Release Date: December 22, 2011
Recommended by: (un)Conventional Book Reviews
Genre: Historical Romance
Gabriel DeVault, a dashing highwayman, lives to avenge himself against the uncle who stole his title and tried to kill him as a child. One night's robbery yields unexpected riches when his uncle's spirited bride-to-be falls into Gabriel's arms. Now his plans for vengeance include seduction of the innocent miss, in the home that once was his own.
Marisa Dunsmore is blackmailed into wedding the cold and calculating Edmund DeVault, Lord Westbrook, to protect her beloved aunt. When her attempts to escape the upcoming marriage fail, she turns for help to the man she knows as Lord Midnight, entrusting him with her love, and her future.
Soon Gabriel must choose: saving the woman who stole his heart, or destroying the man who stole his life.
I did say that I want to read historical romances this year, not the ones infused with paranormal or fantasy element, but old school HR. I'd like to thank my friend, Lexxie of (un)Conventional Book Reviews, for gifing me LORD MIDNIGHT by Donna Cummings, and for Anna of Herding Cats & Burning Soup, for hosting the Historical Romance Reading Challenge this year. I found the perfect motivation to fulfill this blogger resolution and switch up my reading genres.
Now, LORD MIDNIGHT had echoes of Zorro, what with the masked bandit seducing and winning the heart of a fair maiden. Marisa Dunsmore is not your typical lady though (they never are which is why I love HR), she's too sassy for her own good much to her family's dismay. She is to wed the handsome, but oily, Edmund, current Lord of Westbrook, who is much older than she is, and whose presence turns Marisa's stomach. She tried everything to escape her impending nuptials, which I find quite amusing. To Marisa's credit, some of her plans are quite creative from a faked carriage-sickness to a day out painting. However nothing was seccessful because Marisa's younger brother, Bernard, watches her like a hawk and foiled every escape plan she hatched.
Until their carriage was hijacked by Gabriel DeVault. As luck would have it, Marisa left quite the impression on Gabriel as he did to her. Soon enough, Gabriel was sneaking off to Marisa's room at night, hence LORD MIDNIGHT, starting a delicious and slow seduction that surely fogged up (figuratively) my ereader screen. These two have chemistry, to say the least, and I love how Gabriel fell for Marisa first, dispensing every ounce of creativity and daring he has to save Marisa from Edmund. Oh and Gabriel is wayyy hotter than young Banderas. Blond hair-blue eyed, Gabriel is (in my mind) very much a hunky Hemsworth.
Now aside from this sneak attack, there's also a story involving Gabriel and Edmund. These two have a connection that, although I suspected, didn't expect the depth of. I do love this familial twist, especially when the three of them finally faced off. It reminded me a lot that scene in Robin Hood the movie, the one with Kevin Costner when he was trying to save Marian on her wedding day from the clutches of the Sherriff.
LORD MIDNIGHT is a fast read and a delightful historical romance read. The plot was in a way predictable but I didn't mind it at all. Sometimes it's nice to just kick back and simply enjoy the book, allow the story and characters to take you down a familiar path. Now what's worth noting is that LORD MIDNIGHT reminded me of why I used to love HR and why I should read more of it moving forward. I love the romantic tension between Gabriel and Marisa and how observing etiquette, appearances, propriety, etc., fanned their attraction to each other. Sometimes holding off on the nookie is better than giving it away on the first opportunity.