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Midnight Angel (The Stokehursts #1)

3.66  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,397 Ratings  ·  210 Reviews
Lord Lucas Stokehurst is captivated by the gentle grace and regal beauty of “Miss Karen Billings”, who appeared seemingly out of nowhere and now stands demurely before him. Enchanted, the gallant, haunted widower impetuously offers her a position as governess to his young daughter, taking the lady of mystery into his home.

But “Miss Billings” has another name, Anastasia, an
Paperback, 373 pages
Published January 1st 1995 by Avon
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Khanh (the Grinch)
Sep 15, 2015 Khanh (the Grinch) rated it it was amazing
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This book is about a cross between Jane Eyre and the Anastasia legend, with a Mary Sue as a main character and so much Angst (yes, it needs to be capitalized) that you can cut it with a knife, and I won't deny I loved every fucking moment of it.

Lisa Kleypas writes feeeeeeeeeelings and angst and tortured heroes and heroines so well. No matter how much I dislike her characters, her writing is absolutely superb. She is among the best HR writers that I've ever read.

How is it like Jane Eyre?
1. Orphan
Beth F.
This book had several elements of a bad soap opera: selective amnesia, opium abuse, a homosexual love triangle, psychic abilities, child molestation, crazy Russian kin and a tiger. Yes, a tiger. ROAR! Pretty ridiculous all in all, but if I’ve learned one thing from this book it’s that even a klunker from Lisa Kleypas is a more enjoyable read than the average historical romance.

The first half of the book flew by and was quite enjoyable but the second half fell to pieces once ridiculous antic aft
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"No one takes what is mine."

Midnight Angel was definitely a different book and I'm seriously torn about it! There were moments I loved and those I felt a bit odd. Overall I did enjoy it though, and will definitely have to continue with the sequel; after realizing who Emma will be ending up with, there's no way I'm not! I have to admit it had me worried as I considered the possibility in the beginning, but after certain events, I'm more than a little excited about their story! It will be quite
Oct 30, 2010 Kelly rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, 2010-read
Lisa Kleypas has done it again! A simple love story that has won a place among my favorite shelves!

This tale reminds me of some of my all time favorite love stories, Romeo and Juliet with the sleep potion, The Bronze Horseman for the Russian elements (that were very interesting and described perfectly) Though Tasia is not studying for the nunnery her faith is strong and she does become a nanny......The Sound of Music also comes to my mind!

Luke is so in love with Tasia that I was jealous! As wit
Sep 22, 2008 Julianna rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Lisa Kleypas Fans
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Midnight Angel is not, in my opinion, Lisa Kleypas best novel by far, but it is a worthwhile read. As in most of Ms. Kleypas's other novels, the characters are rather dark, but they just didn't evoke the depth of emotions that the characters in some of her other books did for me. I found Luke to be a fairly likable hero, though perhaps a bit too arrogant and heavy-handed at times. I've heard that some readers are bothered by Luke having a hook in place of a missing
Apr 13, 2011 Bekah rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-own, 2011-reads
Anastasia is a Russian beauty accused of murder and sentenced to death when she fakes her own death and escapes to England. There she meets Lord Luke Stokehurst and his daughter Emma and finds a new place to call home.

I really enjoyed this book. More than I thought I would. I really love the governess themed books. They always have that great element of forbidden lust and the tension is so awesome. This was done quite well in this book, so much so that I wish it had lasted longer. Where I think
Sep 28, 2012 kris rated it did not like it

1. The tone shifts, dramatically. Tasia starts out as this quiet, reserved girl who has a great deal of faith. And then, without any sort of segue-way, she's a lusty temptress who trembles every time Luke touches her. Her faith fades like mist. And then, again, she goes balls-out and demands Luke's support and respect.

2. The "alpha"-ness of Luke. There were so many instances of Luke using force against Tasia. He, at one point, kisses her until she tastes blood immediately after she te
I had almost forgotten how much I loved Lisa Kleyas' writing! This book was so refreshing after all of the grittier books I tend to read.
One of the things that seems to draw me into Lisa Kleypas's books, whether historical or contemporary, is the completely believable romance. She has the ablility to build a relationship that makes you route for the characters like you know them personally. It could be a sea slug falling in love with a space alien. But Ms. Kleypas makes you believe it!
Mar 01, 2015 Carolina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kleypas nunca me decepciona.Me ha encantado!
Nov 03, 2014 Debbie rated it really liked it
Another Lisa Kleypas winner

With a few of her books under my belt it feels good and I can confidently say that when I need my Historical Romance fix, this is the author that I will run to. I enjoy a little Downton Abbey meets Pride and Prejudice aired on a cable channel to for the right to show a little steam. What I like about this authors books is that not only do you get those key elements but you get a bit of a meaty story as well. One could technically rip out all the special romance scene
Sep 14, 2015 Amy rated it liked it
Cooped up in bed, this was the perfect thing for me to read. That being said, it was far from a perfect book.

I'm a fan of Lisa Kleypas, most of the time. I think she's easily one of the best contemporary HR authors; she has a gift of taking a very specific and limiting time period and somehow putting a fresh spin on each and every novel. Midnight Angel's spin? Russia. There had to have been a hefty amount of research involved in the creation of this story. It's impressive -- not only did she ne
Mar 12, 2011 Nonieღserenity2bliss rated it really liked it
The story starts strong but looses its charms midway. I don't know if it's because Luke and Tasia got together sooner than I expected or it's because I'm not entirely convince how fast Luke fell for Tasia.

And the age gap between them bothers me more than it should (he's 34, she's 18). Had she been 20 and he's 36, I'd probably be okay with it. He has a 12 year-old daughter, for heaven's sake! In today's society, he would be call a cradle robber.

This one was ok, I guess. Chick running from a crime she doesn't remember if she committed and lands her a tall rich dude with a hook for a hand. Lots of syrupy mush and a pseudoalpha male. No hard limits for miles around.
Nov 04, 2009 Joy rated it really liked it
Reading a Lisa Kleypas novel has always been a treat, and this book is no exception. The characters were very likeable, and the setting was a change of scene starting in Russia, to England, back and forth. I love how LK's writing is consistent, but there's always something new with every story, they're never boring and predictable. The only thing I always know is a happy ending, and in this case foreshadowing.

Tasia was one of the slender heroines in her books but she has that mystic charm, and a
Lady Wesley
Dec 09, 2014 Lady Wesley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my second audible BOGO title -- an older Kleypas historical that I've never gotten around to reading.

I thoroughly enjoyed the book, even though it is not up to the standards of Kleypas's later titles. The lovers fall into the sack rather quickly, and the dramatic plots twists are not so very dramatic and are resolved quickly and cleanly.

Susan Duerden is a new narrator to me, and I have mixed feelings. She did an outstanding job voicing the characters. Tasia's Russian accent was not lai
Fanny Roswita Ria
Awalnya gw bingung mo ngasih berapa bintang krn di satu sisi gw menikmati alur ceritanya tp disisi lain agak2 gimana gitu ngebayangin usia Luke 34thn dg Tasia 18thn (selisih 16 thn) berasa baca karya Diana Palmer mah ini:-D

Anw, Anastasia Kapretva (semoga bener penulisan namanya) seorang lady dr Rusia yg melarikan diri ke wilayah Inggris utk menghindar dari hukuman mati krn tuduhan membunuh Mikhail Angelouvsky (semoga ini bener juga namanya, hbs rada susah sih) yg tdk lain merupakan tunangan Tasi
Susan (susayq ~)
I just don't know what to say about this one. I've read Lisa Kleypas before and LOVED her! The romance, the humor...she does it perfectly. Then I picked this up and WOAH! Not at all what I expected. This was dark and almost angsty! And I loved it just the same!

My only problem with this was the hero, Luke. Luke was an alpha male. Yes, I like alpha male heroes. I like them a lot. But here's where the problem came in - one minute he was pushing Tasia up against the door kissing the heck out of her
Nov 30, 2011 Lelyana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Membaca tidak berurutan seri ini dan sempat kecewa dengan buku 2 tentang Emma dan si mata keranjang tukang selingkuh, Prince Nikolas, saya berharap buku tentang Luke (Papa Emma) dan Tasia (Sepupu jauh Nikolas) bisa memberikan penghiburan buat saya. Semoga.

Tasia berhasil melarikan diri ke Inggris dari hukuman mati di Rusia akibat tuduhan pembunuhan terhadap tunangannya Prince Mikhail Angelovsky.
Di tampung di rumah sepupu nya, Tasia harus seger menghilang dan bersembunyi dari kejaran agen2 rahasi
Feb 13, 2011 Manuela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scambiato, storico
Nonostante sia ancora un romanzo acerbo, lo stile della Kleypas si riconosce anche in questa sua opera.
La storia non è nulla di originale: l'istitutrice che si innamora del padrone, in puro stile Jane Eyre, ma nonostante ciò, la storia si sviluppa in maniera fluida ed emozionante, e la Kleypas ha il merito di creare due protagonisti simpatici e ben assortiti, per i quali è facile provare empatia ed affetto. Luke non è il solito bastardo kleypasiano, è più tenero e pacato, ma all'occorrenza sa t
Sep 08, 2015 Linda rated it it was ok
Shelves: series, duology

I love Lisa Kleypas but this one was a total miss for me.

I returned book 2 Prince of Dreams (Stokehurst, #2) by Lisa Kleypas of the series even though I'm usually OCD about finishing a whole series. I just couldn't do it!
Feb 27, 2010 Samantha rated it really liked it
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Aug 19, 2013 LaFleurBleue rated it liked it
Shelves: romance-histo, e-book
This was not Lisa Kleypas's best book by far, though not the worst.
I rather liked the heroine, I liked the way her relationship with Lucas evolved, their love for each other and how she managed to handle Emma. I also really liked how Lucas managed to learn to care and love someone other than his deceased wife.
However the partial amnesia was a bit too much and not cleverfully managed by either of those. I kept wondering when they would get the mind-reading woman back to be clear on what had happ
Feb 19, 2016 Gabriela rated it liked it
I had a bit of trouble deciding what to rate this book. It was good, won't say it wasn't, buu it seemed to me that it was splintered and could very well have been made into two books instead. You get the romantic chase first and then the dramatic chase, though they don't seem to be very much related.

As for the characters, I like them well enough but Tasia seems to be capable of doing no harm or even thinking some evil thought, leaving the rest of the charcters to appear as having rather shady m
Nov 30, 2015 Jane rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A bit reminiscent of Jane Eyre.

Young and innocent governess, brooding lord of the manor, an isolated child yearning for affection.... Yup, you've got it all in this book, except this Jane didn't hold out with her Rochester...and this Rochester doesn't have skeletons in his closet.

Tasia escapes her homeland of Russia after being convicted of murdering her fiancé. She doesn't remember exactly what happened but the dead fiancé's brother wants vengeance. Tasia ends up in England, where she is empl
Jan 31, 2015 Margarita rated it did not like it
I am a big LK fan and was very surprised in how much I disliked this book.

The story is about a young Russian Aristocratic lady that gets sentenced to death for a crime she did not commit. She escapes to England where she ends up as a governess for a wealthy man's 14 year old child.
My main issue was with the male lead. The man, Lord Stokehurst, is widowed and has lost one arm, in a heroic attempt to save his late wife. That made his, of course, stronger and more detached, which I accepted. How
Oct 25, 2014 Annette rated it really liked it
Ms Kleypas is such a talented writer that I normally am completely in love with her books. Of course, I like this one very much.

Tasia is a Russian noblewoman who has escaped from a Russian prison and arrived in England. She was going to be hung for murder. Now she has taken an assumed name and become a governess at a country home.

Lucas is the man who has hired "Miss Billingsly" to teach his young daughter. He is a widower who has never gotten past the death of his wife. And he is perfectly happy
Lynn Spencer
For this month’s adventure through the TBR pile, I went looking for a book by an author represented multiple times in my stash of books waiting to be read. I’ve read a lot of Lisa Kleypas, but I still have plenty of her books in the TBR. The Russian angle of her 1995 historical, Midnight Angel appealed to me, so I decided to give that one a whirl.

Though the heroine is Russian, most of the book is set in England as we are treated to a governess and employer romance. Early on in the book, we as re
Mar 31, 2014 Lynetta rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Preachers a n d teaches r s

"Get wisdom and in all thy getting, get understanding.
Anastasia is the 18 year old heroine in this book. She sets the premise for her future actions when she states that some people never know more at sixty than they do at sixteen. That statement and her proclivity to retort scripture puts her in a position of high expectation. From this premise we see that age is more than just a number. It is,a great indicator of what's coming. A Russian exile, Anastasia lies about
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LISA KLEYPAS is the RITA award-winning author of 21 novels. Her books are published in fourteen languages and are bestsellers all over the world. She lives in Washington State with her husband and two children.
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