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February 9, 2015

Loved It: Lord Midnight by Donna Cummings

Series: Standalone
Format: Mobi
Release Date: December 22, 2011
Publisher: Smashwords
Source: Gift
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.




32 comments:

  1. This one sounds like something that I would enjoy. You do know how I like my historical romances. The chemistry sounds great. I also can recommend some good historical romances if you are interested.

    Grace @ Books of Love

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    1. Donna's books come highly recommended, you should def try it!

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  2. From the cover I never would have guessed that this was UF I would have said straight up historical!
    Love that you loved this. :)

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    1. My bad! It's historical romance, thanks for catching that! Sorry for the confusion!

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  3. I don't think I know about this one but it's great that it was so good. I want to read more in this genre as well, I really love historical romance novels but well we'll see how I end up with this. thanks for the review!

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    1. It's comforting to me as this is the genre that got me super addicted to reading. It's like coming home :)

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  4. This sounds right up my alley. I love historicals and I haven't been reading or listening to them as much as I'd like to. This is new author to me, this looks like a great place to get acquainted with her work.
    Thanks Braine :)

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    1. Gosh, I have to ask you about that one historical romance you and Lori loved. I want to try that next!

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  5. I want to dive into historical romances this year, it sounds like a great addition to my to-read shelf. Thanks for sharing !

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  6. I so want to join this challenge! I haven't read too many Historical Romance in my lifetime, but I've been infinitely curious about them. I especially liked the Zorro reference. :)

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    1. Then sign up and join!

      I love challenges that actually challenges me and not some easy peasy one I can ace. LOL

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  7. Oh yay! I've not tried her yet but think I definitely need to. And so with you on historical heroines. I love those sassy ones like her. Thanks for the heads up and the shout out to the challenge :D

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  8. I've been seeing some great reviews of historical romance lately and it's given me the urge to pick one up!

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    1. Do so, it will put a new spin to your reading habit

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  9. I'v been reading more HR lately and really enjoying it even though it's not a genre I typically like.

    lol Bloduedd's comment

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    1. She's always cracking me up!

      I plan to read more of it myself. It's so familiar and comforting like chicken soup

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  10. I normally steer clear of historical romances as I just can't relate to them. However, I'm starting to see a few pop up that I might just enjoy. Thanks for sharing this book and fabulous review too!

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    1. You're maybe the first person I've come across that do not like HR!

      That's okay though. I understand because I'm the same way with sci-fi. Reading sci-fi reminds me I'm not as smart as I think I am LOL

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  11. Yay for you to give straight up HR a go. The references to Zorro and Robin Hood totally perked up my ears er, eyes. New to me author.

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    1. I do like a little danger in my romances

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  12. This sounds right up my alley. I like the sound of the romance and unexpected depth.

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    1. I heard her other HR are good too, I plan to explore them some more

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  13. I think some HR is somewhat predictable more times than not, but I still love them. Old School HR can be a bit depressing for me sometimes, but I love them so. This one sounds good though.

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    1. There's comfort in formula sometimes. You don't have to think about it much or get too invested in the story where you hang on to every word.

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  14. Zorro and Hemsworth?? Well, I just happen to have this one on my kindle (for the same reason you do ;) and I just know I'm going to love it. I love the humor that Cummings infuses into her stories. I'm glad you enjoyed your intro to Cummings and dipping your toe into HR.

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