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At last, Diana gets a romance of her own! But with the last man anyone in Spindle Cove expects...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 blAt last, Diana gets a romance of her own! But with the last man anyone in Spindle Cove expects...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 his forge, his strong hands feel so right.Is their love forged strong enough to last, or are they just playing with fire?...

Title : Beauty and the Blacksmith
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ISBN : 9780062238849
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Number of Pages : 148 Pages
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Beauty and the Blacksmith Reviews

  • Anne
    2019-06-01 20:44

    A lady and a blacksmith fall in love, and together they find their Happily Ever After.Realistically, this would never happen, but shrugs.Whatever. It was cute, and I tend to give romance a bigger pass on inaccuracies because...Because all romance novels are filled to the fucking brim with inaccurate crap. We read them because they fill a mighty need that our real-life men don't.Mainly, they're ROMANTIC. With guys saying romantic shit that they wouldn't even know they were supposed to say, and doing swoonworthy acts of epic romantic proportions that would never even cross their minds to do.So.Yeah, this little scenario wouldn't have likely had such a happy ending, but I'm ok with that as long as the author can bring on the feels.Alrighty. Aaron is the blacksmith for Spindle Cove. And he's hawt.Poor Diana had been eye-fucking him for 2 years, and trying to keep the drool from drizzling down her chin, all while breaking every bit of jewelry she can get her hands on, just so she can find a reason to go into his shop.It's not a terribly complicated plot, but what do you expect from a short story?If you're a fan of Tessa Dare's Spindle Cover series, you'll probably like this one. It was a cute little novella that scratched my fluffy romance itch this afternoon, so I'm happy with it.

  • Jilly
    2019-06-22 16:58

    Cute little in-between book with a romance between a daughter of a gentleman and a blacksmith. This is a big ol' no-no for back then. If men married beneath their station, they elevated the girl. But, if a girl married beneath her station, she was brought down to his class. So, for a gentleman's daughter to marry a tradesman? Not only scandalous, but she would actually lower her family name and hurt her descendants. dramatic kitteh is rightAnd, in this case, it's not like he's actually getting such a prize himself. She has been taught how to do needlepoint, and maybe play the piano. However, she can't cook, clean, or be of much help to a working class man. Unless he wants his leather smithing apron to have embroidered horseshoes on it or something.Everything is nicer when it's embroideredShe tries to make them a simple lunch and things fall apart to the point of there being a wild eel let loose upon the town's puddles. And now it's going around telling dad jokes to all of the poor townsfolk!Overall: cute couple, funny moments, unrealistic story.

  • Jill
    2019-05-30 20:00

    Diana Highwood is the beauty in the family of three daughters. As such her mother has high ambitions for her to make a successful match with a member of the titled nobility. But for two years while living in Spindle Cove, Diana has been infatuated with Aaron Dawes, the brawny, handsome blacksmith with the muscular forearms and manly wrists.This novella is just as much fun as the other romances in the Spindle Cove series, although I think perhaps Diana should have been given her own full-length novel. Nevertheless, the romance is lovely, the love scenes steamy. Diana's mother always so keen to have her marry a title, seemed to accept her new son-in-law the smithy, a bit too easily though.As with Tessa Dare's other stories in this series, there's not a lot of plausibility with the pairings of the hero and heroine, or adherence to the mores of the times. They are lighter in detail and tone, but these stories are entertaining, humorous and fun. Steam: 3ARC courtesy of Avon via Edelweiss

  • UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish
    2019-06-09 12:40

    Kindle Freebie as of Aug 16th, 2016 - not sure how long it'll be free, so grab it now !!! delightfully sexy stars!Charming, funny, romantic and sexy, Beauty and the Blacksmith is another wonderful addition to the Spindle Cove series! If you're a fan of feel good, meaningful, passionate historical romances with intelligent heroines and swoon-worthy heroes, you simply must read these books!My thanks to Avon Books and Edelweiss for providing me with a copy of this story in exchange for an honest review.

  • Dorsey aka ❤️ Wrath Lover Reviews❤️
    2019-06-16 18:51

    4 Hottie Blacksmith Stars!!This was a fun little novella, I loved Diana and Aaron. They were very sweet together, and Aaron is a swoon worthy hero, he was such a nice guy, very sweet and times a bit too understanding of Diana's fear of her overbearing mother. I wish it had been a bit longer, loved the humor. I'm definitely looking forward to reading the rest of the books in the Spindle Cove series, Thanks for the rec Jennifer!!This was a Kindle Freebie (on 8.15.16)- not sure for how long so do yourself a favor grab it if it's still available!!

  • Julie
    2019-05-30 17:04

    Beauty and the Blacksmith by Tessa Dare is a 2013 Avon publication. This book was free in the kindle store for a limited time last week, so I snapped it up without hesitation. This novella length story features Diana, a highborn lady, the most beautiful of her three sisters, and the daughter her mother has pinned her highest hopes on. But, Diana is in love with Aaron Dawes, the local blacksmith, a man her mother would never approve of due to their class differences. However, after finding relief from her debilitating asthma in Spindle Cove, Diana is ready to live a little, to make her own choices and seek true happiness and love. Aaron is more than willing to spend time with the woman he has desired for so long, but reality sets in and when the struggles become real, the couple have some hard choices to make. Is their love worth fighting for? I’m always on the fence when it comes to novellas, since even those written by favorite authors can often disappoint. But… Tessa Dare… enough said. No way was I going to pass on this one, short story or not. This story was a riot, laugh out loud funny, smart, witty, and super steamy, with only a sprinkling of angst. Although, some areas are a wee bit weak, straining the boundaries of plausibility, the story is simply too divine to dribble over minor annoyances. I admit the story put me in a really good mood, and I had a lot of fun with it. 4 stars

  • ♥Rachel♥
    2019-06-16 19:45

    With her stunning beauty and her position as a well-bred gentlewoman, Diana Highwood could have her pick of men, but there’s only one man who makes her heart race, Aaron Dawes, the town blacksmith. Her mother has had high hopes that Diana could care less about social classes. After suffering from severe asthma for years, and wondering if she’d even grow old, she just wants to live life to the fullest, and the way she chooses. Aaron is so much more than a blacksmith to her and the village of Spindle Cove. He’s the quasi doctor, the man they turn to when someone has a broken bone that needs setting or a tooth to pull. Aaron’s built up a business making beautiful, one of a kind jewelry, an artist in his own right. It doesn’t hurt that this man screams “superheated virility”, and Diana can hardly take her eyes off him when he’s around. She admires everything about him.Aaron has never laid eyes on a more beautiful woman than Diana Highwood, but it’s clear the family has high hopes of her marrying well. And so she should, in Aaron’s opinion. Not only is she breathtakingly beautiful, she’s selfless, and courageous. In spite of that, he longs for Diana. No other woman compares, and he can’t get her off his mind since she's came to Spindle Cove. Only now, he has a little hope, because Aaron catches a bit of attraction on her side towards him. It’s awful funny how all her clasps seem to break repeatedly, needing his attention and repair. Hmm….“Won’t you kiss me?” she whispered, sidling up 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.”Her eyes flew wide. “Oh. I…I see.”Can two people from two different social classes come together for a happily ever after? Well, this is Tessa Dare, so what do you think?I loved this novella so much! Oh my, it was decadent and hot! Of course Ms. Dare’s writing had humor interlaced, clever funny bits, but most of all she strikes right to the center of your heart. I felt every concern, emotion, and passion Diana and Aaron did!

  • Karla
    2019-06-04 14:45

    Such boring fluff I can't even. -_-Every time I thought about picking this up again, I found myself contemplating other, more exciting things. Cleaning the toilet, alphabetizing the canned goods, counting my teeth...

  • Ally
    2019-05-27 20:44

    Eh, it was nice being back in Spindle Cove, but the rest? Just eh. Read for Mad About Series Challenge - 2018, Spindle Cove, one book left in the series and I'm done!Series: See aboveSexy times: Couple of times. Nothing graphic.Plan on reading more by the author:yes. Synopsis Diana is from the genteel class and Aaron is a Blacksmith. The two are NOT supposed to fall in love according to the dictates of society. Well, they do. Now, they have to convince the rest of the world that all is good. Why it did or didn't work for me: This was fine, I guess. It's a novella so there's not a lot here, you know? It was on the boring side and I wasn't invested in anyone. I started skimming pretty early into the book. Just not enough there. Signed, Eh.

  • KatLynne
    2019-06-23 13:42

    Stamped with the author’s clever humor and witty banter is the tale of lady Diana Highwood and her fall for Spindle Cove’s scrumptious blacksmith, Aaron Dawes. It’s fun, engaging and offers a sweet morsel for all those who enjoy this series.

  • Khanh (the meanie)
    2019-05-29 17:48

    This novella is cavity-inducingly sweet, cutesy, and completely unrealistic even for a fluffy little Regency romance novella. I can't believe I paid for this drivel. The plot: the beautiful, thoughtful, so utterly charming and perfect Diana is madly infatuated with the village's blacksmith. Aaron knows he is completely unsuited to the beautiful, thoughtful, so utterly charming and perfect Diana, and tries to resist her for all of 2.3 seconds.This novella is completely unrealistic, I can't even buy it even as a thinly veiled romance plot. Class differences aside (and at that time in history, they really freaking matter), Aaron seems to be a genuinely nice, competent, caring guy; after his initial stages of passion fades, I can not see them settling into a prolonged happily-ever-after after they get their happily-ever-after ending in the novella. Simply put, Diana is nice, sweet, and all that, but she is seemingly incompetent at anything but coming up with new ways to need a blacksmith's services, sneaking out of the house to see Aaron, and lying to her family.The scene involving Diana, a fire, and the eel (which was admittedly pretty funny) was but a taste of what is to come after their marriage. The poor chit can't even set a fire, shrieks at the sight of an is she going to last 5 minutes as a wife of a blacksmith, after having led the life of an gently-born invalid (she had asthma). Much less believable is how quickly her mother assents to the marriage, after having had lifelong aspirations for her daughter to marry into nobility.And Mr. Evermoore...I'm just speechless. As a comedic device, it could work. As a major plot device...a rat, really?

  • Louise
    2019-06-08 17:03

    “I need to know,” he said. “I need to know, right now, if you’re mine. I’ve been patient for years,and if need be, I can wait years more. I’ll do anything in my power to win you, to keep you. But I needto know, this moment, if you’ll be mine in the end.” His hands moved to bracket her face, uncomfortably tight. His gaze burned into hers. “Tell me.”With every wild beat, her heart thumped against his pendant. If she was looking for answers, she didn’t need to search any further than that.“Yes,” she breathed. “Y—”Before she could say it twice, his lips were on hers.swoon!!!:)I loved it.I've been wishing for Diana's story last year and glad it came true, never thought it's gonna be a novella but its still worth it.*teaser* one thing I loved about the series is the book cover! they are always part of the story *grins* yes, you better read and find that scene!:DThis was a lovely story, and who would have thought a blacksmith will be the main hero, haven't read one before and Aaron was a swoon worthy smithy *sigh*. He's gentle, patient and thoughtful and even though he looks ragged on his work, he tries to dress himself properly even though Diana did not need any impression already 'cos she likes him for two years now.They both harbored the same feelings towards each other but it was just now they confessed their affection to one another...The side story was interesting, Charlotte was so comical, I would love to read a story of her soon and of course I won't forget Mr. Evermoore:D mwahaha, Mrs. highwood still gave me a headache with her matchmaking to her daughter but glad Diana stand to what she feels towards Aaron, that scene was chaos but still hilarious. And oh Colin made a cameo *swoon*.I loved the romance,it was warm, delightful read and Diana and Aaron are perfect for each other, they are both opposite in society which made a major problem to both of them, I loved that both characters are trying their best to be part of each others lives, like Diana was going to cook for a meal for Aaron, that part made me laugh *snigger* and loved that Aaron made a (view spoiler)[ring (hide spoiler)] especially for Diana, that just made me sighing happily:) I can't stop smiling and giggling throughout the story my jaw hurts hah:D*one more thing on the next book, Any Duchess Will Do excerptmy goodness the first scene was so funny, Dang I shouldn't read it but I was so eager to know more about Griffy lol:Dlooking forward to reading more about my favorite series:D love me some Happily ever after story:)["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • ᴥ Irena ᴥ
    2019-06-16 17:46

    This series is entertaining even with all the unbelievable things that happen. Beauty and the Blacksmith is the least believable so far. They breezed through pretty much everything. I think this one would have been better with less sweetness and more pages. Oh, and without that ridiculous resolution of the missing items problem.Too sweet.Minerva's story is still the best.

  • Norah Una Sumner
    2019-06-07 21:01

    2.5 starsThis was an extremely cute and heart-warming novella but also extremely unrealistic. I did quite like our Aaron and I can completely understand Diana. I mean, HOTTIE ALERT!But the plot is really simple... way too simple.

  • Lisa
    2019-06-09 17:46

    Miss Diana Highwood, the perfect beauty of her family, is destined to be a noblemans wife, at least according to her mother and Diana has accepted this until they arrive in Spindle Cove to address her health and she meets the local blacksmith, Aaron Dawes. Now with two years of glances and delicious thoughts, she is pushed by her sister to live her life her way and Diana decides to finally act on her thoughts and desires, much to the delight of Aaron. Never in his dreams would he expect a lady to give up a genteel life for the life of being a blacksmith's wife but Diana seems determined too even though she refuses to tell anyone about their relationship. Matters come to light that force this couple to explain themselves (seriously, I about died laughing at that scene...oh, her poor mother!) and you just hang on for the happily ever after that is sure to come!Oh my goodness, what a clever, hilarious tender and sexy romance! I devoured it and was so disappointed when it was over! Tessa Dare has become an auto buy author for me with her Spindle Cove series and this novella is the reason why. I know when I read a Tessa Dare book I will get a smoldering romance with trials and grit mixed with some laugh inducing scenes that will keep you up all night until you finish and Beauty and the Blacksmith is no exception! Diana is quite a beauty but through her actions, Aaron learns that beauty goes all the way through and helps showcase her strength, determination and intelligence. However, he learns that maybe she isn't the right fit for a kitchen :) Aaron is protective (having had to raise two sisters), affectionate, honest and strong... especially in the forearm area and he is a wonderful counterpart to Diana and takes her mishaps in stride and helps give her the courage to follow her heart. Clever wit, charm, smoldering heat and a true love destined to be make this a keeper for both new and old Tessa Dare fans! 4 1/2 starseARC provided by Avon Books via edelweiss

  • Steelwhisper
    2019-06-23 20:02

    WTF? Now the regencies also feature instalust. I thought I'd be spared at least that... guh.

  • Sam (AMNReader)
    2019-06-12 14:01

    It was fine. It was a short story about two sweet and beautiful people and their sweet and beautiful love for each other. The end.

  • Carol *Young at Heart Oldie*
    2019-06-13 17:40

    Enchanting, romantic, sexy and funny! I just love this latest addition to the Spindle Cove series!What I love about Aaron...- he's no pampered nobleman but a skilled craftsman who has a real passion for what he does- he's good with his hands ( read into that what you will!)- he's a wonderful brother to his sister, Jessica and adores his nephews- he's willing to fight ( literally) to protect those he loves- he can be gentle and kind - his pure superheated virility, sculpted chest, bronzed skin, forearms roped with muscle - hmm, I think you get the picture!What I love about Diana...- her beauty is more than skin deep- she's kind,intelligent and determined- her loving relationship with her sister Charlotte- the way she finally emerges to be her own person and has the courage to follow her heart- she doesn't excel at cooking but is handy with a gun and a needle (and I don't mean embroidery)- she definitely can't hold her drink!- she has a natural sensuality- she never considers Aaron as anything other than her equalI love the unexpected pairing of the working class Aaron and the highborn Diana and Tessa Dare pulls it off beautifully. I never once felt that they aren't meant to be together and their love story is sweet, tender, poignant and deliciously sexy."I would tell you you're the kind of lovely that's unfair to roses and sunsets." *sighs*Her head naturally tilted back. She was vulnerable beneath him now, and he took control, deepening the kiss. His tongue stroked hers. The grain of his whiskers rasped at the edges of her lips. Intriguing and so essentially male. She wanted to touch him, slide her fingertips down the edge of his jaw.To enhance this enchanting romance, there are a series of mysterious thefts in the village; a new resident Miss Bertram and her elusive Mr. Evermore; Diana's delightful sister, Charlotte; the overbearing Mrs Highwood; some hilarious goings on at the Queen's Ruby boarding house and a more than satisfying happy ending.My favourite quote:”Don’t play innocent, Miss Highwood. You’ve been wanting this. A hard, sweaty pounding from the village smith. These strong, dirty hands all over your body. You’ve been wanting it, haven’t you?”How I imagine Aaron Dawes…How I Imagine Diana HighwoodIt was a lovely feeling to be back in Spindle Cove again and be captivated by this feel-good, sweet, romantic story. I can't wait for my next visit when Any Duchess Will Do!VERDICT: FANTASTIC! LOVED IT!RATING : 5/5 StarsSENSUALITY RATING: HOT! This review is also posted on my blog: Spindle Cove series (click on the cover for details):

  • Talltree
    2019-06-08 13:46

    4.25 stars!

  • Zain Otoom
    2019-06-20 16:48

    Boring to death, uninteresting, cliched as fuck and irritatingly unrealistic.

  • Juliana Philippa
    2019-05-28 17:47

    Lovely little novella! Why is it that I still have only read novellas from this series?? Especially since it's such a good one (apparently). I don't know, but anyway—I had read some reviews where people thought the story was a little flat, or they didn't really feel the connection between Diana (23) and Aaron (27) and I disagree. I thought it was well-done and believable, and that Dare did a good job of adding little things that made the characters come alive and very three-dimensional, despite the limited space she had. For example, that Diana has struggled with asthma so badly all her life has deprived her of being able to partake in a lot of things throughout life, and so I loved that now that she's better, she wants to "start living," as her sister terms it, and so applies that to her feelings for Aaron and actually doing something about it, instead of just longing from afar. Also, although yes they are very physically attracted to each other, it didn't feel only lust-based to me (and that's sometimes a difficult test for a romance book to pass for me, just FYI).I did find that last little twist, (view spoiler)[where they suspect Diana of being the thief because she was the only one known to be home (hide spoiler)], to be kind of silly, especially if she's lived there for two years and they supposedly all know each other so well.I adored how the book starts off LOLOLOL! Aaron is a blacksmith and we start off her with her at the blacksmith—yet again ... we also see from the beginning what sizzling chemistry we're going to have throughout:"Still don't know how you managed to smash it like that," he said.By slamming it in a drawer. And finishing the deed with a rock."I don't know, either," she prevaricated. Her heart thumped wildly in her chest."I could almost believe someone did it on purpose. I know accidents happen. But they don't usually happen the same way twice."As he fastened the necklace, his fingertips brushed her neck.Diana sucked in her breath. She wanted to pretend the touch was an accident. As he'd said, accidents happen.But they didn't happen the same way twice.He caressed her neck a second time, his roughened thumb sliding down the soft skin at her nape."Why are you here?" he asked.She couldn't answer. She couldn't move, couldn't think."I wonder about it. Why you come so often. Why every metal latch and clasp and rivet you possess seems to need mending of late." His voice grew deeper, almost dreamy. "I've told myself you're just bored with this village. With this weather, there's little else to do."He circled her, running his finger beneath that chain. Branding her with a necklace of his touch."Other times"—she caught a wry note in his voice—"I decide you've been sent by the devil to torment me for my sins."He came to stand before her, holding that vial that dangled from her necklace. He pulled gently, and she swayed toward him. Just an inch."And then sometimes I think maybe ... just maybe ... you're hoping for something to happen. Something like this."

  • Moonlight Reader
    2019-06-23 16:35

    This is fast & cute. It is also silly, and not really very convincing but that's OK.

  • Melissa
    2019-06-12 17:50

    You know, I was all set to give this the usual 3-star review, like I do with most of Tessa Dare's slight, anachronistic, but still enjoyable books, and then the heroine stood up in front of a large crowd of people and defiantly said the following of the blacksmith hero:"And last night...? We. Were. Making. Love. In a bed. All night long. It was hot and sweaty and glorious. I left scratches on his back. He has a freckle just to the right of his navel."At that point I rolled my eyes so hard I nearly gave myself a headache, because what the hell? Dare does realize she's set her books in the Regency time period (1811-1820), doesn't she? What well-bred woman in her right mind would have said such a thing a.) in that way, which is way too modern sounding and b.) at all, because she would basically be destroying her life. To be honest, I don't even know any 21st century women who would go around making pronouncements like that, but that's just me.It was too much for me. I can and have suspended my disbelief many times while reading Tessa Dare's books, because they're fun reads. This was a step too far for me, though. The manners and morals of early 1800s England had no bearing on this story. It's as if Spindle Cove is Austenland, where people dress up in period clothes but still have 21st century mindsets.Quick, someone hand me some smelling salts and a Laura Kinsale book, so I can recover from my outraged tizzy. ;)

  • Zoe
    2019-05-25 19:38

    I love a story of a lady being paired with someone below her "station". A man with money and a title is great and all but a man not being born into money and a title and still manages to snatch himself a place in life, well, that demands respect. It was with that thought in mind that I read this novella. I have always preferred full-length novels. Short stories rarely give me the details I need to feel connected with the characters. It is the same way I feel about Aaron and Diana too. Everything happened so fast. I have not read any of the Spindle Cove stories so maybe they have known each other for a while. I just don't know their history. I do like the characterization of both Aaron and Diana, but their relationship seemed too easy for my taste. Too fast, too easy, too unfeeling. It was ok for a quick easy read.

  • Desi
    2019-06-18 18:53

    Baffling and ridiculous pairing. But at least the sex was realistic. And the interactions weren't half bad, though, kill me dead, I don't know how no one noticed her extended absences.Honestly this whole book is a massive exclamation of "It's just not done!"... "Preposterous, I tell you!"

  • Jennifer Leighton
    2019-06-14 16:53

    A dirty talking blacksmith with arms the size of tree trunks. Yes, please! I loved this so much...wish it had been longer!

  • Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
    2019-06-14 16:40

    Awesome Kindle freebie, 8/16/16!

  • Dina
    2019-06-01 16:59

    Lovely story!

  • Anna D.
    2019-05-30 16:59

    I really wish this was a full length book because I wanted to have read more about the H/h thoughts when they were crushing on each other and moments and interaction when they were “courting.” I think their relationship progressed quickly because it was a short story and these two should, IMO, be appreciated as a couple in their own full length novel – especially since these two have great chemistry and spark when they are together.I loved how the novella opened with Diana openly gawking and drooling over Aaron – he sounds hot the way Diana describes him in detail! LOL! Aaron, besides being good looking, is such an admirable guy and when we learn more about him – we love him all the more! I was glad to read that Diana was able to break out of her delicate shell – though it happened so fast (again, I think it’s because it’s a short story.) The other nice thing about this novella is that we see Charlotte’s personality shine again (I really hope she gets her own story!) and also to see that Mrs. Highwood is, deep down, really is just a good mother who worries and wants the best for her children.

  • Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
    2019-05-27 21:04

    Dare reminds me of why I love reading romance with this book. Charming, smart and sexy, BEAUTY AND THE BLACKSMITH made me fall in love instantly. Diana is such a wonderful character, full of life and charisma. I loved her confidence but for me, the humor is what really made this book shine. There is a scene where Diana cooks for Aaron and that scene made the whole book worth the read. If you haven't read Dare before now, then don't miss out!Read this review in its entirety at Fresh Fiction