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Midnight Waltz (Louisiana Plantation Collection #2)

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He possessed Amalie by the moon's sultry glow and sent her to the white-hot limits of ecstatsy. But by day, her husand, Julien Declouet, remained aloof. Who was this myserious man whose languid caress and sweet seduction she craved? Yet deep in her heart, she knew the answer. Her midnight lover was not her husband, but his handsome cousin, Robert.... "From the Paperback ed...more
Paperback, 378 pages
Published December 12th 1984 by Ballantine Books (first published 1984)
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Misfit
Amalie Peschier was almost permanently on the old-maid shelf when her family arranges a too good to be true marriage to Julian Declouet. Julian is very kind to his young bride, almost too kind as he seems unwilling (or perhaps unable?) to consummate the marriage. Just when Amalie is ready to give up hope of children, her husband visits her room in the dark of night (so dark she can't see him) and makes wild passionate love to her, but come daylight her passionate lover is gone and Julian's amiab...more
Misfit
Well, that sure ended with a bang. Can't post the review until later in July for new publication date. Sorry.

Quote too long for an update Page 260,

"Women in the Creole portion of Louisiana did not attend burials, though they might be present at the mass for the should of the dead. They could give birth in a welter of gore, tend the incontinent elderly in their last days, and witness, not to mention clean up after, the bodily degradation caused by most illnesses; but they were, of course, far too...more
Kagama-the Literaturevixen
Apr 09, 2013 Kagama-the Literaturevixen rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: for fans of gritty & emotionally charged historical romances
3.5

Yes another one with the plotline of heroines husband not being up to the task of giving his wife a child.Of wich I have been reading several of late.

The heroine Amalie has been married for 3 months to charming,handsome and rich Julien Declouet. She should count her lucky have gotten such a husband at her advanced age (24) especially since she had figured herself to be firmly on the shelf before he proposed to her.

But in the months since their marriage he hasnt managed to consume the marriage...more
faeriemyst
I got more than halfway through this book when I just lost interest. I figured out Julien's 'secret' in the first ten pages, so that wasn't even that interesting. The plot wasn't intriguing to me and I just skimmed the rest to find out what happened. It's not that it was bad, but I just didn't connect with the book much.

By the way, what's up with Amalie having grey-blue rings around her brown eyes and silver-blue highlights in her brown hair? I think having one of those is odd enough but to have...more
Jill
Jennifer Blake's writing is so fine that it is easy to overlook certain themes in this book that I don't particularly like. Her descriptive detail of plantation life is second to none. She transports you to 19th century Louisiana with the beauty of her words.

Though released originally in 1985, this book is in no way dated. A great read.
Susan
This oldie but goodie historical romance is set in Louisiana and has all the wonderful elements of the Old South - antebellum mansion, hoop skirts, nasty overseer, insipid husband, spunky heroine and disastrous natural elements. The heroine was truly a steel magnolia but not to the point of being unrealistic and the hero of the story was the quiet, strong type. The added bonus of a hurricane - and a real one at that - made the climax of the story all the more exciting.

They sure don't write them...more
Aspoon
This book was completely absurd..the storyline was absurd…the heroine (or lack thereof) was absurd…the author was absurd to even think the readers would be interested in a heroine who doesn’t even know the difference of being with her husband or being with his brother…SUUUURE..she never really slept with the husband, but still you would know his body, his voice…his touch...come on…it’s not like it was his TWIN BROTHER that was sneaking in her room…and if that wasn’t bad enough…she continue a rel...more
Mara
Left at 60% mark. Too many unbelievable points and never-ending scenery/dress/balls descriptions dragged it down.
1) No night is so dark that you mistake your husband for his cousin. Repeatedly. 2) When you discover such a deception you make rain hell on earth. And believe me quiet women explode the worst. Here there wasn't a wisp of outrage.
3) Gay doesn't mean unable to perform. Man and woman are both perfectly able to fake it.

It should have been full of drama or at least melodrama. It was bor...more
Malinda
3-3.5 stars

This was a good story. I liked both Robert and Amalie and enjoyed their story. This is the first book I've read by this author and based off this, I might try more of her work in the future.

This story was written back in 1984 and you can tell it by the writing a bit but it’s not as cheesy as some of the stories of this time (Not that I'm an expert on books from the '80s). The love scenes seemed a bit more descriptive than I expected. The descriptions are past the floweriness of bodic...more
Linda Morris
This book has so much of what I love about the best historical roms from the 80s/90s. Incredibly vivid, well-researched historical detail. I always learn so much about history from a Jennifer Blake book. A great setting (pre-Civil War Louisiana), a break from the same-old same-old Regency. (I love a good Regency, but I get tired of the lack of diversity in today's historical romance.) Well-drawn characters. Beautiful descriptions--Jennifer Blake writes lovely prose. Her love scenes are sexy and...more
Cyndi
OMG this book was BORRRRRing!!! I think I skipped more than half of it. Long lame ass descriptions of the setting, long lame ass discussions of feelings, blah, blah, blah.

The thing is the story had potential. Sure the premise is a little ridiculous (she doesn't know she's not sleeping with her husband? really??) but whatever. Some romances have ridiculous premises and work beautifully. This one did not. So much wasted opportunity for longing and yearning and more sexy times. I also wouldn't hav...more
Linda Banche
I've loved every Jennifer Blake book I've read. MIDNIGHT WALTZ is no exception.

In antebellum Louisiana, young wife Amalie settles into marriage with her new husband, Julien. Handsome, rich and charming, Julien is everything a woman could ask for, but slightly distant--until he comes to her bed at night. Then he turns into the wildly passionate lover of every woman's dreams.

The difference confuses and alarms Amalie, especially when attraction develops between her and Julien's newly arrived cousin...more
Farrah
This title was originally released in 1984 and re-released last year in 2011. In Midnight Waltz I had a feeling Julian was a “Molly” pretending to be straight from the beginning but I wasn’t 100% sure. The signs were there but you just never really know, right? Back then it was likely very common for gay men to marry for family (men needed heirs) and society sake.

Midnight Waltz like other Blake books was very detailed in land and architecture descriptions. You just can’t miss imagining the scene...more
Heather
Amalie, the heroine, is in an arranged marriage to Julien Declouet. They live with Julien's mother and sleep in separate bedrooms, as was the custom in those times. Julien's cousin, the handsome Robert Farnum, lives nearby and is a frequent visitor to Belle Grove. He respects his aunt, Julien's mother, and will do anything for her.

Julien and Amalie have been married for three months, but still the marriage has not been consumated, although he has tried once or twice. One night, Amalie is visited...more
Bbabri
Olvastam már Jennifer Blake könyveket,és volt ami igazán tetszett,és volt ami kevésbe.Hát ez egyátalán nem tetszett.
Amikor elolvastam a fülszöveget,már tudtam,hogy miről fog szólni,és izgatott lettem,mert még ilyen témáról nem igen olvastam.De ahogy nekikezdtem,folyamatosan elvesztette a varázsát,és a vége már kínszenvedés volt. Igazi nagy csalódás ez a könyv.

Amalie egy igen ostoba nőszemély.Feleségül megy Julien-hez és bántja hogy a férje hónapok múltán sem közeledik felé.Nem szerelmes a férfib...more
Helm Ehmy Ilarde
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Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
Originally posted at: http://longandshortreviews.blogspot.c...

On a warm, dark night in Creole country of Louisiana, mid-nineteenth century, Amalie Peachier Declouet wonders why any woman would call what had just happened, a duty. It was pleasure like she’d never realized could be—pure ecstasy that left her feeling complete and loved. She was, indeed, a married woman now in every sense of the word--not a spinster left on the self after six years of mourning with no prospects.

Julian Declouet, Ama...more
Steph Arndt
MINOR SPOILERS CONTAINED IN THIS REVIEW.

I found it really hard to keep going with this one. I downloaded a four pack of Jennifer Blake books called the Southern Plantation Series for my Kindle. Midnight Waltz was the second book in the series.

Reading the synopsis I thought this book would have promise, however, I found I wanted to constantly skip through the long detailed descriptions and step by step narrations of Amelie's daily life.

The whole situation with Robert just confused me. I felt th...more
Holly
This is by far my favorite book by Jennifer Blake. I have this in the original hard cover edition and have reread this book more times than I can count. Love it and the author. Keep them coming.
Marmar
I really enjoyed the book as a whole. There were some portions that were not enjoyable. I'm fan of a good misunderstanding or unneeded confusion that must be worked through and brought to resolution. The Amalie/Julien/Robert aspect was most interesting. Yet, that's the reason I gave the book three of five stars. I felt that went on far too long before being brought to resolution.

Ms. Blake has a way of describing Louisiana as no other. Being a native of Louisiana and having a family that goes bac...more
Alicia
Overall good book. I really hated that the preview on the back of the book gave away/spoiled a couple of major incidents in the book. The book would have been much, much better if the reader was left to wonder who was sneeking into her bed at night or what happened to her husband when he went missing but because of the preview the reader already knows and that took away from some of the excitement and suspense of the book. Although, you don't know this until you finish the book (unless one skips...more
Stacey
This book was painfully boring and predictable. I'm giving it two stars only because I could actually finish it, but not without forcing myself.
Moriah
3.5/5. I wasn't quite as engaged with the characters as I had hoped to be, but the writing was evocative, giving such a rich sense of time and place and zeitgeist that I didn't care. The characters were a vessel to a place and time, which could easily have been tedious.

The husband's problem was pretty obvious. The mystery was slitly intriguing. It gets 3.5 instead of 3 because of the sense of living history.
Clarke
I'm not sure why but I didn't enjoy his book. Lots of different things happen but the book is overly detailed so that slowed the book down.

If you like the south, plantation life, and lots of details this book is for you.
Kathryn
Historical romances make me happy. Especially ones with twists and turns like this one. This is your typical steamy romance novel and I love it. Angst, mystery, sex. It has everything.
Eva
My complet review can be found on my blog.

http://vampirekiss1967.blogspot.com/2...

I give this book 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Courtney
I hated this book. I can't really go into why without massive spoilers. Needless to say it was my first and last book by this author.
Melanie
I really want to rate this book 3.5 but no half here. The story story started off really slow then the action finally picked up.
Andria
Yet another favorite, Jennifer Blake is rapidly becoming one of my top five favorite authors.
BonnieJ
Lots of typos in the book, but a good story; especially during the flood.
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