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Book Review-Midnight Rider

Midnight Rider
Kat Martin
St Martins
Published March 1996
372 Pages
American West Historical Romance
ISBN: 0-312-95774-2
Author’s Website


As soon as the tall, handsome Spaniard leaned down from his stallion to offer her a rose, Caralee McConnell knew California held danger. But all too quickly she was forced to deny the heat Ramon de la Guerra had sparked. Determined to please her uncle who had saved her from poverty, she must resign herself to marrying a man he has chosen for her … and ignore what is in her heart.

Behind Ramon de la Guerra’s dark eyes throbbed the memory of his lands, stolen by the beautiful Americana’s uncle. He had sworn to reclaim them — riding by night as the ruthless outlaw, El Dragon. In a moment of rage and revenge, he stole Caralee away to his mountain lair … but there, in a passion as sweet as California wine, he would reveal a secret that could cost him his life — and his heart’s freedom.

My Review 

I wasn’t sure how much I would enjoy this one, so I was crossing my fingers. It didn’t take very lone before I was totally involved in the story. There were many things that I liked about Midnight Rider. I don’t think I have enjoyed a book so much in quite a while. The setting of the story I found to be instantly appealing, and I felt as if I had traveled back to the 1800’s in California. What I really loved about this story is seeing the way the author mixed rich culture, history, and a fictional love story that only added a extra spice to the story.

Ramon de la Guerra, is determined to get his land back, land that has belonged to his family for generations. He knows that despite Caralee’s beauty and charm, her uncle stole his land, and he means to do whatever it takes to get it back. Alongside his brother, he goes on a ride disguised as the “El Dragon”, an outlaw known as stealing from the rich and giving to the poor. Ramon ends up stealing horses from Carly’s uncle, and Carly seeing what is happening, raises the alarm. In the chaos Ramon’s brother ends up being killed, and Carly taken hostage by a man who blames her for his brother’s death. He then forcibly takes her to his mountain lair, hidden away and near impossible find. Even though Carly in the past, has felt a spark between herself and Ramon, she knows that Ramon is dangerous she can’t seem to help feeling a passion for him. Ramon at first sees Carly as a rich spoiled brat, but after he kidnaps her, he sees that Carly is anything but. He can’t help but falling hard for her, even knowing that her uncle would never allow them together, since he despises Spaniards. But will their love be strong enough to withstand danger around every corner.

Ramon is a super alpha male, and is full of sensuality and has a aura of danger that surrounds him. Ramon tends to act before he thinks, and at first you see him as almost brutal, but when his head clears, he becomes sensitive and caring and I couldn’t help but love the way he is with Carly. Carly is not the spoiled brat he thinks her. When they first meet at a party, her uncle forbids her to be kind to Ramon. So she appears to be cool and aloof, but she craves passion and love and something real. Carly is hardworking having been raised working hard along side her parents, until they passed away. She has a very appealing personality, she is stubborn and passionate, but she also has a sweet side to her that makes it seem easy to relate with her.

This was such a thrilling adventure to read!! I had such a blast seeing these two characters interact, and the conflicts that arose that only challenged them and their relationship. I found that I could hardly put this one down last night. Once I really got into it, it was almost impossible to put down. My heart just went out to this couple. I felt like it was one of those styles, where pretty much everything is against the couple, and they somehow manage to get their HEA. It was great seeing how this author incorporated a variety of different cultures, and it was obvious that she did her research of the time. A perfect blend of sexual tension, suspenseful plot, a enticing love story that is bound to blow you away!! CHARMING UNTIL THE LAST PAGE!!

First Line 
Silver conchos. Caralee McConnell fixed her eyes on the row of shiny ornaments glinting in the torch light, the bright circles like badges of valor, arrowing down the Spaniard’s long, lean leg.

Favorite Quote 
“I love you, my heart. I love you as I never have loved before.”

My Grade 
4.5 Blossoms

Heat Rating 

Book Review-Heart Of Courage

Heart Of Courage
Heart Trilogy (3)
Kat Martin
Bantam Books
Published Jan 2009
407 Pages
Victorian Romance
ISBN: 978-0-77893-2609-0

Under the pert pen name “Lady Smart,” opinionated Lindsey Graham crusades for social change among London’s elite, writing for the ladies’ gazette Heart to Heart. But Lindsey’s greatest campaign begins when her brother Rudy, a notorious rake, is accused of murdering a string of prostitutes.

Her confidence in his innocence is bolstered when an anonymous letter arrives naming Viscount Merrick as the killer. Lindsey launches her own investigation into the gentleman’s questionable pursuits, a risky venture that earns her an unwelcome bodyguard–Thor Draugr.

At first, Lindsey refuses the protection of her employer’s brother-in-law. They are like oil and water, yet she can barely conceal her attraction to the rugged Norseman. But an attempt on her life reveals not only the lengths that someone will go to in order to prevent her interference in the viscount’s sordid affairs, but that she can no longer deny that she desires the warrior by her side….


Lindsey Graham, is a very opinionated journalist at Heart To Heart, but then her brother Rudy, gets accused for multiple murders, she knows he isn’t capable of. So she goes about and starts asking questions and investigating, and gets in more trouble than she knows what to do with, with her companion as Thor Draugr. Thor is very unwelcome as her bodyguard, but what choice does she have, with someone trying to warn her off from investigating, but Lindsey knows that she must do everything she can to find the one responsible for the murders. Thor is unused to independent women, he is accustomed to women that are passionate but know their place, and Lindsey definitely doesn’t know her own boundries, and its up to him to make sure that she doesn’t get in too deep without him at her side, only what neither of these strong willed people realized was that there was a unbridled passion about to be shown, and things are about to get even more intense….

The Hero (Thor Draugr)
Thor, grew up on a island, that many don’t know the existence of. On this island is still the thriving culture of the Vikings, and Thor decided to leave with his brother and come to England. Thor craves the countryside with peaceful surrounding, which reminds him more of home, than London does. Lindsey frustrated and infuriates him at times, but as he agrees to protect her, he never expected to find his own lifemate…

The Heroine (Lindsey Graham)
Lindsey, loves her job at Heart to Heart, a Ladies Gazette. Lindsey grew up with her parents always traveling, and she and her brother on their own with their aunt. Lindsey is independent, and strong willed, and is determined more than ever to clear her brothers name, no matter how much danger she may be in. Lindsey doesn’t like the presence of her bodyguard, who is unlike any man she has ever known, and he stirs up her blood. Even though they are complete opposites, she knows that he is her destiny…

My Thoughts
Heart of Courage is the last in the Heart Trilogy by Kat Martin. I found this to be such a thrilling read, and I found myself at the edge of my seat most of the time. Heart Of Courage is a exciting tale of romance, intrigue, and adventure. I just loved immersing myself into this story, I found it hard to draw myself away from reading it. I think this one is just as good as the other previous books that I have read from this author, and I am looking forward to reading more of her works. Kat Martin definitely delivers in this book and in the series!!! A POIGNANT ROMANCE THAT WILL LEAVE YOU BREATHLESS FOR MORE!!

My Grade On This Book
4 Blossoms

Other Books In The Series
Heart Of Honor
Heart Of Fire

Book Review-Heart Of Fire

Heart Of Fire
Heart Trilogy (2)
Kat Martin
375 Pages
Published January 2008
Victorian Romance
ISBN: 978-7783-2452-2

As a viscount’s daughter, vivacious Coralee Whitmore is perfectly placed to write about London’s elite in the outspoken ladies’ gazette, Heart to Heart. But beneath her fashionable exterior beats the heart of a serious journalist.

So when her sister’s death is dismissed as suicide, Corrie vows to uncover the truth, suspecting the notorious Earl of Tremaine was Laurel’s lover and the father of her illegitimate child. Corrie infiltrates Castle Tremaine posing as a wide-eyed country relation whose charming figure– and reduced circumstances–make her irresistible to the confirmed scoundrel. But Corrie finds the earl is not all he seems…nor is she immune to his charms, however much she despises his caddish ways.

Far from a society column, Corrie’s life soon reads more like one of Mr. Dickens’s serials. But the danger of her ruse is hardly fictional: someone is bent on ensuring Corrie’s questions go unanswered–and unasked.

Corrie, after her sisters death, is devastated, especially when they were so close. However Corrie strongly suspects that her sister was married and suspects its because her sister became pregnant, and the father didn’t want the responsibility. So she goes to the Earl of Tremaine, posing as a distant cousin through a marriage, to uncover the truth. So posing at the Castle Tremaine as a young widow, which makes her desirable to Gray, and soon enough the desire between them explodes into a inflaming passion that bothers with their good sense, and both of their quests to seek the truth secretly about each other. But when they choose to open their hearts, they will find a powerful love that will see them through the upcoming danger that threatens both of their lives…

The Hero (Gray, Earl of Tremaine)
Gray, as the Earl of Tremaine, has many responsibilities, and is a confirmed rogue and has a passionate nature especially when it comes to women. So when he is faced to live with temporarily a young and beautiful widow, he can’t resist her charming nature, and goes about to seduce this woman who has him tied up in knots, the only person who isn’t afraid of him. Gray once, lost his wife in a accident, and when he finds out about the danger that threatens Corrie, he means to protect her and find out the truth that could save them both.

The Heroine (Coralee Whitmore)
Corrie, is a writer a Ladies Gazette, that promotes humanitarian aid in London. But when she hears that her sister and her newborn nephew, have died in a accident, Corrie is determined to find out the truth about the circumstances surrounding her sisters death. However on this journey that she takes to discover the truth, she will never expect to fall in love with a irresistable rogue who tender kisses will be her greatest weakness and one who will teach her about passion and love.

My Thoughts 
Heart of Fire is the second installment in the Heart Trilogy by Kat Martin. Now this is the first chance I have had to read from this author, and I after such a enjoyable time I had reading Heart of Fire, I have decided to definitely try out the rest of her books. I had heard good and bad things about Martin’s books, but the blurb and the cover got me hooked, and after reading the first chapter, I knew I would fall in love with this story and not regretting reading it, and I was right!!! It was such a delight to read, for one I love mystery mixed with sizzling romance, so it was a perfect mixture of what I truly enjoy in a good book. The characters were refreshing and lively, and were portrayed so vividly, its like I know that as real people LOL Crazy I know, but when I get into a good book, that tends to happen frequently. Such a enjoyable read!! I am definitely looking forward to reading

My Favorite Quote 
He wanted Letty Moss (Corrie’s assumed name). With her lovely copper hair and small but voluptuous body, she drew him like a moth to the flame. Gray slid an arm around her waist and hauled her against him. He drew her closer, enfolded her in his arms and kissed her until her mouth began to soften under his.

My Grade On This Book 
4 Blossoms

Other Books In The Series 
Heart of Honor
Heart of Courage