Series: Spindle Cove #3
Genres: Historical Romance
Published by Avon Books on August 28, 2012
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After years of fending for herself, Kate Taylor found friendship and acceptance in Spindle Cove—but she never stopped yearning for love. The very last place she'd look for it is in the arms of Corporal Thorne. The militia commander is as stone cold as he is brutally handsome. But when mysterious strangers come searching for Kate, Thorne steps forward as her fiancé. He claims to have only Kate's safety in mind. So why is there smoldering passion in his kiss?
Long ago, Samuel Thorne devoted his life to guarding Kate's happiness. He wants what's best for her, and he knows it's not marriage to a man like him. To outlast their temporary engagement, he must keep his hands off her tempting body and lock her warm smiles out of his withered heart. It's the toughest battle of this hardened warrior's life . . . and the first he seems destined to lose
Katie grew up in a school that was mainly for orphans. After she left school she started teaching students how to play the pianoforte in a tearoom / tavern. Spindle Cove is a small town, which also has the militia. One particular militia a man Colonel Thorn is a rough individual who never smiles. One day as Katie was teaching a student Thorn was sitting and drinking and wincing every time her student missed a note. Katie said a few choice words and he was gone. The follow day she went to see an old teacher to ask a few questions. She was so upset she ran out and caused a crash with some horses and a carriage. A man helped her up and to her surprise she was looking into Colonel Thorn eyes. Thorn helps Katie with a family who comes to claim she is part of their rich family. Along the way things start to heat up but is Thorn good enough of a girl he has known all his life?
The story was enjoyable and I did not want to put the book down. Thorn and Katie have a special bond and it takes Katie a while to even remember who Thorn is or was. He thinks he is beneath her and tries to always push himself away from her. Katie is stubborn and will not back down. She knows she wants Thorn and won’t change her mind. They always seem to end up at the same place at the same time.
The banter between the two is funny and loving. The other characters just add more mystery as to who Katie really is. You want to know and you want to know what is going to happen between Thorn and Katie. This author is one to watch. (Reviewed by Babs from Babs Book Bisto)