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  • Mass Market Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Island Books (May 8 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440234573
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440234579
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.5 x 17.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 281 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #424,815 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The daughter of the marquis of Brandenburg, Lady Sophie York is a beguiling and flirtatious innocent. One of the most marriageable young women in Regency London, she's also secretly brainy. Yet she finds herself in love with a man she is dead set against loving: Patrick Foakes, a handsome rake. Sophie has determined never to marry, since her father is a notorious philanderer who constantly humiliates Sophie's mother with his flagrant pursuit of Frenchwomen. Sure that Patrick will always be a libertine, she turns him down when he asks for her hand. She then accepts the proposal of his stodgy friend, Lord Slaslow. Patrick is stunnedAa little relieved, but mostly stung: the proud lothario has fallen for Sophie. After Patrick adopts a disguise as a favor to Lord Saslow, the fiery pair are thrown together. They find they can't resist each other, so they bed and marry. But each has separate, unspoken fearsAshe of his assumed infidelity, he of her early death from childbirthAthat puts them at cross-purposes, until tragedy strikes. James (Potent Pleasures) proves herself a notable chronicler of the genre here. Her spritely tale takes on substance with a subplot about events in the Ottoman Empire. In addition, while the customary hallmarks are in evidenceAthe breathless, drawn-out sex scenes; the misunderstandings that almost ruin everythingAthese contretemps flow naturally from the characterizations and plot, and contribute to an engaging story. (Aug.)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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"A steamy, satisfying romantic romp ... romance writing does not get much better than this."
People

"Sheer reading delight: witty, wise, and passionately romantic."
— Mary Balogh, author of More Than a Mistress


Don't miss Eloisa James's acclaimed novel:

Potent Pleasures

"Unexpected twists...surprises all around."
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"Utterly frivolous."
USA Today

Available from Dell

And look for Eloisa James's new hardcover:

Enchanting Pleasures

Available in June 2001 from Delacorte Press

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I have to agree with several other reviewers that said that this book was not as good as "Potent Pleasures". I loved "Potent Pleasures",and was really looking forward to read this book, since Eloisa James books are usually very enjoyable. The problem with this book is that most of the misunderstandings between Patrick and Sophie are just stupid.
An example is that Patrick hears Sophie breaking up her engagement with Slaslow (or so she thought), he hears her saying that she doesn't feel anything for Slaslow, and that she doesn't want to marry him, however, later in the book he is consumed with jealousy thinking that Sophie is in love with Slaslow, and that if it weren't for his interference she would be happily married to him. That doesn't make any sense. On the other hand, why did Sophie hide from him the true nature of her outings with Slaslow? I don't think any husband would be happy allowing his wife to go out with another man every week without at least an explanation. This is a perfect example of doing good deeds and making them look bad.
Another thing, when Sophie gets pregnant she refuses to be intimate with Patrick, (for no good reason that I can think of), then she complains that he doesn't seek her out, and thinks that he is with his mistress. Although, I have to admit it, he acts really weird too, what the hell is he doing walking the streets all night? Are we supossed to believe this? This behavior is quite unbelievable.
The beginning of the book was very good, towards the end it gets on track again, but in between, the book is full of such nonsensical stuff that sometimes I found myself rolling my eyes in exasperation. This book really could have used a little more work on the plot.
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I am picky about my Regencies and historicals, although I forgive more errors in the latter. The book was a pleasant read for a summer evening, but no more than that. While there was nothing seriously wrong with either the hero and heroine (in terms of liking them), I could not get involved with either of them. And yes, I have liked flawed heroes, even with misgivings. The irrational behavior of the hero has been discussed by others. I found his refusal to share his fears with his wife hard to take, even though I was aware that Sophie certainly knew about the childhood trauma he had undergone.
The worst problems I have with Eloisa James's books are 1) her total lack of knowledge about the peerage and how it functions (or for that matter, how the British government chooses diplomatic representatives in the Regency period), and 2) her so-so endings. I won't go into details in the first, because those who know about this kind of stuff would find the book (especially the first few chapters) frustrating. I nearly threw the book down, and picked it up again only because I was intrigued by a linguist heroine.
Most readers don't care about such details, but rather about the drama or lack thereof in the story. Here, I am sorry to say that the book did let me down. There were many fine threads woven into the story, but they all seemed to unravel. For example, the tension between the local Welsh and the English; the presence of French deserters in the country; the discovery of a mysterious young French nobleman; the revelation of the identity of another young woman; and so forth. I would have liked to see those threads tied together, but none of these seemed relevant. Even the Ottoman theme was ho-hum, in that it did not really serve any purpose in the plot, apart from allowing the heroine to display her language skills (so what?).
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I liked Potent Pleasures, but I was even more eager to read Midnight Pleasures to find out the fate of Lady Sophia.... I was not disappointed when I finally bought the book. I finished the reading in a day... I simply could not put it off, altho I have an exam coming up soon....
One thing that sets the story apart from other romances is that...I found the story believable. It wasn't just sweet romantic mush... the poignant emotional portrayal of the two leads were well developed, and I found myself laughing and crying along with the characters.
The author, Ms James, is not afraid to paint flaws in her characters. Patrick, the hero has a ferocious temper... Sophia is the cool as cucumber lady who suffers insecurities abt her marriage, even tho on the outside... she's every bit the beautiful, self-assured lady of the ton. I find it all the more wonderful that Ms James applied consistency to her character, from Potent Pleasures, her first book.
Topics like miscarriage, the pain and aftermath, the healing... is touched on, lending depth to the story.
I'm eagerly awaiting Enchanting Pleasures, Ms James's 3rd book.
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Another Regency A#1 story. The hero, Patrick Foakes, and heroine, Lady Sophie York, were first introduced in the previous book, Potent Pleasures. It is not necessary to read the previous book to enjoy this one. Sophie has declined numerous offers of marriage and has settled on a rather dull, stodgy man - Braddon Chatwin - who makes no secret of the fact that he intends to keep a mistress and only marry for convenience. Sophie knows this and in order to keep her heart whole, convinces herself that this is what she wants even though she is thoroughly smitten with Patrick. Patrick is a rake of the first order. Patrick decides to help his friend (the dull suitor) elope with Sophie, but Patrick compromises her and Sophie and Patrick must be married. The story revolves around many misunderstandings by Sophie and Patrick and the subplot of Braddon and his would-be mistress is fun. Sophie is entangled in Braddon's affairs witrh his mistress and Patrick believes that Sophie really loves Braddon. When Patrick stays out all night and ignores Sophie, she believes him to have a beautiful black-haired mistress with whom he has been seen in town. Fast moving and delightful.
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