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A wicked duke’s bed is no place for a lady… Lady Merryn Fenner is on a mission to ruin the Duke of Farne. A beautiful bluestocking with a penchant for justice, Merryn has waited twelve years to satisfy her revenge against Garrick Farne. Her family name had been tarnished at his hands, her life destroyed. For twelve years Garrick, Duke of Farne has kept the secret of what rea A wicked duke’s bed is no place for a lady… Lady Merryn Fenner is on a mission to ruin the Duke of Farne. A beautiful bluestocking with a penchant for justice, Merryn has waited twelve years to satisfy her revenge against Garrick Farne. Her family name had been tarnished at his hands, her life destroyed. For twelve years Garrick, Duke of Farne has kept the secret of what really happened on the night that he killed his best friend, Stephen Fenner, in a duel. Now Stephen’s sister is intent on discovering the truth and putting at risk all those secrets Garrick has protected. When a disaster traps Merryn and Garrick together, white-hot desire stirs between the two sworn enemies. Merryn's reputation is utterly compromised and she is forced to do the one thing she cannot bear; accept the scandalous marriage proposal of the man she has vowed to ruin.


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A wicked duke’s bed is no place for a lady… Lady Merryn Fenner is on a mission to ruin the Duke of Farne. A beautiful bluestocking with a penchant for justice, Merryn has waited twelve years to satisfy her revenge against Garrick Farne. Her family name had been tarnished at his hands, her life destroyed. For twelve years Garrick, Duke of Farne has kept the secret of what rea A wicked duke’s bed is no place for a lady… Lady Merryn Fenner is on a mission to ruin the Duke of Farne. A beautiful bluestocking with a penchant for justice, Merryn has waited twelve years to satisfy her revenge against Garrick Farne. Her family name had been tarnished at his hands, her life destroyed. For twelve years Garrick, Duke of Farne has kept the secret of what really happened on the night that he killed his best friend, Stephen Fenner, in a duel. Now Stephen’s sister is intent on discovering the truth and putting at risk all those secrets Garrick has protected. When a disaster traps Merryn and Garrick together, white-hot desire stirs between the two sworn enemies. Merryn's reputation is utterly compromised and she is forced to do the one thing she cannot bear; accept the scandalous marriage proposal of the man she has vowed to ruin.

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  1. 5 out of 5

    Carol Cork *Young at Heart Oldie*

    Nicola Cornick's wonderful combination of star-crossed lovers, hidden secrets, life-threatening danger and delightful touches of humor make MISTRESS BY MIDNIGHT an unforgettable read. Lady Merryn Fenner hates Garrick Northesk, the new Duke of Farne, because ten years ago he killed her adored brother, Stephen, in a duel over Garrick's wife, Kitty. A private investigator, Tom Bradshaw, approaches Merryn with evidence to suggest that no duel actually took place and that, in fact, Garrick murdered he Nicola Cornick's wonderful combination of star-crossed lovers, hidden secrets, life-threatening danger and delightful touches of humor make MISTRESS BY MIDNIGHT an unforgettable read. Lady Merryn Fenner hates Garrick Northesk, the new Duke of Farne, because ten years ago he killed her adored brother, Stephen, in a duel over Garrick's wife, Kitty. A private investigator, Tom Bradshaw, approaches Merryn with evidence to suggest that no duel actually took place and that, in fact, Garrick murdered her brother. Since then, she has been secretly working for Tom Bradshaw hoping to find further evidence against Garrick so that she can expose him as a murderer and see him hang. In an effort to find the evidence, Merryn breaks into Farne House but is unaware that Garrick has returned from abroad to take up residence following his father's death. He discovers Merryn but she manages to escape. Garrick is unable to forget his ‘pocket goddess' of an intruder and is determined to ascertain her identity. However, when he discovers that she is Lady Merryn Fenner, he is forced to seek her out and discover exactly what she knows because the truth surrounding Stephen Fenner's death must never come to light. Despite everything that has happened in the past, Garrick and Merryn develop a deep mutual desire and, following a near death situation, they finally succumb to their intense feelings. Unfortunately, they are discovered in a highly compromising situation and are forced to marry. Can Garrick and Merryn find true happiness or will the past and a scheming enemy keep them apart? In Garrick and Merryn, Nicola Cornick has created two very memorable and complex characters. Garrick is everything a hero should be – handsome, enigmatic, powerfully built, witty and sexy. However, he has one major flaw – ten years ago, he killed his best friend under suspicious circumstances! It is clear from the start that honor and duty mean everything to Garrick and that the tragic events of the past have been significant in shaping the man he has become. I admire him for his strong sense of honor even when it is at odds with his own personal wishes. For instance, he wants to tell Merryn the truth about the circumstances surrounding her brother's death, but he knows that he cannot break the oath he took ten years ago. He is also aware that if Merryn should learn the truth, ‘she would be horribly disillusioned, all her memories tarnished and her life in ruins again'. I really felt great sympathy for Garrick as there seemed no easy solution to his dilemma. When he discovers that his father had purchased the Fenner Estates, following the death of the Earl of Fenner, he feels honor bound to return them to Merryn and her sisters by way of a gift. This is not to salve his conscience as Merryn suggests but because he is revolted by the fact that his father profited from those past tragic events. He sees being a duke and looking after the estate as a ‘monstrous duty' but one which he takes very seriously. His task is made more difficult because of his late father's terrible reputation – ‘The eighteenth Duke had beaten his servants and kicked his dogs, and vice versa.' He has to prove that he is not like his father. I could not believe that a man with such high principles would be a cold-blooded killer and was delighted when the truth was finally revealed and my faith in him rewarded. I like Merryn because I always have a soft spot for unconventional heroines. She is a very principled person who ‘believes in justice and fighting for what is right....', although she is very blinkered in her obsession with bringing Garrick to justice. She idolized her brother and has shut her eyes to his true character. We also learn that she has a guilty secret of her own which has colored her view of past events. She shows a certain naïveté with regard to Tom Bradshaw because she to fails to realise that he has been using her for his own nefarious ends. When she discovers his duplicity, she begins to doubt her own judgment. I sympathize with her dilemma with regard to her growing feelings for Garrick. He is the man who murdered her brother and she feels guilty for desiring him. I like the way in which Merryn matures over the course of the book. Initially, she regards her sisters, Joanna and Tess, as frivolous and only interested in clothes and balls. Gradually, she sees just how much they care for her and how much she loves them. Although her life has been exciting, she realizes that it has been devoid of love and that she has never experienced desire until she met Garrick. Ms Cornick does an excellent job of building and sustaining the sizzling passion between Garrick and Merryn and the love scenes are very sensual. I really warmed to Merryn's sisters, Joanna and Tess, who revealed hidden sides to their characters. Both provide support to Merryn in different ways when she is facing ruin. Ms Cornick excels in combining witty banter, exciting action, intensely passionate scenes and wonderfully descriptive narrative. I love Garrick's description of his butler, Pointer, as ‘fluttering around in the dark hall like a monstrous moth' and I could really smell the beer fumes in the scene of the London Beer Flood. I can highly recommend this book and I will certainly be reading the other two books in this Scandalous Women of the Ton series. http://www.theromancereviews.com/view... This review was originally written for The Romance Reviews

  2. 4 out of 5

    Fmbee

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I love Nicola Cornick. I love this world she's created. I love these characters. I love their relationships and the complex circumstances they find themselves in. I'm pretty sure Mistress by Midnight is my favorite book so far...I couldn't stop once I started and ended up finishing it in about 8 hours. I don't think I've experienced tummy flutters of this magnitude in long while. Every other sentence has me swooning! I love Garrick and Merryn! I enthusiastically give this story all 5 stars, and I love Nicola Cornick. I love this world she's created. I love these characters. I love their relationships and the complex circumstances they find themselves in. I'm pretty sure Mistress by Midnight is my favorite book so far...I couldn't stop once I started and ended up finishing it in about 8 hours. I don't think I've experienced tummy flutters of this magnitude in long while. Every other sentence has me swooning! I love Garrick and Merryn! I enthusiastically give this story all 5 stars, and if I could give it more I would! We pick up again with Garrick, the new Duke of Farne. He has just buried his father, a deplorable and awful man and has assumed this new position merely out of duty. Now back in London after exile, Garrick is still feeling guilt over murdering his best friend, who happened to be his wife's lover, in a duel. One night, Garrick is confronted with his past head-on, when he meets Merryn Fenner, Stephen's youngest sister. Merryn has secretly been working as an private investigator. As the youngest in her family, Merryn has been in the background, happy to focus on gaining knowledge instead of men's attention. She always had a crush on Garrick...until he kills her brother. Now she seeks vengeance. But in her quest to uncover the truth of the past--and Garrick's attempt to thwart her--we discover that there is more to the story than we initially know. Will Garrick find the redemption he seeks? Will Merryn be able to reconcile her desire for revenge with her growing feelings for Garrick? I LOVE Merryn! I love that she's an academic! She doesn't let society's expectations constrain her. Merryn is honest, clever, upright, and has such incredible fortitude. And I sympathize with her desire for justice. She's lost her family home: the Earldom of Fenner is lost since there is no heir to continue since Stephen was killed. Merryn is desperate to restore her family's name and make sure Farne pays. And then there's Garrick, who, even though I know he's done wrong, I still feel bad for him. Garrick takes his promises and responsibilities very seriously. From the beginning, it's clear that the story about this duel isn't the whole truth. And Garrick, in his attempt to protect the innocent, bears the brunt of Merryn's scorn. A few favorite moments: 1. The first kiss... Then Merryn hits Garrick over the head with a book and runs away, lolololol. Quite a meeting! And possibly love at first sight?: "I kissed her and she tasted of dust and innocence, and I have never wanted to bed a woman more in my life... " OOLALA! 2. My favorire thing about this book is the complexity of Merryn and Garrick's relationship. There's CRAZY attraction between them, but how can Merryn want to be with the man who ruins her family? - "Sleeping in Garrick's house had made her feel closer to him. It fed her hatred and hardened her determination to find out the truth." OUCH! -"Merryn Fenner he was beginning to suspect, would be a stimulating adversary." Because Garrick is also and intellectual...they have great tet a tets! Garrick is very protective of Merryn...for example, at the jail when she's talking to a witness and the jailer won't let her out, Garrick comes to the rescue... and then the kiss! But above all, it seems Garrick wants to protect Merryn from the truth: "But he also knew if the truth came out she would be horribly disillusioned, all he memories tarnished and her life in ruins again... There were others who deserved justice to, others he had sworn to protect on that terrible day the Stephen had died." Hmmmm... 3. There are also some very shady characters: Tom Bradshaw is hella suspicious. And Harriet Knight is an idiot and a whore... Stephen is seeming to be suspicious... a scoundrel indeed. M: "He was a wastrel and a gamester and we could not afford him." So Stephen may have contributed to his demise... 4. I'm heartbroken for Merryn when high society is gossiping about the Fenner family letting bygones be bygones because Garrick returns their estate... Poor Merryn! She can't bare to know that people think she sold her brother's memory. 5. The beer flood is insane, but kind of cool... I've never heard of such a thing! Besides, being trapped together seems like good way to bond: -Garrick and Merry's first sexy times... Their second sexy times... Mercy! " She felt the brush of his cheek against her thigh, then the tip of his tongue at her cote, trailing shattering pleasure." WOWSA! But then, there's the aftermath and the conflict: "She had slept with her enemy, the man who had killed her brother... She had lost her virginity. She was ruined" *CRIES* I feel so bad for Merryn, she has to be confused! Moreover, it saddens me that it's always the woman that suffers... society's scorn in these situations: " Society will destroy you... Ruined. Compromised." :( 6. I also love the Fenner women, in general! They should not be underestimated! 7. Aunt Elizabeth :))) 8. Merryn's attempt to seduce the truth from Garrick. ON HIS DESK. I admit to being annoyed with Merryn while reading. Even Joanna tells her the truth of Stephen's meanness, but Merryn remains in denial. The resolution is a little jarring, but very satisfying. We learn the truth of things, and even though we mourn, we still find love and family and happiness. I LOVVVVVVVVVVVE this book. I don't know how else to say that this series is a MUSTREAD. I'll be starting book 4 immediately! YOU SHOULD TOO!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    Publisher: HQN Publish Date: 11/30/10 How I got this book: NetGalley Lady Merryn was gently raised, but has a secret that no one knows. She has been working undercover as an inquiry agent, using her charms in the ballroom where her boss can't be. Her main goal is to take down the Duke of Farne, her older brother's former best friend, the man who allegedly shot him in a duel. Garrick, the Duke of Farne has been living with an equally huge secret, and will do anything to make sure it never comes out Publisher: HQN Publish Date: 11/30/10 How I got this book: NetGalley Lady Merryn was gently raised, but has a secret that no one knows. She has been working undercover as an inquiry agent, using her charms in the ballroom where her boss can't be. Her main goal is to take down the Duke of Farne, her older brother's former best friend, the man who allegedly shot him in a duel. Garrick, the Duke of Farne has been living with an equally huge secret, and will do anything to make sure it never comes out. But when Merryn starts looking into the details surround the duel with her brother, he worries that she may soon discover the truth. He does everything he can to thwart her investigations. When the two are caught in a very compromising position, Merryn must accept his marriage proposal. But will they be able to actually go through with the marriage, without the truth between them? Having never read Cornick before, I really enjoyed her writing. I have to say that the mystery surrounding the details of the duel kept me on edge, and as someone who can usually guess the mystery correctly, it was good to be in the dark for so long. Once the secrets were revealed, it was a little bit of a shock, and I could see why Garrick wanted to keep it a secret, and why Merryn was upset with the details. The relationship between Garrick and Merryn was fun as well. I always love stories when the hero and heroine start off with some kind of animosity between each other and can get past those to discover that they really are great together. All that sexual and romantic tension just makes the story so much better for me, and Garrick and Merryn were full of it. I did wonder for awhile there though if Merryn and Garrick would be able to overcome all their obstacles. Garrick's hang-ups with his first wife's infidelity, Merryn's somewhat disillusioned view point of her brother, her all consuming hatred of what she assumed Garrick did, Merryn's work with the inquiry agent, the list goes on. The fact that they were able to overcome, despite being shoved together through a scandal, was a hard process. I found myself tearing up at times. The supporting class of characters were amazing as well. I enjoyed Merryn's crazy sisters, and watching them go from seemingly ditzy women, to two warmhearted sisters who genuinely cared about what happened to their youngest sister. Garrick's butler provided some great comedic relief for me as well, constantly comparing poor Garrick to his over bearing father. Although this is the third book in The Scandalous Women of the Ton Series, I didn't feel as if I was missing anything by having only read this book out of the series. All in all, I give Mistress by Midnight 4 out of 5 mysterious duels.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sara

    This started out iffy, but it really pulled together. The characters were good, the heroine was actually headstrong and intelligent in a believable and likable way (something very rare in romances), the the story moved along quickly. I hate it when the sole conflict in a romance is one Giant Secret which either the hero or the heroine "can't" tell (but of course does at the end anyways), and the Big Secret got slightly irritating in this story as well. But at least the characters had a pretty go This started out iffy, but it really pulled together. The characters were good, the heroine was actually headstrong and intelligent in a believable and likable way (something very rare in romances), the the story moved along quickly. I hate it when the sole conflict in a romance is one Giant Secret which either the hero or the heroine "can't" tell (but of course does at the end anyways), and the Big Secret got slightly irritating in this story as well. But at least the characters had a pretty good reason for keeping the secret(s), and at least it was believable that they would go to such pains to do so. And it served a second purpose, which was basically to add a mystery-solving element to the story... not too bad.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Helen

    This is the 3rd book in the Scandalous Women Of The Ton series and I am loving it. This one is the story of Lady Merryn and The Duke of Farne both tortured and their lives intertwined for many years. Nicola has taken me on an adventure filled with emotion passion and honour. I loved it

  6. 5 out of 5

    Gemma

    At last, a book that has big secrets that doesn't leave the reader going, "That's it?!" when they're finally revealed. At last, a book that has big secrets that doesn't leave the reader going, "That's it?!" when they're finally revealed.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Eva

    „Mistress by Midnight“ is the 3rd novel in the „Scandalous Women of the Ton“ by Nicola Cornick and a really great novel. First of all I have to say that I love the cover art of this series, this Mira edition. They are romantic and fit the novels perfectly without being trashy like so many other romantic paperbacks. Merryn Fenner is the youngest sister of the Fenner sisters – the scandalous Tess (married three times already and three times a widow) and Joanna. But is several years younger and has „Mistress by Midnight“ is the 3rd novel in the „Scandalous Women of the Ton“ by Nicola Cornick and a really great novel. First of all I have to say that I love the cover art of this series, this Mira edition. They are romantic and fit the novels perfectly without being trashy like so many other romantic paperbacks. Merryn Fenner is the youngest sister of the Fenner sisters – the scandalous Tess (married three times already and three times a widow) and Joanna. But is several years younger and hasn’t the connection her sisters have towards each other because she doesn’t care about fashion. She only cares about justice – justice for her brother’s early death. That’s why she hates Garrick Northesk, the Duke of Farne, so much. It was his hand who killed her brother, Stephen, because her brother had an affair with Farne’s wife. Because her life is downright boring she works for Tim Bradshaw, a private investigator, to find out more about Garrick but also to have some thrill in her life. Her sisters don’t know about her “private” life because she invents friends, events and many other things. She’s a bluestocking so nobody in her family questions her. After Farne’s death he gets his father’s title, something he never wanted, and responsibilities, also various estates. When he comes to one of his estates, he sleeps in his usual room but finds female things there – underwear, a book, glasses and so on … because Merryn is hiding under the bed, his bed. She is there to go through documents but since the house was closed down long ago, no servant looked into the bedrooms on a regular base. But when he pulls her from under the bed, he doesn’t know who she is nor does she tells him. Fact is, he cannot forget her and tries to trap her in quite a few situations, corner her but also rescue her. Later one their ways are crossing again because she wants to blame him for Stephan’s death and she wants answers, she wants to know what really happens. And she is curious why she is the only one in her family who wants to know because her sisters don’t care, like they knew a different brother than she did. Of course they get into a precarious situation and Farne offers for her hand, against Merryn’s will. It’s a lovely story and has much more storyline in it. It’s about a scandal that happened years ago, a scandal that hasn’t subsided yet and puts Merryn into a complicated situation in the ton. Her sisters are older than she is, were married before and don’t care about ton. They have money and eventually know what happened back when Stephan was killed in a duel? I like Cornicks way to portrait this family a lot. Merryn isn’t the typical bluestocking, she is only looking for the truth but has to realize that things are different, that she knows more about it without knowing it because she doesn’t want to see the truth, or at least parts of it. She idealizes Stephan but knows, deep inside, that he wasn’t the perfect brother but a hopeless rake who took advantage of an ill woman, Farne’s wife. Farne is a hero, a classical one – good looking, sensitive and he cares about the people around him but if he gives his word to keep something secret, he does. He doesn’t give a damn about the estates, the title, the ton. It is hard to believe that somebody that sensual would kill in cold blood and that’s exactly what Cornick does so perfectly well – she paints pictures. The reader get the illusion that it is possible that he killed Stephan, shot him twice. I also liked the way Merryn realizes that her sisters aren’t as shallow as she thinks they are. They care deeply for her but she thinks that they only care about dresses, jewels and balls. If you have read the other books of the series, you see, that they have impressive stories to tell themselves. All in all it’s a great story. Funny to read and you cannot close the book easily because it is that well written. I like books that are able to paint pictures while reading, so you can see the movie in front of you. There are many Regency writers out there but Cornick is special. Rating: 4****

  8. 4 out of 5

    Moon Love

    There are many themes that I find myself enjoying. The "revenge" theme is one of them. There is just something about seeing two people falling in love and overcoming this gigantic hurdle of hate between them. After all, it is said that there is a thin line between love and hate. However, for some reason I wasn't able to fully immerse myself in the story and enjoy it. Lady Merryn Fenner is the youngest of four siblings. She lost her idol and older brother Lord Stephen Fenner when she was 13 years There are many themes that I find myself enjoying. The "revenge" theme is one of them. There is just something about seeing two people falling in love and overcoming this gigantic hurdle of hate between them. After all, it is said that there is a thin line between love and hate. However, for some reason I wasn't able to fully immerse myself in the story and enjoy it. Lady Merryn Fenner is the youngest of four siblings. She lost her idol and older brother Lord Stephen Fenner when she was 13 years old. She's recently taken to snooping around in the Duke of Farne, Gareth Northesk's London home to find proof that what the Ton thinks happened regarding her brother's death is in fact incorrect, and a murder investigation should take place. Lady Merryn and Lord Northesk happen to meet after 12 years, when he returns from his father's funeral to find her hiding under his bed and her scent in his sheets. Right from the start, Gareth is crazy about Merryn. She's attracted to him as well, but she's firm in her resolve to get her revenge on Gareth. She won't let anyone, including her sisters sway her on her mission. Both Gareth and Merryn try their best to keep their repective secrets. There were very few things I liked about this book. I liked how Nicola Cornick makes an interesting piece of British history a focal point for developments between the characters. It's not an event a layman would know about. I also liked how Merryn's sisters were voices of reason. I wasn't able to infer much about their character's from this book, but it was quite obvious they had starred in their own books, which I have not read. What I did not like about this book is how Merryn was so focused on getting revenge. She deliberately pursued the issue when she knew her brother was not spotless in the whole scandal. She deliberately chose to ignore what she had seen of her brother's actions and decided to place the blame on Gareth. She didn't listen to her sisters who had long ago given up any anger they had held against Gareth and warned her about what she would find out about Stephen. I didn't like how Gareth was so adamant about keeping the real reason and cause of Stephen's death from Merryn and his sisters. It seemed like a surmountable impasse that should have been a non-issue, but became onebecause there was no real communication between Merryn and Gareth. The plot was very helter skelter. Plus the supporting characters didn't do much supporting and it was very hard to like Bradshaw and Henrietta. This book is very heavy on the drama and secrets. The theme of revenge was pushed to the extreme. If that is something you like, then this book is definitely for you. Having read and enjoyed some of Nicola Cornick's previous releases like "The Undoing of a Lady," I hope this book is a one of a kind and will definitely pick up her next work.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Mary Gramlich

    Historical Romance at its very best is written by Nicola Cornick Garrick Charles Christmas Northesk, The Duke of Farne is dealing with the relief of his father’s death, the burden of gaining the title of Duke, the guilt even after all these years of having killed his best friend and the annoyance of that man’s sister who is attempting to have him tried for murder after all these years. Lady Merryn Fenner is a wisp of a woman who has made it her mission in life to have Garrick brought up on charge Historical Romance at its very best is written by Nicola Cornick Garrick Charles Christmas Northesk, The Duke of Farne is dealing with the relief of his father’s death, the burden of gaining the title of Duke, the guilt even after all these years of having killed his best friend and the annoyance of that man’s sister who is attempting to have him tried for murder after all these years. Lady Merryn Fenner is a wisp of a woman who has made it her mission in life to have Garrick brought up on charges resulting from her brother’s demise that she holds Garrick solely responsible for. This mission has consumed the bluestocking every waking moment and drove her into the unheard of profession of Inquiry Agent the Regency version of a private detective. Merryn feels so passionate about justice and revenge is the bittersweet pill will take to have Garrick held accountable for his sins. But when confronted by him her objective becomes blurred when the hatred turns to lust and the vendetta becomes passion and a new obsession reveals itself in the overwhelming desire to have him kiss her. It is such a fine line in identifying the emotions that drive us from one extreme to another and Merryn becomes confused to say the least. Merryn is so much more than just one dimensional and it takes Garrick’s gentle touch and warm heart to show her that hiding behind the glasses she doesn’t need and the tough façade she doesn’t possess is only going to get her hurt. Garrick is trying his best to right the wrongs done to Merryn’s family and while she cries foul over the gesture her hands are wrapped around his neck and her lips are pressed against his. When exactly did she become the seductress and not the victim? Once the walls literally come down upon them the secrets start to reveal themselves, the lies exposed, lust explored and the truth finally told. Garrick and Merryn learn they can love and trust one another with their hearts as well as their long buried thoughts. The deeds of the past bring pain and it is possible to love the person who performed them once you learn the difference between fact and fiction. This final book in the series is splendid to say the least. It is the exploration, again of an event that while not central to the story lends itself to some historical interaction with romance which is always a pleasure to read. As a die-hard fan of Ms. Cornick’s books this one again shows how historical romance is written and the variety each character brings to her books. Merryn is tough and dealing with all her sensibilities while Garrick is soft trying to be strong and carry on where others have failed. Thank you Nicola for writing such awe inspiring stories it is greatly appreciated.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn Storer

    “Mistress by Midnight” is the third book in the ‘The Scandalous Women of the Ton’ series by Nicola Cornick, and the best so far in my opinion. Although the format is very much the same with each novel I really enjoy Cornick’s style of writing, it’s very easy to read and her stories seem to suck me in from the first chapter. She is fast becoming one of my favourite historical romance authors. Our heroine is Merryn Fenner, a young woman in her early twenties who is quite different from the other la “Mistress by Midnight” is the third book in the ‘The Scandalous Women of the Ton’ series by Nicola Cornick, and the best so far in my opinion. Although the format is very much the same with each novel I really enjoy Cornick’s style of writing, it’s very easy to read and her stories seem to suck me in from the first chapter. She is fast becoming one of my favourite historical romance authors. Our heroine is Merryn Fenner, a young woman in her early twenties who is quite different from the other ladies of the ton. Merryn isn’t much into fashion and grand balls and thinks being a debutante is a tedious business. She would rather curl up with a good book, go to the theatre or attend lectures to broaden her mind. Merryn is an intellectual, educated woman and is working secretly for an inquiry agency as a working woman, which is not the done thing in high society. Her main aim is taking revenge on the Duke of Farne for the death of her brother and the pain he caused ten years before. At five feet tall, she maybe small, but she’s feisty and smart. I loved the way that when she became angry, and this usually happened when around Garrick, she lifts her chin and marches off in the opposite direction to show her displeasure. She is just so cute. I can totally understand why Garrick would be utterly taken with her. Garrick Northesk, the Duke of Farne is our hero and he’s one of my all time favourites. I just fell hook line and sinker for this particular gentleman. He's strong and gorgeous, but sweet and caring with a touch of vulnerability, a great combination. He has a dark past which is revealed slowly and the outcome surprises all, especially Merryn... Both Merryn and Garrick are wonderful characters. I fell in love with both of them. They are so lonely and yet don’t want to admit it. They both have a past that continues to weave its way into their present and prevents them from giving in to their feelings. But this restraint is what gives their relationship so much fire and passion. Their dialogue is wonderful, at times very witty and at other times intense and tender. Their relationship takes time to grow, which made the happy ending so much more satisfying. VERDICT: Another wonderful historical romance from Ms Cornick. If you haven’t read this author before then I recommend you do – I’m sure you won’t be disappointed, especially if you love historical romance. “Mistress by Midnight” is a fabulous read and I would recommend it just for the jail scene alone *fans self*

  11. 5 out of 5

    April

    MISTRESS BY MIDNIGHT by Nicola Cornick is a wonderful historical romance set in 1814 London. It is the third in the "Scandalous Women of the Ton",(#1 Whisper of Scandal,#2 One Wicked Sin") but can be read as a stand alone. It is well written with depth,details,fast paced, page turning and the plot is easy to follow with twists and turns. It has romance,passion,secrets,regrets,witty banter between the hero and heroine,action,danger,sweet sensuality, healing,redemption desire,vengeance, a vendetta MISTRESS BY MIDNIGHT by Nicola Cornick is a wonderful historical romance set in 1814 London. It is the third in the "Scandalous Women of the Ton",(#1 Whisper of Scandal,#2 One Wicked Sin") but can be read as a stand alone. It is well written with depth,details,fast paced, page turning and the plot is easy to follow with twists and turns. It has romance,passion,secrets,regrets,witty banter between the hero and heroine,action,danger,sweet sensuality, healing,redemption desire,vengeance, a vendetta,disaster, finding out the truth, and finding true love against the odds. The hero, Garrick, is handsome,haunted by the past,killed his best friend,lost his wife twelve years earlier,sexy,has secrets,and regrets.The heroine,Merryn, is beautiful,strong-willed,plain in the eyes of others,has a vendetta against Garrick(he killed her brother during a duel),looking for the truth,has secrets of her own and regrets. When they first meet sparks begin to fit with witty banter,and mistrust. After a disaster leaves them trapped together,they learn that not only do they have a strong attraction for each other. But one must try to keep a long ago secret that could destroy the innocence of others.And one must find the truth about her brother's death.When they are found in a comprising position,Garrick ask Merryn's hand in marriage.At first she refuses,but soon learns her feelings have actually changed and she is falling in love with him,but she must find out the truth of that long ago day when her brother was killed.Garrick wants to tell her the truth,but is obligated to keep a secret,finds he is being pulled apart by his actions. He is falling in love with Merryn.Will the truth of long ago finally come out and heal third families?This is a must read series with witty banter between the hero and heroine,a dark secret that could destroy the innocent,a promise that could destroy the love between the hero and heroine or all the secrets be revealed and help heal three families.I would highly recommend this book for it is full of passion,desire,and healing.This book was received for the purpose of review from Net Galley and details can be found at Harlequin and My Book Addiction and More.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jen Davis

    Merryn has devoted the last decade of her life to learning the details of her brother's death and plotting to make his killer pay. It's common knowledge that Stephen died in a duel at the hands of his friend Garrick. Stephen had been having an affair with Garrick's wife, who also died young. Garrick left town in the scandal, but now that he has returned, Merryn intends to find proof that something was amiss at that duel... and she won't rest until she finds justice. There is, indeed, more to the Merryn has devoted the last decade of her life to learning the details of her brother's death and plotting to make his killer pay. It's common knowledge that Stephen died in a duel at the hands of his friend Garrick. Stephen had been having an affair with Garrick's wife, who also died young. Garrick left town in the scandal, but now that he has returned, Merryn intends to find proof that something was amiss at that duel... and she won't rest until she finds justice. There is, indeed, more to the story of Stephen's death than meets the eye. But the truth is very slowly unveiled, even to the reader. Garrick feels great remorse for his actions and has all but written off the possibility of happiness. But as his path crosses with Merryn, he begins to feel emotions he has long thought dead. And despite her disdain and distrust, she is drawn to him in a way she can't deny. Reviews like these are always the hardest to write. The book was ok; pretty standard Regency romance. Self-castigating hero, plucky but naive heroine: they fall in love despite their best intentions... a secret looming that could destroy them all. Throw in a little sex, a little scandal, and voila! I found the heroine awfully innocent (and not just sexually) for a 25 year-old; and the idea that she could lust after Garrick after hating him so thoroughly and for so long, was kind-of a tough pill to swallow. And speaking of far-fetched, I had real trouble with the idea of two people getting intimate after being soaked in old beer and a caved-in building for two days. They were hurt; they were dirty; they had to stink... and they're having awesome sex - without a bath? Nuh-uh. Otherwise, it was fairly good, I guess. The twist on the "big secret" was surprising in the end. And other than the beer-sex, I enjoyed the love scenes. 3 stars. *ARC Provided by NetGalley

  13. 5 out of 5

    Daisy

    I liked that in this romance novel there was actually a real reason for the two main characters to have problems. Because, really, if you believed a man killed your brother, you wouldn't be all over him either. And Merryn isn't, she just can't seem to help herself, though if this were the real world I'd imagine it would give her many a worry-wrinkle ;) And I just loved Garrick. He was so noble and manly and just swoonworthy. I love when the men are swoonworthy. I'd guessed what the secret Garrick I liked that in this romance novel there was actually a real reason for the two main characters to have problems. Because, really, if you believed a man killed your brother, you wouldn't be all over him either. And Merryn isn't, she just can't seem to help herself, though if this were the real world I'd imagine it would give her many a worry-wrinkle ;) And I just loved Garrick. He was so noble and manly and just swoonworthy. I love when the men are swoonworthy. I'd guessed what the secret Garrick was working so hard to protect was pretty early on, but it's a genuine secret and I loved him all the more for his being so loyal and trustworthy in this. But if I'd been Merryn, I would have made a MUCH bigger scene about it when I found out, I mean, hello! Not cool to hide that from her and her sisters! But I'd have forgiven him in the end, cause he's too handsome to stay mad at. There was some wonderful tension between them, but I don't remember actually crying, but especially Merryn struggling with her feelings was wonderful and real and I really, really enjoyed this book! My rating: 4 stars

  14. 4 out of 5

    Cassia

    I love all Cornick's romances in the series of "Scandalous Ladies of the Ton"? Why? There are many reasons. Characters. Women always suffer because of a bad family or marital's relationship. Most of Cornick’s heroes and heroines start their relationships thinking of being in lust and perceive they are in love only in the end (of course women usually know first). Heroes are always driven by duty and honor. Plots. They are rich, never miss action and even some danger. You want to know not only how t I love all Cornick's romances in the series of "Scandalous Ladies of the Ton"? Why? There are many reasons. Characters. Women always suffer because of a bad family or marital's relationship. Most of Cornick’s heroes and heroines start their relationships thinking of being in lust and perceive they are in love only in the end (of course women usually know first). Heroes are always driven by duty and honor. Plots. They are rich, never miss action and even some danger. You want to know not only how the passion fulfils, but how and where the adventures of the main characters carry you. Sex. You need sex in romances because our lives are already empty of passionate moments. There is hotness both in dialogues and actions in Cornick’s novels, and always of the finest quality. Never too explicit, or excessively packed with minute details. In the series of the “Scandalous Ladies”, this is my favorite after “Wisper of Scandal”. Action there is a lot and a detective story is also included.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly Walter

    Merryn is set out to expose the truth of what happened between Garrick the Duke of Farne, Kitty the Duchess of Farne and Stephen her brother twelve years earlier, that resulted in the death of her brother. She is convinced that Garrick killed her brother in cold blood murder. Garrick is doing everything he can to prevent Merryn from finding the truth from horrible tragedy twelve years ago, in order to keep innocents safe from hurtful truths that would ruin them. But neither of them was prepared Merryn is set out to expose the truth of what happened between Garrick the Duke of Farne, Kitty the Duchess of Farne and Stephen her brother twelve years earlier, that resulted in the death of her brother. She is convinced that Garrick killed her brother in cold blood murder. Garrick is doing everything he can to prevent Merryn from finding the truth from horrible tragedy twelve years ago, in order to keep innocents safe from hurtful truths that would ruin them. But neither of them was prepared for the attraction to them that was close to explosive. As the truth starts to unravel, Merryn sees Garrick in a whole new light and falls in love with him. Finally the truth is out and they can begin a new future together. I liked this book. Lots of twists and of course lots of passion between Garrick and Merryn. I can't wait to read the rest of the series.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Joy

    Cornick is hit-or-miss with me but this one was closer to a hit than a miss. The heroine, an inquistive intellectual bent on revenge for her brother's death, investigates his slayer--a man she used to love. Who is in turn maddeningly attracted to her. And then there is a big, and I mean big, flood of beer, trapping them together. Amazing, but the beer flood, the most preposterous part of this romance, is the one event in the book that actually happened in real life. A romance on the better side Cornick is hit-or-miss with me but this one was closer to a hit than a miss. The heroine, an inquistive intellectual bent on revenge for her brother's death, investigates his slayer--a man she used to love. Who is in turn maddeningly attracted to her. And then there is a big, and I mean big, flood of beer, trapping them together. Amazing, but the beer flood, the most preposterous part of this romance, is the one event in the book that actually happened in real life. A romance on the better side of average.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Highland-dreamer

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I think I liked this story the best of the series so far, but at the same time, the dialogue got a little old, as they kept bringing up the same issues. I got it after the first several times it was mentioned- He was trying to protect her by hiding the truth, she could never forgive him for killing her brother. All important issues, but I didn't feel it needed to mentioned each time they had a conversation. There are many characters in this series so far, I can't wait to read the other stories!! I think I liked this story the best of the series so far, but at the same time, the dialogue got a little old, as they kept bringing up the same issues. I got it after the first several times it was mentioned- He was trying to protect her by hiding the truth, she could never forgive him for killing her brother. All important issues, but I didn't feel it needed to mentioned each time they had a conversation. There are many characters in this series so far, I can't wait to read the other stories!!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kit★

    This one in my opinion was the best of the series so far. I really liked Merryn, and related to her very easily. Garrick was a great hero too, and was very well-written. I could clearly understand his motives, and adored his attraction to Merryn, it was awkward and unwanted but burned them both up. The little bit of mystery of the truth behind her brother's death and the things that happened in the past kept the pace quick for me. I really want to find more by this author, I like her style. This one in my opinion was the best of the series so far. I really liked Merryn, and related to her very easily. Garrick was a great hero too, and was very well-written. I could clearly understand his motives, and adored his attraction to Merryn, it was awkward and unwanted but burned them both up. The little bit of mystery of the truth behind her brother's death and the things that happened in the past kept the pace quick for me. I really want to find more by this author, I like her style.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Judith

    One of those stories where the main characters starting out hating each other. Usually I get tired of this plot scenario REAL FAST, but Ms Cornick has written such a good novel and the flow of the story is so very good, that I was carried along without the usual irritation over the on-going fight. One of those historicals that is so romantic and really lots of good sizzle. Ended up loving it, don't you know? One of those stories where the main characters starting out hating each other. Usually I get tired of this plot scenario REAL FAST, but Ms Cornick has written such a good novel and the flow of the story is so very good, that I was carried along without the usual irritation over the on-going fight. One of those historicals that is so romantic and really lots of good sizzle. Ended up loving it, don't you know?

  20. 5 out of 5

    Steffanie

    Not as good as "Notorious" but a great read, all the same. The main female character is a little frustrating and acts like a child but I', guessing that this is the reason the male lead falls for her. Towards the end of the book she matures, which is very comforting and satisfying for the reader. I must read the rest of the series, now!!! Not as good as "Notorious" but a great read, all the same. The main female character is a little frustrating and acts like a child but I', guessing that this is the reason the male lead falls for her. Towards the end of the book she matures, which is very comforting and satisfying for the reader. I must read the rest of the series, now!!!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Bailey

    Brilliant. Actually finished some time ago but didn't update my info here. This was a terrific finale to the trilogy of Scandalous Women. I loved the whole lot and this last one was brilliant. An unusual heroine and an unexpected hero. The climax was cleverly done and thrilling from first to last. I thoroughly recommend reading all three books. Brilliant. Actually finished some time ago but didn't update my info here. This was a terrific finale to the trilogy of Scandalous Women. I loved the whole lot and this last one was brilliant. An unusual heroine and an unexpected hero. The climax was cleverly done and thrilling from first to last. I thoroughly recommend reading all three books.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Joanne

    I loved this book......Merryn Fenner wants to ruin the Duke of Farne. She's a bluestocking and want revenge for her brother's death 10 yrs ago. She blames the Duke for her brother's death. Did he kill her bro or not? Read it, it's great!! Love, romance, has it all. I loved this book......Merryn Fenner wants to ruin the Duke of Farne. She's a bluestocking and want revenge for her brother's death 10 yrs ago. She blames the Duke for her brother's death. Did he kill her bro or not? Read it, it's great!! Love, romance, has it all.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly Van Meter

    I really enjoyed this book. The author's writing style is crisp and I enjoyed the author's strong grasp of language. For the first time in years, I found myself looking up the definition of a word and that was refreshing! The plot was engaging and I thoroughly enjoyed the story overall. I really enjoyed this book. The author's writing style is crisp and I enjoyed the author's strong grasp of language. For the first time in years, I found myself looking up the definition of a word and that was refreshing! The plot was engaging and I thoroughly enjoyed the story overall.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Ilze

    Really enjoyed this book up to the explosion. However, once the h/h were rescued from that, melodrama took over and severely reduced my enjoyment of the book. So - 4 stars for the first part, 2 stars for the last part gets a 3-star average rating.

  25. 4 out of 5

    1950s PinUp

    This was a very good book. I can't wait to read the next one in this series. I absolutely "loved" Merryn. I liked how the author made her character. So, far the 3 books in this series I have read did not disappoint. I hope it continues, that way. This was a very good book. I can't wait to read the next one in this series. I absolutely "loved" Merryn. I liked how the author made her character. So, far the 3 books in this series I have read did not disappoint. I hope it continues, that way.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jana J.

    3.5 stars

  27. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    I thought this series was getting better but I don't think it is. This book was just a good book. It wasn't nothing special and I wouldn't want to read it again. I thought this series was getting better but I don't think it is. This book was just a good book. It wasn't nothing special and I wouldn't want to read it again.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Harlequin Books

    Miniseries: Scandalous Women of the Ton

  29. 5 out of 5

    Rita Jett

    Lovely novel. Filled with lots of emotion and longing. (review coming soon)

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jess the Romanceaholic

    Review to follow later this week 4/5 Stars

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