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"Jacquie D'Alessandro writes romance at its enchanting best!"

                          ----Teresa Medeiros
 

When the Ladies Literary Society of London forsakes the classics for more thrillingly forbidden fare, there can be but one outcome…

 Midnight Mischief

 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, Lord 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.

 

Lord 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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Sarah looked frantically about for a hiding place, but unlike her bedchamber, there was no dressing screen here in Lord Langston’s chamber.  With no choices and even less time, she dashed toward the heavy velvet drapes covering the windows.  She’d no sooner secreted herself than she heard the door open.  Then close. 

She squeezed her eyes shut for several seconds and fought to contain her panic.  And annoyance.  Vexing man!  Why wasn’t Lord Langston in the drawing room as he was supposed to be? 

The sound of a long sigh reached her ears followed by the gentle squeak of leather.  Recalling that the leather chairs and sofa didn’t face the windows, she risked peeking around the edge of the curtain.

Lord Langston, his profile clearly visible, sat in the leather chair.  With his elbows set upon his knees and forehead resting in his palms, he looked incredibly weary.  And inexorably sad and sympathy arose unbidden within her.  What was making him so unhappy? 

Before she could consider the possibilities, he leaned down and grasped his boot.  After pulling it off, he removed the other.  Then he stood, and to her fascination, er, alarm, he began undressing. 

She felt her eyes widen and she somehow forgot to breathe, to so much as blink as she watched him slowly remove his jacket.  Then his cravat.  Then his shirt. 

Oh, my...  Her fingers curled around the edge of the curtain and her stupefied gaze ran greedily over his broad shoulders.  A fascinating sprinkling of dark hair ran across his chest then narrowed to a thin ribbon as it bisected his flat, muscle-rippled abdomen.

She was still drinking in the extraordinary view when his fingers began working the buttons on his black breeches.  And before she could so much as draw a breath into her stalled lungs, he swiftly removed his breeches.

If she’d had the wherewithal to do so, Sarah would have given thanks that her eyeballs were permanently attached to her head, otherwise they surely would have leapt from their sockets and bounced across the floor.

Her avid gaze tracked down his muscular form, noting the narrow hips and long legs, then settled on his groin with the sort of mesmerized fascination she normally only experienced in book shops and gardens.  On the intriguing thatch of dark hair that surrounded his equally captivating manhood.

Dear God, was there no air in this room? 

Before she could pull in a much-needed deep breath, he turned, treating her to an equally entrancing rear view.  Merciful heavens, there wasn’t a single inch of him that wasn’t utterly beautiful.

With a smooth grace that caused a heart pounding, breath stealing ripple of muscles, he approached the large copper tub set near the fireplace.  And for the first time she noticed the tendrils of steam rising above the polished rim.  Realization enveloped her like a hot, steamy cloud.

She was about to see the very naked, very prefect Lord Langston take a bath.

 

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        A chill of unease snaked down Matthew Devenport’s spine and he stilled his shovel to scan the darkened cemetery.  All his senses on alert, he strained his ears yet only heard the chirping of crickets and the rustling of leaves from the unseasonably cool breeze heavily scented with the threat of rain. 

Clouds obscured the moon, enveloping him in shadows which served his purpose well, but which also made it impossible to discern if someone lurked nearby--a realization that did nothing to stop the unsettling quickening of his heartbeat.

     He glanced around again, then forced himself to relax.  Bloody hell, why this sudden attack of nerves?  Nothing appeared amiss.  Yet he couldn’t shake the eerie sensation that had plagued him since leaving the house at midnight--that someone was following him.  Watching him.

     An owl hooted, and his pulse jumped, and he pressed his lips together in annoyance at allowing the atmosphere to spook him.  He’d made these secret sojourns for months and was well accustomed to the eerie sounds that rose from the darkened forest.  Still, he reached down and closed his fingers over the cool metal hilt of the knife tucked in his boot.  He didn’t relish the thought of using the weapon, but he would if he had to.  He hadn’t come this far, persevered this long, to have anyone threaten his search.

     Search?  The word mocked him and he swallowed the bitter sound that rose in his throat as he jabbed his shovel into the hard ground.  This was more than a search.  Over the course of the past year, these damned ventures into the night had become more of a quest.  An obsession that robbed him of not only sleep, but of his peace of mind.  Soon...it will all be over soon.

     One way or another.

Lifting a heavy shovelful of dirt, he tossed it aside, his tired muscles straining with effort.  How many more holes could he dig?  How many more sleepless nights could he endure?  Even during the day, when he didn’t search for fear of being discovered, his task haunted him.  For he now had less than a month left to keep his pledge.  And honor, his integrity, demanded that he do so.  He’d once compromised both and as he was still paying the consequences for that folly, he refused to make that same mistake again.

Yes, so much better to make other mistakes, his inner voice sneered.

Such as these nightly journeys into the dark.

But now, after trying for so long yet failing, there was no denying his greatest enemy.

Time.

His time was almost up.

     He flung several more shovelfuls of dirt then paused to swipe his sweaty brow with the back of his hand.  Perspiration trickled down his aching back, and he blew out a disgusted breath, frustrated by the fact that as much as he hated this endless searching, he ironically hated even more the fact that his house was now filled with guests, thus allowing him less time with which to continue the search.  They’d arrived en masse earlier this evening and he’d forced himself to endure their company over dinner, an interminable meal he’d thought would never end. 

     Damn it, he didn’t want guests.  Didn’t want people invading his home.  His privacy.  Yet, what choice did he have?  He needed a bride and needed one quick.  And by God, he’d do whatever he had to in order to get one.  He paused, his gaze lingering on the hole he’d just dug, and his fingers tightened on the rough wooden handle of the shovel.  Yes, he’d do whatever he had to.

     As was necessary with so many other facets of his life, he shoved aside his own desires and focused on what needed to be done.  There were choices to be made, life-altering choices, and as much as he didn’t wish to make them, he could delay no longer.  And as much as he didn’t relish the interruption of playing host, if he’d left the estate and traveled to London instead of inviting guests here to Kent, he’d have lost even more time. 

A flash of lightning, followed by an ominous growl of thunder interrupted his dark thoughts.  Several raindrops splashed against the back of his neck.  Seconds later it seemed as if the heavens were ripped asunder.  A deluge of water spewed from the sky, stabbing his skin like chilled needles.  He was sorely tempted to head back to the house, to abandon his task, but instead he lifted his face and closed his eyes, basking in the sting of the cold spray which made him feel, if only for a few moments, as if he were cleansed of the onerous chore that possessed him. 

Lightning flashed again, streaking across the darkened sky, and he opened his eyes.  For several seconds the Devenport family tombstones dating back centuries were illuminated into sharp, rain-soaked relief.  Matthew blinked against the sudden brightness, then froze as his gaze riveted on a man.  A man making his way in an unmistakably furtive manner across the back boundary of the cemetery.  A man he instantly recognized. 

Bloody hell, what was Tom Willstone doing skulking about on private property in the middle of the night?  Matthew’s fingers tightened on the shovel’s wooden handle.  Had the village blacksmith seen him?  Had it been Tom’s prying eyes he’d felt boring into him?  Not that Matthew wasn’t perfectly within his rights to dig holes on his own estate, but given the nature of his task, he had no desire to be observed.  Observation would only lead to speculation and speculation to endless questions--none of which he would, or could, answer.

Another bolt of lightning flashed and he saw Tom disappear amongst the soaring elms and shrubbery that marked the property line separating Langston Manor and the path leading to the village of Upper Fladersham.  He didn’t know what Tom was doing or what he might have seen, but he needed to find out.  Which would require a trip to the village.

His stomach cramped at the mere thought.  He hadn’t been to the village in nearly twenty years.  Not since--

He sliced off the thought, refusing to allow the painful memories to swallow him.  He didn’t have to go to the village himself.  He’d simply do the same thing he’d been doing for the past two decades and send someone in his stead.  Luckily Daniel was one of his house party guests.  His best friend would make the trip for him.

His guests...Daniel--his one trusted male friend, and  other several male acquaintances.  And a seeming gaggle of young women, all of whom appeared to be duplicates of each other, blending into a single mass of chattering femininity so as to be indistinguishable.  And then there were the chaperones--a marriage-minded mama and an equally marriage-minded aunt--who eyed him with the avarice of vultures contemplating a fresh carcass.  If those fine protectors of virtue knew the truth of his life, his circumstances, surely they wouldn’t be so anxious to foist their daughters in his direction.

A humorless sound escaped him, swallowed up by the rain and thunder.  But then again, perhaps it wouldn’t matter.  After all, a great deal could be overlooked when a title such as Marchioness Langston was the prize.

He fought a grimace at the mere thought of the society gems he’d invited into his home.  They all seemed so...ordinary.  So typical of women of his class--ornamental, hot-house flowers who chatted about inane subjects and could wax poetic about the weather and fashion for hours.  While each of his female guests possessed the necessary traits he required, none had stood out to him.

Well, except for the one who sat at the opposite end of the dining room table from him.  Lady Wingate’s younger sister whom she’d insisted accompany her to his house party.  The one with the spectacles that kept sliding down her nose.  What was the chit’s name?  He shook his head, unable to recall.

Indeed, the only reason she’d stood out was because he’d happened to glance in her direction after the soup was served.  She leaned over her bowl, presumably to enjoy the aroma.  When she’d raised her head, her spectacle lenses were completely fogged over from the soup’s steam.  An unexpected laugh had risen in his throat at the sight, one born of empathy as the very same thing frequently happened to him whenever he wore his reading spectacles and sipped from his tea cup.  He imagined her blinking furiously behind the opaque lenses, and his lips had twitched with amusement.  Seconds later her lenses cleared and their gazes had met.  Something flickered in her eyes, yet before he could attempt to decipher it, she’d looked away and his attention was quickly claimed by another guest.

Ah yes, his guests, all of whom were fast asleep, cozily nestled in their beds.  Their warm, dry beds.  Lucky devils. 

He blinked the rain from his eyes then ruthlessly shoved aside his pang of envy and again stabbed his shovel into the ground.

* * * * *

“I hereby call our meeting to order.”

A thrill ran through Sarah Moorehouse at the softly spoken words she’d waited so long to utter.  She stood near the marble fireplace in her guest bedchamber at Lord Langston’s country estate, the warmth from the low burning fire in the grate seeping through her thin cotton robe and night rail.  Eerie shadows flickered in the room, made all the more menacing by the flashes of lightning, rumbles of thunder, and rain lashing against the darkened windows. 

It was the perfect night to talk about monsters.

And murder.

She slowly approached the bed, her gaze touching on the three women perched like pigeons on a branch upon the oversized mattress, their stark white nightclothes appearing to glow in the dancing light.  Lady Emily Stapleford and Lady Julianne Bradley both looked at her through wide, expectant eyes, their arms wrapped around their up drawn knees.  Sarah had had her doubts that the sheltered young women would follow through with the plan to sneak from their quarters and gather here for this clandestine meeting, but they’d arrived at exactly one a.m., clearly eager for the proceedings to begin.

Sarah’s gaze shifted to her older sister, Carolyn.  By virtue of her marriage ten years earlier, Carolyn had been elevated from a mere physician’s daughter to Viscountess Wingate.  And by virtue of her beloved husband’s death three years ago, had been deflated into a heartbroken, grieving widow, her soul so shattered Sarah had wondered if she’d ever get her sister back.  The sparkle now glowing in Carolyn’s blue eyes was worth any scandal their activities might cause, and Sarah was deeply thankful that despite her loss, Carolyn was now making an effort to rejoin life.

After settling herself on the counterpane so the four women formed a small circle, Sarah pushed her spectacles higher on her nose, lifted her chin and said in a serious tone befitting the occasion, “I’ll begin by asking a question which, given the nature of our discussion, has surely occurred to all of us:  Do you think Dr. Frankenstein was merely a figment of Mary Shelley’s imagination--or do believe it’s possible there really was a mad scientist who dug up graves and stole body parts to create a living monster?”

Emily, the most daring of Sarah’s companions whispered, “Was a mad scientist?  Perhaps he still exists.  Perhaps Mary Shelley knew him, worked for him, before she embarked on her scandalous affair with the married Percy.”

Sarah looked at the beautiful Lady Emily, whom she’d befriended two years earlier through her sister.  She’d taken an immediately like to the energetic Emily whose green eyes often twinkled with mischief and whose imagination matched Sarah’s own.  At one and twenty, Emily was the eldest of Lord and Lady Fenstraw’s six children.  Thanks to her family’s recent reversal of fortunes due to her father’s unfortunate penchants for unwise investments and expensive mistresses, Emily had no choice but to marry well. 

Sadly, Sarah’s observations of the ton had shown her that Emily’s father was not the only gentleman of his class whose profligate tendencies and lack of business acumen had thrust their families into such dire financial circumstances.  And had further shown that even a beautiful girl such as Emily was rendered less attractive by the lack of a dowry.  Which of course meant that for someone like her--plain and lacking a fortune and who’d reached the advanced age of six and twenty--spinsterhood was a foregone conclusion.  Which was quite agreeable to her as her observations had also led to conclude that men were far more trouble than they were worth.

Clearing her throat, Sarah said, “Do mad scientists such a Dr. Frankenstein truly exist...a perfect question to begin our discussion of Shelley’s book.”

Julianne, the only daughter of the Earl and Countess of Gatesbourne, one of England’s wealthiest families, cleared her throat then said, “If Mama even suspected I’d read that book she’d succumb to the vapors.”

Sarah turned toward Julianne, noting her deep blush.  Sarah knew that some people found the beautiful blonde heiress cool and aloof, indeed, she herself had thought as much when they’d first met last year.  But Sarah had quickly realized that rather than aloof, Julianne was merely painfully shy.  She meekly deferred to her overbearing mother, yet Sarah suspected that beneath Julianne’s perfectly poised, reserved exterior lurked an adventurous spirit that longed for something more titillating than a stroll through Hyde Park under the close watch of her chaperone--and Sarah was determined to bring that spirit into the open so it could soar.

She barely refrained from allowing her outspoken nature to overtake her and state that a good dose of the vapors would do Julianne’s dour-faced, sharp-eyed mother some good.  Instead she said, “By calling ourselves the Ladies Literary Society of London, a name which implies we read and discuss the works of Shakespeare while we’re actually reading what we want, we should be safe enough.  And since The Modern Prometheus--or Frankenstein if you prefer, is, in spite of the scandals surrounding it, considered a literary work, no one can accuse us of lying.”  Her lips curved upward.  “Those very scandals being the exact reason I chose it for our first book.”

“I have to admit, this is the most fun I’ve had in a long time,” said Carolyn with an enthusiasm that defied her usual sedate manner, filling Sarah with hope that her idea to draw her sister further from her self-imposed shell was working.  Already she could sense the change in her two friends as well.  This small act of defiance in reading a scandalous book by a woman who’d had an affair with a married man and bore him two children before they’d finally married marked Julianne’s first timid steps from her mother’s tight control and was proving a much needed diversion for Emily from her family’s financial problems.

“A very fun venture,” Sarah said with a nod.  “I think we can all agree that Mary Shelley possesses a vivid and formidable imagination.”

“I can see why it was at first believed that the book was written by a man,” Emily murmured.  “Who would suspect that a woman could conceive such a chilling tale?”

“That is just one of the many unfair aspects of today’s society,” Sarah said, touching upon a subject close to her heart.  “Women are constantly underestimated.  A grave error in my opinion.”

“An error, perhaps,” Carolyn said, “but it is the way of things.”

Emily nodded.  “And the people who constantly underestimate us are men.”

“Precisely,” said Sarah, shoving up her spectacles.  “Which simply proves one of my pet theories:  there is no creature on this earth more vexing than a man.”

“Are you speaking of any man in particular?” asked Carolyn, her voice laced with amusement, “or simply in general terms?”

“General terms.  You know how I enjoy observing human nature, and based on my detailed observations, I’ve deduced that the vast majority of men can be effectively summed in one word.”

“A word other than vexing?” asked Julianne.

“Yes.”  Sarah raised her brows and paused expectantly, like a teacher waiting for her pupils to answer a query.  When no one ventured a guess, she prompted, “Men are...?”

“Enigmatic?” said Carolyn.

“Er, manly?” suggested Emily.

“Um, hairy?” said Julianne.

“Nincompoops,” stated Sarah with an emphatic nod that sent her glasses sliding once again.  “Nearly without exception.  Young or old, they believe that women are nothing save brainless ornaments to be either ignored or just trotted out and then tolerated with gritted teeth.  Patted upon the head, then sent back to which ever corner he plucked her from whilst he resumes his brandy drinking or flirting.”

“I wasn’t aware you’d that much experience with gentlemen,” Carolyn said mildly.

“One can draw conclusions from observations.  I’ve no need to jump into a fire to know it would burn.”  Still, warmth flushed Sarah’s cheeks.  In truth, she had very little direct experience with men as their gazes always seemed to skip right over her to land upon someone more attractive.  Being of a pragmatic nature and fully aware of the limitations of her appearance, she’d ceased to be hurt by such goings on long ago.  And being nearly invisible to men had afforded her many hours to observe their behavior while she sat in the corners at the numerous soirees she’d attended in recent months with Carolyn--all in her attempt to encourage her sister to step out of her mourning.  And based upon those observations, Sarah felt fully confident, and justified in her opinion.

Nincompoops.

“If your theory is to hold true,” Carolyn said, “then clearly gentlemen believe women are also good for flirting.”  Her eyes crinkled at the corners, but Sarah caught the flicker of sadness in their depths.  “Or are they flirting with the potted palms?”

Guilt pricked Sarah for her unguarded words and she plucked at the ribbon tied at the end of her long braid from which unruly curls sprang.  Carolyn’s husband, Edward, had been a paragon amongst men--devoted, loving, and loyal.  Not at all a nincompoop.  Yet, more than anyone else, Carolyn was certainly accustomed to her outspoken nature. 

“They only flirt with the potted palms after imbibing too much brandy.  Which happens with shocking frequency.  But I only mention nincompoops as we are speaking about our book selection, and as far as I am concerned, Victor Frankenstein was a nincompoop.”

“I absolutely agree,” said Julianne with a vigorous nod, her usual reserve temporarily forgotten as it often was when the four of them were together.  “All the bad things that happened in the story, all the murders and tragic deaths, were his fault.”

“But Victor didn’t kill anyone,” Emily said, scooting closer.  “The monster was responsible.”

“Yes, but Victor created the monster,” pointed out Carolyn.

“And then utterly rejected him.”  Sarah pressed her palms together, vividly recalling her dislike for the scientist and her deep sympathy for the grotesque being he created.  “Victor discarded that poor creature as if he were yesterday’s trash, running away from him, leaving him with nothing.  No knowledge of life or of how to survive.  He created him, then showed him not even a moment of human decency.  Simply because he was hideous.  It certainly wasn’t the monster’s fault he was so.  Not everyone is beautiful.”  She gave a philosophical shrug and forced back the suspicion that her empathy for the monster perhaps reflected a bit too closely some of her own personal struggles.

“The monster was worse than merely ‘not beautiful’,” Julianne pointed out.  “He was wretched and huge and hideous.  Very frightening.”

“Still, even if no one else could have found it in their hearts to treat him decently, surely Victor, his creator, should have extended some tiny crumb of kindness to him,” Sarah insisted.  “The monster didn’t turn harsh and cruel until after he finally realized that he would never be accepted.  By anyone.  How different his life would have been if just one person had been kind to him.”

“I agree,” said Carolyn.  “He was such a tragic figure.  If Victor had treated him with decency, I think others would have followed suit.”

“But Victor suffered greatly for his sins as well,” said Julianne.  “The monster killed his brother, his best friend, and his wife.  I found I had sympathy for both Frankenstein and his monster.”

Sarah pursed her lips.  “I must admit my curiosity was piqued by the fact that other than vague references to visiting charnel houses and digging about in graveyards for bodies, Shelley was very evasive on how the creature was actually made and came to life.  Makes me wonder if such a thing is really possible.”  She glanced toward the window where the rain slashed and lightning flashed.  “You realize that the monster was created during a storm just like this.”

“Do not even consider such a thing,” Julianne said with a visible shudder.  “Don’t forget, it was Victor’s obsession with knowledge and learning that led to his downfall.”

“There is nothing wrong with the pursuit of knowledge,” Sarah protested.

“I suspect Victor Frankenstein, and his monster, would disagree with you,” said Carolyn.

“Personally, I think Victor’s downfall was creating a creature that was so repulsive,” said Emily.  “Surely he could see that it was hideous before he brought it to life.  I may not be a scientist, but if I were going to create a man, I would set my sights on fashioning the perfect man.  Certainly not one a person couldn’t bear to gaze upon.  And definitely not one who would resort to murder.”

 “The Perfect Man...” mused Julianne, tapping her finger to her chin.  “Do you think such a thing exists?”

Sarah glanced at Carolyn.  Saw the shadow of sadness that clouded her sister’s eyes.  And could almost hear her thinking, I know he does.  I was married to him.

Emily sighed.  “I’d like to think so, but I cannot say as I’ve ever met him.”

“Nor have I,” said Sarah.  “And over the past few months we’ve certainly had the opportunity to observe the best society has to offer.  Not a perfect man in the entire bunch.”

“Not even a near perfect specimen,” Julianne concurred with a sigh.

“Well, I find that unacceptable,” Sarah said sitting up straighter.  “Therefore, in the spirit of our reading of The Modern Prometheus, I propose that we do what Victor Frankenstein failed to do.”  She leaned forward and paused, excitement humming through her, the silence broken only by the ominous rumble of thunder and the violent splatter of rain against the windows.  Lightning flashed, illuminating the trio of questioning gazes locked upon her.

“I propose,” Sarah said in a low voice, “that we create the Perfect Man.”

 

 

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Reviewed by Kristin Young

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Author Jacquie D Alessandro does it again with Sleepless At Midnight. This book is engaging and highly entertaining. The characterizations and vibrant personalities are brilliantly written. Sarah Moorehouse is unique and a refreshing change from many of the ladies of the ton, and Matthew is dashing and very lovable.

Sleepless at Midnight was so engaging that I found it nearly impossible to put it down. This book has it all: romance, drama, danger, passion, love, and a HEA that was very heartwarming. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a great romance.

 

Reviewed by Detra Fitch

of Huntress Reviews

Romance, drama, and a bit of danger!

Jacquie D'Alessandro brings enticing characters and drama to her readers once again. Sarah Moorehouse is unique and a refreshing change from normal Society ladies. Romance, drama, and a bit of danger make this novel spectacular. I cannot recommend this one highly enough. DO NOT MISS IT!

 

Reviewed by Jane Bowers

of Romance Reviews Today

SLEEPLESS AT MIDNIGHT is a thoroughly entertaining -- and moving -- novel. The writing style is superb in the way it immediately captures one intellectually and emotionally with its deep character development and a multilayered plot that includes a murder. Ms. D'Alessandro blends romance with sensuality and humor with life-altering events to start off an exciting new series with a Perfect 10 of a book.

 

Reviewed by Amelia

for JoyfullyReviewed.com

(Awarded the honor of  A Joyfully Reviewed Recommended Read)

 

Sleepless at Midnight made me remember why I love historical romances. Ms. D’Alessandro’s novel sparkles with fascinating characters and dialogue that made me laugh out loud and fall in love with the players. I particularly loved the character of Sarah, who is headstrong and independent, despite the fact that she has been overlooked all of her life.

The witty interplay between Matthew and Sarah kept me reading late into the night.  Sleepless at Midnight is definitely a Joyfully Reviewed Recommended Read for me. Now, I’m anxiously awaiting the second book in the series, and wondering which of the fun-loving ladies from the literary society will be featured.

 

 Reviewed by Shirley Lyons

of TheRomanceReader.com

Sometimes as a reviewer, you go along wondering what makes a five heart review, since so many books seem the same or have so many pitfalls. That is until you read a grand book that causes you to close your eyes, sigh and wish there was more as you turn the final page. That is how I felt upon finishing Sleepless at Midnight.

Readers will find romance, fun, humor, sexual sparks and the sparkling dialogue for which D'Alessandro is known. There are a couple of seduction scenes that will stay with the reader…it almost makes me wish for a copper tub in front of the fireplace. Sarah and Matthew are people who the reader can relate to and relish all in one. And the mystery actually had an ending that was unpredicted, yet plausible.

Sleepless at Midnight may be D'Alessandro's best yet. I look forward to her next book, and hopefully revisiting some of the friends in the story.

 

Kathe Robin  Romantic Times

D'Alessandro sets the stage for the Mayhem in Mayfair series with the adventurous Ladies Literary Society, whose members read Shelley, not Austen. Her sprightly humor lights up the pages, and you'll be sleepless until you reach the exciting and satisfying ending.

 

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