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Midnight Pleasures [Mass Market Paperback]

Eloisa James
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May 8 2001 The Pleasures Trilogy
In the night, all rules are forgotten....

Eloisa James, the acclaimed author of Potent Pleasures, returns to Regency England with an unforgettable new heroine — a genteel but naughty innocent who gets more than she bargains for when she finally says yes to love.

To her legions of adoring suitors, it comes as quite a shock when Lady Sophie York rejects an offer of marriage from the dashing, rakish Patrick Foakes in favor of amiable but dull Braddon Chatwin. He may be an earl, but it is Patrick's stolen kisses that sear her lips.

When Patrick, in disguise, scales a ladder to retrieve his friend's fiancée, he never expects the elopement to be his own. Neither does Sophie, Braddon, or the rest of the tattling ton. One hasty wedding later, the passionate innocent and the sophisticated rogue play out their own intricate dance as Sophie masters what it takes to keep a man where he belongs. And Patrick learns the ultimate lesson in love.

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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."
Publishers Weekly

"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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3.0 out of 5 stars Just Okay Jan. 20 2004
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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. The characters are completely ridiculos and YES, there are hardly any steamy scenes in this! The next in the series is much better as are the rest of her later books. I think she was getting her barings with this one and really missed a step. Honestly, this was just okay. Skip it and read everything esle of hers.
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By Thea
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars steamy enough for me!! Aug. 5 2003
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... 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. If you like a novel where you enter the minds and hearts of the characters then this one is absolutely amazing. So many authors today just sprinkle in the sex (Susan Johnson) with really [boring] story lines but here's one where the love making is just that. Gorgeous story. meaningful and well done
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2.0 out of 5 stars Tepid Oct. 3 2002
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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., Emma Holly novels). However, I do admit that I like romance novels that have beautifully written and, yes, steamy sex/love scenes (e.g., Gaelen Foley's novels). This is the first full-length romance novel I've ever read that has NO detailed sex scenes. The hero and heroine start kissing and then the author merely alludes to the fact that they've had sex and moves on with the story. So, I'm not saying this is a bad read, but for those of us who do like a love story that has steamy sex scenes, this isn't for you. This might be the type of romance novel that you'd give to your 80 year old maiden aunt.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The second in the series is a winner June 6 2002
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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. The one she thinks she can trust may not be the one that is ment for her.
With this book just as with all of Mrs. James other novels you need to set aside some time to be able to read it all in one setting. It gets to hard to put them down. You want to see if Sophie gets what she really needs and desires....
Well written sensual book with a bit of light hearted fun along with a tragedy that brings them together.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful, frothy, romp of a book! Dec 19 2001
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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. If you can only buy one book, make it this one! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
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4.0 out of 5 stars PLEASANT AND ENTERTAINING Nov. 4 2001
Format:Hardcover
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, forcing many of their actions to appear unbelievable.
Good array of supporting characters.
Don't know how the title played into the story. It led the reader to believe there would be more eroticism.
I would recommend this book to others, but would let them know that while it's good, it's not really memorable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A new favorite author! Oct. 11 2001
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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. Her writing is delightful. She bases her stories on history -- loosely! She creates a complicated but delightful tale. The three books are interwoven with characters that you come to care about quickly. Hope she's working on #4!
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