This is a better than average historical romance with plenty of hot sex and likeable characters, but somehow the story seemed trite. The plot was nothing new by any means, and lacked depth, and yet I do recommend this book. I'm not much on historicals, other than Lisa Kleypas, however this one, although not nearly as engaging as a Kleypas novel, was quite entertaining.
This is the first time that I have read this author. I loved the book. I will be reading more from her. I liked that the book looks to be series and you did not need to read the books in order. This book has a lot of twist in it.
Fast moving story with likable characters. They're burdened with baggage from their pasts, of course, but not jaded or cruel ... thoroughly likable! I'm looking forward to the next installment and hope it will feature "that Colonial" Jennsen.
This is the second in the Mayhem in Mayfair series, but can be read alone. I actually thought this book was better than the first book, featuring the heroine's sister. I found it refreshing that Carolyn, a widow, had actually had a loving marriage. Usually the hero or heroine has sworn off love because of an awful marriage or relationship. The intrigue was a little annoying however, and I didn't think it really added a lot to the story. Although, I will admit, I was surprised at the identity of the murderer. Nothing too original here, but a good, solid read.
Regency period. Romantic hero who has harbored love for the heroine from afar for many years. Tension builds between the two as they come to know each other then finally love develops as heroines life becomes threatened.
Good dialog makes it an easy read with good development between h/h's characters. The ending was a bit abrupt for my taste but as I understand the author is planning to connect her characters in future stories and is holding off on an epilogue until later.
Good read - recommended.
Great book! Loved the characters. The mystery was not immediately obvious
Witty and funny. Can't wait to read the others!
Very good romance with a touch of mystery & danger.
Loved the story and the wonderful characters. It moved along really fast, keeping you interest and hoping for the best. Great tension between the main characters. A good read.
~ Not trying to be unique here ... but unlike almost everyone else (and to my surprise), I did not like this book (2 stars) ~
I'm obviously in the minority, but I disliked this book. Normally I'm a fan of Jacquie D'Alessandro's novels, but I found this one and NEVER A LADY pretty horrible. It took me 11 days to read this book (the *longest* - by many days! - it has ever taken me to read a historical romance) and I literally had to force myself to finish it so I could just write my review and put it away. The frequent appearance of the three other heroines and heroes from the Mayfair Series was nice and I'm looking forward to reading Books 2 and 3 - and hopefully enjoying them more than this one! Random detail: Carolyn is 32 years old and Daniel is 33.
"MAYHEM IN MAYFAIR" SERIES:
(Book 1) SLEEPLESS AT MIDNIGHT - Miss Sarah Moorehouse and Matthew Devenport, Marquess Langston [***1/2, reviewed]
(Book 2) CONFESSIONS AT MIDNIGHT - Carolyn Turner, Viscountess Wingate (Sarah's older sister) and Daniel Sutton, Lord Surbrooke [**]
(Book 3) SEDUCED AT MIDNIGHT - Lady Julianne Bradley and Gideon Mayne
(Book 4) TEMPTED AT MIDNIGHT - Lady Emily Stapleford and Logan Jennsen
D'Alessandro is skilled at writing steamy scenes and great sexual tension, however it is usually all the more enjoyable to read because there is such a strong non-physical relationship that is developing at the same time, or has already developed, between the two main characters ... and I just did not feel that here! There was no witty or tongue-in-cheek dialogue, no humorous or particularly memorable encounters, and the emotional/intellectual connection was, I'm sorry to say, almost *completely* absent for me.
Daniel has lusted after Carolyn for ten years ever since he saw her for the first time on the eve of her engagement to Edward - now I have problems with the "love/lust-at-first-sight" premises, but let's put that aside since that encounter is not the core of the book ... what is the core of the book is basically them just lusting after one another and talking about an every-level connection of which I saw no actual evidence and could not really believe in (ex: they love talking with each other ... yet we read few/any actually meaningful previous conversations upon which they can base this feeling, and so on).
Regarding Carolyn's desiring Daniel: the progression of her feelings (or lusting) for him felt choppy to me because she goes from feeling ashamed and guilty for wanting him to being quite forward in their first sexual encounter: she decides to surprise him, have him shown into her private sitting room, and then comes in wearing just a negligee (with the whole open-mouth-jaw-dropping going on for Daniel and etc. - you think she's beautiful: we get it, move on already!). It was quite a leap forward and one that left me floundering when trying to connect with her character). Oh - and Daniel *repeatedly* going on about how the sight of her hand on his arm (and her hand in his / her knee near his / etc.) moved him so much one thought he wanted to tattoo the image on his forehead ... yeah, was too excessive for me.
CAROLYN'S PREVIOUS MARRIAGE:
I'm ashamed to admit that I don't usually like it when a hero or heroine was strongly in love before (and still has feelings for the person or it didn't end badly and they have fond memories) - horrible, I know!! However, if you're like me and want to know the details about Carolyn's previous marriage: she was married to Edward for ten years; they were very happy and she was heartbroken over his death; one gets the sense that her relationship with Daniel is more passionate than the one she had with Edward, so she is a little surprised by this aspect of his whole "I-can't-get-enough-of-you" reaction to her (but she likes it).
Although Carolyn really did love Edward, this was actually a part of the book that (surprisingly) didn't bother me and I thought D'Alessandro dealt with it really well: when Carolyn first starts to realize she's attracted to Daniel, she feels understandably guilty, conflicted, and confused, however she doesn't spend the whole book that way and realizes (not two pages after moping, but a reasonable amount of time into the book) that being with another person or loving another man won't diminish what she had with Edward, that he would want her to happy, and that she didn't die along with him. It was all very sensitively and realistically written and I think worked really well.
Skip CONFESSIONS AT MIDNIGHT - it being part of a series still doesn't warrant even taking it out of the library IMHO (which, I know, obviously *many* people disagree with! LOL) - and instead read THE BRIDE THIEF or RED ROSES MEAN LOVE - two of my favorite D'Alessandro romances and favorite overall historicals also.