After Midnight by Teresa MedeirosI have long eyed Teresa Medeiros’ books on the bookshelf at my local bookstore and finally took the plunge and picked up After Midnight. Now, I know this isn’t a new book (released in 2005), but I didn’t start to read the genre until 2006 so I know I’ve missed a lot of great vampire romance titles — After Midnight is one of them.

Honestly, this is one of those books that I could not put down, even though I really needed to so that I could get some sleep. It was spellbinding with wonderful characters (reminiscent of Ms. Jane Austen’s smart and spirited heroines), a fantastic love story, loving and erotic sex scenes, and a masterfully sustained element of mystery and suspense.

Our heroine is long-suffering and self-sacrificing Caroline Cabot, a woman who gave up her future to care for her younger sisters when their parents were killed in a carriage accident. She has no prospects of marriage at the ripe old age of 24 (gasp!) and their only hope of rescue from poverty is that one of the younger girls marry well — or for Caroline to marry their lecherous, toady cousin who is their landlord … ick … he is so not an option. Things start looking up, however, when they learn the middle daughter, the lovely Vivienne, may very well be being courted by the Viscount Adrian Kane. There’s only one hitch: he’s rumored to be a vampire!

These rumors send the youngest daughter, Portia, into a tizzy, propelling her already vivid imagination to new heights. The girl is hilarious and positively had me in stitches in several places — the getup she wears to their first meeting with the Viscount was priceless. The girl’s hijinks annoy Caroline but she can’t help but wonder herself after meeting the handsome, mysterious and compelling Kane, a man with obvious secrets, prompting her to begin a quest to find out who or what he is before he asks for her sister’s hand, and what exactly he’s up to — and he is up to something.

The quest leads Caroline down a path she never expected, one that stirs her long-denied passions and fires her heart in ways she never dreamed … and she’s not alone. Kane, a confident man of society, finds himself inexplicably drawn to Caroline, his heart and flesh at war with his mind as he struggles to keep his mysterious plans on course. Can they ignore their attraction for the sake of propriety and dear Vivienne? Or will they succumb to their desires? To find out, you’ve got to read the book! Trust me, it’s worth it!

Have you read After Midnight? If so, please feel free to leave a comment and let us know what you think.

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