Sunday, December 8, 2013

Twas the Night Before Mischief (Daring Hearts #2.5) by Nina Rowan

When Penelope Darlington is persuaded to elope with a most unsuitable suitor, she wastes no time. With visions of passion and adventure dancing in her head, she steals away in the middle of the night, just before her father’s Christmas feast.

Fearing for his daughter’s reputation, Henry Darlington begs Darius Hall, the Earl of Rushton’s daring yet discreet son, to bring Penelope home. When Darius finally catches up to Penelope, he is shocked. She’s not the silly little girl he expected, but a beautiful woman with a sharp mind and an allure that cannot be ignored.

Now forced to kidnap Penelope in order to bring her home, Darius and his new charge spend the next several days—and nights—in very close quarters. Penelope wanted passion and adventure, but she never could have imagined the pleasures Darius can provide…

Type: Historical Romance, Novella
Heat: 2.5 out of 5
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
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I'm having a serious case of cover love on this one. Twas the Night Before Mischief wasn't quite as exciting as the blurb makes it out to be but it still made for a nice Christmasy afternoon read as Penelope decides she's ready for some adventure in her life and not only ends up getting way more than she bargained for but finds an unexpected hero in her mists as well.

So, in a stand of independence and in search of adventure Penelope elopes with an oh so unsuitable man who leaves her in dire straights and alone in a foreign country. Egads! Thankfully Darius Hall--who she's known most her life--comes in in all his geeked out glory to bring her safely home.

I liked these two. They've got their flaws but under it all they were easy to relate to because, really, who hasn't wanted something...more from their lives at some point? I totally got where Penelope was coming from with that. And Darius. He's a glasses wearing, dictionary writing man of science that many look at as being boring or passionless but it's far from who he really is inside.
"Can I touch you?" she asked.

He gave a hoarse laugh. "You can do anything you want with me."
I enjoyed Penelope and Darius' journey as they made their way from Scotland back to London and got to really know each other. It was fun seeing them realize that while they may have known each other for most of their lives they really didn't know everything about the other and what was important to them. While it didn't completely wow me it was a pleasant Christmas read with just a tinge of heat and has me interested in seeing how Rowan handles a full length novel. Will definitely check out the rest of the series.

Have you read Rowan? Have a favorite of her books/characters?

Do you have a favorite geeked out hero or heroine? 

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