Saturday, August 10, 2013

A Rake's Midnight Kiss by Anna Campbell + Featured Freebie

A Rake's Midnight Kiss (Sons of Sin, #2)
Release date: August 27, 2013
Publisher: Forever
Genre: Historical (Regency) Romance
Series: Sons of Sin #2

It Takes A Lady

Brilliant scholar Genevieve Barrett knows how to keep a secret. Her identity as the author of her father's academic articles has always been her greatest deception—until a charming housebreaker tries to steal the mysterious Harmsworth Jewel from her. She doesn't reveal that she recognizes her father's devastatingly handsome new student as the thief himself. For Genevieve, this will be the most seductive secret of all...

To Catch A Thief

Sir Richard Harmsworth has been living a lie, maintaining a rakish façade to show society that he doesn't care about his status as a bastard. Yet long haunted by his unknown father's identity, Richard believes the Harmsworth Jewel will confirm his claim as the rightful heir. But when Richard sets out to seduce the bookworm who possesses the stone, he instead falls for its beautiful owner. But even as she steals Richard's heart, Genevieve will be in greater danger than her coveted treasure...

My Rating: 5 Roses

Full of intense romance, secrets, and surprises, this book was amazing! A Rake's Midnight Kiss was a brilliant historical romance. I absolutely loved it!

This book didn't lack in originality. From the bluestocking heroine to the semi-bastard hero who pretends to be a Medieval scholar while trying his hand at thievery. Add a romance, a thwarted suitor, and a neglectful father and you have this book. I loved that it managed to be unexpected. And the biggest shocker of all that we learn near the, that was a surprise. I loved the originality of this book. It made a great book even better.

Genevieve was a very strong heroine. She's incredibly intelligent and determined to succeed in a field occupied by men. With every challenge that she faced, she refused to back down. But, she was also a genuinely nice person who knew when to forgive. She was a likable heroine and I thought she was great.

Richard was confusing. At times, I wanted to smack him upside the head for doing something so stupid, but I still couldn't help but adore him. After being ridiculed all his life for being a bastard that still managed to be an heir, he had a chip in his shoulder. He was born after his "father" had been away for 16 months (making him very obviously not his father's son) but his father still accepted him as his heir. He created a mask of charm and affability to pretend that all those barbs don't matter. But, they do and, after finally snapping after one comment too many, he decides to find the Harmsworth Jewel that would prove him the rightful heir. So, honestly, while I wanted to shake some sense into him for trying to steal back the jewel, I understood why he wanted to. And, I couldn't fault him for it. Besides, forgetting his ignoble quest, he was a sweet man at heart. He was determined to protect Genevieve and completely sweet to her. And, in the end, society didn't matter when it came to what he truly wanted. So, I thought Richard was wonderful. He was complex, but that's what was so wonderful about him. For me, he was perfect and I adored him.

The romance was hot! Genevieve and Richard had some serious sparks flying between them. And when those sparks ignited, it was fan-your-face hot. The chemistry between them was palpable. And they were also very sweet together. Just the fact that a bluestocking country miss and a polished society rake managed to fall in love was sweet and their feelings were obvious throughout the book. I thought they were a lovely couple.

The plot was fast paced. I was hooked the entire way through. There were thrills as other people went after the jewel and put our couple in danger. And there was a huge surprise that came up at the end. I never saw it coming. All I have to say about it: the irony is overwhelming. The story was lovely and the ending was perfect. I can't wait to read more from this series because it's rapidly becoming one of my favorites.

A Rake's Midnight Kiss was a perfect historical romance! I loved everything about it. Lovers of romance, you have to read this book because it was perfection.

*Thanks to Netgalley and Forever Books for a copy!
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Malcolm longed to marry. But he didn’t want just any bride. He wanted true love.
And yet repeated gatherings produced the same result… No bride and no prospects.

In one last attempt, he attended a soiree at Gloucester Hall, and heard a voice call to him from beyond time and space.A strange mirror that glowed with the light of the moon propelled him to the future, and into the arms of the most unusual candidate of all.

Summer Mansfield had a harsh life, and her one solace was the love of books.
On her visit to the local library called The Tinker Box, she discovered an antique mirror that revealed more than a mirror should. When a stranger collapsed into her arms fear and then wonder held her in its grip.

And as the days went by, she helped Malcolm to fit into her world, and fell in love with his gentle ways.

When a sudden bout of sickness left him near death’s door, true love moved her to act before it was too late, but to save his life she had to journey back in time.

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