22/10 - 3.5 stars. This was quite good. I had a couple of chuckles here and there, but ultimately Thorne's attitude towards his own self-worth was more irritating than the story was good. His incessant refusal to believe that he was good enough for Kate grated on my nerves. I don't like heroes who think they know what's best for the heroines in their lives. If she says she loves him and is willing to overlook whatever it is that he thinks makes him not good enough for her, who is he to disagree? Especially in this particular instance. One of Thorne's main reasons for 'protecting' Kate from himself is that she's being accepted into a 'ton' family who might reject her for bringing scandal down on their name, but he knows that she lived in the dancing house/brothel, he was there with her. So why would him living in the dancing house be anymore scandalous than her living in the same place? To me it just seemed like a weak excuse for a 'hurdle' that Thorne and Kate had to get over before they could find their HEA.
I liked this third installment in Dare's 'Spindle Cove' series reasonably well, and she definitely has a gift for writing memorable, distinctive heroes and heroines who don't blend together in your memory, but the plot for this one was a bit...scattered, maybe? And I missed the laugh-out-loud humor that lightened the first two. I enjoyed the conclusion, though, and it's still a solid choice for fans of historical romance.
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