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Mistress by Midnight (The Scandalous Women of the Ton #3)

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A wicked duke’s bed is no place for a lady…

Lady Merryn Fenner is on a mission to ruin the Duke of Farne. A beautiful bluestocking with a penchant for justice, Merryn has waited twelve years to satisfy her revenge against Garrick Farne. Her family name had been tarnished at his hands, her life destroyed.

For twelve years Garrick, Duke of Farne has kept the secret of what rea
Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Published November 23rd 2010 by HQN Books (first published 2010)
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Carol *Young at Heart Oldie*
Nicola Cornick's wonderful combination of star-crossed lovers, hidden secrets, life-threatening danger and delightful touches of humor make MISTRESS BY MIDNIGHT an unforgettable read.

Lady Merryn Fenner hates Garrick Northesk, the new Duke of Farne, because ten years ago he killed her adored brother, Stephen, in a duel over Garrick's wife, Kitty. A private investigator, Tom Bradshaw, approaches Merryn with evidence to suggest that no duel actually took place and that, in fact, Garrick murdered he
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First I have to admit that I didn't read the first two novels in this series, but this didn't lessen my reading joy a bit. I'm a big fan of Nicola Cornick's writing and once again she didn't disappoint. This book is very amusing, with lively dialogues and interesting characters.

Merryn is a naive 25-year old noblewoman who is determined to revenge her dead brother, who was killed in a duel by Garrick Northesk. In contrast to most young women of the tom she isn't interested at all in balls, gifts
I love all Cornick's romances in the series of "Scandalous Ladies of the Ton"? Why? There are many reasons.

Characters. Women always suffer because of a bad family or marital's relationship. Most of Cornick’s heroes and heroines start their relationships thinking of being in lust and perceive they are in love only in the end (of course women usually know first). Heroes are always driven by duty and honor.

Plots. They are rich, never miss action and even some danger. You want to know not only how t
Publisher: HQN
Publish Date: 11/30/10
How I got this book: NetGalley

Lady Merryn was gently raised, but has a secret that no one knows. She has been working undercover as an inquiry agent, using her charms in the ballroom where her boss can't be. Her main goal is to take down the Duke of Farne, her older brother's former best friend, the man who allegedly shot him in a duel.

Garrick, the Duke of Farne has been living with an equally huge secret, and will do anything to make sure it never comes out
This started out iffy, but it really pulled together. The characters were good, the heroine was actually headstrong and intelligent in a believable and likable way (something very rare in romances), the the story moved along quickly.
I hate it when the sole conflict in a romance is one Giant Secret which either the hero or the heroine "can't" tell (but of course does at the end anyways), and the Big Secret got slightly irritating in this story as well. But at least the characters had a pretty go
„Mistress by Midnight“ is the 3rd novel in the „Scandalous Women of the Ton“ by Nicola Cornick and a really great novel. First of all I have to say that I love the cover art of this series, this Mira edition. They are romantic and fit the novels perfectly without being trashy like so many other romantic paperbacks.
Merryn Fenner is the youngest sister of the Fenner sisters – the scandalous Tess (married three times already and three times a widow) and Joanna. But is several years younger and has
At last, a book that has big secrets that doesn't leave the reader going, "That's it?!" when they're finally revealed.
Jen (Red Hot Books)
Merryn has devoted the last decade of her life to learning the details of her brother's death and plotting to make his killer pay. It's common knowledge that Stephen died in a duel at the hands of his friend Garrick. Stephen had been having an affair with Garrick's wife, who also died young. Garrick left town in the scandal, but now that he has returned, Merryn intends to find proof that something was amiss at that duel... and she won't rest until she finds justice.

There is, indeed, more to the
I liked that in this romance novel there was actually a real reason for the two main characters to have problems. Because, really, if you believed a man killed your brother, you wouldn't be all over him either.

And Merryn isn't, she just can't seem to help herself, though if this were the real world I'd imagine it would give her many a worry-wrinkle ;) And I just loved Garrick. He was so noble and manly and just swoonworthy. I love when the men are swoonworthy.

I'd guessed what the secret Garrick
Carolyn (Book Chick City)
“Mistress by Midnight” is the third book in the ‘The Scandalous Women of the Ton’ series by Nicola Cornick, and the best so far in my opinion. Although the format is very much the same with each novel I really enjoy Cornick’s style of writing, it’s very easy to read and her stories seem to suck me in from the first chapter. She is fast becoming one of my favourite historical romance authors.

Our heroine is Merryn Fenner, a young woman in her early twenties who is quite different from the other la
Mary Gramlich
Historical Romance at its very best is written by Nicola Cornick

Garrick Charles Christmas Northesk, The Duke of Farne is dealing with the relief of his father’s death, the burden of gaining the title of Duke, the guilt even after all these years of having killed his best friend and the annoyance of that man’s sister who is attempting to have him tried for murder after all these years. Lady Merryn Fenner is a wisp of a woman who has made it her mission in life to have Garrick brought up on charge
There are many themes that I find myself enjoying. The "revenge" theme is one of them. There is just something about seeing two people falling in love and overcoming this gigantic hurdle of hate between them. After all, it is said that there is a thin line between love and hate. However, for some reason I wasn't able to fully immerse myself in the story and enjoy it.

Lady Merryn Fenner is the youngest of four siblings. She lost her idol and older brother Lord Stephen Fenner when she was 13 years
MISTRESS BY MIDNIGHT by Nicola Cornick is a wonderful historical romance set in 1814 London. It is the third in the "Scandalous Women of the Ton",(#1 Whisper of Scandal,#2 One Wicked Sin") but can be read as a stand alone. It is well written with depth,details,fast paced, page turning and the plot is easy to follow with twists and turns. It has romance,passion,secrets,regrets,witty banter between the hero and heroine,action,danger,sweet sensuality, healing,redemption desire,vengeance, a vendetta ...more
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" A autora soube criar e alimentar, no decurso de toda a obra, um delicioso clima que oscila entre o mistério (com diversas revelações inesperadas) e a enorme tensão sexual e também emocional que surge entre o casal protagonista.

O suspense permite que fiquemos presos ao livro, com o objectivo de desvendar todos os mistérios, e além da acção central, ainda podemos encontrar os habituais detalhes sociais da é
Kimberly Walter
Merryn is set out to expose the truth of what happened between Garrick the Duke of Farne, Kitty the Duchess of Farne and Stephen her brother twelve years earlier, that resulted in the death of her brother. She is convinced that Garrick killed her brother in cold blood murder.
Garrick is doing everything he can to prevent Merryn from finding the truth from horrible tragedy twelve years ago, in order to keep innocents safe from hurtful truths that would ruin them.
But neither of them was prepared
Dec 11, 2010 Joy rated it 3 of 5 stars
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Cornick is hit-or-miss with me but this one was closer to a hit than a miss. The heroine, an inquistive intellectual bent on revenge for her brother's death, investigates his slayer--a man she used to love. Who is in turn maddeningly attracted to her. And then there is a big, and I mean big, flood of beer, trapping them together. Amazing, but the beer flood, the most preposterous part of this romance, is the one event in the book that actually happened in real life. A romance on the better side ...more
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This one in my opinion was the best of the series so far. I really liked Merryn, and related to her very easily. Garrick was a great hero too, and was very well-written. I could clearly understand his motives, and adored his attraction to Merryn, it was awkward and unwanted but burned them both up. The little bit of mystery of the truth behind her brother's death and the things that happened in the past kept the pace quick for me. I really want to find more by this author, I like her style.
One of those stories where the main characters starting out hating each other. Usually I get tired of this plot scenario REAL FAST, but Ms Cornick has written such a good novel and the flow of the story is so very good, that I was carried along without the usual irritation over the on-going fight. One of those historicals that is so romantic and really lots of good sizzle. Ended up loving it, don't you know?
Elizabeth Bailey
Brilliant. Actually finished some time ago but didn't update my info here. This was a terrific finale to the trilogy of Scandalous Women. I loved the whole lot and this last one was brilliant. An unusual heroine and an unexpected hero. The climax was cleverly done and thrilling from first to last. I thoroughly recommend reading all three books.
Not as good as "Notorious" but a great read, all the same. The main female character is a little frustrating and acts like a child but I', guessing that this is the reason the male lead falls for her. Towards the end of the book she matures, which is very comforting and satisfying for the reader. I must read the rest of the series, now!!!
This is the 3rd book in the Scandalous Women Of The Ton series and I am loving it. This one is the story of Lady Merryn and The Duke of Farne both tortured and their lives intertwined for many years. Nicola has taken me on an adventure filled with emotion passion and honour.
I loved it
Kimberly Van Meter
I really enjoyed this book. The author's writing style is crisp and I enjoyed the author's strong grasp of language. For the first time in years, I found myself looking up the definition of a word and that was refreshing! The plot was engaging and I thoroughly enjoyed the story overall.
I loved this book......Merryn Fenner wants to ruin the Duke of Farne. She's a bluestocking and want revenge for her brother's death 10 yrs ago. She blames the Duke for her brother's death.

Did he kill her bro or not? Read it, it's great!! Love, romance, has it all.
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This was a very good book. I can't wait to read the next one in this series. I absolutely "loved" Merryn. I liked how the author made her character. So, far the 3 books in this series I have read did not disappoint. I hope it continues, that way.
Really enjoyed this book up to the explosion. However, once the h/h were rescued from that, melodrama took over and severely reduced my enjoyment of the book. So - 4 stars for the first part, 2 stars for the last part gets a 3-star average rating.
bizarre but good. Id never read a romance before that involved brewery explosions, royal library visits, multiple murder schemes, rival private investigator intrigues, AND quicksand in winter.
My first full novel by Ms. Cornick (one of her stories was featured in an anthology I'd read) ... I couldn't wait for the big revelation! I look forward to the rest of the series.
I thought this series was getting better but I don't think it is. This book was just a good book. It wasn't nothing special and I wouldn't want to read it again.
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USA Today bestselling author Nicola Cornick writes witty and passionate Regency historicals for HQN Books and MIRA. She studied History at London and Oxford and was awarded a distinction for her dissertation on historical heroes. It was a tough study but someone had to do it. Nicola has a “double life” as a writer and guide at the stunning 17th century hunting lodge, Ashdown House.

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Other Books in the Series

The Scandalous Women of the Ton (6 books)
  • Whisper of Scandal (The Scandalous Women of the Ton, #1)
  • One Wicked Sin (The Scandalous Women of the Ton, #2)
  • Notorious (The Scandalous Women of the Ton, #4)
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Whisper of Scandal (The Scandalous Women of the Ton, #1) One Wicked Sin (The Scandalous Women of the Ton, #2) Desired (The Scandalous Women of the Ton, #5) The Confessions of a Duchess (The Brides of Fortune #1) Notorious (The Scandalous Women of the Ton, #4)

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