Title: Midnight’s Wild Passion
Genre: Historical Romance
Author: Anna Campbell
Publisher: Avon, 2011
Sexy Rating: 5
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
Nicholas is not very nice. He is a calculating seducer, a rake and rogue of the first order. He plans on bringing all of his skill to bear on the seduction of first Antonia and then her charge, Cassie. But in his dealings with Antonia he is thwarted at every turn. He is misguided and Antonia surprises him with her resistance since he is not used to any resistance.
This is 400 pages of seducing and lusting. Not that bad if you are up for it. Anna Campbell can write characters so that we believe in them and she can make their purpose, desires and personalities understandable. This is my first read of this author and she kept me focused and into the story. Even though I didn’t like Nick, I liked that she managed to redeem his character by the end of the book.
I recommend this book with this caveat; if you are squeamish about nearly forced seduction then perhaps you should skip this one.