Type: Historical Romance
My Copy: Sent
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…
A Rake’s Midnight Kiss is a bit of a departure for Anna Campbell. Her stories are usually darker, with more intensity and more flawed characters, like the first in this series, Seven Nights in a Rogue’s Bed. I absolutely loved that book, and Jonas was the epitome of a tortured hero. I had high hopes for Richard’s story, and while it was different, it didn’t disappoint.
Genevieve is not your typical heroine. She is scholarly and bookish and straight-forward, albeit in a mild-mannered way. She has spent her life working with her father on his historical articles and grows increasingly frustrated with him taking the credit for her work. Growing up in a vicarage without a mother, she has led a sheltered life but has always dreamed of something more than living in her father’s shadow. Unfortunately the one thing guaranteed to make a name for herself is the one thing Sir Richard Harmsworth is determined to steal – the Harmsworth Jewel.
Richard has spent most of his life trying to outlive the circumstances of his birth. Born into the Harmsworth family but knowing he is not the true blood heir, he is determined to reclaim the jewel that rightly affirms his place in society. He is tired of playing a game, putting on careless airs, knowing all the while people are disparaging him behind his back. He is a smart, handsome, loyal man who plays the rake to hide the hurts inside. When he learns of the Harmsworth Jewel’s location, he sets out to charm it away from the vicar’s daughter.
I love it when people are not what they seem. Genevieve was clever and witty and just innocent enough to be charming, and she wears her heart on her sleeve. Richard, on the other hand, plays the thief and hides his identity from Genevieve, knowing the truth would cast him out of her life. It doesn’t take long before he realizes that the true jewel in the vicarage is the woman he’s fallen in love with, but he knows it’s just a matter of time before his real identity is revealed. He is hopeless to resist the passion Genevieve inspires in him, and she makes him want to be a better man.
The first half of the book was a little slow for me. I liked Genevieve and Richard. I found them to be honest, real, likeable characters, but nothing really happened for a long time. Despite their initial meeting early in the book when she catches him breaking into her home, there was so much internal dialogue and back and forth on both of their parts that I never thought the story would get going. That’s the beauty of Anna Campbell’s writing for me. She drew me in, kept me reading, and by the time both Richard and Genevieve realized their feelings for each other, I was in love with both of them and couldn’t wait to see them admit their love. This book was a much more lighthearted romp than I’m used to from this author, but it was highly enjoyable and sets up Cam’s story nicely. I can’t wait!
I give A Rake’s Midnight Kiss by Anna Campbell 4.25 stars!