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Carolyn Turner, Viscountess Wingate, is absolutely shocked by the Ladies Literary Society of London's latest selection. Memoirs of a Mistress is scandalously explicit and downright wicked... and it's stirring feelings within Carolyn that she hasn't felt... well, ever! She's sure that this steamy read is the only reason she's succumbing to the charms of notorious rogue DaniCarolyn Turner, Viscountess Wingate, is absolutely shocked by the Ladies Literary Society of London's latest selection. Memoirs of a Mistress is scandalously explicit and downright wicked... and it's stirring feelings within Carolyn that she hasn't felt... well, ever! She's sure that this steamy read is the only reason she's succumbing to the charms of notorious rogue Daniel Sutton, Lord Surbrooke. She couldn't possibly be falling for the rascal and his illicit caresses... or could she?The last thing Daniel wanted was to be shackled by marriage vows. He lusted after Carolyn, sure, but he never imagined that once he lured her to his bed he'd never want to let her go. Yet only when a murderer targets his beloved will he be spurred to confess his true love... and claim Carolyn as his bride....

Title : Confessions at Midnight
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ISBN : 9780061231391
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Number of Pages : 384 Pages
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Confessions at Midnight Reviews

  • Rachel (BAVR)
    2018-11-05 12:08

    Let me start my review by explaining one of my greatest pet peeves in fiction. My brain tends to run for the hills when it's confronted by a book series (typically HR) that touts a group of "independent" women who do something "scandalous" in the cutest way possible to assert their alleged independence. Why? Well, because I find it condescending that the women "asserting" themselves in this manner are typically regarded as some novel, cute thing. Having thoughts of one's own and being interested in sex aren't quirky or really all that original. It's normal and barely the basis for a series of books about heroines finding their soul-peens and getting hitched for life. Believe it or not, female characters can be portrayed with half a brain cell without the whole THE VAGINA BEARER CAN READ, ISN'T SHE FUN AND UNIQUE schtick. I know. Huge shocker. Who would have thought that you could create a strong female character by organically building her into the story instead of taking a break every few pages to go on and on about how stubborn, willful, independent, different, daring, fearless, anachronistic you want us to believe your speshul snowflake is? I mean, come on. You don't need to convince me that ladies can think and read and stuff. I AM ONE. I already know. So, the quaint little Look What The GURLZ are Doing theme du jour is called the Ladies Literary Society. Four sad little ladies gather to read "scandalous" books and discuss them. During Confessions at Midnight, the group is reading Memoirs of a Mistress, which graphically details an anonymous lady's sexual exploits. The text tells me that these women are being incredibly naughty and independent by creating their own group to discuss the books that I'm just going to assume they learn how to masturbate to, but I really can't figure out what the big deal is because everybody else is reading the book, too. It's the talk of the freaking ton, yet I'm expected to think these four girls in their cutesy little group of fan-waving and pearl-clutching are the enlightened ones? Blech. Like I stated before, PET PEEVE. But what makes this theme even worse for me as a reader? Seeing all this through the perspective of a stick-in-the-mud, navel-gazing widow who's freaking terrified of the sexual healing she's feeling. The Story:Carolyn Turner, Viscountess Wingate, is scandalized by her response to Memoirs of a Mistress. Her husband's been dead for three years, and considering that Carolyn's vowed never to love again, these lusty feeling are most unwelcome. For the most part, Carolyn passes her days away by reading naughty books, living vicariously through her sister's happiness, and holding vigil by her dead husband's portrait in the parlor. So, imagine Carolyn's discomfort when her acquaintance with Daniel Sutton, Lord Surbrooke, sets her nether regions a-tingling. Daniel, for his part, has had the hots for Carolyn ever since he spotted her at a party where her now dead husband announced their engagement. The notorious ladies man sets his peen-sights on Carolyn, a woman who is perfect for the loveless sexcapades he's convinced himself he wants. The horny little pair strike up an affair, and naturally, all of those icky feelings get involved. Can these two get past their insecurities? Hell, can they get past the saintly dead husband who gazes down on them from his lofty portrait? Or will a shadowy foe who only enters the story in the brief moments when Carolyn and Daniel aren't dry-humping succeed in killing Carolyn and making this love story never happen? (view spoiler)[Don't get your hopes up. (hide spoiler)]The Characters:When her love life isn't involved, Carolyn is rather sensible. She's one of the first Regency heroines I've read about in a long time who doesn't pursue the Big Bad through self-perceived pluck and gumption. Daniel tells her to never leave the house alone, and she doesn't argue. Good for you, Carolyn! You're offically NOT TSTL. However, whatever points Carolyn gains for sensibility, she loses tenfold for her incessant whinging. First, she spends page after page thinking about how she'll never love again because her dead husband was SO DAMN PERFECT. Then she bitches about Daniel because he fills her with all these traitorous sex thoughts that apparently make it difficult to remember how her husband looked and sounded. Seriously. She blames Daniel for this. Later, she creeps me out by talking to her dead husband's portrait about how much she wants to ride Daniel's disco stick. Ultimately, she decides that she loves Daniel but insists on breaking off the relationship because he isn't in the affair for love. True, but still non-sensical considering that Carolyn entered the affair with the same intentions. So, that leads to more pages and pages dedicated to Carolyn whinging and feeling sorry for herself. The widow thing could have worked as a plot device if Carolyn didn't behave like such a fucking baby. She plays the grieving widow during her inner-monologues, but the moment she gets some time alone with Daniel, she's digging into his trousers for that traitorous rod of love that makes her forget her husband. Her actions never fully succeed in matching up with her words. Daniel genuinely cares about Carolyn from the beginning, so his flip-flopping on the love idea is a little tedious. He's a nice guy. Thoughtful, caring, a good master to his servants. His townhouse is a sanctuary for all kinds of strays, from servants to animals, and Daniel accepts that with good nature. Petty insecurities kept Daniel from transforming into a great character, rather than a modestly decent one. The Sex:This is a pretty steamy read. Carolyn and Daniel fondle each other in several different places, and some of the exchanges get heated. Unfortunately, the two of them have a tendency to banter during sexy-times. While I appreciate some good sexy-time banter, Carolyn and Daniel's kept pulling me out of the story because it got cheesy and repetitive. The most glaring example of this is Daniel's tendency to insist that Carolyn SAY HIS NAME while they're having sex. He does it THREE TIMES in the course of the story, and each time gets worse. Check out my reading updates for the excerpts. I'm pretty sure the name stuff comes from Daniel's jealousy about the dead husband, and that just made reading it creepier for me. The Saving Grace:I was totally set to give this book 2 stars until I reached the big showdown with the villain. The villain's motivations don't make a lot of sense, but I'll give D'Alessandro credit for misdirection. I had no idea who was trying to kill Carolyn, and the reveal came as a bit of a shock. There's a big showdown between Carolyn and the villain, (view spoiler)[and Carolyn is totally about to get shot when Daniel miraculously shows up and throws a knife in the murderous bitch's back. As she dies, the villainess says this:"I'll have my revenge," she whispered. "Even from the grave I'll see you dead." She collapsed forward then, and Carolyn stared with disbelief at the hilt of the knife protruding from her back. (Page 345)And after reading that, I laughed and laughed and laughed. What delightfully campy last words to come from a character in this never-ending wangst fest. At that moment, BAVR demanded that I up the rating to 3 stars. It gets better, though, when Carolyn and Daniel find out that the villainess totally meant those last words. Earlier in the story, Carolyn received a gift of marzipan from Daniel. However, it turns out the the marzipan was sent by the villainess under the guise of Daniel and has been sitting around waiting to poison Carolyn for days. Brilliant! Too bad the silly brat doesn't like marzipan and never touched it. (hide spoiler)]The Writing: Despite its flaws, D'Allesandro's prose is quite readable. It didn't take me long to finish this book, and there weren't any glaringly obvious grammatical errors and typos. The thing that got to me was meandering, navel-gazing tripe like this:Lips ... yes, his lips ... those perfect lips. That had kissed her so ... perfectly. His lips ... his lips ... damnation, she'd once again lost the thread of the conversation.Ellipses needn't be used like this, authors. Please stop it. And then there were the annoying phrases that kept getting repeated OVER AND OVER. Carolyn constantly uses the wimpy phrases "botheration" and "Oh, my!" Both main characters reflect on their - wait for it - inner voices. Carolyn even communicates with her inner voice a few times. I felt like I was being transported to Fifty Shades of Regency: Cravats and Pelisses Edition. I was not impressed."Confessions at Midnight" is a part of my Care-Package-Ageddon series of book reviews in gratitude to my GR friend Karla for sending me a GIANT BOX O'BOOKS. She said I "might" like some of them. o_O

  • Becca
    2018-11-12 08:22

    Well, after reading a disappointing, grisly book, a fluffy, sweet, less complicated tale was exactly what the doctor ordered. Confessions at Midnight delivered and I will be purchasing this book to read in the future when I need a pick me up.Carolyn, Viscountess Wingate, loved her husband Edward until the day he died, and she continues to mourn his death three years later. Daniel, Lord Surebrook, fell for Carolyn on the day she had consented to marry Edward. Daniel always kept his distance from Carolyn until his friend Matthew invited him to a house party that Carolyn was attending (her first social even after her husband's death). What began in Sleepless at Midnight, continued in this book, and it was sweet and satisfying. As layers of Daniel are revealed, I fell for him, just as Carolyn did. Each of these characters had scars and were mourning the deaths of people they loved. This story could have been maudlin, but luckily, these two were old enough to know to talk with each other, and find happiness together as a reward.Throughout this story, there is a bit of suspense from a murder plot that Daniel seems to be the center of, but this plays a backseat to the romance, which is how I like it. I also didn't figure out the mystery which was nice too. Overall, this was a very satisfying read. It was uncomplicated and sweet, but kept me engaged and once I read the last page, I wanted to go back to page one and read the story all over again. D'Alessandro has always been a delightful author for me and I am surprised she is not more popular. She is a reliable source of a nice romance every time. Recommend this series.

  • Fani *loves angst*
    2018-10-23 10:22

    I'm probably the only person to like this one better than the first. I liked Daniel's and Carolyn's interactions, their lovemaking scenes and I really felt as if their connection was not only confined in the bedroom -or the carriage, or drawing room for that matter:). It's a well told story, even if it has nothing special or groundbreaking to introduce to the genre. More 3.5* than 4* but still an entertaining read. Don't expect more than a few hours of mindless entertainment by this one and you won't be disappointed.

  • Juliana Philippa
    2018-11-05 13:32

    Not trying to be unique here ... but unlike almost everyone else (and to my surprise), I did not like this bookI'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 JennsenCRITICISM: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.BOTTOM LINE: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.

  • Gwen (The Gwendolyn Reading Method)
    2018-10-23 10:29

    So I read this a couple days ago and I already can’t remember what it’s about, so that about sums up how memorable this book is.

  • sraxe
    2018-10-29 12:37

    I made it about a quarter of the way through before I just had to stop. I put this book down more than I picked it up and wasn't interested in it at all. I found it to be extremely boring and didn't like the dynamic between Daniel and Carolyn, although I had been looking forward to it after the previous book. I didn't like that they both start off immediately attracted to one another. I was hoping that Daniel would be knee-deep in love with her and Carolyn would be somewhat disinterested. However, she's already attracted and interested and that just wasn't fun. The masquerade at the beginning? It would've been more fun and interesting if Carolyn didn't know it was Daniel and Daniel didn't know it was Carolyn...but they did. That wasn't fun either.I also got annoyed with hearing about how Daniel is kind of a whore and we meet two of his previous lovers -- and this is not even a quarter of the way through! I get it, okay! I know he's a big whore and is disillusioned with life. I know this already! I really don't need reminders every few pages and names to faces and meetings with his previous conquests.It was boring and I had no interest in either character.

  • Laura V.
    2018-11-18 11:28

    "Echaba de menos hablar con ella. Tocarla. Besarla. Y ahora nueve largas horas se extendían delante de él sin que pudiera verla"Daniel está terriblemente enamorado de Carolyn, pero no lo sabe. Carolyn está sumamente enamorada de su difunto marido, y está cansada de estar sola. Pero por alguna razón nada de lo que pase entre ellos me mueve un pelo. Rescato la hermosa acción de Daniel de rescatar animales y darles un hogar. Eso es tan tan dulce ♥ Que alguien se preocupe así por ellos y quiera hacer algo al respecto *-* Sus mascotas son tan lindas y singulares.Solo por los perros y los gatos, y por Samuel su más-amigo-que-empleado, terminé este libro.No me gusta Emily, me parece sumamente ruda con Jenner sin razón. No creo que la lea y grazie a dio que es la última. Si no mejora algo su relación para el tercero puede irse a juntar maíz para lo que me importa.

  • ChloeLeeNH
    2018-11-18 07:14

    I loved this second book of her Mayhem in Mayfair series. Again... the h/h really had an attraction the whole way through and it didn't seem like even though there were obstacles that it would be the end all. You weren't stressed the whole time that the HEA was not a given. I can't wait for the next two.

  • Evolet Belova
    2018-11-13 06:22

    Nota:9/10

  • Mary
    2018-10-18 08:36

    I've always enjoyed Jacquie d'Alessandro's books, which is why I was so excited to start reading Confessions at Midnight. A beautiful but lonely widow, a handsome and emotionally-aloof bachelor-for-life... what's not to love? Well, for me, it was this book; I didn't love it. It was a fast, enjoyable read, true, but it didn't pack much oomph.The main characters were certainly sympathetic, and many of the secondary characters were personable, as well (my mouth stretched into a grin every time I read Samuel's endearing lines). And because of the characters and the real depth they could've had, I truly wanted more.I found the storyline to be predictable, almost too formulaic. Several conflicts were wrapped up too neatly and too quickly. The scene by the lake, for instance (which forced Daniel to face his fear of abandonment, which in turn explained his fear of love) was presented and resolved in--I'm not kidding--three pages.Three pages. Now do you understand?The love scenes were undeniably hot and well-written, but they didn't make up for the lack of depth in the story itself. Too many times during the book did I think, "I wonder why she felt she had to crank this one out." Okay, so I obviously didn't love this story. Will this stop me from buying more of her books? I doubt it, if only because she's hit the target more often than not. But with Confessions at Midnight, her aim was sadly off.

  • Dancer
    2018-11-06 09:22

    Carolyn Turner, Viscountess Wingate, is absolutely shocked by the Ladies Literary Society of London's latest selection. Memoirs of a Mistress is scandalously explicit and downright wicked . . . and it's stirring feelings within Carolyn that she hasn't felt . . . well, ever! She's sure that this steamy read is the only reason she's succumbing to the charms of notorious rogue Daniel Sutton, Lord Surbrooke. She couldn't possibly be falling for the rascal and his illicit caresses . . . or could she?The last thing Daniel wanted was to be shackled by marriage vows. He lusted after Carolyn, sure, but he never imagined that once he lured her to his bed he'd never want to let her go. Yet only when a murderer targets his beloved will he be spurred to confess his true love . . . and claim Carolyn as his bride.The book is predictable, but it is an enjoyable read.

  • Maureen Feeney
    2018-11-10 10:17

    This is the story of Carolyn Turner, Viscountess Wingate (Sarah's older sister) and Daniel Sutton, Lord Surbrooke . Daniel has been in love with Carolyn for 10 years and feels he has waited long enough to make a move on her. Carolyn really loved her late husband and blames these sensual feelings she has towards Daniel on the Ladies Literary Society of London's latest book to read "Memoirs of a Mistress".I didn't enjoy it as much as the first book but it is still a good read filled with great banter and humour. I felt Carolyn went on about her late husband and the guilt too long. Still even a JD book not up to her usual standard, is still a lot better than some of the other books by othr authors out now

  • Natasha
    2018-11-07 13:12

    I always loved Jacquie books and this book was the bomb. From Daniel’s kindness with Samuel to his rescue of all the stray animals. I greatly admired his compassion. Naughty, the parrot, was a delight.And that plot twist of revealing the murderer. I honestly thought Jennsen was the murderer. I never would have guessed it was Lady Walsh.I really thought we would have gotten a prologue where Carolyn ended up pregnant after thinking for so many years that she couldn’t conceive. I’m a bit disappointed that didn’t happen however that is LIFE. We don’t always get what we wish for in life. The most important thing is that Daniel and Carolyn got their HEAs.

  • Isabel Luna
    2018-11-04 10:19

    No es mi favorita. Es una historia que se sale de la línea de las demás de la serie, una viuda y un libertino que se enamoran. No hay mucha complicación en el romance en sí mismo, el suspenso es lo que trae un poco de interés, pero no demasiado y el final es totalmente previsible. Bastante insulso si me preguntan.Not my favorite. Out of line with the rest of the series, a widow and a libertine who fall in love. There is not much complication in the romance itself, the suspense is what brings a little interest, but not too much and the ending is totally predictable. Quite bland if you ask me

  • Bethany D. Chappetta
    2018-11-08 12:27

    I liked this one, and enjoyed seeing the characters from the first book. I just like a little more push and pull and this happened rather quickly. But the story had good passion and was an enjoyable re-read.

  • Inshirah Kamal
    2018-10-24 12:30

    Daniel Sutton, Lord Surbrooke is lit

  • Jane Stewart
    2018-11-12 08:25

    Why do I get the feeling she churned this one out in a hurry?STORY BRIEF:Daniel met Carolyn 10 years ago and felt love at first sight. That same evening Edward announced his engagement to Carolyn. Daniel sadly avoided her for the next 10 years and had numerous affairs. After 7 years of marriage Edward died 3 years ago. When Daniel sees Carolyn now, he still feels a powerful attraction and decides to pursue her. She feels the same attraction, and they begin an affair even though she feels guilty being with someone other than Edward. Two women have been murdered. They were Daniel’s former lovers. Carolyn may be the next target.This is the second book in the “Mayhem in Mayfair” series about four women who have a book club they call the Ladies Literary Society of London. The current reading selection is called “Memoirs of a Mistress” and is full of bedroom activity details. Sarah who is married and Carolyn in her new affair want to act out some of the scenes.REVIEWER’S OPINION:The first book in the series titled “Sleepless at Midnight” was very good with wonderful dialogue. This second book “Confessions at Midnight” was poorly done, and I wanted it to be over. The author is a wonderful talent. I’ve given 4 or 5 stars to three of her other books. But this book is not worth the time. It is full of filler. Way too much pondering is going on. Daniel and Carolyn ponder about their feelings for each other, and Carolyn feels guilty for loving someone else after her husband’s death. Some of the scenes were too drawn out. There was no interesting conversation. Toward the end, they each realize they have fallen in love but they wrongly assume the other does not feel love. So they each decide they must end the affair so they won’t be hurt later. Carolyn says “I think it best that we don’t see each other anymore.” Daniel says “You’re right, of course.” I was angry at this cheap method for separating the couple; they deny their attraction, they make incorrect assumptions, they break up now so they won’t be hurt in the future. The only thing interesting about the book was the murder mystery which was a small part of the story and a backdrop for the love affair.A minor irritation: sloppy publishing. In the back of the book the publisher prints excerpts from other books coming out soon. One of the excerpts is four pages from “Confessions at Midnight” which is “this” book, not a coming book.CAUTION SPOILER:Another thing that bothered me was Carolyn doing something stupid for the sake of the plot. Someone shot at her but missed. Daniel makes her promise never to go anywhere alone until the murderer is caught. The murderer then forges Daniel’s signature on a note and has it delivered to Carolyn. This note says the murderer is caught; you are now safe, come alone at night to meet me in the park. She thinks ok and goes out alone. The murderer is in the park, waiting and ready to kill Carolyn.DATA:Story length: 354 pages. Sexual language: mild. Number of sex scenes: 6. Total number of sex scene pages: 32. Setting: probably 1800s London, England. Copyright: 2008. Genre: historical romance.OTHER BOOKS:For a list of my reviews of other Jacquie D’Alessandro books, see my 4 star review of “Sleepless at Midnight” posted 6/19/08.

  • Rosi López
    2018-10-30 07:33

    No suelen gustarme mucho este tipo de libros pero este me ha dejado sin aliento, fue la mejor elección para inciar el año, una novela romántica imperdible.

  • Greselley
    2018-11-14 06:18

    Rather than trying to accomplish the impossible task of finding a way to make her forget a man she'd never forget, he would be much better served to try to find a way to make himself fall out of love.A tight, bitter sound clogged his throat. God, if only he could do so. Somewhere the gods must be laughing at him. That after a lifetime of scoffing at the notion of love, it had reached up and grabbed him, body and soul, and left him with nothing but a numb, empty space where his heart used to beat. Well, that was definitely better than the first book. I haven't been bored even once, not like the first book which I think, despite of that, is also a good book. The author has left us bits of things in book 1 leading to an assumption of the interest of Daniel towards Carolyn but I haven't expected he harbored such intense interest for such a long time and still harbors it now. Good for him, it appears like he was not that close to Edward. I really like Carolyn, for being so loyal to the memories of her husband but I'm glad she didn't succumb to her grief and decided to live again, giving herself a chance to be happy again. I really think the heroine and hero is so perfect for each other. It did felt like they're meant to be each other's reason to be happy. They fit quite passionately and beautifully. A very good story. As much as I hate that selfish Kimberly for all she did, I think she kind of help to form muh deeper connection and love between Daniel and Carolyn, which makes the story all the more better. And I think I owe her a thank you for that.Well, since wagers seem the rage between the characters in this series, might as well I join. I wager that Mr. Mayne and Juliana will do perfectly, and Lady Emily and that american she obviously don't like will suit well.

  • ladyofglencairn
    2018-10-30 08:31

    No, no, no. Why was this book so bad??To be fair, I wasn't the least bit interested in either of these two characters when I read the first book in the series. I already know Carolyn (who WORSHIPED the memory of her dead husband) was going to be frustrating as hell and Daniel, who salivated in her wake, was going to be an eye-roll inducing cheese ball. Can't say I was wrong.Carolyn is finally starting to emerge from 3 years of mourning and is dismayed to find herself attracted to someone other than her dead husband. Daniel has wanted Carolyn literally from the second he clapped eyes on her years ago. He's been pining forever and now that she's re-entered society, he's determined to have her. What starts as a no-strings affair soon becomes more complicated when the feelings (we all knew were there from the start) rears its head.Nothing is more off-putting to me than reading about the hero or heroine pining for their deceased partner. Honestly, it's not romantic. I get it, you had a happy life and you miss it, but FFS, I don't want to be knocked over the head with it throughout the whole damn novel. It detracts from the romantic progression of the current leads.Basically I don't care about Carolyn or Daniel and I don't have the energy to say more. Moving along...

  • Mey Buentipo
    2018-10-28 11:27

    The story plot, is usual that you read in some historical romance book. What differ is this, the author is good about the words and easy banter and dialogues both the hero and the heroine have. It amazes me, that I can feel every word. During my readings, I don't care any more about the story plot, but the main characters. At first, I really know who is the murderer is, it's kinda predictable. Although, it didn't stop to read all through because it made me curious about the hero and the heroine. I don't know, what captivated me in this book but something did.The more exciting part is, I am so excited for the book of Emily and Logan. I am piqued,on why Emily is so annoyed with Logan. I will definitely read all the books in this series. I am rating it 3 1/2 stars, because the plot of the story is not the strong. Nevertheless I still enjoyed reading this book.

  • Sara
    2018-11-16 13:13

    I enjoyed the first book of the series better. I liked the continuity of the main characters from the first book appearing in this book. Much of the witty dialog and intense pacing that was characteristic of the first book was missing. The characters of Daniel and Carolyn could have developed more. There were missed opportunities for the story to take some interesting directions. The revelation of Lady Walsh as the killer seemed rushed. She and Daniel's other lovers didn't appear to be predatory or territorial enough to be potential suspects. I would have liked to see Daniel have to fight for Carolyn more and Carolyn have a deeper "aha" moment when she realizes that she has let Edward go and loves Daniel.

  • Shannon
    2018-11-12 11:33

    The 2nd story of the Ladies Literary Society of London members, this tale is Carolyn's, the beautiful widowed sister of Sarah (first book). The dashing Daniel, Carolyn's brother in law's best friend has been in lust with her for over a decade and as Carolyn re-enters society 3 years after her beloved husband's death, Daniel makes his move. A steamy book, (much more so than the first story) that emphasizes the passion between Carolyn and Daniel. Not as charming as the first book, but definitely more "adventuresome".

  • Minh
    2018-10-29 13:14

    While I enjoyed the first novel in the series, I suspect it may be more due to the fact that the main character was a slightly overlooked, yet nice girl who somehow managed to snag a gorgeous man. In this installment, Carolyn is a widow who against all odds she managed to find a love match with her first husband. Our Hero has known Carolyn for 10 years, since the day of her engagement actually, and naturally has been in love with her for just about that long. Insert SCANDAL! And Affairs! But to be honest, I'm more interested in the other women in the group.

  • Germaine
    2018-11-08 13:22

    This book just went on too long. The author has given us two likeable characters in the hero and heroine, but she has spent waaaaay too many words on their angst over their relationship, and their internal dialogues goes on waaaay too long. There's also a "mystery" thrown in which really adds nothing except to allow the h/H to display further angst. It's also poorly constructed. It could have been left out, and the book would have been shorter and better.For $.99 this wasn't bad, and the secondary characters are interesting. A good airplane read.

  • Mary Irureta-Balletta
    2018-11-06 13:12

    Lovely, lovely, lovely!! Daniel Sutton was so refreshing after reading so many historical romance jerks. A rake who doesn't go mistreating his lovers...it just happens he's never fallen in love with anybody and that's because he's been in love with Lady Wingate for 10 years. East, breezy, light-hearted romantic story...oh, and did i say lovely? Can't wait to read more of D'alessandro's books! :)

  • Rebecca
    2018-10-29 07:25

    The romance in this book was by the numbers, and the naughty epigraphs heading each chapter were pure Tales of Ribaldry territory. Fortunately there was a murder mystery subplot to keep things interesting. It wasn't the most sophisticated tale, but neither was it free of charm. It might have just come down to me liking the footman who took in maimed animals. That was a nice touch. 2.5 stars.

  • Jessica
    2018-11-04 10:10

    This was okay but I did not like it as well as the first book in the series, and of course, the title of said book now escapes me. Carolyn was not as likable as Sarah and I am not overly fond of stories where the heroine is a widow.

  • Cindy
    2018-11-10 11:23

    Regency romance with sex. This book is in my top 20 favorite romances. I love Carolyn & Daniel. They're great together & their romance is smokin' hot. There's some danger in this story, as someone is killing Daniel's former lovers. Looks like Carolyn is on that list. Wonderful brain candy!

  • Kat
    2018-11-15 12:11

    Very enjoyable. This was a nice continuation of the Mayhem in Mayfair series. Carolyn and Daniel made a great steamy couple. Keep your eyes open for the "mirror" scene. Now on to the next book. Which is, unfortunately, a DTB. Ugh.