Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Review: Midnight by Beverly Jenkins

I read this book as part of the Around the World in 80 books 2014  reading challenge for February, African-American History Month.

The Blurb

In a time of peril, she fears nothing—except the forbidden passions of her heart.

In Boston, revolution is in the wind—yet none would ever suspect Faith Kingston of treason. But under cover of darkness, the beautiful daughter of a Tory tavern owner becomes the notorious spy “Lady Midnight,” passing valuable secrets to the rebels. Dedicated to fighting British tyranny, she’ll let nothing distract her— until a dark, mesmerizing stranger enters her life. 

A reckless, worldly adventurer, Nicholas Grey has returned to troubled Massachusetts seeking revenge for the death of his rebel father. He suspects a local innkeeper, but it’s the man’s breathtaking, ebony-skinned daughter who has truly captured his interest. Nicholas burns for the sensuous, secretive lady—and Faith cannot mask her own blazing desires. But when destiny unites their causes, the passion that draws Midnight into Nicholas’s arms is as dangerous as it is glorious—and it could spell disaster for them both.

My Review

Ms. Jenkins has a gift for interweaving romance, history, and intrigue in a way that keeps the reader flipping the pages not wanting to put the book down, while learning at the same time. Faith, a strong female with courage that had me gasping at times made me proud. Nicholas, well, is there anything to say about a wealthy, attentive, intelligent, strong man whose courage rivals that of the woman he will fall in love with? Put these two characters together and you have instant attraction with sparks flying everywhere.

I had no idea African Americans had any involvement before or  during the American Revolutionary War. My eyes are now open to how important they were in driving the British out.

Midnight is a wonderful novel that I am so happy I got the opportunity to read.

I give Midnight four out of five chocolate bars.

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  1. I have never read a Beverly Jenkins novel, but I am interested in checking her out now. I love historical romance. I am aware of African American contributions to the Revolutionary War such as the Crispus Attucks incident and the black soldier units; and I would love to check this novel out and see Jenkins' twist of mixing fiction with history.

    1. I read my first Beverly Jenkins book just last year. I'm surprised she got past me for so long. She's wonderful.

  2. Sounds like a sizzling one!

  3. I'm glad you learnt something new about the African-American history. Great review, Nana.

    Thanks for participating in February's ROW80Books reading challenge

    Kay @ Love Bites and Silk

    1. It's all about learning (and gems).


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