Meet Me At Midnight
by Suzanne Enoch, historical (2000)
Avon, $5.99, ISBN 0-380-80917-6

Suzanne Enoch's second book in the With This Ring trilogy (the first one is Reforming A Rake) has a cover that looks a lot of previous Avon blue covers, somewhat reminiscent of - well, Cathy Maxwell's You And No Other, for one.

It is a good indication of the story inside the covers, because Meet Me At Midnight reads a lot like previous Regency historical romances too. Let's see - misunderstood hellion who actually is anything but a hellion (that's Victoria "Vixen" Fontaine) kisses a rakehell former War hero Sinclair "Lord Sin" Grafton one night in a garden. Daddy Fontaine shouts in apoplexy when he discovers them in semi-carnal embrace.

Ding dong bell. Marriage on the way.

And yes, there's also a murder mystery where the hero must solve the case of who offed his brother. Since the marriage takes place early, what's left to keep the show going is our dearest Vixen bungling up Sinny's plans and strategems. No one does anything unexpected, nothing goes that is unplanned or unread before, and at the end of the day, Meet Me At Midnight strikes me as one of the many okay-while-it-lasts reads to come my way.

Then comes the next book to be read by me, and Meet Me At Midnight becomes another to-be-soon-forgotten book by virtue of its dire deja vu. I'm still wondering whether my $5.99 is worth it, when I could have just picked up my old Amanda Quick to get the same sort of story.

Rating: 68

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