The Lady Meets Her Match: Midnight Meetings #2 by Gina Conkle with Excerpt and Giveaway

Allow me to introduce you to the new release from Gina Conkle, the second book  in her Midnight Meetings historical romance series.  Please be sure to read the excerpt, and don’t forget to enter the tour-wide giveaway where you could win one of 5 copies of MEETING THE EARL AT MIDNIGHT: Midnight Meetings # 1 by Gina Conkle

The Lady Meets Her Match

Gina Conkle has used a Cinderella-like story, mixed in non-titled people and brought us to London in this unique historical romance.

Claire is a middle class woman, determined to make a success of a business of her very own. Unfortunately, the owner of the property she wishes to rent is completely unwilling to rent to a woman.  Cyrus is an up and coming ‘king of industry’ with some utterly archaic ideas.  His refusal to believe that a woman can succeed in business, and his unwillingness to consider that as an option make him a bit difficult to deal with at first.

Claire will not accede to Cyrus’ demands for a male signatory for the lease agreement, so she decides to attend a masked ball held at Cyrus’ house, to snoop in his office and obtain a signature.  When she disappears just before the unmasking, leaving only her first name and her shoe, Cyrus is intrigued.

The two enter into a tentative dance as they get to know one another. While Cyrus isn’t certain of the motivations behind his interest, Clare is utterly convinced that she doesn’t want an entanglement.  And she is very honest and vocal about her past and desires, something totally unusual for Cyrus. And, with the discovery of a dark secret that Cyrus holds, the balance of power certainly shifts…

While the plot was clever and I really enjoyed the characters, the frequent lapses into flowery prose did leave the storytelling feeling a bit forced and tortured on occasion.  Whether this was an homage to the fairy tale genesis of the story, a sort of nod to the style of many of the stories or just a writing device not particularly well integrated I’m not completely certain.  But, despite those lapses, there was enough interest in both Claire and Cyrus as they maneuvered in their relationship to keep me intrigued and reading along.

The Lady Meets Her Match: Midnight Meetings #2 by Gina Conkle with Excerpt and Giveaway

Title: The Lady Meets Her Match
Author: Gina Conkle
Series: Midnight Meetings #2
Genre: Historical Romance
Published by: Sourcebooks Casablanca
ISBN: 1402294301
Published on: 7 April, 2015
Format:eARC
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Pages: 384
Audio Length: 10 Hours: 33 minutes
Rated: four-stars
Heat: One FlameOne Flame

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Locating Her Is Only Half The Battle...

Cyrus Ryland didn't become England's wealthiest bachelor by being a pushover, but the mysterious beauty he discovers sneaking around at his grand ball enflames his curiosity. When the clock chimes midnight, and she's nowhere to be found, Cyrus vows to scour all of London to uncover who she is. Little does he know that not only does Claire Mayhew not want to be found, but she wants nothing to do with him at all...

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A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

 

 

 

 

Cyrus removed his fine blue coat, the slide of cloth on cloth an inviting sound to her benumbed senses.

“You’re not warming up sufficiently.” He leaned in and wrapped his coat over her shoulders, his deep voice like an intimate connection. “Someone needs to take care of you.”

She shuddered when his breath tickled her ear. His warmth and nearness was just as heavenly as what he draped around her. She could tell he found her refusal more amusing than deterring. Cyrus closed the coat in front of her, his body heat palpable inside. The collar’s woven broadcloth brushed her rain-misted cheeks, his pleasant scent on the cloth. The coat was part of an expensive, well-tailored ditto suit: identical blue fabric with spare gold trim on the coat, waistcoat, and breeches.

“I’ll ruin part of a perfectly good suit.” But she pulled the coat tighter, greedy for the snug feel.

He added more coal to the blaze. The inferno’s orange light danced across white cotton stretched over his shoulders. Muscles moved under the fabric, mesmerizing her while he built a hotter fire. And then there was his offer to waive her rent and give her a loan, an offer apparently free of unique requirements. His act of generosity pinched her conscience.

How dare he be so…nice.

“About the rent, the loan, I cannot accept your kind offer.” She cleared her throat, trying to sound competent. “I’ll find a way.”

Ryland glanced at her but said nothing to counter her refusal. Instead, he dropped to the floor, kneeling before her. Without asking her leave, he removed one shoe and then the other, and set the soaked footwear against the hearth’s ash pan.

“What are you doing?” Her words, like her body, went slack, all of her too worn down.

His head bent close to her knee. One hand, large and warm, curled around her ankle, rubbing life back into her foot. A big, masculine palm moved under the arch, creating delightful friction. She pressed her lips together, holding back a moan of pleasure.

“I would think a land steward’s daughter would know wet clothes are hazardous for one’s health.” He flashed a devilish grin. “You ought to remove your wet clothes, cover yourself with something warm and dry.”

Such as covering myself with you.

 

 

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About Gina Conkle

Gina Conkle, a history nerd to the core, loves castles and museums. Her motto is “the older and moldier, the better.”

When not enjoying relics, she lives in the present, dabbling in organic gardening at her home in San Diego, California. She lives with Brian, her husband and favorite alpha male, and their two boys.

Visit her at www.ginaconkle.com.

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