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3.71 of 5 stars 3.71  ·  rating details  ·  825 ratings  ·  114 reviews
All the king's men could not surpass the intellect, nor all the king's ladies the beauty of Merlin Lambourne. As the infamous Napoleon's deadly army grows ever closer, Lord Ransom Falconer frantically searches for an inventor who can create a new way to defeat the advancing forces. He unexpectedly finds that only the lovely Merlin is adequate for the challenge. Drunk from ...more
Paperback, 312 pages
Published December 19th 1999 by eReads.com (first published 1987)
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UniquelyMoi ~ 1-Click RockChick

5 +++ "God Almighty, I'll never sin again" stars!!!!

I loved this story. Loved it! Not just a little, but over the moon loved it! Fun, romantic, sexy, poignant... I'm heartbroken that it's over.

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When a powerful, decisive aristocrat undertakes to protect an absent-minded young inventress from England's enemies, he finds his orderly world turned into chaos. Merlin Lambourne's stubborn dream of flight puts her at risk, not to mention driving Ransom crazy. In spite of himself, he's oddl
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Lady Wesley
Okay, this is a Laura Kinsale title narrated by Nicholas Boulton. Seriously, did you expect anything less than five stars?

I won't go into the plot; other reviews do it better than I would. Let me just share something that happened to me while listening to this audio book. Like the hero, Ransom, I have a fear of heights, although not so debilitating as his. Near the end of the story, there is a lengthy scene where he must navigate a narrow path along a chalk cliff many feet above the beach. Liste
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Laura
Oh man, this one is hilarious. First it's like, he forces himself on her while under the influence of an aphrodisiac (!?), then he spends two thirds of the book yelling at her, then she loses her memory and he takes advantage of that to get her to marry him (!??), then she remembers and says she hates him but they have sex in a fountain anyway (!!). Also there is a hedgehog. One star for the hedgehog.
Catherine
I thought this was a really fun romance. At first I found Merlin's lack of focus irritating but then I decided to just go with it and ended up enjoying it a lot.

At times I wished that Merlin would open her eyes and see what was going on around her. Because of her inattention it was pitifully easy for Ransom (or Mr. Duke to Merlin) to manipulate her into doing what he wanted her to. Truthfully I don't blame him for his schemes. It's human nature to seize an opportunity that would benefit you. I d
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Caz
I'm dead chuffed to have joined the reviewing team over at AudioGals. My first review appeared there today :)


When I heard that Laura Kinsale planned to release her books in audio format, I was, well, to say excited is probably the understatement of the year. I’ve followed her progress via her interviews here and feel very privileged, as one of the newest reviewers at AudioGals, to have been given an advance copy of one of the first batch of titles for review.

I have to confess that I haven’t read
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Kathleen
Historic romance with an espionage twist, set in England during the Regency period, when Britain was at war with France. The duke is sent to track down a reclusive inventor who has supposedly created a machine that could turn the tides of war. He expects to find a Merlin type character, and he does, but she's not at all what he expected.

Loved it! A delicious hero with a secret phobia. Mmmm-Mmm. The accidental aphrodisiac scene...sublime. And funny.

Loved that peripatetic hedgehog. Cute critter. F
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Cristina
Merlin Lambourne, es una joven científica que ha vivido recluida en una casa de campo desde su niñez, en compañía de un par de criados, un puercoespín y las memorias de su fallecido tío Dorian. Esto por supuesto le ha generado un grado de ingenuidad de tamaño colosal en cuanto a los aspectos más mundanos de la vida en sí, sobre todo en lo que se refiere a relaciones personales que son prácticamente nulas.

Si bien se siente protegida en su pequeño mundo de fantasía y construcciones de artilugios q
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Larou
If it was published today, Midsummer Moon would likely be marketed as Steampunk Romance – not only has it a workable flying machine and the telephone being invented during the Napoleonic Wars, one of its protagonists is the classic Mad Inventor – obsessed with machines and a genius with engines, but scatterbrained and extremely naive concerning any more worldly affairs. Well, almost classic – for while this role is usually ascribed exclusively to males, in Laura Kinsale’s novel the brilliant inv ...more
Barbara Elsborg
Loved it. Can't currently get enough of Laura Kinsale. Her stories are fresh even after several years. One advantage of historical romances! But the heroes are fascinating, the heroines different and the romance just lovely. I didn't even mind the slight twisting of historical accuracy to make the plot work. Hero is smitten, heroine is oblivious to all but her ambitions to make a flying machine and two opposites are brought together, dragged apart time after time until of course, the obligatory ...more
Annabel Joseph
This book was much better on the second reading...and believe me, I already loved it the first time around. I love the heroine's vulnerability and her originality as a character. I ADORED the contrast between the hero and heroine. I know this is a cheesy line from Jerry McGuire, but he really completed her, and vice versa. The really great thing about Laura Kinsale books is that they're so rich that when you read it a second, third, fourth time, you are still discovering something new. A+++++
Silvermist
This book made me feel physically and mentally sick after reading it. I kept reading hoping it gets better but by the end I almost threw up with the unfairness of it all and it pains me pains me to say this since I adored Flowers from the Storm.
I love historical romances specially when there is a quirky heroine involved. But to read this book, I cannot explain how much I loathe Ransom with every viber of my being. not only does the honorable upstanding perfect Ransom rape Merlin, who in modern t
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Maya
Pro:
- most excellent animal mascot and use thereof in story
- most excellent heroine profession
- heo went through great character arc from stuffy/imperious/manipulative to overcoming greatest fear to doing some very nice grovelling for earlier misdeeds towards heroine by the end

Con:
- had trouble with repeated lack (or at least, complete non-mention) of what felt like logical follow-up to different events. Heroine is urgently trasported by hero away from her home following French abduction attempt
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Jen
Ransom Falconer, Duke of Damerell, is all icy reserve and cool, composed demeanor when he meets Merlin Lambourne. Merlin isn’t one of those swoony types, she’s this sheltered inventor who keeps a hedgehog in her pocket (so fucking awesome) and is more focused on her flying machine than on how her nipples inadvertently harden around “Mr. Duke” (as she calls Ransom – she can’t even be bothered to remember his NAME). She can make rockets out of the odds and ends that she keeps in her pockets (not t ...more
Pepa
Laura Kinsale es una de mis autoras favoritas... tiene un estilo inconfundible que a muchas lectoras no les gusta pero que a mí me encanta.
Su último libro El profesor de francés me sorprendió, era totalmente distinto a lo que esta autora me tenía acostumbrada pero me encantó.
En este libro sigue esa linea, intenta hacer un libro muy cómico y divertido con situaciones totalmente extravagantes, principalmente de la mano de su protagonista femenica.
Pero a mí no me ha gustado, se me ha hecho lento, p
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Ava Campbell
No he podido quitarme de encima la molesta sensación de que este libro no era de Laura Kinsale, y eso supongo que puede influir en mi valoración. Si fuera de otra autora, tal vez habría podido apreciarlo de otro modo, no lo sé. Pero la supuesta ingenuidad de Merlin me ha resultado en muchos momentos estupidez, y muchas de sus reacciones me han resultado imposibles de creer. En ocasiones me ha parecido que estaba leyendo el esquema de un libro sin desarrollar, como si faltara toda la parte de cor ...more
Jessi
I enjoyed this book - at first. It is a light romance story about a loopy woman scientist, Merlin Lambourne, in England during the Napoleon war who has invented devices that will help England defeat France. Of course, French spies are after her. So, Lord Ransom Falconer must kidnap her, her inventions, and her pet hedgehog. The story holds its own for a while with hilarious secondary characters and wild adventures. However, Merlin keeps getting captured and rescued too many times (at least four ...more
Lara
Maybe this was romantic when it was initially written. All I could see was that the "hero", out of some misguided desire to do the right thing, drags Miss Merlin away from her home, plops her into a world and a lifestyle she has no interest in, continually protests and thwarts her attempts to create and invent new things, belittles her, refuses to try and understand her, and finally does one of my Unforgivable Jerk Acts--when she hits her head and her memory is fuzzy, he lies to her face and tel ...more
Margaret
Midsummer Moon isn't quite as emotionally compelling as my favorite Kinsales, but it's funny and charming all the same. Merlin Lambourne is a brilliant but absent-minded inventor (how nice to see a woman in this role), who is swept out of her everyday life into the home of Lord Ransom Falconer when it's discovered that she's created something which could tip the scales in favor of England against Napoleonic France. The plot is screwball-y -- Merlin is constantly being kidnapped, for instance -- ...more
Amanda Westmont
This was my first Laura Kinsale novel and it was GOOD. The premise was... ODD, but gripping. I even enjoyed the predictable plot. (Hero must conquer fear of heights to rescue his fair maiden from the highest tower!)

It did bother me a little that the protagonist could invent a flying machine and had read enough about human anatomy to know how to cut off blood flow to a nicked artery, but still knew nothing of the process by which babies are made.

In spite of its eccentricities, it was still a th
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10. Laura Kinsale- Luna de agosto "Él vio el cambio lento, el despertar a la realidad. Era un proceso fascinante, esa transición del sueño profundo a la vigilia, como el paso de la neblina matinal al sol espléndido. Pero no, se dijo mientras la contemplaba, no era un cambio tan brusco. Más bien como la perezosa aparición de la luna llena que ilumina la medianoche estival." "Tenía en los ojos aquella mirada distante de concentración, aquella forma que tenía de mirar, a la vez, su nariz y un punto ...more
Juhi
Kinsale just has a way of wrapping you up in her stories, clutching your kindle with baited breath as you experience the fears and love and dreams of her characters firsthand, laughing aloud every so often at the most outrageous occurrence or witty comment. It dragged a little bit towards the middle and I found myself a bit frustrated with Merlin's obstinence but it was such an integral part of her character and the HEA ending came together so seamlessly that I won't complain. She was the most c ...more
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Sarah
Twee and--at times--rather annoying. The quality of the writing itself wasn't bad, but the plot was too much for me, with its implausible aphrodisiac salts and multiple chloroformed kidnappings. The characters were okay, but sort of meh: Merlin was a bit too oblivious and childish, and Ransom was...okay, but nothing to write home about. Not purely awful, but reading it felt like a waste of my time.
Elizabeth

This is one of the best books that I have read in a long time... Absolutely hilarious that my husband got up at night and shuushed me :-)

I am not a fan of heroines who are clueless and dependent on the hero... But Merlin, though very innocent in the ways of the world, was simply adorable. The way the Duke falls for her and how she is so absorbed in her own thoughts that she is not even aware of it - it made for some funny scenes that had me laughing so hard that my stomach hurt.

The supporting
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CalypK
Personajes variopintos ¿Los hubo? ¡Por supuesto! ¿Protagónicos que quitaran el aliento? ¡De ninguna manera!

En el olvido queda la genialidad de obras como Flores, o Sombra y Estrella.

Pareciera que con la Kinsale mientras más excéntrico sea un personaje, más plano e insustancial será.
Joy
I really liked this one. It's an odd pairing between a bossy (arrogant? ) duke (10 points!) and an absentminded yet obsessed lady inventor working on a radio and glider. In 1805. The plot gets going when she accidentally serves him an aphrodisiac...
Vivisection
I realize this was meant to be a gentle and humorous romance, however I do wish the heroine was less scatter brained. I mean, absent minded professor can be funny but her oblivion seemed obtuse especially considering the sophistication of her inventions.
MashJ
Loved this one- have to wonder whether the relationship will work in the long term though. He isn't going to stop manipulating and her science will always come first.

Good fun romp though with spies and secondary romances and a great fountain scene.
Molly
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Mely
The mad inventor and the repressed duke. The duke comes with a complicated family and the inventor comes with a hedgehog.
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