Mistress By Midnight
By Nicola Cornick
Scandalous Women of the Ton – Book 3
Merryn Fenner is on a mission to ruin the Duke of Farne. A beautiful bluestocking with a penchant for justice, Merryn has waited ten years to satisfy her revenge against sensual, mysterious Garrick Northesk. Her family name had been tarnished at his hands, her life destroyed. And now she intends to return the favor—by finding the true heir to the duke’s title and disinheriting Garrick.
Yet when a disaster traps Merryn and Garrick together, white-hot desire stirs between the two sworn enemies. Her reputation utterly compromised, Merryn is forced to do the one thing she cannot bear: accept the scandalous marriage proposal of the man she has vowed to ruin.
This Blonde’s Review:
Merryn is a girl who lives in the past. She is so set on getting revenge for her brother’s death that she can’t move on with her life and stop obsessing over Garrick, the man she blames. Garrick left town over the scandal of his best friend’s death and carries guilt from that day. When his father dies and he returns to town he hopes to move on with his life, only to have Merryn determined to see him disinherited.
When they find themselves trapped together Garrick and Merryn have to let go of their hatred and guilt long enough to help each other survive. As they attempt to help each other get through being trapped in a collapsed building they find themselves succumbing to their desire for each other. After being trapped together for several days they are forced to marry.
Garrick and Merryn have to marry and they each have to figure out how to be married to someone who causes such turbulent feelings. There is more to the story of Stephen’s death than Garrick is willing to tell Merryn, and she won’t let go. Merryn is determined to find out and may find herself wishing she had trusted her husband.
I really enjoyed Garrick and Merryn’s story. I actually liked this book much better than the one before it in this series. I connected with the characters much better in this one. I loved that Nicola Cornick took a little known true event and put her characters in the middle of it. As much as I hated what the secret Garrick was keeping from Merryn was, I loved the way it was written and felt it was perfect for this story.
If you enjoy seeing a couple who have passion yet are battling on different sides of a problem, then you’ll enjoy watching Garrick and Merryn try to navigate the complicated life they’re building together.