Midnight Pleasures Mass Market Paperback – May 8 2001
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From Publishers Weekly
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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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.Read more ›
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?).
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.
Most recent customer reviews
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