Cris Reads: LORD DASHWOOD MISSED OUT (Spindle Cove 4.5) by Tessa Dare


A snowstorm hath no fury like a spinster scorned

Miss Elinora Browning grew up yearning for the handsome, intelligent lord-next-door…but he left England without a word of farewell. One night, inspired by a bit too much sherry, Nora poured out her heartbreak on paper. Lord Dashwood Missed Out was a love letter to every young lady who’d been overlooked by gentlemen—and an instant bestseller. Now she’s on her way to speak in Spindle Cove when snowy weather delays her coach. She’s forced to wait out the storm with the worst possible companion: Lord Dashwood himself.

And he finally seems to have noticed her.

George Travers, Lord Dashwood, has traveled the globe as a cartographer. He returned to England with the goal of marrying and creating an heir—only to find his reputation shredded by an audacious, vexingly attractive bluestocking and her poison pen. Lord Dashwood Missed Out, his arse. Since Nora Browning seems to believe he overlooked the passion of a lifetime, Dash challenges her to prove it.

She has one night.


I'm such a tremendous fan of Tessa Dare's work and of her Spindle Cove series. Spinster novels are some of my favorite historical romances to read so you better believe I'm into a series about a seaside town full of bad-ass ladies doin' it for themselves (and finding love). When the novella begins, Elinora Browning, spinster authoress, is on her way to Spindle Cove to read her best-selling pamphlet when a snowstorm leads her off course and into the arms of the one who got away. When George Travers, Lord Dashwood, returns from travelling the world as a cartographer hoping to finally settle down and choose a wife, he finds that his reputation precedes him thanks to Ms. Browning's pamphlet, 'Lord Ashwood Missed Out'. 

Looking to find out just what he's been missing, Dash arranges to be stranded with Elinora in a cozy little hut where things really heat up. I love how much these two open up with each other about their past and how much they've grown. You really get the sense that these two were a crucial part of each other's lives growing up and that that piece has been missing since they parted (although they've both gone on to find success for themselves). The sharing of emotions really made a great foundation for the more sensual scenes. You get the feeling that just as there has always been lust and passion between them, the love and friendship have always been there as well. 

I love a romance where there's playful teasing and a combative push-and-pull between the lovers. Elinora isn't your typical wallflower and she didn't waste her time pining for her beloved to return. She turned her feelings of hurt and frustration (and some sherry) into a career. Her pamphlet wasn't written to bash someone's reputation but as a way to reclaim her happiness and inspire other women to recognize their own worth. She's a brilliant feminist heroine! 

I also really enjoyed the moments where we jump to Spindle Cove and see the couples we already love from earlier books in the series prepare for Miss Browning's arrival. I thought these scenes were hilarious, sweet and such a great addition to the novella. It really made the story feel like a part of the series even though the majority of it took place outside Spindle Cove. 

All in all, this was a fantastic read! It was well-paced, witty and incredibly indearing. I love friends-to-lovers romances and really adored the added feminist flare and empowering message. If you've ever had a crush on a guy who didn't recognize how amazing you are, LORD DASHWOOD MISSED OUT is not to be missed! 

Disclosure: I received this book in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions shared are my own. 



Tessa Dare is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of twelve historical romance novels and four novellas. Her books have won numerous accolades, including Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA® award and multiple RT Book Reviews Reviewer’s Choice Awards. Booklist magazine named her one of the “new stars of historical romance,” and her books have been contracted for translation in a dozen languages. A librarian by training and a booklover at heart, Tessa makes her home in Southern California, where she lives with her husband, their two children, and a pair of cosmic kitties.
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