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Midnight Angel: A Novel | [Lisa Kleypas]

Midnight Angel: A Novel

Lord Lucas Stokehurst is captivated by the gentle grace and regal beauty of “Miss Karen Billings,” who appeared seemingly out of nowhere and now stands demurely before him. Enchanted, the gallant, haunted widower impetuously offers her a position as governess to his young daughter, taking the lady of mystery into his home. But “Miss Billings” has another name, Anastasia, and a dark past that pursues her still.
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Lord Lucas Stokehurst is captivated by the gentle grace and regal beauty of “Miss Karen Billings”, who appeared seemingly out of nowhere and now stands demurely before him. Enchanted, the gallant, haunted widower impetuously offers her a position as governess to his young daughter, taking the lady of mystery into his home.

But “Miss Billings” has another name, Anastasia, and a dark past that pursues her still. Condemned for a crime she cannot remember, she barely escaped the gallows. And now she seeks shelter in the arms of a man devastated by tragedy, a man who must now defy society and the forces of vengeance to keep his lady safe and their bold new love alive.

©1995 Lisa Kleypas (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    SIMARA Bayamon, Puerto Rico 02-18-14
    SIMARA Bayamon, Puerto Rico 02-18-14 Member Since 2015

    I love books! Audiobooks take stories to the next level. I'm obsessed with Audible and will try to rate all of my books. Happy Listening! ;)

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    "Just ok for me..."

    This wasn't my favorite Lisa Kleypas book. I guess the fact that the heroine is just 18 years old and the hero is 34 didn't do it for me. I know it happened a lot back then but I like my heroines over 21. The hero was very much an alpha male and I didn't see the build up of the romance as the author usually delivers. It was an ok historical romance for me but not one that I wanted to listen to in one day. Tante narration was ok too. Didn't really like the Russian accent she did though.

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    Candace S. Weiss 11-27-13 Member Since 2012

    New Quilter

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    "Melodrama romance"
    What made the experience of listening to Midnight Angel: A Novel the most enjoyable?

    The story was interesting and about both England and Russia.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Midnight Angel: A Novel?

    The descriptions of Russia and its' political intrigues.


    What about Susan Duerden’s performance did you like?

    She had a believable accented voice. She helped the story tremendously, and she did not take away from the enjoyment of listening to the romance between the two characters.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, easily.


    Any additional comments?

    Midnight Angel, although a nice read-it is not Lisa Kleypas best. But, it was a nice book, and had a good ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Janina Decatur, GA, United States 11-15-13
    Janina Decatur, GA, United States 11-15-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Good Plot Twists"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Everything you want in an historical romance, but not a cliche.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tasia was my favorite character. Her journey was very interesting


    What about Susan Duerden’s performance did you like?

    The performance was good, but sometimes it felt a little too monotone in the narrative sections.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I wanted to listen to the whole thing in one sitting, but because there are a few tense moments, I had to pause to get my own emotions under control!


    Any additional comments?

    I liked the plot twists. It didn't develop quite as a I thought it would and that was great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Trish R. JACKSONVILLE, FL, United States 11-06-13
    Trish R. JACKSONVILLE, FL, United States 11-06-13 Member Since 2014
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Yeah, get rid of about 100 pages. Too wordy without saying anything new.


    If you’ve listened to books by Lisa Kleypas before, how does this one compare?

    Never listened before but I will try another book.


    Which character – as performed by Susan Duerden – was your favorite?

    Lucas.. Stasia was a little too wimpy for me.


    Could you see Midnight Angel being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Not really..


    Any additional comments?

    Lucas and Stasia were just too...too boring sometimes. And the book seemed to go on and on without going anywhere. Too long and wordy at times. This is my first book by LK so I won't judge all her books by this one. I will listen to more.
    The narrator was great but the book, not so much.

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    Stephanie WILCOX, NEBRASKA, United States 11-06-13
    Stephanie WILCOX, NEBRASKA, United States 11-06-13
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    "Love!"
    What made the experience of listening to Midnight Angel the most enjoyable?

    The performance. Susan Duerden did an amazing job with all the characters. She brought the whole story to life.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Hard to pick...


    What does Susan Duerden bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She made each of the characters their own. The voices were all unique and I felt like I was watching a movie instead of listening to a book.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yep...I pretty much did too!


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    Leah Witte 12-19-12
    Leah Witte 12-19-12 Member Since 2012
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    "I love the book"
    What made the experience of listening to Midnight Angel the most enjoyable?

    I have read the book previously and really enjoyed listening to it read by Ms. Duerden.


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    Priya PLEASANTON, CALIFORNIA, United States 11-07-12
    Priya PLEASANTON, CALIFORNIA, United States 11-07-12
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    "Loved Tazia's story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The Russian angle along with next book in the series.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The heroine is different and lovely


    Which character – as performed by Susan Duerden – was your favorite?

    Tazia


    Any additional comments?

    Almost as good as Nicholas's story . Gotta love those badass Russians !

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    Yvette GILBERT, AZ, United States 07-02-13
    Yvette GILBERT, AZ, United States 07-02-13 Member Since 2014

    I am a lover of books. I enjoy losing myself in a fabulous romance and great story plot.

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    "A Kleypas GIFT to Fans!! LOVED IT!!"

    This novel is an absolute indulgence for Kleypas' fans. After devouring the Wallflower, Hathaway, Gambler of Craven and Bow Street Runner (those available on audible) series, I was overjoyed to find that there is another book that follows Midnight Angel.

    Midnight Angel does favor a story similar to "Sound of Music," but thankfully it goes much more beyond an older man (35 years) falling in love with a young, exotic Russian mysterious governess.

    This was a relatively long book and therefore provided so many special moments between the lovers. Kleypas provides readers with a rich story spanning the moment Luke Stokehurst meets the beautiful Anastasia (Tasia), their initial conflict & avoidance of one another, followed by the tumultuous way they fall in love and then their love story unfolded during marriage.

    There are many elements of this story that might bother some, but for me the peculiar details embedded in the characters' lives provided a steady rhythm that kept my interest piqued.

    This will definitely be marked as one of my FAV Kleypas' books, mainly because of the many moments Luke & Tasia were allowed to engage in their love without restraints. In other Kleypas' books there is so much inter-conflict between the lovers that it is hard to find relief in the romance either because the romance is short-lived or strained until the end of the book (as in "Somewhere I'll Find You" and "Where Dreams Begin") , but not Midnight Angel. Midnight Angel is a complete indulgence for the helpless romantic.

    By the way, the narrator was great!---Overall a wonderful listening experience.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    MickeyMarie 02-01-13
    MickeyMarie 02-01-13 Member Since 2014

    I read so I can write

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    "Disappointing"

    Too much sex and not enough story is all I can say. If you enjoy erotica and are not concerned about a weak story, have at it. This is not the best Kleypas at all.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    julie mobile, AL, United States 10-31-13
    julie mobile, AL, United States 10-31-13 Member Since 2012

    Just a simple girl living the simple life. Nothing is complicated when the power of imagination leads the way. Close your eyes & just listen

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    I didn't even finish this one. Not enough true grit and too much fluff. Narration grated on male voices and she kept changing her dialect on her main female character's Russian accent. If you want mindless romance and have several hours to droll away then go for it.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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