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I m Stella s sister And Minerva Robertson wanted to know why, with everything to live for, Stella had chosen to die The only person who might be able to give her an answer was wickedly attractive Nick Peveril, Stella s husband But he wasn t the conventional grieving widower What was Minerva to make of him And should she fight the passion she felt for him


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  1. boogenhagen boogenhagen says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Re The Colour of Midnight Robyn Donald turns up the intensity with this one, it is the first book in the HP 1995 Secrets series, a set of six books that are not interconnected, but revolve around the H or h probing into forbidden or secret information This is the start of two separate HP mini lines within the HP line up, the next book in the January 1995 line starts the other The book opens with the h, Minerva, a personal chef on holiday, traveling to the Northland of New Zealand to seek out Re The Colour of Midnight Robyn Donald turns up the intensity with this one, it is the first book in the HP 1995 Secrets series, a set of six books that are not interconnected, but revolve around the H or h probing into forbidden or secret information This is the start of two separate HP mini lines within the HP line up, the next book in the January 1995 line starts the other The book opens with the h, Minerva, a personal chef on holiday, traveling to the Northland of New Zealand to seek out a place called Spanish Castle The Spanish Castle refers to the local rock formation that a big farming estate is named after The h wants to use her credentials from the LaToya Jackson Online Detective School to find out what drove her stepsister Stella to commit suicide the previous year The h has been off on various worldwide assignments to the wealthy ever since her widowed father remarried and the h acquired a nice, but fluttery stepmother and beautiful, but promiscuous stepsister in Stella The h loves her new step relations, but after getting the older Stella out of various scrapes and spats as teens, the h was ready to exercise her wanderlust and see a bit of the world Minerva is amazingly well traveled, along with being extremely capable and pragmatic and she is fearless in her wanderings She only takes short term one year chef contracts, tho she recently completed a two year one because the billionaire she worked for needed her skillz on his yacht and she has been cruising the Caribbean and he only spent about three weeks on his yacht the whole time Now she is back home in NZ, thinking about applying as a chef on an Antarctic research station after her next contract and then opening a restaurant in NZ, but first she needs to find out what drove her stepsister to suicide The first the h knew of the whole situation was a delayed delivery letter two years earlier, advising Minerva that Stella had met the love of her life, Nick, a Northland businessman and farmer, and was marrying him Minerva got the letter too late and missed the wedding, then came several letters from Stella, but they were distant, newsy sorts of notes without a lot of personal substance and the next thing Minerva heard was that Stella had taken an overdose of pills and committed suicide.Minerva comes home a year later on a vacation before she takes up a Virgin Island s chef contract and it is obvious that the ghost of Stella and why she killed herself is hovering over everyone, but most especially the flittery, mostly kind stepmother Minerva isn t letting sleeping dogs lie, everyone seems too damaged and Minerva wants to understand If she can get some answers for the stepmother, she can, by extension, relieve her beloved father of some of the strain that seems to be showing upstrongly on his face and everyone can find some closure and move on.So Minerva goes to Spanish Castle and over a broken sign post showing the correct path through the Kauri Forest to the farm, Nick rises up out of the gloom like the Duke of Avon from that Heyer classic These Old Shades, he even has the appropriately named horse called Demon to enhance the parallels There is also a cute little farm dog named Rusty, and RD makes a point of remarking how Rusty doesn t quite fit the Devilish Lord and Master image, Nick is carrying a paw hurt Rusty over his saddle bow Soon Minerva is ensconced at Spanish Castle and taking over a Brazilian Diplomat dinner for Nick s housekeeper, who has a pregnant daughter in labor complications and the h remarks that as family to Nick, it is her duty to help out Nick is very enigmatic and the h is struck by the HP Lurve Force Mojo attraction she is trying hard to deny it, but she knows she is wildly attracted to the dead Stella s husband and it is causing a lot of inner turmoil Minerva has had one prior love affair, with a man as strongly magnetically attractive as Nick After the guy seduced her, he dumped her when his ex dolly bird voluptuous girlfriend came trotting back in a fit of jealousy Minerva belatedly realized that the guy had only been using her to make his ex jealous, especially when he remarked on how plain and ordinary in looks Minerva was compared to his ex Minerva has no desire to be anybody s sloppy seconds and strengthens her will to resist accordingly.Fortunately Minerva got over it, but the plain looking self insecurity, especially when compared to Stella, still lurks in Minerva s mind We do learn that the slime seducer got dumped for a Rugby player after a few months of tepid reconciliation by the ex girlfriend, so he got his just deserts Now Minerva has to cope with a big diplomatic dinner and being alone in a house with Nick There is a gossipy farm lady who comes into help out and a cute cat named Penelope, who oversees all the cooking preparations from the comfort of her kitchen stool throne The gossipy farm lady confirms that Stella wasn t happy at Spanish Castle, she cried in the car alone after a visit to the local doctor and there was also the fact that Nick and Stella kept separate bedrooms Then there was the contribution of Nick s probable affair with the local neighbor s orchid growing daughter In fact, when the housekeeper found Stella dead, she called the neighbor s place and when the farm lady eavesdropped on the phone line, it sounded like the neighbor s daughter was in bed with Nick when she handed him the phone Minerva doesn t know what to make of all of this, but the dinner goes great and Nick and she have shared some roofie kisses that only serve to stoke the tension and Minerva s passion Minerva is still resisting the attraction, tho she also has very realistic flashes of envy and jealousy in a complicated mess of her feelings about Stella.There is a big confrontation with Nick after Minerva gets another long delayed delivery letter, this one is from Stella and it was finally returned to sender after chasing Minerva all around the world Stella wrote the letter to Minerva right before she died It seems that Nick and Stella married, but never consummated the marriage Stella claimed she loved Nick and wanted to be with him, but some inner demon held her back and she came across as as a trampy, tarty tease to Nick for well over a year Nick was driven to extremes by Stella s hot cold provocative behavior and she refused to get any help.In a fury and really afraid that he might violently attack his own wife, Nick tried to sleep with the neighbor after it was discovered that Stella s priorly promiscuous behavior led to a sterility causing STD and she was infertile He was unsuccessful and then he got the news of Stella s suicide the next morning Nick and the stepmother covered up the prognosis at the inquest for some unclear reasons, probably mostly to protect Stella s memory from being infertile due to disease Nick s punishment for his contribution to the death of Stella, if he really deserved punishment, was to become impotent That problem is quickly resolved after an intense roofie kissing session in the heat of the confrontation with Minerva, where she kinda takes charge of the lurve club experience But Minerva feels used all over again and wonders if Nick was really impotent at all or just using her to vent some very obvious frustrations and anger about Stella Nick, now that manly mojo function is restored, claims that he is going to marry any decent, non teasing woman for children and Minerva can only speculate as to what her place in the scheme of things is now Minerva leaves Spanish Castle and Nick, she goes home to tell her stepmother about the letter The stepmother has a breakdown, it is finally revealed that the reason her stepmother divorced her first husband was that she found out he had been molesting Stella for over a year Rightly or wrongly, the stepmother did not get Stella any mental health treatment, mainly because during the time period it happened Minerva reckoned there probably wasn t any But there is also the stepmother s refusal, until both Minerva and her father adamantly insist, that the stepmother get some therapy of her own Which may have contributed to Stella s resistance to mental therapeutic help This was an interesting portion of the book, RD does make it clear that the doctor s told the stepmother Stella would get over things without help, she also makes it clear that Stella was heartrendingly tormented Yet there is an interesting stream of pragmatism running through the plot too As RD makes it very clear that Stella is offered help at several points from multiple people, and Stella still refuses to accept it or take a stand for her own recovery right in keeping with her mother s line of thinking until the woman is forced into treatment Minerva has oneconfrontation with Nick, when he shows up at her father s house and the stepmother is in the midst of her breakdown Minerva explains about Stella and what probably drove her behavior Nick s reaction is extreme anger towards Stella s now dead in prison father and Minerva figures Nick is too messed up over Stella to sort out any sort of issues with her.At Minerva s father s encouragement, Minerva leaves to fulfill her contract in the Virgin Islands and a year passes Minerva returns to New Zealand, thinkingabout Antarctica and reunioning with old friends She and Nick meet again at a local business party and Nick happens to have the orchid growing neighbor s daughter OW in tow The OW tries to makes some put down comments to Minerva and Minerva cleverly serves them right back Nick looks a bit angry about this and Minerva s amusing thought is if he doesn t want his toys to be scuffed up, he should teach them better manners Minerva s own jealousy is riled when the stepmother indicates that the OW and Nick are considering marriage Minerva knows Nick probably isn t in love with the woman,that she fits he image of a complaisant wife who will provide heirs and no trouble.There is a small encounter with Nick later that night as the h takes a midnight undie swim, then Nick drops the bombshell that everyone will be going to Spanish Castle for Christmas, as Stella s family is the only family he has left in New Zealand, his mum remarried after his father died and now lives in Singapore.Minerva isn t happy about this, but decides to bury herself in the kitchen under the guise of giving Nick s housekeeper a chance to visit with her family So it is back to Spanish Castle we go We get someof the wonderful Northland scenery and meet Penelope and Demon and Rusty again Nick and Minerva have some outings together and we meet up with Tegan and Kieran from Pagan Surrender, Nick is shown to be a doting godfather and Tegan has a gadzillion kids with an utterly devoted Kieran.Finally on an outing to see a waterfall enhanced by all the local rainfall, where Rusty does a dog thing and falls in and Nick has to take a rope into a fast running flooded creek to rescue him, Minerva can t contain her emotions any and confesses that she loves Nick Nick says he has been in love with her since he met her, but he had unresolved Stella issues to work out and he did not think Minerva was interested She only wrote to let him know she wasn t preggers after she left for the Virgin islands and he had to manipulate like mad to get her there for Christmas.The only barrier left is to banish the ghost of Stella from their physical relationship and Minerva and Nick accomplish that very successfully Nick wins bonus points when Minerva taunts him that he only wants a woman who will follow him around the earth naked and Nick tells her she would never be following naked cause he would give her his own clothes and he would carry her.The matchmaking stepmother, who lied about the OW to Minerva to make her jealous, is now delighted that the two of them are marrying Minerva had priorly taken the woman to task quite firmly for her meddling Minerva and Nick are all lurved up and happy, mainly cause Nick had kidnapping plans for Minerva if she did not accept his love and now he has successfully avoided serious jail time and can spend all his time gazing into the h s midnight colored eyes.We leave the two of them happy in their own version of a Spanish Castle, able to achieve their own airy dreams, even tho both have survivor regrets over the past There is no doubt that Minerva is nowhere close to a sloppy second and Nick has recovered enough from his failure to help Stella to ensure a really believable HEA and pink sparkly ending to a most intense HPlandia outing.This book is low key on the action and quite intense on the emotions Nick isn t mean at all, but his understandable distance over the spectacular failure of his marriage is enough to keep the HP voyager guessing about his true intentions.Stella and her abuse and her death are big issues, but this is NOT a treatise on the aftereffects of molestation This is a thoughtful look at survivor s guilt in the aftermath of someone taking their own life RD shows that every single character, in one way or another contributed to Stella s eventual demise If Minerva hadn t been so willing to cover Stella s teenaged transgressions, if Stella s mother hadn t been so sure that a man is necessary to every woman to make her complete and if she had bucked the common theories of the past and gotten her daughter into counseling without a sense of shame, or if Nick had been willing to put his male ego and virility aside and really push Stella about what was going on with her, this book would have been completely different.For all of the above tho, in the end RD comes to the very correct conclusion that Stella had to try and help herself and she did not and it is a tragedy, but ultimately it is a tragedy that Stella ended herself and the living have to find a way to come to terms and move on RD shows that futile angsting over another s actions is no way to live one s life, you have to accept that there will be regrets and sorrow over failed actions, but it is also up to you to build a better monument to the loved one s memory than a life wasted over useless remorse and should have done s It is really a testament to the sheer talent RD has that she can take such sensitive tropes and turn the story into an HP keeper It seems kinda callous on the surface, which is why I don t give the book five stars, but I did understand RD s point, you have to live the best life you can, to the best of your ability Nick and Minerva manage to do that and provide a really good story in the process, so that makes this book a really, really well done HPlandia outing and well worth the time spent reading it


  2. StMargarets StMargarets says:

    Triggers discussion of suicide of the hero s first wife and heroine s stepsister , incest, impotence.But it s a really lovely romance I know hard to believe that out of such rocky soil a sweet hopeful flower of a relationship could possibly bloom The H h are suffering from survivor guilt and their relationship inches along as they fall for each other After an impetuous sex scene, the author wisely gives them a year apart Then they have time to absorb the final details about the stepsiste Triggers discussion of suicide of the hero s first wife and heroine s stepsister , incest, impotence.But it s a really lovely romance I know hard to believe that out of such rocky soil a sweet hopeful flower of a relationship could possibly bloom The H h are suffering from survivor guilt and their relationship inches along as they fall for each other After an impetuous sex scene, the author wisely gives them a year apart Then they have time to absorb the final details about the stepsister s life and death, feel all of their negative feelings and finally lay her memory to rest All of the heroine s family did this not just the H hThe H h reunion was very well done with eyes meeting across a crowded room followed by an invitation for the entire family to the hero s farm for Christmas The H keeps the h and us guessing But the final act has the hero rescuing a dog, the heroine view spoiler blurting out a marriage proposal and the hero opening up about his vulnerabilities and hopes as they finally go to bed together hide spoiler The pace and unspooling of the backstory are masterfully done If you can get beyond the triggers, you will be rewarded with a romance that is all thewelcome against such a dark backdrop Boogenhagen has an excellent review with all the spoilers


  3. Claire Claire says:

    In reality, there were four protagonists here the hero Nick, the heroine Minerva, Stella the dead wife of the hero who also happened to be the heroine s stepsister, and New Zealand The suicide of Stella was the story arc that spanned the whole 8 chapters It compelled Minerva to visit the hero and quietly investigate the cause of death It defined the confrontation in the story when Nick confessed his pseudo impotence and Minerva cured his problem through seduction therapy It delayed reco In reality, there were four protagonists here the hero Nick, the heroine Minerva, Stella the dead wife of the hero who also happened to be the heroine s stepsister, and New Zealand The suicide of Stella was the story arc that spanned the whole 8 chapters It compelled Minerva to visit the hero and quietly investigate the cause of death It defined the confrontation in the story when Nick confessed his pseudo impotence and Minerva cured his problem through seduction therapy It delayed reconciliation between Nick and Minerva until they were sufficiently recovered from Stella s death So, though Stella was an absentee character, the story revolved around the impact of her death among the survivors The flora and fauna of New Zealand were also made much of in the story that, at several points, I felt it needed only some slides to turn this romance into a travelogue Sometimes, scenery could enhance the plot But in this instance, the minutiae of kauri trees, kokako birds, trumpet flowers and possums detracted from the emotional tension building between the H h Given these excess baggage then, I could not empathize with the H h s growing love for each other The story was too clinical and too overdone to be romantic Perhaps, one last good example is the title the Colour of Midnight This phrase first appeared in the plot when Nick tricked Minerva to gaze at him by asking what color were her eyes They were blue But according to him, they were the color of midnight, so dark and so deep you can lose yourself in it As distant as the outer reaches of space, as dense and intense as the sea beneath a tropical sky A rare, exquisite color Really A beautiful girl stares at him and he has time to wax lyrical on the color blue As Sebastian said to the Prince Eric in the The Little Mermaid, go on just kiss the girl


  4. Tia Tia says:

    I swear that I have read this before at one point or another However reading it again just made my thoughts and review that much better because this book was FRICKEN AWESOME I loved the hero and heroine, the emotional bond they had They grieved, loved and cherished together It was a pretty beautiful book However the whole impotent thing was a little fucked up, just sayin


  5. Dianna Dianna says:

    Ugh Reviewed the wrong book Will update.


  6. sbf20112011 sbf20112011 says:

    4.5 stars This was an intense and interesting story I really enjoyed it The only reason I knocked off 1 2 a star is that it was a little slow at times, a little too focused on things like making dinner or going to bed, not enough romance But, when the romance got going, it was great At times the married to her sister thing was a little creepy especially because he did apparently love her sister , but overall I liked all the emotional angst.


  7. Lede Lede says:

    If you want a husband to love, as Minerva declares, you can t be hankering after your one year dead sisters husband A sister who you allegedly loved and cared about Minerva falls instantly in love with the husband and becomes jealous of her dead sister, needless to say I could not stand Minerva She only knows the man a few days, but is prepared to destroy what could be vital proof of why Stella killed herself Because it might reveal something she doesn t want to know about Nick.This book sho If you want a husband to love, as Minerva declares, you can t be hankering after your one year dead sisters husband A sister who you allegedly loved and cared about Minerva falls instantly in love with the husband and becomes jealous of her dead sister, needless to say I could not stand Minerva She only knows the man a few days, but is prepared to destroy what could be vital proof of why Stella killed herself Because it might reveal something she doesn t want to know about Nick.This book should of been about Stella and Nick, but you can t have a heroine like that, so she had to be killed offsad


  8. Martha Martha says:

    This is an older Harlequin Presents January 1995 Much of the story involves around finding out why Stella, the sister of Minerva the heroine and the wife of Nick the hero , killed herself a year ago And then, of course, there is the relationship that begins to develop between Minerva and Nick Nick is one of those flawed heroes that I usually like his flaws made him very sympathetic to me, but for some reason I didn t really like him all that much Minerva is strong but with an underlyin This is an older Harlequin Presents January 1995 Much of the story involves around finding out why Stella, the sister of Minerva the heroine and the wife of Nick the hero , killed herself a year ago And then, of course, there is the relationship that begins to develop between Minerva and Nick Nick is one of those flawed heroes that I usually like his flaws made him very sympathetic to me, but for some reason I didn t really like him all that much Minerva is strong but with an underlying insecurity I did like her well enough The ending was satisfying I did enjoy reading this book, but it s not necessarily one for my keeper shelf


  9. Annarose Annarose says:

    Minerva is a cook who was away when her stepsister fell in love and got married to Nick Peveril so She didn t get the chance to be acquainted with him Unfortunately, when she came back, her stepsister had already committed suicide and Minerva had the urge to know the circumstances behind her death which led her to visit Nick, and from this point the novel starts.I guess it was okay as a harlequin novel, but a little bit extreme at times.


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