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Fire at Midnight [Kindle Edition]

Lisa Marie Wilkinson
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Rachael Penrose is confined to Bedlam insane asylum in London after discovering that her uncle Victor plans to kill her brother in order to inherit the family fortune. Victor, with a gang of criminals, uses French privateer Sebastien Falconer as the scapegoat for his crimes. When Victor spreads the lie that Rachael informed on Falconer’s smuggling activities, Falconer vows revenge on the girl. Gripping suspense and romance play out in front of numerous historical details, including a violent storm that devastated England in 1703 and swept the Eddystone Lighthouse into the sea.


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"Lisa Marie Wilkinson weaves deep emotion, tenderness and sensuality into a rich historical tapestry in this sweeping romance of adventure and intrigue."  —Christine Wells, author, The Dangerous Duke



"A stunning historical debut . . . a fast-paced read filled with mystery, intrigue, and a passionate characters who will captivate readers until the last page."  Stacy Kane, author, Gunslinger's Untamed Bride


"Full of twists and turns, it will definitely keep you turning the pages."  —

Novelspot



"A well researched and entertaining historical filled with unforeseen twists and turns."  —Romance Reviews Today



"4 stars HOT Romance. Action and suspense differentiate this tale of adventure and love. Wilkinson creates the right combination of believable characters, snappy dialogue and fast paced storytelling."  —Romantic Times BOOKreviews



"Fire at Midnight is thoroughly enjoyable and historical fans will love it."  —The Romance Readers Connection



"5 Ribbons. Full of suspense, passion, characters you'll either love (or love to hate), and a plot so thick that you'll feel like you're part of it."  —Romance Junkies



"A masterful storyteller, Wilkinson has created a fast-paced tale with superbly drawn characters."  —RomanceRoundTable

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"Lisa Marie Wilkinson weaves deep emotion, tenderness and sensuality into a rich historical tapestry in this sweeping romance of adventure and intrigue." Christine Wells, author, The Dangerous Duke "A stunning historical debut ... a fast-paced read filled with mystery, intrigue, and a passionate characters who will captivate readers until the last page." Stacy Kane, author, Gunslinger's Untamed Bride "A well researched and entertaining historical filled with unforeseen twists and turns." Romance Reviews Today "Full of twists and turns, it will definitely keep you turning the pages." Novelspot "A fast, enjoyable read set in an atypical era for historical romance." Historical Novels Review "4 stars HOT Romance, action and suspense differentiate this tale of adventure and love. Wilkinson creates the right combination of believable characters, snappy dialogue and fast paced storytelling." Romantic Times BOOKreviews "Fire at Midnight is thoroughly enjoyable and historical fans will love it." The Romance Readers Connection "5 Ribbons. Full of suspense, passion, characters you'll either love (or love to hate), and a plot so thick that you'll feel like you're part of it." Romance Junkies

Product Details

  • File Size: 510 KB
  • Print Length: 373 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1933836547
  • Publisher: Medallion Press (March 1, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004IK8TNI
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #786,641 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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68 of 73 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Formulaic and Boring Romance November 6, 2009
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I love romance novels; I've read more than I should admit to. While there are various types of story lines that continually appear, the best novels take these themes and transform them into something different and unexpected. Wilkinson's book, unfortunately, does not do that.

The premise of the book is this: a young woman is in Bedlam (an insane asylum) by her cruel and vicious uncle who will only inherit after her infant brother's death. Since the heroine already knows too much, she must be killed as well. Why the uncle put her in Bedlam, of all places, though he always knew that he would have to kill her, is beyond me. Wilkinson tried exceedingly hard to create a villain to hate, but he becomes too cruel, too vicious, too completely unbelievable. However, he pales in comparison to the hero and heroine. The hero, Sebastian, I didn't always mind - however, he was a typical romance hero: tall, dark, a womanizer, family issues and a bit brutal. I felt like he was a poor imitation of an Anne Stuart hero, who's particularly known for creating compelling "bad boy" heroes.

As for the heroine, Rackel, Wilkinson tried to create a witty, independent woman, but all she did was create a character who seemed two-dimensional and a bit flighty. She doesn't do much in the book except be kidnapped (literally about 15 times), scream and lunge at people like a cat when they make her angry. Oh, and fall helplessly into the hero's arms, of course, while experiencing various "sensations" throughout her body which she is unable to define (answer: lust). And that's all their relationship is: lust.
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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful
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Why oh why is the woman always a simpering, innocent virgin and the man always a long haired rogue with flashing eyes that has bedded a hundred women? Is there a rule requiring this in all romance novels? And are we really supposed to believe that in the 1700s when women practically wore undergarments made of chains, that the heroine is really going to hand over her maidenhead to this man she has known for all of two days?

I picked this up due to all the awards and rave reviews. The story line is actually a neat idea but I couldn't get past the hero's glittering, vivid eyes, the heroine's simpering and constant fright, and the growling. Yes, growling. Seems the hero is always growling, not speaking.

Rachael escapes a mental institution that her greedy, scheming uncle has placed her in and runs right into the arms of her unknown enemy, Sebastien and within two nights, hands him her maidenhead before she runs off and ends up with his twin brother... and flees with fright constantly.

Fans of the typical romance will love this. I personally like more strong minded heroines. I would like to come across a romance novel in which the woman has bedded numerous men and the man is a simpering virgin! That would be a fun twist!

Love the cover. However, it doesn't suit this book. It needs one of those covers with a muscular long haired Fabio on the front with a half naked dame in his arms.

For historical romance that is historically accurate and has strong minded female characters, check out Elizabeth Chadwick. I would start with The Marsh King's Daughter.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Romantic July 7, 2009
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The year is 1703. Rachael Penrose has been imprisoned in the "Bedlam" insane asylum in London, where the conditions are deplorable. Her uncle, Victor, plans to dispose of her and her little brother so that he can inherit the family fortune.

With the help of a friend, Rachael manages to escape the mental hospital and sets out to find her brother before it is too late. Shortly thereafter, she meets Sebastian Falconer, a dashingly handsome, French privateer and smuggler. Masquerading as a friend, Sebastian offers Rachael his home as a refuse from danger, but in reality he is setting a trap for this woman he believes to be his mortal enemy. An intense, romantic love/hate relationship builds almost immediately between these two determined, and strong-spirited main characters.

Fire at Midnight has all the right ingredients: treachery, sexual tension, maniacal plotting, intensely passionate love scenes, and a clever story-line. Ms. Wilkinson has spun a tale of mystery that will keep the reader holding their breath from the first page to the last sentence.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor character development August 18, 2010
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I bought this book based on several five star reviews and was very disappointed in it. There were several characters that were essential to the plot, but the author never developed them so that you got to know them.They were much too one-dimensional. The 2 main characters continually changed their feelings about each other. One minute they hated each other and the next they were making love to each other, only to hate each other a few pages later. I thought all of the plot twists were convoluted. It seemed as though the author threw in as many plot twists as she could think of. By the waythe editing could have been better...you murder someone in "cold blood", not "hot blood". This book started out pretty nicely, but quickly got to be ridiculous. I did finish the book because I felt as though I had made too much of a committment to the book to put it down, but I was left feeling extremely disappointed. This book could have been so much better if the author hadn't felt compelled to throw everything in but the kitchen sink!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good book.
Published 22 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A fun read. Enjoyed the story. Heroine kind of dumb, but aren't they all?
Published 1 month ago by Vicki Kynaston
4.0 out of 5 stars Great historic adventure/romance. Would recommend.
Very enjoyable historic romance with lots of adventure thrown in for good measure. I loved the book
Published 1 month ago by zaava1
5.0 out of 5 stars very good book
This book has a plot. The characters are well rounded, like able or hated. I enjoyed this read not only for the story line but also because there were not many typos or need of... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Priscilla O'Dell
1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth wasting my time to read
I read a couple of chapters and threw it away. Didn't keep my interest.
Published 6 months ago by Jane B. Phelps
5.0 out of 5 stars smooth read
Good story line, a little graphic on the love scenes (not a romance novel fan) but a good story and fast read.
Published 7 months ago by Aimee Harlan
5.0 out of 5 stars A captivating historical novel of love, loyalty and intrigue.
Twin brothers separated as toddlers come together as men with their countries at war. One is an English customs official and one is a privateer for France. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Jacquelyn Porath
2.0 out of 5 stars Poorly developed characters with no chemistry between them
I was excited about this book and really enjoyed the first few chapters. At about ¼ the way through, it took a turn that made me stop reading. I have no desire to complete it now. Read more
Published 9 months ago by songbirdsue
3.0 out of 5 stars No Fire for me.
The historical aspects of this book were interesting and kept me going. I liked it, but can't rave about it. It was a classic love story with misunderstandings and reconciliations.
Published 10 months ago by Laura M. Cook
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting historical
After the story it was shown that the country had had a once in a lifetime storm which did as the story pervailed. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Pat
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I'm Ohio-born, California-educated, and I currently reside in Tennessee, which makes me well-traveled if you don't define well-traveled too stringently. I love talking about books from either side of the fence, as a writer or a reader.

I'm an author who might never have been published if not for writing contests. Lacking the courage to submit directly to agents and editors, I began entering my work in RWA chapter contests. After 60+ finals and placements on four different manuscripts, a final round editor judge in the Florida Romance Writers Golden Palm contest requested the full manuscript of "Fire at Midnight" and subsequently offered me my first contract.

My first historical adventure-romance novel, "Fire at Midnight" was released in March 2009 by Medallion Press, and reviewers have been very generous:

*Rated 9/10 by Novelspot
*Five Stars from SingleTitles.com
*Five Stars from Midwest Book Reviews
*Five Blue Ribbons from Romance Junkies
*Four Stars from Affaire de Coeur
*Four Stars from Romantic Times Book Reviews
*Named "One of the best books published in Chicago," by Publish Chicago.

Please visit my website to view the video trailer for "Fire at Midnight" and also the new trailer for "Stolen Promise," my next historical adventure-romance which will be released in March 2010.

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