Dancing at Midnight (The Splendid Trilogy #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
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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
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
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
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.
This is the second book in the Blydon series. Although the ...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
Some of the things Belle did were highly stupid - walking with just her maid in the park after it's known som ...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
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
"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
*a blissful pastoral scene*
I've read most of Ms Quinn's novels and ...more
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 ...more
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. ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Despite being a bluestocking, Lady Arabella Blydon has been something of a success on the marriage market - unless you c ...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”
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”