From USA Today best-selling author Julianne MacLean comes a passionate and emotional tale of a most unexpected love…
Married by Midnight: A Pembroke Palace Novella
For seven years, Lord Garrett Sinclair - the ruggedly handsome illegitimate son of the Duke of Pembroke - has been traveling abroad with no intention of ever returning home to Pembroke Palace… until his father commands that he must marry by Christmas in order to thwart a family curse or lose his inheritance forever. Haunted by a tragic accident that has hardened his soul, Garrett entrusts his brothers to seek out a bride who will agree to a marriage in name only. Her reward? A sizable share of his inheritance - payable immediately after the wedding night.
Lady Anne Douglas has been ruined by scandal and disowned by her father. Facing a life of poverty and spinsterhood, she leaps at the generous terms of the marriage contract to ensure her independence. But the charade of a two-week engagement proves more of a challenge than either anticipated when they cannot resist the intoxicating lure of the marriage bed. Anne knows they will part ways after the wedding. Will she dare risk her heart for two weeks of pleasure in the arms of an irresistible rogue? Or will her surrender become her undoing after a most unexpected turn of events mere hours before the wedding?
©2012 Julianne MacLean (P)2013 Julianne MacLean
I believe in true love, happily ever after, magic, and laughter. But mostly I believe in coffee.
This was a fun little Christmas novella. In order to break a curse the mad duke's sons must be married by Christmas Eve. Garrett Sinclair left home 7 years ago but has returned just in time to marry the woman his brothers have chosen for him. This will be a loveless marriage with the couple living separately for the remainder of their days. Lady Anne has no marriage prospects and is disowned by most of her family after she ran away with a tutor years earlier, the tutor was paid off and she expects to remain a spinster for the rest of her life, that is until the Sinclair brothers make her an offer that will give her financial freedom. What Garrett and Anne did not expect was to fall in love. Yes, this novella is short, but it is a fully fleshed out story.
I am quiet and love being comfortable. I love curling up in a corner either reading or listening to a nice romantic book.
I just wished this book was longer! I loved it from the beginning and wished it had gone on and on for a little more. I loved Lady Anne from the beginning and just knew she would have been perfect for Garrett! If only we could have heard more about him going on to medical school and how everything folded out. I am still quite happy with the ending results however and look forward to reading Charlotte's story next.
I love Epic Fantasy....have become a Historical Romance fan because I am a sucker for a good Happily Ever After. Good characters are a must
The youngest Sinclair brother Garrett is finally home to marry before the curse destroys Pembroke or more importantly the family fortune is given to the horticultural society.
This book is short...a novella....and I wished it was longer....but i wished all the Pembroke Palace books were longer.
Garrett and Anne are a great couple and super sexy. You won't be disappointed with the romance in this novella.
There is a lot of history revealed in this novella which added some mystery and answered some questions.
Love this series and Love the Sinclair family!
Exceptional grammar combined with flawless narration can make any book a more pleasurable listen.
But I also appreciate MacLean's writing style, with interesting and relevant events taking place throughout the story instead of repetitive filler.
It is one of those books that is enjoyable to listen to as you keep your hands busy with knitting and other tasks.
"Married By Midnight" is an effortless read, lacking in emotional stimulation.
Lord Garrett, the illegitimate youngest son a Duke, returns home after 7 years to fulfill the requirements of the Dukes latest will; that all his sons must marry before Christmas or lose their inheritance. The old Duke, developing mental disease, believes a curse will destroy the castle unless all his sons are married before midnight on Christmas eve.
Lord Garrett has no wish to marry, so his two older brothers find him a wife that will be a wife in name only. After their marriage, they will each go their separate ways. Afraid of being married off to some old lecher, ruined Lady Anne, disowned by her family, with no money and no prospects welcomes the opportunity to live independently on the money she will receive for marrying Lord Garrett, although they have never met.
"Married By Midnight" does not live up to what I expect from Julianne MacLean.
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