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In the night, all rules are forgotten...

Eloisa James, the acclaimed author of Potent Pleasures, returns to Regency England with an unforgettable new heroine - a genteel but naughty innocent who gets more than she bargains for when she finally says yes to love.

To her legions of adoring suitors, it comes as quite a shock when Lady Sophie York rejects an offer of marriage from the dashing, rakish Patrick Foakes in favor of amiable but dull Braddon Chatwin. He may be an earl, but it is Patrick's stolen kisses that sear her lips.

When Patrick, in disguise, scales a ladder to retrieve his friend's fiancée, he never expects the elopement to be his own. Neither does Sophie, Braddon, or the rest of the tattling ton. One hasty wedding later, the passionate innocent and the sophisticated rogue play out their own intricate dance as Sophie masters what it takes to keep a man where he belongs. And Patrick learns the ultimate lesson in love.

©2000 Eloisa James (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Fell Flat

While this book didn't change my auto-buy-author standing for Eloisa James, I don't think it was one of her best. Sophie and Patrick were likable characters, but the miscommunication and erroneous conclusions they would draw became tedious. Their repetitive misunderstandings thinned out and "dumbed down" both the plot and characters. The book had the potential for more depth and intrigue within the "Ottoman(Turkish)/French(Napoleonic)/spy/sabotage" subplot, but it seemed as though the author lost her aim or simply didn't want to dig that deep and it ended up falling flat.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Love This Series! Love Eloisa James!

While I absolutely adored the first book in Ms. James Pleasures Trilogy - POTENT PLEASURES, and it was quite wonderful, I had to admit I was looking forward to Book 2 and discovering whether Lady Sophie York who was Charlotte’s best friend would fare in her search for a husband. Naturally, I had matched Lady Sophie up in my mind to Patrick Foakes, the undeniable rake and identical twin to Charlotte’s husband Alex. But as usual, true love never seems to run smooth without a few bumps along the way!

Lady Sophie had watched her parents marriage dissolve and swore she would never have a husband who would flaunt mistress after another to the detriment and humiliation her mother had endured. So even though from the moment she laid eyes on the rumored rake hall Patrick Foakes, she had fallen hard, Sophie talked herself out of marital suicide by agreeing to marry, Patrick’s best friend the stodgy but kind Braddon, aka Lord Saslow. Braddon would be safe and kind and if she wasn’t in love, he could never break her heart.

Unfortunately, Patrick was furious! He had offered for Sophie and she turned him down flat! And she agreed to marry Braddon? Not only that but Sophie wanted to elope and Braddon talked Patrick into climbing a ladder and bringing Sophie to Braddon to explain why he couldn’t accommodate an elopement. And then of course, both Sophie and Patrick’s electrifying attraction saved the day as they both answered the call of magnetic attraction, calling for a hasty wedding.

Filled with such a believable storyline, and narrated by the excellent voice overs of Susan Daerden, this was an absolute pleasure to listen to. Ms. James knows how to put together enough angst, mis-communications, misconstrued feelings, jealousy and betrayals to fill the pages with a story that sped along and one didn’t want to stop listening to.

Bottom line: I have nothing but the highest praise for both this author, MIDNIGHT PLEASURES and the amazing narration by one of the best book performers out there. Can’t wait to read/listen to the third book in this fabulous trilogy!

Marilyn Rondeau

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  • 06-15-16

Good but too long

This story is good but it felt too long for me. After a while this couple's miscommunication got annoying. Half of the book is a big miss understanding. The end is very satisfying though. The narrator did an average job.

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I was somewhat disappointed

The whole book was of them misunderstanding! I had to say a few times like come on you both have told your horrible stories about you past but you still don't get each other. I will still give this other another chance.

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Same formula as Potent Pleasures

I was disappointed that the story was the same "formula" as the first in the series. I also found the resolutions along the way to be a bit too neat and quick. I was however impressed with Eloisa James' presentation and exploration of real life and the heartache and loss that is ever present. I'm glad Susan Duerden narrated - I believe it is her presentation that kept my interest over the actual storyline.

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It's Eloisa James; of course I liked it

I did like this book but it's Eloisa James so of course I liked it. It was a fun read and the characters were interesting. I couldn't give it 5 stars for a couple of reasons. The first one is not the author's fault. Susan Duerden's reading of Sophie's voice was just too breathless- too childish. Secondly, the entire subplot of the trip to Turkey and the "gift" Patrick was being asked to bring just didn't fit and it was resolved so quickly that I had to go back and listen to that part again. Quite a throw-away ending after all the time spent on that part of the story. Also, so many romance stories involve keeping secrets and lack of communication. I guess that makes the conflict but it's quite ubiquitous in this genre. That being said, I liked this and I'm anxious for the third book in this series to be available in audiobook format.

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Great first half and then...

The first half was great. Romance, humor, personalities that were alive and quirky. Then the main characins marry and it's one misunderstanding on top of each other. I began to roll my eyes and say "wow, really?" Then everything was talked out and resolved (and there were a lot of misunderstandings) in the last scene of the book!
There were 2 villains but nothing ever happened with them in the story. We didn't get to live out their capture and humiliation. The hero explains to his wife (in the last scene) what the villain's plot was and that they were caught. That's it. It's over. Usually the villains actually have a part in the story. They kidnap someone close to the hero or almost kill them, etc. But in this story they're whole plot to start a war and use the hero to do it is literally wrapped up in a couple sentences in the last scene. So.....
I LOVE Eloisa James' writing, but this one story seemed like the first half was her but the last half just got emotionally dramatic for no good reason. Yikes! I feel kind of guilty writing my first bad review for this author. I listened to the end though.

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missing some points

there were two storylines they didn't finish and the ending. didn't build up that they would continue in the future books
kidnapping, gift for king.
overall a good read.

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Sucker for Historical Romance

One of my favorite authors along with one of my favorite narrator. Great listen.

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Couldn't stand the wispy, breathy narrator

Struggled into it because of the awful reading. Fast forwarded just to find the sexy stuff. Not worth a credit.