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Tempted All Night (Neville Family & Friends #4)

3.93 of 5 stars 3.93  ·  rating details  ·  1,315 ratings  ·  76 reviews
Lady Phaedra Northampton and Lady Zoe Armstrong are best friends who couldn't be more different from each other. Phaedra is a good girl, always doing what she's told and being the perfect lady, while Zoe is the bad girl, continually getting into trouble and acting like a hoyden. Even though they are polar opposites, they are also best friends. The pair decides to help each ...more
438 pages
Published (first published February 17th 2009)
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Julie (jjmachshev)
Liz Carlyle is one my must-buy historical authors. She writes strong characters and interesting plots and her brand new release "Tempted All Night" is another good read for me.

Phaedra should be married. She's pretty, she's got a great dowry, and her brother is a Lord. But Phaedra also suffered an almost unspeakable loss when she was very young. That experience, and its repercussions, have resulted in her determination to never marry. She spends her time trying to be unobtrusive and unnoticed. Un
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Verity
Of all LC books I've read, never thought I'd say it's become my # 2 fav after 'A woman scorned'. Hunky scoundrel Tristan enslaved me for life =^2 Worth every penny even tho' I had to smuggle it in my coat pocket as I strolled leisurely to my hut, to avoid being ripped to pieces by irate family, for buying another book (a big no-no during the current econ downturn LOL...). 6 months is a helluva long time to wait for 'Wicked all day' (Sept 22), Zoe's - Phae's BFF - luv story. Tristan is 1 of the a ...more
Ana T.
Liz Carlyle's latest book includes some characters previously seen (or read about) in other books she wrote. Such is the case with both Lady Phaedra Northampton and Miss Zoe Armstrong. I must confess that I was a bit confused at first and had some trouble locating them in the genealogical tree of Carlyle's characters but after spending sometime looking at this page on Carlyle's site I eventually remembered where I had found them last. People who haven't been reading previous books should have no ...more
Juliana
A pleasurable read with wonderful leading characters - though darker and more risque than I had expected! (3.5 stars)
(spoilers at the end are marked)

Tempted All Night is a very enjoyable read, though I was a little surprised by certain aspects of the book. There are some very dark undertones (sexual slavery) and some surprises that I wasn't quite expecting (bondage-domination ... which led to inconsistencies IMO - see spoilers for detail), however I have no compunction in recommending this book
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Catherine
I really ended up enjoying this book. It was by no means perfect, or even a favorite Carlyle, but I was pleased. I liked how I didn't really know what was going on at first. We (the reader) found out what Phaedra's involvement in the murdered Russian was at the same time as Tristan did. It was a definite change of pace from the more introspective characters.

Phaedra was a well written character. I liked how she was mature and not as needy as a lot of other romance heroines. I enjoyed watching Tri
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Cam
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Cruth
Author: Liz Carlyle
First published: 2009
Length: 438 pages
Setting: London, 1830 (early Victorian).
Sex: Very explicit. Quite frequent. Light consensual bondage but references to darker acts by others.
Hero: Scoundrel with a heart of gold. Murky birth.
Heroine: Bespectacled "spinster" (she's 22) with a secret in her past. Believes herself barren.
Almost Cheating: We meet Hero as he leaves his mistress' bed. He also needs to play the rake to gain information.
Trigger: (view spoiler)
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Anne
I gotta admit, I wasn't really sucked into the story immediately. In fact, after the first chapter, I put this down and forgot about it. If it hadn't been due back at the library, I wouldn't have made an attempt to try and finish it anytime soon.
Imagine my surprise when it turned out to be a really good read. I'm not really into 'spy' stories, but this one was interesting.
Jennifer
My favorite thing about Liz Carlyle's books - other than Kemble, of course - is that none of her characters make it through life squeaky clean. There's always at least a bit of mucky realism clinging to their hems or lining the bottoms of their boots, whether it's difficult family relations, emotional damage caused by the horrors of war, or childhood abuse. Which is not to say that her romances are gritty and honest depictions of nineteenth century life, but they do at least offer a bit of depth ...more
Sharyn
As much as I have loved the previous books, I think this is now my favorite! I have loved Phaedra through all the other books, so was thrilled to find her the heroine of this book. She is smart, strong and courageous, though she misunderstands her own sexuality. Tristan is another flawed hero, and they are prefect for each other. There is an interesting plot, spies, traitors, missing persons, but Carlyle wraps it all up neatly with a very happy ending. There is an overlap with another series, Zo ...more
Mariah
This is the second book I've read by this author and I am impressed - the characters are strong and feel quite real. Yet something about this one both gained and repelled my interest. It had nothing to do with their romance, of that I am certain - I found it endlessly entertaining. Although what happened before that made Phaedra shut down and enjoy a less vibrant life made me fair vibrate in anger. I am so very glad that Tristan and Phaedra were brought together to be found in each other's arms. ...more
Katyana
I thought this was a fun read. It had some nice turnabout on the main characters, and I really enjoyed reading something that was outside the normal scope of HR.

It was great having a heroine that was so self-sufficient. And while she may have bitten off more than she can chew (with the investigation), she wasn't an idiot about it. She knew when she had to play it safe, and she was doing her best to take care of herself in a dangerous situation. Hooray for heroines that aren't TSTL.

My only teeny
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southpaw285
Tempted All Night
09/17/10

London, 1830

Tristan Talbot is a man who has spent most of his life trying to earn his father's approval. Now as his father lies on this death bed, Tristan has promised to get to the bottom of a stabbing death that has possible political ties to an infamous brothel.

Lady Phaedra Northampton is on a mission to find Millie, who is the sister of her beloved maid, Agnes. Millie abandoned her child, ran off to London, and has since disappeared from the same infamous brothel. Mi
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Malin
Lady Phaedra Northampton is in a shop trying to find information about her maid's missing sister when a Russian staggers through the door and falls at her feet with a knife buried in his back. Her family do not want the event publicised, and since Phaedra's older stepbrother is a powerful man, they keep the news out of the papers.

Tristan Talbot, Viscount Avoncliffe, is a rakish and handsome layabout, pretty much only concerned with pleasuring as many married women as possible. He has always had
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Blackjack
Tempted All Night, Liz Carlyle - So many aspects of this novel really worked for me, especially the two lead characters. Phaedra is a sensitive and intelligent woman with legitimate reasons for choosing the single life. Tristan has legitimate reasons for being the profligate and handsome layabout and so both main characters enter the story with their own personal demons. And both exercise them mostly through their romance, that is equal parts friendship and equal parts erotic sexual partnership. ...more
Kathy Davie
Fourth in the Neville Family historical romance series set in 1830 London. The couple focus is on Tristan Talbot and Lady Phaedra Northampton.

My Take
This was very good. A nice subtle build up with intelligent characters. What a treat! Carlyle has built a story with great depth and emotion in a fluffy romance with an unexpected level of flirtation between two characters who want nothing to do with the other. The manner in which Carlyle reveals Phae's own concerns about her particular desires is
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Jill Dunlop
Tempted All Night is my first Liz Carlyle book. I have heard a lot of good things about her writing and I jumped at the chance to get this book when AAR classified it as a DIK (Desert Isle Keeper). In other words a great read and one worth keeping. So my expectations were fairly high from all the praise circling around Ms. Carlyle. While I did find her writing to be exceptional with fully fleshed out characters, I did think the story and the characters were a tad mundane.

The big standout for me
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Kay Bolton
Review taken from my Blog Post #106 in April 2011 - book borrowed from the library.

It was a complete delight to get my hands on another Liz Carlyle book ... it didn't disappoint ... up to her usual standard with a 4 **** Star rating. Well written and witty, featuring yet again Mr Kemble, although there was a little disappointment that he wasn't that wonderfully violent in this one.

Lady Phaedra Northampton (the Sister of Lord Nash) is a very proper and quiet English Miss, only really it seems int
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Brianne
I don't know that Carlyle's books will ever be among my favorite romances, but they are solidly enjoyable. Her characters are likable and interesting. Set in the background of Tempted All Night is a murder mystery set at a brothel, and even more interesting than the characters is the way the sex scenes tie into the actual storyline.

Dutiful Lady Phaedra is meets Tristan Talbot, the heir to the Earl of Hauxton, after a Russian man falls dead at her feet. Asked by his father to look into the murde
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Amy
Another enjoyable story from Liz Carlyle. She has several recurring characters in her books - George Kemble is one of my favorites. Although this book stands alone, having prior knowledge of some of the characters is fun.
As I think about this, I realize that most of the plot elements are rehashes of standard regency plots - maybe I've just read too many?
You have the wastrel gentleman with the dying father who requests one last favor. The heroine has a tragedy in her past, leaving her emotionally
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L8blmr
One thing I find that is different about this author's historical fiction is that the characters usually possess a little more depth than you usually find in period pieces. Yes, there were some tried and true plot devices here, but Carlyle puts her own twist on them and I find the result very satisfying. I thought this particular story ran a little long but it was not a chore to put in the extra time. Tristan was a charming anti-hero and Phaedra was an intelligent heroine who did not feel superi ...more
Kat at Book Thingo
Although much of the suspense plot seems extremely fantastical, Tempted All Night is tempered by some beautifully written scenes between Tristan and Phae. When I least expect it, Carlyle pares back her writing and exposes each character’s deepest fears and longings, stretching out the romantic tension without contrivance. These were my favourite parts of the book -- they left me alternately thrilled and it tears. I only wish Carlyle had been less heavy-handed with the external plot, which turned ...more
chanceofbooks
After the horror that was "One Touch of Scandal," I was afraid to even open this book, but I'm so glad I did. This book reaffirmed why Carlyle has been a long-time auto-buy for me when I see one her books. This book is now one of my all-time favorite historicals, and Phaedra may be one of my very favorite heroines. The delicate, evolving relationship between Phaedra and Tristan is a true thing of beauty that relies on very real conflicts rather than tropes and was just a joy to watch unfold. Kee ...more
July
I am a fan of Liz Carlyle books. And this one is no exception to the rule.
I love Phaedra who is a strong willed woman who should have had a season years ago and married. Her brother Lord Nash who was in a previous book of Carlyle's, is trying his best to see that she is happy in any way that would make her so. Even if she doesn't ever want to marry. Because of a tragic dark secret she doesn't want to marry.
When she meets Lord Avoncliff Tristan Talbot,she is scandalously drawn to him and his dark
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Betsy
Characters: Heroine with sad and shocking secret. Hero with many secrets.
World Building: Some brothels. Some spycraft.
Plot: Blackmail of government
Sex: Medium to hot. Restraints.
Read another: Yes.
Jessi
Probably not going to become one of my favorite authors but I did enjoy this book. The paths of the protagonists collide while Lady Phaedra is looking for a maid (who her brother had seduced and impregnated) and Lord Tristan Talbot is trying to infiltrate a certain brothel in order to shut down a spy ring. Charming story but a bit maudlin. Phae, it turns out, had been seduced by a friend of her brother's when she was fifteen, gotten pregnant and was forced to either have an abortion or give up t ...more
Shannon
I absolutely could not put this book down! Some new wonderful characters by author Carlyle as well as revisiting old characters (Nash and Xanthia) make for an excellent read. Lady Phaedra Northampton (step-sister to Nash) is searching for her maid's sister who has disappeared into a brothel in London. Tristan Talbot, Lord Avoncliffe is investigating the brothel as a haven for spy's and when their paths collide the love story begins. Lots of sex with a fun bit of S&M thrown in make for an ent ...more
Leya
I really enjoyed it. Surprisingly. I didn't care for the author's previous series, just couldn't into it. Anyway, this one hooked me right from the first chapter. The main characters, Phaedra and Tristan, are both very interesting. She's a proper English lady and he's a scoundrel, but they both have secrets that make them what they are now. They're basically thrown together when Phaedra (along with Zoe) find a dead body at Mr. Kemble's (I wonder if he'll get his book?)shop. And Tristan's father ...more
LaFleurBleue
Really better than what I expected.
I liked the investigation and spying context. I liked that the characters involved in the story were far from perfect, though in a way were all likable or understandable. The first encounters with Tristan did not bode well, but I really enjoyed seeing his transformation and coming back to a world with feelings and not only pleasure of the senses. The heroine sometimes seemed a bit too stubborn, but she never overdid it, nor went into the realm of TSTL behavior.
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Martha
Highly Recommended for Historical Romance Fans. This book lived up to my high expectations!
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Mar 09, 2015 10:42AM  
  • Don't Tempt Me (Fallen Women, #2)
  • His Captive Lady (Devil Riders, #2)
  • To Pleasure a Prince (Royal Brotherhood, #2)
  • To Romance a Charming Rogue (Courtship Wars, #4)
  • The Lumatere Chronicles (Lumatere Chronicles, #1-3)
  • Always a Scoundrel (Notorious Gentlemen, #3)
  • Love Letters From a Duke (Bachelor Chronicles, #3)
  • Secrets of Surrender (Rothwell #3)
  • Her Officer and Gentleman (Just Ask Reeves, #2)
  • Libertine's Kiss (Rakes and Rogues of the Restoration, #1)
  • The Courtship Dance (The Matchmaker #4)
  • The Secret Passion of Simon Blackwell (McBride Family, #1)
  • Duke Most Wanted (Heiress Brides, #3)
  • The Ruthless Charmer (Rogues of Regent Street, # 2)
  • The Virgin's Secret
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