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Seduced at Midnight The premise of Seduced at Midnight was good I was really looking forward to reading a bodyguard protector kind of romance, but the plot itself didn t deliver what I was hoping for Now, I know I shouldn t judge a book for not being what I wanted it to be, but the problem lay on the fact that the build up happened too quickly, and the elements revolving around it didn t have enough support to actually make it believeable view spoiler Julianne and Gideon met two months prior ro the story while The premise of Seduced at Midnight was good I was really looking forward to reading a bodyguard protector kind of romance, but the plot itself didn t deliver what I was hoping for Now, I know I shouldn t judge a book for not being what I wanted it to be, but the problem lay on the fact that the build up happened too quickly, and the elements revolving around it didn t have enough support to actually make it believeable view spoiler Julianne and Gideon met two months prior ro the story while he was investigating a crime, and they both secretly develop a strong infauation for one another They obviously don t act upon it because she is the daughter of an Earl and he is a Bow Street Runner, so they don t interact or get to know each other Then, at a ball, she follows him into the garden, where they end up kissing passionately, and then makes up this pretense about a ghost in her house because she doesn t want him to know she came outside looking for him Obviously, as a perfect timing, when he comes to her house to look into the matter, she has now been genuinely threatened by someone This all felt very silly and unrealistic to me Why not have her being accosted or stalked beforehand and then bring him into the picture Why include all that nonsense Why have them kiss so passionately before the story has even begun hide spoiler After that, it all seemed too repetitive and, given the fact that the whole story takes place in the space of about a week, that became annoying The writing was okay, it seemed to flow well enough for me, but there were some irritating habits I gor tired of For example, the phrase Has anyone every told you that you re It became sort of like a little game between the H and h, but it was used so frequently that what at the beginning seemed slightly amusing and cute, by the end turned out to be very annoying and stupid Also, the extremely frequent use of Bloody hell at the beginning of the Hero s musings Now and then it s perfectly fine, it can add a bit of drama or whatever to what he s thinking, but at one point it seemed like the Hero couldn t think about anything without adding Bloody hell first There s a Spanish work for these kinds of frequent repetitions of words and phrases It s called muletillas There might be an English translation, but I ve never heard it before We all have them, we all use them, but as an author you need to be careful of these details It can be very tiring for a reader, and this author has many of them The mystery subplot had me guessing for a while, but there weren t any big surprises there either The secondary charecters were interesing enough I wouldn t mind reading Emily and Logan s story later on although Emily was my least favourite of Julianne s friends, but I quite liked Logan the rish American Sara was a good and loyal friend, I quite liked her, so her book might be nice to read As for her husband though, I couldn t tell him apart from the other friend s Carolyn s I think husband They both reminded me of those little fat twins from Alice in Wonderland They were basically the same character Whatever one said, the other just agreed on So, I m not really sure how interesting they d be as Heros To sum up, the story wasn t bad, it just didn t hold that much excitement for me I read through the whole thing with the same dull expression on my face My heart didn t speed up at any moment, my eyes didn t fill up with any tears, I didn t sigh or even roll my eyes, and I like having my emotions played with while reading a book That s what I read books for I like to laugh and cry, sigh and gasp I like to feel myself what the characters are feeling, and I just wasn t feeling it The ending was sweet though, view spoiler and I liked the fact that she gave up her wealth and station in life to be with him I obviously knew they were going to end up together, but an author would usually make up an inheritance or a title or whatever so they can be together and also be wealthy and rich In this case, however, she just became the simple wife of a Bow Street Runner, and I found that refreshing hide spoiler Reviewed for THC ReviewsThus far all of the books in Jacquie D Alessandro s Mayhem in Mayfair series have been delightful reads, and Seduced at Midnight, the third installment is no exception The series centers around four friends who ve formed a book club, whose reads tend to inspire and or parallel other events in the story In this one the ladies are reading a fictional, salacious, ghost story titled The Ghost of Devonshire Manor in which a lady falls in love with her ghostly lover It makes Reviewed for THC ReviewsThus far all of the books in Jacquie D Alessandro s Mayhem in Mayfair series have been delightful reads, and Seduced at Midnight, the third installment is no exception The series centers around four friends who ve formed a book club, whose reads tend to inspire and or parallel other events in the story In this one the ladies are reading a fictional, salacious, ghost story titled The Ghost of Devonshire Manor in which a lady falls in love with her ghostly lover It makes our heroine, Julianne, long for a love like what is depicted in the book, while at the same time, a mystery plays out in which ladies of the ton are being robbed and murdered by someone the papers are calling a ghost That s because no one knows how the culprit is gaining entry to the houses and he doesn t really leave any evidence behind Julianne has a crush on Bow Street Runner, Gideon Mayne, whom she met two months before when he interviewed her about another crime that happened in the previous book, so she uses the ghostly murderer to engineer a story that she hopes will keep him close to her But soon she finds that she s become a target of the real ghost It all made for a very fun, deeply romantic, emotional, and sexy read.As the daughter of an earl, Julianne, like most aristocratic women, is expected to marry a man of her father s choosing However, her father is an exacting man who has no care whatsoever for her feelings or wishes, and her mother is no better She s like a bird in a gilded cage, who has everything she could ever want from a material perspective, but nothing that she truly needs What Julianne longs for is someone to genuinely see her and accept her for who she really is And she wants a man who will love her like her two good friends husbands love them, not just someone who s looking to make an advantageous match Thus far all of the men who ve come courting have left Julianne cold, but not so of Gideon Mayne He s starred in her romantic fantasies ever since she met him two months ago, and she d dearly love to get to know him better But even after her father hires Gideon to be her bodyguard and she seems to be getting part of her wish, she knows that a real match between them is all but impossible, because he s so far beneath her station Most people see Julianne as a shy, aloof young woman, but inside she s very passionate about a lot of things books, music, her dog, and especially Gideon She longs for adventure, and I love how she takes chances with her heart and unselfishly gives all of herself to the man she loves Not only do we share a name, but Julianne and I share a lot of personality traits, so I related to her extremely well.Gideon has been equally enad of Julianne ever since meeting her, but he knows he can t entertain thoughts of being with her However, when Julianne finds him alone in the garden at a party while he s investigating the ghost, she proves a temptation he can t resist, but after sharing a steamy kiss, he knows he must put her out of his mind Not only is a Bow Street Runner marrying a lady of the ton simply unheard of, but his background growing up with a father who was a thief makes him an evenunpalatable match Despite that, all of his good intention go up in flames when Julianne tells him she heard ghostly noises which takes his investigation to her home From there, actual threats are made against her, prompting her father to hire him to keep her safe The close proximity wreaks havoc on his self control, especially after Gideon starts really getting to know Julianne and finds that she s anything but the spoiled, pampered princess he originally thought she was Gideon is a good and honorable man, who always tries to do the right thing I love how he sees the real Julianne and genuinely appreciates her And I also love how protective he is of her, even to the point of verbally defending her against her parents and wanting to doHe totally loses his heart to her, which makes the knowledge that he can never actually be with her all thepainful Seduced at Midnight has a number of secondary characters to round out the cast From Sleepless at Midnight, we have Sarah and Matthew Because of her feminist sensibilities, Sarah proves the most compassionate of Julianne s friends when they discover that she has feelings for Gideon, while her husband plays a minor role in helping Gideon with a few things Then there s Daniel and Carolyn from Confessions at Midnight Daniel s role is similar to Matthew s while Carolyn, at first, isn t entirely supportive of Julianne and Gideon but eventually comes around Emily, the last of the four friends, is pretty appalled when she discovers her friend has fallen for a commoner She actually comes off as a bit shallow, but at the same time, she seems to protest a bit too much about Logan, the handsome American businessman who also provides Gideon with some assistance and whom she s paired with in the final book, Tempted at Midnight In the epilogue of this book, they re seen in the aftermath of what appears to have been a steamy kiss, which is chronicled in the bonus short story, When Emily Kissed Logan I ll be very interested to see if Emily lightens up and how these two resolve their differences There are also lords aplenty vying for Julianne s hand in marriage, and most of whom eventually fall under suspicion as the perpetrator of the crimes Finally, we have the two most adorable characters of all, Gideon s dog, Ceasar, and Julianne s dog, Princess Buttercup I ve certainly read a number of romance novels with romances for supporting characters, but I m pretty sure this is the first time I ve read one in which the romance was of the canine variety, which was just too cute for words Seduced at Midnight was simply a wonderful read all the way around I loved both Gideon and Julianne and related to them both Their romance is emotional and heartfelt, and I appreciated that the author didn t offer easy solutions to them getting their HEA The secondary characters are equally as wonderful and I loved getting updates on our past couples and a glimpse of what things might be like for our final couple The mystery was perhaps a bit predictable, but it didn t detract from the fun of getting to the reveal Not to mention, there s some delicious steam, with a couple of the hottest, not quite all the way love scenes I ve had the pleasure of reading I enjoyed every minute I spent on this book, and very much look forward to the final volume to see if it makes the series a clean sweep of perfection The Ladies Literary Society Of London Gathers Again For A Ghost Story In This Sexy Tale Starring A Beautiful Lady And The Rugged Hero She S Determined To Make Her OwnLady Julianne Bradley Has Always Longed To Indulge In A Wild Adventure Unfortunately, The Man With Whom She Wishes To Share Her Fervor Can Never Be Hers Tormented By Her Desire, She S Preparing To Succumb To A Suitable Marriage When Ghostly Occurrences Straight Out Of Her Latest Read Start Happening And To Protect Julianne, Her Father Hires The Very Man Her Heart Cries Out ForBow Street Runner Gideon Mayne Is Determined To Resist His New Charge A Spoiled, Pampered Princess Whose Unequalled Beauty Admittedly Sets His Body Ablaze With Desire Especially Once He Realizes That Everything He Assumed About Julianne Is Utterly Wrong For Beneath Her Aloof Demeanor Lies A Passionate Woman Determined To Provoke His Raw Hunger But Now That She S Decided To Play With Fire, Who Will Keep Her Safefrom Him This one was FILLLLLLLLLLED with sexual tension WOW at first I felt like it was a bit hard to get through a lot of internal conflict and they didn t seem to have a connection but once you saw them on a daily basis you just knew that it was going to steam for a while. After the first two books in the series which I adored this was a bit of a let down for me It has practically ALL the thinks I hate in a HR ridiculous murderous villain, horrible parents no one stands up to, a heroine complaining about everyone thinking of her she s shallow who does nothing to convince me otherwise she even has a rat, sorry, dog, called Princess Buttercup which she dresses up in little outfits to match hers , a last minute kidnapping , and the fact that I finished t After the first two books in the series which I adored this was a bit of a let down for me It has practically ALL the thinks I hate in a HR ridiculous murderous villain, horrible parents no one stands up to, a heroine complaining about everyone thinking of her she s shallow who does nothing to convince me otherwise she even has a rat, sorry, dog, called Princess Buttercup which she dresses up in little outfits to match hers , a last minute kidnapping , and the fact that I finished this just goes to show how good this author is.But in the end, there was just too much angst ridden internal dialogue for me, and given the severity of the issue the hero and heroine were facing she s a Lady and he a Bow Street Runner , there were practically no real obstacles in there way Her friends were all happy that she fell in love, and we never learn what her parents think about their view spoiler elopement and impromptu wedding hide spoiler I guess I just needif I m supposed to become invested in their he she is way out of my reach dilemma Some real obstacles to overcome, not just a smooth way to the inevitable happily ever after I guess the whole class difference trope just didn t really work for me, which is a shame, because I really enjoyed the first two books in this series which were lighter and wittier, even if they also featured a murderer , and I am looking forward to the next book Lady Julianne Bradley s dream is to marry for love, but her cold hearted parents are going to marry her off to the Duke of Eastling, who will take her to his estate in cornwall and leave her there When thinking of her imaginary love, Julianne always pictures Bow Street Runner Gideon Mayne who she met 2 months earlier during a murder enquiry Gideon also has feelings for Julianne but knows he is far beneath her His face is what Julianne sees when she reads the latest novel from her book club, t Lady Julianne Bradley s dream is to marry for love, but her cold hearted parents are going to marry her off to the Duke of Eastling, who will take her to his estate in cornwall and leave her there When thinking of her imaginary love, Julianne always pictures Bow Street Runner Gideon Mayne who she met 2 months earlier during a murder enquiry Gideon also has feelings for Julianne but knows he is far beneath her His face is what Julianne sees when she reads the latest novel from her book club, the Ladies Literary Society of London do not read boring, acceptable books The books they read are very sexually explicit and they are now reading The Ghost of Devonshire Manor All of london are talking of The Ghost Thief who is robbing and murdering titled women While at a ball Julianne follows Gideon to the garden, too embarressed to tell him why she pursued him, she lies and says that she heard the Ghost thief in her house Her father hires Gideon to protect her, now poor Gideon has to watch the woman he wants day and night and never have her, but it soon appears that Julianne really is in danger.Full of sexual tension and I know some reviewers have issue with Gideon being coarse but I didn,t after all he is an ordinary bloke and not supposed to be refined Great sex scenes and a lovely romance plus cameos from the characters from the previous books Nothing exciting about this book With all the murders that happened in this book and in previous books it s surprising that any Lords or Ladies are even left. This was so bloody good I love this series so much Can t wait to start on the next. I ve really enjoyed this series In the previous books, we got glimpses of a potential attraction between Lady Julianne and the Bow Street Runner Gideon Mayne That attraction is fully explored here and pulls out all the stops for a forbidden love theme While not as angsty as Lisa Kleypas Again the Magic, this story still packed a punch and you could feel the desperation and longing on every page.Lady Julianne is the daughter of a heartless Earl and equally heartless Countess She has all of t I ve really enjoyed this series In the previous books, we got glimpses of a potential attraction between Lady Julianne and the Bow Street Runner Gideon Mayne That attraction is fully explored here and pulls out all the stops for a forbidden love theme While not as angsty as Lisa Kleypas Again the Magic, this story still packed a punch and you could feel the desperation and longing on every page.Lady Julianne is the daughter of a heartless Earl and equally heartless Countess She has all of the creature comforts she could ask for, but has no meaningful connections with anyone except her friends Emily, Carolyen, and Sarah heroines of the other books in this series Her parents are in the process of setting up a betrothal for her that will bring them the most money and connections with no consideration at all for Julianne herself While I know this was common in these times, the way the Earl and Countess go about it is really despicable When someone begins murdering and stealing from wealthy members of the ton, Julianne s parents hire a Bow Street Runner to make sure Julianne stays alive in time for her to get married Gideon Mayne has been drawn to Lady Julianne since the first time he laid eyes on her When he is hired by her parents, it brings him into close proximity to a woman he can never have Julianne does not fight their attraction and makes it impossible for Gideon to keep his distance The two know that society is against them, but are drawn together so strongly they can t help themselves.Jacques D Alessandro is a nice storyteller She fleshes out delightful characters and captures feelings of friendship, lust, and love beautifully In this story, there was almost an excess of inner dialogue which served to ratchet up the angst, but this didn t last the entire book D Alessandro also weaves in a mystery and drops in clues throughout the story I had my suspicions but did not have it all figured out when everything was revealed I liked that this story had a focus on Julianne s friendship with Carolyn, Sarah, and Emily, as well as her romance with Gideon, and finally the mystery of the ghost murderer and thief There was enough action and angst to keep things interesting, but not so much that I was overwhelmed or confused The story was balanced, romantic, and a tiny bit bittersweet.This was not quite five stars because of the almost repetitive inner dialogue at the beginning of the story and because I felt that the ending left some issues unresolved However, I still enjoyed it and considered it a good read I m going to check out the next book and see if some of the threads from this story are mentioned there.For those who enjoy forbidden love stories, I recommend this one This is the third in the series but could be read standalonealthough I ve found this series to be sweet and worth reading in its entirety Jacquie D Alessandro latest regency romance is Seduced at Midnight This is book three in her Mayhem in Mayfair series about a group of spunky heroines who form a socially acceptable literary society yet read books that wouldn t be on any socially acceptable list in the ton These feisty gals find their heroes in the course of the books I ve been a fan of D Alessandro since I read Red Roses Mean Love in 1999 Her books are like a bag of popcorn, not too serious, lots of fun, and yet you d Jacquie D Alessandro latest regency romance is Seduced at Midnight This is book three in her Mayhem in Mayfair series about a group of spunky heroines who form a socially acceptable literary society yet read books that wouldn t be on any socially acceptable list in the ton These feisty gals find their heroes in the course of the books I ve been a fan of D Alessandro since I read Red Roses Mean Love in 1999 Her books are like a bag of popcorn, not too serious, lots of fun, and yet you don t feel heavy when you re done.Lady Julianne is the daughter of socially conscious parents Her mother is cold and distant, and her father never passes up the opportunity to remind her of her worthlessness as a female, other than marrying well of course Now it appears her minimal freedom is almost over as her father is interviewing suitors to choose the best read richest and highest ranking match Poor Julianne can only dream of adventure now, right At least until a robber murderer puts her in his sights and her father hires the totally unsuitable, yet man of Julianne s dreams, Gideon.Gideon came from nothing, yet has become one of the best Bow Street Runners His reputation is what gets him hired by Julianne s father to protect her Too bad for Gideon since she s the only woman he s never been able to get out of his head And thetime they spend together, the worse it isbecause his attraction and appreciation for her keep growing But he s a Mister, not a Lord, and that makes him totally inappropriate for Lady Julianne.I enjoyed reading this book I figured out fairly early who the bad guy was, but that didn t bug me at all as I just concentrated on the growth of the relationship between Julianne and Gideon And yes, the sequence of events that lead to their happy ending are pretty improbably, but once againI was just having too much fun reading the rest of the story to worry about that I don t let the occasional burned or unpopped piece of popcorn spoil my enjoyment of the rest of the bowl

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