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(Originally published November 2011)

Some wallflowers bloom at night...

Violet is a quiet girl. She speaks six languages, but seldom raises her voice. 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. 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.

©2016 Eve Ortega (P)2020 Eve Ortega

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I loved the set up and start to this story and settled in for another good Spindle Cove drama, then it fell away. The main female character was pathetic. She's forgiven him for distroy her life and heart within minutes with basically no apology and the main male character has zero real character depth before the reader is supposed to empathize with him.
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  • Arcadia
  • 16-10-2020

loved it

I basically love anything read by Mary Jane Wells (including Captain Jack's Woman although she's undera different name).

I welled up with tears also felt so proud of Violet and her strength. She covered all her points very well. Gosh she was so strong. I absolutely LOVED HER!

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  • AmazonianCat
  • 06-10-2020

Very good

I would probably listen to more of the Spindle Cove books if they were narrated by MJW. But unfortunately they are not. This is a nice read and good short story.

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  • PennyLou
  • 10-01-2021

Extremely bad dialogue

Mary Jane Wells is one of my favorite narrators. Even she couldn't save this book for me. I couldn't finish. The dialogue was immature and the characters, especially the hero, were weak and implausible. Ttessa Dare's books are hit and miss with me, this was a miss.

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  • Elizabeth
  • 08-12-2020

Interesting for the first hour...

I don't want to spoil things too much. The female lead started out interesting, I dabble in multiple languages and loved the use of it being a key to the mystery.
However, the male lead is a complete douchebag and her entangled feelings for him made her drop a lot in my esteem. She became less interesting and more stereotypical. Huge disappointment. I had about an hour left but couldn't stand listening to much more, skipped to the last 13 minutes to get the gist of the ending and couldn't even finish listen to that. Just too frustrated.

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  • Beautylovenature
  • 09-06-2020

Amazing as always!

Mary Jane Wells is just outstanding! This was my first mini-story of sorts from Tessa Dare and she developed it beautifully with dynamic characters. Loved it!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-04-2020

Wonderful addition to Spindle Cove series

This truly is book 1.5 filling a small gap between book 1 and 2. A wonderful addition to the series. Familiar characters and a unique story.

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