A Rake’s Midnight Kiss by Anna Campbell

Posted April 20, 2015 by Jonetta in Book Review | | 4 Comments

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

A Rake’s Midnight Kiss by Anna CampbellA Rake's Midnight Kiss by Anna Campbell
Series: Sons of Sin #2
Published by Forever on August 27, 2013
Genres: Historical Romance
Pages: 436
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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It Takes A Lady

Brilliant scholar Genevieve Barrett knows how to keep a secret. Her identity as the author of her father's academic articles has always been her greatest deception—until a charming housebreaker tries to steal the mysterious Harmsworth Jewel from her. She doesn't reveal that she recognizes her father's devastatingly handsome new student as the thief himself. For Genevieve, this will be the most seductive secret of all...

To Catch A Thief

Sir Richard Harmsworth has been living a lie, maintaining a rakish façade to show society that he doesn't care about his status as a bastard. Yet long haunted by his unknown father's identity, Richard believes the Harmsworth Jewel will confirm his claim as the rightful heir. But when Richard sets out to seduce the bookworm who possesses the stone, he instead falls for its beautiful owner. But even as she steals Richard's heart, Genevieve will be in greater danger than her coveted treasure...


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Quick summary

Genevieve Barrett is a bluestocking, secretly the academician behind her father’s reputation as an antiquarian. Richard Harmsworth is the heir to his family’s legacy but has lived under the cloud of his questionable paternity. Legacy has it that the heir would have possession of the Harmsworth Jewel and Richard believes if he can get it, he’ll have earned the legitimacy he’s sought for most of his life.


Heart of the story

Richard has confirmed that Genevieve owns the Jewel and he assumes a fake identity to attempt to have her sell or give him the Jewel. Though she doesn’t who he is, Genevieve is immediately suspicious of him. She’s a confirmed spinster, valuing her independence so she’s not receptive of his efforts to disarm her.


What I liked

I really liked Richard, despite his past behavior and his deception. He had a strong appreciation for Genevieve’s intellect and fell for her brain as well as her attractiveness. His inevitable seduction was caring and sensual, always thinking of her. I also appreciated their banter as it was clever and engaging. There’s also a sinister element to the story that hooked me as soon as it emerged.


What slowed me down

The first half of the story was tough for me to navigate. I’ve been accustomed to the author’s writing style and really liked it. However, this book was overburdened with esoteric metaphors and arcane references that slowed my reading to a crawl. Maybe it was to accommodate the background of the heroine. Fortunately, the second half was really exciting and saved the experience.


The bottom line

The sum of this book’s parts made this a really good story. While the first half was troublesome, the second more than overcompensated. It’s a great romance with two very interesting characters. I’m enjoying the series and the unconventional issues presented in these regency period romances.

About Anna Campbell

Anna Campbell was born in Brisbane, Australia, and grew up on an avocado farm with views of Moreton Bay and Stradbroke Island. She writes Regency historical romance for Grand Central Publishing and Avon.

Campbell received an English literature degree at Queensland University. She spent three years working in a bank before living in the UK for two years. She returned to Australia working at a number of jobs until she moved to Sydney where she worked at a charity which subtitled TV programs for the deaf and hearing impaired.

During this time Campbell continued writing. After joining Romance Writers of Australia, she gained more focus. Then one day, she got this idea for a dark sexy Regency historical about a duke who wants to marry his mistress, London’s most notorious courtesan. And ‘No Ordinary Duchess’, which Avon released in April 2007 as Claiming The Courtesan, was born. It went on to final in the Romance Writers of America RITA Award for best Regency Romance and the Romance Writers of Australia Romantic Book of the Year Award. Among numerous awards, it was both best debut and book of year of 2007 in Michelle Buonfiglio’s Romance: B(u)y the Book, best long historical in the Booksellers Best Awards and best first historical in the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Awards. Campbell was also voted best new author in the All About Romance reader poll of 2007. Her second book for Avon, Untouched, was published in December 2007. It also won numerous awards and was a finalist in both the RITA Awards and the Australian Romantic Book of the Year Awards.

The Sons of Sin series was launched in 2012 with the release of Seven Nights in a Rogue’s Bed.

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4 responses to “A Rake’s Midnight Kiss by Anna Campbell

  1. Gosh how I’ve been neglecting this genre!..It used to be one of my favorites, and now I’m not familiar with new authors of Historical romance. Sounds great and will definitely take a closer look at the first book.
    Thank you Jonetta 🙂

    • Jonetta (Ejaygirl)

      I don’t read many Regency historical romances anymore but I really like this author and the premise behind the series. I’ve read the next one and it’s outstanding.

    • There’s also a novella between this and the first book. I’ve read the third, too, and loved it (review coming). She’s a good writer and designs her characters well.