Review: A Night with the Bride

A Night with the Bride

Author: Kate McKinley
Series: By Invitation Only, #3
Genre: Romance, Historical Fiction
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication Date: March 4th, 2014
Format: ebook
Pages: 83
Source: Netgalley

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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?


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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!

4 Stars

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Book Review: A Duchess in the Dark by Kate McKinley

A Duchess in the Dark 

Author: Kate McKinley
Series: By Invitation Only, #1
Genre: Historical Fiction, Romance, Adult Fiction
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication Date: December 3rd, 2013
Format: eBook
Pages: 54
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When a well-bred young lady opens the wrong bedroom door at a Regency house party, she has no idea of the sensual delights that await her on the other side…

Miss Daphne Hayward is on the hunt for a safe, honorable husband and she has set her sights on the perfect target. He’s kind, titled, and miraculously single. She plans a full-scale seduction that will bring him to his knees, begging for her hand in marriage. But when she mistakenly climbs into another man’s bed, sparks ignite, threatening to send all her plans up in smoke.

Ashton Fitzgerald, Earl of Claymore, is surprised by the powerful desire that surges through him when he sees Daphne for the first time. So when he unveils her as his mysterious midnight visitor, he is determined to make her his…forever.



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Daphne Hayward is convinced that Edward loves her and believes that in order to get him to purpose she must seduce him. Than we have Ashton Fitzgerald, Earl of Claymore; who we are lead to believe is a ladies man with women falling for him left, right and centre. When Daphne mistakes his room as Edwards, her plan starts to crumble.

I enjoyed reading this! I loved the plot, mistaken identity and romance. And Daphne and Ashton are likeable characters that had me giggling at the beginning. While this was well written, I only wish this were a novel instead of a novella. There’s a lot more that could have been said about Ashton and Daphne for instance; when they first meet each other and how long Ashton has had feelings for Daphne, also I would like to have learned more about Edward. Basically this novella has the perfect outline and characters to be developed into a full novel and sadly it’s only a novella. While at times predictable, A Duchess in the Dark was still an entertaining and fast read.

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3.5 Stars