Book Review: Married by Midnight (Pembroke Palace, #4) by Julianne MacLean

Title: Married by Midnight
Author: Julianne MacLean
Series: Pembroke Palace, #4
Publication Date: July 15th 2012
Genre: Romance, Historical Fiction
Format: iBooks
Pages: 216
Links: Goodreads / Amazon / Kobo /Barnes & Noble

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?

My rating: ★★★/5

My Thoughts

I got this book last year, although I cannot remember if it was a free book or if I bought it. Since it’s a novella I decided to add it to my list of books to read before 2014 on Goodreads. Although I realized that this was a series and I was starting at the 4th book, I did not have any moments where I felt lost.

I found this book to be surprisingly very interesting, cute and cheesy but in a good way! Lady Anne’s reputation has been ruined and the last thing she wants is to let it happen all over again with Lord Garrett. Now I loved the opening to this book, I’ve read some comments where people said the prologue ruined the ending for the book. I highly disagree! I think it was the perfect amount of a teaser of what’s to come! Although I found that somewhere in the middle, I don’t remember exactly which chapter, the plot started to flop a little. With how Lady Anne and Lord Garret were both portrayed I found it hard to believe that Lady Anne would sleep with him so soon! I mean he kisses her and she tells him how she is not “easy” and will not have her reputation ruined again, and he apologizes! And then bam, they sleep together. Overall, I enjoyed the book, it was well written and had likeable characters, and I think the books only fault was the lack of a strong plot.



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