Things aren't as proper as they seem in Regency London...
The next passionate novella in Kate McKinley's erotic trilogy. A NIGHT WITH THE BRIDE Bold and adventurous, Gabriella Woodward has a bevy of suitors . . . but all of them, quite frankly, bore her to tears. Then Gabriella is introduced to Nicholas Montgomery at a scandalous house party, and she knows her life is about to get much more exciting. Known as the "unseduceable" Duke of Somerset, Nicholas enjoys his life as a bachelor and yet he finds himself inextricably drawn to Gabriella. But when he overhears the reckless beauty accept a challenge to steal a kiss from him he is tempted to teach the vixen a lesson . . .
|Publisher:||Grand Central Publishing|
|Series:||By Invitation Only|
|Sold by:||Hachette Digital, Inc.|
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My Thoughts: You know how much I love novellas, right? They're short and sometimes can still be quite sweet. In this one, there could have been more to it, but I felt it was enough to make for a good story. The whole idea of Gabriella trying to seduce Nicholas just makes me want to giggle like mad. I love those kind of plots--a woman stepping out of character to be someone more daring. And the characters weren't one-dimensional, they had their faults, and there was depth to go along with their romance. Which is a nice change of pace when it comes to stories that are mostly romantic. A Night With the Bride may be short but it is a nice little story. I am intrigued enough to pick up Kate McKinley's other books in this series at some point. Possibly soon! My Rating: Very Good
*Good read but I would have liked to see the hero taken to the doctor of her uncle... the ending was left dangling
The third and final book in Kate McKinley's historical erotic novella series, By Invitation Only. This fun series takes place at a Regency house party set in 1813, where liaisons and intrigues are rampant. One of the things I’ve enjoyed in this series is how little snippets of drama and action from the other novellas make appearances in all the stories. This novella features a heroine who takes a dare: to kiss the ‘unseducible’ Duke of Somerset. He’s handsome and dashing but also quite reclusive and reserved. Gabriella, a tradesman’s daughter, is intrigued by him as well as determined to show her friends that she’s good enough for a duke. What starts out as merely a game, however, progresses quickly into something more serious. He warns her to stay away from him but she refuses to listen. As a result, she’s more drawn to him and discovering more about him. When she finds out a painful secret he holds, her desire to win a dare turns into something much more. I wasn’t sure if I’d like this book as I skimmed some lukewarm reviews before I read it, something I don’t usually do. While this installment isn’t my favorite in the series—I think the first one, A Duchess in the Dark has that honor—this story is still exceptionally well-written and its time and place firmly established. I enjoyed the intrigues and gossip, the house party activities of picnics and archery—and a very sensually-charged description of archery it is!—and the sweet and sexy romance between Nicholas and Gabriella. James, the house party’s host, once again makes an appearance as he drops words of wisdom in lovers’ ears to advance their matches, adding some sardonic humor to the story. A few typos mar the manuscript but not enough to detract from the story’s flow. The covers in this series are gorgeous and apt. Memorable moments: “Indeed, any mildly scandalous behavior was liable to brand a woman a harlot for life. Which was precisely what made it so exhilarating. In Gabriella’s well-ordered, strictly structured life, the threat of danger was thrilling.” (p17) “This was the trouble with sheer desperation. It made even the most horrible ideas seem brilliant.” (p23) “His tongue rolled over the words shaft and center seductively, wickedly, leaving her with no doubt of his meaning.” (p39) “'I accept you exactly as you are.'” (p48) Another wonderful reading experience by an author to watch.
A hot, sweet, absolutely lovely historical romance novella, A Night with the Bride was a fantastic read. I absolutely loved this novella. It was sweet, hot, and truly enjoyable. I really liked both characters in this book. Gabriella was fun. She didn't care much for rules and did't mind breaking them to get what she wanted. She was a very likable heroine. Nicholas was also amazing. I thought it was interesting how his character had OCD (if I'm reading the symptoms correctly). During a time when there was no exploration into psychology, the only explanation he had was madness and that made him become reclusive and unwilling to venture into society. I thought it was well portrayed and it worked well with his character. Nicholas was utterly adorable. He was very sweet and just wonderful. I adored him. The romance was lovely. Gabriella and Nicholas were so sweet together. I really liked how Gabriella, an open-minded woman in general, was able to accept Nicholas's condition. And, there was plenty of steaminess with these two. I thought they were a perfect couple. The plot was fast paced and I was hooked the entire way through. I loved the story and the ending was perfect. A Night with the Bride was a brilliant historical romance novella. I absolutely loved it. It was a truly enjoyable read. Romance lovers, if you want a lovely, quick read, then you have to read this. *I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review