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  • Mass Market Paperback: 339 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Sensation; Reissue edition (Jan 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425225496
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425225493
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 2.5 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 828,348 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Seduced at Midnight In this new Ladies Literary Society of London novel, Julianne Bradley longs for a man who cannot be hers. As she prepares for a suitable marriage, ghostly occurrences straight out of her latest read start happening. To protect Julianne, her father hires the very man she desires to protect her. Original. Full description

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Detra Fitch TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 Jan 2009
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Lady Julianne Bradley's parents could easily be called cold-hearted and uncaring. In fact, those are the nicer terms one could use to describe Lord and Lady Gatesbourne. Being the daughter of titled parents, Julianne always knew her marriage would be arranged by her father to the one with the highest title and wealth. Now that time has arrived. Instead of going through the motions of posting the bans and a long engagement to prepare for a lavish Society wedding (and help her to mentally prepare for a long, loveless life) Julianne learns that she is due to wed the Duke of Eastling within two weeks and immediately be stashed away in Cornwall. Though resigned to her fate, Julianne longs for love and passion. She wants what two of her friends were lucky enough to find in their marriages. When thinking of her imaginary love, Julianne always conjures up the image of Bow Street Runner Gideon Mayne. She met Gideon two months ago when he was investigating a series of murders plaguing Mayfair. His image is what Julianne sees whenever she devours the latest novel her bookclub is reading. You see, the Ladies Literary Society of London did not read boring, but acceptable, books. Instead, the books they chose to read are very sexually explicit.

The topic on everybody's tongues these days is about a murdering ghost robber. All the victims are wealthy ladies, found dead with their valuables missing. And it seems Julianne is next on the killer's list. Gideon is hired by Lord Gatesbourne to guard Julianne until she is safely wed and Eastling's responsibility. Gideon accepts, though he finds himself strongly attracted to Lady Julianne. While Gideon protects her from a murderer, who will protect him from Julianne?

***** A story by Jacquie D'Alessandro is to be slowly savored like fine wine.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By josie82 TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 Mar 2009
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Lady Julianne Bradley's dream is to marry a man who loves her madly and embark on wild adventures together. Unfortunately the man she wants to share her adventures with is someone that can never be hers. When a spate of murders start in Mayfair and it seems that Julianne is the next target, her father hires the man of her dreams to protect her.

Bow Street Runner Gideon Mayne's most difficult task is to catch the killer - while also managing to keep his hands off Julianne. Convinced she is a pampered princess he is stunned to find himself utterly wrong which only makes the passion burn hotter between the pair. But with Julianne set to submit to an arranged marriage - she is determined to taste passion at least once in her life and is determined that Gideon will be the man to help her.

Despite being the third book in the Mayhem in Mayfair series (after Sleepless at Midnight and Confessions at Midnight) this was the first book of the series I have read and found it stands alone quite nicely although it does whet your appetite to read the other books.

This book was a delight from start to finish. I loved the characters and the emotions really packed a punch as both Gideon and Julianne struggled to cope with their feelings and the restrictions placed on them. The book was nicely sensual and I really felt the chemistry between the main pair.

There was a light mystery element to the story that did keep me guessing right to the end but didn't scare me at all (and I'm a complete scaredy cat!).
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Thornes on 7 May 2009
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Can this be the same book already reviewed by two previous correspondents?This is the third book of the Mayhem in Mayfair series and the first two, particularly the second, were infinitely better. I found this book extremely annoying - why oh why does Ms. D'Alessandro have to keep writing 'Bloody Hell' just about every other page. Does this writer, who I would have thought was an intelligent woman, really think Englishmen - even Bow Street Runners - speak like this? And - yes, it was sensual but I felt almost bordering on soft porn and it did not, in my opinion, require this - the romance between Carolyn and Daniel in Book Two was beautiful and very sexy - without minute details of masculine arousal! I am seriously wondering if I will be bothered to buy the fourth book in this series.
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By chaung on 16 Nov 2014
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great read.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3 ½ stars...good mystery, sweet...but at times long-winded 29 Jan 2009
By statengirl - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This third entry in the "Ladies Literary Society" series is sweet with a good who-done-it, but at times is a bit sappy and long-winded. The heroine is Lady Julianne Bradley, the beautiful, wealthy and much sought-after only child of an earl, and the object of her affections is commoner Gideon Mayne, a top-notch Bow Street Runner/Detective. Julianne met Gideon several months ago when he contacted her about a murder investigation. Since then, neither has been able to forget the other, but they are unable to do anything about it because Gideon is so far beneath Julianne socially. Then they accidentally meet at a society soiree where Gideon is on duty, trying to catch a murderous jewel thief known as the 'ghost'.

Julianne is feeling rather hopeless. Her parents are forcing her into a loveless marriage with a coldly civil lord, while she is a romantic soul yearning for someone vital to love...someone like Gideon. Desperate to experience true passion before she is wed, Julianne pursues Gideon outside into the garden, but then is too embarrassed to admit her feelings for him. So she lies and tells him that she heard threatening ghosts sounds outside her bedroom window, and perhaps it was the thief. Gideon of course shows up at Julianne's mansion the next day to investigate. He is promptly hired by her father to protect her until her wedding in two weeks time. Which means he must be with Julianne day and night...all the while knowing she can never be his.

My opinion of this book is mixed. The mystery was quite good and kept me interested right to the end. And overall it was sweet and upbeat with a good cast including the returning characters from the previous two books. However, Julianne and Gideon's excessive carrying on about their feelings and their relationship detracted from the story. The book was good when there was dialogue or action. But there were too many tedious moments in between when either Gideon or Julianne would daydream or anguish about the other - really working themselves into a lather - that disrupted the story's flow and made my mind wander. There was a genuine attraction between the couple. However, the frequent emotional forays into their feelings and desires just slowed the story too much and at times made both appear cloying and weak or, in Gideon's case, a tad unmanly. In this instance, less would indeed have been more...but overall it is not a bad read.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Oh, Be Still My Heart.....Loved it!!!! 6 Jan 2009
By RETSmile - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was entertaining from start to finish with a hero and heroine who truly fall in love and share a hot and sensual romance. Now, isn't that exactly what we're looking for in a romance? More like this one, please!

The hero is a bold and courageous Bow Street Runner and the heroine is Julianne, the stunningly beautiful and sought-after daughter of a wealthy Earl. Once these two meet they only have eyes for one another. However, the relationship cannot be because the hero Gideon Mayne is a commoner and well beneath Julianne's social station. While there have been many books written with this type of scenario, this is a fresh story with an entertaining mystery and the love of Julianne's friends makes it even more enjoyable. I have read the others in this series so I am coming from that perspective as well. I definitely like this one the best so far.

I just really liked this couple - both of them - no annoying heroine or overbearing hero. They were both admirable and extremely likable characters. The level of emotion between the two was just right and there was enough focus on the romance and the mystery that one did not take away from the other. And much of the romance will definitely leave you breathless! This is a real winner and a highly recommended read. Any yes, if you know this author, you know the story included pets and humor - just the right dose this time.

I cannot wait to read Emily's story next!!!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
My expectations were probably too high 30 Jan 2009
By Elena Monteros - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I really loved the first two books in the series and I couldn't wait get my hands on this one. I loved the idea of the book - two people who love each other but can never be together because of their differences. But the book somehow wasn't what I wanted it to be. I wanted there to be more between them than just Julianne's struggle to seduce him and Gideon's struggle not to give in. Well, I liked it that they spent a lot of time together, talked to each other and cared for each other - and not just because of their looks. Still, there was not enough tension between them. They loved each other from the beginning of the book. I would like to see them falling in love.
And there were so many things we weren't told. *spoiler warning!*
First, how did Gideon find her when she was kidnapped? And how did he get there so fast? I disliked it that the murderer turned out to be the most convenient person possible. I mean, hello!!! It was just too much! Too easy way out. And the whole explanation for the crimes was ridiculous. I had a feeling that I was reading an Agatha Christie novel. Some of the scenes just ended somewhere in the middle, and we were never told what happened afterward. And I'm still curious what he did with her drawers after their interlude in the drawing room ;)
In the end, I would like them to spend some more time apart than just a few hours. And I would like to see what the consequences of their marriage were. How did her parents react? How did the ton react? How did she adjust to her new life? Did she even know what her life will be like after her marriage? Because despite all her talking about how money isn't important, I didn't find her believable. She never had to move a finger in her life. How would she get used to having to take care of herself? To do some work around the house? To not have 5 servants at every corner? To be cut from the life she knew? I don't know, I just don't believe their marriage would actually work. In a way, this story was similar to A notorious love by Sabrina Jeffries, but that one was much better.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
The emotions hit me harder than brandy would have. 6 Jan 2009
By Detra Fitch - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Lady Julianne Bradley's parents could easily be called cold-hearted and uncaring. In fact, those are the nicer terms one could use to describe Lord and Lady Gatesbourne. Being the daughter of titled parents, Julianne always knew her marriage would be arranged by her father to the one with the highest title and wealth. Now that time has arrived. Instead of going through the motions of posting the bans and a long engagement to prepare for a lavish Society wedding (and help her to mentally prepare for a long, loveless life) Julianne learns that she is due to wed the Duke of Eastling within two weeks and immediately be stashed away in Cornwall. Though resigned to her fate, Julianne longs for love and passion. She wants what two of her friends were lucky enough to find in their marriages. When thinking of her imaginary love, Julianne always conjures up the image of Bow Street Runner Gideon Mayne. She met Gideon two months ago when he was investigating a series of murders plaguing Mayfair. His image is what Julianne sees whenever she devours the latest novel her bookclub is reading. You see, the Ladies Literary Society of London did not read boring, but acceptable, books. Instead, the books they chose to read are very sexually explicit.

The topic on everybody's tongues these days is about a murdering ghost robber. All the victims are wealthy ladies, found dead with their valuables missing. And it seems Julianne is next on the killer's list. Gideon is hired by Lord Gatesbourne to guard Julianne until she is safely wed and Eastling's responsibility. Gideon accepts, though he finds himself strongly attracted to Lady Julianne. While Gideon protects her from a murderer, who will protect him from Julianne?

***** A story by Jacquie D'Alessandro is to be slowly savored like fine wine. This author excels in making readers feel the same emotions her characters do. These emotions are so strong at times that they may punch you harder than brandy. And this latest installment of the Mayhem in Mayfair series is no exception. From beginning to end, this tale over flows with romance, passion, humor, and danger. I came to care deeply for the main couple (even the huge guard dog and the tiny ankle biter). I dreaded seeing the number of pages left to read dwindling and found myself reading slower and slower. Now if only I can make it until this author's next release. Astounding! *****

Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Boring with a capitol B 25 July 2009
By Faira Gann - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I have liked Jacquie D'Alessandro's other books, so I was excited to find one I hadn't read... but what a disappointment!! Julianne was juvenile, spoiled and just plain immature to the point of being silly. There were murders that Gideon was supposed to be solving and Julianne treated it as if it was a child's game with her lies to focus Gideon's attention on her. Both Julianne and Gideon drove me crazy with their repeated and repeated thoughts of each other and how they could never be together, over and over and over again!!!! Julianne even going so far as wanting a fling with Gideon before her marriage to another man. How selfish can you get. Gideon loves her and she wants him to service her until she gets married then so long Gideon. I am sure it worked out later but she didn't know that.I couldn't finish this book, I just didn't care enough about these silly creatures to even try. Get this one at your local library,I am sure glad I did!
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