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Midnight's Wild Passion

3.97  ·  Rating Details ·  2,217 Ratings  ·  181 Reviews
London's most notorious seducer, Nicholas Challoner lives solely for revenge...

The dashing, licentious Marquess of Ranelaw can never forgive Godfrey Demarest for ruining his sister—now the time has come to repay the villain in the same coin. But one formidably intriguing impediment stands in the way of Nicholas's vengeance: Miss Antonia Smith, companion to his foe's unsusp
Mass Market Paperback, 369 pages
Published April 26th 2011 by Avon
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**2.5 Stars**

This book was very difficult for me to rate…on the one hand, it’s not horrible and I didn’t hate it but there were just too many plot holes for the story to be other than prosaic, implausible and predictable with a pretentious style and a stalkerish hero that doesn’t know the meaning of the word no.

If I can say one good thing about the book is that once the hero and heroine were together, there was emotion up the wazoo. You could feel a connection between them like they really were
Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker  Queen of the Undead
Wow. Wow. Wow. This was an excellent historical romance novel.

The basics-

The Marquess of Ranelaw wants revenge. Years ago, Godfrey Demarest allegedly ruined his sister and he plans to return the favor by ruining his one and only daughter.

Miss Antonia Smith is hiding. She was ruined years ago, cast from her family, and fled to her cousin’s home to become her cousin’s companion. Antonia hides her looks so that no one will identify her for fear that she will now disgrace her cousin’s family.

Miss A
Dec 07, 2011 Verity rated it liked it
Shelves: campbell-anna
Anotha AC, anotha rather pathetic hero. Forget the flimsy, logic-defying premise which U can find in a gazillion HP. The revenge plot skates on thin ice but I went along for the ride. In this case, he means to get a freebie too, the non-descript chaperone, as he goes on his half-assed mission to deflower the daughter of his nemesis. As a bespectacled chick, I'm resigned to the rehashed fact that anytime a boinkable heroine masquerades as an unappealing debutante screener, tinted glasses are a mu ...more
Juliana Philippa
One of my HR friends disliked this book and having never read Anna Campbell before, I decided to skip it. It was getting so many great ratings however, that I thought I might as well check it out from the library and see what all the fuss was about. Well let me tell you, it got off to a very rocky start with me and I almost put the book down and didn't finish it - in the end, I'm so glad I didn't!

The first ~90-100 pages drove me crazy and felt so, SO cliché. We have the oh-so-bad rake, out for
Jess the Romanceaholic
Apr 30, 2011 Jess the Romanceaholic rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of Historical Romance, Reformed Rakes, Scandalous Pasts, and Revenge Plots
This is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.

Expected Release Date: Available Now!
Publisher: Harper Collins
Imprint: Avon
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My Source for This Book: Netgalley
Part of a Series: No
Steam Level: Hot

The Marquess of Renelaw has never forgiven Godfrey Demarest for ruining his sister twenty years ago, and yet his plans for revenge never came to fruition because of Demarest's elevated position in society. The time has come, howev
Mar 08, 2011 Heather rated it it was amazing
I LOVED Ranelaw and Antonia. Just….loved them. Separately. Together. They were great characters, and had unexpected depth. Ranelaw has a great capacity to love, but he’d never admit to it. He’s bent on revenging his sister, and is blind to all else. Antonia is bound by loyalty and family to the man he hopes to ruin, and she will do anything to keep Ranelaw from harming the people who sheltered her when the rest of her family walked away. But this isn’t the real story. The real story is two peopl ...more
Sigh...what a beautiful story of a man bent on revenge falling so thoroughly in love with a passionate woman who is trying to hide her past failings all while, of course, not realizing it. Miss Antonia Smith is the fiercest companion of the ton to Miss Cassandra Demarest, protecting her from all the rakes, and for a good reason as Antonia had her own falling out with a rake that ruined her reputation and forced her to become a companion. When the notorious rake, Nicholas Challoner, Marquess of R ...more
Jul 26, 2011 Eastofoz rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Anne Stuart's very mean/sob heroes
I’ve been having no luck with Anna Campbell’s latest books and this one was no exception :( It’s a story that tries way too hard making every emotion and action so extreme and over the top that nothing seems plausible and it gets irritating. The characters are pretty good at the beginning and show some originality, but then the heroine turns into every other heroine I’ve ever read and the hero is just plain unlikable reminding me more of Anne Stuart’s mean/unfeeling/uncaring sob historical heroe ...more
Midnight's Wild Passion was something of a slow-burner for me. As I've said ad nauseum, Anna Campbell is one of my favourite authors, but I wasn't feeling her magic at the start of this one. Don't get me wrong, it was still a better than average read, but it was lacking that little extra something that I've come to expect from her, and looked at times in danger of succumbing to cliché.

Well, I should have known better than to doubt. Somewhere around the one-third mark, this book really hit its st
Ana Rînceanu
I won't lie: for the first quarter of the book, I really disliked the hero, but I pushed through because of the heroine. Antonia was great and, compared to the other books I've read by Campbell, this book was a little lighter. The writing style and pacing were great, I wish there was a little more Antonia and a little more suspense, but this was still a one-day, no-regrets read for me.
Aug 05, 2011 Cathiecaffey rated it it was amazing
A week after I wrote this review, I was back reading parts that meant so much to me, that touched me so much, that had tears in my eyes. I wanted to put that parts in the review and so more of the story but I so didn't want to give it away. Its one of my top reads this year! It will be one of yours too! Grab this one!

I haven’t read all of Anna Campbell historical romances, but after this read of Midnight’s Wild Passion, I so want to experience this special way she writes again. I so hope I have
CoffeeTimeRomance andMore
Jul 13, 2011 CoffeeTimeRomance andMore rated it it was amazing
A rake is the epitome of what a bad boy is and I think most of us have an ache to possess a character such as Nicholas at least once in our lives. From the first moment they met, the anticipation and promise of passion fairly crackled from the pages as I watched Nicholas and Antonia’s dance of seduction. One of the reasons I love Midnight’s Wild Passion so much is that Ms. Campbell gives us this rake whose main agenda is to seek vengeance for his sister. But as the story progresses we see Nichol ...more
Jul 22, 2011 Kathleen rated it it was amazing
I must say that I really loved this book. It kept me interested from beginning to end. This story is about a very handsome rake and a feisty heroine. I don't go into plots much because I don't want to give the story away. As usual when a story involves a rake, there are many HOT love scenes. This book held true to that and they were done very well. I absolutely LOVE the ending as a matter of fact it brought the 4.5 rating it would have gotten up to a 5 star.

I must say that I really have enjoyed
Mar 31, 2011 Jen rated it it was amazing
Wow. What an intensely awesome book. The emotions in this book were overwhelming. Kudos to Ms Campbell for writing a gem. I started reading this book areound 7pm and didn't stop until I finished. Bad for my sleep but such good reading.
Min Li Li
Dec 03, 2015 Min Li Li rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Historical okumayı özlemişim yahu.
Anna Campbell'in ilk okuduğum kitabı.Niye bu kadar geç okudum ben bu yazarı. *-*
Carol *Young at Heart Oldie*
Apr 21, 2011 Carol *Young at Heart Oldie* rated it it was amazing
An emotive story of revenge, desire, love and redemption, Anna Campbell's new book, MIDNIGHT'S WILD PASSION, is an unforgettable experience.

Nicholas Challoner, Marquess of Ranelaw, has one thing on his mind - revenge. Twenty years ago, Godfrey Demarest seduced and callously abandoned Nicholas's beloved older sister, Eloise. What could be a more perfect revenge than to seduce and ruin Demarest's daughter, Cassandra (Cassie). There is only one obstacle to his plans and that is the formidable Miss
Tracey Jago
Jun 29, 2011 Tracey Jago rated it it was amazing
WOW!, this book was so amazing. The story was so thrilling. I have never read anything so romantic before. I loved every bit of the story. The characters were so intriguing. I loved Antonia and her secret, it made me want to know more about her like Nicholas wanted to know more about her.
Reading this book got my heart racing, as well as my mind. As i continued to read I could see clearly what was happening, i could picture the scenery and the smells as they were described so well. All the descr
Apr 19, 2014 Feminista rated it did not like it
Rating: 1.5 out of 2.

This book was about a hero who was out for vengeance for a wrong done to his beloved sister. Except it's this same wrong he has been doing onto other young innocent women himself... Ruination...

See where I am going with this?

One word.


It's highly amusing how this entire book plays out without anyone expressly shaming Raneclaw for his hypocrisy in a satisfying manner.

Marquess of Ranelaw is cut from the same cloth as Godfrey Demarest, the man who ruined his sister an
Il m'a fallu plus de la moitié du livre avant de rentrer dans l'histoire, et certains points ne sont pas clairs. Par exemple l'héroïne passe sa vie sous un déguisement pour ne pas être reconnue, alors qu'on apprend qu'avant ses problèmes elle n'était jamais sortie de chez elle au fin fond du Northumberland. Du coup qui pourrait bien la reconnaitre 10 ans plus tard ?

Le héros est assez désagréable et agaçant au début, il a décidé de ruiner la fille de l'homme qui a ruiné sa soeur pour la veng
This was a wonderful story of love, revenge and redemption. I liked the characters and their interaction. There were humorous, tender and also heartbreaking moments that sometimes made me to tears. Ranelaw was a real rake and almost unredeemable in his actions. It was fun to watch him transform from heartless man to caring and loving man and husband. Love scenes were hot and steamy, going on pages and pages, which I don't complane. Anna Campbell is new author to me and now I want to read the res ...more
Very worth it. There's no trace of the perfect character syndrome which I almost always intend to avoid and even with flaws, the characters are ~relatable. Nicholas doesn't brood much and he plays the hero-hiding-in-the-mask-of-a-villain. Antonia is a headstrong female with a wild past. When they clash, you simply find yourself wanting more of their interactions. It was a perfect read for my day <3
May 19, 2011 Helen rated it it was amazing
Another awesome Anna Campbell story. Anna writes such magical stories where the characters and words just fly of the page. I savoured every word in this story about Nicholas Challoner, Marquess of Ranelaw and Lady Antonia Hillard.
Two people that had to overcome their pasts to find a HEA, the story is filled with sensual passion and a truly wonderful adventure that took me to ballrooms in The Regency

Thank you Anna for hours of reading pleasure
Jan 28, 2011 Kimberly rated it it was amazing
My review originally posted on Joyfully Reviewed:

Revenge is a dish best served cold, and no one knows that better than Nicholas Challoner, Marquess of Ranelaw. He's waited years to pay back Godfrey Demarest for ruining his sister and now he finally has the opportunity. Demarest's daughter is out for her first season and Nicholas intends to seduce and ruin the girl. There's just one hitch in Nicholas's plan that he never saw coming: the girl's companion, M
Sonya Heaney
Originally posted HERE .

With this god-awful title, I’m not sure I’d have ever got around to buying this book. It’s a good thing it was recommended to me, because it turns out I really loved it.

Set in the late-Georgian period (after the Regency, but before Victoria), there’s nothing particularly different about the plot, but somehow it manages to make all the tropes of the era seem new again. The characters are three-dimensional and wonderful, and not always what they seem. I couldn’t put it dow
Susana Ellis
Nov 22, 2012 Susana Ellis rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical
I have some very specific likes and dislikes in the historical romances I read, and this one had a lot of my dislikes in it. However, somehow it worked for me. I could hardly stop reading it.

Nicholas, the hero is a jerk most of the way through. He's out to get revenge (by seducing the daughter of a rake who seduced his sister) and if he has to seduce the gorgon of a companion first, he's game. The gorgon turns out to be a seductress in disguise, and for most of the story, he concentrates on her,
Apr 12, 2011 Vivian rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance-hist
A friend recommended Anna Campbell to me a couple of years ago and I have never been disappointed by one of her books, Midnight's Wild Passion is no exception. She has a gift for making heroines out of characters historically perceived as "inappropriate". While this trend has been ongoing in the romance genre, many of those I've read deal with issues of physicalities; i.e., the less than perfect figure, face, or "infirmity". Egads! This does include eyeglasses. I have a long love affair with his ...more
Jan 05, 2013 Gizem rated it it was amazing
Sorarım size erkeklerin nefretlerinin suçunu neden hep kadınlar çekiyor? Neden intikam almayı kafaya koymuş bir erkek gidip onun kız kardeşi, karısı, kız arkadaşına sarıyor. Onu küçük düşürmek hatta canını yakmak istiyor. O kadınların ne suçu var?

Kitabımız tamda yukarıdaki durumu anlatıyor işte Nicholas Challoner kardeşine yapılan şeyin intikamını almak için gidip Godfrey Demarest'in kızını mahvetmeye karar veriyor. Adam zamparanın teki ve ayrıca sorumluluk alamayan serefsiz bir adam bile olsa
Mar 19, 2011 Tarra rated it it was amazing
Loved Midnight's Wild Passion! Beautifully told, wonderful characters, humor, heart ache, redemption, two broken people who become whole. Awww. Let the sap flow! ;) While I was reading I kept hearing the Cher / Peter Cetera song "After All". It was on the radio a couple of times, in a movie while I was flipping channels. So "After All" has kind of become my theme song for this book!

I guess it must be fate.
We've tried it on our own,
But deep inside we've known
We'd be back to set things straight.

Sep 16, 2014 Ang rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well...lots of people talked about this book and I have not read anything about this author so I wanted to read it. I will absolutely agree that it was steamy and the scenes between the H/h were lovely, however, there was so much inner monologue going on during their conversations, that I found myself having to read back a few paragraphs to see what was said so I could understand the response. This slows things down quite a bit and didn't keep me as engaged. Also, the H/h went overboard on their ...more
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 2 Mar 01, 2015 07:36AM  
  • One Night Is Never Enough (Secrets, #2)
  • A Lady's Lesson in Scandal
  • Shameless (The House of Rohan, #4)
  • Scandal of the Year (Abandoned at the Altar, #2)
  • Heiress in Love (Ministry of Marriage, #1)
  • Her Ladyship's Companion
  • Scandalous Desires (Maiden Lane, #3)
  • The Portrait
  • Waking Up With the Duke (London's Greatest Lovers, #3)
  • Always a Scoundrel (Notorious Gentlemen, #3)
  • Romancing the Countess (Romancing, #1)
  • Scandal
  • To Wed a Wicked Earl (Devine & Friends, #2)
  • Never a Gentleman (Drake's Rakes, #2)
  • How the Marquess Was Won (Pennyroyal Green, #6)
  • One Night in London (The Truth About the Duke, #1)
  • Compromised
  • Seduction & Scandal (The Brethren Guardians, #1)
I've written ten multi award-winning full-length historical romances for Grand Central Publishing and Avon HarperCollins (available in print and digital) and my work is published in seventeen languages. Look out for my indie novellas, too. Most recently I've been engaged in the Dashing Widows series, latest release WINNING LORD WEST (April 2016). I live on the beautiful east coast of Australia, wh ...more
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“He’d stared into her eyes, dark with confusion and unwilling passion, and for one stark, horrible instant, he’d wished to be that different man. He’d wished to be worthy of her.” 28 likes
“Miss Smith, your suspicions wound me,' he said with a smile. He drew her, stiff and unwilling, against his side. Immediately her warmth seeped into his veins. He’d known he’d missed her, but only now did he realize how much. 'I mean no harm.'

'You lie.'

'Often,' he agreed amiably, feeling the resistance leaching from her. 'Not this time.'

'I’m in no fit state to fight you,' she muttered, curving into him as if created to fit his body.

'I know,' he acknowledged ruefully, wondering why of all the women in the world, she was the only one who ignited any glimmer of chivalry in his soul. 'But it’s no fun when you just give in. I’ll wait until you’re up for another bout.'

She hid her face in his shoulder. She inhaled on a shudder, as if she hadn’t taken a full breath in days. 'You’re an evil devil, Ranelaw.'

'Absolutely,' he said softly, firming his hold as she shifted, not away as she should, but closer.”
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