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Sleepless at Midnight (edição: 2007)

de Jacquie D'Alessandro

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The ladies in London are abuzz over Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, especially Miss Sarah Moorehouse. Her imagination is fired up, so when she spies Matthew Devenport, Marquess Langston, mysteriously sneaking home in the wee hours clutching a shovel, she simply must investigate. Impelled by curiosity, the adventurous lass steals into his bedchamber--only to be caught red-handed by the impossibly handsome and totally naked nobleman. The Marquess Langston has more important things to worry about than a group of literature-loving ladies. But Matthew's grand plan to rescue the family from ruin could be lost when he discovers Sarah hiding behind his bedroom curtain. What is this meddlesome woman up to? And why are his desires inflamed by a chit who is too inquisitive for her own good? Well, two can play at this game . . . and when Matthew captures the beguiling Sarah in all her naked glory, the night of mischief has only just begun.… (mais)
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Título:Sleepless at Midnight
Autores:Jacquie D'Alessandro
Informação:Avon (2007), Hardcover
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I quite liked Sarah, an insecure, plain bluestocking spinster. The romance was sweet but the whole book dragged a bit. The mystery went on a bit long and the attempts at angst more seemed to be redundant passages where the hero wonders why he can't just fall for one of the heiresses like he's supposed to. Still, catered to my tastes. ( )
  PNRList | Aug 15, 2018 |
Such a wonderful story!! I loved all the characters and the main romance we so sweet!! Nice bit of steam as well! A great beginning to the series!! ( )
  grapeapril75 | Oct 18, 2014 |
After reading the first few pages I was sure I was going to hate this, and then suddenly after the first chapter it was as if a different writer took over. A really enjoyable romp. My only big complaint is that a character who was barely mentioned suddenly became absolutely central to the plot about 5 pages from the end and by that time I had to really think to remember who that person was. I am all for limiting foreshadowing, but this was sort of ridiculous. Still, I loved the main characters and their relationship. They were funny and sweet with each other, and the roadblocks to happily ever after were very real and accurate for the time rather than based on contrived misunderstanding and lack of trust. Recommended for fellow romance lovers. ( )
  Narshkite | Nov 19, 2013 |
Sleepless at Midnight is another delightful Regency romance from Jacquie D'Alessandro and the first in her Mayhem in Mayfair series. It pairs a handsome Marquess who is facing the prospect of being an impoverished peer with a plain Jane spinster who has no money. She is also used to being overlooked and has given up on the idea of ever getting married. They are joined by a houseful of their friends and family as well as one mischievous but loyal dog. Add in a tender romance, passion, murder, a reading of Frankenstein, and a touch of mystery as our intrepid hero tries to solve the cryptic clues left to him by his dying father that will supposedly lead him to a fortune that will solve his money problems, and you have the makings of an extremely enjoyable read.

Sarah is an awesome heroine who embodies many of my favorite traits. She's adorably geeky with her love of books, extensive knowledge of horticulture, and spectacles that keep falling down her nose. She loves animals and plants and is an extremely talented artist. She prefers digging in the garden, playing with her dog (or in this case her host's dog), reading, and drawing, to more typical feminine pursuits like needlework and attending balls. However, Sarah has started attending more social events with the sole purpose of lifting the spirits of her widowed sister who still misses her beloved husband terribly even three years after his death. All her life Sarah has been overshadowed by her beautiful older sister, but she didn't allow that to affect their relationship. Her mother constantly put her down for her plain looks and unconventional ways, and she was always the wallflower. No men ever asked her to dance or paid her any attention whatsoever until she attended Matthew's house party. Because of the way others treated her in the past, she automatically believes that's how everyone is and completely misinterprets the looks and gestures when Matthew and another young man at the party start paying some attention to her. Sadly, Sarah has been treated badly for so long, she honesty can't fathom why a handsome, titled gentleman like Matthew would ever have an interest in someone like her. She initially thinks he's playing some kind of cruel game with her, but the romantic in her can't help hoping that it's real. There were times when I wished Sarah would believe Matthew when he expressed his sincerest compliments toward her, but given her background, and the fact that I know what it's like to be the 'wallflower,' I completely understood where she was coming from.

Matthew was an amazing hero. As far as family goes, he's all alone in the world, but he does have at least one good friend and many acquaintances. He's keeping a big secret and skulking around his garden in the middle of the night, digging holes under the pretense of having a passion for horticulture. Of course, since Sarah is a legitimate horticultural expert, she realizes immediately that he's not being truthful. His quest is partially fueled by guilt over things that happened in the past and partially by deathbed promises he made to his father. Matthew was an incredibly honorable man who refused to break his word even though it was given to a dying father who had never been there for him and who ran the estate into financial ruin with his gambling habit. Given the circumstances, a part of me felt like Matthew shouldn't have held himself responsible for keeping that promise, but another part of me respected him all the more for doing it. Matthew and Sarah had a lot in common, but she got the wrong first impression of him when he smiled in amusement at her glasses fogging from the steam coming off her soup. In reality, it was because of that little detail that she was the only female at the party who stood out to him, and she wasn't even one of the women he was supposed to be considering as a potential wife. It's cute how Matthew's attraction for Sarah confuses him at first and how he becomes jealous of other men paying any attention to her. He knows that all the other ladies at the party are much more physically attractive and would typically be his type, but he can't help feeling that they're boring. In contrast, Sarah challenges him and makes him feel alive. He completely respects her intelligence and treats her as his intellectual equal. That friendship quickly blossoms into love and passion as he realizes how truly beautiful she is, both inside and out. I love how Matthew kept patiently telling Sarah that she was beautiful even though it was almost impossible for her to believe it, and how he coaxes her to simply say, "Thank you" to his compliments instead of arguing against them.

As a couple, Matthew and Sarah experience all the different stages of love. They share a deep friendship in which they both understand each other, quite possibly better than anyone else. I loved the time they spent together just talking and working to figure out the answer to the puzzle Matthew's father left him. Sarah 'accidentally' spying on Matthew while he was bathing was a scene full of both humor and desire. When Matthew turned the tables on her and did the same, it was scrumptiously decadent. These sensual scenes were full of both passion and deeply conflicted emotions. When they finally did make love, they lit the pages on fire. It was utterly beautiful, with each of them giving freely of themselves to one another. I loved how Sarah was so curious and wanted to experience everything.

Of course, being the book lover that I am, I was crazy about Sarah's book club, The Ladies Literary Society of London. They gave themselves a very respectable name to cover up their reading of scandalous books, the first of which was Frankenstein. Them reading this story leads to a very fun sub-plot of the ladies in the club creating the 'perfect man.' The other three women in the group become the heroines of the remaining three books in the series. Sarah's sister, Carolyn, is still grieving for her dead husband, but with Sarah's help has slowly been venturing back out in society. Still, Carolyn is so heartbroken, she has convinced herself that she'll never marry again, but will be paired with Matthew's best friend, Daniel in the next book, Confessions at Midnight. Daniel appears to be attracted to Carolyn, as evidenced by him being rather uncomfortable with the notion of other men paying attention to her, but he also seems to be on the cynical side when it comes to love. Julianne (Seduced at Midnight) is a shy beauty who is pretty much the object of every man's affection at the house party, while Emily is both vivacious and lovely. In her book, Tempted at Midnight, she captures the attention of the mysterious American businessman, Logan Jennsen, who also had an interest in Sarah. Last but not least, I absolutely have to mention Matthew's dog, Danforth. This canine was quite the character. He is very intelligent with a great personality that really sparked my imagination.

Overall, Sleepless at Midnight had everything I look for in a romance: wonderful, relatable characters, truly romantic moments, palpable emotion, intense passion, a touch of mystery, and great friendships. I'm very much looking forward to continuing with the series, and with three winners in a row, Jacquie D'Alessandro has definitely earned a spot on my favorite authors list. ( )
  mom2lnb | Jul 24, 2013 |
This series starter is a bit of a mystery wrapped up in a romance that just doesn't work. I love the idea of a house party to find a wife and as a series opener it introduces us to all the characters. But the actual romance part just fell a little flat with me. ( )
  faither | Dec 5, 2012 |
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This book is dedicated with my deepest affection and admiration to two extraordinary women it was my honor and pleasure to know for what, sadly, turned out to be far too short a time. To LuAnn Stanaland and Diane Cegalis -- your faith and courage will never cease to inspire me and everyone who loved you. I was blessed to be your friend, and neither of you will ever be forgotten. You will always live in our hearts.

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The ladies in London are abuzz over Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, especially Miss Sarah Moorehouse. Her imagination is fired up, so when she spies Matthew Devenport, Marquess Langston, mysteriously sneaking home in the wee hours clutching a shovel, she simply must investigate. Impelled by curiosity, the adventurous lass steals into his bedchamber--only to be caught red-handed by the impossibly handsome and totally naked nobleman. The Marquess Langston has more important things to worry about than a group of literature-loving ladies. But Matthew's grand plan to rescue the family from ruin could be lost when he discovers Sarah hiding behind his bedroom curtain. What is this meddlesome woman up to? And why are his desires inflamed by a chit who is too inquisitive for her own good? Well, two can play at this game . . . and when Matthew captures the beguiling Sarah in all her naked glory, the night of mischief has only just begun.

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