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The Ladies Literary Society of London gathers again for a ghost story in this sexy tale starring a beautiful lady and the rugged hero she's determined to make her own...Lady Julianne Bradley has always longed to indulge in a wild adventure. Unfortunately, the man with whom she wishes to share her fervor can never be hers. Tormented by her desire, she's preparing to succumbThe Ladies Literary Society of London gathers again for a ghost story in this sexy tale starring a beautiful lady and the rugged hero she's determined to make her own...Lady Julianne Bradley has always longed to indulge in a wild adventure. Unfortunately, the man with whom she wishes to share her fervor can never be hers. Tormented by her desire, she's preparing to succumb to a suitable marriage when ghostly occurrences straight out of her latest read start happening—and to protect Julianne, her father hires the very man her heart cries out for.Bow Street Runner Gideon Mayne is determined to resist his new charge—a spoiled, pampered princess whose unequalled beauty admittedly sets his body ablaze with desire. Especially once he realizes that everything he assumed about Julianne is utterly wrong. For beneath her aloof demeanor lies a passionate woman determined to provoke his raw hunger. But now that she's decided to play with fire, who will keep her safe...from him?...

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ISBN : 6069917
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Number of Pages : 356 Pages
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seduced at midnight Reviews

  • Fani *loves angst*
    2019-04-15 18:37

    This is the third in the Mayhem in Mayfair series and I actually liked it a lot. Although no book in the series has been great so far, they all were interesting and entertaining and I don't regret reading them. It's just that there's not something special about them.This is the story of Lady Julianne, daughter of an earl, and the most beautiful of the four heroines. Julianne is under pressure from her cold parents to marry a titled and rich gentleman. They found the perfect candidate in the face of Duke of Earling, a widower in his early forties. However, there have been some murders and thefts lately between the ladies of the ton and Julianne seems to be a likely candidate herself. Her father has no other choice but to assign the duty of her protection to the best Bow Street Runner, Gideon Mayne. Julianne though has been attracted to Gideon -and vice versa- ever since their first meeting, 2 months ago. So now that they are able to spend time with each other, they get to know each other better and their passion evolves to something more. But she is betrothed to marry to the duke in less than two weeks and besides her parents would never accept a poor commoner. I'm a fan of forbidden love themes, and this one had enough depth and emotion to be truly enjoyable. Their desperation and attraction to each other was obvious, as was Gideon's effort to cling to his pride and not take another man's fiance. Julianne started as a pawn under her mother's finger but developed some spine by the end of the book that made her much more likable and interesting. And Gideon was great from start anyway: a strong, honorable, steady man. A great man for Julianne to lean on and give her the passion she craved.I really enjoyed reading this and should perhaps rate it with 4 stars rather than 3. Only I don't think I will remember much of this by month's end; there was just nothing to make it stand apart. If you already have it in your TBR or read the first two of the series, you won't regret reading this.Update: ok, I finally upgraded it to 4 stars. Apparently I can still remember enough things -and rather fondly- after two months:)

  • Julie (jjmachshev)
    2019-04-05 19:01

    Jacquie D'Alessandro latest regency romance is "Seduced at Midnight". This is book three in her 'Mayhem in Mayfair' series about a group of spunky heroines who form a socially acceptable literary society yet read books that wouldn't be on any socially acceptable list in the ton! These feisty gals find their heroes in the course of the books. I've been a fan of D'Alessandro since I read "Red Roses Mean Love" in 1999. Her books are like a bag of popcorn, not too serious, lots of fun, and yet you don't feel heavy when you're done.Lady Julianne is the daughter of socially-conscious parents. Her mother is cold and distant, and her father never passes up the opportunity to remind her of her worthlessness as a female, other than marrying well of course. Now it appears her minimal freedom is almost over as her father is 'interviewing' suitors to choose the best (read richest and highest ranking) match. Poor Julianne can only dream of adventure now, right? At least until a robber/murderer puts her in his sights and her father hires the totally unsuitable, yet man of Julianne's dreams, Gideon.Gideon came from nothing, yet has become one of the best Bow Street Runners. His reputation is what gets him hired by Julianne's father to protect her. Too bad for Gideon since she's the only woman he's never been able to get out of his head. And the more time they spend together, the worse it is...because his attraction and appreciation for her keep growing. But he's a Mister, not a Lord, and that makes him totally inappropriate for Lady Julianne.I enjoyed reading this book. I figured out fairly early who the 'bad guy' was, but that didn't bug me at all as I just concentrated on the growth of the relationship between Julianne and Gideon. And yes, the sequence of events that lead to their happy ending are pretty improbably, but once again...I was just having too much fun reading the rest of the story to worry about that. I don't let the occasional burned or unpopped piece of popcorn spoil my enjoyment of the rest of the bowl!

  • ChloeLeeNH
    2019-04-02 18:38

    This one was FILLLLLLLLLLED with sexual tension! WOW... at first I felt like it was a bit hard to get through... a lot of internal conflict and they didn't seem to have a connection but once you saw them on a daily basis you just knew that it was going to steam for a while.

  • Becca
    2019-04-24 22:39

    I've really enjoyed this series. In the previous books, we got glimpses of a potential attraction between Lady Julianne and the Bow Street Runner Gideon Mayne. That attraction is fully explored here and pulls out all the stops for a forbidden love theme. While not as angsty as Lisa Kleypas' Again the Magic, this story still packed a punch and you could feel the desperation and longing on every page.Lady Julianne is the daughter of a heartless Earl and equally heartless Countess. She has all of the creature comforts she could ask for, but has no meaningful connections with anyone except her friends Emily, Carolyen, and Sarah (heroines of the other books in this series). Her parents are in the process of setting up a betrothal for her that will bring them the most money and connections with no consideration at all for Julianne herself. While I know this was common in these times, the way the Earl and Countess go about it is really despicable. When someone begins murdering and stealing from wealthy members of the ton, Julianne's parents hire a Bow Street Runner to make sure Julianne stays alive in time for her to get married. Gideon Mayne has been drawn to Lady Julianne since the first time he laid eyes on her. When he is hired by her parents, it brings him into close proximity to a woman he can never have. Julianne does not fight their attraction and makes it impossible for Gideon to keep his distance. The two know that society is against them, but are drawn together so strongly they can't help themselves.Jacques D'Alessandro is a nice storyteller. She fleshes out delightful characters and captures feelings of friendship, lust, and love beautifully. In this story, there was almost an excess of inner dialogue which served to ratchet up the angst, but this didn't last the entire book. D'Alessandro also weaves in a mystery and drops in clues throughout the story. I had my suspicions but did not have it all figured out when everything was revealed. I liked that this story had a focus on Julianne's friendship with Carolyn, Sarah, and Emily, as well as her romance with Gideon, and finally the mystery of the ghost murderer and thief. There was enough action and angst to keep things interesting, but not so much that I was overwhelmed or confused. The story was balanced, romantic, and a tiny bit bittersweet.This was not quite five stars because of the almost repetitive inner dialogue at the beginning of the story and because I felt that the ending left some issues unresolved. However, I still enjoyed it and considered it a good read. I'm going to check out the next book and see if some of the threads from this story are mentioned there.For those who enjoy forbidden love stories, I recommend this one. This is the third in the series but could be read standalone...although I've found this series to be sweet and worth reading in its entirety.

  • Maureen Feeney
    2019-04-05 20:54

    Lady Julianne Bradley's dream is to marry for love, but her cold hearted parents are going to marry her off to the Duke of Eastling, who will take her to his estate in cornwall and leave her there. When thinking of her imaginary love, Julianne always pictures Bow Street Runner Gideon Mayne who she met 2 months earlier during a murder enquiry. Gideon also has feelings for Julianne but knows he is far beneath her. His face is what Julianne sees when she reads the latest novel from her book club, the Ladies Literary Society of London do not read boring, acceptable books. The books they read are very sexually explicit and they are now reading "The Ghost of Devonshire Manor". All of london are talking of The Ghost Thief who is robbing and murdering titled women. While at a ball Julianne follows Gideon to the garden, too embarressed to tell him why she pursued him, she lies and says that she heard the Ghost thief in her house. Her father hires Gideon to protect her, now poor Gideon has to watch the woman he wants day and night and never have her, but it soon appears that Julianne really is in danger.Full of sexual tension and I know some reviewers have issue with Gideon being coarse but I didn,t after all he is an ordinary bloke and not supposed to be refined. Great sex scenes and a lovely romance plus cameos from the characters from the previous books.

  • Andrea
    2019-03-31 20:58

    After the first two books in the series (which I adored) this was a bit of a let-down for me. It has practically ALL the thinks I hate in a HR (ridiculous murderous villain, horrible parents no one stands up to, a heroine complaining about everyone thinking of her she's shallow who does nothing to convince me otherwise (she even has a rat, sorry, dog, called "Princess Buttercup" which she dresses up in little outfits to match hers...), a last-minute kidnapping...), and the fact that I finished this just goes to show how good this author is.But in the end, there was just too much angst-ridden internal dialogue for me, and given the severity of the issue the hero and heroine were facing (she's a Lady and he a Bow Street Runner), there were practically no real obstacles in there way. Her friends were all happy that she fell in love, and we never learn what her parents think about their (view spoiler)[elopement and impromptu wedding (hide spoiler)]. I guess I just need... more if I'm supposed to become invested in their "he/she is way out of my reach" dilemma. Some real obstacles to overcome, not just a smooth way to the inevitable happily ever after. I guess the whole "class difference" trope just didn't really work for me, which is a shame, because I really enjoyed the first two books in this series (which were lighter and wittier, even if they also featured a murderer...), and I am looking forward to the next book.

  • Catherine Bishop
    2019-04-05 16:34

    This was so bloody good. I love this series so much! Can't wait to start on the next.

  • Sara Reads LOTS of Romance (but is a nerd who will talk about other books too!!!!)
    2019-04-14 17:52

    I always love a hot cop/detective and bow street runner books are my fave! I skipped the second novel in the series cause the blurb didn't really appeal to me but this was fun! Not great writing but great characters and really great side characters. Low key, low angst and lighthearted and cute. I'll read the last one cause I just love the plot even though it's formulaic as hell

  • Rae
    2019-03-25 20:48

    It took me a little while to get into this book. It's not that it was bad, per se, so much as none of the characters really grabbed me despite having had contact with them in the previous two books in this series. Once I got more into, I did enjoy it and the characters finally came to life. My biggest complaint about the book was the amount of set up versus payoff.Some of the resolutions were a little too pat for me, there was a lot of time setting up the obstacles Julianne and Gideon faced and then very little time showing how they got past them (and even then the resolution was a little too easy). In that way, the ending is a little too abrupt and somewhat unsatisifying.That said, the book did do a good job of getting me excited for Logan and Emily's story and I will be reading that as soon as it comes out.

  • The Romance Reviews (Carole)
    2019-04-05 16:48

    "Unique and intriguing with an unusual hero and the heroine who'd risk everything for him"As Gideon is so fond of summarizing things in one word, the word I have for this book--Delicious!The author takes full advantage of the um, delicious situation our hero and heroine find themselves in and what we have is a hot, hot, hot story where the pages sizzled with their tension and passion, not to mention all that angst and internal conflict. I couldn't stop turning the pages and I finished the book in two days! (And only because I needed to sleep) I love Jacquie D'Alessandro's writing and I'm off to get the rest of the series! Reviewed by Shana for The Raving ReadersFull Review

  • Shannon
    2019-04-14 23:00

    The 3rd book about 4 friends in the Ladies Literary Society of London, this being Lady Julianne's story. When Julianne's life is threatened, Bow Street Runner Gideon Mayne (introduced in the first book of the series) is hired by Julianne's family to protect her in order for her to marry a Duke. Julianne and Gideon's love story is a feisty one, this book has more action than the previous 2 books and the tension between them is a page turner. I anxiously await the last book in the series, Emily's love story.

  • Evolet Belova
    2019-03-29 18:00

    Nota:9/10

  • Daneesha
    2019-04-20 20:02

    a LOT of sexual tension between the hero and heroine. the mystery was not so exciting and neither was the climax. the relationship between the main characters made this book.

  • Jennifer
    2019-04-18 15:33

    Nothing exciting about this book. With all the murders that happened in this book (and in previous books) it's surprising that any Lords or Ladies are even left.

  • Isabel Luna
    2019-04-22 19:52

    Sigue la misma línea que el libro 1 en lo de salirse del standar lord rico, niña pobre y plebeya; aquí es al revés y realmente no suele verse mucho la historia de amor entre la señorita de sociedad y el advenedizo plebeyo. Me gustó por eso, el suspenso está bien aunque el final resultó muy apresurado para mi gusto.In the same line as book 1 about leaving the standar regency story of the rich aristocrat lord and the poor and commoner girl; here is the other way around and the love story between the society lady and the commoner upstart is not usuall. I liked it because of that. The suspense is fine although the end was very hurried for my taste.

  • Ana Maria
    2019-04-08 22:40

    Acabo de encontrar una novela de verdad romántica: (view spoiler)[ella lo deja todo por amor, títulos, herencia, dote, hasta es despreciada por la sociedad, (hide spoiler)] excepto un par de amigas!!!Todo por un apuesto detective de Bow Street.No digo que el muchacho no tenga para pagar las facturas (view spoiler)[, porque tiene casa y trabajo, pero ella se acomoda a una vida mucho más modesta. (hide spoiler)]

  • Readery
    2019-04-09 19:34

    Long story short, the relationship between the characters made the book, the other elements were not very interesting, even the ghost theme.I did get a little frustrated by the buildup of the tension, and i mean both story tension AND the characters' sexual tension.

  • Lillie
    2019-04-15 17:42

    Ah man, i really liked this book. I loved the lower caste guy and the higher caste girl concept, usually historical romances have either the woman as the poor one or the two characters are both of nobility(yet of differing ranks), so finding a book that did something new like a Bow Street Runner was refreshing. It was also done in a way that wasn't overly unrealistic; you could practically feel their turmoil, their passion, their misgivings, and worries as your own.Even the plot with the murder was interesting and most of the time i find it either forced or distracting from the romance of the couple but in this it really helped bring more tension into their already intense "courtship". i was biting my teeth trying to figure out who it was. In the end, the emotional and sexual tension had me on my toes, would they kiss or wouldn't they? Would they end up together or not??!?? I honestly didn't think they'd get their HEA and the only thing keeping my heart from leaping out my chest was the fact that i had quite a few more pages to go before the end. There were times i even legitimately teared up, something i haven't done in a long time because of a book. I felt their plight as mine. It was emotional and intense and i loved it.There were a few personal pet peeves i didn't like in the book which hinders me from giving it a solid 5, but mainly the lack of sex. There was 1 "sex" scene in total and some hot and heavy making out and touching but that's about it. But then with the emotional rollarcoaster this book puts you through that was probably for the best.

  • Roberta
    2019-04-04 18:57

    I have read quite a few of Jacquie D'Alessandro's books and have enjoyed all of them. They have more sex than some of the more traditional regency romances so, if you prefer your regencies to be totally squeaky clean, well... I have a little problem with the cover on this one and on some of the other regencies by the same publisher, like the first two books in Pearl Wolf's Too Hot series. I prefer covers with flowers on the them, like The Bride Thief or Red Roses Mean Love, so that I can read them in the waiting room at the doctor's office without having everyone stare at the cover. (Yes, I have one of those cute handled "book carriers" but people will think I'm hiding Fifty Shades of Grey in it and No, I don't want a Kindle.)

  • BobbieCrawford
    2019-04-08 15:34

    Seduced at MighnightWritten by: Jacquie D’AlessandroPublished by: Berkley SensationDate: January 2009Pages: 345Format: Mass Market PaperbackISBN: 978-0425225493Seduced at Midnight is the 3rd book in the Ladies Literary Society series that centers around a small group of friends who participate in a seemingly innocuous book club; unbeknownst to their family and friends, the book club includes some racy titles that really fire the blood and in Lady Julianne Bradley’s case, they cause her imagination to run wild. The source of her passionate desires is the Bow Street Runner, Mr. Gideon Mayne; his a-typical, mouth-watering, muscular physique and his very presence makes Julianne’s heart pound wildly with need. There is sizzling chemistry between Gideon and Julianne; their love scenes are very descriptive with...* Please click through to read the full review:http://bookreviewsbybobbie.wordpress....

  • Cindy
    2019-04-12 16:41

    Regency romance with sex. This isn't the most realistic series, but I still love all 4 books. This one is Julianne's story. She's infatuated with Gideon, the Bow Street runner. Not very smart, since as the daughter of an Earl, she's expected to marry well. Gideon is attracted to Julianne as well. Most of this book is about them resisting ( most of the time unsuccessfully) their attraction. There's 2 new characters, the dogs Cesar & Princess Buttercup. There's the other members of the Lady's Literary Society & their inappropriate book this time is a sexy romp with a ghost. There's a mysterious thief/murderer who has targeted Julianne.All in all a fun read!

  • Monserrat Maxfield Markov
    2019-04-25 23:46

    Lo que importa y perdura es el honor, la integridad, la compasión, el valor. Y, por lo que sé, eso está por encima de clases y orígenes. Cada vez me va gustando más la serie. Su misterio, la relación con los libros que leen, el amor... Todo es interesante. Admito que me cayo mal Emily, espero que en su libro(el que sigue) no me decepcione porque la mato, aparte desde el principio venimos viendo a Logan y ya sabía que tenía que haber libro de este personaje tan misterioso y encantador.

  • Greselley
    2019-04-18 17:53

    That was a raw, intense and utterly heart-melting story. Well, the ever perfect earl's daughter and the dark, mysterious Bowstreet runner, who would think it would be so perfect? Sigh* I can't say anything other than one word, WOW. I think that would sum up everything namely the delicious passion, love and chemistry of the heroine and the hero, the cleverness of the plot and the unbelievable real emotions the book evokes from the readers which includes me, no doubt. As for Mr. Jennsen and Lady Emily, ahem, very interesting. Lol.A must read.

  • Mey Buentipo
    2019-04-11 21:45

    Well. I liked it. Something captivated me. To add more, the villain is not predictable. I admired how the heroine took her courage to make her dream and wishes to come true. The only thing I can say so far for this series, is that the author knows how to capture the interest of a reader. The past 2 books are predictable, but still I can't put it down, But this book made a difference. I don't know what, but it urged to go on and on in early morning just finished the book. Excited to read the book of Emily and Logan.

  • sakura_txell
    2019-04-21 19:53

    Un 9. ¡Qué bonito! ¡Qué romántico! ¡Qué miradas!Gideon me ha parecido un amor, un hombre fuerte, decidido y dulce... Julianne me ha resultado encantadora y auténtica. A pesar de desear otras cosas, está dispuesta a hacer lo que debe... aunque lo odie con toda el alma.Los perros han sido un detalle muy bonito. Y odio a los padres de ella. Insoportables.

  • Kat
    2019-04-08 21:33

    Another DTB that almost blinded me with tiny print! It was a good story, though it took me forever to read. I absolutely loved Gideon. Julianne lied to Gideon about something in the beginning, which really irritated me. But she redeemed herself at the end. There was some cute dialogue and very sexy scenes. Gideon, however, made the story.

  • Cs
    2019-04-09 17:48

    It was riveting. I had to stop myself from jumping ahead to see who the "ghost" was several times. I had my suspicions early on, but D'Alessandro provided enough tantalizing hints to others, that I had to ask myself if I had the right bad guy. The H & h were interesting throughout as well. I wanted to laugh and cry right along with them.

  • Danette Steward
    2019-03-26 21:52

    This was a neat story. I was afraid I wasn't going to like it as well as the first two books in this series due to the lower rating. I actually liked this book better than the first two!!! One more book to go to finish the series! It has been a fun read about 4 girlfriends that find the love of their lives.

  • Yelania Nightwalker
    2019-03-30 19:38

    Al inicio estuvo un poco lento pero de ahí ya fue tomando forma y la verdad es que no me puedo quejar, me gustó ;) Aunque recuerdo que el libro que sigue, que es la historia de Emily, fue muy divertido. Yo creo que lo que haré será releerlo y por supuesto, quiero los dos primeros también xD

  • Courtney Tonokawa
    2019-03-25 20:39

    Not nearly as good as the first two...though I do put greater stock in Avon books than Berkeley...the plot started out well, but it seemed a little long winded. I found myself occasionally skimming, and getting bored. Not the most unique story...