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Mistress by Midnight
     

Mistress by Midnight

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by Maggie Robinson
 

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First comes seduction. . .

As children, Desmond Ryland, Marquess of Conover, and Laurette Vincent were inseparable. As young adults, their friendship blossomed into love. But then fate intervened, sending them down different paths. Years later, Con still can't forget his beautiful Laurette. Now he's determined to make her his forever. There's just one

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First comes seduction. . .

As children, Desmond Ryland, Marquess of Conover, and Laurette Vincent were inseparable. As young adults, their friendship blossomed into love. But then fate intervened, sending them down different paths. Years later, Con still can't forget his beautiful Laurette. Now he's determined to make her his forever. There's just one problem. Laurette keeps refusing his marriage proposals. Throwing honor to the wind, Con decides that the only way Laurette will wed him is if he thoroughly seduces her. . .

Then comes marriage. . .

Laurette's pulse still quickens every time she thinks of Con and the scorching passion they once shared. She aches to taste the pleasure Con offers her. But she knows she can't. For so much has happened since they were last lovers. But how long can she resist the consuming desire that demands to be obeyed. . .?

Praise for Maggie Robinson's Mistress by Mistake

"Sizzles off the page." --Anna Campbell

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
When the young marquess of Conover is forced into an arranged marriage, he and his beloved neighbor, Laurette Vincent, first swear unsanctioned vows and consummate their relationship. The result is a daughter, whom Laurette keeps secret. Con fathers the obligatory legitimate heir, then abandons his wife and child to travel the world for a decade until his wife's sudden death. Just when Con and Laurette can finally get together, secrets, loyalties, and hurt feelings tear them apart. Con resolves to win Laurette through the odd strategy of blackmailing her into becoming his mistress, all while planning to marry her and bring her into society. Robinson (Mistress by Mistake) mines every tiny shred of conflict to try to make their alienation believable, with mixed results. There's plenty of passion and genuinely likable characters, but the thin plot feels more suited to a novella. (Jan.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780758267993
Publisher:
Kensington
Publication date:
01/01/2011
Series:
Courtesan Court
Sold by:
Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
400,272
File size:
2 MB

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Mistress by Midnight 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
MsKaos More than 1 year ago
I almost didnt finish this book. The H/h annoyed me to no end with their guilt, secrets and lies. As I kept reading the hero grew on me...although misguided he did love the heroine and tried to make things right so they could finally be together. She, on the other hand, thwarted his every move to maintain her own lies. The writing overall was well-done and quite believable for the time and setting. I typically dont read historicals so I did find it a bit too colorful and lyrical for my taste, but was appropriate for the genre. I havent read the others in the series and I can honestly say that I most likely will not.
gincam More than 1 year ago
Maggie Robinson again spins her storytelling magic in "Mistress by Mistake", offering one of the most delightfully imperfect heroes you'll ever meet! Desmond Ryland, Marquess of Conover, has always loved Laurette Vincent. Childhood friendship budded into adolescent infatuation, later becoming adult desire and devotion in full bloom. When Con is forced to marry a wealthy older woman to fulfill the social and financial obligations of his family, Laurette is devastated. She and Con continue to meet even after he is married, risking much and desiring even more. Con's wife bears him a son, but Laurette keeps secret from him the fact that she also bore his child, a daughter. Con's marriage is one of convenience, and his unhappiness with his forced separation from Laurette leads him to escape by traveling abroad. He remains gone for many years, writing to his son, and never forgetting his "Laurie". When his wife dies, Con at last returns home to become a father to his son. He also wants to marry Laurette, and he is stunned when she turns down his proposal. He is also shocked, but delighted to learn that he and Laurette have a daughter, and he determines to set all his mistakes to right. He often goes about things the wrong way, acting on his heart's desire without thinking things through. Laurette is a very strong-minded woman, fierce in her lifelong love for Con, but afraid to believe that they could find true happiness. Despite his unconventional ways, Con is so very appealing! He never wavers in his love for his "Laurie", often telling her how much he cares. He was manipulated as a young man into a situation that solved some issues just as it created a world of complications and heartache. Con is not a perfect man, but he is a worthy man, and love at last comes home to his heart.
LindaTownsend More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. I've not yet read the 1st book in this trilogy but do plan to. At 1st I did not like Con, the hero, very much at all. And... I didn't like the way Laurette reacted to him. I was very frustrated by her continual refusals of his marriage propositions. By the 2nd half of the book, I was starting to change my mind... and by the end of the book, I had a new understanding of them and their actions... and I thought the ending was a perfect closure. I didn't give it more stars as I really struggled with it in the beginning; not enough to not want to read it; but the interactions between the two main characters were just so frustrating. I don't want to discourage anyone from reading it as, even when I was so frustrated, I didn't want to put the book down; and I couldn't put it down at all as I neared the end. Thank you, Maggie, for an enthralling story... that's well worth the read...
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harstan More than 1 year ago
Desmond Ryland, the Marquess of Conover, wants nothing to do with an arranged marriage as he loves his childhood friend and neighbor Laurette Vincent. They exchange vows to each other in secrecy and make love. Laurette becomes pregnant giving birth to a daughter she conceals from Con. Con completes his obligation by marrying the arranged bride and siring the heir. He deserts his wife and son going overseas for the next decade. When he learns his spouse died, he comes home to see his Laurette. Although they still love one another, Laurette has doubts especially since he abandoned his heir. Desperate to win over his beloved, Con blackmails her into becoming his mistress using the one pawn he could control her with; an interim step until he can marry her. Mistress by Midnight is an enjoyable Regency romance starring two fascinating lead characters. Whereas Laurette sacrificed her place in society to raise their love child; Con completed his obligation to society and fled instead of staying to raise his heir. Fans will admire the heroine while hissing at the lead male for abandoning his offspring. Although the story line slows down somewhat in the middle, readers will enjoy wondering whether Con can achieve his quest as he has a lot of baggage to overcome. Harriet Klausner