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I just started the third and penultimate book of Jacquie D’s Mayhem at Mayfair series – Seduced at Midnight – and it’s not going too good. I’m not gonna blame the book yet. I just read two books back to back that I really liked – Tempt the Devil by Anna Campbell and Just One of the Guys by Kristin Higgins – and it’s hard to come down from that. I decided to turn to the end to see if there is an excerpt of the last book of the series, poor Logan’s story. You know, the unfortunate slob who got dumped by the heroines in the first two books? Like the good American that I am, I root for the losers.
Anyway, there is and since JacquieD rarely updates her very bare site and you cant even find her at the Avon Authors Forum since she moved to Berkley midseries, I’ll post the excerpt for it from my ebook.

(All rights to Jacquie D. Dont sue.)

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Tempted at Midnight by Jacquie D’Alessandro

A desperate beauty concocts a perfectly outrageous scheme for success—and not only attracts the attention of the Ladies Literary Society of London, but also the last man she’d ever expected to tempt.

Lady Emily Stapleford never dreamed that the burden of saving her family from financial ruin would rest on her lovely, resourceful shoulders. Since she’s only willing to marry for love, and not money, Emily pens a story she hopes will bring her fortune—only to have it rejected by every major publisher. After all, what respectable reader would dare embrace a vampire heroine?

Not to be dissuaded, Emily generates publicity by attracting attention with a vampire masquerade. Overnight London is abuzz with the sightings. With renewed interest in Emily’s book, she’s guaranteed success—if it wasn’t for the mysterious American, Logan Jennsen. He’s on to Emily’s duplicity and he has every intention of using it to his advantage. If only he wasn’t falling in love with this unabashedly creative hothouse flower. And if only he didn’t have a scandalous secret of his own—one that’s putting both their lives in danger…

I held him in thrall, my lips hovering just above his. I could feel his heat, smell his desire, sense his pulse pounding at his throat. Need poured through me at the thought of my fangs puncturing his skin, his hot blood flooding into my mouth. And even though I afforded him the opportunity to push me away, to escape the impossible, dangerous situation in which he found himself, I knew he was exactly where he wanted to be…
The Lady Vampire’s Kiss by Anonymous


“Do you see anything suspicious?”

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Title: The Bride Thief (2002)
Author: Jacquie D’Alessandro
Genre: Regency Historical, Stand Alone Novel, 357 pages
Sensuality: PG

Reason for Reading: recommendations on message boards

Grade: B

At six-and-twenty, Samantha Briggeham knew her marital prospects were fading by the season and she was pleased by the thought. She had no intention of being betrothed–especially against her will–to a man she did not love. She had a plan…and it didn’t include being swept into a pair of powerful arms and spirited away by a masked rider. News of Sammie’s heroic rescue from undesired wedlock turned her into the toast of the ton, wooed by suitors far and wide. But she couldn’t forget the swashbuckling brigand who’d abducted her–something about him intrigued her completely. Then she met Eric Landsdowne, the dashing and seductive Earl of Wesley.His exploits were legendary, his life filled with danger. He was the elusive Bride Thief, who had his own reasons for helping young women escape the unhappy fate of arranged marriages, and whose true identity was a scrupulously guarded secret. But from the moment he rescued Sammie–only to discover she’d already managed to get herself un-betrothed–Eric knew he couldn’t lose her a second time. Marriage was out of the question. Which left only one option: A clandestine affair that might lead to scandal, social ruin, and the unmasking of a love-bested legend. . .

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Grade: B

Pages: 354
Genre: Regency Historical
Sensuality: PG-13

Note: this is the second of a four-book series. I highly recommend that you read the first book, Sleepless at Midnight, first.

Plot: Caroline, a widowed Viscountess, still mourns the death of her late husband even after 3 years. Yet, she has been feeling her loneliness a lot lately, especially after reading the book that has taken society by storm — the explicit Memoirs of a Mistress — six times! Surely, that is what is making her suspectible to the practiced charms of the rakish Daniel, Lord Surbrooke, a man who has been hankering after her for ten yrs.

Short and to the point: Typical Avon offering — frothy, fun, and sexy.

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I remember this time last year: I was on some forum and was amazed at the sheer number of books my fellow posters could go thru in a year. I am a slow reader and i consider myself lucky if i read over 150 books in a year. Well — if I count rereads and books that I only finished half of — I did read over 160+ romances this year. The entire list can be found here.

I was hoping to put away over 200 this year but it just didnt happen. Of the 160+ books, about 66 were published in 2007. Of those 66, these five are the ones that I remember with the most affection looking back. In no particular order:

Just Wicked Enough by Lorraine Heath
This is the second book in a series which the author is stretching out a bit just to torture me. I found the premise intriguing when Heath was doing the blogging rounds in promotion of the book. A nobleman selling himself in marriage to the highest bidder; very Consuelo Vanderbilt, I thought. I didnt like either the H/H in the beginning but I loved the way that Heath revealed their layers slowly and made the romance painful and believable. Some authors just click for me where so many others dont for whatever reason. I can see all the manipulations in Heath’s writing a mile away, she uses no bells-and-whistles but it still leaves me a sobbing mess at the end of most of her books.

And Then He Kissed Her by Laura Lee Guhrke
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