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ARC Review: ‘Twas the Night Before Mischief by Nina Rowan
'Twas the Night Before Mischief
Book Info

Released: 10 December 2013
Genre: Historical Romance
Series: Daring Hearts #2.5
Pages: 100

While I enjoyed the premise of this holiday tale it left me wanting.~ Under the Covers

Penelope Darlington doesn’t want to be invisible but that’s the way she has felt much of her life after her mother passes away and her father remarries. When she impulsively runs off to Scotland with the intention of marrying her Scottish beau Simon Wilkie, she sets a whirlwind of events into motion unlike any she could have ever imagined.

Darius Hall, the Earl of Rushton, thinks once he returns to town and sees the Darlingtons that Penelope, ever the sweet and obedient daughter of a famous confectioner, will be the perfect wife for him. Darius is soon enlightened the now beautiful Penelope turns her nose up at Darius, who has always seemed aloof and somewhat uncaring to her.When Mr. Darlington finds his daughter missing and on her way to the Orkney Islands he sends Darius to “fetch” her in time for the renowned Darlington Christmas feast.

Darius catches up to Penelope, who has been summarily abandoned by Wilkie at an inn in Scotland and the two commence a journey home that will change each other’s expectations and lives forever.

While I enjoyed the premise of this holiday tale it left me wanting. I wanted to know more about Penelope, more about Darius. Yes, I totally understand that this is a novella and it may be hard to get little details across, but I still would have loved more. I liked the characters a lot and the passion between the pair is quite evident once Penelope opens her eyes to see the man in front of her.

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About Nina Rowan

Originally from California, Nina Rowan holds a PhD in Art History from McGill University, Montreal, with a specialization in 19th century French and Russian art. She began writing when she was an undergraduate at UCLA and lived a dual life as a student and a pseudonymous erotica author. She has studied Indian and Southeast Asian art and film, worked as a curatorial assistant at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and traveled in India and Europe.

A librarian-at-heart, she also holds an MA in Library and Information Sciences, a course of study that renewed a deep-seated interest in folklore and fairy tales. In addition to being an eternal student, or likely because of it, Nina possesses an abiding love for research that involves dusty, old books. She also thinks popcorn should be one of the four food groups. She lives in Wisconsin with her atmospheric scientist husband and two children.

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