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Il profumo dell'oscurità (Midnight #4)

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Una Londra avvolta nella nebbia di segreti oscuri, un uomo che deve proteggerli a qualsiasi costo. Perché in gioco c’è il destino della sua stirpe, e le forze che lo insidiano non si placheranno fino ad annientarlo. Edmund Fitz Clare è un upyr – un vampiro mutaforma – ossessionato dal desiderio di redimersi dal proprio passato. I suoi segreti sono tali che non può permette ...more
Paperback, Narrativa, 336 pages
Published 2011 by Leggereditore (first published June 2nd 2009)
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Katie(babs)
Oct 04, 2009 Katie(babs) rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
t has been quite awhile since I have read Emma Holly. Kissing Midnight is part of her Fitz Clare Chronicles. It’s set in England before World War II about a secret type of creatures call upyrs, who are a combination of a vampire and wolf. The hero of this tale is Edmund Fitz Clare and his three adopted human children, Graham, Ben and Sally. He also decides to take in Estelle, who he meets when she is fifteen. When Estelle’s parents are killed, she becomes part of Edmund’s family. Estelle’s crush ...more
Debora
May 08, 2011 Debora rated it liked it
Tre stelle non pienamente meritate (e attribuite dopo non pochi tentennamenti) a questo romanzo, definito da molti, paranormal steamy romance. Personalmente mi sentirei di definire questo libro un "hard romance", nel senso che l'autrice - seguendo la scia di autrici come Cheyenne McCray - fa affidamento ad uno stile narrativo molto schietto, sfacciato e, per alcuni, perfino pesante per descrivere le sue scene di sesso particolarmente spinte. Scene forti ma senza dubbio d'impatto. Uno di quei lib ...more
Tania
May 15, 2011 Tania rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vampires
Se dovessi contare le pagine in cui non vengono descritti i rapporti sessuali dei vari protagonisti, il numero sarebbe veramente basso, penso che il 90% di questo libro si basi esclusivamente sul sesso, da soli o in compagnia.
La storia che l'autrice ha creato, come contorno (sì, questa è una storia di sesso con qualche accenno al resto), è abbastanza assurda. Credo abbia voluto inserire il vampiro di turno visto che ultimamente vanno molto di moda. Ha poi voluto personalizzarlo ma, a mio parere,
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Sharon
Jul 21, 2009 Sharon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So this is part of Holly's "Midnight" series, but this is the first book that reads like a series. I don't remember much about the previous ones, even after reading the summary online....so they are definitely not necessary to read this. However, this one totally reads like a series because it does end with a big cliffhanger. That is VERY unusual for Holly. She has written some series books but they are usually just based on the same premise, rarely have a recurring character, but this one defin ...more
Cindi
May 30, 2009 Cindi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think Emma Holly writes the sexiest stories. She is very well-known as an erotic author and considered quite talented. Now I know that Ms. Holly also has a sly sense of humor!

I enjoyed this story about "upyr" Edmund Fitz Clare and the human girl he entices into befriending his adopted but much-loved human daughter. Eventually they fall in love. Upyr are vampires but with a twist: they can shapeshift into a wolf and eat during that phase so that blood drinking from humans is not necessary. Wond
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lanalang
Feb 06, 2012 lanalang rated it did not like it
Oddio, quando decido di leggere un romanzo di questo genere non è che mi aspetti un capolavoro di narrativa, però spero di imbattermi in una storia che mi faccia divertire e/o appassionarmi. Ecco, non credo che mi sia mai capitato un libro più noioso di questo.
Non sprecate i vostri soldi a meno che non cerchiate un libro in cui la trama sia pressoché inesistente, i personaggi insignificanti, ma organi genitali e una gran varietà di amplessi dettagliatamente descritti. E nonostante tutto per nie
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Barbara Elsborg
I have loved some of Emma Holly's books but this one didn't please me as much as her others. I'm not even sure I can put my finger on why. It just didn't come alive in the way I expect with her. Hot sex scenes - boy can she write those. She makes it look easy - and the plot wasn't bad - though I hadn't anticipated the need to read another book to find out what happens. But there was nothing riveting about it. It's likely just me - maybe I just wasn't in the mood for this one today but I like her ...more
Sibil
Sep 10, 2015 Sibil rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Mamma mia che schifezza!
Lo stile è atroce, la trama è non pervenuta, i protagonisti sono immensamente stupidi (come hanno fatto a sopravvivere fino all'età adulta o all'adolescenza, a seconda dei casi, rimarrà uno dei più grandi misteri della storia), non c'è crescita personale, non c'è caratterizzazione, sono banali, piatti e insulsi.
Sinceramente potrei andare avanti a lamentarmi ancora un po', ma credo che queste righe siano abbastanza esplicative.
Manda Collins
Jun 10, 2009 Manda Collins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Set in 1930s London--I hope, hope, hope this means that we'll be getting more books set in this time period:) Ending was abrupt, but I am looking forward to the next one.
Serena
Apr 09, 2012 Serena rated it really liked it
Primo romanzo della serie di Edmund Fitz Claire. La mitologia di questa serie è particolare. Dal vampiro originario Auriclus si sono create due opposte fazioni: da un lato ci sono gli upyr mutaforma(che hanno rispetto degli esseri umani) e dall’altro i fedeli alla regina dei vampiri,Nim Wei(che sono violenti e si nutrono di sangue). Edmund Fitz Claire è un upyr ,una sorta di vampiro mutaforma ,ossessionato dal desiderio di redimersi dal proprio passato. Per questo adotta tre orfani Graham,Ben e ...more
Amarilli Settantatre
Fanciulla in pericolo da Harrods

Ho iniziato questa serie per curiosità, dopo aver letto un’altra serie un po’ demenziale sui vampiri, dove la Non-morta e nubile Betsy, regina dei vampiri, leggeva proprio questi romanzi di Emma Holly per tirarsi su di morale. Ovviamente, come ho intuito dopo poche pagine, la (finta) svampita Betsy si dilettava per l’alto contenuto erotico delle avventure della famiglia Fitz Clare.

In effetti, l’ambientazione della trilogia è originale: in una Londra anni ’30, qu
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Eleonora
May 21, 2011 Eleonora rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Allora, allora, allora. Partiamo con ordine. Stavo girovagando per gli scaffali di una libreria e ho visto la copertina e sembrava interessante, la trama, accettabile e poi ho visto che costava solo 5 euro, allora mi son detta "Compriamolo, dai". Non sapevo che avrei letto una specie di porno!

I rapporti sessuali tra i personaggi sono la struttura del libro, sesso, sesso e ancora sesso. Sesso in versione dolce, in versione "cattiva", in versione "ripicca", in versione "facciamolo che siamo al ci
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Cam
Jul 21, 2009 Cam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Gloria75
Nov 19, 2011 Gloria75 rated it really liked it
Un'altra saga di vampiri, qui ci sono i mutaforma, il protagonista dalle sue sembianze umane passa a quelle di un lupo.
In una notte di temporale il suo istinto lo porta a frapporsi tra un lampo e una ragazzina, salvandole la vita anche se le restano pochi segni...
Poi la ritrova alla scuola della figlia, tra le due nasce subito una forte amicizia che si consolida quando la sfortunata ragazza perde e i genitori e l'amica insiste per ospitarla a casa loro...
così il nostro vampiro-lupo oltre ai tre
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Methos
Jul 03, 2013 Methos rated it it was ok
*commento durante la lettura*
Ma è un libro "fantasy" o un bignami del kamasutra?! Non c'è un capitolo in cui i personaggi tengano o le gambe chiuse o il giacomino dei pantaloni. Ma la vecchia cara aspirina tenuta tra le ginocchia, almeno per un paio di righe no? Non ho assolutamente nulla contro le scene di sesso, ma quando sono troppe e portate all'estremo, l'insieme diventa volgare. 4 pagine di accoppiamento selvaggio sfonciano nel porno, non nella letteratura per adulti.

*commento post lettu
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Jocelyn No
Jun 28, 2009 Jocelyn No rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, romance
I liked the setting (London, 1930's), and I liked the characters in this book. The author tied the coming of world war 2 into the supernatural plot very nicely, and I liked the nod to multiculturalism (wish we'd see more of that in romance in general). The two star review comes despite all that, though, because I had a lot of problems with this book.

First, the book's ending - there was no resolution to the main conflict in the book. I guess that's being saved for the next book in the series whic
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Bluefly
Mar 25, 2012 Bluefly rated it really liked it
E' vero, c'è proprio un sacco di sesso... ma d'altra parte la Holly è una scrittrice ad alto tasso erotico, quindi uno sa cosa trova. Generalmente preferisco i paranormal romance agli "erotic paranormal romance" (non so se si usa dire così, ma credo renda l'idea), ma trattandosi di vampiri, la mia curiosità ancora una volta ha vinto sul dubbio. Diversamente da alcuni paranormal romance che ho letto, i personaggi di questo romanzo della Holly non sono super eroi stereotipati ma creature fragili e ...more
k reads
Apr 17, 2011 k reads rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
I am a big Emma Holly fan but this book left me feeling underwhelmed. The heroine, Estelle, is under developed and the little the reader does know about her is because we are told - not shown. It was hard for me to invest in the romance between her and the hero, Edmund Fitz Clare because there seemed so little at stake. I found myself much more interested in the secondary (slightly creepy) romance and, for the first time ever in a Holly book, I found myself skimming through the sex scenes so I c ...more
Barbara ★
AWESOME!!! I loved the character of Edmund Fitz Clare. He is spectacular...a shapeshifter (wolf of course) and a vampire! My favorite paranormal elements. This is a rather sweet romance between Edmund and Estelle Berenger, a human with some paranormal abilities. Of course Edmund has enemies who try to kill Estelle and turn his foster children against him. So danger and angst rule this book. Emma Holly ends this with a gigantic cliffhanger and I am super glad that I have Breaking Midnight sitting ...more
Vanessa
Hmmm ... I thought this was a Paranormal Romance book along the lines of Lara Adrian or Gena Showalter. Instead, "Kissing Midnight" was erotica with a paranormal theme. Now, I don't mind a few steamy scenes in my romance books, but when the sex scenes take up about three-quarters of the book then that is just too much. And that's what happened with "Kissing Midnight". There is very little story, but there are several couples who are going at it all the time. So, not my kind of book, and I quit h ...more
Sara Gatto
Feb 05, 2013 Sara Gatto rated it liked it
Shelves: re-reading
Quando l'ho letto la prima volta dovevo essere stata colta dalla frenesia del momento e dal fatto che fosse nuovo.
La trama è abbastanza semplice da intuire, i personaggi sono prevedibili e standardizzati.
Non è niente di che ma è adattissimo a distrarre la mente, a renderla leggera per qualche momento. Insomma, è un libro da relax.
Qualche piccola pecca nella trascrizione a volte fa rileggere la frase ma non è nulla di rilevante.
Altra pecca... ci sono troppe scene di sesso. Veramente troppe.
Godibi
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Netanella
It's been a while since I put down the Midnight series by Emma Holly, and I am glad that I picked it back up again. "Kissing Midnight" picks up with Edmund Fitz Claire, the elder brother of Aimery who's gone off to turn-of the-century England and adopted himself a "human" family of orphaned children. As usual, Ms. Holly's writing style is excellent, the characters are interesting, and of course, the sexual escapades are plentiful and smoking. The cliffhanger at the end was frustrating, particula ...more
Mollie *scoutrmom*
This is a well-thought-out tale of paranormal romance. I like seeing the hero struggling with feelings of unworthiness. I like seeing the heroine come to accept that her lover's "eccentricities" are far from those of a normal human being. What I did not like was the cliff-hanger ending... continued next book? What kind of bs is that? Good thing I checked out the entire trilogy from the library at once, or I'd have been really angry.
Stacey Allison
I gave Kissing Midnight 3 stars. I wish I could have given it 3 1/2 but they don't give that option. I started off loving this story, but then so many characters were added in and several different romances were added and it was just too much to keep up with, but that's just my personal opinion. The book also ended all at once. Im told there is another book coming out with the rest in it. It was a good read, just not great for me. Im still a fan and will buy her books.
StrangeBedfellows
This book did very little for me. I didn't care for the characters or the author's writing style. Due to those two issues, the plot made no impression on me. As for the sizzling sex appeal that Holly is supposed to be famous for, I found the interactions between characters to be awkward, melodramatic, and lacking genuine chemistry. The dialogue, in particular, fell flat. I don't think I will be trying any more books from this author.
Anita
This is the 7th book/story in the Upyr series by Emma Holly, set in England between the world wars. It's fantasy erotica with Emma Holly's usual skill of creating a plot that can acually stand up as a real story, not just an excuse to get naked every chapter. I hate historical fiction, though, and the main two couples in this story are both very tame for the first 150 pages, so I just didn't get into it. Generally, though, I recommend this author.
Lord Rose
The setting was interesting, but there was really too much sex and not enough plot.

And having read this a year and a half ago, for whatever reason, one of the details I remember is that vampire-werewolf-whatever-he-is come is apparently magical and unwrinkles sheets. (Actually, I remember a surprising amount about this book, now that I think about it.)
Marisella
Emma Holly is one of the best, if not THE BEST, erotic storyteller in the world. Her characters are real, precise, and always believable, even the shapeshifing upyrs! They amble, gambol, grin, act cheeky, and endear themselves to the reader. The sex sizzles and true intimacies abound. (yeah, silly word) Read all of her books, you'll keep them all to re-read, over and over.
Kayla Chappell
Nov 15, 2009 Kayla Chappell rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Sadly,it's taken me forever to get to this book and it's been badly damaged somehow. School work is keeping me from most of my reading of it but I'm getting there. I love it so far though. Holly seems to know just how to write something to make it interesting.

I'll comment again once I read more or finish!
JPerceval
Jun 11, 2009 JPerceval rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I reviewed all 3 books in one blog entry:

It's a melange of intrigue and hawt secks, set against the interesting backdrop of pre-war England.

Click here for this review, as well as the other two.
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