A Rake’s Midnight Kiss by Anna Campbell

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A Rake’s Midnight Kiss by Anna Campbell
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Genre: Historical
Length: Full Length (395 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Plumeria

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…

The ton is a vicious circle, and Sir Richard Harmsworth would do anything to stop the gossip mill from running. Even if it means seducing an innocent scholar.

Sir Richard decided to obtain a family heirloom at any cost at a time he was in a tizzy over yet another snide comment made about his parentage. He sets forth a plan that requires a disguise and help from a friend after an attempted theft falls through. I think the first scene in which Richard encounters the heroine sets the tone for the entire story.

Genevieve Barrett is not your average country mouse that you’d expect from a vicar’s daughter. Having a father recognized as an acclaimed scholar and historian is frustrating when it’s her mind that is producing the articles that are published under his name. The fact that her father will not share his false credit is starting to press her ire. While working on a coup that will help her break away from her father, a handsome gentleman enters her life as her father’s new student. On edge since the burglary, Genevieve instantly feels unease towards this man even though he’s the most handsome man she’d ever seen.

The banter between the couple was I thought the best part of the story. She tried so hard to be cold and indifferent to him and he just antagonized her to the point of distraction which charmed her even more. The lust she felt for him burned the page when she finally let go of her leash and Richard’s struggle to maintain his goal made him an endearing character. I thought the addition of Richard dog was both adorable and heartwarming in a tale so full of lies and secrets.

Anna Campbell painted a vivid story of love and lies, and I enjoyed this book immensely. I enjoyed the wit and emotions that flowed through the characters. I had not previously read book one of Sons of Sin series, but I didn’t feel as though I missed anything. One of my favorite parts of reviewing is reading a book in a series and finding that I now urgently want to read the entire series. If you’re a historical romance lover as I am, you won’t regret picking up A Rake’s Midnight Kiss.

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