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A Lady by Midnight
by Tessa Dare
(Avon, $7.99, PG-13) 978-0-06-204989-6
*****
Miss Kate Taylor has very few memories of her family. She grew up in an orphanage and has always wondered where she came from. She sees other family units and craves that in her life. She lives in Spindle Cove now and teaches music lessons to young ladies in society.

Corporal Thorne oversees the local militia in Spindle Cove while Lord Rycliff is away. Kate can’t figure out the man. He’s very quiet and seems to flee whenever she is around. She makes sure he understands how rude he is when she has a chance, but his hardened exterior doesn’t seem to care.

When the Gramercy family shows up in Spindle Cove claiming to be Kate’s long lost family, Thorne is very wary. He’s protective of Kate due to their history. Kate doesn’t seem to remember, but they spent several years together as young children before Kate was at the orphanage. He’s spent the last year watching from a distance to make sure she is protected, and the Gramercy’s are putting him on edge. He does the only thing he can think of to keep her close. He claims, in front of everyone, that they are betrothed.

Kate can’t believe what’s happening, but decides to go along with the plan for now. Kate starts to see beyond the hardened façade and has a desire to continue to chip away at whatever Thorne is hiding from. Little does she know that in the process she’ll learn the answers she’s been waiting for her whole life.

A Lady by Midnight is an exciting story. It’s got a whole lot of romance with a side of mystery and suspense. Kate is a character that everyone will root for and respect. She’s fun loving and encouraging to everyone in her life. Thorne is a character that complements Kate and it is enjoyable to see his transformation to happiness.

The story and the writing are superb. It’s an easy and quick read and I easily can recommend A Lady by Midnight. Make sure to carve out a day before starting this book because you won’t want to put it down.

--Nichole Howell


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