Friday, October 28, 2011

Review: A Midsummer Night's Sin (Blackthorn Brothers #2) by Kasey Michaels

Release date: November 29, 2011
Synopsis (Goodreads):
Meet the Blackthorn Brothers—three unrepentant scoundrels infamous for being mad, bad and perilous to love.

Handsome as the devil and twice as tempting, Robin “Puck” Blackthorn lives for the pleasures of the moment. His only rule—never dally with an innocent woman. But when an encounter at a masquerade ball leaves him coveting the one woman who refuses to succumb to his charms, Puck realizes that some rules were made to be broken…

Scandalized to discover that the masked man with whom she’d shared a dance—and a forbidden embrace—is in fact the ton’s most celebrated rake, Regina Hackett vows to keep her distance. Yet when her dear friend vanishes, it is to Puck that Regina must turn. And as they embark on a dangerous journey through London’s darkest alleys, Regina will discover that beneath Puck’s roguish facade lies a man who will stop at nothing to protect her—or to convince her to take a chance on an unrepentant sinner.
My Thoughts: Puck.  Puck made this book entirely fun, amusing and a whole bunch of other words that make me smile.  The guy loves life and he lives large.  He finds enjoyment in everything, including being knocked on his butt in a filthy puddle and stinking to high heaven afterward.  I appreciate that in characters.  A lot.

Although I haven't read the first book in this series, I had no problem at all jumping in with both feet and immersing myself.  And oh, what a ride it was.  Secret kisses in the garden.  Naughty words in the dark.  Touches, passion, witty banter.  And that's before we get into the whole kidnapped cousin thing.  Seriously, it was great.

Puck's feelings for Regina are sudden and undeniable.  Yet, he knows the stigma of his birth makes things very difficult for the two of them.  Yet, he can't give her up.  Regina's persistence in joining him as he helps look for her cousin puts them in some close and compromising situations.  She's willing.  He's willing.  She's still willing.  And that's another thing I liked, Regina wasn't so caught up in denying her feelings for Puck and the feeling he aroused in her body that she didn't take the opportunities that popped up that allowed her to spend some sexy kissing time with him.  It's refreshing to have a virgin grab life with both hands like that.  So to speak.

Well written, with characters that shone despite the muck and filth they were forced to roll around in, A Midsummer Night's Sin is a delightful read.  Now I'm waiting to see how Black Jack fares in his book.

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A Midsummer Night's Sin was provided for review by Harlequin through NetGalley.

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