It Happened One Midnight by Julie Anne Long
Series: Pennyroyal Green #8
Also in this series: Like No Other Lover, I Kissed an Earl, What I Did For a Duke with Bonus Material, How the Marquess Was Won, The Legend of Lyon Redmond
Published by Harper Collins
Publication Date: June 25th 2013
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More than one beautiful woman's hope shave been dashed on the rocky shoals of Jonathan Redmond's heart. With his riveting good looks and Redmond wealth and power, the world is his oyster—until an ultimatum from his father and a chilling gypsy prophecy send him hurtling headlong toward a fate he'll do anything to avoid: matrimony.
Intoxicating, elusive Thomasina de Ballesteros has the bloods of London at her feet. But none of them knows the real Tommy—the one with a shocking pedigree, a few too many secrets, and a healthy scorn for rakes like Jonathan.
She's everything Jonathan never wanted. But on one fateful midnight, he's drawn into Tommy's world of risk, danger . . . and a desire he'd never dreamed possible. And suddenly he's re-thinking everything . . . including the possibility that succumbing to prophecy might just mean surrendering to love.
Jonathan is the youngest son of Isaiah Redmond and the one his father thinks the least of. He considers Jonathan somewhat of a wastrel and a fairly useless man. Even though Jonathan tells him he’s making investments of his own, his father doesn’t believe him. He tells Jonathan he must marry by the end of the year or be cut off. Jonathan has a deal in the works, but he needs the additional capital from his father to see things through. He agrees to play along, figuring one wife is as good as another.
Thomasina de Ballesteros is the daughter of a Spanish Courtesan. She hosts a weekly salon at the home of the scandalous Countess Maribeau. All the men of the ton are obsessed with Tommy, thinking they’re going to be her next protector. She’s charming and elusive and Jonathan sees right through her. He recognizes himself in her and they form an unlikely bond. But they are from different worlds and there is no future for them. Tommy knows this…even when Jonathan doesn’t.
Long has the unique ability to draw me fully into her stories. I feel like I’m living the lives of her characters right along with them. Tommy was a woman willing to do whatever she needed in order to survive. That’s a trait I admire in women, especially those who lived in her era. She was more than a predictable fallen woman, however. From her surprising pedigree to ability to cut the crap and see to the heart of every situation, she was someone I came to like and admire. Jonathan was just as strong and fierce as Tommy, though I’m happy to report he was also extremely intuitive and thoughtful.
Strong, witty and heart-stirring. Long delivers again.
4.5 out of 5
This book was provided by the publisher for an honest review.