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Subject: Jacquie D'Alessandro
Date Posted: 7/15/2008 3:06 PM ET
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I had never read anything by her and wasn't expecting much.  I was pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed Confessions at Midnight so much.  Well-written and steamy, though not quite a "keeper".  Definitely kept my attention.  Premise is a Lady's book club  "Ladies Literary Society of London"  (sounds like they are reading Shakespeare); but they read scandalous books like "Memoirs of a Mistress".  Funny, but I've always enjoyed books about book clubs.  Reading Lolita in Tehran was another (non-romance) one. 

Just got Sleepless at Midnight.  I hope its as good.  Anybody else? 



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Date Posted: 7/15/2008 3:12 PM ET
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I really enjoyed Confessions at Midnight...it was almost a keeper for me under that category.   Please let me know if you like Sleepless at Midnight, I have not read that one yet!

Date Posted: 7/15/2008 3:32 PM ET
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I have Confessions at Midnight in my TBR, maybe I need to move it forward :)

Date Posted: 7/15/2008 4:24 PM ET
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I had Confessions at Midnight on my to buy list for a long time because of a decent review I read somewhere (TRR or AAR, I think  - can't remember), but before I got that one from here, I bought Sleepless at Midnight new, and as I recall, I didn't think it was anything exceptional, so I still haven't read Confessions yet.  I think Sleepless was maybe a 3-4 star read for me, and I posted it to my PBS shelf almost immediately after I finished it.  I can't recall exactly why  I wasn't nuts about it - the ones that are a little on the blah side for me tend to be quickly forgotten - but it seems to me like the plot was a little thin, predictable, blah-blah-blah.  You know how that goes though:P  We all differ, and I tend to find that a lot of the ones I find to be decent reads, but not keepers, are the ones that the majority of the ladies here seem overall to enjoy, whether they keep them or not.

Date Posted: 7/15/2008 6:43 PM ET
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Sleepless was just okay. I thought Confessions was an improvement so I'll probably read the last two in the series.

Date Posted: 7/15/2008 6:44 PM ET
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I read one by her that I thought was blah and then The Bride Thief, which I quite liked.  Waiting to read Confessions at Midnight til Sleepless at Midnight turns up.

Date Posted: 7/15/2008 9:18 PM ET
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I liked Sleepless better than Confessions. Jacque D doesnt invent the wheel or anything but I find her writing winsome. In small doses.

I liked The Bride Thief too.

 

Date Posted: 7/15/2008 10:36 PM ET
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I have The Bride Thief too, and a couple of others I'd have to go check my "D" TBR drawer (I'm like the public freaking library here - I just need a librarian to run it for me:P) to say for sure which ones they are.  I'm thinking it's Love and the Single Heiress, which I have 2 copies of (1 is on my shelf), Who Will Take This Man?, Never a Lady, and of course, Confessions at Midnight.  I may have to pull one of them out and give her a whirl again soon.  So many books TBR, and only so many hours in a day...

Date Posted: 7/15/2008 11:05 PM ET
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Hmm... I've only read the contemporary stuff she's written for Blaze--I'll have to check out her historical stuff...

Date Posted: 7/15/2008 11:18 PM ET
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I have read Sleepless and really liked it but it was not a keeper.  I have Bride Thief and Never a Lady in my TBR mountain - er, pile.  I put Confessions on my reminder list.  I had read a book by her a year or two ago, Whirlwind Wedding ? I think and I don't recall being impressed so I am glad I tried her again.

Date Posted: 7/16/2008 7:41 AM ET
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At the risk of sounding stupid, someone said there were more titles in this historical series.  Which ones are they? 

Subject: Jacquie D.
Date Posted: 7/21/2008 3:40 PM ET
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I have really enjoyed the majority of her books. One that stands out in my mind is:  RED ROSES MEAN LOVE.  I think it may have been her first historical and I don't believe it is connected to any other of her books.  I also really liked LOVE AND THE SINGLE HEIRESS and THE BRIDE THIEF. 

Here's info on her connected books:

Whirlwind Series:  WHIRLWIND WEDDING & WHIRLWIND AFFAIR

Related Regency Era Connected Books: WHO WILL TAKE THIS MAN (#1),  LOVE AND THE SINGLE HEIRESS (#2),  NOT QUITE A GENTLEMAN (#3) & NEVER A LADY (#4)

Mayhem In Mayfair Series:  SLEEPLESS AT MIDNIGHT (#1) CONFESSIONS AT MIDNIGHT (#2)  #3 & #4 are coming out in 2009.  The second book in the series CONFESSIONS is my favorite of the two.

Cheryl

Date Posted: 7/21/2008 7:33 PM ET
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Well, I just finished Sleepless at Midnight and I enjoyed it, though it wasn't nearly as good as Confessions at Midnight.

Date Posted: 7/22/2008 10:37 AM ET
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I didn't know she wrote earlier Blaze books...I have a new Sleepless at Midnight on my posted shelf.  I won this in a contest but I didn't read it.  Seems like the consensus here is mixed.