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Midnight Marriage

(Roxton Family Saga #1)

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  2,885 ratings  ·  270 reviews
Roxton Family Saga Book 1: Julian and Deb’s Happily Ever After

1760s England and France: Based on real events, a hasty midnight marriage establishes a dynasty.

Just twelve years old, and drugged with laudanum to make her compliant, Deborah Cavendish is woken in the middle of the night and married off to a distraught boy not much older than herself.

Years later, Deb stumbles
Kindle Edition, 290 pages
Published March 5th 2011 by Sprigleaf (first published September 18th 2010)
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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Kindle freebie romance (I think it's a permanent freebie?) set in Georgian times in England and in France (whatever they called that time period there). It's a very enjoyable read for a romance junkie, and good fun if you like the historical ones.

The story begins in 1761, with two aristocratic teenagers in England being unexpectedly married in the dead of night, in a marriage of convenience. The girl, Deborah, was only 12, and was given a dose of laudanum to make her sleepy and pliable. She for
Written August 23, 2015

4 Stars - A great audiobook!! I'm impressed by this narrators style and this old fashioned kissing romantic historical

A bargain. Just $2 for a 10 hours m/f historical audiobook narrated by Alex Wyndham. I read some happy reviews about the narrator and downloaded on impulse.

Wow!! This was a great surprise
So well worth the time and two bucks. A bit old fashioned in style and plot. Just kisses, light steam and then a closed door but I felt their lust and longins and t
Jan 25, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
At 12, Lady Deborah is rousted out of bed and married to a teenager whose name she doesn't catch. The whole episode is so strange that she soon dismisses it as a dream. She grows up to be a beautiful young lady, but is so independent (she travels to France unchaperoned at age 16 to nurse her scandalous older brother, for instance) that she is not particularly well thought of in Society. Then she comes across a man bleeding in the forest after a duel and saves his life. A few weeks later, they en ...more
Sep 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 02-free
Utterly delightful and then a bit confusing

loved it

Buddy read with Historical Romance Book Club - this has been a busy month with this group!

Series: Yes

Sexy times: Light on the sexy times.

Plan on reading more by the author: Abs!

Synopsis So, this being a Lucinda Brant, it gets a bit convoluted. I'll do my best to nail it for you.

1) Deb and Julian are forced to marry in the middle of the night when Deb is like 12.
2) Julian is sent away on a Grand Tour for reasons you have to read
3) When Julian returns
Lady Wesley
Five stars! Lucinda Brant and Alex Wyndham are a winning combination. I'm hooked.

A twelve-year-old girl is awakened in the middle of the night and escorted to her brother’s library where a bishop in full regalia marries her to a drunk, distraught teenaged boy. The groom and the two elderly men who accompanied him disappear, and the bride returns to the nursery. I had a hard time buying into this situation until I learned that this book was inspired by the real-life story of the second Duke and
I've given this an A+ for narration (yes, it's THAT good) and a B+ for content at AudioGals

Midnight Marriage is the second book in Lucinda Brant’s Roxton Family saga, but is the first of them to be made available in audio. It works perfectly well as a standalone, and the good news is that the other books, all of them narrated by the hugely talented Alex Wyndham (squee!), will be released in the coming months.

The book opens with the Midnight Marriage of the title. Twelve-year-old Deborah Cavendis
Dec 31, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who enjoy mentally editing books as they read.
Recommended to Aoi by: I shake my fist at Amazon.
My first finished read of 2013, and it had to be this book. THIS BOOK. I was alternately charmed and repulsed by Midnight Marriage. On one hand, the settings and vignettes were nicely detailed; on the other, the writing was clunky and the characters inconsistent. (If you're still reading the first couple of chapters of Midnight Marriage and you're already sick of the phrase "injured duelist", don't worry. It's only used about 19 times. It'll soon end.) Archaic words are used throughout the
Apr 20, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Because I just have to occasionally filk my reviews:

I was woken up at midnight and my nurse made me high
They married me off to a drunken teenager cuz I was high
I don't remember getting married at all, and now I know why-y-y
Because I was high
Because I was high
Because I was high
da da dum dum dum dum

In this novel which was apparently partially based on a true story, a 12-year-old girl is woken up at midnight, drugged, and married off to a Duke's son for reasons that make sense only if you're an ar
Oct 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: georgian-england
"Marriages did not happen in the dead of night, between strangers. And they certainly did not happen in nightgowns after taking a measured dose of laudanum."

The bride was twelve, and sent back to the nursery with no memory of the the wedding. The groom was in disgrace and very, very drunk. After the ceremony he was banished to the continent for the Grand Tour until it was time to return and claim his bride…

And that's really all I want to tell you, I don't want to spoil the fun. I loved this to
Carol *Young at Heart Oldie*
What an amazing introduction to the world of audiobooks this was! The combination of writer Lucinda Brant and narrator Alex Wyndham was definitely a match made in heaven.

This is the second book in the series and Ms. Brant certainly captured my attention with the hasty, secretive marriage of the title. It left me intrigued to know the “whys and wherefores” surrounding this mysterious event and so I had to keep reading. As the story unfolds there are various twists and turns, with hidden secrets,
Barbara Rogers
Jul 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Series: Roxton Family Saga #2
Publication Date: 3/5/11

It is midnight, and twelve-year-old Deborah (Deb) is dragged from a drug induced sleep. Everything is surreal around her and she's sure she's still dreaming because she is attending her own wedding. She is wedding a very sad boy who is not much older than she is. However, when she awakes the next morning she is assured that it was all just a bad dream.

Fifteen-year-old Julian has done a shameful, damaging thing and is being banned to the contin
Sep 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another enthusiastic keeper! I guess everyone has a favorite style, era, genre, author... Lucinda Brant hits every single one of mine. She is an incredibly gifted writer, pulling the reader in immediately, then never allowing them a minute to close the book until the final page is reluctantly turned, sighed over, and digested.

"Midnight Marriage" is the second in a three book series (oh please, oh please, let there be more!) It focuses on Julian, son of The Duke of Roxton and his much younger wif
It took a while before I realised that I had already read this book, so I guess that is a bit of a worry. I think I began to compare it (somewhat unfavourably) with Devil's Cub and that distracted me.
I think the colourful descriptions of Georgian clothes and Bath society were great, and the writing is good. But I was annoyed with the heroine, who needed to grow a backbone and not be so trusting and gullible, and I didn't like the deception and sheer manipulation by the hero, so by the time we go
Lea's Audiobooks Hensley
Jul 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Narrator Alex Wyndham makes this one 5 stars as his narration was 5+ stars. Think Nicholas Boulton's narration twin. Simply marvelous. I am a full fledged fan.

Brant's writing is fantastic - classy, detailed historicals. However, the heroine's actions kept the content from 5 stars. Content - 4 stars.
Dec 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This Sequel to Noble Satyr didn't disappoint. This is now my fav read by Lucinda Brant. It is the story of Antonia and Roxton's son Julian, who is married off at Midnight (reason for the title) when just 16 years old (for a unpardonable act which his father cannot forgive) to 12 year old Deborah who has no clue what is going on only that she is put through a marriage ceremony with a weeping boy who is the handsomest boy she has ever set eyes on! Julian is then banished to the continent and Debor ...more
In the beginning, the interaction between Deb and Julian was loving and sweet. I really enjoyed both characters, that is, until Deb found out who he really was. Then the book went downhill for me. I mean, what the heck happened?! Julian turned angry, mean and rude. WHAT?! There are just no words for his behavior. And Deb’s reaction is no better. After this big reveal, the struggle to get to our HEA was just chaotic and frustrating and I wasn’t really into the story anymore. But I finished.

Some r
Loved the cover..... but the writing was clunky with too many seemingly random characters. I was totally confused by the time I dnf'd at 25%
May 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Julian is enchanted and ecstatic to find out Deborah is his bride. He has returned from France to meet his bride and begin to work on an heir so his beloved elderly father can stop worrying about the succession. Julian doesn't want Deborah to know who he is until he courts her and makes sure that she loves him. Julian has cultivated a reputation as a womanizer and rogue is to keep his private life private. He wants no one in Society to know the real man, only the people who love him.

Deborah cann
Mar 14, 2019 rated it liked it
This is a preposterous premise, but it works because the characters are good and the story fairly rattles along. It starts in 1761 when twelve year old Deborah, woozy on a double shot of laudanum, is woken one night on her brother's instructions, and married to an outraged and emotional (drunk) sixteen year old boy. The following morning, she believes it to be nothing but a dream. Skip forward eight years and Deb is settled in Bath, enjoying society, bringing up Jack, her dead brother's child, a ...more
Eileen Dandashi
Dec 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Audiobook Review:
An intense, at times humorous, thrilling saga of the union of nobility with all its agony and sacrifices where the individual’s freedom of choice is thwarted at every turn. Yet, from all the cacophony, comes a love so wonderfully deep and poignant, so emotionally fulfilling you wish it were your own. This is the second of Ms. Brant’s books I’ve listened to. It won’t be my last. This series is highly recommended to those who wish to find love the hard way…

I love the way the story
Marguerite Kaye
Jun 08, 2016 rated it liked it
I haven't read the first in this series, which is clearly a tribute to the first Georgette Heyer I ever read, These Old Shades. In this book (which isn't like Devil's Cub), we meet the next generation of Roxtons, son Julian. The premise is that he's married very young and very drunk to a drugged but titled girl to prevent him from making an unacceptable marriage on the Continent when he's on the Grand Tour. And then several years later, apparently debauched and with a breach of promise case loom ...more
Nov 08, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: z-2015
I read a great review of this audiobook, and then realized that I already owned the kindle book (free at the time of this review) and the audiobook. Since it fit the theme of a challenge, I decided to listen to it. The narrator was very good, with consistent voices for different characters, although a few of the women sounded like caricatures. The main issue was that the heroine, Deb, was kind of unbelievably not careful of her reputation. Yes, she had a potential scandal in her past, but those ...more
Aug 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Another winning Georgian historical that features Julian, son of the Duke and Duchess of Roxton from Noble Satyr, the first book in the series, which I loved. This was pretty good, but not up to it's predecessor, a bit like how I felt about Julian. I love this author for her descriptions of clothing and all the other little details that make the Georgian period vivid and appealing. Plus, her plots are good! I wasn't as crazy about this one, but it was still entertaining. This is the story of how ...more
Feb 24, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Midnight Marriage by Lucinda Brant is a Georgian romance inspired by true historical events. In Midnight Marriage, a young girl of only twelve and a rebellious youth are wed in a ceremony conducted in the dark of night. Then the youth is whisked away by his father, and the young girl returned to her bed. She does not clearly remember the incident as she was drugged. Years later, as an adult, she meets him again but does not realize she is wed to him. He wishes to win her heart without her knowin ...more
D.H. Hanni
Mar 24, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Could not finish this. Interesting premise but it just kept going and going repeating the same stuff over and over and became irritating. The male lead has a Jekyl and Hyde personality which is not at all appealing. He lied to get Deb to marry him. The subplot about a possible trial back in France for breach of promise was just stupid. I don't see how the key 'evidence' is apparently the size of the male lead's gentials. I got tired of the excessive usage of 'green-eyed gaze' and 'dark red hair ...more
Aug 03, 2016 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

I enjoyed this one more than the first book in the series but not enough to purchase the third. I did not like the hero Julian for most of the story. Although I thought it unlikely, he was able to be redeemed. The chapters became more interesting the further I got, but the beginning was quite slow. I did enjoy the heroine Deb all the way through. She showed vitality and reasonable thinking. Never did I feel she was overreacting or had one of those thought processes that are contrived on
Kiesha ~ 1Cheekylass
Turned out to be a very good sequel.
Do you like relationships that start from a very bad beginning? Then do I have the book for you! You are about to enter a world of ridiculousness.

Julian and Deb are forced into a marriage in the middle of the night. She's 12 and drugged up on laudanum so she has no memory of this night. He's 16 and drunk, but remembers it quite well. They are married, and then he is whisked away on a Grand Tour. Years pass, and then a meet-cute happens in the woods. He's been stabbed in a duel; she is secretly p
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Holy Slut-Shaming Batman. The plot is ridiculous, and I was enjoying (despite the hypocritical slut shaming for random French lady because product of their times amiriiiiite 🙄) until the halfway point where dude threatens to force his marital rights several time and I just went eh. Nah bruh.

And all the back-pedalling that happened afterwards, where people try to defend dude's personality because he's just at the wrong place at the wrong time you guuuuysssss #mizundastood4lyf, was a mess.

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LUCINDA BRANT is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Georgian historical romances & mysteries. Her novels are described as from 'the Golden Age of romance with a modern voice', and 'heart wrenching drama with a happily ever after'.
Lucinda lives in the 18th Century most days (heaven!). Her guilty pleasure is Pinterest where you can visualize Lucinda's Georgian world & her n

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