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The Prince of Midnight | [Laura Kinsale]

The Prince of Midnight

He was once a legendary highwayman. Now he's a recluse in a ruined French castle, with only a half-wild wolf for a companion. When Lady Leigh Strachan comes looking for a man to aid in her revenge, she's disillusioned to find that the famed Prince of Midnight couldn't help even if he cared to - which he doesn't. S. T. Maitland wants nothing to do with his legend, or with this fierce, beautiful, broken woman... until the old thrill of living on the cutting edge of danger begins to rise in his blood again.
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Publisher's Summary

He was once a legendary highwayman. Now he's a recluse in a ruined French castle, with only a half-wild wolf for a companion. When Lady Leigh Strachan comes looking for a man to aid in her revenge, she's disillusioned to find that the famed Prince of Midnight couldn't help even if he cared to - which he doesn't. S. T. Maitland wants nothing to do with his legend, or with this fierce, beautiful, broken woman... until the old thrill of living on the cutting edge of danger begins to rise in his blood again.

Laura Kinsale personally chose the exceptional talent of Nicholas Boulton to narrate The Prince of Midnight as a fully voiced audiobook, creating a unique work that brings all the life and color of the original to audio.

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    Stacy Waterville OH, USA 05-27-13
    Stacy Waterville OH, USA 05-27-13 Member Since 2008
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    "The Prince of Midnight"
    Would you listen to The Prince of Midnight again? Why?

    I don't often reread books, but every so often, I do. I read The Prince of Midnight years ago and I was overjoyed when I learned it was coming to Audible. The plot is compelling and Leigh and S. T. are wounded and interesting--a refreshing change from so many historical romances with near perfect characters. Nicholas Boulton is an amazing narator and he brought the characters to life. This will definitely be a reread for me.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Prince of Midnight?

    There were so many. Leigh's introduction to horse training, the scene with S. T. and the rose in Leigh's cousin's garden and of course, the memorable epilog. :)


    Which character – as performed by Nicholas Boulton – was your favorite?

    S. T. very seductive.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was wonderful from first to last. Leigh and S. T. are both flawed and far from perfect. The characters are far more interesting as a result. If you enjoy books with intense, suspenseful sexy plots and richly developed characters, this book is well worth a credit. Nicholas Boulton is an amazing narrator and he brought the characters to life. He has quite a talent for the various accents in the story and the way the villain almost sang some of his dramatic lines was one of my favorite things about the audiobook.
    If you are tired of all the historical romances that take place in the midst of a London season, you’ll enjoy the refreshing change of scene in this book. I’m overjoyed that more of Laura Kinsale’s books will soon be coming to Audible.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Carlos Hialeah, Florida, United States 05-30-13
    Carlos Hialeah, Florida, United States 05-30-13
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    "Loved it!"
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    Refreshing! The story was good and the narrator was wow! I loved him his reading and all the different voices for the different characters he did awesome cant wait for more from both author and narrator.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Marlina 05-24-13
    Marlina 05-24-13

    audiobook junkie

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    "More Laura Kinsale please!!"
    What did you like best about this story?

    So refreshing to read a historical romance that is a real story. This is not the usual formulaic virgin-meets-rogue storyline. These were real characters, not the usual shades of a romance novel. The story itself is compelling and well written. The writing surpasses genre. Ms Kinsale is a true writer. True character development. A "meaty" story.


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

    His his British accent, pronunciation of French, and his rich manly voice. He has a true actors command of the material.


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

    I wanted to, although life got in the way, oh la.


    Any additional comments?

    We need more Laura Kinsale books on Audible post haste!! If you love historical romance fiction, you will appreciate this book.

    10 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Stephanie TOPEKA, KANSAS, United States 01-28-15
    Stephanie TOPEKA, KANSAS, United States 01-28-15
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    "what a wonderful voice expertly used"

    good story that is well developed with interesting characters and the gold star is Nicholas Boulton. First time I have listened to him narrate and it won't be the last. Now I want to see some of his performances.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Sandia, TX, United States 01-01-14
    Elizabeth Sandia, TX, United States 01-01-14 Member Since 2015

    I just Love the Allure of a Great Romance...a Pair of Rose Colored Glasses...some Fine Wine, and a Subscription to Audible...

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    "A Standing Ovation for The Prince of Midnight"

    Applause! Applause! Applause!

    The Prince of Midnight by Laura Kinsale has moved to the top of my list for
    Favorite Historical Romance...

    This lovely, enchanting romance completely captivated me from page one.
    It is an exceptional story with a collection of well developed, deep, full characters, who are brought together by circumstances that bring out their best and worst qualities, complimenting strengths and weaknesses in detail. Wow!

    I LOVE Nicholas Boulton as the narrator. His rich baritone voice is mesmerizing.
    Couple his tone with his many accents, and languages and you have nothing less than perfection!

    This is a must listen...Absolutely Credit Worthy!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Yvette GILBERT, AZ, United States 12-30-13
    Yvette GILBERT, AZ, United States 12-30-13 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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    "AN INTENSE, WONDERFUL STORY!"

    I have been late to the Laura Kinsale “party,” (since this is only the 2nd book of hers that I’ve read), but I’m so glad I made it, because her writing is quite beautiful and just superb. In addition, paired with the magic of narrator, Nicholas Boulton, this audiobook is an experience you don’t want to miss.

    The hero, S.T. Maitland lives in a secluded castle in France with his only companion being that of a lone wolf, and has left behind his life as a notorious highwayman and his legend as the “Prince of Midnight.” Yet, it is precisely this very same legend, that Lady Leigh Strachan has sought after to aide her in the revenge of the death of her parents, and sisters back in England. Lady Leigh Strachan is a survivor, and has not given herself time to mourn her family. She is a woman on a mission, who is skilled, has good instincts, but is very guarded. She doesn’t have room for nonsense, incompetency, and love is the farthest thing on her mind. Yet when she finally comes face to face with the Prince of Midnight, she has discovered not the legend, but a shadow of that man; and, a man who has a keen and romantic interest in her. To her chagrin, he follows her back to England, despite the reward for his capture. And this journey back to Leigh’s hometown promises to be a life changing experience for the both of them!

    I really loved the chemistry between the two. These are two very strong, mature leads, who feel real because of their compelling backgrounds, resourcefulness, and they push forward as they grow in depth throughout this story.

    I loved the hero, S.T., and his amazing wolf! S.T. is definitely the more mature and emotionally healthy of the two, and his wolf is such a faithful, remarkable side-kick.
    S.T. strives to hold on to his dignity and pride despite having some hearing loss and suffering from vertigo. He is a charmer, tender-hearted, intelligent and brave. And, his endurance and perseverance is exactly what Lady Leigh needs, even though she doubts him many times. This aspect makes Leigh not so easy to like,---What wounded, traumatized person is? Leigh is mean to S.T., there’s just no getting around that. Yet, when she revealed the way her family was targeted and slowly taken out, it chilled me to the bone. I assumed it was bad, but when she tells the story, the evil and sinister movement that infected her community was worse than I anticipated. You have to keep this in mind throughout the novel because, if not, you may feel very frustrated with Leigh.

    Thankfully, both S.T. and Leigh make it through EVERY struggle and hardship they face. Through a steady flow of FANTASTIC suspense, great action and many twists and turns, Kinsale gives her readers a wonderfully, triumphant ending.

    S.T. never gave up on Leigh and he became her champion of justice and the love of her life. By the way, loved the epilogue! It was a delightful treat! This is an intense read, but delivers on all fronts!

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Harry_ATL 08-13-13
    Harry_ATL 08-13-13
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    "Nicholas Boulton - Il est magnifique!"

    Nicholas Boulton is in a class by himself. Utterly impressive. Enthralling.

    While my taste for Laura Kinsale is limited because I prefer lighter, less angst-ridden tales, I find myself unable to resist her new audios performed by Mr. Boulton. Apparently, I'm willing to put up with the angst to hear him.

    Wouldn't it be wonderful to have him perform a happier, humorous story?! Be still my heart.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Rita 07-07-13
    Rita 07-07-13

    Audible addicted love mystery,lately stuck on love story. Mother of 1 Labrador and 1 perfect man. Work way too hard, and so ready to be retired

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    "Awesome narrator"

    Not sure what lead me to this series but I fell in love with Nichlous voice he is awesome the story was great too love happy ending worth every second.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Equusdreamer Vermont, United States 06-17-13
    Equusdreamer Vermont, United States 06-17-13 Member Since 2010

    Day dreaming book lover!

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    "One of the Best Historical Romances on Audible"

    This book has just the best of everything. There are so many twists and turns with heartache and happiness, it definitely is an emotional roller coaster. Nicholas Boulton's narration was outstanding! His voice is incredible and is reminiscent of Sean Connery's voice. It has a great story which is missing in some of the romances I've read lately. The main characters in the book are so lovable that I will miss them and will have to return to the book again and again just to keep them in my life. Definitely worth the credit.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer 06-11-13 Member Since 2014
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    "You couldn't ask for a better narrator"

    Really a 3 star book but with 5 star narration.

    In general, I love Laura Kinsale. In addition to her beautiful writing, with her you always get something just a little different, which is definitely the case here. In this case, we have hero and heroine who are both very damaged and very flawed, though in totally non-cliched ways. Unfortunately, the plot is also pretty flawed in places and the heroine is not only flawed but also pretty unlikeable through most if the book. This is a long book, with many subplots, some of which work better than others.

    However, if you listen to this as an audiobook, none of that will matter because Nicholas Boulton's voice is so beautiful you wouldn't care what he was reading. It is really hard to narrate romance well, but he does it perfectly. His French is irresistible and his drunken S.T. was hilarious. He doesn't give women an annoying falsetto. He doesn't overdramatize. I will go off into cliches if I try to describe his deep, rich voice. Suffice to say, his narration is perfect.

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
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