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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.)
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"A steamy, satisfying romantic romp ... romance writing does not get much better than this."
"Sheer reading delight: witty, wise, and passionately romantic."
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I read Potent Pleasures and just loved it and couldn't wait to get my hands on the others in this series. This one was a huge dissappoint. Read morePublished on Jan. 20 2004
... First of all it was steamy because it was well written. No stuttering scenes where you think "who ever says that!!" Totally believable and emotional characterization. Read morePublished on Aug. 5 2003
This novel wouldn't be too bad, but there are absolutely no sex scenes. Now, don't get me wrong. I'm not looking for erotica because that kind of novel is just trash to me (e.g. Read morePublished on Oct. 3 2002
This is the second in the series by Eloisa James and just as good as the first. This story picks up with Sophie and hunt for a man she can trust. Read morePublished on June 6 2002 by TSchlaack
If you love the lighthearted social whirl of Regency England, you *must* read this book. Ms. James' story is delightfully irresistible, down to the last page. Read morePublished on Dec 18 2001 by Madelyn Alt
MIDNIGHT PLEASURES is a good read, nothing extraordinary. I loved both Sophia and Patrick, but the author gave them issues which had inconsistencies in both action and thought,... Read morePublished on Nov. 4 2001 by Mary Allen
Wow! I really loved these books -- there are three in the series and they are excellent. Eloisa James is a professor of English literature and clearly knows her stuff. Read morePublished on Oct. 10 2001 by Liza Lee Miller
Good book to read over and over again. i could not put it down.wonderful plot line. very good descriptions. they form a picture in your head of what is happening.Published on Aug. 21 2001
This was a very good, lite read. I didn't expect too much from it, but it was more than I expected considering all that was written about of her first book. Read morePublished on May 21 2001