A Saved Scoundrel…
Jonas Bacon Braithwaite wants to make peace with his grandfather before departing England. Once Nottinghamshire’s favorite trouble-maker, he’s since become an upstanding man of honor. But, the lushly curved thief hiding in his bedchamber makes him think twice about one last conquest.
A Stubborn Siren…
Livvy Halsey bristles at life’s rules. Always has. Sneaking into the Braithwaite house to reclaim a treasured family heirloom is one way she upends the conventional life that awaits her. Duty demands she marry. But what harm is there in having a little fun with her childhood friend before the Twelfth Night ends?
And Twilight Temptation…
Stolen kisses fan hot flames. Surprising passion intertwines with friendship…but will it be enough to last forever?
Review: I’ll admit, when I was asked to review this title, I went into it blind. Really all I knew was that it was a historical romance and I’m always game for a historical read. The book is a novella in the Midnight Meetings series and I’ve not read the prior books. And it completely stood on its own. I didn’t feel like I was missing any information.
Jonas and Livvy were childhood friends. Livvy had a crush on Jonas all those years ago and was heartbroken when he left town. Now he’s back and they’re getting reacquainted. Since this is a romance, we can be pretty sure there’s going to be a happily ever after. But it’s the journey to that point that is what matters.
Livvy was a bit of a bluestocking, but had an adventurous streak. I liked that she was devoted to her family, but also was willing to reach out and grab what she wanted — Jonas. Jonas on the other hand was a little broken. He had a rough childhood, always on the outside looking in and in a way, bullied. He ran away to make his way in the world. He has returned home and is just drawn towards Livvy. But there’s this restlessness in him.
I liked both characters separately. And I liked them together. I enjoyed their interactions and the dance they engaged in. I was routing for them as they had to deal with misunderstandings and road blocks thrown in their path.
While it was a short read, I don’t feel like I was short changed. The characters were developed and the plot engaging. There was enough back story and there was enough romance to make me happy.
This was my first book by Gina Conkle, but now I’m going to have to go find her backlist because I’m a new fan. If you enjoy historicals and friends to lovers themes, you might want to try out this book.