Mistress by Midnight

A wicked duke’s bed is no place for a lady…

Lady Merryn Fenner is on a mission to ruin the Duke of Farne. A beautiful bluestocking with a penchant for justice, Merryn has waited twelve years to satisfy her revenge against Garrick Farne. Her family name had been tarnished at his hands, her life destroyed.

For twelve years Garrick, Duke of Farne has kept the secret of what really happened on the night that he killed his best friend, Stephen Fenner, in a duel. Now Stephen’s sister is intent on discovering the truth and putting at risk all those secrets Garrick has protected.

When a disaster traps Merryn and Garrick together, white-hot desire stirs between the two sworn enemies. Merryn’s reputation is utterly compromised and she is forced to do the one thing she cannot bear; accept the scandalous marriage proposal of the man she has vowed to ruin.

Beware of scandalous women…

“The wonderful combination of star-crossed lovers, hidden secrets, life-threatening danger and delightful touches of humour make it an unforgettable read.”

— Rakes and Rascals

Mistress by Midnight

is available in the following formats:
North American Edition

December 7, 2010 · Harlequin · ISBN 13: 978-0373774883 · ISBN 10: 0373774885

Behind the Book

Mistress by MidnightSometimes the most extraordinary snippets of history can spark a story idea and so it was with Mistress By Midnight.

The manor house at Toten Hall, one of the buildings damaged by the London Beer Flood of 1814.

I had wanted to write Lady Merryn Fenner’s story for a while. Merryn had featured in her sister Joanna’s book, Whisper of Scandal, when it appeared that she was a shy bluestocking who lived secluded from the world. But I knew that Merryn had a secret life – it was just a question of what form this took. Two ideas informed Merryn’s character. One was the fact that her brother had died in a duel when she had been young and she had never really come to terms with the tragedy. On that basis it seemed likely that she have a burning desire to work for justice and truth. The second was that Merryn was an intelligent woman in a society that preferred women to be pretty rather than clever, so her academic pursuits would be very important to her.

Toten HallInto this mix I threw the London Beer Flood of 1814, an event that occurred when the vats on top of the brewery in Tottenham Court Road exploded, flooding the nearby streets with a tidal wave of beer and claiming seven lives. Merryn, caught up in her quest for justice for her brother, is trapped in the flood along with Garrick Farne, the man she blames for her brother’s death. How they both survive and what happens to their relationship is at the heart of Mistress By Midnight.


Reviews for Mistress by Midnight
5 stars

“The wonderful combination of star-crossed lovers, hidden secrets, life-threatening danger and delightful touches of humour make it an unforgettable read.”

“There was some wonderful tension between the characters, especially Merryn struggling with her feelings was wonderful and real and I really, really enjoyed this book”

An almost perfect historical romance

“I'm a big fan of Nicola Cornick's writing and once again she didn't disappoint. This book is very amusing, with lively dialogues and interesting characters.”

The sparks ignite right from the start

“I love the witty banter between the two main characters, I found myself laughing out loud!”

“the sensuality and chemistry between the Merryn and Garrick was absolutely wonderful!”

“Another wonderful historical romance from Ms Cornick. Mistress By Midnight is a fabulous read.”

“A beguiling, compelling and immensely absorbing romance. Written with characteristic flair, awe-inspiring attention to detail and wicked sense of fun, Mistress by Midnight is a stellar Regency!”

Keeper Shelf!

“Fast-paced and oh-so-sexy, Mistress By Midnight is destined to become a romance classic.”

“A wonderful historical romance. This is a must read series!”

“Ms. Cornick has a triumph on her hands!”

“Nicola Cornick's writing is strong, thoughtful and unabashedly straightforward with characters that are both memorable and sympathetic. If you have the chance, pick up a copy of MISTRESS BY MIDNIGHT especially if you've never read a novel by Nicola Cornick before. I promise, you will want to read more.”

“Mistress by Midnight reminded me of the good, old historical romance novels that just left you with a warm, fuzzy feeling when you turned to the last page knowing that love truly healed the characters.”

“I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of this story and found myself reluctant to put it down even for a few minutes. I cannot wait to see what Nicola Cornick offers her readers next. I am sure that it will be as much of a joy to read as this one was.”

“(The) writing is seamless, suspenseful and always well paced. In Mistress by Midnight the author pulls you in immediately. (She) tantalises her readers taste buds with humour, tragedy, and ultimately a hard won HEA. A winner on all fronts.”

“Nicola Cornick is a wonderful writer. I was so involved in the story that I was completely unaware of the world around me. I have read many good authors in my time, but few engross me in their story the way that this author does. I have to give this book my highest rating. I was completely taken aback at what this author has produced. This book is due out Nov 30. Get in line ladies!”

“A fast-paced historical full of secrets, past hurt and romance. I loved these characters! Mistress by Midnight is a great conclusion to this trilogy.”

“Splendid and awe-inspiring. Historical Romance at its very best is written by Nicola Cornick.”

“'(An) emotionally charged romance and a powerful love story.'”