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  • Posted February 12, 2012

    Highly Recommend

    Loved it...couldnt put it down!!!

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  • Posted October 4, 2011

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    Fun but not a must have

    I enjoyed this book. It wasn't wonderful. It wasn't terrible. It was better than okay. I'll probably read it again. I'll absolutely pick up the other books in this series.

    Why? Well, that's a bit harder. I enjoyed the history that was brought into the book. The characters were fun if a bit obvious. I really liked Merryn but I liked her sisters better. There was something compelling but I'm just unable to put my finger on it.

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  • Posted January 16, 2011

    A WONDERFUL EXCITING HISTORICAL ROMANCE!A MUST READ IN REGENCY ROMANCE!

    MISTRESS BY MIDNIGHT by Nicola Cornick is a wonderful historical romance set in 1814 London. It is the third in the "Scandalous Women of the Ton",(#1 Whisper of Scandal,#2 One Wicked Sin") but can be read as a stand alone. It is well written with depth,details,fast paced, page turning and the plot is easy to follow with twists and turns. It has romance,passion,secrets,regrets,witty banter between the hero and heroine,action,danger,sweet sensuality, healing,redemption desire,vengeance, a vendetta,disaster, finding out the truth, and finding true love against the odds. The hero, Garrick, is handsome,haunted by the past,killed his best friend,lost his wife twelve years earlier,sexy,has secrets,and regrets.The heroine,Merryn, is beautiful,strong-willed,plain in the eyes of others,has a vendetta against Garrick(he killed her brother during a duel),looking for the truth,has secrets of her own and regrets. When they first meet sparks begin to fit with witty banter,and mistrust. After a disaster leaves them trapped together,they learn that not only do they have a strong attraction for each other. But one must try to keep a long ago secret that could destroy the innocence of others.And one must find the truth about her brother's death.When they are found in a comprising position,Garrick ask Merryn's hand in marriage.At first she refuses,but soon learns her feelings have actually changed and she is falling in love with him,but she must find out the truth of that long ago day when her brother was killed.Garrick wants to tell her the truth,but is obligated to keep a secret,finds he is being pulled apart by his actions. He is falling in love with Merryn.Will the truth of long ago finally come out and heal third families?This is a must read series with witty banter between the hero and heroine,a dark secret that could destroy the innocent,a promise that could destroy the love between the hero and heroine or all the secrets be revealed and help heal three families.I would highly recommend this book for it is full of passion,desire,and healing.This book was received for the purpose of review from Net Galley and details can be found at Harlequin and My Book Addiction and More.

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  • Posted November 30, 2010

    Great Read

    Many components draw a reader to a certain book. The author? Check! I look out for Ms. Cornick's books. The cover? Check, although I had to visit the author's website to find it! The title? Check! It intrigued me as soon as I saw it. But. As I read on it puzzled me because it didn't appear relevant to the contents of the book. If I have a nit, it is the misdirection of expectations the title created.

    Why the author? Well Ms. Cornick's writing is seamless, suspenseful and always well paced. In Mistress by Midnight the author pulls you in immediately. An unexpected homecoming and the hero, Garrick Farne, discovers all sorts of discrepancies and expectations he has to deal with without delay. By his actions and reactions the author introduces us to a strong man who has overcome familial confrontations and been strengthened by them. He's a man set in his ways, and knows both what he wants from life and what he expects from those around him.

    We sound discover he abhors greed and cruelty so often found in the Gentry of Regency times.

    Tuck a heroine, Lady Merryn Fenner, underneath his bed, the same bed she's been sleeping in during his absence. Introduce a scheming vindictive ward of his father's, Harriet Knight, whose ambition is to become the Duchess of Farne, and you have the intial ingredients for another amazing Cornick story. Add in a dash of factual history, in this case the London Beer Flood of 1814, a resentful bastard of Garrick's father, stir generously, and the author tantalises her readers taste buds with humour, tragedy, and ultimately a hard won HEA. A winner on all fronts.

    Originally posted at The Long and Short of It Romance Reviews

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  • Posted November 18, 2010

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    Historical Romance at its very best is written by Nicola Cornick

    Garrick Charles Christmas Northesk, The Duke of Farne is dealing with the relief of his father's death, the burden of gaining the title of Duke, the guilt even after all these years of having killed his best friend and the annoyance of that man's sister who is attempting to have him tried for murder after all these years. Lady Merryn Fenner is a wisp of a woman who has made it her mission in life to have Garrick brought up on charges resulting from her brother's demise that she holds Garrick solely responsible for.

    This mission has consumed the bluestocking every waking moment and drove her into the unheard of profession of Inquiry Agent the Regency version of a private detective. Merryn feels so passionate about justice and revenge is the bittersweet pill will take to have Garrick held accountable for his sins. But when confronted by him her objective becomes blurred when the hatred turns to lust and the vendetta becomes passion and a new obsession reveals itself in the overwhelming desire to have him kiss her. It is such a fine line in identifying the emotions that drive us from one extreme to another and Merryn becomes confused to say the least.

    Merryn is so much more than just one dimensional and it takes Garrick's gentle touch and warm heart to show her that hiding behind the glasses she doesn't need and the tough façade she doesn't possess is only going to get her hurt. Garrick is trying his best to right the wrongs done to Merryn's family and while she cries foul over the gesture her hands are wrapped around his neck and her lips are pressed against his. When exactly did she become the seductress and not the victim?

    Once the walls literally come down upon them the secrets start to reveal themselves, the lies exposed, lust explored and the truth finally told. Garrick and Merryn learn they can love and trust one another with their hearts as well as their long buried thoughts. The deeds of the past bring pain and it is possible to love the person who performed them once you learn the difference between fact and fiction.

    This final book in the series is splendid to say the least. It is the exploration, again of an event that while not central to the story lends itself to some historical interaction with romance which is always a pleasure to read. As a die-hard fan of Ms. Cornick's books this one again shows how historical romance is written and the variety each character brings to her books. Merryn is tough and dealing with all her sensibilities while Garrick is soft trying to be strong and carry on where others have failed. Thank you Nicola for writing such awe inspiring stories it is greatly appreciated.

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  • Posted November 1, 2010

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    This is a super Scandalous Women of the Ton saga

    Merryn Fenner has waited seemingly forever to ruin the man who destroyed her family and her life, but he fled England. Now the wait is finally over as Garrick Nothesk has come home as a Duke; a title Merryn believes he does not deserve. Her plan is simple: find the true heir of Farn so that Garrick is left with nothing except bitterness just like her. She also wants to find the proof he murdered her brother Stephen so he is also locked away or executed.

    Garrick does not want to return to England where his memories are sad as his wife betrayed him with his best friend Stephen who he killed. He came home because as the duke he needs an heir.

    Merryn seeking clues is trapped under Garrick's bed. He spots her and insists on marriage. When an explosion occurs they are almost drowned in a sea of beer. As they fall in love, the ghost of her sibling, his best friend, remain between them unless he moves passed his guilt and she moves passed her anger.

    This is a super Scandalous Women of the Ton saga (see One Wicked Sin and Whisper of Scandal) as grief, distrust and guilt seem to easily supersede love. Fast-paced (like its predecessors) with a touch of mystery, Regency romance fans will want to know if Garrick killed Stephen over cuckolding him or, if not, why.

    Harriet Klausner

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