Published by Selfpublished on 22 December 2011
Genres: Adult, Historical Romance
Source: Manic Readers
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Marisa is a young lady, very caring and generous, but her father really doesn't like her defiant character. Therefore, he blackmails her into marrying an earl who is twice her age, even if Marisa doesn't like Edmund at all!
On the way to Edmund's home before the betrothal ball, the carriage in which Marisa and her brother Bernard are traveling in is stopped by a very handsome and intriguing highwayman and his band of rogues.
This review was first posted on January 3rd 2013 at Risqué Reviews.
*I got a free ARC of this book from Manic Readers in exchange of an honest review*
Donna Cummings does it again! Lord Midnight is an enticing tale of young Marisa who is a very strong-headed young woman and her discovery that love does indeed exist, albeit not in the place one could have expected. From the beginning of the story, she is planning her escape from Edmund, as he really makes her afraid on many levels. On her first morning at Edmund’s estate, she goes for a ride and meets the emblematic highwayman near the woods. It is clear from the start that the chemistry between the highwayman and Marisa has everything that is lacking between Edmund and Marisa! The readers also realize that there is a history between Edmund and the highwayman, though he keeps his secrets away from Marisa, while still seducing her behind Edmund’s back.
Lord Midnight is the name Marisa gives the highwayman when he declines to share his real name with her on his nightly visits to her bedroom. Their passion is building quickly, but he decides to do the right thing and not spoil her until she is married…
Donna Cummings masterfully shares the details of the slow seduction between Marisa and Lord Midnight, all the while showing her readers why it is important that Marisa continue to try to escape Edmund. When Marisa is close to a panic because the time for the wedding will be there shortly, Lord Midnight comes up with a brilliant idea to save her.
Filled with humor and romance, Lord Midnight is a quick and sweet read, and I appreciated reading about a strong woman even when everything that happened could have left Marisa without the courage to continue her quest for freedom.
There were some small things that made me not give it the full five stars, though, one of them being the frequent repetitions of the word ‘leastwise’. I would also have liked to learn a little more about Bernard, as he was a very interesting side character. All in all it is a quite enjoyable story, and I think other historical romance fans would agree with me. I love the way the story unfolds, and it was great to feel like I actually got to know Marisa.
It was possible to imagine loving Marisa, for she was soft, yet strong, generous, and full of humor, and altogether too passionate for words. He thanked the Fates for putting her in his path, for he could not imagine his existence without her.
“Do not do anything to give me away.” She nearly fainted at the words he had uttered upon entering her bed the very first time, when he had needed a hiding place. Only now the danger was so much more, and he knew it, judging from the sparkle in his eyes. “It would be a much less difficult task I you did not make me scream so,” she retorted, treasuring his swift intake of breath.