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Dancing at Midnight (Avon Historical Romance) [Mass Market Paperback]

Julia Quinn
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7 Nov 2002 Avon Historical Romance
Lady Arabella Blydon has beauty and a brain, and she's tired of men who can see only one without the other.When a suitor tells Arabella he's willing to overlook her appalling bluestocking tendencies on account of her looks and fortune, she decides to take a break from the Marriage Mart. During an extended stay in the country, she never expects to meet Lord John Blackwood, a wounded war hero who intrigues her like no other man. Lord John has lived through the worst horrors of war, but nothing could have been as terrifying to his tormented heart as Lady Arabella. She is intoxicating, infuriating - and she makes him want to live again. Suddenly he's writing bad poetry and climbing trees in the pitch-dark nigh - just so he can dance with her. And even though he knows he can never be the sort of man she deserves, he can't help wanting her. But when the harsh light of day replaces the magic of midnight, can this tormented soul learn to love again?
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon Books (7 Nov 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380780755
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380780754
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 10.7 x 2.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,351,590 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Julia Quinn started writing her first book one month after finishing college and has been tapping away at her keyboard ever since. She is the author of award-winning historical romance novels, including the New York Times bestselling Bridgerton series which begins with The Duke and I. Other titles in this series are: The Viscount Who Loved Me, An Offer from a Gentleman, Romancing Mr Bridgerton, To Sir Phillip, With Love, When He Was Wicked, It's in His Kiss and On the Way to the Wedding. She is also the author of a number of standalone titles, including: The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever and Mr Cavendish, I Presume. She is a graduate of Harvard and Radcliffe colleges and lives with her family in Colorado.

Please visit her on the web at www.juliaquinn.com

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"'Delightful' - Nora Roberts" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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A fun Regency-set romantic comedy from Julia Quinn --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not your best! 3 Mar 2003
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I think Julia Quinn's books are generally very engaging. I like her character portrayals and the amusing dialogues. I thought after 'Splendid' that Belle Blydon deserved her own story. However I wish the authoress had waited until a real plot had occurred to her before putting pen/fingers to paper/keyboard! The premise of the story is of a dark tortured hero unable to love because of a terrible crime committed during the war. I just couldn't get with the idea that failing to rescue a girl from a rape, that he didn't commit, would make him into this lost person. He wouldn't be very strong as a character.That he then made the guilty officer desert also seems weak, surely he would kill him! or challenge him to a duel! Belle, likewise acted in a wholly unlikely manner for the period, visiting a man's home at 9.00 in the morning. John Blackwood loses his dark brooding manner far too quickly, to gain my sympathy for him as a character, and Belle deserved a better role. The resolution for the climatic ending lacked credibility. I agree with other reviewers about the Americanism's in the grammar. To have someone say " I like that you.. or I want that you .." jars me very rapidly from the 18th century into 21st century America. Still I will continue to read Julia Quinn's books in the hope that this is just a one off aberration!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sweet and funny 4 May 2007
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Belle Blydon is taking a break from the ton, fed up of suitors who only pay attention to her looks and fortune (gosh, what a bind!), and ignore her intellect (well, she is something of a bluestocking). It is just as she's finishing her quest to read all of Shakespeare's plays in alphabetical order that she encounters the new neighbour to her cousin's estate. But just as she's beginning to enjoy their conversation, the man ups and leaves. Could it be that Belle Blydon, universally liked and loved by the ton, has found someone who dislikes her?

John, Lord Blackwood, was the youngest of seven children - neglected, ignored and assured that he would never amount to anything. But a highly successful career in the army has won him a title. A clear head and shrewd investments have finally paid off too, and he is now the proud owner of Bletchford Manor (he really must change the name).

While out walking his new property, he stumbles across Belle, but bad memories and personal failure make him abominably rude, and he hopes to have scared her off for good. John has achieved everything he has ever wanted, and he has no wish to dream for more.

Except that Belle is stubborn, and when she sees something good in a person she won't stop until all the world knows it's there too.

Haunted memories, mysterious notes, potential heartbreak, waltzes at midnight and a hilarious wedding bring out the best in this sweet, heartwarming tale. Emma, Alex, Ned and Dunford all return from 'Splendid' to add to the mix, but Belle holds her own in this step up from sidekick to heroine. John, too, is a hero worthy of her, even if he is a little confused, hesistant and stubborn at times.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enthralling 18 Nov 2001
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is a brilliant book that I could not put down.
The reason why I only gave it four stars was the occasional use of bad english grammar by the english characters. If the book was set in America and/or the characters were American, I wouldn't have a problem, but it is the English characters, in England, saying the word 'gotten' in the middle their sentence. English people in this period NEVER used this word, along with several other American phrases and words. However, I do appreciate that Miss Quinn is an American author, writing for the American market.
I still found this book highly amusing, great fun to read, and would recommend it to anyone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brill 24 May 2013
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i love these books, can read them in a day because i just can't put them down once i start
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'd happily Dance at Midnight with the Hero 19 Mar 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I am unsure if this was actually a real sequel to 'Splendid', i.e. written exactly after it ... or it was just a sequel by virtue of the fact that it is about Lady Arabella Blydon (Cousin of Emma eventually Duchess of Ashdowne featured in Splendid).

Shortly after the Emma and Alex get married, bluestocking Bella is visiting for an extended stay whilst her parents sojourn in Italy. She trespasses onto a neighbour's land and is challenged by Lord John Blackwood.
I will 'fess immediately, this is another review for a Local Library read I recent borrowed.

I have to say that I immediately fell in love with him ......... I am just the kind of girl that simply cannot resist an injured and damaged war hero. Especially when you add in good looks, and social ineptitude ......... so much so indeed, that I finished the book during a late evening/early morning session.

My favourite scene was Belle's blister on her way to visit him, closely followed later in the book by John climbing a tree to her room, and even later on Belle climbing a tree to his room and ultimate de-flowerment (not sure if it's an actual word, but it should be) ~ notice I did not say ruin!

It was ummmmmmmmmm, more Splendid that Splendid was Splendid if you see what I mean. Although with tiny things like "block" cropping up again. We do not have blocks here in England, just a minor irritation though.

I have set a limit on here of 5 stars being the highest, but I am going to make an exception with a 5 star +, being the ultimate. All in all a lovely, frothy and delightful read - take it on a plane, train or auto-mobile ride .... better still, take an Cruise and snuggle up on a the deck in a cosy blanket and get a steward to keep bring coffee, alcohol and choccies to assist in your journey across these pages.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Bad buy!
This is one of the most boring books I've read in years. In fact, I gave up and didn't finish it. Very unusual for me.
Published 4 months ago by Mrs Wendy Castling
3.0 out of 5 stars Not my favourite
I didn't like this one as much as "Splendid". Whilst at first it was nice to read about a hero who was not a "rake" like so many of JQ heros are. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Laurajojo
5.0 out of 5 stars good read
I bought this for my mum who has recently got in to reading Julia Quinn and she really enjoyed it.
Published 12 months ago by Carly Middleton
5.0 out of 5 stars Dancing at Midnight
I found it to be another Julia Quinn masterpiece, it was an excellent read and I couldn't put it down.
Published 14 months ago by MK Lady
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, Witty a pleasure to read
Anyone who is a 18th century History Romance fan should read this collection, I lust love Julia Quinn's style of writing, it had me laughing, sighing, and crying.
Published 14 months ago by Fiona Knobben
5.0 out of 5 stars sheerbliss
if you love georgette heyer (and if you don't why not?) and you have read everyone of her books over and over again then you must read julia quinn she is simply delicious. Read more
Published on 7 Jan 2011 by luckyme
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent again!!!
Have read Splendid so couldnt wait to get my hands on Dancing at Midnight and then of course Minx....I just love it....its got it all here! Read more
Published on 15 Sep 2010 by Tinksjane
5.0 out of 5 stars Dancing at Midnight
A very funny book with dramatic plot twists and an exciting end. Simple put it is fantastic
Published on 4 Dec 2009 by Mrs. G. Bidwell
4.0 out of 5 stars sweet and saucy
a nice little read. the story of belle and john who are just the thing that each other needs. although the back story was a little weak but since when do we read these books for... Read more
Published on 18 Mar 2009 by Lindymck
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