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    Tempted at Midnight by Jacquie D’Alessandro
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  • Published: Mar 28th, 2009

dalessandro_tempted.jpgReviewed by Andrea Williamson
Publisher: Berkley Sensation
Release Date: April 7, 2009
5 stars

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!

8 Responses to “Tempted at Midnight by Jacquie D’Alessandro”

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  1. katiebabs
    on Mar 28th, 2009
    @ 2:11 pm

    I love this series! Can’t wait to read it myself 😀


  2. LisaK
    on Mar 28th, 2009
    @ 3:06 pm

    Andrea, I’m so very glad you liked the book!

    I’ve read the entire series in one go and I’ve been hooked ever since! The first three books were also the first I’ve ever read by Jacquie D’Alessandro, but they definitely won’t be the last! I so fell in love with all the characters. I could feel with them as I seldomly do. I fanned myself while reading the hawt scenes in “Confesstions At Midnight” and I cried for Gideon and Julianne in “Seduced At Midnight”. Those books are so full of emotion, I can’t even begin to describe it. And I’m sooooooo looking forward to that one, I can’t wait!


  3. Helen
    on Mar 28th, 2009
    @ 3:35 pm

    Andrea
    Fantastic review I too have been so looking forward to Logan’s story it will take me a bit longer before I can hold it in my hands and read it but I know I will love it as much as I have loved everyone of Jacquie’s books.

    Have Fun
    Helen


  4. Andrea
    on Mar 28th, 2009
    @ 4:09 pm

    Thanks, everyone! 😀

    Lisa, welcome to Jacquie’s books! I’ll tell you that I haven’t been disappointed in any of them. I hope you enjoy Logan’s HEA!

    Helen, I hope you get it in Australia soon!


  5. PJ
    on Mar 28th, 2009
    @ 6:29 pm

    Thanks, Andrea! I’ve been looking forward to Logan’s story since the beginning of the series. Can’t wait until it shows up in the stores!


  6. Buffie
    on Mar 29th, 2009
    @ 9:16 am

    Andrea, perfect review for a perfect book. I just knew it was a 5 star book!!!! Reading your review makes me want to pull my copy out and reread it again. Logan is just so dreamy!


  7. katiebabs
    on Mar 29th, 2009
    @ 12:29 pm

    Is Lisa K, the Lisa K I am thinking of?


  8. Andrea
    on Mar 29th, 2009
    @ 1:29 pm

    Thanks, PJ and Buffie! This one lived up to and exceeded all my expectations. 😉

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