The Midnight Bargain is the story of a young woman determined to become a magician despite the custom around the world of collaring women when they marry so that during their child-bearing years they don’t produce soulless children, a real risk, but all the burden is born by the women. No one asks the men to forego magic.

It’s the time of year when young women are paraded at debutante balls to attract a suitable husband. In many ways, it feels like a regency romance, but with magic. And yes, there is romance, a good suitor and a bad one. A woman who seems a foe but maybe she should be a friend as they both have such similar desires. But if only one of them can achieve her ambition, who will it be?

I struggled to finish The Midnight Bargain and am not intrigued enough to pursue the forthcoming sequels. It’s as though the first two chapters set the story in place and there was no chance for it to off the rails into something other than something by Georgette Heyer with magic. Not that there’s anything wrong with Georgette Heyer but nothing unexpected happens. And nothing unexpected happened in The Midnight Bargain.

I received an e-galley of The Midnight Bargain from the publisher through Edelweiss.