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Midnight Pleasures (Pleasures #2)

3.83  ·  Rating Details ·  3,307 Ratings  ·  162 Reviews
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 fr
Paperback, 464 pages
Published May 8th 2001 by Island Books (first published 2000)
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Jess the Romanceaholic
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Miranda Davis
Apr 14, 2013 Miranda Davis rated it liked it
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
RomReader❤️Spoiler Giver❤️
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 &a ...more
Jan 14, 2012 Thenia rated it really liked it
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
Jenny Rebecca
Apr 08, 2009 Jenny Rebecca rated it really liked it
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.
Fani *loves angst*
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
I liked this one-- not as much as the first one in the series but it was enjoyable. I have a love/hate thing for this narrator. She is GREAT with the characters emotions and dialogue. She can switch back and forth seamlessly from a yelling chick to a subdued Dude and then back to narrator voice. I am so annoyed with complaints that narrators shouldn't act out the books but just read them. I think if they got their wish, they'd admit that they are wrong with those statements. What I hate about th ...more
Feb 14, 2015 Kristine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Deceptively Intercepted

Author missed a better title. Mine needs tweaking. One trip up a ladder to take Sophie's virginity doesn't constitute midnight pleasures it was only once.
However, this book was filled with half wit behaviour. You have to read it to understand the why communication is of the utmost importance in relationships never take anything at face value and always do your homework. I can't reiterate how effective checking one's facts are to keeping a person from jumping to conclusion
Katherine 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
Feb 05, 2013 Cheryl rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
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
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
Sep 07, 2011 Letitia rated it really liked it
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
While this was certainly not the worst novel that I have read, I did find that it was a tad listless and aimless, far too much to really offer anything of substance to even review.

The relationship between Sophie and Patrick was incredibly repetative and as the main plot in the novel it needed an extra something to keep it interesting. There was an infernal instance on the hero and his heroine not communicating, however I found that this long passed the line of being an obstacle in their great ro
Jade aka MrsTosh
I really struggled with this book, which is unusual as regency romances and Eloisa James usually leave me with a big smile and utter contentment. However this book just didn't do it for me it was tedious at times, it only started really to get going at 25% and then dwindled off again, until my interest was leaked for a second time at 34%.

The highlight of the whole book was one of the main characters Lady Sophie York she had a lot of spunk which I admire, but for someone so clever and well read s
Aug 25, 2010 Lovleaf rated it really liked it
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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
Jan 20, 2015 Mainer207 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
I did like this book but it's Eloisa James so of course I liked it. It was a fun read and the characters were interesting. I couldn't give it 5 stars for a couple of reasons. The first one is not the author's fault. Susan Duerden's reading of Sophie's voice was just too breathless- too childish. Secondly, the entire subplot of the trip to Turkey and the "gift" Patrick was being asked to bring just didn't fit and it was resolved so quickly that I had to go back and listen to that part again. Quit ...more
May 19, 2016 Mac rated it it was ok
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Feb 15, 2008 Shelley rated it liked it
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.
Lisa Butterworth
Oct 27, 2016 Lisa Butterworth rated it it was ok
This book was the perfect example of the "one conversation between the hero and heroine would have made this a short story" problem. They don't want to talk to each other for reasons that are not at all clear in the narrative and the misunderstandings drive the last 3/4 of the book, and make what could have been very nice characters and a sweet romance into a tiresome endless bore.
Sep 13, 2012 steph rated it did not like it
Shelves: couldnt-finish
Read the first fifty or so pages and saw the same theme that annoyed me in book one approaching (husband thinks wife is in love with another man, jealously, bitterness and anger ensures) and couldn't do it again. Skimmed the end. Ending was cute and so was the beginning, just couldn't read the middle.
annisa belikov casillas
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Jul 02, 2017 Janett rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: one-time-read
3.0 stars

I was really excited about reading this book. The title, "Midnight Pleasures" was intriguing enough and the summary of the story seemed like it would be captivating and one I also expected would be peppered with lots of sensuality.


To start off, the title "Midnight Pleasures" is totally misleading. I was hoping for far more "Midnight Pleasures" than this book gave me. The title revolves around one incident then falls flat afterwards.

This was the first novel I've read by Elo
Jul 13, 2016 A.M. rated it really liked it
Lady Sophie York has turned down all the offers of marriage her father has received; most notably one from Patrick Foakes, the younger son of an Earl and twin to Alex Foakes from book1. Within days, his friend Braddon is escorting her to balls and hanging on her arm.
He is an Earl and it is thought that she wants a title. Plus, Patrick has a well deserved reputation as a rake. Given her own father’s proclivities she avoids rakes.
But Braddon also has a legion of mistresses but has fallen hard for
May 28, 2017 Joano rated it liked it
I really love Eloisa James' writing style. This is my third read of her books and I can see a very distinct pattern. They all start out really good. About the last third of the novel things start to go strange and the characters does stupid things. They are pretty intelligent most of the book and then it was just stupid. I'm a bit upset because I felt this book had a lot going for it. The secondary characters (all the characters) are very well written, I just wish the H and h doesn't take a 180 ...more
Jun 19, 2017 Maise rated it it was ok
Didn't really like female protagonist, as she was rather petty and frustration. quite a lot of frustration happening on my part, as well, watching the two characters struggle to communicate the most basic things.
Rachelle Russell
Always GREAT

This is one author who never lets you down and always delivers a good read. I would recommend this book to one and all.
Mar 04, 2017 Becky rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book. The ups and downs of Sophie and Patricks marriage is like everyone elses. The heartbreak that was pored out when they lost the baby was so sad that I cried myself.
Amber T
Jun 18, 2017 Amber T rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this one. I like Elosia because she often takes us through the start, middle (as they fumble to learn each other as I'm sure happened a lot in the rushed marriages of the past) and an end.
May 25, 2017 Maggie rated it it was ok
So much drama just because they wouldn't communicate. I couldn't stand it.
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Mar 10, 2015 07:54AM  
  • Don't Tempt Me (Fallen Women, #2)
  • The Lady Most Willing... (Lady Most..., #2)
  • The Impostor (Liar's Club, #2)
  • Meet Me at Midnight (With This Ring, #2)
  • The Prince Kidnaps a Bride (Lost Princesses, #3)
  • Beware a Scot's Revenge (School for Heiresses, #3)
  • The One That Got Away (includes: Effingtons, #8.5)
  • Lady Sophia's Lover (Bow Street Runners, #2)
  • Lady Be Bad (Merry Widows, #3)
  • Something Wicked (Malloren, #3)
  • Devil Takes a Bride (Knight Miscellany, #5)
  • Surrender of a Siren (The Wanton Dairymaid Trilogy, #2)
New York Times bestselling author Eloisa James writes historical romances for HarperCollins Publishers. Her novels have been published to great acclaim. A reviewer from USA Today wrote of Eloisa's very first book that she "found herself devouring the book like a dieter with a Hershey bar"; later People Magazine raved that "romance writing does not get much better than this." Her novels have repeat ...more
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Pleasures (3 books)
  • Potent Pleasures (Pleasures, #1)
  • Enchanting Pleasures (Pleasures, #3)

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“Sophie swallowed, tears rising to her eyes again. It was an odd legacy to hand from mother to daughter: the ability to stand proud among the ruins of one's marriage.” 1 likes
“He kissed her into silence, and then said, his voice husky with passionate longing, “Take me back, Eloise. Please, take me back.” 0 likes
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