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Midnight's Wild Passion [Kindle Edition]

Anna Campbell
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)

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Book Description

“Truly, deeply romantic.”
—Eloisa James

“Anna Campbell is an amazing, daring new voice in romance.”
—Lorraine Heath

The extraordinary Anna Campbell is making her mark in the world of historical romance fiction. New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens calls her dark and captivating stories of love and passion, “Regency noir—different and intriguing,” while USA Today bestseller Kathryn Smith raves that, “Anna Campbell writes with the kind of intense emotion and dark passion that entraps the reader and refuses to let them go until the last page is read.” With Midnight’s Wild Passion, she delights readers once again with a richly emotional story of vengeance, passion, and redemption—as a notorious seducer’s plans to ruin the daughter of his enemy are thwarted by his intended victim’s guardian, a beautiful, worldly wise lady with a weakness for handsome rogues. Fans of Lisa Kleypas and early Catherine Coulter take note: Anna Campbell is definitely your cup of hot and spicy tea!

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From the Back Cover

London's most notorious seducer, Nicholas Challoner lives solely for revenge . . .

The dashing, licentious Marquess of Ranelaw can never forgive Godfrey Demarest for ruining his sister—now the time has come to repay the villain in the same coin. But one formidably intriguing impediment stands in the way of Nicholas's vengeance: Miss Antonia Smith, companion to his foe's unsuspecting daughter.

Having herself been deceived and disgraced by a rogue—banished by her privileged family as a result and forced to live a lie—Antonia vows to protect her charge from the same cruel fate. She recognizes Ranelaw for the shameless blackguard he is and will devote every ounce of her intelligence and resolve to thwarting him.

Yet Antonia has always had a fatal weakness for rakes . . .

About the Author

Anna Campbell decided to become a writer shortly after she learned to walk. Then she discovered romance novels and realized she just had to be a romance writer and tell stories about love and hope and triumph through adversity, not forgetting gorgeous, passionate men. After various jobs and as much travel as she could afford, including a stay of several years in the United Kingdom, Anna has now settled near the sea on the east coast of Australia.

Product Details

  • File Size: 731 KB
  • Print Length: 405 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0061684309
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books (April 26, 2011)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004JN1D82
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #199,336 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Nicholas Challoner, Marquess of Ranelaw is a man with a mission and nothing is going to stop him from ruining the daughter of the man who destroyed his sister's life and tore his family apart. Granted his family was utter chaos but ruinous situations will be corrected regardless of how many years it takes and who gets hurt. He has been plotting this well calculated revenge for years and he was mere steps away from executing his plan when what should happen to stop Renelaw in his tracks but fate. Now this fate that stepped in looked nothing like what he could have imagined would slow him down as Miss Antonio Smith the young woman's companion and chaperone is not at all appealing. She is dressed in a dowdy and shapeless fashion to keep attention away from herself but she is taking his breath away and Ranelaw cannot explain the reason why. She is not the woman in any of his dreams but the stirring in his heart and thoughts in his head about her are saying otherwise and diverting him from his target. Toni also has a mission and that is to keep rogues like Ranelaw away from charge at any cost but can she keep him away from herself.

Ranelaw may be hiding secrets but they are nothing compared to the ones that Toni has walked around with and secreting behind. She lost her family because of her poor decisions banned to a life of servitude. She has accepted her fate in life, will not let it happen to any other girl, and has her own tricks to keep it from happening to another. A man may sweet talk his way into a young woman's favor but a smart companion can stand between them and halt any further discussion. However, the talk toward her from Ranelaw is what has her heart aflutter again and she knows better and can stop herself, but does she want to.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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What I Loved: Oh what a fun, wild ride this rake and his ruined lady sent us on! I loved every single character (good and bad) in Midnight's Wild Passion. You will laugh often at the gumption displayed by the women,even when you didn't know it till much later what they were up too--nice little twist Anna Campbell. My favorite moments were the nose to nose exchanging of barbs between Nicholas and Toni and then reading what they were really thinking. They were fantastic leading characters and each exchange they had you could see the spark getting bigger. I almost dare you not to root for them and want to throttle them at the same time. It was a very entertaining read.

What I Liked: Cassie and I hope she gets her own book. That character was brilliant for the function she had in this book but I feel there are so many more fun layers to see of her.

Complaints: Not a single one...

Why I gave it a 4.5 (5 on Goodreads): This book was just a shining example of Historical Romance done right. The settings were fantastic, the characters layered yet they did hold to the standards of what was expected, and the humor/barbing/bantering was excellent. If you like Historical Romance I don't think you will go wrong with this book.

Who I would recommend it too: Historical Romance Readers
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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One of my HR friends disliked this book and having never read Anna Campbell before, I decided to skip it. It was getting so many great ratings however, that I thought I might as well check it out from the library and see what all the fuss was about. Well let me tell you, it got off to a VERY rocky start with me and I almost put the book down and didn't finish it - in the end, I'm so glad I didn't!

The first ~90-100 pages drove me crazy and felt so, SO cliché. We have the oh-so-bad rake, out for revenge, going to take it out on an innocent society darling, sees past the ugly disguise of her chaperone (after first remarking 500 times how ugly she is), decides he'll do them both, is selfish and only thinking with his ::clears throat:: - well, not his head. And then we have the prim reformed heroine who let her passions get her into a scandal years ago, resulted in family estrangement and her having to make her way, now she's determined to be proper and never again controlled by her emotions, she hates all rakes and charmers, considers herself totally able to spot them and fend them off ... and then melts into a puddle *every*single*freaking*time* (!!) the hero is around, saying 'Oh, I shouldn't, I know better, but look at that hot bod and that smile, he makes me tingle - oh no, what am I thinking? - okay just one kiss - oh no! how could I? - well he is so sexy and the hottest guy on earth' on and on and on (this drove me *NUTS*, in case you couldn't tell).

So yes, I was really, really not feeling the beginning of the book and wish it could be rewritten, because the hero comes off as a superficial and selfish man-whore, while the heroine seems spineless, self-righteous, and wholly hypocritical.
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24 of 30 people found the following review helpful
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With apologies to those who disagree with me, I have to say that this purple-prose story of a rake's redemption may very well be my least favorite of all Campbell's HRs. In full disclosure, I must also say that this is my fourth HR read since April 26, so I may be having HR overdose and it may not really be the Campbell book at all.

27-year-old heroine Lady Antonia Hilliard was ruined at 17 by a callous but handsome and charming rake, disowned by her father and is now believed to be dead. She is employed by cousin Godfrey Demerest as chaperone to his daughter Cassandra, who is making her comeout in London. Antonia has disguised herself as a drab and dowdy woman, goes by the name Antonia Smith and is intent on leading a straight and narrow, respectable life.

Hero/Antihero Nicholas Challoner, Marquess of Ranelaw, is a cold, self-absorbed, uncaring, hedonistic rake with no apparent redeeming qualities. Son of a rake, half brother to many bastard children of his father's, he has loved only one person in his life: his older half sister Eloise, who was ruined 20 years earlier by Godfrey Demerest. This happened when Nicholas was 11, but he has never gotten over it and intends to avenge his sister's ruination by ruining Demerest's daughter Cassandra.

Now, starting here I have a problem. Nicholas has seen the emotional devastation caused in his family by the rakish ways of his father and the ruination of his sister by another rake, yet he decides to grow up to be the rake to end all rakes? Wouldn't it be just the opposite? He should want to be the kind of man that does no harm. But then I'm not a psychologist. Perhaps there's something I'm missing here.

To get to Cassandra, Nicholas has to go through Antonia.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful!!!
As with all her books, I just couldn't put it down. I was very hesitant about this story at first. I wasn't sure I wanted to read a book where the H was desiring someone besides... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Angie H.
4.0 out of 5 stars Best romance I've read in a while
I really enjoyed this book. It had good romance, good humour and was nice and long, so plenty of character development and interesting plot lines.
Published 4 months ago by Sarah Frost
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique story line
What a fantastic book. I loved the unique story line and the building love between the two main characters. Their passion was explosive and enviable (even if it is fiction). Read more
Published 7 months ago by Linda Griffith
4.0 out of 5 stars love it
If you like a great love story filled with angst and a tortured, but redeemable rake you will love this.
Published 8 months ago by Yaya
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful
I really enjoy this authors writing. I admit I had a little trouble liking Nicholas' character when he didn't respect Antonia's "no". Read more
Published 9 months ago by Zzrole
4.0 out of 5 stars I give this one 3.5 stars
Nicholas is not very nice. He is a calculating seducer, a rake and rogue of the first order. He plans on bringing all of his skill to bear on the seduction of first Antonia and... Read more
Published 12 months ago by D. Salvagin La Deetda Reads
5.0 out of 5 stars I love a tortured hero
Great book and characters. Full of twists, and turns. However, I like how both the main characters had their own inner demons, and were able to move pass them. Read more
Published 12 months ago by A. Day
4.0 out of 5 stars first times
I didn't like the bad word, but I did enjoy the book, bit slow to start, but very enjoyable, have not read her books before
Published 14 months ago by joyful
5.0 out of 5 stars So steamy and hot you will be a puddle after you read it!!!
Sooooo good I put my kids to bed extra early so I could continue reading. I was so sad when I finished the book because the adventure and seduction were over, I wanted that book... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Midnight's Wild Passion
Great Story!

I enjoyed this story very much. The story line was easy to follow. The author wrote so that the reader felt the torment the main characters felt. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Janie_tx
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More About the Author

Anna Campbell lives on the beautiful east coast of Australia. She has four times been voted Favorite Australian romance writer by the Australian Romance Readers Association (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012) and her work is published in 16 languages. She has written eight multi award-winning historical romances set in the Regency period for Avon and Grand Central Publishing Forever. Her most recent release is A RAKE'S MIDNIGHT KISS, book 2 in the "Sons of Sin" series. Look out for book 3, WHAT A DUKE DARES, in late August 2014. Anna blogs with the Romance Bandits - You can find out more about Anna and her books at her website:
Twitter: @AnnaCampbellOz

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