Yours Until Dawn Book Cover

In A Nutshell

    • Genre: Romance, Angst, Regency England, Historical Romance
    • Notes: Fluffy but with a plot strong enough to keep you interested the whole time.
    • Recommended For: People who like the Beauty as Florence Nightingale meets the Beast plots.

Proof that sometimes the run-of-the-mill romance novels can surprise you . . . I took a chance on this one because of it’s high rating on Goodreads and it’s synopsis reminded me so much of my favorite fairy tale, Beauty and the Beast, that I knew I had to give it a shot. I really love it when romance authors draw from the fairy tale plots and use that story as a skeletal structure and give the reader something to enjoy that also holds a sense of nostalgia. Another successful retelling of Beauty and the Beast that I’ve reviewed on this blog is Heart’s Blood by Juliet Marillier. While both of these books draw from the same source material, the results are emphatically separate.

Marillier’s book is completely steeped in Irish Mythology and celtic legends and so it’s result plays more with the fantasy, mystery and magic of the original fairy tale. Yours Until Dawn on the other hand plays up the victimized “beast” character in Gabriel and introduces a new kind of “beauty” in Samantha who is his strict, but caring, nurse.

SYNOPSIS

Gabriel Fairchild’s valor during battle earns him the reputation of hero, but costs him both his sight and his hope for the future. Abandoned by the fiancée he adored, the man who once walked like a prince among London’s elite secludes himself in his family’s mansion, cursing his way through dark days and darker nights.

Prim nurse Samantha Wickersham arrives at Fairchild Park to find her new charge behaving more like a beast than a man. Determined to do her duty, she engages the arrogant earl in a battle of both wit and wills. Although he claims she doesn’t possess an ounce of womanly softness, she can feel his heart racing at her slightest touch. As Samantha begins to let the light back into Gabriel’s life and his heart, they both discover that some secrets — and some pleasures — are best explored in the dark …

I enjoyed reading this very fluffy and fun book. It’s not often I find Regency Romances, that contain a good amount of angst, fun. Medeiros’ style, in this novel, reminds me greatly of Julia Quinn’s ability to play up humor alongside heart and angst. That being said, it’s not the best regency romance novel I have every read. It wasn’t always a driving plot that kept me awake through the night, but it was able to surprise me with it’s twist towards the end. It’s not an earth-shattering twist but I didn’t see it coming and it made the book stand up and make me take notice.

As for the characters, Gabriel is a bit whiny in the beginning. He plays up the role of solitary, victimized hero in a completely predictable way and Samantha responds in the expectably strict, but caring nurse way. All that predictability being said, I was continually curious as to why Samantha sought out the position and Medeiros keeps you guessing.

You could say this book was an unexpected surprise as I expected to be reading the same-ol’ same-ol’ regency romance and I found a mysterious, light, and sensual romance. So if you’re looking not to think too hard but want a book with a more substance than the “Cotton Candy Novels” I mention in another review then this is your book.

★★★1/2

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