Since he first entered my life as a secondary character in the book Never a Lady, I’ve had the biggest crush on Logan Jennsen. And that crush grew exceedingly larger after reading each of the subsequent books by Jacquie D’Alessandro, the first three of her wildly popular Mayhem in Mayfair series. They also left me waiting (im)patiently for Logan’s own story, Tempted at Midnight. I can now say that it was absolutely worth the wait and that my crush has officially turned into full-blown love.
The Ladies Literary Society of London reconvenes once again and their selection this time is another scandalous tome, The Gentleman Vampire’s Lover. During their discussion meeting, Lady Emily Stapleford tells her friends of the recent financial woes that plague her family thanks to a few unsound investments her father had participated in, along with some bad luck at the gaming tables. The family’s lone solution is for Emily, the oldest of six children, to make a brilliant match. The only problem is Emily wants to marry for love, just as each of her friends have done. Inspired by the group’s current reading, Emily wrote a book, The Vampire Lady’s Kiss, and planned to sell it to make enough money to settle her father’s debts. Unfortunately, no publisher was interested in a female vampire. Determined not to be rejected again, Emily comes up with a plan to scare up interest by dressing up as a vampire and becoming the talk of the ton. Her plan is a rousing success, if only the infuriating American Logan Jennsen wasn’t so skeptical…
After sharing a clandestine kiss with Lady Emily three months ago, Logan Jennsen hasn’t been able to get her out of his mind, much to his consternation. He can’t understand it as he’s always preferred an atypical woman over the perfect society darling. After catching Emily sneaking into the library from outside during a soirée, he knows that she is up to something and is determined to find out exactly what. But Logan has to be careful because he suspects that someone is out to ruin him. Lately, he has had a constant feeling of being watched and then one of his ships is set ablaze causing members of the crew to be hurt and even killed. His suspicions are confirmed when Lady Emily is almost run down by a wild carriage while in his company. Are the secrets of his past finally catching up with him? And can he put an end to it before someone else gets hurt?
Oh, how I loved this book! Emily was the perfect match for Logan. She had a backbone, stood up to him and didn’t conform to him and his wishes like everyone else did because of his wealth. And she brought out a bit of recklessness in the the usually vigilant Logan. At the beginning of this story, these two have prejudiced opinions about the other (Emily thinks Logan is an uncouth American and Logan believes Emily to be the typical spoiled society diamond) but soon realize how wrong each is. It was such a joy to watch their relationship evolve from heated animosity to a surprising friendship to perpetual love.
Jacquie D’Alessandro makes it so easy to be a fan of her work. Her books contain the perfect blend of romance, humor and mystery. The relationships (both platonic and romantic) are very real and full of heart and the romance sizzles! She creates characters that you love and are concerned about long after you close the last page. Make room on your keeper shelf for this delightful gem!