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Dancing at Midnight (The Splendid Trilogy #2)

3.82  ·  Rating Details ·  8,708 Ratings  ·  348 Reviews
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,
Paperback, 375 pages
Published August 25th 2009 by Avon (first published 1995)
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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
A little too light-hearted for me in my current state of mind. Not much of a plot, either.
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
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
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
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♥ Melody
This was okay. Had a very promising start with a dark forlorn tone and emotional back story for the tormented wounded-hero that reminded me of her Bridgerton series. But it quickly lost flavor with the sappy heavy-handed dialogue, dull predictable plot and dragged out pacing half way through. Oh man the number of Oh John, 'oh my darling Belle. You heal me. You are my sunshine, my reason for living! I don't deserve you!' just sucked out all the quiet subtle moments and made the characters come o ...more
Jennifer (FFT Reviews)
4 Stars

Julia Quinn is the author that started my obsession with historical romances and Dancing at Midnight was one of the first of her books that I tried...after the Bridgerton series, of course. One of my goals this year is to re-read old favorites in order to get out of reading slumps than just pushing through and not finishing anything. So, when I found myself disinterested in any "new" books, I picked this up and was happy to discover that it holds up pretty well after all these years.

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
I was really anxious to read Bella's story and my god such a sweet wonderful heart warming story i got,it was worth my waiting

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
Huma Rashid
Dec 18, 2013 Huma Rashid rated it it was ok
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
Apr 12, 2012 L rated it liked it
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
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

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

Khanh (the Grinch)
Oct 07, 2015 Khanh (the Grinch) rated it did not like it
"Belle," he said flatly. "I don't want your love. I can't accept it."

"How dare you belittle me this way?"

His hand closed around her wrist. "You misunderstand me. It is because I value your love so highly that I do not accept it."

Time for another reimagined play. Settle down, folks.

Cast of Characters:
Lady Arabella Blydon (Bella): a lovely and (allegedly) brilliant young woman
Lord John Blackwood: a grumpy, self-flagellating war veteran
Khanh: self-explanatory

Act I:
*a blissful pastoral scene*
Jun 01, 2013 Ssil rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Ivana Azap
May 19, 2016 Ivana Azap rated it it was amazing
The second book in the Splendid Trilogy, a.k.a. Blydon trilogy and features Belle Blydon. Lady Arabella (Bella) seems like a Regency-era heroine. Alex and Emma from Splendid appear often throughout the book - Emma is pregnant with their first child. In fact, as the story opens, Belle is stating at Westonbirt while her parents are in Italy. Belle is just completing the Grand Shakespearean Quest in which she is reading all of the plays in alphabetical order.

I've read most of Ms Quinn's novels and
Nov 14, 2014 Lynleigh rated it did not like it
I'm sorry Julia Quinn, but this was the worse book I have ever read by you. The beginning started out great.... And then... It slowly faltered into a downward spiral. The plot was unbelievably ridiculous. John was bipolar with two personalities. Belle, previously I found endearing, became a scatter brain in her own story. The one star is for Persephone, the only enjoyable character of the lot.
Monty Cupcake ☠ Queen of Bloodshed ☠
DNF. I just can't do it anymore. I read 161 of 255 pages. And that took several times to accomplish.

I like Julia Quinn, she's kinda cheesy, but usually in a cute way. This book is excessively cheesy and beyond melodramatic.

John, the hero, he is whiny, whiny, mopey, woe is me. He has the worst case if PMS ever. He was wounded during the war, now has a limp, but was made an earl & owns a house. Yet he can't get over something that happened during the war, even though in no way was it his faul
Mar 01, 2015 Pamela rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2015-books
Update: After further consideration, I have decided to downgrade my rating to 2.5 stars.
Here's the thing...I liked Belle and John but I didn't really like the prose. Even though John is whiny one minute then a hero the next, I did still like him. It was a bit repetitive for me and the author went in a different/darker direction with this one. I'm a little put off by how quickly the sex arrives in these tales. I thought young ladies of the ton didn't jump into bed a week after they met someone.
Apr 14, 2015 Catarina rated it liked it
Bem...acho que terminei o primeiro livro da autora tão feliz que comecei este com expectativas altíssimas. Infelizmente, começar uma leitura com demasiadas expectativas normalmente prova ser errado. Gostei da Belle e do John, mas por eles e não pela história deles (isto tem sentido na minha mente, juro!!)

Para começar, o que o John só percebeu bem tarde já eu tinha percebido quase no início do livro. Assim que se soube a sua história e parte do que passou na guerra, pensei em determinada pessoa
Oct 06, 2015 Kimberle rated it it was ok
this book said the man, lord john had seen the horrors of war and was injured in body and soul. when he had the flashback about the war i was not expecting child rape. and i was not expecting the graphic details of said rape to be repeated in the book 2 more times after that in his nightmares. THAT MADE ME MAD.
i was even more mad since Quinn penned a note in the book talking about it and her process of writing it since it is one of her earliest works. i was mad she didn't put a warning in her n
Jul 02, 2015 Mei rated it did not like it
Shelves: historical
I'm really, really sorry, but I found this book to be the ode to stupidity!

I was spoiled by other Ms. Quinn's books and I was expecting something like those, but I just wanted to yell, cry and pull out my hair while reading this book!

The story could have been interesting, the writing was good, but the actions of ALL characters were sooooo.... idiotic that it was over-the-top!

I was rolling my eyes so much that I was dizzy! They all had so many TSTL moments the it was not funny!

I could rant and ra
Jul 13, 2015 Angie rated it it was ok
2.5 stars...

I really hate to say, but this wasn't one of Julia's best. It started out good, but quickly turned into something I wasn't fond of. I found myself flipping to see how many pages were left and almost skim reading so I could hurry and finish. In fact, I thought about not finishing. That is not in character for me and Julia Quinn books!

Anyway, the worst of it is that after all drama with John & Belle in the beginning and his "reasons" for self hate, you'd think he'd act a little mo
Oct 05, 2015 Mili rated it really liked it
Oricâte cărţi aş citi, cel mai bine mă simt când abordez genul historical romance. Mă reprezintă în totalitate, iar când prind ceva scris de o autoare preferată, pur şi simplu o devorez rapid.
Aşa cum am scris şi cu alte ocazii, Julia Quinn îmi place la nebunie, este pe gustul meu. În Splendid m-a cucerit şi a reuşit să mă învăluie în mister, acelaşi lucru l-a făcut şi de data aceasta, numai că a fost o diferenţă între ele.
Alex şi Emma au fost preferaţii mei, personalităţi asemănătoare, temperame
Dec 07, 2015 Tarsha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*4.5 stars*
Loved this book the 2nd or 3rd time around. Well done.
Pamela Shropshire
Apr 27, 2016 Pamela Shropshire rated it really liked it
This is the 2nd book in the Blydon trilogy and features Belle Blydon. Alex and Emma from Splendid appear often throughout the book - Emma is pregnant with their first child.

In fact, as the story opens, Belle is stating at Westonbirt while her parents are in Italy. Belle is just completing the Grand Shakespearean Quest in which she is reading all of the plays in alphabetical order. She is reading The Winter's Tale when she meets a handsome man with a limp; he introduces himself as John, Lord Blac
Sep 05, 2016 Jennifer rated it did not like it
From time to time, even the best of authors falter. Or, in this case, falter, stagger a bit while wildly trying to regain their balance, and then fall headlong down a flight of narrative stairs before crash-landing in the cellar of awful...and then, whilst lying there stunned, try to dig themselves a bit deeper. Such, sadly, is the case with Julia Quinn and Dancing at Midnight.

Despite being a bluestocking, Lady Arabella Blydon has been something of a success on the marriage market - unless you c
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#1 New York Times bestselling author Julia Quinn loves to dispel the myth that smart women don't read (or write) romance, and in 2001 she did so in grand style, competing on the the game show The Weakest Link and walking away with the $79,000 jackpot. She displayed a decided lack of knowledge about baseball, country music, and plush toys, but she is proud to say that she aced all things British an ...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”
“Look at me," John gasped. "I cannot remember the last time I allowed
myself to be so happy. I smile all day long without knowing why. I climbed a bloody tree, vaulted through your window, and here I am—laughing.It's the middle of the night, and yet here I am
with you. Dancing at midnight, holding perfection in my arms." -John Blackwood to Arabella Blydon”
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