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Midnight Pleasures

(Pleasures #2)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  3,862 ratings  ·  193 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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Sammy Loves Books
Angst and Stupidity


I really hate it when authors take intelligent characters from previous books and turn them into immature bumbling idiots.


And the ending was just too sad and very unnecessary !!
Jess the Romanceaholic
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Miranda Davis
Apr 14, 2013 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
Jan 14, 2012 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 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 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
May 19, 2016 rated it it was ok
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Sep 13, 2012 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.
Jun 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: trashies, fbc-18
A note on the series: I read this book significantly after reading the first one, and that felt like a mistake. The book starts off assuming you know about the tension between Patrick and Sophie; they've already been caught kissing at a party, he's already proposed, and she's rejected him and hastily gotten engaged to another man. That amount of plot usually takes up at least a third of a typical romance novel. From there, the book quickly establishes that Sophie is gorgeous, flirtatious, often ...more
Setting: London December 1805
Genre: Romance
In two seasons, Lady Sophie York has rejected proposals from most of the eligible men of high society, including the rich and gorgeous Patrick Foakes who had been caught kissing her at a ball. Instead, she accepts the hand of Braddon Chatwin, a dull and dependable earl. Why? Because he has promised not to embarrass her by flaunting his mistresses as her father does. She assumes all men of her class have mistresses. And because Patrick makes her heart g
Feb 05, 2013 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 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
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
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
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 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
Lisa Butterworth
Oct 27, 2016 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.
Feb 15, 2008 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.
Annie ⚜️
Jun 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
Started out good then the middle dragged. The entire subplot of Brandon and Madeline was too much. Then they did something that surprised me (no spoilers) and the end picks up. Not bad. Shouldn't have taken me 3 months to get through though.
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 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
Feb 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was really excited for this book after reading "Potent Pleasures", which had me staying up to the wee hours of the night, breathlessly turning the page, sickened to my stomach by the misunderstandings and drama.

This book was not nearly as good. I liked Sophie a lot. I was moved and almost cried when her baby died. Her having a miscarriage was an interesting part of the book. To be honest, this book is different from any other regency romance novel I've read. Sometimes it would switch perspecti
Oct 20, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am still listening to this audiobook but just had to write my review. For the first time reading an Eloise James book, I am close to DNRing it. When I came to goodreads I automatically looked up the date of publishing because I was sure this had to be some of her early work. The book is from 2001. I don't know when James began publishing. But I can say, this book was far, far below her usual quality of storytelling.
This story was tedious when it truly didn't need to be. The hero and heroine ar
Feb 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Sophia York (marriageable, innocent, beautiful and brainy) scarred by her father’s philandering, resists and rejects the proposal of rake Patrick Foakes, the man she secretly loves, and agrees to marry his stolid friend Braddon, the Earl of Slaslow instead. She also insists they elope. Unfortunately, Braddon injures his leg and can’t climb the ladder. He sends Patrick in a disguise. The two cannot resist their attraction, bed, and marry, but still have many fears and insecurities to overcome. En ...more
Not bad, but predictable

Erroneous assumptions exacerbated by unwillingness to communicate has kept many a hero and heroine apart. It’s a well used romance novel trope that can be effective but if carried on too long can be annoying. Unfortunately, Midnight Pleasures came dangerously close to that one.

While each of the main characters’s respective “hang ups” were understandable, their resulting actions were, at times, overwrought and irrational. I became especially annoyed with the hero when hi
Feb 24, 2019 rated it liked it
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May 28, 2017 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
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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)
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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.” 0 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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