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Lessons After Dark (Englefield #2)

3.30  ·  Rating Details  ·  244 Ratings  ·  48 Reviews
A Woman With An Unspeakable Past

Olivia Brightmore didn't know what to expect when she took a position to teach at Englefiend School, an academy for "gifted" children. But it wasn't having to rescue a young girl who levitated to the ceiling. Or battling a dark mystery in the surrounding woods. And nothing could have prepared her for Dr. Gareth St. John...

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Published April 3rd 2012 by Sourcebooks Casablanca (first published April 1st 2012)
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Linda Baker
Mar 10, 2012 Linda Baker rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
After reading Isabel Cooper's first book, No Proper Lady, I was delighted to get an advance readers copy through netgalley. This is a very different book however, more in the line of historical romance with paranormal elements. It was not at all the full-out adventure with a kick-ass heroine and strong, supporting leading man that I was expecting, although it is set in the same world.

Olivia Brightmore, a young widow who has been supporting herself for several years as a medium, discovers that sh
Sandy M
While most of this book has interesting points, mischievous magical children, and demons waiting to break through to the human world, what it lacks is hero and heroine interaction to make the romance between them the mainstay of the story.

And that’s even more frustrating when Olivia and Gareth are actually in scenes together, because they do have a chemistry that works, even when Gareth is suspicious and doesn’t like Olivia all that much because of her past. That frustration grows even more when
Paranormal Romance
Hoping for a restart in life, the heroine takes everything she owns and accepts employment as a teacher at a school for gifted children-gifted like herself. There she meets the less than welcoming gruff doctor. She's horrified to find out he recognizes her from her previous employment as a medium. He makes it perfectly clear that he's disgusted with her as a person and the idea that she's a teacher to young impressionable minds. But not only is she;s not the fraud he thinks she is- she's in fact ...more
Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
Paranormal Romance

I loved No Proper Lady by Isabel Cooper and loved the story so when I saw Lessons After Dark, the second book in the series, on NetGalley I had to request an eARC. I enjoyed seeing Simon and Joan again. Lessons After Dark is set at their home in the country where they have started a school for children who have special talents. The two main characters in the book are both new teachers at the school

What the above does not say is that Gareth saw Olivia when she was doing the fake
A follow-up to No Proper Lady, this book features the staff of the school Joan and Simon founded. A nice blend of paranormal and Regency romances, it delivers on its promises--there's some rogue demons, hidden pasts, a magical siege, and sizzling love scenes.

The two protagonists are fairly likeable, and their banter generally works. Their reasons for staying apart, on the other hand, wear thin after awhile. Gareth looks down on Olivia--it's a combination of classicism (eww, she pretended to be a
Lori {Romancing the Dark Side}
A sexy Victorian romance that is sure to bewitch you!

After her husband's death, Olivia Brightmore has had to earn a living for herself by using her gift and posing as a medium, something she's not exactly proud of. When she receives an offer to teach at a school for children with "special abilities" Olivia accepts in hope of starting over. What she didn't expect was to be in the presence of real magic at the school or to fall for the school's resident doctor, the well reserved Gareth St. John wh
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
Originally posted at: http://longandshortreviews.blogspot.c...

Olivia knew the job she was taking on was unusual. She didn’t know exactly what a school for “gifted” children meant, but she knew it wasn’t going to be for common everyday gifts. She was a bit amazed though when she arrived and had to help a young girl afloat by the ceiling find a way to get back to the floor…

Isabel Cooper writes a very good story. Her words flow well, the storyline is interesting and she mixes danger and love togeth
Apr 25, 2012 Jaime rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I am kind of stumped with this review. I liked all of the characters. Especially the heroine and hero, Olivia and Gareth. But… Nothing happened. Olivia a former charlatan begins to find redemption teaching children magic. And Gareth begins to come out of his gloom and depression fog as a Doctor at the same school. My problem is there is hardly any magic or adventure, and most of the action takes place with other character’s and we the reader only get the experience the brief aftermath, in which ...more
Linda C
Book 1 of this series, No Proper Lady, set the stage for a potential future invasion of evil paranormal demons. The hero and heroine there were dynamic contrasts who found their match and their mission. A few years later they have begun a school for 'gifted' children. Children who have unique abilities but do not know how to control them and who are the beginning of a corps of people to fight the demon invasion. This book focuses on Olivia Brightmore, a teacher of magic, and Dr. Gareth St. John, ...more
♡ Sassy ~ Amy ♡
This was surprisingly good & worth buying the book!

Olivia a fake medium, gets a job teaching at a school for children with special gifts. She really did not expect the special gifts the students really had.

Gaereth is a healer. He and Olivia must save the children from the demon in the woods who is trying to break through to take over the school.

It was different than I expected. I expected boring, don't ask me why, & it was far from that! I stayed up late reading it!
Oct 29, 2014 Zazzu rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
Really meh. Not zippy, not sexy, and the world in this book never "gells" for me. Plus one character says "Yeah" which I don't think was said back then...and even if it was I don't think a lady of status would say it. Even if she might--it sounded jarringly modern!

I also didn't really like the hero. He's a bit of a pig to Olivia about her past as a fake medium. He should have well been aware that widows without income or family faced few honest choices of employment at the time, and he's priggis
Apr 24, 2012 Ailsa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My thoughts: I had no idea from the description that this story took place in a historical setting, but luckily I had no problem with it. It's set in one of my favourite time periods - late 1800s England. Olivia turns up at the school not really sure what to expect, but knowing she doesn't really have much choice in her current circumstances, and that it could be the lifeline she needs to a respectable, more stable life.

Whatever else it might be, her new job certainly isn't normal, as Olivia spe
Jun 19, 2012 Tracy rated it really liked it
A Subtle Romance in an Intriguing Magical World
Olivia Brightmore needed this teaching job and was desperately hoping she wouldn't get turned away at the door when she showed up at Englefield. The new school was special, important, and highly secretive. She was offered the position by the couple who had started this incredible venture and with so few options, Olivia knew she had to keep it if she had any hope of staying out of the poorhouse.

There was tragically little money left after all the bil
Not for the first time I finish Isabel Cooper's book and find myself torn between admiration for the fabulous idea and disappointment that the book couldn't quite rise to my expectations. Does that make any sense?

The start is good and reminds me of Harry Potter with all the children in this school in the woods with magical gifts. The kids are really fascinating, and I enjoyed reading about them and their training, but it's all crumbs which leave you starving for more.

I even enjoyed Olivia and Ga
24/5 - This was just so-so. The sex was ok, but their relationship seemed pretty disfunctional. There was very little romance. Neither seemed to feel particularly romantic toward the other - there was lust but I felt absolutely no love (even when they matter of factly announced it to each other). If this had been set today they could have been friends with occasional benefits because they didn't appear to have any everlasting feelings for each other that would necessitate marriage (not that that ...more
Feb 26, 2013 Tin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
To read my full review, visit: Love Saves the World

I think Isabel Cooper is a great new author and I will continue to follow her series. Here's why:

She does a wonderful job of developing the mythos she has created in her debut novel, No Proper Lady. Her description of the "other" world and of how individual powers manifest is spellbinding and fantastic. It is evocative and imaginative -- Cooper has a gift for description and I haven't been this engaged and captivated by a world since Amanda Quic
Joshua Burns
Dec 29, 2012 Joshua Burns rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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There are not quite enough lessons after dark but those that do occur occur with satisfactory aplomb and ado.

Nothing particularly stands out in this book aside from its rather modern references to the male anatomy. The best word to describe the construction of this novel would be competent.

The romance that buds between Gareth and Olivia although entirely obvious from the start is developed extensively. Wherever grounds can be given for the character's decision they are
Mar 31, 2014 Kit★ marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Dollar store find that looked interesting. Of course it has to be part of a series though, and of course not the first one. Happens to me all the time, I swear I need a smartphone so I can check GR before buying stuff! Oh well, I'll probably look for a copy of the first one and then read them in order, because I'm like that with series books...
Jan 05, 2013 Mara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3 1/2
Lesson After Dark was a nice surprise. A mystery well balanced with romance set in Victorian England, it has a slow pace. It will never be called action-packed. But it was never boring, it simply unravelled slowly.

I think there was a nice world-building, perfectly integrated into the story by the simple trick of teaching the students.

It was an absolutely lovely change to the usual UF fare. The hero is for most of the book pretty judgemental, but it never came out as a jerk. I was actually
I loved this.

It had all the fun of a boarding school for paranormal abilities with romance in the Victorian era. I liked how the paranormal side of things was mixed with the historical setting - it can be a balancing act and not all authors succeed.

I liked the way Olivia and Gareth circled around each other not quite wanting to admit to the attraction between them.

If I have to say one thing against it, it would be that the last quarter was very busy and so I almost missed Gareth and Olivia agree
Apr 29, 2013 Tina rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-finish
After so thoroughly enjoying No Proper Lady, I was very disappointed by this follow up. Olivia and Gareth lack the chemistry that Joan and Simon have. I felt the focus was more on the students and the magic, which is fine, but it was starting to read more like X-Men than a romance novel. Cooper could have made the book a bit longer to allow for more about the school but develop the romance further, and made the ending not quite so sudden. Not sure if I'll continue the series, bummer because I ha ...more
Clio Glass
Feb 28, 2015 Clio Glass rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
This book was an interesting read.

It reminded me of Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre, and Harry Potter, all rolled into one. I must say I enjoyed the mixture!
Olivia Brightmore arrives at Englefield School to teach magic. The school’s physician, Gareth St. John, recognizes her as “Madame Marguerite”, whom he had seen on stage as a medium of dubious talent. The schools founders Mr. & Mrs. Grenville knew her history when they hired her. They also knew that she had discovered a true talent for magic and was now properly trained to teach in their school. Olivia & Gareth fall in lust, then in love and eventually save the school by fixing a wound in ...more
I quite liked the premise however I wasn't engaged by the writing, or the hero and heroine.
Jul 10, 2012 Jess rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This sequel does an excellent job of expanding the setting and universe of adventure/peril that's available for characters to interact with. It wasn't like many other paranormal romances, which set up sequels by saying, "Well, we beat The Evil back for now, but it'll come back again for the next couple to deal with." Instead, the series took a sharp turn in a different but related direction, and still managed to introduce two new characters and develop them emotionally. I'm thoroughly enjoying t ...more
2.5 stars

So I was a bit surprised that the story had a bigger than expected paranormal skew to it - much bigger.

As I was a little thrown, it took me a while to get into it and I realised that I was more interested about the rift between the worlds than Olivia and Gareth's relationship (where he kind of annoyed me with his "I can't trust her" attitude - understandable, slightly, but not really).

I am hesitant in tagging this trashy romance because the paranormal story felt like it was the main ob
Aug 12, 2015 Bob rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just thought it was really fun, even if Gareth was a bit dense.
Dani C. (Paulette's Papers)
I really wanted to love this book. I have started reading historical paranormal and the ones I have come across I love. When I first read the synopsis for Lessons After Dark I was excited. It sounded like a fun, romantic read.

Unfortunately, I didn’t find that. For me the story dragged. It dragged so much that I was not eager to pick this back up when I had to set it down. I was hoping this would be a fun, light hearted, romantic read and it wasn’t.

The characters were ok and I like the premise a
Great chemistry between hero and heroine, but hero is a self-righteous judgmental jerk until a very last minute change of heart. If you liked her debut novel you might enjoy seeing Joan and Simon again, and the young students at the fledgling school of magic are engaging. Unlike the previous book in the series, the villain is a nameless demon, so the fight against him makes less of an impact. I give Cooper one more novel and if it disappoints I will have to label her as another "initial promise ...more
I thought the premise of the book was quite promising, but I the two leads were hard to root for. Part of the problem was that nothing really happened! No major crisis to overcome, no one keeping them apart. As with many stories, the two leads did not care for eachother at the beginning. When they finally say that they love each other, it just seemed sudden - despite being well into the book. All in all, I found it was hard to keep my attention on the story and I ended up finishing it just to se ...more
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Isabel Cooper lives in Boston, Massachusetts with her boyfriend and a houseplant she's managed to keep alive for over a year now—a personal best. By day, she's a mild-mannered editor at a legal publishing company. By night, she's really quite a geek: polyhedral dice, video games, and everything. She only travels through time the normal direction, and has never fought any kind of demon, unless you ...more
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