Twas the night before mischief and all through the house, a lady was plotting-it was time to break out!
When Penelope Darlington is persuaded to elope with a most unsuitable suitor, she wastes no time. With visions of passion and adventure dancing in her head, she steals away in the middle of the night, just before her father's Christmas feast.
Fearing for his daughter's reputation, Henry Darlington begs Darius Hall, the Earl of Rushton's daring yet discreet son, to bring Penelope home. When Darius finally catches up to Penelope he is shocked. She's not the silly little girl he expected, but a beautiful woman with a sharp mind and an allure that cannot be ignored.
Now forced to kidnap Penelope in order to bring her home, Darius and his new charge spend the next several days-and nights-in very close quarters. Penelope wanted passion and adventure, but she never could have imagined the pleasures Darius can provide . . .
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I really enjoyed this novella. Penelope is so prim and proper for so long she just had to BREAK OUT and do something crazy. Darius is a man of WORDS, machines and intellectual. He is writing a new dictionary to update 1852 England. Penelope and Darius kiss under the mistletoe and Darius is hooked. Penelope runs off to Scotland and Darius follows to bring her home. Darius shares his kisses and Penelope shares hers. Mistletoe, Christmas, Scotland and 2 crazy people is a recipe for ONE HILARIOUS ADVENTURE!! I give this book 4 fingers up and 6 toes!!
A sweet holiday romance, 'Twas the Night Before Mischief was a wonderful historical romance novella. I really enjoyed reading this. It was absolutely lovely. Penelope was a good heroine, for the most part. I liked that she was fiercely independent, though that got her into trouble. My one complaint was that she was so judgmental of Darius. She bemoaned the fact that society judged her to certain standards, but she was doing just that to Darius, which I thought was unfair. But, for the most part, I liked her. Darius was just wonderful. He was a very intelligent, reserved kind of man. But, underneath that, he definitely had a lot of passion. And he was so sweet. I thought he was just perfect and I adored him. The romance was good. Penelope and Darius were very sweet together and perfectly matched. Not to mention the sparks between them. It got very hot between these two. I thought they were a lovely couple. The plot was fast paced. I was hooked the entire way through. I really enjoyed the story and I thought the ending was lovely. 'Twas the Night Before Mischief was a fantastic historical romance novella. I really liked this lovely book. Lovers of romance, if you want a great holiday read, then you have to read this book. *I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Have you ever known someone who was always the perfect daughter, but beneath the calm and bland exterior, all the hidden emotion and desires lay buried? How about the “nice” guy, smart, successful, reliable, predictable to the point of mistaking him with plain vanilla pudding? Meet Penelope and Darius, who have known each other forever, have dismissed each other as too bland for their own hidden “self.” ’Twas the Night Before Mischief by Nina Rowan is definitely an historical romance, filled with the confines of the times, a heroine bursting to break the mold she is expected to fill and the most dangerous kind of hero, the one who comes across as quiet, a bit too brainy, until all of that quiet strength is unleashed, with total confidence. Nina Rowan could have made a longer story of this novella, but, hey, it’s a Holiday read, who has the time? This was perfect, short, sweet, with some amazing swoon-worthy heat! It wasn’t the ending that was the big surprise, it was the journey, a little off the beaten path with some great dialogue, both mental and verbal between these two characters. Ms Rowan has done a marvelous job of celebrating the Holidays with love and learning to give! I received a copy from Forever (Grand Central Publishing) in exchange for my honest review.