Secrets of Midnight (The Man of My Dreams Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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The story idea was also fresh and original. Not the usual, Duke marries, aristocracy diamond of the first water, for money and gain. But an honest to God, Duke's 2nd son who is commanded by the terms of his father, the Duke's will, to marry a country miss of good family in order to get his considerable inheritance.
Corey certainly filled that bill and then some. She was not your typical vicar's daughter by any stretch of the imagination. God I just loved her, she is totally beyond the realm of typical. I loved her and this entire tale.
Buy it, Love it, Laugh with it and try to figure out the twists in the plot. It was beyond me until it was explained at the end.
YOU'LL Love it I am positive.
I really didn't enjoy this book at all. First and foremost, Corie (our Heroine) is a foul mouthed B! She has no redeeming qualities what-so-ever. Temper tantrums for no reason. Jumps to conclusions, and they are *always* bad (and wrong). She is *always* angry, about everything, even when there is no reason. If she's not angry, she's making things up in her head so she can BE angry. She’s not just angry, she’s screaming about it.
Donovan (our Hero) is an unstable door mat. First he is amused, then sarcastic, then angry, then storming off...all in the first scene with the heroine (actually, throughout the entire book, any scene he's in can be described that way)...not that I blame him for leaving, because she's (once again) a foul-mouthed B. He spends the entire book letting her accuse him of the most horrendous things and *never* corrects her. He keeps telling her they need to talk, but they *never* do! So they spend the entire book screaming at each other, spewing hatred.
And, be there no mistake, the words used between the two cross the line into hatred. They literally hate each other. This is no 'Taming of the Shrew', this is 'Apocalypse Now'. And, of course, they end up together, but the hatred portrayed in the book is not something *anyone* could over-come.
The heroine's father is portrayed as a dementia patent, too far gone to be left alone, and yet is constantly left alone. He wanders away; she's worried and wants to follow him but gets sidetracked with her angry screaming match with our hero. They storm out and dear old dad is still out there wandering about. He spends his time either crying or digging holes. No one seems to care enough to find out why. She only seems worried about her father when it can help the plot.
The villain comes out of nowhere, so randomly does he appear that is seems Miss Minger gets two-thirds of the way through the book and realizes she forgot to talk about him. So, boom, we have a villain. And his reasons for going after them are just ludicrous.
Don't waste your time or money...I wish I hadn't.
I'll also note that there's a decent amount of action proper here, more than I thought when realizing which of the friends the book was following. It leaves me curious as to the action levels for the sequel.
For me the only downsides were discomfort at certain ethnic language (though fairly period and genre appropriate) and a bit discomfort at one of the sex scenes being a bit more forceful (consent implied not given) than I'd prefer, though didn't seem an issue for the heroine. There were one or two spots where the whole agonizing over confessing emotions was a tiny bit much even for me, but that could be a preference thing.