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Preview — Midnight Angel by Lisa Kleypas
A noblewoman of frail beauty and exotic mystery fakes her own death to escape the gallows. And now she must flee. In disguise and under a false identity, she finds unexpected sanctuary in the arms of a handsome and arrogant yet gallant British lord—who must defy society to keep her safe . . . and overcome a tragic past to claim her as his own.
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Lisa Kleypas writes feeeeeeeeeelings and angst and tortured heroes and heroines so well. No matter how much I dislike her characters, her writing is absolutely superb. She is among the best HR writers that I've ever read.
How is it like Jane Eyre?
1. Orphan ...more
The first half of the book flew by and was quite enjoyable but the second half fell to pieces once ridiculous antic aft ...more
1. The tone shifts, dramatically. Tasia starts out as this quiet, reserved girl who has a great deal of faith. And then, without any sort of segue-way, she's a lusty temptress who trembles every time Luke touches her. Her faith fades like mist. And then, again, she goes balls-out and demands Luke's support and respect.
2. The "alpha"-ness of Luke. There were so many instances of Luke using force against Tasia. He, at one point, kisses her until she tastes blood immediately after she te ...more
Midnight Angel is not, in my opinion, Lisa Kleypas best novel by far, but it is a worthwhile read. As in most of Ms. Kleypas's other novels, the characters are rather dark, but they just didn't evoke the depth of emotions that the characters in some of her other books did for me. I found Luke to be a fairly likable hero, though perhaps a bit too arrogant and heavy-handed at times. I've heard that some readers are bothered by Luke having a hook in place of a missing ...more
This tale reminds me of some of my all time favorite love stories, Romeo and Juliet with the sleep potion, The Bronze Horseman for the Russian elements (that were very interesting and described perfectly) Though Tasia is not studying for the nunnery her faith is strong and she does become a nanny......The Sound of Music also comes to my mind!
Luke is so in love with Tasia that I was jealous! As wit ...more
There are things I didn't understand in this book:
1. Why does the girl have to be Russian?? Ok i get it, it's the theme and yes England has been done overmuch. But the girl could have be ...more
Taisa was found guilty of a murder she has no memory of. Sentenced to death, she manages to fake her death and travels to England to take refuge with her cousin and her husband. She finds employment with a friend of theirs as a governess to his 12 year old daughter.
I love LK books. This sounded like my cup of tea. Well, this sucked ass instead and I found myself still reading. It was like that car accident that everyone ...more
I really enjoyed this book. More than I thought I would. I really love the governess themed books. They always have that great element of forbidden lust and the tension is so awesome. This was done quite well in this book, so much so that I wish it had lasted longer. Where I think ...more
Unfortunately, when an author steps outside her comfort zone an ...more
Lord Lucas Stokehurst has a 12 year old feisty daughter on the cusp of womanhood. She’s his world and in desperate need of a governess and a motherly figure to guide her through the coming ...more
One of the things that seems to draw me into Lisa Kleypas's books, whether historical or contemporary, is the completely believable romance. She has the ablility to build a relationship that makes you route for the characters like you know them personally. It could be a sea slug falling in love with a space alien. But Ms. Kleypas makes you believe it!
And the age gap between them bothers me more than it should (he's 34, she's 18). Had she been 20 and he's 36, I'd probably be okay with it. He has a 12 year-old daughter, for heaven's sake! In today's society, he would be call a cradle robber.
The story takes place in 1870. It’s very melodramatic but actually not bad. The tension and pacing of the narrative keep the reader at ...more
The Bad: I just can't with age gaps. Luke is in mid-thirties and Anastasia is 18. Ending is homophobic. Luke's character development.
Luke is cold and completely uninterested in Anastasia as a person. Of course, he becomes ...more
With a few of her books under my belt it feels good and I can confidently say that when I need my Historical Romance fix, this is the author that I will run to. I enjoy a little Downton Abbey meets Pride and Prejudice aired on a cable channel to for the right to show a little steam. What I like about this authors books is that not only do you get those key elements but you get a bit of a meaty story as well. One could technically rip out all the special romance sce ...more
I rather liked the heroine, I liked the way her relationship with Lucas evolved, their love for each other and how she managed to handle Emma. I also really liked how Lucas managed to learn to care and love someone other than his deceased wife.
However the partial amnesia was a bit too much and not cleverfully managed by either of those. I kept wondering when they would get the mind-reading woman back to be clear on what had happ ...more
This one was ok, I guess. Chick running from a crime she doesn't remember if she committed and lands her a tall rich dude with a hook for a hand. Lots of syrupy mush and a pseudoalpha male. No hard limits for miles around.
Before I begin, I just want to say, this book is a page turner. It’s a cross between many tropes- governess/employer (at one stage, it was almost similar to Jane Eyr ...more
I’m not waiting to dive into to the next book. I wanna see where life has taken them.
I loved everything about this book, from start to finish...
The story began with a look inside Tasia or "Miss. Billing's" life in Russia. We see her desperate struggle to leave and her attempts (with aid from family) to make for England. She plans to evade execution from the Russian Government. She is being accused of murder, which she believes to be true - having no recollection of the night her fiance died. Everyone believed it was her, as she was the ea ...more
I'm a fan of Lisa Kleypas, most of the time. I think she's easily one of the best contemporary HR authors; she has a gift of taking a very specific and limiting time period and somehow putting a fresh spin on each and every novel. Midnight Angel's spin? Russia. There had to have been a hefty amount of research involved in the creation of this story. It's impressive -- not only did she ne ...more
Tasia was one of the slender heroines in her books but she has that mystic charm, and a ...more