Holly's demon series mixes contemporary themes with a historical background that exudes eroticism in all its magnificence and glory. Don't miss this one... Lucius is one sexy beast. ;)
Hmmmm-set in Regency England, so it's a historical romance, but with vampires (or upyrs, a very imaginative reframing on Holly's part) who can shape shift into wolves. I bought this only to post it onto my pbs bookshelf, because I know there are a lot of fans of paranormal romance out there, but of course I read it first, and I enjoyed it. Well written, with a dry wit and 3 dimensional characters, but a little "too much information" for me in some of the sex scenes, this turned out to be a very pleasant surprise. Emma Holly has quite an imagination and can employ the right words to make you see her mental creation. You go, girl!
I went into this book thinking it took place before
the events of Catching Midnight
and Hunting Midnight
, but that is not the case. I guess I got that impression from something I read at Amazon, plus the fact that the events of this book take place in 1813. But referring back to the journal page for Catching Midnight
, I see that one actually took place in 1349. But in any case, this book could very easily have stood alone. Some of the characters from the others were mentioned briefly and towards the end an appearance is made by Aimery and Gillian, but there's nothing in this book that requires that you've read the others first.
That said, I did like finding out more about Lucius after seeing him as sort of a stand-alone kind of upyr throughout the other books. He doesn't seem to have much feeling or emotion left to him, being the oldest living upyr, and so it's nice to finally see him happy and embracing life.
I appreciate that Holly doesn't censor her sex scenes. Granted, this isn't one of her Black Lace books, but she doesn't really hold back and use flowery terms when talking about sex, and in these Upyr books, particularly this one, she's not afraid to let her passion for erotic writing come through. :)
Wow--very steamy! Not my usual type of book but I did enjoy it.
Not as steamy or exciting as I usually like but it was a good story and had some different insights into what it is to be 'upyre'.
A rather fun romp in Regency times with a powerful, shape-changing upyr. I enjoyed the story and characters. However, in my opinion these are not vampires, at least not in the traditional sense. I think I'd have enjoyed it more had the vampires actually been vampires.
'Courting Midnight' is Emma Holly at her best.
Dashing Lucius the White is the world's oldest living upyr. Tired, void of emotion, and tempted to walk into the sun, at his friend's (Edmund, who made an appearance in a previous novel from this series) urging, he assumes the identity of his doppelganger, Lucas Delavert, a human, who's just died in his arms.
Edmund thinks it'll be fun, but it turns out to be more of an adventure for both men than either ever imagined. Lucas Delavert has a torid past that Lucius must overcome, but when he does, he suddenly becomes every matchmaking mama's dream. Women from all over his little village begin throwing their daughters at him, but he has eyes for only one, and she's NOT one of those being thrown his way.
Theo Beckett is a strong, independent woman who's loved and lost before when her betrothed, a royal naval officer, died at sea. Believing she somehow contributed to his death, she's vowed not to love again...then Lucius begins devoting every waking moment towards courting her.
Naturally, Theo can't imagine what Lucius sees in her when he could have her even lovlier sister, Caroline, or even the vain and wicked redhead (and town tramp), Lily Morris. Luckily, sister Caroline has eyes only for Lucius' gardner and Lily's scheming does nothing for her cause.
Ok read for a rainy day. Latest book on the Upr series regarding shapeshifters. Not one of Holly's better plots.
Great read, so far Emma Holly hasn't failed to delight me.
Lucius has a great story. I reallylike the Upyr series.
i had a little trouble with the propriety of the time period but I kept reading to find out what happened.
Another great book by EH. A recommended read.
Good read! More historical than I have been reading but an interesting plot. First book of her Upyr series that I have read but will definitely look for more!
Let me preface by saying I am not a huge Emma Holly fan but I have read probably three of her books. Even for me, she gets wayyyyy out there (and I ready Jaid Black so it's tough to offend me). This is a historic erotica, more of a romance line but the hero is pretty alpha if that is what you are looking for. I own this one and I'll probably keep it. I enjoyed the other two in this series as well.
Emma HOlly really does well to describe her characters and build the sexual tension. I love her books and keep them for a repeat read.
IF YOU CAN GET THE WHOLE SET TO READ, IT WILL KEEP YOU ON YOUR TOES AND PINS AND NEEDLES. A VERY GOOD READ. WILL NOT SAY ANYTHING ELSE, FOR I DO NOT WANT TO GIVE THE STORY LINE AWAY.