What Happened at Midnight
But when he finds Mary, she's not living a lif ...more
Courtney Milan is one of my favorite historical romance authors, and stories like What Happened at Midnight are why. Sweet, sexy, romantic, and witty, her stories take you on an exciting adventure, sure to leave you with a smile on your face.
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When John Mason discovers that his fiancée's father has embezzled thousands of pounds from their mutual business, he's furious. When his betrothed, Miss Mary Chartley, flees, taking the money and all the evidence with her, he's outraged. He pl
- complicated issues for the hero, heroine, or both
- a headstrong heroine, who wants to do more than the lot assigned to her in life. Let's not also forget that she's also very sure of her sexuality, for the most part
- a hero, who understands the value of loving and supporting the woman in his life
- credible, real-life angst
As such, this story ticked all the boxes. It was by no means disappointing, but if you're ...more
This was originally published in the anthology Midnight Scandals, see my review here
This story begins at the precise moment that Mary’s father’s business partners are ransacking her house looking for the money he embezzled. Mary is in the process of running away when one of the partners decides to beat the information out of her. Her fiancé John steps in, but he doesn’t stop her from leaving him. You see, he was one of her father’s business partners ...more
Yesss Courtney Milan's novella game is so strong. I think it's really hard to pull off any novella because it's hard to fit all the plot, character development and smut into a less than 200 page story. I liked this one for several reasons. First, the portrayal of a possessive, abusive person was incredibly realistic. Most spousal abuse comes in the form of subtle acts, verbal and emotional meant to manipulate, and this was very accurate. Kudos to Milan for a realistic portrayal of abuse ...more
I can't recall reading any other romance novels that dealt with the type of abuse we see here. I think milan handled it deftly and in such a way that we feel its full chilling impact but not for so long that the novella loses its untroubling tone. I also much ...more
Nevertheless, I actually stopped the first time just before things started to be interesting. My main problem the first time was something to do with how John acted and the whole ordeal. I probably just wasn’t in the moo ...more
I didn’t enjoy this one as much as I’ve liked Courtney Milan’s other books, and perhaps I wasn’t in the right headspace for this book. The story opens with the heroine in peril from her father’s business partners, who believe he has swindled them and absconded with their money. She’s engaged to one of the business partners, who thinks she’s hiding the money and her father’s whereabouts. (This i ...more
Mary Chartley’s father has embezzled a large sum of money from his business and disappeared, leaving his partner ...more
This was honestly such good read!! Especially for it being a novella.
Don't let this keep you from reading the novella but it does contain mentions of attempted sexual assault/coercion.
The plot focuses on John Mason, who discovers that Mary, his fiancee's father had embezzled a lot of money and intends to get to the bottom of the matter by bringing revenge upon Mary after she leaves.
However, after he finally does find her, he's very surprised to see her living i...more
I don't know what happened, but I reread this last night and I liked it WAAAY better than the first time around. Maybe I was just in the right mood, but I really loved how strong Mary was in all the crappy situations life threw at her. So I'm bumping my rating up to a 4.
Not necessarily my favorite of Milan's novellas but still plenty enjoyable. I just thought it lacked a little of Milan's usual finesse.
Rating: 3.5 / 5
I am a bit of a Julia Quinn and Lisa Kleypas lover. So picking up a new historical romance that is neither of theirs is a BIG step for me. That being said I will totally read another of Courtney Milans books! This was a pleasant read. I really enjoyed the way the characters developed. The only complaint I have it the guy. He was a bit to in-tuned with his feelings. I really wanted him to be more of a jerk. Jerks are the best.
I really liked this story, about more of the "common" man than many historical romances.
I only have a few minor quibbles. The biggest one is that the H didn't grovel nearly enough. He was so fa ...more
The only think that I at all liked about this novella was the way that it highlighted the fact that a spouse can be abusive through over-protectiveness. Though that's not really what I want out of a romance novel, it was well done, and I think an important thing for people to realize.
She goes on the run into even worse circumstances that are surprisingly changed by one of the men her father cheated. Nice conclusion and romance.
Coyer summer novella challenge. 1 pt
It was interesting to see that for all John's intelligence, he was still painfully naive about some things. Mary was so clever about how she sorted everything out, and was able to not only find herself, but also determine her future when her past had been much removed from her hands.
We don't often get such a far reaching epilogue, and I thought it was a sweet and interesting departure from the norm. I hope they got their additional 40 years.
Courtney lives in the Rocky Mountains with her husband, an exceptionally perfect dog, and an attack cat.
Before she started writing historical romance, Courtney got a graduate degree in theoretical physical chemistry from UC Berkeley. After th ...more