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A Rake's Midnight Kiss

(Sons of Sin #2)

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It Takes A Lady

Brilliant scholar Genevieve Barrett knows how to keep a secret. Her identity as the author of her father's academic articles has always been her greatest deception—until a charming housebreaker tries to steal the mysterious Harmsworth Jewel from her. She doesn't reveal that she recognizes her father's devastatingly handsome new student as the thief himself.
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Mass Market Paperback, 395 pages
Published August 27th 2013 by Forever (first published January 1st 2013)
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Carol Cork *Young at Heart Oldie*

WOW! I LOVED THIS BOOK!

Anna Campbell is known for her intense, emotional stories but A RAKE’S MIDNIGHT KISS is much lighter in tone. It reminded me of Loretta Chase’s books …romantic, sexy and funny…a winning combination. This book was pure joy to read from the first page to the last!



Oh, how I loved Richard and Genevieve! They were just the perfect match for each other and are definitely joining my list of all-time favourite Romancelandia couples.

Richard is such a wonderful romantic hero.
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Lover of Romance
Sir Richard Harmsworth, has had to work very hard to gain respect as a member of the Ton, despite the fact he is a bastard. When he learns that a certain artifact, a jewel, will prove his legitimacy, his goal is to obtain it no matter the cost. Genevieve, is a scholar, and is the writer behind all of her fathers work. She hopes with the Harmsworth Jewel that was given to her, by a elderly woman who was always kind to her, that she will create a name for herself and have a career. She is content ...more
Jonetta
Quick summary
Genevieve Barrett is a bluestocking, secretly the academician behind her father's reputation as an antiquarian. Richard Harmsworth is the heir to his family's legacy but has lived under the cloud of his questionable paternity. Legacy has it that the heir would have possession of the Harmsworth Jewel and Richard believes if he can get it, he'll have earned the legitimacy he's sought for most of his life.

Heart of the story
Richard has confirmed that Genevieve owns the Jewel and he ass
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Caz
Nov 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
I've given this a B+ at AAR, so that's 4.5 stars in my book!

We first met Sir Richard Harmsworth, sophisticated, charming and devastatingly handsome man-about-town, in the previous novel in this series, Seven Nights in a Rogue's Bed. Like his friend Jonas Merrick, the hero of that story, Richard is similarly tainted by the slur of bastardy; although in Richard’s case, he is legally entitled to his baronetcy as his mother was married to Sir Lester Harmsworth at the time of Richard’s birth, and Sir
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Mary - Buried Under Romance
Oct 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Anna Campbell broke hearts with Midnight's Wild Passion, induced tears with Seven Nights in a Rogue's Bed, and now has charmed her way onto a grand pedestal with this mesmerizingly sweet, sensual romance of two kindred souls who are both diamonds in the rough.

Sir Richard Harmsworth is a rake, a baronet, and undeniably a bastard. It was enough that he grew up with a highly promiscuous, uncaring mother, but even more that the ton scorns hi
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Becca
Dec 04, 2015 rated it liked it
I think Anna Campbell has a beautiful way with words. Her books contain many words I have to look up on my Kindle, and she often creates scenes that do a wonderful job of painting a picture for me as a reader. While that skill typically pairs well with a plot that propels me through a novel, I am sad to say this story was missing that element.

Genevieve Barrett is a prickly but beautiful spinster who is working hard to make a name for herself in the publishing world instead of letting her spinele
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Ursula
My first Anna Campbell book and I really enjoyed it! The writing was great- some lovely turns of phrase - and the main characters had lots of layers. The story is quite emotional and I even wiped away a tear at the end when our hero contemplated reconciliation with his estranged mother.
I really didn't like the hero, Richard (aka Mr Evans) initially and AC does a good job of portraying him as a shallow, vain, preening dilettante with a giant chip on his shoulder. So it is a real joy to see him ch
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Alycia
This book is the second in Ms. Campbell's first series, Sons of Sin. I read this one first, I couldn't wait once it arrived, and I wanted to mention the caveat that it doesn't have to be read in order. The hero and heroine from the first book, (Seven Nights in a Rogue's Bed) are mentioned briefly a couple of times. I never felt lost or that I was lacking in general information. The Sons of Sin are three friends with questionable heritage that made them all illegitimate in some way. Instead of le ...more
Mei
Sep 11, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: historical
I really love Ms. Campbell's writing and her deliciously dark and misteriously sensual books. I really do.

That's why I felt left down by this one... :(

There wasn't anything misterious, dark and only a small amount of sensual... A great pity!

I admit that the dialogue was the best feature of this book. The banter between Genevieve and Richard/Christopher was fun and witty and it is the only thing I enjoyed here and they bear the weight of all 3 stars.

The rest was lukewarm. The supposedly spark bet
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Nas Dean
Jul 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A RAKE’S MIDNIGHT KISS is a September 2013 release by author Anna Campbell.

The day Richard Harmsworth broke into the vicarage to look for the Harmsworth jewel was the most exciting day of Genevieve Barrett’s life. She felt something while being held in the burglar’s arms. After he locked her in and without taking anything from her home walked away, she was intrigued.

So, when she met Richard in the guise of simple Mr. Evans, she had the niggling feeling she knew him. Of course, she remembered h
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Lisa
Sep 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this smoldering romance by one of my favorite authors! Genevieve Barrett is tired of living in her father's shadow and is ready to break free and show the world who really writes up his academic articles by publishing her research on the mysterious Harmsworth Jewel. Unfortunately, the jewel was left to her by an aunt and Sir Richard Harmsworth wants it back for himself and will go to any means to obtain it back...even steal. When the break in goes awry, he is drawn to the pr ...more
Abby Green
Sep 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Anna Campbell is an auto buy for me. Loved this second story in the Sons of Sin series. Genevieve is a stunning, independent and sensual heroine. Richard is a gorgeous hero, full of layers and depths and sexy HOT. Can't wait for book #3. Cam's story. ...more
Alex
To be honest, this book was pretty bland and generic. I'm starting to see a lot of the same tired plot points and characterizations in historical romances, and this book was just nothing particularly special.

Historical romances tend to include these things:
-a practical, (sometimes fiery or bubbly) heroine who is still pretty naive and ignorant when it comes to romance and who (sooner or later) throws caution/intelligence/rational thought to the wind due to their desire for the hero
-a hero who is
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Nancy Goodman
Sep 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Yes, I’ve said it before but it never gets old and it bears repeating. I love Anna. I love the way she writes, so full of emotion, heart and soul. Her characters feel, and because of her expressive, beautiful writing, you feel for them too.
So when Anna came out with her Sons of Sins series, I was right on that happy bandwagon. A Rake’s Midnight Kiss is the second of the trilogy (although who knows if there may be more…) and is the story of the scandalous Lord Harmsworth, who can’t live down the
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Molly
Oct 25, 2014 rated it it was ok
This book was a little bit of a let down, considering how great the first one was and the spectacular work that the next book in this series is. I honestly got frustrated with about 30% of the story - right after the heroine gave it up to hero out of nowhere with no sufficient reasoning behind her sudden desire to do the opposite of what she had wanted up to this point. Not to mention the fact that she got furious that the hero had lied to her for the first half of the book, only to forgive and ...more
Keri
Feb 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
While I don't think this 2nd book was as strong as the first book in the series, it was still a really good read. This was Richard's book. He was the slightly foppish natural child in the first book. Of course it was all for show and the ending was very emotional with Richard's mom and I wish that part could have been drawn out a bit more. Looking forward to Cam's book. ...more
Ana
Out of all of Anna Campbell's heroes, I like Richard least. It's just that he knows he's doing something wrong and still he persists when he has little to gain or loose. He felt really childish and the couple was less interesting than I expected. Still there is no denying that this is a well written book, I just wish there was a little more tension and a better plot. ...more
Helen
Jun 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I so loved this story Ms Campbell has written another one that will go on my keeper shelf Richard is such a romantic hero and I fell for him instantly and Genevieve is so lovely, this is a story of seduction romance and excitement as Richard and Genevieve journey to their HEA a must read.
Tin
May 14, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014
It took me a while to finish this book because I couldn't stay immersed in the story of Richard and Genevieve and this puzzled me a bit because I love Anna Campbell and have enjoyed all of her previous books.

I loved the idea of the Harmsworth Jewel and the quest to restore it to the Harmsworth family, but I did not like the idea of Sir Richard's plan in order to do so. Deception in romance novels never sit well with me, but I usually read through those books because the action is almost always
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Elaine
Aug 06, 2017 rated it liked it
2.5 stars
I liked it but I didn't love it. The first half of the book bored me a little and I couldn't get into it. It just became one thing after another. The second half picked up but too little, too late for more than 3 stars rating. There was also just a little too much love/hate for me to enjoy this book better (too much "I hate him but I love him" for my taste). Also there was the "big misunderstanding" that could have been cleared up with an open conversation between the H/h. I really hate
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G.
Dec 24, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I despised almost everyone in A Rake's Midnight Kiss. What's even worse, despite the harsh feeling it evoked, the story remained utterly boring. So, as far as introductions to new authors go, this one was easily among the worst. Hopefully, the other Anna Campbell book I own is at least a little better than this one. ...more
Annie ⚜️
Apr 26, 2020 rated it it was ok
DNF. I just couldn’t get into it. The hero and heroine just bored me. Snooze. 😴
Farrah
Jul 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Full of intense romance, secrets, and surprises, this book was amazing! A Rake's Midnight Kiss was a brilliant historical romance. I absolutely loved it!

This book didn't lack in originality. From the bluestocking heroine to the semi-bastard hero who pretends to be a Medieval scholar while trying his hand at thievery. Add a romance, a thwarted suitor, and a neglectful father and you have this book. I loved that it managed to be unexpected. And the biggest shocker of all that we learn near the en
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Caz
I had a hard time rating this as an audiobook. I really liked the print edition and gave it 4.5 stars, but as an audio, it only rates 3.5 stars.

I read and enjoyed A Rake’s Midnight Kiss early in 2013 and was very much looking forward to revisiting it in audio format. I’d already listened to the previous book in the series (Seven Nights in a Rogue's Bed) and will admit to having reservations about Mr. Ferguson’s narration, principally due to one particular vocal tick that got on my nerves after a
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Shauni
Aug 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
In A Rake's Midnight Kiss Anna Campbell returns to her Sons of Sin Series. Complete with rich, lush backgrounds, sensual characters and intriguing storyline Ms. Campbell does not disappoint.

Genevieve Barrett leads a quiet simple life. Staying in the country "assisting" her father with his papers. No one knows that she is the true mastermind behind his brilliance. But one broken promise too many and Genevieve realizes that not only will dear old dad share the byline he is also encouraging her to
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Diane Peterson
What a great book from Anna Campbell! A Rake’s Midnight Kiss is the second novel in her Sons of Sin series. It is an excellent, well-rounded book with humor, intrigue, passion and sentiment. I was undecided between 4 and 5 stars until near the end. After I sobbed through the last two chapters the book was quickly elevated to 5 stars. I have read and loved all of Anna Campbell’s books, especially the dark and angsty ones. This one has a lighter tone, but there are still issues to be dealt with.

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The Window Seat
Aug 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
I was a bit apprehensive as I began reading A Rake’s Midnight Kiss. The previous story in the Sons of Sin series was not one of my favorites; however there were particular scenes within the book that just stuck with me well past the initial reading. Anna Campbell is a well-known and loved author so I had to give her stories a second chance to engage me. It may be the lighter tone she brought to book two or it was my own willingness to be open about the story, but whatever the reason I loved A Ra ...more
Melanie
Feb 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
By now the cat’s out of the bag, and you all know that Anna Campbell is one of my all-time fave-authors and reading and reviewing one of her books is a lot fun and it never-ever gets dull.

I knew she can right well developed three-dimensional characters, and this was no surprise, but what surprised me most about this book is how funny, almost slapstick comedy is in this read. I just couldn’t read fast enough, or laugh out loud more.

She gave us a fast pace, an interesting plot with twists and turn
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Sissy's Romance Book Review
This is book two in the 'Sons of Sin' series by Anna Campbell. I must say when you see Ms. Campbell name on a book you know right of the bat you will enjoy that book. Ms. Campbell knows how to draw you in and keep you there.
Genevieve Barrett has been hiding that she is the one behind her father's academic articles. As a women they would not be taken seriously if read at all. But this help her and her father so she has continues to do so.
Sir Richard Harmsworth is a bastard but he tries not to l
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Janga
Aug 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This was so different from what I have come to expect from this author that I sometimes felt as if I needed to double check that I was reading an Anna Campbell book. It is both a quieter book and a more lighthearted one than the typical Campbell, but character is always the determining factor for me--and I loved these characters. The scholarly heroine is one of my favorite tropes, and I found Genevieve immensely appealing from the beginning. It took me longer to warm up to Richard, but he ended ...more
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