Confessions at Midnight

Posted January 31, 2008 by Book Binge Guest Blogger in Reviews | 4 Comments

Publisher: Avon, Harper Collins

Confessions at Midnight by Jacquie D’Alessandro

Carolyn Turner, Viscountess Wingate, is absolutely shocked by the Ladies Literary Society of London’s latest selection. Memoirs of a Mistress is scandalously explicit and downright wicked… and it’s stirring feelings within Carolyn that she hasn’t felt… well, ever! She’s sure that this steamy read is the only reason she’s succumbing to the charms of notorious rogue Daniel Sutton, Lord Surbrooke. She couldn’t possibly be falling for the rascal and his illicit caresses… or could she?
The last thing Daniel wanted was to be shackled by marriage vows. He lusted after Carolyn, sure, but he never imagined that once he lured her to his bed he’d never want to let her go. Yet only when a murderer targets his beloved will he be spurred to confess his true love… and claim Carolyn as his bride.

This is the 2nd book in the Midnight series, after Sleepless at Midnight, and features Carolyn Turner (Sarah Moorehouse’s sister) and Daniel Sutton (Matthew’s best friend).

I really enjoyed this book and thought the characters and storyline were refreshing. Carolyn is a widow and has been mourning ever since she lost her husband. It is only recently, with Sarah’s coaxing, that she’s come back to Society and started attending to ball and soirees. As soon as Daniel heard that Carolyn was back in Society, he parted with his mistress and plans on seducing Carolyn. See, Daniel has been attracted to Carolyn ever since he laid eyes on her, but never had an opportunity to court her because her husband was his friend. However, all bets are off now and Daniel is determined to have an affair with her.

What distinguishes Carolyn from most widows is that she truly loved her husband and the couple was devoted to each other. There was no big, hidden secret haunting Carolyn. Even more refreshing: she is no longer a virgin! Alleluiah! LOL 😛 Not only did she have sex with her husband, but she enjoyed it and missed it! I mean, talk about refreshing, right? 😛 As for Daniel, he was an interesting hero. He’s handsome and satisfies his sexual appetite with his mistresses, but doesn’t have the rake reputation. He’s wealthy, isn’t looking for marriage or heir yet… In short, he’s simply an aristocrat seducing a woman he’s wanted for 10 years; however, to our surprise and delight, Daniel has more depth than we’d expected.

There wasn’t much I didn’t like about the hero and heroine and for once, in a historical romance, I felt like they were real people. I also liked the flow of the story; all the scenes brought something to the book or to their relationship. Even the mystery plot fit well in the storyline. There were also some laughs, thanks to Daniel’s household, but as a whole, it wasn’t as funny as Sleepless at Midnight. Again, the book focused more on the H/H which was a good decision. It’s fun to see two persons engage in an affair, with the promise that when they get bored, they’ll part. They spent times together and got to know each other, in and out of bed. Seriously, I was really surprised at how much I enjoyed the book, but I guess that sometimes, it’s worth to make your book and storyline simple, like Ms D’Alessandro did.

4.5 out of 5

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4 responses to “Confessions at Midnight

  1. LOL It’s funny how pleased we are when a widow isn’t a virgin. 😛

    Good review – I still gotta read the first one, but I’ve been eyeballing this one at the bookstores too. haha

  2. Isabel – Definitively a good book. It made me want to go read the first book, so that’s a good sign 🙂

    Ames – LOL, I know. however, it’s more than she’s not a virgin. She enjoyed sex with her husband.I mean, how novel is that? try to borrow it at the library 😛 you have the choice 😛

    Rowena – Yes you should! 🙂

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