Dancing at Midnight
When a suitor tells Arabella he’s willing to overlook her appalling bluestocking tendencies on account of her looks and fortune, she decides to take a break from the Marriage Mart. During an extended stay in the country, she never expects to meet Lord John Blackwood, ...more
"Belle," he said flatly. "I don't want your love. I can't accept it."
"How dare you belittle me this way?"
His hand closed around her wrist. "You misunderstand me. It is because I value your love so highly that I do not accept it."
Time for another reimagined play. Settle down, folks.
Cast of Characters:
Lady Arabella Blydon (Bella): a lovely and (allegedly) brilliant young woman
Lord John Blackwood: a grumpy, self-flagellating war veteran
*a blissful pastoral scene*
I was spoiled by other Ms. Quinn's books and I was expecting something like those, but I just wanted to yell, cry and pull out my hair while reading this book!
The story could have been interesting, the writing was good, but the actions of ALL characters were sooooo.... idiotic that it was over-the-top!
I was rolling my eyes so much that I was dizzy! They all had so many TSTL moments the it was not funny!
I could rant and ra ...more
Not that he's a bad hero, but he gives a reader whiplash. He will go from relaxed and bantering with the heroine to yelling "You can never understand what I've done!" and crushing her into a kiss, then push her away in the space of ten seconds.
It's Julia Quinn's second book and it's nice to know that she improves. A lot of this book is ...more
– Belle’s supportive family: I loved that Belle had a great support system in her family. It was clear how much they loved her.
– Seeing Emma and Alex again: They were the couple from the last book, and ughhhh they were cuter than ever.
– Persephone: She was the MVP. She seemed like just another old, friendly woman, who made occasional funny remarks. However, she was pretty badass, and she literally was ...more
Sexy times: It's JQ. You're mostly safe
Plan on reading more by the author: Oh sure.
Why it did or didn't work for me: Nothing here to rock my world or make me want more. I mean, it's a solid JQ HR romance, just not one of her best.
Not to worry, Ms Quinn, I'm still reading your backlist. Won't give up. ...more
This started well and I was getting read to get cosy on the sofa but alas it wasn't the tantalising HR read I was hoping for.
Hero gave me whiplash with how his mood/actions changed.
Persephone as a secondary character I really liked.
Potential Trigger: (view spoiler)[Reference to child rape and suicide. (hide spoiler)] ...more
The first book was better, but I enjoyed this one too.
I loved John, he was a good love interest for Belle. I liked their story, but John shouldn't have blamed himself so much for what Spencer did in the past.
Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm..... I dunno....... I wasn't as impressed this time around as I have been before. STILL CUTE though!
April 6-9, 2014
Cute! Love it!
June 29-July 1, 2013
I love this book! Oooooohhhh! You forget how AWFUL the bad guy is! I wish John had (view spoiler)[shot the guy's man-parts off instead of shooting him in the butt! >:( (hide spoiler)] Bella and John are pretty great though. I'm gonna read Dunford's book next! It's been a while!
January 22-25, 2011
Ditto my 2007 com ...more
I like Julia Quinn, she's kinda cheesy, but usually in a cute way. This book is excessively cheesy and beyond melodramatic.
John, the hero, he is whiny, whiny, mopey, woe is me. He has the worst case if PMS ever. He was wounded during the war, now has a limp, but was made an earl & owns a house. Yet he can't get over something that happened during the war, even though in no way was it his fault - ...more
I really hate to say, but this wasn't one of Julia's best. It started out good, but quickly turned into something I wasn't fond of. I found myself flipping to see how many pages were left and almost skim reading so I could hurry and finish. In fact, I thought about not finishing. That is not in character for me and Julia Quinn books!
Anyway, the worst of it is that after all drama with John & Belle in the beginning and his "reasons" for self hate, you'd think he'd act a little more g ...more
I liked the beginning, sounded entertaining and different. But then it went downhill. I did loved the characters though, all of them.
My problem with this installment was that the romance felt forced and unbelievable. I hate it when characters get in love in the first week. But I hate it even more when it becomes extremely cheesy which was the case with this story. I mean, there's a limited number of times I c ...more
This is how my 29th re-read held up.
How I gave this 5 stars in the first place I have no idea. The clichés, melodrama, dialogue, hot and cold characters, TSTL behavior.
So unlike JQ’s usual books.
Downgraded to 1.5 star
Lord John Blackwood was a war hero, and I'm a sucker for a tortured hero of good character. It was a bit melodramatic, but it was also funny and entertaining.
I already adored the heroine Lady Arabella Blydon who was introduced in book one as Emma's cousin. As a beautiful daughter of an earl who had already turned down many marriage proposals, Belle was still likeable and down to ...more
This is the second book in the Blydon series. Although the ...more
Here's the thing...I liked Belle and John but I didn't really like the prose. Even though John is whiny one minute then a hero the next, I did still like him. It was a bit repetitive for me and the author went in a different/darker direction with this one. I'm a little put off by how quickly the sex arrives in these tales. I thought young ladies of the ton didn't jump into bed a week after they met someone. ...more
However it did make for a comfort and nice read.
I've read most of Ms Quinn's novels and ...more
I really liked both Bella and John and thought they were a great couple. The only drawback w ...more
I hesitated a lot between a 3 and a 4 for my rating but if I had to rate my enjoyment it would be a 4 despite some of the issues I had with the plot ...more
I felt like the main heroine and the hero switched roles. I get it, he went through so many hardships that turned him into this kind of person but still! She was the one making most, if not all the moves which is such a no-no for me and even when John (Lord Blackwood) hurt Belle deeply with either his words or action ...more
When I first added this book to my to-reads list, I added it with the other two books in the series. So I didn’t know any of the characters or how they were connected. After reading Splendid, I expected Belle to be paired up with Dunford. Imagine my disappointment when I saw some other hero’s name in the description thingy. Ya I know it was mentioned that they were simply friends but but but but… awwwww. I had a similar feeling of confusion when I read Scandal in Spring because I expected Cam to...more
Despite being a bluestocking, Lady Arabella Blydon has been something of a success on the marriage market - unless you c ...more
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Her warm, bright smile makes me want to try
To give her the world,
And when she's curled
Up in my arms where I can feel her touch,
I realize again that I love her so much.
My world has turned from black to white.
Kissing in starlight, basking in sunlight, dancing at midnight.'
~John's poem for Belle”
myself to be so happy. I smile all day long without knowing why. I climbed a bloody tree, vaulted through your window, and here I am—laughing.It's the middle of the night, and yet here I am
with you. Dancing at midnight, holding perfection in my arms." -John Blackwood to Arabella Blydon”