Posted by: Jennifer | April 19, 2009

Tempted at Midnight – Jacquie D’Alessandro

D’Alessandro, Jacquie. Tempted at Midnight. (New York: Berkley, 2009). ISBN – 9780425226995.

Main Characters: Lady Emily Stapleford and Logan JennsenTempted at Midnight

Related Works: This is part of Jacquie D’Alessandro’s Mayhem in Mayfair Series. Books in the series include the following:

  • Sleepless at Midnight– story of Matthew Devenport, Lord Langston and Miss Sarah Moorehouse
  • Confessions at Midnight– story of Daniel Sutton, Lord Surbrooke and Carolyn Turner, Viscountess Wingate
  • Seduced at Midnight – story of Gideon Mayne and Lady Julianne Bradley
  • Tempted at Midnight– story of Logan Jennsen and Lady Emily Stapleford

Description from book:

A desperate beauty concocts a perfectly outrageous scheme for success – and not only attracts the attention of the Ladies Literary Society of London, but also the last man she’d ever expected to tempt.

Lady Emily Stapleford never dreamed that the burden of saving her family from financial ruin would rest on her lovely, resourceful shoulders. Since she is only willing to marry for lover, and not money, Emily pens a story she hopes will bring her fortune – only to have it rejected by every publishing firm. After all, what respectable reader would dare embrace a vampire heroine?

Not to be dissuaded, Emily decides to create public interest with a vampire pretense. Overnight, London is abuzz with stories about sightings. With new interest in Emily’s book, she’s guaranteed success – if it weren’t for the mysterious American Logan Jennsen. He’s onto Emily’s duplicity, and he has every intention of using this knowledge to his advantage. If only he weren’t falling in love with this unabashedly creative female. And if only he didn’t have a scandalous secret of his own – one that’s putting both their lives in danger . . .

My Thoughts:

I have really enjoyed all four books in Jacquie D’Alessandro’s Mayhem in Mayfair series. The books chronicle the romantic adventures of four female friends who formed their own reading group – the Ladies Literary Society of London. The group’s purpose is to pick and discuss literary works. What they don’t tell anyone is that the books they choose to read are rather scandalous and highly salacious.

In this last installment of the series, Lady Emily Stapleford is the only remaining unmarried lady of the literary society. She has just returned to London with a heavy burden – her family is in dire financial straits. In order to avoid having to marry for money, Emily devises a plan to raise the money needed to restore her family’s resources. She has written a novel about a female vampire. Since no publisher is interested in publishing her novel, Emily plans to stir up interest about female vampires by posing as one during society events.

Logan Jennsen, however, knows that Emily is up to something and plans to discover her secret. Logan and Emily shared a kiss several months prior to the start of their story which neither can forget. This makes them both hyper aware of each other. Both would like to repeat the kiss. As Emily succeeds in generating talk of a vampiress running about London, somone from Logan’s murky past returns to haunt him – and to put Emily in danger.

I have been looking forward to Logan and Emily’s story since reading about their kiss in Seduced at Midnight. I was in no way disappointed. In fact, I could not put this book down once I had started reading it. Emily and her schemes cracked me up. There was wonderful romantic and sexual tension between Emily and Logan. Beyond that one of my favorite threads from the whole series was the strong friendship between all four women in the Ladies Literary Society of London. We saw a great deal of this friendship over the four books – and I found it truly heartwarming.

The only downside to the book? This seems to be the last book of the Mayhem in Mayfair series. There are no more unmarried members of the Ladies Literary Society of London. That makes me a wee bit sad.

Read first April 2009

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