Secrets of Midnight: A Marriage of Convenience (The Man of my Dreams #1) by Miriam Minger

Secrets of Midnight: A Marriage of Convenience (The Man of my Dreams #1) by Miriam Minger

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5 out of 5 Stars

Corie Easton is not interested in love after seeing her father fall apart when he lost her mother. Her only interest lies in helping those in need in her parish. Lord Donovan Trent doesn’t believe in marriage and wants no part in it. But his father’s will stipulates he must marry a good country girl in order to gain his inheritance—an inheritance he needs in order to continue the search for his daughter. Donovan makes Corie a proposition she can’t refuse: marry him for a few weeks and he’ll make life much better for the tinners in her parish, and they can annul the marriage once he receives his inheritance.

Although Corie agrees to the proposal, her temper has her butting heads with Donovan at every turn. She assumes the worst in him—and why shouldn’t she, since he never denies any of her accusations? Despite their heated arguments and both having their own agendas, each develops feelings for the other over the course of many events leading up to the kidnap of Corie’s sisters.

Historical romance is not my favorite genre, but I’m so glad I picked this one up. It had me on the edge of my seat throughout most of the book. Corie is strong-willed and has quite a temper; some would even say she’s pig-headed. I can see how some readers wouldn’t like her as a heroine. But her history was nicely woven into the plot, giving a good understanding of what she’s been through in her life and how underneath it all, her heart is big.

Donovan is also a very strong character, but he too has a heart of gold. Even when Corie denies it, the reader can see his wonderful traits, and little by little he breaks down Corie’s walls.

The writing in this story is wonderful, keeping the reader in the time period throughout. I love reading about the little things, like Corie’s embarrassment over having to ask where the water closet is.

There were minor formatting issues in this book, but nothing that drew me away from the story.

This is the second book I’ve read by Miriam Minger (you can read my review of Wild Angel here), and I would definitely read more of her work.

Happy reading!

Rach

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Wild Angel (The O’Byrne Brides Series #1) by Miriam Minger

Wild Angel (The O’Byrne Brides Series #1) by Miriam Minger

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4 out of 5 Stars

Ronan is a fierce warrior with no time for a woman, especially one who doesn’t know her place. When he promises to protect the daughter of his uncle, he has no idea what he’s in for.

Triona is also a fierce fighter, but she lives in a world where women are meant for marriage and nothing more. She has no interest in marriage or letting a man rule her, so she defies Ronan’s every command. His plan to marry her off and be rid of her backfires at every turn. Ronan discovers that her passionate spirit isn’t such a horrible thing, and maybe he wants this beautiful, impossible woman for himself.

I enjoyed this book a lot more than I expected to. It was very well written and kept me well engrossed in the time period of the story. I had read several reviews of people who didn’t like the heroine, Triona, but I didn’t have any issue with her personality. For twelve years she thought Ronan had murdered her brother, and that’s not something you would get over after a few platitudes by the supposed murderer.

The action was aplenty and kept me on the edge of my seat many times. Although there were times where I felt the storyline was dragging, it wasn’t enough for me to abandon the book, and ultimately I read through the last twenty percent or so rather quickly.

I would definitely read more by this author.

Happy reading!

Rach