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  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (5 July 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006123138X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061231384
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.4 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 589,802 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Growing up on Long Island, New York, Jacquie D'Alessandro fell in love with romance at an early age. She dreamed of being swept away by a dashing rogue riding a spirited stallion. When her hero finally showed up, he was dressed in jeans and drove a Volkswagen, but she recognized him anyway. They married after both graduating from Hofstra University and are now living their happily-ever-afters in Atlanta, Georgia. They have one grown son, who is a dashing rogue in the making. The author of more than thirty historical and contemporary romances, Jacquie loves to hear from readers and can be contacted through her website.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By josie82 TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 11 April 2009
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London is all abuzz with Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, especially Miss Sarah Moorehouse and the other members of the newly formed Ladies Literary Society of London. So when Sarah spots Matthew Devenport, Marquess Langston sneaking back to his house in the middle of night, shovel in hand, her imagination runs wild. Her imagination runs even wilder when she is caught in his bedchamber with the very handsome and very naked marquess.

The Marquess has much more important things to worry about than a group of literature-loving ladies. But his grand plans to save his family all change when he finds Sarah hiding behind his curtain. What is the nosy spinster up to? And why is suddenly the only thing he can think about sneaking into her bedchamber to see her naked?

This is the first book in the Mayhem in Mayfair series and it really is a great start to the series. If you have ever felt that you weren't beautiful then you will empathise with Sarah who is warm, interesting and a loveable character. Matthew, the gorgeous, dashing lord, is delicious and it was wonderful to see him interact and fall in love with Sarah. Together the pair have great chemistry, some tender scenes and also some funny banter.

The story is believable and interesting, really keeping the pages turning and making you want to read just one more chapter before you put the book down. The writing is fun, fresh and I really felt the emotions of all the characters.

Overall this book is warm, romantic, a little sexy and is certainly a fun read. I'm really looking forward to the next book in the series (Confessions at Midnight) and would also highly recommend this book. 5 stars.
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By Book Gannet TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 12 Mar. 2010
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Throwing a house party to help him choose a wealthy bride, Matthew Devenport, Marquess Langston, only invited Miss Sarah Moorehouse at the request of her rich, beautiful, widowed sister. A plain, outspoken spinster with no fortune to speak of, the debt-riddled Matthew is determined to ignore her. Until she appears in his room one night - when he's completely naked.

Sarah's under no illusions about her place in this house party, but that doesn't stop her curiosity. About many, many things. Especially after she spies her host traipsing through the gardens in the middle of the night, clutching a spade. Catching him naked in his room is just another adventure... especially when he promises to retaliate in kind.

Opening the MAYHEM IN MAYFAIR series, D'Alessandro doesn't disappoint with this tale of the handsome hero leanring that beauty doesn't just lie in the eye of the beholder, nor is only skin deep, but comes with intelligence, forth-right speech and a vast fondness for gardening. Sarah is a great heroine, well aware of how the world sees her and has made her peace with that. She doesn't pine for what she can't have, nor waste time second-guessing Matthew's attraction to her. True, she doesn't believe a word of his compliments, but she's having too much fun exploring to question.

As a hero Matthew isn't a rake, a wastrel or a bore. He doesn't need reforming, nor spends all his time brooding on his past failings. Nor does he try too hard to resist his attraction to Sarah, even when he doesn't understand it. This is not a book of angst, nor of dark undertones or dramatic tension. The resolution of the subplots do come as something of an after throught, included mostly to add, then remove any obstacles in the couple's way.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Delightful beginning to Mayhem in Mayfair series 30 Jun. 2007
By Misuzmama - Published on Amazon.com
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Lighting flashes. Thunder rumbles. And the heavens open up into a downpour. In the dead of night an eerie scene develops. House guest Miss Sarah Moorehouse notices from her room a dark shadowy figure with a shovel hurrying across the gardens. If she didn't know any better she could almost believe this scene was taken right out of the pages of a book. Specifically The Modern Prometheus or *Frankenstein*, the scandalous novel that she and her friends from the Ladies Literary Society of London are secretly reading. But its not Victor Frankenstein digging up body parts to create a creature, its Matthew Devenport, Marquess Langston, who is mysteriously skulking about. Intrigued, Sarah goes about finding out exactly what the her handsome host is doing in the gardens. And its not gardening for sure, for the man can't tell a dandelion from a daisy!

Matthew could live quite happily if he never saw another shovel or flower garden again! Damn! He must rescue his family from ruin and only weeks are left to complete his task. Like a dark cloud looming over his head, he doesn't need additional distractions. He has too many already. Especially with this house party -aka find-an-heiress-to-marry-party- in full swing. And now he has to deal with a poor spectacled spinster spying on him. Did she know what he is about? Hard to tell when in her vicinity he turns into a hormonal beast, losing himself in those big eyes and lush lips. He can't seem to concentrate on anything other than her. Which is making his task even that more difficult. And he must accomplish his goal, his honor demands it.

But what happens when a murder is discovered? Could it be he spying spinster or the mysterious marquess? Someone is watching and waiting. Time is quickly running out. Will Matthew and Sarah band and work together? Lay their hearts and fears out in the open? Will they be able to say goodbye forever when the party is over?

D'Alessandro is one of my favorite authors and she never fails to provide me with some great romantic fluff. Definitely light and always with a scene at the end worthy of my heart doing tumblesaults (usually when the hero declares himself). A break from the heavy and heady historicals one often finds.

I always love her hero and heroine's and these are not an exception. Both Sarah and Matthew are unique characters that carry around pain from their past. This similarity draws them closer to one another. As unlikely a match as they are on the outside (he a handsome titled gentleman and she a poor plain spinster) they are kindred spirits. Both are able to see beyond the facade to the real person beneath. And to watch their love grow is delightful. D'Alessandro is deft at drawing out these characters and their relationship and love in a believable way.

A fine light romance with several *cough*holy momma!*cough* love scenes (makes me wish for a claw foot bath tub ;).

I highly recommend D'Alessandro's
Red Roses Mean Love -really the best and funniest set of secondary charaters ever
The Bride Thief -a masked hero traipsing about the countryside helping damsels in distress (need I say more?)
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Why Not Just Stick to the Romance? (C+ Grade) 8 July 2007
By Katie Babs - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
D'Alessandro has an interesting concept with this first book in her new Mayhem in Mayfair series. If you are a fan of the hero falling for the heroine because of her personality and not her looks, meaning she is considered to be an ugly duckling, you will enjoy this romantic regency. But our author still sticks to the old plot device where the hero must find a rich heiress and marry including a somewhat annoying mystery. If she had let that go and kept to the sweet yet sensual love story, her latest would have been a winner.
Sarah is a quiet, reserved woman who looks in the mirror and sees nothing worthy. She is happy with her books, drawing and endearing group of friends. But she has dreams of a man wanting her for her self-worth and not care about her looks. Matthew, the hero first comes across as vain and petty, but as he grows to know Sarah, he sees her for what she is and she begins to shine. She becomes beautiful to him because her personality shines through and for that he is adorable
Talk about scorching love scenes! All I have to say is rub-a-dub-dub. I have never read some hot bathing scenes before between our two lovers and here they are the spotlight of the book. But again, the annoying device where our hero is mysterious for no other reason.
Well, at least he is not an English spy!
Simply, a so-so read but at least she has caught my interest for the next coming books.

Katiebabs

Confessions at Midnight
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Romance, drama, and a bit of danger. 1 July 2007
By Detra Fitch - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Matthew Devenport, Marquess Langston, must marry an heiress within the next few months. However, a trip to London and courting ladies would take time away from a second vital task. His solution is to invite some gentlemen, unwed ladies, and chaperons to Langston Manor for a house party. Matthew could look over the ladies, court the one he chooses, and never have to cease his search in the garden. (But his search would have to be done late at night when no one would see.)

Problem is that even though the beautiful heiresses are exactly what he needs, Matthew is drawn to Viscountess Carolyn Wingate's plain companion, Miss Sarah Moorehouse. Sarah is not only plain, but wears spectacles. She is Lady Carolyn's sister, but a lowly physician's daughter and no heiress. Matthew would never have noticed her except he unexpectedly meets her in the garden as she sketches. Their brief exchange is anything but boring. No weather, no fashion, but a REAL and intelligent conversation. Sarah quickly becomes everything Matthew wants, but cannot have.

All the ladies, minus the chaperoning mothers, form the Ladies Literary Society of London. Instead of poetry and other novel approved by Society, they decide to read "Frankenstein". During a lively discussion, they decide to create the perfect man - figuratively, of course. Each is assigned a task. Sarah is to pilfer a shirt from their host, Matthew Devenport. When Sarah spies Matthew in the garden, at midnight, with a shovel, her imagination goes wild.

While Sarah and Matthew are distracted by each other, someone else is watching. Someone who wants what is buried in the garden. Someone who has already killed once for it and may again.

***** 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 Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Good story. Good lines. Great characters. Excellent writing style. Very enjoyable. 19 Jun. 2008
By Jane - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was full of lines that were entertaining or had me chuckling. To give readers a flavor, I've quoted two scenes below. The only downside was at least twice (pages 196 and 216,) there was a little too much pondering going on in Matthew's mind.

Story brief: Matthew's father was in debt due to gambling. He was killed by a robber and Matthew is trying to run the estate. On his deathbed, the father told Matthew he had won a fortune and buried it in the garden, but he died before he could clearly explain where it was buried. For a year, Matthew has been digging through the garden hoping to find the money. If he doesn't find it, he will need to marry an heiress. He has invited some single women and men to his estate for several days in hopes of finding a suitable heiress. Carolyn was invited and brings her sister Sarah as her traveling companion.

Sarah is plain looking with thick spectacles and an outspoken nature. She is used to being a wallflower and ignored by men. I enjoyed the following conversation (page 37-38) which describes part of her. I liked her a lot in this story. Matthew is walking his dog Danforth. He sees her as he is walking through the gardens and out of politeness talks briefly with her for a few minutes. As he leaves he says
""If you'll excuse me, Miss, um --- He cleared his throat and coughed. "Danforth and I shall continue our walk."
She tilted her head and rested her gaze on him with a disconcerting penetrating look that made him feel as if he were a pane of glass she could see right through. "You don't know my name, do you?"
It was a statement rather than a question, and to his annoyance, he felt heat flush his face - which only added to his annoyance that she was right. "Of course I know who you are. You're Lady Wingate's sister."
"Whose name you can't recall." Before he could make any attempt at politeness or even admit she was correct, she waved her hand in a dismissive gesture. "Please don't concern yourself. It happens all the time. I'm Sarah Moorehouse, my lord."
(It happens all the time. He thinks.)
Matthew wasn't certain whether it was her words or the matter-of-fact manner in which she stated them that had him regarding her more carefully. Yes, he could see how this unremarkable woman could and would be overlooked - a state of affairs to which she'd obviously inured herself. --- For some inexplicable reason, he was suddenly reluctant to leave."

CAUTION SPOILER:
Page 104.
Matthew says "I want to kiss you."
A frown creased Sarah's brow. "You're joking."
"I'm not."
"Don't be ridiculous."
Again, I'm not."
"This morning you couldn't recall my name."
"I recall your name now." His gaze again dipped to her lips. "Miss Sarah Moorehouse."
"Then you must be foxed."
"I'm not. Are you?"
"Certainly not. I'm -"
"As curious as I am?" He cupped her face between his hands ---"

DATA:
Sexual language: mild. Number of sex scenes: four. Setting: probably 1800s Kent, England. Copyright: 2007. Genre: historical romance.

OTHER BOOKS:
To date, I have read the following Jacquie D'Allessandro books.
5 stars. Blame It On Karma (in anthology Jinxed!). Copyrt 2007. Review Date 5/24/07.
4 stars. Sleepless at Midnight. Copyrt 2007. Review Date 6/19/08.
4 stars. Kiss The Cook. Copyrt 2000. Review Date 4/05/07.
3 stars. Red Roses Mean Love. Copyrt 2007. Review Date 5/17/08.
1 star. Confessions at Midnight. Copyrt 2008. Review Date 2/24/09.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Enjoyable read, but there were definitely flaws (3.5 stars) 22 Mar. 2008
By J. P. - Published on Amazon.com
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I love historical romances where the heroine is different - whether it's by being eccentric, a wallflower, shy, not-the-everyday-beauty, having a stutter, interested in science, etc - as I find such characters a refreshing change. For this reason, I was very much looking forward to Sleepless at Midnight (Mayhem in Mayfair, Book 1). The heroine, Sarah Moorehouse, was indeed this type. The hero, Matthew Devenport, was also very likable and it was easy to believe his feelings for Sarah were genuine. The plot, however, was extremely contrived, not at all founded on even basic logic. There were also a lot of little things that kept getting on my nerves (Sarah's glasses always slipping, repeated phrases, the completely odd creation of a stuffed playtoy, etc). I was glad I read the book as it was an enjoyable way to spend the afternoon, but it was by no means D'Alessandro's best.

"MAYHEM IN MAYFAIR" SERIES:
(Book 1) Sleepless at Midnight - Miss Sarah Moorehouse and Matthew Devenport, Marquess Langston [***1/2]
(Book 2) Confessions at Midnight - Carolyn Turner, Viscountess Wingate (Sarah's older sister) and Daniel Sutton, Lord Surbrooke [**, reviewed]
(Book 3) Seduced at Midnight - Lady Julianne Bradley and Gideon Mayne
(Book 4) Tempted At Midnight - Lady Emily Stapleford and Logan Jennsen

SUMMARY (from the back cover):
"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, Marquess 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.

The Marquess 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."

BOTTOM LINE:
Read it, but know that D'Alessandro has much better works, including The Bride Thief and Red Roses Mean Love.
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