Dancing at Midnight (Splendid #2)
When a suitor tells Arabella he's willing to overlook her appalling bluestocking tendencies on account of her looks and fortune, she decides to take a break from the Marriage Mart. During an extended stay in the country, she never expects to meet Lord John Blackwood,...more
Not that he's a bad hero, but he gives a reader whiplash. He will go from relaxed and bantering with the heroine to yelling "You can never understand what I've done!" and crushing her into a kiss, then push her away in the space of ten seconds.
It's Julia Quinn's second book and it's nice to know that she improves. A lot of this book is...more
Cute! Love it!
June 29-July 1, 2013
I love this book! Oooooohhhh! You forget how AWFUL the bad guy is! I wish John had (view spoiler)[shot the guy's man-parts off instead of shooting him in the butt! >:( (hide spoiler)] Bella and John are pretty great though. I'm gonna read Dunford's book next! It's been a while!
January 22-25, 2011
Ditto my 2007 comments! :) I think John's issues are more reasonable NOW than I apparently did then, though. He's a great, great character! I love how...more
I liked the beginning, sounded entertaining and different. But then it went downhill. I did loved the characters though, all of them.
My problem with this installment was that the romance felt forced and unbelievable. I hate it when characters get in love in the first week. But I hate it even more when it becomes extremely cheesy which was the case with this story. I mean, there's a limited number of times I c...more
When I first added this book to my to-reads list, I added it with the other two books in the series. So I didn’t know any of the characters or how they were connected. After reading Splendid, I expected Belle to be paired up with Dunford. Imagine my disappointment when I saw some other hero’s name in the description thingy. Ya I know it was mentioned that they were simply friends but but but but… awwwww. I had a similar feeling of confusion when I read Scandal in Spring because I expected Cam to...more
This is the second book in the Blydon series. Although the...more
The second book in the series tells the story of calm and rational cousin Belle, and the wounded war hero, John.
Needless to say I liked the two characters. For those who read the previous book, I thought Belle and John were better written than their predecessors. But this is due to t...more
Some of the things Belle did were highly stupid - walking with just her maid in the park after it's known som...more
I usually really like the tortured hero thing, but not in this instance. The heroine was okay, but seemed doormat-y by taking the bipolar hero back too easily. I didn't feel that either character was fleshed out enough either and things went from boring to frustrating to whacky. Melodrama galore!
I really enjoyed the p...more
We'll it did take me a really long time to finish this book. But only because I been extremely busy and my damn Ereader has been Acting up again. But this one was truly adorable. Us readers will fall truly in love with this book the Author has truly made all her books to life for you.
As a reader we fall in love with certain Character's and we hope to see them in there own book and hope to see them again and hope to see them have a happy ending. That's where Belle comes in and found h...more
In this case, the story begins with a very Jane Austen in the country feel, think Pride and Prejudice or Sense and Sensibility, with Belle, daughter of an Earl, visiting her married cousin Emma (from SPLENDID). It opens with Belle reading Shakespeare under a tree, when a man approaches her. The man, as it turns out, is her cousin's neighbor, John, who just purchased the neighboring estate.
Dancing at Midnight was a very enjoyable read for me. It was very light-hearted and I found myself chuckling aloud at various points. It was very entertaining and I really loved the romance between the characters.
John and Belle are two completely opposite people. One is so sunny, nothing ever fazes her, the other is just tortured and tormented. But somehow, they fall in love. Then again, opposites do attract, don’t they?
At times I couldn’t stand J...more
John is a tortured hero in every sense of the word. Before he was born his father died and his mother pretty much just gave up on life. She was tired, had already given birth six times before him, and she just...more
Lady Arabella Blydon meets Lord John Blackwell by accident when she accidentally trespasses on his property. Quickly she senses deep hatred and deep and dark secrets that he wants to keep hidden. Quickly she becomes facinated by his brooding and dark personality. By unlike her curiosity, he doesn't want anything to do with the innocent 'chit' and warns her to stay away fr...more
But Dancing at Midnight is the tale of a regency era war hero who suffers from the effects of things he has seen and done. As a recently appointed baron in recognition of his duty to England, John has struggled to improve his gait and has finally started to move about his property. This...more
Splendid was mostly that - splendid. Dancing at Midnight was... a fun read and worth the read in the end, but rather tortured at times (and not just the Hero), rambling, and seemed to include a lot more story elements than necessary.
I applaud Ms. Quinn for writing a book about a war hero - one that doesn't push away the nastiness of war. But our hero in this book, John, isn't as tortured by the war as he is about what he thinks is his ow...more
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Her warm, bright smile makes me want to try
To give her the world,
And when she's curled
Up in my arms where I can feel her touch,
I realize again that I love her so much.
My world has turned from black to white.
Kissing in starlight, basking in sunlight, dancing at midnight.'
~John's poem for Belle”
"No," he whispered. "It's yours.”