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Midsummer Moon por Laura Kinsale
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Midsummer Moon (edição 1999)

por Laura Kinsale (Autor)

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Merlin Lambourne is a famous inventor-and her life is in danger from Napoleon's advancing forces. Lord Ransom Falconer, in service of his government, comes to rescue her, bringing her back to his estate where he promises she can work on her inventions and stay safe. But her dream is to build a flying machine, and Ransom is terrified of heights ...… (mais)
Título:Midsummer Moon
Autores:Laura Kinsale (Autor)
Informação:e-reads.com (1999), 392 pages
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Laura Kinsale is not your flufflifity fluff romantic. And yet, somehow, she has some of the most fluffity fluff "dear god, I wish this hero would strip me naked too," moments mixed with some of the best humor.

The most eligible widower in His Majesty’s domain: rich, titled, powerful, and more than passably attractive, if his female admirers were to be believed—flatly refused, on account of a broken kite.

It's very clear there's a few things I like in books:
-Heroines that I understand. I know we all wax on about 'strong women' and I frankly don't know what that means. I think strength can be demonstrated in many ways. Merlin was essentially super smart, super ambitious and kind of a flake. In all honesty, it suited an inventor and I don't think we'd call a male character like her 'weak' -- It may have been overplayed, but ]...eh, I have a complex relationship with that.
-Relationships that develop. In this book, that was fucking bizarre and I'm not gonna lie. While it may have been a head-scratcher, I went with it. I mean, it was Nicholas Boulton and Laura Kinsale and there's nothing else to be done. What resulted was a battle of wills, a jackass that knows he is manipulative, and a heroine with enough force in her sweetness to bring him down, yet enough tenacity to hold on to herself. And honestly, I loved Ransom. I really, really did. He was lovely and loyal, commanding, clever, and played beautifully by NB in the audio version.

He’d thought his offer of marriage was a matter of duty, of taking responsibility for errors committed—and never questioned why he’d persisted in it past all reason and rebuff.

Well, now he knew why. The explanation sat patiently on the carpet in front of him, with chestnut hair and cloudy gray eyes and skin that glowed like soft midsummer moonlight. He loved her; he wanted to stand beside her forever, be the man she turned to for comfort and companionship; the one she went to first with those crazy, clever notions of hers; the one who listened and smiled and knew when to laugh—who recognized the difference between her accidental absurdities and the rare times she made an authentic quip in that quiet, ingenious way she had.

Oh, and that's it. That's all I need. I get extra-some heat, wonderful family and supporting dynamics, a little danger, some big weaknesses. It was a lovely little novel about two opposite strengths making one completely convincing and supportive couple. They were neither dependent nor overly independent of one another, something I can see lasting for a long, long time. Because they both try.

Wings, indeed. ( )
  samnreader | Jun 27, 2020 |
Light , laugh out loud read!
Not sure I believe the romance between H and h , however it does not take away from my reading enjoyment! whole cast of characters is a pure delight! ( )
  olga10 | Jan 21, 2019 |
Ransom Falconer, Duke of Damerell has come to find the inventor Merlin Lambourne. The government has been told Merlin has invented something that could be of the utmost importance to the war effort. Some hilarity ensues once he gets there and discovers that Mr. Lambourne is actually a Miss Lambourne.
Merlin has invented a few random things but she doesn't think much of them as her driving passion is to invent a flying machine. If it doesn't have to do with flying then she is pretty absentminded about it. In this case the French are coming and in order to keep her safe Ransom decides he will take her back home to Mount Falcon. (I won't say what happens after they eat an awful meal together at her home but the salt thing was pretty funny)
Enter the rest of the cast we have Merlin's pet hedgehog, her crotchety employee Thaddeus Flowerdew (he supposedly has a sick twin Theodore but we never actually see him), Ransom's mother Duchess May, sister Blythe, brother Shelby, Shelby's ex-wife Jaqueline, their son Woodrow and twin daughters Augusta and Aurelia, Reverend Edwin Peale, and Major Quinton O'Sullivan O'Toole O'Shaughnessy.
There is a lot of humor throughout the story and I enjoyed it very much. ( )
  SweetLiar | May 5, 2016 |
Twee and--at times--rather annoying. The quality of the writing itself wasn't bad, but the plot was too much for me, with its implausible aphrodisiac salts and multiple chloroformed kidnappings. The characters were okay, but sort of meh: Merlin was a bit too oblivious and childish, and Ransom was...okay, but nothing to write home about. Not purely awful, but reading it felt like a waste of my time. ( )
  thatotter | Feb 6, 2014 |
I'm a total spazz. I was reading a book and it mentioned a hedgehog as being the best animal sidekick (bonus points if you know what book I'm talking about!) and so I had to discover which book was being talked about and sure enough, it was Laura Kinsale's Midsummer Moon. I had to read it immediately...and that reminds me, I never did pick back up that other book. LOL

So I was initially put off by the war stuff and the killing plot but the lure of that hedgehog was a strong one and overcame my doubts. And I'm glad for it! Merlin is the kind of heroine I like. She was raised in somewhat odd circumstances by her uncle who was just as invention mad as she was. Needless to say, she wasn't raised with proper manners and etiquette. She frequently gets so drawn into her work that she forgets to eat and sleep and her servants take very good care of her. She comes to Lord Falconer's attention because of a device she's invented. She thinks he's talking about her flying machine...but he's talking about her talking box. Ransom is tasked with protecting Merlin and he figures he'll go to her home, explain the situation to her and take her to his ducal manor to hide her out until she's safe. Except Merlin doesn't want to leave her home and she doesn't really think she's in danger...

That first night in Merlin's home, Ransom somehow seduces her (blame the hedgehog, he was in the salt dish). So on top of convincing Merlin to come to his home, he also has to convince her to marry him. But Merlin sees marriage as curtailing her freedom. Already Ransom is trying to prevent her from working on her flying machine. And even when he does get her to remain tucked away at his home, he still has a heck of a time getting her to marry him.

I thought Midsummer Moon was hilarious. I dog-ear (gasp!) pages in a book where I enjoy a particular turn of phrase or something moves me. The first half of Midsummer Moon had quite a few turned down pages. It was super funny. First there's Merlin. She's grown up somewhat isolated from society and so she takes everyone literally. The little nuances of sarcasm and analogy make no impact on her, she takes everything said at face value.
"Can you organize it? Ransom said you could."
"I shall do my poor best."
Merlin frowned. "Oh. I'd hoped you'd do our best best."
Also, I loved the fact that Merlin could not remember Ransom's name or title for the first half of the book, and this rubbed off on everyone else. Ransom Falconer, Duke of Damerrel. Merlin calls him at various points, Mr. Damerell, Duke Falconer and my favorite, and the one that stuck, Mr. Duke. LOL Other characters and Ransom himself, refer to him as Mr. Duke at some points of the story.

How funny is that? She doesn't even remember his name? hahaha

The second half of the book is more serious than humorous (although it's still funny). As you can imagine, there are some personality clashes between Ransom and Merlin. They live in totally different worlds. And there's some miscommunication between them because of it. Not intentional miscommunication - but a genuine inability to understand the other person. Ransom, knowing he wronged Merlin by seducing her, tries to do the right thing. He knows it's his duty to marry Merlin. He operates and lives his life based on his position in society. He is a duke, he has to be proper, he has to do the right thing, fix any mistakes. Merlin meanwhile, doesn't think anything of the fact that Ransom seduced her. She doesn't think that's any reason to get married. Her world is currently focused on her flying machine. Everything revolves around that. She sees things as having to do with the flying machine or not. And Ransom is trying to prevent her work on the flying machine (his fear of heights and all, he sees her machine as a flying death trap). And she comes to understand that as the duke, he pretty much can boss her around. Now who'd want to marry that?
"Well," she said abruptly. "I supposed I have no choice."
"None whatsoever."
Merlin stood up. She squared her shoulders and glared up at him. "If I ever get to be a duke, I won't be as big a bully as you are, I can tell you that!"
"Since you are exceedingly unlikely ever to get to be a duke, I don't think we need concern ourselves with the prospect."
"One just never knows, does one?" She held out her skirt and turned from him with a flounce. When she reached the door, she stopped and looked over her shoulder. "And if I should, I shall expect you to address me properly. It will be 'Miss Duke' to you, you may be sure!"
Merlin is an absent-minded genius. And Ransom is a bit of a stiff, strict, stick in the mud. Seeing these two come together was so much fun. And the secondary characters were great as well. Midsummer Moon gets 4 stars from me.

p.s. Wondering about that hedgehog? He was cute! He definitely comes in handy. ( )
  ames | Sep 30, 2013 |
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