Monday, 27 June 2016

The Maiden at Midnight by Kate Harper

Title: The Maiden at Midnight
Series: Midnight Masquerade (#2)
Author: Kate Harper
From: Amazon
Genre: Regency Romance
Release Date: 29th February 2012
Challenges: 2016 Reading Assignment, Summer COYER, 2016 Prequel & Sequel Challenge (2 points)
Links: Goodreads - Amazon
Synopsis (from Goodreads): Isabella Hathaway has had the most awful year; her father committed suicide after gaming away the family fortune, her brother has been lost in the ongoing skirmishes with Bonaparte and her fiance jilted her. Little wonder her spirit is bruised. To provide for her two sisters, she must find a suitable husband, no easy thing when she has been living under a cloud of scandal. When Isabella is kidnapped from a masquerade ball, she thinks she is surely ruined. But that is before she comes to know the scatty, good natured Earl of Stornley and his devilishly handsome best friend, Harry Carstairs. Isabella and Stornely hatch a plan that will get her out of trouble and land him the girl of his dreams. With Harry's far from willing help, Isabella makes plans to secure a respectable match and put her problems behind her. She is sure it will all go just as she plans - if she can avoid the lure of the the wonderfully womanizing Mr. Carstairs who makes it clear he is not in need of a wife, although not at all adverse to getting to know Isabella a lot more intimately...

The Maiden at Midnight is exactly the kind of thing I want from a Regency, there was the guaranteed HEA, the pagentry of the Season and the rules that bind the young people. But there was a little bit more to this book than that, and I found myself completely enthralled by the world in this book. 

At first I was a little worried that Joss and Isabella were going to be the romantic pairing in this book, especially after Joss mistakenly kidnaps Isabella in the beginning, and so I was very pleased when Alora came into play for Joss and something started to build between Isabella and Harry. 

The relationship between Isabella and Harry had a very modern feel to it. They worked together because they were intellectually equal, and both had a similar desire to speak what they feel and it worked. Though they also both had the stubborn streak which meant they refused to accept that they loved each other, or even felt affection for each other. 

I liked that Isabella was a strong female character in a world where it was frowned upon. She wasn't afraid to be herself and luckily she made friends who accepted her and had an understanding family. What was better though was that she realised this, and accepted that it was abnormal. 

This was definitely a good Regency romance, I really enjoyed it.