Title: A Rake’s Midnight Kiss
Genre: Historical Romance
Author: Anna Campbell
Publisher: Grand Central Pub., Forever, August 27 2013
Source: Free for review from the publisher
Sexy Rating: 5
Description from amazon.com:
IT TAKES A LADY
Brilliant scholar Genevieve Barrett’s secret identity as the author of her father’s articles is her greatest deception-until her father’s handsome new student arrives on their doorstep. Genevieve recognizes him as the masked intruder who earlier tried to steal a priceless gem from their home. Keeping the seductive stranger’s identity hidden is a risk, but she’s got secrets of her own to keep.
TO CATCH A THIEF
Sir Richard Harmsworth fakes a rakish facade to show society that he doesn’t care about his bastard status. Yet haunted by his unknown father’s identity, Richard believes the Harmsworth Jewel will prove he’s the rightful heir. Intent on seducing the stone away from its owner, Richard finds himself face-to-face with a beauty more breathtaking than any jewel. But even as she steals Richard’s heart, Genevieve will be in greater danger than her coveted treasure . . .
This is my second Anna Campbell novel and I’m looking forward to many more. What a treat to read an author that invents characters that are so altogether human. They have personalities that maintain throughout the story and we grow to feel emotion for their happy times and their crisis times. The villain is truly evil, Sirius, the dog, is truly the most intelligent and Richard was fortunate to have Cam and Jonas at his back. Genevieve’s father reminded me very much of Mr. Bennet from Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, he was a self absorbed scholar, only unlike Mr. Bennet , Mr Barrett was not so concerned with his daughter’s welfare. I zipped through this book and found it hard to put down although there were a slow few pages here and there. But when the action picked up the pages flew by.
I recommend this book to Historical Romance fans who want to see their aristocrat find love outside of the ballrooms of London, who want a feisty, intelligent heroine and want a canine to get a heroic role in the action.