Author: Kate McKinley
Series: By Invitation Only, #3
Genre: Romance, Historical Fiction
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication Date: March 4th, 2014
While at a lavish house party, Gabriella Weatherfield confidently bets her friends that she can convince the “unseducible” Duke of Somerset to kiss her. But Gabriella’s innocent wager turns wicked when faced with the duke’s intense blue eyes and talented hands.
Nicholas Montgomery usually strives to stay away from society, yet there’s no denying Gabriella’s wild beauty or the way she makes him want to lose control for once. Will the fire between them burn out when Gabriella uncovers the inner demons haunting Nicholas?
When I first received this ARC back in February there was no synopsis, at all. I repeatedly checked Netgalley and Goodreads hoping one would appear; I believe a synopsis was finally posted a couple of weeks before the novella was released.
Nonetheless, I was basically going into this blind. So I picked up A Duchess in the Dark, which is the first novella in this series, to get a sense of the author’s style and a general understanding of this series. I highly enjoyed A Duchess in the Dark, my review can be found here.
I like Kate’s writing style; I found that she really gave her characters a voice. The banter between Gabriella and Nicholas was highly entertaining! Gabriella is the perfect partner for Nicholas, the fact that she is blunt and challenges him is what makes her such an intriguing character. I loved that Kate McKinley made Nicholas an individual that isn’t perfect. Nicholas has “issues” that make him a realistic fictional character that you easily come to love.
Two things slightly bothered me while reading this. The title is A Night with the Bride but Gabriella is not a bride, leaving the title to completely throw you off once you finish reading it. Secondly, this was way too short! There was so much potential to turn this into a full novel, this would allow more character development with Gabriella and Nicholas.
Overall, A Night with the Bride is an entertaining novella that I have re-read multiple times. Kate McKinley has the talent to start writing a novel instead of novellas, and hopefully there will be more to come!
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