level: Hot
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Lotus
Some wallflowers bloom at night...
A Spindle Cove Novella
Violet Winterbottom is a quiet girl. She speaks six languages, but seldom raises her voice. She endured bitter heartbreak in perfect silence. The gentlemen aren't beating down her door.
Until the night of the Spindle Cove Christmas ball, when a mysterious stranger crashes into the ballroom and collapses at Violet's feet. His coarse attire and near-criminal good looks would put any sensible young lady on her guard. He's wet, chilled, bleeding, and speaking in an unfamiliar tongue.
Only Violet understands him. And she knows he's not what he seems.
She has one night to draw forth the secrets of this dangerously handsome rogue. Is he a smuggler? A fugitive? An enemy spy? She needs answers by sunrise, but her captive would rather seduce than confess. To learn his secrets, Violet must reveal hers—and open herself to adventure, passion, and the unthinkable... Love.
He speaks a language only she understands. She can be his greatest ally or his worst nightmare. They don't have much time but they plan to make the most of it.
Violet Winterbottom is a quiet young woman who is recovering from a broken heart when she meets a mysterious man from a foreign country who distracts her from her memories of the man who left her abruptly after a passionate night together. The man who broke her heart was a refined aristocrat while the man she just met is a rough foreigner. So why in the world would they resemble each other? Violet is short on time and knows she must help the foreigner. If only he wasn't so distractingly sexy and charming.
Corentin Morvan is the foreigner who desperately needs Violet’s help, but he's also quite taken by her. In the short amount of time that he has to accomplish his goal, he intends to leave no doubt in her mind that he means business.
Ms. Dare paints pictures for us with her words and spins a story that is exciting and romantic. Her descriptions are not overly done, but just enough to make the reader feel close to the action. The heroine starts out as a passive, quiet lady and becomes an assertive, quick thinking, brave woman as she helps the man who she is falling for. The hero’s situation gave the story a twist that was interesting.
The struggle that these two go through, culminating in the heroine making her choice for her future, makes for a satisfying read. Even though it is a novella, it is thoroughly entertaining, with spicy love scenes. I also love the cover which really goes well with the story. This is a book that will be going on my “keeper shelf”. If a clever Historical with a bit of intrigue strikes your fancy, pick up a copy of Once Upon a Winter's Eve today.