Friday, August 2, 2013

Stroke of Midnight Book Review *Olivia Drake*

Synopsis: The infamous Laura Falkner has returned to London society in disguise. Determined to clear her father's name, she becomes a companion to elderly Lady Josephine—only to learn the woman's nephew is none other than Alexander Ross, the devilish Earl of Copley, the man Laura once loved with all her heart. The same man who'd accused her father of theft and forced them to flee England.

Alex has never forgotten Laura—or forgiven himself for letting her go. Today, Laura is as lovely—and stubborn—as ever, and her attempts at crime-solving are putting her in danger. The only way Alex can keep her safe is to marry her. But how can this notorious rake convince Laura that his heart is true…before the clock strikes twelve?

Stroke of Midnight by Olivia Drake has a very implausible, somewhat eye rolling setup, but based on the main couple and their interactions and dialogue, I did enjoy this regency romance that’s high on the fluff and has overall lacking drama and tension with the plot. Laura, the heroine’s father, was accused of stealing some priceless jewelry and fled away to Portugal so not to be punished for the crime. The hero, Alex, the Earl of Copley at the time of the crime was courting Laura, but it was a ruse on his part at first to investigate her father. When she catches Alex confronting her father, Laura stops Alex by using a pair of scissors and scars his face. Laura feels betrayed by what Alex has done, but she ends up coming in contact with him again when her father goes back to England and is then killed. Laura, under a different name and her very inventive disguise of wearing glasses, pulled back hair and a dowdy dresses, returns to London to find her father’s killer and who framed him all those years ago. With the help of Lady Milford, a kind Samaritan, Laura gets a job as a companion to the elderly Lady Josephine. What Laura doesn’t realize at first that Lady Josephine’s nephew is Alex. Now Laura is cornered because she thinks Alex will want his revenge, but to her surprise, he wants to help her clear her father’s name. They team up together to investigate those in the Ton who wanted to ruin Laura’s father. But Laura is clueless to Alex’s attraction and dedication to her that has remained steady all these years. His “revenge” is to make Laura his wife regardless of her scandalous reputation and help her regain her rightful place in English society.

Those looking for light and fluffy will probably enjoy Stroke of Midnight. It’s the second book in the Cinderella Sisterhood series, but other than Lady Milford being a type of fairy godmother to Laura, and mention of special slippers that fit Laura oh so perfectly, there isn’t much of a fairy tale feel here. Alex is a sweetheart and not to angsty, although there are some mentions of how horrible his parents were. He and Laura do have nice chemistry together. Their investigation skills, as well as the entire mystery plot overall was laughable and close to silly as you can get. I will say I was surprised by who the villain was and their reasons for everything.

Stroke of Midnight is a predictable story, and a forgettable one, but with engaging characters and a typical HEA I look forward to in my historical romances. (St. Martin’s)

Final Grade: B-

A few other Stroke of Midnight reviews:
Kay's Blog
Lily Pond Reads



Irene Jennings said...

Love regency romance and this did not disappoint. The characters developed into very believable and likable people. And the surprise ending was perfect!

Can't wait for the next one!

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Jasmine Jones said...

Simply a magical novel filled with the amazing words of Laurell K. Hamilton! The characters grow in this book and new allies are added to Meredith's side and her bed! Plus her power grows and the goddess speaks through her and guides her! The sithen starts to wake up again and that takes on an interesting turn of events! Simply loved this book!

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Mariz Denver said...

Just started reading this author, however half way through the story, I sat the book on the bumper of a vehicle that took off with it. So that being said it was interesting enough I reordered it so I could finish the story.

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