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Midnight Waltz

3.62  ·  Rating details ·  439 Ratings  ·  46 Reviews
He possessed Amalie by the moon's sultry glow and sent her to the white-hot limits of ecstatsy. But by day, her husand, Julien Declouet, remained aloof. Who was this myserious man whose languid caress and sweet seduction she craved? Yet deep in her heart, she knew the answer. Her midnight lover was not her husband, but his handsome cousin, Robert.... "From the Paperback ed ...more
Paperback, 378 pages
Published December 12th 1984 by Ballantine Books (first published 1984)
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Sarah Mac
I can't even finish this. It's just...ugh. An incredibly dull book with an unbelievable premise based on the heroine's monumental stupidity. No woman would be that dense. Once, maybe -- but repeatedly mistaking another man for your husband? *facepalm* HOW DUMB ARE YOU?? His smell, his voice, his cadence of breathing, the way his hands feel -- these things would all be familiar, regardless of whether you've consummated the marriage skin-to-skin. The author compounds Amalie's idiocy by repeatedly ...more
Kagama-the Literaturevixen
Apr 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: for fans of gritty & emotionally charged historical romances

Yes another one with the plotline of heroines husband not being up to the task of giving his wife a child.Of wich I have been reading several of late.

The heroine Amalie has been married for 3 months to charming,handsome and rich Julien Declouet. She should count her luck have gotten such a husband at her advanced age (24) especially since she had figured herself to be firmly on the shelf before he proposed to her.

But in the months since their marriage he hasnt managed to consume the marriage.
Jul 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
Amalie Peschier was almost permanently on the old-maid shelf when her family arranges a too good to be true marriage to Julian Declouet. Julian is very kind to his young bride, almost too kind as he seems unwilling (or perhaps unable?) to consummate the marriage. Just when Amalie is ready to give up hope of children, her husband visits her room in the dark of night (so dark she can't see him) and makes wild passionate love to her, but come daylight her passionate lover is gone and Julian's amiab ...more
Rabbit {Paint me like one of your 19th century gothic heroines!}
This book was terrible. I've read worse but it was also boring as fuck.

The heroine was like plain oatmeal. There was nothing about her that was actually interesting or make her real to me. She was boring and bland. Completely forgettable.

Also the sex scenes were boring and so unrealistic omg. Sarah will tell you all about it here.

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Oct 21, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, that sure ended with a bang. Can't post the review until later in July for new publication date. Sorry.

Quote too long for an update Page 260,

"Women in the Creole portion of Louisiana did not attend burials, though they might be present at the mass for the should of the dead. They could give birth in a welter of gore, tend the incontinent elderly in their last days, and witness, not to mention clean up after, the bodily degradation caused by most illnesses; but they were, of course, far too
Bibliotecaria Recomienda
Elegí este libro por su argumento, y es que la historia apuntaba a una historia de esas donde las cosas no son lo que parecen con eso de que el esposo era frío con ella durante el día, pero muy apasionado por la noche, y claro, no me quedó más remedio que ponerme a leerlo para ver que le pasaba a esta chica que estaba tan confundida con su marido hasta el punto de no saber si es la misma persona o no.

Y me diréis, ¿cómo puede ser que no reconozca a su marido? Pues en cuanto vas conociendo a Amali
Steph Arndt
May 08, 2013 rated it it was ok

I found it really hard to keep going with this one. I downloaded a four pack of Jennifer Blake books called the Southern Plantation Series for my Kindle. Midnight Waltz was the second book in the series.

Reading the synopsis I thought this book would have promise, however, I found I wanted to constantly skip through the long detailed descriptions and step by step narrations of Amelie's daily life.

The whole situation with Robert just confused me. I felt th
graveyardgremlin (formerly faeriemyst)
I got more than halfway through this book when I just lost interest. I figured out Julien's 'secret' in the first ten pages, so that wasn't even that interesting. The plot wasn't intriguing to me and I just skimmed the rest to find out what happened. It's not that it was bad, but I just didn't connect with the book much.

By the way, what's up with Amalie having grey-blue rings around her brown eyes and silver-blue highlights in her brown hair? I think having one of those is odd enough but to have
Jun 06, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf, freebies
Left at 60% mark. Too many unbelievable points and never-ending scenery/dress/balls descriptions dragged it down.
1) No night is so dark that you mistake your husband for his cousin. Repeatedly. 2) When you discover such a deception you make hell rain on earth. And believe me quiet women explode the worst. Here there wasn't a wisp of outrage.
3) Gay doesn't mean unable to perform. Man and woman are both perfectly able to fake it.

It should have been full of drama or at least melodrama. It was bor
Sep 17, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
OMG this book was BORRRRRing!!! I think I skipped more than half of it. Long lame ass descriptions of the setting, long lame ass discussions of feelings, blah, blah, blah.

The thing is the story had potential. Sure the premise is a little ridiculous (she doesn't know she's not sleeping with her husband? really??) but whatever. Some romances have ridiculous premises and work beautifully. This one did not. So much wasted opportunity for longing and yearning and more sexy times. I also wouldn't hav
Sep 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historic-romance
This oldie but goodie historical romance is set in Louisiana and has all the wonderful elements of the Old South - antebellum mansion, hoop skirts, nasty overseer, insipid husband, spunky heroine and disastrous natural elements. The heroine was truly a steel magnolia but not to the point of being unrealistic and the hero of the story was the quiet, strong type. The added bonus of a hurricane - and a real one at that - made the climax of the story all the more exciting.

They sure don't write them
3-3.5 stars

This was a good story. I liked both Robert and Amalie and enjoyed their story. This is the first book I've read by this author and based off this, I might try more of her work in the future.

This story was written back in 1984 and you can tell it by the writing a bit but it’s not as cheesy as some of the stories of this time (Not that I'm an expert on books from the '80s). The love scenes seemed a bit more descriptive than I expected. The descriptions are past the floweriness of bodic
Cindy Woods
Nov 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good

Thus being an early offering (1985) from Jennifer Blake shows why she is named the queen of the historical fiction romance genre. It's very good....filled with sensuous romance and a very original plot set in mid 18th century Louisiana.
I do enjoy reading Blake's books as she describes so much if what life was like then.
I would heartily recommend this book!
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
Originally posted at: http://longandshortreviews.blogspot.c...

On a warm, dark night in Creole country of Louisiana, mid-nineteenth century, Amalie Peachier Declouet wonders why any woman would call what had just happened, a duty. It was pleasure like she’d never realized could be—pure ecstasy that left her feeling complete and loved. She was, indeed, a married woman now in every sense of the word--not a spinster left on the self after six years of mourning with no prospects.

Julian Declouet, Ama
Sep 08, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Olvastam már Jennifer Blake könyveket,és volt ami igazán tetszett,és volt ami kevésbe.Hát ez egyátalán nem tetszett.
Amikor elolvastam a fülszöveget,már tudtam,hogy miről fog szólni,és izgatott lettem,mert még ilyen témáról nem igen olvastam.De ahogy nekikezdtem,folyamatosan elvesztette a varázsát,és a vége már kínszenvedés volt. Igazi nagy csalódás ez a könyv.

Amalie egy igen ostoba nőszemély.Feleségül megy Julien-hez és bántja hogy a férje hónapok múltán sem közeledik felé.Nem szerelmes a férfib
Linda Banche
Sep 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've loved every Jennifer Blake book I've read. MIDNIGHT WALTZ is no exception.

In antebellum Louisiana, young wife Amalie settles into marriage with her new husband, Julien. Handsome, rich and charming, Julien is everything a woman could ask for, but slightly distant--until he comes to her bed at night. Then he turns into the wildly passionate lover of every woman's dreams.

The difference confuses and alarms Amalie, especially when attraction develops between her and Julien's newly arrived cousin
Linda Morris
Jan 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book has so much of what I love about the best historical roms from the 80s/90s. Incredibly vivid, well-researched historical detail. I always learn so much about history from a Jennifer Blake book. A great setting (pre-Civil War Louisiana), a break from the same-old same-old Regency. (I love a good Regency, but I get tired of the lack of diversity in today's historical romance.) Well-drawn characters. Beautiful descriptions--Jennifer Blake writes lovely prose. Her love scenes are sexy and ...more
Apr 17, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was completely absurd..the storyline was absurd…the heroine (or lack thereof) was absurd…the author was absurd to even think the readers would be interested in a heroine who doesn’t even know the difference of being with her husband or being with his brother…SUUUURE..she never really slept with the husband, but still you would know his body, his voice…his touch...come on…it’s not like it was his TWIN BROTHER that was sneaking in her room…and if that wasn’t bad enough…she continue a rel ...more
Jan 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Amalie, the heroine, is in an arranged marriage to Julien Declouet. They live with Julien's mother and sleep in separate bedrooms, as was the custom in those times. Julien's cousin, the handsome Robert Farnum, lives nearby and is a frequent visitor to Belle Grove. He respects his aunt, Julien's mother, and will do anything for her.

Julien and Amalie have been married for three months, but still the marriage has not been consumated, although he has tried once or twice. One night, Amalie is visited
Nov 15, 2016 rated it did not like it
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Jul 27, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: book-reviews, e-books
This title was originally released in 1984 and re-released last year in 2011. In Midnight Waltz I had a feeling Julian was a “Molly” pretending to be straight from the beginning but I wasn’t 100% sure. The signs were there but you just never really know, right? Back then it was likely very common for gay men to marry for family (men needed heirs) and society sake.

Midnight Waltz like other Blake books was very detailed in land and architecture descriptions. You just can’t miss imagining the scene
Helm Ehmy Ilarde
Jan 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Sally Hannoush
Aug 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was a very long Historical Romance so make sure you have the time. Not one of those one-sitting deals. It took me a few days to get through it. There is a lot of description. Some of it was predictable but written well. I liked the hurricane section of the story because it hasn't been anything I've read before- it was devastating but worth including. It tends to lean me more of thinking this story had a realistic life experience without the weather channel telling you to evacuate. The "hurr ...more
Apr 15, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall good book. I really hated that the preview on the back of the book gave away/spoiled a couple of major incidents in the book. The book would have been much, much better if the reader was left to wonder who was sneeking into her bed at night or what happened to her husband when he went missing but because of the preview the reader already knows and that took away from some of the excitement and suspense of the book. Although, you don't know this until you finish the book (unless one skips ...more
Apr 12, 2012 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed the book as a whole. There were some portions that were not enjoyable. I'm fan of a good misunderstanding or unneeded confusion that must be worked through and brought to resolution. The Amalie/Julien/Robert aspect was most interesting. Yet, that's the reason I gave the book three of five stars. I felt that went on far too long before being brought to resolution.

Ms. Blake has a way of describing Louisiana as no other. Being a native of Louisiana and having a family that goes bac
3.5/5. I wasn't quite as engaged with the characters as I had hoped to be, but the writing was evocative, giving such a rich sense of time and place and zeitgeist that I didn't care. The characters were a vessel to a place and time, which could easily have been tedious.

The husband's problem was pretty obvious. The mystery was slightly intriguing. It gets 3.5 instead of 3 because of the sense of living history.
Nov 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I have enjoyed all the Jennifer Blake books that I have read but this one the most of all. The description of the hurricane made me feel like I was there! It was amazing and scary all at the same time.
I'm not sure why but I didn't enjoy his book. Lots of different things happen but the book is overly detailed so that slowed the book down.

If you like the south, plantation life, and lots of details this book is for you.
Mar 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lots of typos in the book, but a good story; especially during the flood.
Sep 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
An odd premise that was made into a satisfying read.
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