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Dancing at Midnight (Splendid #2)

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Lady Arabella Blydon has beauty and a brain, and she's tired of men who can see only one without the other.

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
ebook, 384 pages
Published October 13th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published January 1st 1995)
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Linds
You know that Katy Perry song that has the line "You PMS like a chick that I know." That's the song that comes to mind when I think of the hero John in this book.
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
Sara ♥
April 6-9, 2014

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) 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
valee
Well, I'm not making a huge review about this book because I don't think it deserves it.
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
Riddhi

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

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Annie
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Kristina
I love Julia Quinn anyways, but I also love a romance novel in which one (or both) of the main characters has a major emotional battle to overcome. The usual obstacles are good for a read too, but the ones with emotional road blocks offer a much greater depth to the characters. All of my favorite romance novels seem to have that as a theme; this is one of those. As always with one of Quinn's novels, I laughed, I cried, and I fell in love.

This is the second book in the Blydon series. Although the...more
Pamela(AllHoney)
The second book in the Splendid Trilogy. I've read most of Ms Quinn's novels and decided to get a hold of the ones I hadn't. This was one of them. It was a fun read with a dark edge to it. John Blackwood is a wounded war hero who feels guilt due to a deed he felt he should have prevented. Then he meets "Belle". Belle shows John how to dance and live again.
Gokce ~Muslin Myst~
Another good one from Julia Quinn. I think at this point, I'm a bit biased when it comes to books from this author since she's one of my favorites, but I can honestly say this was a nice one, if again, not her best.

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
Huma Rashid
This was supremely cheesy. At times, it was so cheesy that I had to put the book down and walk away for a bit. And it definitely featured the 'emotionally overcome heroine runs away from home and gets caught in the rain and nearly dies' moment that we've come to expect from romance novels and soap operas. Also, the beginning had me rolling my eyes. One five minute meeting, with about two minutes total of conversation, and the hero and heroine can't stop thinking about each other. This is all by...more
Ssil
Belle está leyendo tranquilamente una de las obras de Shakespeare cuando se ve interrumpida por John Blackwood, por quien rápidamente se siente atraída, pero que le resulta demasiado maleducado. Bella, decidida, comenzará a propiciar una serie de encuentros para ver qué se esconde detrás de ese hombre que parece no sentir nada por ella, ni una leve atracción. Y lo tiene bastante fácil pues está pasando una temporada en la casa de su prima, Emma, recién casada y partidaria de dar más libertad a l...more
Lea
I loved parts of this book and disliked parts. There was a sweetness to the romance between John and Belle, especially in the beginning, and I liked both of them. The flashback scene/nightmare that John was having was brutal and very jarring and really took me out of the sweetness of the story. I thought his reasons for not thinking himself worthy were, not justified, but understandable.

Some of the things Belle did were highly stupid - walking with just her maid in the park after it's known som...more
June
I loved this book. I thought it had a good story plot, with a little mystery added in. John Blackwood, war hero, injured in war both physically and emotionally. It brought back some favorite characters, and in the beginning I enjoyed the fact it was in the English country side. I'm not a poet, but I was familiar with several of the poems mentioned. I loved the poem John wrote for Belle. Even thought John struggled with his past and did not feel worthy to marry Belle, he couldn't bear to think sh...more
Jenny E
Definitely not one of Julia Quinn's best, although it is one of her early novels, so I'll chalk it up to a learning experience for her to get to the amazing author she is today?!!

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
Katrina Passick Lumsden
Could John get any more maudlin? I mean, for the love of testicles, brother, MAN UP. I got so tired of listening to him whine and throw tantrums and blame himself for something that....OK, you know what, blaming yourself for not acting in time to help someone is one thing, but when he went so far as to say he did it...that was where Quinn lost me. Which totally sucked because I like Belle and John. But melodrama is fast becoming my literary kryptonite, and silly, nonsensical melodrama is like kr...more
Red Austin
READER'S OPINION

I have two rather serious disappointments with the novel. One was that I thought Lord Dunford was the hero of this novel. Oh, what could I say? But I love him from the first novel of this series entitled, "Splendid"! I always thought there was a spark between him and Lady Arabella Blydon. But then when I started reading the story, what I thought was proven wrong because in reality, there really wasn't any sparks- which was my second disappointment because I always thought my inst...more
Kim
It has been a long time since I have written a review, so do foregive me if my complaining skills turn out to be rusty.
I found this book on my shelf, and it has been a while since I have read a number by Quinn, so I though, "Why the heck not anyway?"

Good lord. No wonder I subconciously never went back to Quinn.

This book is the second instalment to the Splendid series. I found the first book mildly palatable, and Anna seemed like a pretty decent woman, so I was curious to read up on her story (...more
Sam
I'm glad this wasn't the first Julia Quinn book I read, because I wouldn't have sought out any other books by her if it had been. This book was filled with characters with amazingly expressive faces, and people who showed a near-genius ability to read them. People would often glance at one another and easily and immediately show four or five different (and often conflicting) emotions on their faces. In this book, a two second look is worth a ten page essay, with footnotes, and diagrams.

And after...more
Sandra
Lady Arabella Blydon has beauty and a brain, and she's tired of men who can see only one without the other. 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, a wounded war hero who intrigues her like no other man. Lord John has lived through the worst horrors of war...but nothing c...more
Lori
This is perhaps my all time favorite JQ book. I love John. He's so damaged, but still so wonderful. I love how Belle makes him write her a poem and he tries to plagiarize from all over, and she catches him at it every time. It's a poignant yet funny tale. Love JQ's older books.
Lady Allison
REALLY wanted to give this one 5 stars because it was laugh out loud funny & I LOVED both the hero & the heroine - but the "Does he love? He can't love me."/"Does she love me? I'm so unlovable" monologues really got to me after a while. Otherwise, a FANTASTIC book!
Robin
Lady Arabella Blydon is staying at her cousin's home in the country when she meets Lord John Blackwood. Bella finds John intriguing. He is a wounded war hero who one minute is very cordial, and the next minute he is very cold. John, who blames himself for the death of an innocent girl, feels that Bella deserves a better man. Even though he finds himself falling in love with her, he keeps pushing her away.

I really liked both Bella and John and thought they were a great couple. The only drawback w...more
Oleta Blaylock
This is one of the books that made me fall in love with Julia Quinn’s writing. John Blackwood is probably the closest perfect male character that has been written. He is tall, dark and handsome yes but he is also flawed and humble as well. He is honorable and loyal. He is also wrecked with guilt over something that wasn't his fault and he would have been hard pressed to stop. Finally he is a wounded war hero that is honored by the English government with a title. I read this story some years ago...more
Vanessa
Sangat mengocok perut... wkwkwkw:D

Dan..

Sangat suka dgn teriakan Persephone dibagian akhir cerita.. wkwkwkw *ketawa sampai nangis* X'D
Becky
(Splendid Trilogy,#2) This is a sweet story, but the romance is very forced and predictable.
Marline
Julia Quinn always manages to hook me in at the beginning. Her writing seems effortless, which shows her skill, because I've read a lot of historical romances that seem forced. It's a redundant meet cute where the girl means the guy under a tree on his land, but the romance felt real. The characters really connected and felt 3 dimensional. I'm a sucker for a scared war hero and liked that he was not perfect in shape or form, just a regular joe who was given a title for his war service. This one...more
annisa belikov casillas
dah kelar bacanya..tapi kok bagusan yang si emma ya menurut aq....^^
Adinda Owen Anderson
A little bit better than #1, but #3 still the best of all
Meliana
Saat berlibur di rumah sepupunya yang baru saja menikah, Lady Arabella Blydon tak sengaja memasuki kawasan rumah tetangganya, Lord John Blackwood. Sikap dingin yang ditunjukkan John membuat Belle penasaran, karena selama ini tidak ada pria yang tidak menyukainya. Karena itu Belle memutuskan untuk mendekati John dan memastikan bahwa John pasti menyukainya.
John Blackwood mendapat gelarnya karena berjasa semasa perang. Akan tetapi perang itu juga membawa luka padanya, tidak hanya fisik, tapi batinn...more
Adlina Haezah
seperti biasa, julia quinn tidak membuatku berhenti tersenyum membaca novelnya, termasuk yang ini. Dan agak beda dari novel sebelumnya yang kubaca, disini si ceweknya lumayan agresif untuk jadi pihak yang berusaha keras mendapatkan tokoh cowoknya. Hmm.. beberapa hal memang mudah di tebak sih dan sebenarnya kalau novel ini disajikan tanpa peran masa lalu miliki John, bisa saja novel ini akan terkesan datar. Ketakutan John akan masa lalunya cukup pas di taruh untuk membuat emosi di novel ini menja...more
Violet the Vanisher
June 12,2013

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
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“My love has eyes blue as the sky.
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”
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"No," he whispered. "It's yours.”
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