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Mistress by Midnight

(Courtesan Court #2)

3.50  ·  Rating details ·  335 ratings  ·  32 reviews
First comes seduction. . .As children, Desmond Ryland, Marquess of Conover, and Laurette Vincent were inseparable. As young adults, their friendship blossomed into love. But then fate intervened, sending them down different paths. Years later, Con still can't forget his beautiful Laurette. Now he's determined to make her his forever. There's just one problem. Laurette keep ...more
Paperback, 296 pages
Published January 1st 2011 by Brava
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This book...I mean...this book...I just...ick!
I guess you could call it a life study but still...ick! Ick,ick!

There are a lot of characters in this drama, but when I consider the ones that had the biggest influence on the plot I have to say that I only liked the heroine and her kid Bea.
All the others and I mean ALL of them, including the hero and his son were just...just...horrible.

-The man
First of all...the damn flashbacks! I never had any idea when they ended or began. Sure, you could see it i
Sep 25, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: historical
This is a DNF (did not finish) for me.

The hero is very jaded and felt very mean to me. I didn't like the circumstances used to force the heroine to become his mistress. We are told he really wants to love/marry her - but I didn't feel it - at least in the first 150 pages (out of 272). He is so manipulative - which really turns me off. I get that he is hurt..and the heroine is hurt for things that happened in their past...but his behavior does not appeal to me at all.

I did enjoy book one in this
Jan 23, 2011 rated it liked it
Let me start off by saying that I loved this story. I don't want anyone to get discouraged from reading this book because I only gave it 3 stars.

This book involves a man named Con who attempts to once again win the heart of his love and soul mate Laurette. They loved each other a great deal but because of Con's uncle and the unfortunate financial situation he placed Con in he was forced to marry someone else and leave Laurette behind.

Although Con's method of winning her back was convoluted and m
Feb 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
It was a good book but I didn't like how the point of view kept changing as well as the timeframes. One paragraph told in the present, the next paragraph told in the past, the next told in the present by a different character. It was hard to keep up sometimes. That annoyed me a lot in the beginning and kept me from reading the book through at one sitting.

But I liked the story and the characters. I loved how you could see what motivated the H from the beginning of the story. I admired his determ
I disliked the inequitable power dynamic between H&h. I prefer interactions with more wit, and fewer insults. Though Robinson writes well - I've enjoyed her other series - the Courtesan Court series seems to be laced with an unexpectedly misogynistic streak. ...more
Oct 30, 2020 rated it liked it
2.5 Stars.
Con and Laurette were childhood friends who became sweethearts and had plans to marry. Plans that were ruined when Con was forced to marry for money to save his estate and the lives of the people who relied on him. 10 years later Con's wife is dead and he is determined to have a second chance with his one true love but Laurette isn't sure. She may still have feelings for Con but so many things have happened and she has a big secret she needs to protect. Con is prepared to go to any lengths to ge ...more
Virginia Campbell
Aug 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Maggie Robinson again spins her storytelling magic in "Mistress by Midnight", offering one of the most delightfully imperfect heroes you'll ever meet! Desmond Ryland, Marquess of Conover, has always loved Laurette Vincent. Childhood friendship budded into adolescent infatuation, later becoming adult desire and devotion in full bloom. When Con is forced to marry a wealthy older woman to fulfill the social and financial obligations of his family, Laurette is devastated. She and Con continue to mee ...more
Mistress by MidnightPretty good story but not as good as Bk 1 ‘Mistress by Mistake’.

Con and Laurette are childhood friends and young lovers. They say their marriage vows to each other under the stars the night before Con is forced into a marriage for money. Con leaves on his honeymoon and when he returns a month later his wife is pregnant. He can’t stomach having been forced into this marriage so he leaves to seek his own riches.

In the meantime, Laurette is also pregnant. She gives their daugh
Mar 22, 2019 rated it did not like it
Serinin bizde çıkan ilk kitabı Beni Bekletme oldukça kötüydü. Fakat beeelki yazar %1 bile olsa kendini geliştirmiştir diye kitaba başladım. Sonuç %0 :D

Konu olarak oldukça iyi, işleniş sıfır. Kitap hemen Desmond'un Laurette'yi metres olarak kendine almasıyla başlıyor. Kadın karakter zamanında Desmond'un evlilik teklifini reddediyor fakat bunu mantıklı temele oturtacak hiçbir şey yok. Desmond da kadın bana güvensin diyeceğine hemen hain planlara girişince kitap bas bas "ben okunmaya değer değil
Meranda Semeniuk-Wappel
Sep 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I just love this series! Love historical fiction!
Christine Seybolt
Nov 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing

MISTRESS BY MARRIAGE is the second installment in historical Romance author Maggie Robinson’s a highly developed multifaceted historical romance Courtesan Court trilogy which released in December 2010 by Kensington Brava with writing that magically transcends her readers into an unpretentious and sublime love story.

All Laurette Vincent dreamed of since a child was being Desmond Ryland, Marquess of Conover’s wife but fates had other plans. As young lovers they made vows to one another in the Cono
Jo (My House of Books)
As much as I enjoyed Mistress by Mistake, I had high expectations for Mistress by Midnight. It was touch-and-go for a while...

What I believe made relating to Laurette and Con so difficult was the use of flashbacks. Just when I thought I understood what had happened between their younger selves, a flashback would take me out of my reading flow. Granted, the flashbacks were important to fully understanding the love and friendship they'd once shared, but I didn't like it, especially because they di
Apr 17, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, historical
I enjoyed this book. I've not yet read the 1st book in this trilogy but do plan to.
At 1st I did not like Con, the hero, very much at all. And... I didn't like the way Laurette reacted to him. I was very frustrated by her continual refusals of his marriage propositions. By the 2nd half of the book, I was starting to change my mind... and by the end of the book, I had a new understanding of them and their actions... and I thought the ending was a perfect closure.
I didn't give it more stars as I r
Jul 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book even though it was my least favorite in the Courtesan series. I think this is because Maggie Robinson created her heroines in the other two books as more voluptuous than the heroine of this story, Laurette, and I’m a sucker for a fuller figured heroine. Aside from that, there was great tension between Laurette and Con. They were both faced with such battles as youth that they are now living with their consequences and hoping that they can somehow come to their happily ...more
Aug 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
A lovely and at times heartbreaking story of Con and Laurie--they essentially grew up together and fell in love. But of course, the path to a happy ending is rarely an easy one. Con's forced to marry someone whose fortune will rescue his family, and Laurette knows it's his duty.

Years later, he is free to offer for her at last, but she can't bring herself to accept.

Fortunately he is still in love with her, and determined enough to try again and again. Even if that means making her his mistress as
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Mar 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
We first see Desmond and Laurette as teenagers in love, not innocent as far as the pleasures of the flesh goes, but in the acts they carry out to claim their love for one another. Ms. Robinson gives us a tale that contains many different emotions; bitterness, love, sadness, heartache, anger, betrayal, secrecy, joy, passion, and loneliness. Mistress by Midnight takes us on a journey as two long ago lovers once again learn the pleasure of each other’s flesh and love even as one tries to deny feeli ...more
Jan 23, 2011 rated it liked it
An earl (3 points!) attempts to get his former lover to marry him after his wife dies. Unfortunately too many years and tears have gone by for her to pick up with him again easily. And he gets this really, really stupid idea that blackmailing her to become his mistress will help his suit. The first half of the book shows the stupidity of this idea; the second half of the book is much better, when he takes her (along with some younger guests) on a summer getaway to his Yorkshire property in a muc ...more
Caren Jan
Aug 31, 2014 rated it it was ok
I like how the story progressed. The cat and mouse chase between Laurie and Con. I like how practical the heroine is about her situation but is quite dumb in some if her decisions, i like how determined and desperate Con is to win his love back but infuriated by his cowardice towards his son but what do you expect of these traits? It made them human not sone fictional character in a book. But what i don't like was the ending especially in the parts of the children. Its sad that they couldn't cla ...more
Mar 31, 2011 rated it it was ok
This novel has the 'once again lovers' plot. I love the idea that childhood lovers are separated and then find each other years later. If your looking for a great (maybe the best) example of this then go read MS. Kleypas's book 'Again the Magic'. There are a bunch of hot sexy scenes spread through out the book which is fun, but there wasn't enough reason to drag out the Laurette's avoidance from marriage. So I had a hard time swallowing the plot in the middle of the book. It wasn't believable th ...more
Feb 02, 2011 rated it liked it
3.5 stars... This book was good, although there were times I wanted to scream. Not necessarily a bad thing, given that it was the characters I wanted to scream AT. When Laurette continued to refuse Con it broke my heart, but I completely understood why she acted the way she did.

In the beginning of the book, I didn't like Con much. He seemed a little too dominating for my taste. But as time went on and I learned his reasonings, I fell in love with him. The kids being in the story added an interes
May ّمي

Lovely contain most of the elements that I like

Childhood lovers who had to break up their relationship due to usual ton circumstances meet again after 12 years. they both still love each other but there are many things that are standing in their way now to be able to be together again.

I liked how Con still love Laurette and still want her back <3
Laurette on the other hand was a stubborn women
❆ Crystal ❆
Well, while this book was good, it wasn't nearly as good as the first book in the series. The story was good and I loved Con, but Laurette drove me crazy at times. The story got bogged down and repetitive at times. I'd rather a story was shortened than just pages filled in with the same banter over and over again. But, still, I did like it and I gave it 3 stars. I hope the 3rd book in this series is more like the first one. ...more
Shh I'm reading!
Dec 08, 2014 rated it did not like it
I hated everyone except Bea, because she was the only one with any sort of sense. The fact that an 11 was the only redeeming person combined with the unfinished way the book ended made me so angry.
Dec 31, 2013 rated it it was ok
It was Ok. Didn't like it as much as 1st book. ...more
Jul 12, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012, historical, romance
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Apr 22, 2014 rated it did not like it
Apr 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: regency-romance
I liked it a great deal. The love and anguish of the lead characters was so real you could feel it. I love this author and can't wait for the next one.
Jan 18, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2014
The other books in this series were better.
Jul 07, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
This romance heroine was really annoying. I expect that with these generic romance novels but Laurette was on some other shit. All of her problems were her own fault. I mean, man up and move on.
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Maggie Robinson is a former teacher, library clerk and mother of four who woke up in the middle of the night, absolutely compelled to create the perfect man and use as many adverbs as possible doing so. A transplanted New Yorker, she lives with her not-quite perfect husband in Maine, where the cold winters are ideal for staying inside and writing hot historical romances and her latest venture, the ...more

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