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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Brava (July 29, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0758223676
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758223678
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,232,915 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I felt this was a bit too much in some ways.
Katie Babs
Ramsay is a tortured hero, and at times it was hard for me to like him.
M. Nix
What's great about the characters is how unusual they are.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer A. Ray TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 29, 2008
Format: Paperback
Lady Helena isn't sure exactly why the mysterious Nicholas Ramsay claims he wants to help her, but she has the distinct feeling he isn't telling her the whole truth. With no other options, however, she is forced to accept his protection, although she proceeds with extreme caution. That caution only extends so far, however, when the dangerous Ramsay launches an all out sensual attack on her body and her heart...

Finally, Nicholas has the opportunity to put his plans for the lovely Helena into motion. He'll sate both their physical desires during their dalliance, but that's as far as it can go for a man without a heart...

Charlotte Mede has crafted a very inventive plot, rife with plenty of intrigue combined with romance. While the romance between Helena and Nicholas is the predominant storyline, the pursuit of evidence regarding Darwin's theory is just as important to the plot, as it figures greatly as a weapon against the villains who are intent on doing harm to Helena.

Ms. Mede tackles the friction between Science and the Church as the theory of evolution threatens to topple the near-absolute power religious leaders hold over the populace. With a Bishop who is as far from pious as you can get in the role of the villain, this disconnect between the theory of evolution and the story of Creation is all the more uncomfortable in a way that that enhances the suspense very well.

The heroine of the piece, Helena, is a woman to be admired. Fighting for her independence after a life of being subjugated by her father and husband, both now dead, she is besieged by her husband's powerful relatives who seek to gain her fortune for themselves through control of her.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By miranda r. on July 29, 2008
Format: Paperback
If you're expecting a gentle historical romance, The Midnight Man isn't for you. But if you want something flat out exciting, hot, with lots of adventure and plenty of creepy bad guys, then this is your book.

Helena Hartford is not only a rich widow but also a passionate artist who is running from the Bishop of Sissinghurst. Sissinghurst wants her money and to see her in Bedlam, suffering at the hands of merciless "mad" doctors. (And not to give anything away, some of those scenes are tough to take.) To escape, she runs off with Nicholas Ramsay who has his own agenda and a link with Helena's own past. This hero is hardly the typical rogue you usually find in romances. He's wealthy beyond belief and coldly strategic. The wild artist and the mysterious magnate make for a fiery match.

And there's a final twist at the end which I didn't see coming. All in all a great read. I've already read Explosive and will keep Charlotte Mede on my radar.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Baumann VINE VOICE on July 15, 2009
Format: Paperback
Plot Summary: The widowed Lady Helena Hartford is a free-thinking artist who has more enemies than friends. Her father married her to an old, cruel man to gain a title, and her husband tried to control and humiliate her. Both husband and father are dead, but her troubles are still brewing, since her greedy nephew is determined to have Helena committed to an insane asylum so that he can control her fortune. Her only willing savior is wealthy Nicholas Ramsay, but his quiet determination to control her fate is just as chilling as her enemies' plans.

Here's how I feel right now. I was eating this delicious piece of cheesecake, savoring every morsel, and then in the last few bites I found a long, stringy hair imbedded in the cheese. Even though I enjoyed myself immensely, all I can remember is that distasteful hair, and how I lost my appetite.

I'm excited to find an author who can write interesting historical romance, and the characters here are unique. The story is also undeniably hot, with the kind of sensuality that makes my toes tingle. That's probably why I'm so disappointed by the ending, and I can't discuss it without giving away some really stinky spoilers, so this is one those reviews I hate to write.

Okay, I can't hold back any longer...SPOILER ALERT BELOW

It turns out that Nicholas was enslaved as a child by Helena's father, and he plans to make the daughter atone for the sins of her father. Nicholas takes Helena on one of his ships to the far side of the world, and he plans to strand her in a desperate, primitive settlement that's infrequently visited by passing ships. To my utter amazement, that's exactly what he does!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Helen Hancox on December 22, 2008
Format: Kindle Edition
I thought Charlotte Mede's previous book, "Explosive", was pretty dreadful; I certainly didn't turn to "The Midnight Man" with any great expectations but it was actually a very different, and very enjoyable, read. It bore few similarities with "Explosive" apart from the interweaving of historical facts (in the case of "the Midnight Man", the furore over Charles Darwin's 'On the Origin of Species' and the hunt for the missing link in the fossil record) into a fictional tale. In this story our heroine is Lady Helena Hartford, widow of a duke and an artist widely considered eccentric, even mad; since her husband's death, his nephew, the Bishop of Sissinghurst, is trying to have Helena sent to Bedlam so he can gain control of her fortune.

Helena finds herself in the company of the mysterious Nicholas Ramsey, a fearsomely rich man who's extremely private and who keeps rescuing her. He apparently has an ulterior motive - he wants her to come on an expedition with him to Tierra del Fuego to paint various fossil remains that they believe will prove the missing link in Darwin's theory of evolution. However, Nicholas is an extremely complex man and he may have more hidden reasons for singling out Helena.

The first part of the book, where Helena is having to dodge the Bishop's men who are trying to kidnap her and take her to Bedlam, sometimes drags a little; however the part where she is on the sailing ship bound for Tierra del Fuego was really interesting and well-paced. Helena is an interesting character, impulsive and highly-strung and yet also gentle at times and able to understand and empathise with others.
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