Midnight’s Wild Passion by Anna Campbell

Setting: Late Regency 1827

Summary:

London’s most notorious seducer, Nicholas Challoner lives solely for revenge . . .

The dashing, licentious Marquess of Ranelaw can never forgive Godfrey Demarest for ruining his sister—now the time has come to repay the villain in the same coin. But one formidably intriguing impediment stands in the way of Nicholas’s vengeance: Miss Antonia Smith, companion to his foe’s unsuspecting daughter.

Having herself been deceived and disgraced by a rogue—banished by her privileged family as a result and forced to live a lie—Antonia vows to protect her charge from the same cruel fate. She recognizes Ranelaw for the shameless blackguard he is and will devote every ounce of her intelligence and resolve to thwarting him.

Yet Antonia has always had a fatal weakness for rakes . . .

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Review:

Love Anna Campbell’s books and this one didn’t disappoint! 😀 Anna has is known for writing dark, angsty romances so  reading something that was a little lighter was a good change. The book had a slow start but I ended up tearing through it, completely absorbed. Yet another gem to add to your collection! If you’re looking for a good rake and wallflower story, you’ll love this one! 😀

Our hero, Ranelaw is your typical rake and his obsession with revenge might turn you off at first, like it did me, but once we get to know him better, you’ll find he’s totally worthy of the heroine’s love (and ours!). Antonia is a smart, totally relate-able heroine. She knows she shouldn’t like Ranelaw (because she’s been burned by a rake before) but that doesn’t stop her from fantasizing on how totally dreamy he is. (We feel you, sister!)

From the moment these two meet, it’s magic. Ranelaw has the intelligence to match Antonia’s and it was fun reading their heated, witty repartee. Antonia is determined to protect her charge from him at all costs and Ranelaw is obsessed with outwitting her and exacting his revenge. At the same time, they’re both attracted to each other and we know how that’s gonna end 😉 I loved how Ranelaw saw past Antonia’s dour exterior to the women within though I did find it hard to believe that such a gorgeous woman could keep her loveliness hidden, and appear to be an old spinster prude!

As for the love scenes… expect Anna’s usual steamy, page-turning sex! What I particularly liked about this book was that the sex didn’t overpower the love between these two characters-it was just the right amount.

Anna’s knack for language and wit made this a fun, fast-paced read that I just zoomed through! The plot never let up and never got dull, though this book is very character-based and a lot of the plot goes on inside the minds of the H and H. There wasn’t a strong villain in this one (like her other books) and most of the conflict came from inside the minds of the H and H themselves, which could have made it boring but it wasn’t and that’s a nod to Anna’s skill as a writer, as not many writers can pull that off. Every chapter had me longing for more!

As compared to her previous books, it wasn’t my favourite but it definitely didn’t disappoint. This is Anna’s first attempt at something more light-hearted, and she pulls it off rather well, though the dark, Regency noir is still what she does best.

Sensuality Rating: HOT! (Love scenes are very long and explicit)

Verdict: Yet another fabulous book by a fabulous author!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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