Saturday, July 6, 2013

Love on a Midsummer Night by Christy English + Featured Freebie

Love on a Midsummer Night (Shakespeare in Love, #2)
The charming, dissolute Raymond, Earl of Pembroke, is the most notorious rake in London. Home from the war against Bonaparte's forces, he spends his life gaming, drinking and bedding courtesans, trying to forget the only woman he ever loved.

Arabella, Duchess of Hawthorne, is the woman who betrayed him. Forced into a marriage with an old man against her will ten years before, Arabella never saw Pembroke again. But now her elderly husband is dead, and the new Duke of Hawthorne wants to force her into his bed.

Desperate, Arabella goes to Pembroke in the dark of night and begs for his help and protection. In spite of his anger and bitterness, Pembroke can not turn his old love away. He and Arabella journey to Derbyshire during the midsummer festival to escape the marauding duke. Arabella and Pembroke find that their attraction for each other has not diminished, but has grown to a conflagration beyond their control. They find themselves falling under an enchantment, caught in a dream from which they never want to wake.

My Rating: 5 Roses

A charming Regency retelling of A Midsummer Night's Dream! Love on a Midsummer Night was a lovely historical romance. Loved this book!

Arabella was a very strong heroine. A cruel father, a forced marriage to an old man, and threats from the new Duke in an attempt to force her into marriage. She survives all that and refuses to let that get her down. I really liked her. I thought she was a lovely character.

Pembroke has lived the past years in misery, thinking that the woman he loved and who promised to marry him willingly married a duke, seemingly for his status. Of course, he doesn't know that she was forced into it. What I really liked about him, however, is that he would never let those bitter feelings get in the way of him helping a lady, even if the lady had broken his heart. He was a true gentleman. And he didn't unnecessarily hold a grudge. He was so sweet and protective and an all around perfect hero. Loved him!

The romance was brilliantly done. There were deep feelings already in place between Arabella and Pembroke, though they were buried beneath regret and bitterness. But, their love never died and you can still feel it between them. And there were sparks to spare between them. After years of pent up emotions, it was positively explosive.

The plot was fast paced. I was kept interested the entire way through. There were thrills that had me on the edge of my seat as Arabella fought to escape the new Duke. And a lively cast of characters (the troupe of actors) kept things amusing. The ending was lovely and set up the base for the next book. Can't wait to see how Angelique and Captain Montgomery's story plays out!

Love on a Midsummer Night was a lovely historical romance. Lovers of the genre, you definitely have to read this delightful book!

*Thanks to Netgalley and Sourcebooks Casablanca for a copy!
Featured Freebie:
Today, I have the sequel to a book a hosted on a blog tour: Found by Nadia Simonenko . Go forth and get it for free!

All it took was one phone call to tear Owen's life apart. His father is dead and his mother is in critical condition. Even though he feared his abusive father and despised his family, losing them hurts in a way he never expected. Just weeks ago, Owen was terrified that he'd have to go home. Now, there is no home.

All it took was one phone call to shatter Maria's happily-ever-after and bring her nightmares back to life. Maria's estranged brother is coming up to see her graduation and he isn't coming alone. He's bringing Maria's parents, as she expected, but he's also bringing along an old friend from college—someone who's haunted Maria's nightmares for seven years. Now, she's about to come face to face with the man who ruined her life.

Will the love and happiness Maria and Owen found be enough to hold them together as their lives fall apart around them, or will their relationship slip away and be lost forever?

Found is the exciting conclusion to the Lost & Found series. This new adult contemporary romance is recommended for audiences 17+ due to dark themes and heavy content. 73,500 words (approximately 290 print pages).

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