Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “All Through the Night” as Want to Read:
All Through the Night
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

All Through the Night

(Royal Agents #2)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  2,062 ratings  ·  149 reviews
A woman compelled. . .

In the glittering world of Regency England, Anne Wilder played a dangerous game.  A widowed lady by day, by night she became a masked thief preying on society's elite.  She roved high above London's black rooftops, compelled by phantoms from her past to take ever greater risks.  Until her restless spirit led her into Colonel Jack Seward's trap. . . wh
Kindle Edition, 400 pages
Published (first published September 8th 1997)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about All Through the Night, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about All Through the Night

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
3.81  · 
Rating details
 ·  2,062 ratings  ·  149 reviews

Sort order
Feb 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: To Dina! who asked where my review was!
Shelves: victorian-era, keeper

Get ready for the best cat and mouse game, from glittering homes of the ton to the dark rooftops of London.

Colonel Jack Seward is the best spy, from a child taken from the workhouse, made by luck, chance and hard work, he’s the best. Now he’s out to capture the infamous thief Wrexhall's Wraith, whose been stealing from the upper crust of the ton. And when they meet face to face, he finds the Wraith is a woman whom inflames his passion he’s kept hidden deep within himself, and with a hot kiss
This was a quite, emotional, beautifully written book. Pretty simple premise, boy is tasked with finding thief, girl is thief by night and by day she is a widow. Boy almost catches thief but is distracted by a passionate kiss and girl escapes, but the hunt is on. Boy knows that thief is a part of the TON. Sounds simple, right? But it was really so much more than that. There was a lot of emotional depth that I didn't expect, but was pleasantly surprised. There was also some wonderfully passionate ...more
Apr 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An unapologetically frothy concoction of angsty and emotional. And I just gobbled it up. Rather loved it, too.
I've given this a C for narration and C for content at AAR.

Orignally published in 1997, All Through the Night is often described as being quite dark in tone for a historical romance and it’s easy to understand why. The hero and heroine are both emotionally damaged and their relationship – at the outset - is based on lust and sexual obsession rather than tenderness or love.

Anne is the respectable widow of Matthew Wilder, a naval officer who died in the Napoleonic War. He was an inexperienced sail
This was deliciously hot and I really enjoyed it.
Emily ~ Enchanted With Words
*1.6 stars*
Ummmmmmmmm why did I just waste hours of my life on this book??? Let me just say I wasn't expecting a lot out of this book. I was expecting a light cheesy romance novel but I didn't even get that. This book is one of the most boring-est I have ever read. These reviews are so misleading so here is a very honest one.

Okay so the premise was SO promising. I mean a women who flies across the rooftops of 19th century London and robs from people who have done her wrong?! Sounds awesome right
Mar 12, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Widow Anne Wilder, aka the Wrexhall Wraith, steals shit at night. Colonel Jack Seward, aka bastard spy, is asked to stop her. Cue: boners! Boners on the job! Boners with rope! Boners for the women he's investigating! Boners for DAYS. Also a convoluted plot about some missing letter that is scandalous to like 1.5 people and is completely ridiculous!

1. There were some very poorly handled sex scenes, especially consent-wise. At one point, Anne ties Jack to a chair (while in disguise as the thief) a
The single thing that stuck with me about this book after I read it was how incredibly miserable every single person seemed to be. They either came from a horrible childhood (the hero), were just incredibly unhappy with love (the hero's best friend), were mean-spirited, petty and jealous (the heroine, niece), was just plain evil (the hero's father-figure) or had a ginormous martyr complex (the heroine).

A book about a female thief who was stealing from people who promised her money for her pet ch
Jun 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rating: 4 out of 5.

A beautiful historical romance that is filled with action, drama and suspense.

(view spoiler)
Mar 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jack is the Whitehall Hound, a renowned spy. Anna is a widow by day and an infamous thief by night. Jack is placed on the thief's trail after the Prince Regent's friends are robbed. Jack is confused because he is attracted to both the widow and the thief. When he discovers the truth, what lengths will he go to to save Anna from his enemy? Can Jack trust her enough for love to grow between them?

This novel is an easy read. It does contain steamy love scenes. The characters feel real. The dialogue
Aug 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical, spies
Reread: hard to believe this is by Brockway - very dark and angsty, and full of unhappy humorless characters. Tortured souls with uber-lustful feelings - lots of hectic color in the cheeks and flaming indigo eyes and burning to ash, etc. Everyone was very very hot and worked up all the time (alas, only a few heaving bosoms). Jack is also a TERRIBLE sleuth, thanks to his overactive yet thwarted libido.

Anne, our dear widow, was a bit tough to take, thanks to a touch of a martyr complex. Darling, y
I'm going to leave my original five star rating in place for the book, but I cannot recommend the newly produced audiobook. Narrator Alison Larkin managed to make me feel annoyed with one of my favorite historical heroes. She literally rasps and growls Jack's dialogue making him sound like an embittered old man. Jack is tortured and complex yet heartbreakingly in love with Anne, and I'm very annoyed that Larkin doesn't seem to get that. She turned him into a caricature of himself. Boo for the au ...more

I've never read a Regency novel about a female thief who flies on rooftops and steals from the upper class. Indeed, the summary of this novel captivated me and I found myself dying to start reading it. And I ended up loving it!

I believe that Anne and Jack are made for each other. They both had scars that needed healing -- scars that could only be healed by their counterpart. Jack is one of the most tortured heroes that I've read about, and his character was not cliched in the least. He act
Jul 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Resenha em português na minha página do Skoob.

Every time I read a book that’s awesome, I feel at lost for words because there are so many emotions, so much thoughts that I wanted to tell, that I usually don’t say anything. But it is a shame, because I really want you to realize that you NEED reading it. So, I’ll let Ed Sheeran lyrics to speak for me:


Give me love like her
‘Cos lately I’ve been waking up alone

Jack and Anne are two lonely souls. They lived their whole life think
Jul 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
The dynamic between Anne/Thief and Jack is so electrifying. Anne isn’t just any high society woman. She’s compassionate, caring, and scarred inside. Her previous marriage (she’s widowed) left her certain she is incapable of love. As an outlet for pain and confusion and just to make lying rich people pay, she dons the dress of a thief and leaps across rooftops to take what she believes they deserve to loose for reneging on promised donations to the Soldier’s Relief.

Anne’s recklessness makes it cl
Jane Stewart
OK but I wouldn't recommend it.

What I liked: The plot was good. The characters were great. I liked Jack's lust and love for Anne from the beginning. I liked Anne's intelligence and thieving skills and her ability to figure out who had the missing letter. I liked some of the plot twists. I liked the scene describing how Jamison first met and took Jack as his son from a workhouse.

What I did not like: The ending was unfinished. I wanted to know where they would go and how they would live. I wanted
Erin Burns
Jun 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: openlibrary
This book is available for borrowing on OpenLibrary

Alright, so I'll kind of admit, I was expecting a historical version of Nora Robert's Sweet Revenge, and that isn't what I got. I was expecting a romp, and this wasn't. I was expecting non-stop action, and really, except for the first couple of chapters, the first 2/3 of this book, it kind of dragged. I was all set to give this thing 2.5 stars, but then the last 100 pages or so of the book did a complete
Diane K. Peterson
This is another hard book to review. I liked many things about it very much. It had a compelling and intriguing plot. The hero and heroine were both complex characters with deep-seated issues. There was a complex overriding plot with lots of political intrigue. My only problem was that everything felt a bit over the top. The problems were too complicated. The villains were too evil. The skills of the hero and heroine were too perfect. I just didn't find it all thoroughly believable. I liked it, ...more
Cindy Castillo
Jan 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I very much enjoyed reading "All Through the Night", and I found the plot to be interesting. You could feel the chemistry between the two characters, and the intimate scenes were very hot. I thought this was a nice change from how historical romances usually just have the rogue be the criminal. Jack and the relationship with his father was intriguing and I liked learning about his past. Anne was a fun heroine who knew how to be adventurous. I found the cat and mouse game to be hilarious, fun, an ...more
3.5* The writing is wonderful and the plot intricate. I'm taking off a star because on the whole the book is depressingly dark, filled with angst, stress, and unhappy people playing roles. The reader is only privy to the briefest time of peace for the main characters at the end of the book. So while I applaud the writing and the mesmerizing story, this book wasn't so much entertaining for me as it was exhausting. ;-)

Recommended for those who enjoy angst-filled stories and tortured heroes/heroine
I am pretty sure that I read this a few years ago when I first investigated genre romances, but as I failed to record that date read, I am going to put it down as a 2009 book. This is one of those books that most of my friends love, but it left me cold. I loved the idea of it--lady thief! angsty detective on her trail!--but the execution was just a bit too overwrought. Possibly this is why it didn't make an impression on me the first time around in 2004ish.
twelvejan [Alexandria]
3 mehhhhh stars

It started out really well, intense and intriguing. Then chapter 2 came and then there were too many secondary characters, unnecessary back stories, and it went on 100 pages too long.

I do like the h and H though. Brooding spy and a kickass thief which appeared in only two scenes, unfortunately. Such a pity.
Dec 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Best naughty sex scene in a library ever! One of my all time favorite historical romance. There's angst, brooding sexy hero, angst, sexual desire and more angst.

Full of awesomesauce.
I'm sorry, I just can't get behind a book where the heroine is described as a dark gargoyle - yet somehow beautiful??!!

Overall, I saw what the author was attempting to do. Trying to capture this epic cat vs mouse game-thief versus master spy, but it just came up flat for me. Too overwrought and cursed with a plot driver that turns out to be completely ridiculous and contrived.

Also, Personally, I don't like stories where the hero has no dominion over himself. Where he is destitute and controlled
Mrs. Giggles gave this one such a glowing review I had to read it. I ended up buying it from Amazon because it was never at the library and the ebook slowed my computer. Gotta say it was money well spent.

We leap back into the realm of Connie Brockway's regency London, where a thief's been terrorizing rich families. Colonel Jack Seward encounters said thief one night, discovers she's a lady, makes out with her...and she promptly kicks him in the crotch and runs off. Sometime later he meets lovely
D.W. Nichols
Oct 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Creo que nunca he leído una novela de la época de la regencia como ésta. Ninguno de sus dos protagonistas pueden ser tachados de típicos, aunque tengan algunos pequeños toques arquetípicos.

Para empezar, Jack Seward no es un caballero, ni es rico ni un libertino, aunque frecuente y se relacione con las altas esferas. Procedente del estrato más bajo de los suburbios, es reclutado con ocho o nueve años por un hombre despiadado y carente de escrúpulos, con el único objetivo de moldearle y convertirl
Sheila Majczan
Mar 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the second in a series, and having read the third book first I had to go back and read about the other male characters and their stories - in service to the crown as spies, assassins or as whatever is needed and the ladies who capture their attentions.

This was a very unusual story, in that the main characters have histories, and with such, psychological hang-ups and/or burdens.

Anne Wilder, companion to her dead husband's cousin, leads a double life. And part of her past is that her fathe
Oct 20, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
That... I... What did I just read?

The setup is fairly easy to comprehend. Jack Seward is a spy on a tight leash seeking a thief, and Anne Wilder is that thief. She uses her feminine wiles (a phrase that always makes me laugh) to ease her escape, and he becomes obsessed with her. They each have abundantly tragic pasts, and the villain is repellent, though not immediately obvious.

Anne in particular has a darker past than I realised at first. She thought she had this perfect husband whose love made
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Jul 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
So apparently I'm reading "The Royal Agents" in the wrong order, but that's okay, because this was a really good book, and even if the character's names sound familiar (tweaking at my memory of those I might have met in book 3), it was still a standalone story and the connections can be ignored.

The story: Anne Wilder is the widow of a Lord and the daughter of a thief. When she starts a charity for veterans in need, she's met with enthusiastic support from the ton, but sometimes that support is l
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Nov 27, 2015 11:19AM  
Madison Mega-Mara...: All Through the Night by Connie Brockway 1 2 Jul 11, 2014 01:04PM  
  • Untie My Heart
  • Winter Garden (Winter Garden #2)
  • Bound by Your Touch
  • A Rose at Midnight
  • To Have and To Hold (Wyckerley Trilogy, #2)
  • The Shadow and the Star (Victorian Hearts, #2)
  • Bliss (de Saint Vallier Brothers, #1)
  • Shattered Rainbows (Fallen Angels, #5)
  • The Black Hawk (Spymasters, #4)
  • Touched by Fire
  • Lord Perfect  (Carsington Brothers, #3)
  • Night in Eden
  • No True Gentleman (Rutledge Family, #2)
New York Times and USAToday best selling author Connie Brockway has twice won the Romance Writers of America's Rita award for best historical romance as well as being an eight time finalist. After receiving a double major in art history and English from Macalester College, Connie entered grad school with an eye to acquiring her MFA in creative writing. Soon enough she jettisoned the idea of writin ...more

Other books in the series

Royal Agents (3 books)
  • Promise Me Heaven (Royal Agents #1)
  • No Place for a Dame (Royal Agents #3)
“The heart doesn’t ask permission. It is singularly unconcerned with the qualifications of those it chooses to love. It mocks the intellect, it subjugates reason, and it holds hostage the will to survive.” 2 likes
“Did you think I wouldn’t know you? That I don’t carry the imprint of you burned into my skin?” he demanded in a low, furious voice.” 1 likes
More quotes…