Midnight Pleasures (Pleasures, #2)
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Midnight Pleasures (Pleasures #2)

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In the night, all rules are forgotten....
Eloisa James, the acclaimed author of Potent Pleasures, returns to Regency England with an unforgettable new heroine -- a genteel but naughty innocent who gets more than she bargains for when she finally says yes to love.
To her legions of adoring suitors, it comes as quite a shock when Lady Sophie York rejects an offer of marriage...more
Paperback, 464 pages
Published May 8th 2001 by Island Books (first published 2000)
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Jess the Romanceaholic
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After reading and enjoying A Kiss At Midnight, I was hoping for more fluffy romance with an earlier Eloisa James novel. Sadly, although the book is well written, the plot is the same as nearly every other Regency romance out there: vrgin meets rake, sparks fly, they are forced together through unlikely circumstance. They then stubbornly insist on clinging to misconceptions and lies about the other, proving that they are both too stupid to deserve the happy ending they both inevitably achieve. It...more
Katherine St. Vincent 黄爱芬
Patrick (nama yang mengingatkan gw pada gebetan gw pas kuliah) sangat menginginkan Sophie York, teman baik kakak iparnya. Sophie menolak lamaran Patrick karena Sophie mengira Patrick si petualang cinta akan menyebabkan nasibnya seperti ibunya, ditelantarkan oleh ayahnya.
Namun karena permintaan konyol Sophie kpd Braddon, tunangannya utk membawa Sophie kawin lari ke Gretna Green. Dan gara-gara kepengecutan Braddon, akhirnya Braddon malah mengutus Patrick utk menemui Sophie, yang malah berakhir den...more
Beautiful & sought-after heroine accepts proposal of dullard earl who she feels emotionally safe with. She rejects the marriage proposal of wealthy but untitled second-son Hero, although she's very attracted to him & can't stop thinking about him. She doesn't want to be hurt by him WHEN he takes up mistresses during their marriage. But hero uncharacteristically pursues her to change her mind & marry him & she does. Once they're married, heroine's expectations of his infidelity &...more
I read Potent Pleasures a year ago and was struck by how emotional and passionate the story was. I thoroughly disliked the hero though, but his brother seemed nice enough so I gave his book a try too. However, although the hero WAS better than Alex, his twin, the book wasn't as powerful as the first.

Patrick and Sophia have been caught in a compromising position, but even though he proposed to her, she refused him. Sophia wants a practical marriage, based on friendship rather than the passion sh...more
Robin (RBBR)
This was not as good as other Eloisa James books I've read but still a good book. I actually set it aside for a bit and read another book or was it two, anyway. I am looking forward to reading the third one in this trilogy. Sophie (Heroine) has a talent for learning languages in fact its a hobby and she knows several but is afraid to tell Patrick (Hero). Her mother is French so it is a known fact that she is bilingual. Patrick eventually learns about her gift and he's not at all upset because th...more
Miranda Davis
Didn't love it or even like it all that much by the end. 2.5 stars. The book had a split personality: it's tone, or mood if you will, started out lighthearted with some misunderstanding/false assumptions as H/h end up married to each other; developed into angst-y and all about misunderstandings, suspicions and perverse refusals to say anything, even the most obvious things (and I don't mind misunderstandings if they're not forced and drawn out, but these were); and at last was soap-operatically...more
This was the other book I purchased for my train ride back to Boston, and, like the other one, I was convinced I'd read it before. Luckily for me, it became obvious shortly after I started the book that I had not (although it seems to be an understandable mistake), and I enjoyed it much more than my other train book.

Even though the plot was a little bit frustrating. Way more of the back-and-forth than I usually like, of the "I can't marry you! I want to marry you! I won't marry you! I will marry...more
Feb 15, 2008 Shelley rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Shelley by: Smart bitches who like trashy books
Shelves: chicklitromance
Bonus points for going outside the romance novel mold! It was nearly three books in one - Sophie/Patrick, Braddon/Madeleine and the Napoleonic espionage. It was fairly well plotted, and I liked all the characters pretty well. Could have lived without the meandering POVs - I think six characters had the POV throughout the book. Still, I'd read more from her.
Jenny Rebecca
My second Eloisa James novel. I loved Sophie and I will always have a soft spot for the Foakes Twins! A go to re-read book. Plus, we get Quil! Not as great as the first one, but I'm not complaining.
annisa belikov casillas
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It took me quite a few pages to get used to the many POVs that are peppered throughout the book. It seemed odd at first to get a sentence or two of internal thoughts from quite a few minor characters, but in the end I liked the occasional outside POVs. A thought or two from the lady's maid or the butler, it did add to the story. And I'm usually not a fan of the multiple POV narration.

This was my first novel by Eloisa James, and it will not be my last. Her way with characters and their developmen...more
This isn't quite 4... but, my God... some books seriously need to come with warning labels.

The beginning of this book is standard romance fare... with a little comedic hijinx resulting in the marriage of Sophia to Patrick. Sophia is Charlotte's (of Potent Pleasures) best friend and Patrick is Charlotte's Alex's twin brother... so this relationship was set up in the last book.

That's probably why the romance, the wedding and honeymoon happen so fast. We know who is going to be together and James d...more
Lita Bouquard
I disliked the first Pleasures book and was reluctant to try books 2. I like most of Eloisa James stories and read that these were her first books. That explained a lot.
Midnight pleasures was much better. It is the story of Sophie- the friend to Charlotte. Sophie's behavior is risque but still lady-like. Her strict French mother is always disappointed with her behavior and her father is always flirting or having affairs.
Sophie does not want to marry for love and stopped her relationship with Pa...more
Patrick and Sophie appear in Potent Pleasures and I loved them both. Sophie is a really scandalous character but she's still a respected woman because of her titles. Patrick is the more jovial of the twins. Alex always had a calm facade but a terrifying gaze.

I think what puts me off is the great, big misunderstandings here in the book. I know that's how most historical romances work but I thought that their confrontation could have been more dramatic.

For example,
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It's been a long time since I last read a book by this author and I enjoyed rediscovering her writing talent. However, this book used a couple of my least favorite plot devices and it was all I could do to stick around long enough for the resolution. I realize every good story needs conflict, but misunderstandings/secrets/lack of communication are over-used and very frustrating. Additionally, there was a subplot that I really could not understand the purpose for, except to remind readers of one...more

In the night, all rules are forgotten....

Eloisa James, the acclaimed author of Potent Pleasures, returns to Regency England with an unforgettable new heroine — a genteel but naughty innocent who gets more than she bargains for when she finally says yes to love.

To her legions of adoring suitors, it comes as quite a shock when Lady Sophie York rejects an offer of marriage from the dashing, rakish Patrick Foakes in favor of amiable but dull Braddon Chatwin. He may be an earl, but it is Patrick's

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Karena trauma dengan pernikahan orang tuanya, dimana ayahnya punya banyak simpanan, Sophie York menolak lamaran Patrick Foakes bujangan tampan, kaya raya dan terkenal sebagai penakluk wanita. Dia malah memilih Braddon Chatwin yang gemuk dan memeliki gelar. Sewaktu Sophie menyuruh Braddon untuk kawin lari dan menjemputnya lewat tangga yang sudah disiapkan dijendela kamarnya. Namun bukanya Braddon yang datang melainkan Patrick yang amat tergila-gila padanya.
Belum baca yang pertama, konflik diceri...more
Sophie est une jeune femme que l’on a déjà rencontré ici et dont j’avais hâte de lire l’histoire. Elle est jeune, belle, n’hésite pas à aller sur les balcons et les jardins, a refusé 22 demandes en mariage. Elle a connu la haine dans un couple, celui de ses parents et ne veut pas souffrir des agissements de son mari. C’est pour cela qu’elle décide d’épouser un homme qui ne parle que de chevaux, qui a déjà dit qu’il aurait une maîtresse et qu’elle est certaine ne pas aimer. Sauf que Patrick, le h...more
Pantesan buku" EJ banyak yg ga suka. Biz setiap bikin tokoh, klo ga datar, aneh. Nah tokoh dibuku ini masuk kategori aneh nih. Dari buku ini yg bagus cuma bagian epilog sama bagian waktu Sophie kehilangan bayinya, sedang selebihnya aneh bgt. Takut kehilangan cinta suaminya n takut suaminya berpikir negatif ttg dia, tp sering janjian ma mantan tunangan tanpa ngejelasin maksud, suami normal manapun bisa suudzon ngadepin tingkah begini. D nikah masih doyan ngegombal ma laki" lain. Aneh bet. Cowonya...more
Our heroes are stubborn, obstinate and prejudiced.

Sophie is sure that marrying a rake will lead to heartbreak so she refuses Patrick even though they're caught in a compromising position.
Patrick is sure that the reason Sophie rejected him is his lack of a title.
They're both wrong but it'll take them quite some time to actually figure that out.

Lots of wrong turns make them drift apart until a traumatic and unexpected event helps them get closer and finally talk and sort their issues out.

Apart fr...more
James' early books suffer from her habit of head-hopping. It's really annoying and distracts from the story because you're never sure whose POV you're reading. Sophie York has turned down Patrick Foakes' proposal of marriage and accepted that of Braddon Saslow. He assumes it's because she wants Braddon's title (as the story starts, Patrick is a lowly mister, though he's about to be made a duke). In truth, it's because Sophie believes all noblemen are rakes, and she reckons she'd rather be cheate...more
Dec 07, 2012 Robin rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2005
I read the first book of this series, Potent Pleasures some time ago... and to be honest, I remember nothing but that it was ok, and maybe I'd pick up another later (being as it was a first book and really seemed to have promise). I even went to the author's website to see if I could jog my memory (of course, it didn't). I'm so glad I went ahead and got this one as it was much more memorable and such a pleasure to read! The characters were so vivid and lively, and I really enjoyed seeing the rel...more
aku bener-bener lebih suka cerita tentang Patrick Foakes daripada saudara kembarnya si Alex..
kebodohan Patrick masih bisa ditolerir lah dan ga terlalu fatal kek kebodohan Alex..
chemistry Patrick dan Sophie juga benar2 terbangun dengan bagus..
apalgi Sophie York adalah seorang perempuan yang cerdas
dia menguasai lebih dari 5 bahasa asing..
dengan keadaan zaman dahulu yang belum mengijinkan perempuan untuk bersekolah tinggi seperti yang dilakukan oleh laki-laki,Sophie York benar2 bisa mengamb...more
Well-written but a tad too Harlequin romance for me. I believe this was one of her earlier books. However, there are glimpses of being a cut-above author in the next book.in this series.
Lady Sophie York has seen the dark side of marriage. Her own father has been flaunting his affairs for years. So when she turns down Patrick Foakes and instead accepts the marriage proposal of Braddon Chatwin, an earl, she knows that she's doing the right thing. When her husband starts to cheat, at least he won't be breaking her heart.
But Patrick wants to change her mind. He's in lust, a lot of lust, but he just doesn't want to let her go.
A quick read but the Big Misunderstandings last way too l...more
This was hard for me to rate because while I liked the characters and story the conflict annoyed me. I really can't stand when the main conflict in books is miscommunication or lack of communication period. When all of the drama/angst in a book can be solved with one conversation there is a storytelling problem, imo. I just wanted to shake them both so many times. TALK to each other!!!!! Don't just assume and create drama in your head.

I have wanted to read the fairytale series by this author, I...more
I'm reading the series backwards. I've read the third, this is the second, I'll start the first one tonight.
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