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Book Review-Dancing At Midnight

Dancing At Midnight
Splendid (2)
Julia Quinn
Avon
Paperback
375 Pages
Published Dec 1995
Regency Romance
ISBN: 978-0-380-78075-4

Synopsis 

Defying the Rules

Lady Arabella Blydon can sense the secrets smoldering behind the dark, penetrating gaze of Lord John Blackwood. Still she desires his handsome, mysterious stranger who stirs her passions like no other mann — even as he warns her to stay away.

War scarred Lord John’s body and soul. But this brazen, intoxicating, infuriating bluestocking poses an even greater threat: she is forcing him to care again. For Belle is a woman of bold, independent spirit, equally unconcerned about society’s petty restrictions and love’s hidden perils. And the beautiful, determined schemer will not rest until she returns joy and light to the damaged lord’s life…and wins a place in his shuttered heart forever.

 MY REVIEW
Summary:
Lady Arabella is independent and has had to turn down several marriage offers because its obvious that it isn’t her they want but her fortune, so she decides to take a break and stay with her cousin and her husband in the country. While reading, Lord John finds her and through some witty and entertaining interaction they begin to fall for each other….however John is a wounded war hero and has some ghosts in his past and is unwilling to put Arabella at risk…even if that means giving her up and the love he has for her. Arabella is determined not to lose the one man she has come to love, one who respects and loves her for who she is and not what she is….but will she be able to show this tormented man how to learn to love and more than that learn to let go and live life once more?


The Hero (John Blackwood)
John, has recently returned from the war, and having received a title and earned enough to purchase a small estate, has decided to reside in the countryside….especially with a wounded leg that will never heal fully. John has a tortured past…one that haunts every living moment and the moment Arabella enters his life he refuses to put her in arms way….but it soon becomes apparent that his feelings for her go deep…enough so that he knows he could never truly give her up…even if they have to fight the demons of his past together.


The Heroine (Arabella Blydon)
Arabella has always wanted to find true love and has never managed to find it….and even though she is a bluestocking she knows that could never expect anything less than a love match. When she finds herself finding a intense love for a wounded man she knows that she will have to fight to win his heart and prove to him that their love will be enough.


My Thoughts
Dancing At Midnight is the second in the Splendid series….and the first time I have read this book…even though I could have sworn I had read every one of Julia Quinn’s books already. I have no idea how I missed this one before now…but I am just so glad that I found this treasure. One of my favorite things that I loved about this one….is that the hero was a complicated characters….and that he wasn’t this just about perfect man…that he had flaws and demons and Arabella was such a sweet character…you couldn’t help but like her…she had such charming qualities about her. Even though there was a dark side to this book it also was filled with laughter and a sense of carefreeness (is that even a word? if not I just created a new one) that just endeared me from the first page to the very last and now I am thinking I need to read the rest of the series again. Dancing at Midnight was a true romantic romp….and I had such a fun time reading this one!!! Definitely a keeper!


My Grade On This Book 
4.5 Blossoms


Other Books In The Series
Splendid
Minx
Where’s My Hero

Book Blogger Hop (51)

So come and join in on the fun and the hopping. Make new friends and discover new blogs!!! LETS DO THE HOP!!!! Come and check it out at Crazy For Books

Question Of The Week
Whats the ONE genre you wish you could get into, but just can’t?
I would have to say non fiction….I have the hardest time with reading non fiction and it can take me weeks to get one book in the genre read….and anything really that doesn’t have romance in it….for any fiction books in order for me to get into it…it has to have some level of romance (crazy I know!!!)

 

Library Loot (21)

Eva with A Striped Armchair, and Marge with The Adventures of a Intrepid Reader, which you should check out both of them, they are great!!! This meme is created to encourage bloggers to share books that they get from the Library, and since I am a avid lover of Libraries this is going to be one meme I am going to love doing every week. And I got quite a lot of books since there was so many of them I wanted to read!! So here they are……

I know its been a while…but things have been crazy with work and family stuff….but hopefully I can start reading more!!! HOOYAH!!!! 

Teaser Tuesday (44)

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme that I have just discovered, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

•Grab your current read

•Open to a random page

•Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page

Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others! Share the title and author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like.

“How do I know you’re really a starship captain–that you’re hiring me to fly, and not”–Tee blushed furiously –“for sex?” She waved her gun at him, and he resisted the potent urge to cover his privates. Never in his life had he seen anything like this pistol-toting pixie, her chin jutting out, her eyes accusing him of unspeakable perversions.
“Now that you bring it up, how do I know you’re really a pilot? For all I know, you’re just another good for nothing drifter, lying your way aboard my ship for the chance at a hot meal and a clean bunk. We have no choice but to trust each other. So,” he prompted ” What will it be?” 
She stowed her pistol “It appears I will trust you, Earth-dweller” 
“Good. And just so there’s no misunderstanding about my personal life” he caught her by the arm, bringing his mouth close to one perfectly formed little ear–“when I want sex, I don’t have to buy it,”

Book Blogger Hop (50)

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 Question Of The Week
What keeps you read at the first few pages of a book, and what makes you stop reading a book and put it back on the shelf?

Well most of the books I usually read, I have been able to get into the story so I usually don’t have a problem with this one, but there are occasions when it does happen….I have a rule to read the first 30 pages of a book…if I am bored I will then put it away…I figure if I am not into a book by then, then there isnt much of a point in keep reading a book I am not enjoying! The thing that really keeps me reading though, is if its witty or engaging…..