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Midnight Angel

ratings:
4/5 (58 ratings)
Length:
385 pages
5 hours
Publisher:
Released:
Mar 17, 2009
ISBN:
9780061747762
Format:
Book

Description

A noblewoman of frail beauty and exotic mystery fakes her own death to escape the gallows. And now she must flee. In disguise and under a false identity, she finds unexpected sanctuary in the arms of a handsome and arrogant yet gallant British lord—who must defy society to keep her safe … and overcome a tragic past to claim her as his own.

Publisher:
Released:
Mar 17, 2009
ISBN:
9780061747762
Format:
Book

About the author

New York Times bestselling author Lisa Kleypas graduated from Wellesley College with a political science degree. She’s a RITA award-winning author of both historical romance and contemporary women’s fiction. She lives in Washington State with her husband Gregory and their two children.


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  • (3/5)
    The book starts out promising but after the first third or so I found my mind wandering, bordering on being bored. The action in the last part was too little and too late, and the situation was resolved far too fast and easy.
  • (4/5)
    Accused of a murder she has no recollection of, Russian princess Anastasia is waiting for death. In a desperate escape she travels to England where she becomes the enigmatic Governess for the spirited Emma Stokehurst. The only problem is Luke, Emma's widowed father who wants nothing to do with beautiful mysteries who bewitch him against his will.As with all of Kleypas' romances I found this to be a very engrossing story. I think this may be one of her earlier ones but I didn't find that it suffered for that. The characters were all well done and I enjoyed all of them. I like that Luke was able to re-think his actions and admit he is wrong once he has cooled off. I was also quite intrigued by the descriptions of St. Petersburg. England is a familiar enough setting for historical romances, but the foray into Russia was something new for me. I liked the way she described the land, its people, sights and even sounds and smells without overburdening the reading with too much description. The romance between Luke and Tasia was well done. The only little quibble I had is that when Luke found out Tasia's real age he seemed quite taken aback, but the age didn't stop him at all in his seduction. I liked Tasia quite a bit. I usually would find such a refined and religious main character annoying, but for some reason it seemed to work in this story.I was certainly left with a desire to read the sequel and look forward to Emma's story as well.
  • (3/5)
    This is my least favorite Kleypas book. Russian 18 yr old girl escapes from a Russian prison to London and hides with a cousin. The cousin gets her a position as a governess to a wealthy Lord Stokhurst in the country. She bonds with his 12 yr old daughter but he's unlikeable and overbearing. Eventually, he falls in love with her and the inevitable happens, she found out and kidnapped back to Russia. I found myself skimming through large portions of this book.
  • (4/5)
    Second time I've read it. I enjoyed it as much as the first time.
  • (2/5)
    There's a lot going on in this one - faking your death, escaping the gallows, being chased across continents, hiding out as a governess, the Lord falling for the seemingly inappropriate governess, political intrigue, amnesia - A Lot. The couple themselves are good, and I always enjoy Lisa Kleypas' writing, but it certainly wasn't one my favorites. Just ok, from me.

    (Also, as a note to me - I have no idea if temporary amnesia should be classified as disability fiction or not, but I am not shelving this there, because, well, I don't want to. Instead I'm making a whole new shelf - soap opera afflictions, just for this kind of thing. )
  • (5/5)
    I really enjoy Lisa's books, I am trying to read them all, if I can get hold of them. This one had to borrowed from another library as our library did not have a copy. It was worth the wait.Anastasia had been imprisoned for killing her betrotherd Michail, but she has a memory loss of the occasion. Her maid gives her a draught that puts her in a death sleep and with her Uncle's help she goes to England where she starts working as a governess for Lord Lucas Stokehurst. He has employed her reluctantly at the request of his best friend Charles. He has said she could stay a month but Tasia as "Miss Karen Billings" wears her way into his heart which has been closed since his wife Mary died some years ago.I did not want to put the book down until I had finished it.
  • (4/5)
    I love finding a story with a premise that I haven’t read before. This story has a handicapped hero. I love when an author isn’t afraid to write about a less than perfect hero or heroine. Lucas, Marquis Stokehurst, lost his hand in a fire while rescuing his baby daughter and wife. Lucas is a strong willed, stubborn and arrogant man. I loved that he made up his mind that the loss of his hand wouldn’t keep him from doing whatever he wanted. Lucas is a caring, loving father. Doting on his daughter and spoiling her rotten. He has mourned the loss of his wife for a long time and promised that he would never marry again. I think that he is more than a little surprised when Anastasia Kaptereva sweeps into his life and turns everything upside down. Her ability to stand up to him and tell him he has done something wrong is what snares his attention in the beginning but her quite demeanor and quite beauty bring him to his knees. Lucas is a mixture of strong passions and the tender care. He is that man so many of us would like to have in our beds. I liked him a lot and hope to see him again in another story.Anastasia is what most Russian girls of this era were raised to be. She is deeply religious, spoiled in some way, and she is innocent in very sense of the word. She has been raised away from court and any man other than her father and certain close relations. She is a moral and compassionate woman. She is ill prepared for prison or the rigors of a trial and all the condemnation that comes with it. However she isn’t and shrinking violet going so far as to fake her death and escaping from Russia to find another life. She is troubled that she may be guilty of crime in which she has been accused. Tasia is also proud and passionate. Luke makes her long for a happily ever after even though she knows that she may be dragged back to Russia. I was glad that she was able to find peace and happiness.This is another quick read. I still finished in four days even though I had jury duty for a few of those days. Ms. Kleypas continues to write wonderful characters and dialogue. She makes you see the places that the characters inhabit. She makes you want to cheer at the triumphs and cry at their failures. Her love scenes are getting steamier and in the case of this story they are plentiful, of course Luke is a lusty man with a young wife willing to learn how to please him. There is no real villain in this story the crime at the start of the book is one of passion. This book does setup of the next book very nicely though. I am off to start it next.
  • (4/5)
    Knowing she was going to be put to death for a murder she didn’t know if she had committed, Anastasia "Tasia" Kaptereva found a way of escape from the Russian prison she was in. Coming to England was her only hope, her cousin, Lady Ashbourne, could help her find a way to avoid being found by Prince Nikolas Angelovsky, the brother of the prince she supposedly murdered, but could she really pull of living as a governess. A temporary governess was all Karen Billings was suppose to be, but she was in trouble. The kind of trouble that she needed security from. Lord Lucas Stokehurst was willing to try to help her for his friends the Ashbournes, he wanted answers, wanted to keep her out of his mind, he just never realized how dangerous getting what he wanted to could be for her and for himself. What a great twist on the classical ‘damsel in distress’ story. The Russian accents jumped off the page at me as I read this one. These characters are a bit distant at times, the story is a little hesitant and choppy, but in the end it was a very likeable cast that ended with a fun tease for the next of the Stokehurst family (Prince of Dreams) stories, which I may have to check out - eventually.
  • (5/5)
    great book
  • (5/5)
    Absolutely amazing
    Check out my own book on Amazon
    "The girl that ran"