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Secrets of a Perfect Night

3.82 of 5 stars 3.82  ·  rating details  ·  1,336 ratings  ·  38 reviews
Three spectacular stories all set on New Year′s Eve. First, Stephanie Laurens enthralls us with a New Year′s scandal, when a rake awakens in the bed of the temptress who seduced him years before. Then, Victoria Alexander enchants with her tale of a love promised, then foiled and then rekindled on another midnight. And Rachel Gibson delights with the reunion of two estrange ...more
Paperback, 377 pages
Published December 5th 2000 by Avon
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Feb 18, 2011 Julianna rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of Friends-to-Lovers or Reunion Themed Romance
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Scandalous Lord Dere by Stephanie Laurens - Scandalous Lord Dere is a tender, sensuous friends-to-lovers, reunion story, two of my favorite themes in romance. Stephanie Laurens seems to have a talent for writing richly descriptive prose that isn't at all boring, but instead draws the reader into the story as through they are actually there watching everything unfold. For a novella, I thought that the characterizations and plot were extremely well-developed. Adrian is a
I was a bit surprised by the inclusion of a modern romance story at the end of the book, but other than that, the three novellas were good enough. Nothing spectacular, but what can you expect from a novella?
Elaine Mcdonald
For short stories these are really good. Rachel Gibson was my favorite, but the other two were also good.
Short stories by Stephanie Laurens, Victoria Alexander, and Rachel Gibson; two historicals and a contemporary. They were OK (I think I've read the Laurens story before...) but not amazingly compelling. Each had some pluses to recommend them.

Ms. Laurens' story, Scandalous Lord Dere, has Lord Dere returning to his boyhood home. He and his tiger are waylaid by an unexpected snowstorm and are rescued by his childhood friend and one-time lover, Abby. I do enjoy a good friends-to-lovers story, and thi
I generally dislike novella versions or short stories that are focused solely on romance, mainly because they often have a rushed feel and the characters are generally flat.

I decided to give this anthology a try, and it proved to be no different from the rest. All three stories share a common theme of good friends who have romantic feelings for each other (and become lovers in the first two stories), only to have some sort of setback happen. Misunderstandings occur, they go their own ways, and
Anna D.
Oct 13, 2012 Anna D. rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: hr
4 stars - Scandalous Lord Dere (Adrian & Abby)
I enjoyed this story. Even as a short, I was able to get a full understanding of the characters, more so of Adrian than of Abby. We really get a sense of Adrian – his past, his hang ups, what affected him, what kind of man he is, and his true intentions. He has many layers. Abby, on the other hand, doesn’t have as many layers but we understand that she’s a good woman – honorable, strong, talented, capable, and reluctant to love because she’s had
Dawn ♥ romance
I enjoyed these three steamy new years reunion novellas. All had a good plot and action but it seemed the last third of each story was the characters internally debating about getting back together. Laurens – rake in snowstorm warmed by spinster; Alexander – young lovers plan to elope foiled; Gibson – good friends reconnect at class reunion.
The reason I picked this book is because it was a three author book and 2 of them were my favorite. Stephanie Laurens and Victoria Alexander I love. Rachel Gibson is not really known to me but admit I enjoyed her story. It's an easy book to read for a summer afternoon at the beach. Try it!!!
Carrie Olguin
This is an anthology, three romantic (short) stories from three different authors, two are historical and the last is a contemporary. Why the publisher chose to match the sub-genres, I don't understand?

The historical stories are about couples seperated and then reunited years later. They have to work out their pasts before they can begin their futures. Of course that means flashback chapters and pages of characters reflecting on the past.

I rarely read contemporary romances and the first few pag
Deborah Vespo
Three short and sweet novellas by Stephanie Laurens, Victoria Alexander, and Rachel. All equally talented and entertaining authors. Nice book to read for those that are looking for short and mindless brain candy.
three independent stories all a quick read. no depth of character all forgettable
Three cute stories. I was disappointed the third story wasn't sent in the regency era.
Niandra Melo
só li o da rachel, mas a estoria é uma graça!
I only read the Stephanie Lauren's story in it's entirety (glanced through the second and skipped the third because contemporary romance isn't really my bag) and I thought it was dull as dirt. The writing was uninspired, the characters were flat, and the story blah. I picked up the collection because it was on sale, and it wasn't worth the cents I spent on it.

If you're looking for good romance novellas, try Courtney Milan's "The Governess Affair" or "Unlocked"
the stories were good, good, and above average. all three of these authors are great.
This is the best anthology I have read. I don't usually like them because the stories are so short and I don't feel I get to know the characters. Not so with these. Each one was very emotionally satisfying.

The first two by Stephanie Laurens and Victoria Alexander are Regencies. The third is a contemporary by Rachel Gibson. I truly loved them all and each had a sigh-worthy HEA. I almost hate to see them end.
i liked every story from three different authors although it was brief and short. loved how all through the years the here and heroine still have feelings for each other. but in my opinion these stories would have been great if they are all stand alone novels.
Jessica B
It was a very enjoyable anthology! All of the stories were sweet and held my attention.

Scandalous Lord Dere - 3 stars

The Last Love Letter - 4 stars

Now and Forever - 4 stars

Aug 09, 2010 Amos marked it as to-read
of Borders Marketplace 6/21/2010, Think I might have read this before?..
Books found 8-5-2010 by Susan’s Bed posted GoodReads 8-9-2010
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Scandalous Lord Dere by Stephanie Laurens - 4 stars
The Last Love Letter by Victoria Alexander - 3 stars
Now and Forver by Rachel Gibson - 3 stars
3 cheesy romance stories - 2 Regency, 1 modern. I normally don't enjoy modern stories, and this one reminded me why. It was fun, but felt forced.
SL~4.5 Grt Regncy, f/l indpndnt, fiesty, m/l smrt, lonely, dsillusnd; 1st AV~4.5 Vry wlldn lost lv reunitd; RG~3 Gd but not hr bst
Now and Forever by Rachel Gibson: Well, it wasn't necessary. Rachel Gibson is a way better author than that.
I didn't enjoy the first two novellas much, but I'd give Rachel Gibson's Now and Forever 4 stars; it was a charmer.
Three romance stories set on New Year's Eve. Different settings, different times in history. Easy reads.
Victoria Alexander's "The Last Love Letter" takes an unusual twist and gives a full novel in a novella.
Bebe Four
Laurens: 3+ (Scandalous Lord Dere - historical)
Alexander: 3 (historical)
Gibson: 2+ (contemporary)
A Rose in Bloom Lord Dere / Abigail Woolley
I've only read the Rachel Gibson story. It was sweet:) I only wish it was longer!
I didn't like all 3 of the stories in this book -- only the one by Rachel Gibson.
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Stephanie Laurens was born in Sri Lanka, which was at the time the British colony of Ceylon. When she was 5, her family moved to Melbourne, Australia, where she was raised. After continuing through school and earning a Ph.D. in Biochemistry in Australia, Stephanie and her husband moved to Great Britain, taking one of the last true overland journeys from Katmandu to London.

Once in London, Stephanie
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