‘Twas the Night Before Mischief: An Electrical Storm of the Heart


by Nina Rowan
E-book 100 Page, 30,000 words
E-Galley provided by publisher for review purposes. No remuneration was received and all opinions presented herein are my own unless otherwise noted.

Twas the night before mischief and all through the house, a lady was plotting-it was time to break out!

When Penelope Darlington is persuaded to elope with a most unsuitable suitor, she wastes no time. With visions of passion and adventure dancing in her head, she steals away in the middle of the night, just before her father’s Christmas feast.

Fearing for his daughter’s reputation, Henry Darlington begs Darius Hall, the Earl of Rushton’s daring yet discreet son, to bring Penelope home. When Darius finally catches up to Penelope he is shocked. She’s not the silly little girl he expected, but a beautiful woman with a sharp mind and an allure that cannot be ignored.

Now forced to kidnap Penelope in order to bring her home, Darius and his new charge spend the next several days-and nights-in very close quarters. Penelope wanted passion and adventure, but she never could have imagined the pleasures Darius can provide . . .

(30,000 words) – See more at: http://www.hachettebookgroup.com/titles/nina-rowan/twas-the-night-before-mischief/9781455578054/#sthash.YrVCgnX8.dpuf

My Take!
As soon as I began reading this wonderful short I knew it would have a happy ending and it’s pretty clear who’ll be together when you turn your e-reader off.  But how we get there is a fun ride filled with heroes, cads, action and some ~waggles eyebrows~ action.
I feel like this month has seemed full of heroines wanting more than the proscribed existence meted out for them by society.  That’s Penny; but her wish to shoot across the sky in a blaze of fire threatens her future.I knew there would be a twist but I wasn’t expecting the twist that came up and it was interesting to see how a young woman ill-prepared to handle the situation in which she finds herself.
The hero also comes into his own perhaps both in his mind as well as Penny’s.There’s one scene with mistletoe that feels so very hot — and no one’s clothes even come off.   It even felt magical and electrically charged.   That scene made the book for me. I also thought there was a skillful tying of the original scene with a later event.  It perfectly shows the young woman that she was heard; not dismissed.
I only found one thing that felt off: Penny’s father owns a confectionery shop and still works in the shop and mixing up sweets.  But he seems to be quite well off.  I did not understand it as a chain of shops or a distributed product. It is Victorian and that saw the rise of a merchant middle class and perhaps candy shop owners did very well. I understand it as a necessary device to the story though, to some extent, having a place in the story. And the story was charming and delightful.  I highly recommend it an even enjoy its use of the title of the ubiquitous holiday poem!