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 Campbell
Series: Sons of Sin #2
Published by Forever on August 27, 2013
Genres: Historical Romance
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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...
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.
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