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Kissed at Midnight

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  214 ratings  ·  61 reviews
August Avery, a renowned civil engineer, has found himself the sole custodian of his cousin’s six month old daughter and he needs assistance—fast. He understands how to build railways, to construct bridges and to save the railway tycoons thousands of pounds. He doesn’t understand, however, how to care for a child.

When Ivy Davis turns up at his door looking for work, he bel
Kindle Edition, 188 pages
Published February 18th 2015
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Feb 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was exactly what I hoped it would be - a romantic romp between a master and servant. Set in Victorian Manchester, it felt like I'd escaped into a time where a woman's reputation is everything and where a man really is expected to be the alpha male, taking care of his woman. It made a really pleasant change from reading about a modern so-called alpha male who's mostly just a bossy git.

The romance built slowly with lingering glances and chaste yet still forbidden touches that made for some re
Sissy's Romance Book Review
Kissed at Midnight by Samantha Holt is the story of August Avery and Ivy Davis.
August takes in his cousin 6 month old child which leaves him at a loss of what to do. As it happens Ivy comes to his door looking for work and he thinks this might be just want he needs for the child..but then he starts to have his own feelings for her. I really enjoyed this book and the author's writing.

Space Cowgirl
Mar 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
He🐺🍆⛲ Couldn't Deny Her Anything💕

ADULT Victorian Romance💕
Ivy💃💋 has a wonderful voice🎶. She wants to be a singer on the stage. She flees to London to follow her dream and to escape an arranged marriage👰. She attends several auditions but realizes she has terrible debilitating stage fright!

So, she ends up taking a governess job by default, for August Avery🐺🍆⛲💪, a handsome and wealthy single railway engineer who is raising his late cousin's baby👶. Still, Ivy💃💋 dreams🌈🐉 of auditioning for a singing🎶
Mar 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Ivy Davies was a determined woman and she left home because she wanted to fulfill her dream of being a singer. However, she often acted before thinking through the consequences of her actions. August Avery was a railway engineer, who had the care of his cousin’s baby. When Ivy begins to work for August and they get to know and like each other, Ivy is torn between her love for August and her dream. They both try to fight against their feelings for each other. This was an enjoyable read. I receive ...more
Rosemary K
Feb 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Ivy Davis left home to become a famous singer, but success has eluded her. She needs to find work to support herself. She applies for a job as a governess. However she goes to the wrong address. The harried man who answers the door desperately needs help. He's caring for his late cousin's child. He hires Ivy to care for the infant so that he can concentrate on his work as a civil engineer. She can't refuse. Will she every achieve her dream? Samantha Holt has written strong and compelling charact ...more
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
August Avery, a renowned civil engineer, has found himself the sole custodian of his cousin’s six month old daughter Elsie. He understands how to build railways, to construct bridges and to save the railway tycoons thousands of pounds but not how to look after a baby. When Ivy Davis turns up at his door looking for work, he believes his prayers are answered. Unsure if she is even up to the task of looking after Elsie, Ivy finds herself swayed by the handsome and slightly desperate August into wo ...more
I am disappointed that this was listed as a historical romance. It was not. No Dukes, Prince Regents, nothing! It was a reasonably interesting New Adult Novel. However it did have great characters. I loved the fact that August didn't shy away from raising his deceased cousin's 6 month old daughter. I also loved the chemistry between August and Ivy, although their communication skills needed improvement. ...more
Mar 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
August has become the guardian of his cousin’s six-month-old daughter and is desperately in need help. Ivy comes to the house to interview for a nanny position and even the it is the wrong house ends up with a job. What will happen when sparks fly between them. Fast-paced historical read with characters with fun and entertaining personalities. The story has plenty of drama and plenty of steam. I liked it.
Trish R.
Jul 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
A good read..

I Love Samantha Holt books but I had a real problem with this one. August was just a working man. No Duke, no Earl, no Viscount, no nothing. And when someone is a Duke, Earl or Viscount they refer to their employees as ‘servants.’ So why was Ivy always referring to August as her “master?” And why did August refer to himself as the “master” of the men who worked for him on the railroad? I just hate that word when it’s in a romance novel and it was used 35 times.

As I’ve said time and
Mar 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Starring Mr. August Avery and Miss Ivy Davis.

Aww... this was a hot little book!! Ivy and August were definitely a steamy couple!!
I love that these two are both working class. Ivy is a down on her luck aspiring singer with stage fright. August is a railway engineer who is thrust with the care of his infant niece. Ivy needs money to make ends meet... August is in desperate need of a nursemaid for his niece. So he hires Ivy for the job, knowing this was only suppose to be temporary arrangement. But
Jamie Jack
Mar 26, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: victorian, p-2020
Interesting Hero, Not Sure of the Rest

I have read a number of books by this author, and I find her work to be of variable quality, unfortunately. I have mixed feelings about this book. The writing style was smooth and enjoyable. I couldn't help but like the hero from the start as he himself actually took care of an infant who became his ward. The heroine... I am not so sure about. While I might admire her desire to become a singer, such wasn't common in those times. And it somehow rubbed me wron
Lisa Spofford
Mar 30, 2020 rated it liked it
This is a predictable love story about an impetuous young woman with aspirations to become a singer and a serious man who hires her to care for his cousin’s orphaned daughter, despite her inexperience. Despite the dictates of society they give in to their attraction to each other and they fall in love. Each successfully helps the other overcome obstacles holding them back. They each hold back their true feelings feelings convinced that each is not what the other wants in the long-term, but in a ...more
Lori D
What's not to love?
Two people brought together unexpectedly and by chance..... or was it meant to be?
Ivy was a singer.. Well that was her dream and she had come to London to hopefully make that dream come true. Only, she needed a job for funds to survive. That is how she ended up on the wrong doorstep to apply for the governess job. What she found was a gentleman answering the door with a crying baby in his arms and found out she was at the wrong address! But what she ended up with was a job as
Dotty M
Mar 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
One good read

Men faced with unexpected fatherhood and the women who rescue them. By the hands of fate Miss Ivy Davis aspiring singer lands a job at the home of August Avery renowned railway engineer. Although Ivy longs to be a famous singer she is in need of funds and applying to be a governess. A position she absolutely no experience in. Luckily she arrives at the wrong house the home of August who has no experience in hiring a governess. After a somewhat unusual interview Ivy lands the job as
Emily Pennington
Mar 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
August Avery is a civil engineer who can construct bridges and build railways to make a better future for everyone – but becoming sole custodian of his cousin’s six-month-old daughter, Elsie, is a daunting experience. When Ivy Davis goes to the wrong address expecting to find a governess job, she ends up eventually agreeing to care for baby Elsie, her only previous experience being that she had played with some of her young cousins once or twice, but figuring it can’t be all that difficult.

sherri jones-teachout
Mar 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ivy was so sweet and forthright. And August was caring and loving. Ivy was the daughter of a wealthy merchant, but her parents expected her to marry an aged duke or earl, so she left home to pursue her dream of being a singer. But she gets stage fright so she falls into the job of nursemaid to a baby named Elise. Elise’s guardian is a wealthy up and coming train engineer and builder named August. His work has suffered whil taking care of Elise and he hopes to resume his work and normal pursuits. ...more
Donna Till
Mar 25, 2020 rated it liked it
Set in Victorian era Ivy wants to be a singer, o much that she has left home to purse her dreams. But she needs a job until she can make her dreams happen. She become the governess for August Avery and his ward Elise. August is a busy man constructing railways but Ivy becomes a distraction to him and despite how much he fights it his feelings for her grow especially when he realizes that Ivy feels the same towards him.
This was an easy book to get into and I enjoyed the story between the two main
Apr 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Kissed at Midnight is one of the best historical novels that I have read this year. The writing is outstanding. The setting and underlying story is interesting and entertaining. The characters are realistic and well written with depth and dimension. I love that Ivy is so strong and brave and such a happy person. I love that August thinks he is so gruff and tough and yet he is so sweet and protective and caring. Their interactions and banter is witty and so much fun. Their chemistry is well timed ...more
Marie Bourgery
Jan 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a story about a singer turned governess/nursemaid and her single employer who takes in his orphaned baby cousin. Ivy dreams of being a singer, but her parents don't approve and she has trouble making it through auditions, so she decides to apply for a governess position to pay the bills until she knocks on the wrong doorstep. Avery is trying to juggle his baby cousin and his work and he needs help. Even though she has little experience Ivy is the answer to his prayers, except she is des ...more
Anonymous 5
Apr 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ms. Holt is definitely one of my favorite romance authors. She always delivers a great story with emotion, passion, and depth. This one certainly does not disappoint! August and Ivy are wonderful together and the chemistry between them is undeniable. Ms. Holt has a great talent for making her characters come alive and really pulling you into the story. This was no different. An intriguing read with wonderfully developed characters and a storyline that kept me totally engrossed through the very e ...more
Jul 02, 2020 added it
This is amusing, interesting and romantic. When Ivy knocks on August's door to apply for the governess job, she finds that she's at the wrong address. But before she walks away August offers her a job, to take over the care for his infant ward. Having no money, and nowhere to live, Ivy accepts. She had been trying to become a singer, but every time she tried to audition, she had stage fright. Neither of them had ever been drawn to anybody before, and both were struggling with it. August refused ...more
Mar 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a nice light read romance book. It is about August Avery who is the guardian of his cousin’s little girl. He was raising her on her own but was getting a little overwhelmed. Ivy wanted to be a singer, but she needed money. She went to apply for a Governess job but landed on the wrong house. When August found this out, he asked her to work for him and take care of his niece. There was some fun moments and some romantic moments. I enjoyed this book.
I received a free copy of this book for m
Mar 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a sexy Regency romance set in Manchester.
There are no Dukes or Earls etc and no ton.
August Avery is an engineer who has become guardian to his sister’s baby daughter.

Ivy Davis has left home to become a singer but in the meantime she seeks employment as a governess. She goes to the wrong address and ends up being employed by August to look after the baby.

This is the start to their story. This is an easy to read sexy romance.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am volunt
Mar 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Can she have it all?
I liked the story a great deal Ivy is a bit over her head but does a fine job with the babe. August a hard-working civil engineer is also a bit over his head with now taking care of cousin’s six-month-old daughter. We have a paired set you might say. I also believe Mrs. Pepperwhite may not get what she wants and then again you have to read the book to find out. I like how it ended with action packed danger and sweetness. I did receive a free copy of this book and voluntarily
Jayne Butcher
Mar 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It is said that everything happens for a reason, and in this story, arriving at the wrong address becomes the best mistake Ivy has ever made. This author does a wonderful job creating her characters. Ivy is open and vulnerable, while August is professionally driven and completely unprepared for the disruption she causes in his life. This book has all kinds of treats for the reader, including an adorable infant, a contankerous housekeeper and an obnoxious neighbor. Very enjoyable.

I received a fre
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Jan 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2020
This is the story of August Avery, a civil engineer who loves working with the railroads, and exhausted guardian of a six-month old baby, and Ivy Davis, an aspiring singer who becomes nursemaid to his niece. From the moment she joins his household, she turns the world upside down for both of them. This is a charming story about realizing dreams and making a family. There is just a little drama and a good dose of humor.
Lana Birky
Jan 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
This plot took the reader away from balls & nobility to August Avery, was master of his house, an engineer & he has just become guardian to his cousin's 6 month old daughter. He needs help, now & he finds it in Ivy Davis but his attraction to her is going to be tough to stifle his attraction to her. The denial of feelings, the difference in society classes - even between a master of a house & a nanny. I loved August & Ivy & rooted for them from the moment they met!
Mar 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ivy Davis comes to the wrong home for a Nanny position and August Avery who has guardianship of his deceased cousin's baby daughter Elsie, hires her. I enjoyed seeing this story come together. Ivy and August just belonged together, they will have a lot to get through though. I liked the way Ivy's dreams came true with her singing. I recommend this book. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review. ...more
Mar 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ivy is desperate for a job so when she goes for a interview for a governess for two children but ends up at the wrong address Avery answers the door with a infant clutched in his arms. Avery is raising his cousins six month old daughter and knows nothing about children so when Ivy shows up he offers her more than enough to take the job as nanny for Elsie. This is a sweet romance between employer and servant that was uncommon in those times. Wonderful book with great characters.
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Samantha Holt resides in Warwickshire, England, with her twin girls, having followed her soldier husband around the UK for nearly 10 years. Growing up in Hampshire, she was inspired by the authors Jane Austen and Elizabeth Gaskell, both of whom lived and wrote only miles from her home town.

Samantha loves the romance genre and has been devouring romantic literature for as long as she can remember.

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