I’ve been thinking of adding more monthly features for awhile now. So I’ve decided to mix my newfound interest in expanding the genres I read and monthly features. From now on, on the 2nd Thursday of every month, I will highlight a Historical Romance novel that I have read recently. This is a genre that I have been wanting to explore for some time, and I’m happy to say that my first few reads have been great experiences!
Mine Till Midnight
The Hathaways #1
When an unexpected inheritance elevates her family to the ranks of the aristocracy, Amelia Hathaway discovers that tending to her younger sisters and wayward brother was easy compared to navigating the intricacies of the ton. Even more challenging: the attraction she feels for the tall, dark, and dangerously handsome Cam Rohan.
Wealthy beyond most men’s dreams, Cam has tired of society’s petty restrictions and longs to return to his “uncivilized” Gypsy roots. When the delectable Amelia appeals to him for help, he intends to offer only friendship—but intentions are no match for the desire that blindsides them both. But can a man who spurns tradition be tempted into that most time-honored arrangement: marriage? Life in London society is about to get a whole lot hotter…
I really, really enjoyed this. I actually liked it more than the first HR I read, The Rogue Not Taken.
Amelia Hathaway was a great character to start this series off with. As the oldest female, at 26 (I think) she is resigned to life as a spinster. In fact, she doesn’t have any desire to get married because she doesn’t want to give up her control of her own life. She doesn’t want to have to obey a man. All she wants to do is take care of her 3 younger sisters and her older brother. All of the characters are great and I loved the family relationships. In fact, I can’t wait to get to Poppy and Beatrix’s stories because they seemed like more interesting characters.
Cam Rohan was a very interesting love interest. I don’t think I’ve read any books about a Romani character. I don’t really know much about them, so I can’t really tell if it was a stereotypical portrayal, but it didn’t seem bad. I liked how the book brought up the stereotypes that most people believed about the Romani, and explored them within the two characters of Cam and Merripen. What I liked most about him was that he wasn’t a brooding male! I am so sick of the woe is me love interest. He was confident and sexy and seemed more than willing to let Amelia live her own life, while also taking care of her at the same time.
The only real issues I had with this was the random POV shifts to Merripen and Winnifred. It’s actually a major pet peeve when new POVs are introduced towards the end of novels. It wasn’t a deal breaker for me here because I felt like it was just setting up for the second book of the series which will focus on these two characters. I will definitely be reading the rest of this series as soon as I can get my hands on them!