After Midnight


After Midnight
Teresa Medeiros
September 2005
ISBN: 0-06-076299-3

Cover: Actually represents the story quite well, as the white rose behind the ear comes into play near the end.

Rating: 4


“Our sister is marrying a vampire.”

When the ever practical Caroline Cabot first hears those words from the lips of her fanciful youngest sister, she accuses Portia of having a wild imagination.

But when she discovers their sister Vivienne is actually being courted by Adrian Kane, the mysterious viscount rumored to be a vampire, she decides to accept his invitation to a midnight supper and do some sleuthing of her own.

To both her delight and her dismay, she soon finds herself falling under Kane’s bewitching spell. After all, what’s a proper young lady to do when her sister’s suitor arouses more than just her suspicions?

Caroline Cabot has been the mother, the father and the bread-divider for her two younger sisters for the past six years. She’s sacrificed her own debut and her own potatoes so that her sisters could have more. Now her middle sister is in London, having her coming out sponsored by a flighty aunt and is entertaining a yet to come proposal from a handsome wealthy viscount.

This particular viscount is also the speculation of many ton rumours – rumours that are fueled by the fact that he never surfaces before midnight and the disappearances of several persons in town, some say he’s a vampire. Of course, Caroline doesn’t believe this and when the letter arrives to visit the viscount’s gathering she jumps at the chance to approve her sisters’ suitor.

Arriving in town, Caroline and her sisters attend Adrian Kane’s party and she meets him for the first time in an alcove to the side. Not knowing who he is, she is immediately attracted to him and begins to think there may be hope for her love life after all.

To attend a masquerade ball put on by Adrian, Caroline and crew jaunt off to spend a few days at his ancestral estate … actually a castle complete with gargoyles and towers, no mirrors in sight and all windows completely covered so not a shred of daylight can come through and a brother who shuns the sun to be fashionably pale.

Adrian is suitably tough and alpha, able to take care of his own and those around him. He’s just a bit tortured after losing someone he loved to someone he thought was a friend and fighting the dark side of life for several years. Caroline was an interesting heroine and I liked her all the more for the simple fact that at no point did she need to be saved due to stupidity. Reality has to be suspended of course as this is a vampire tale and Ms. Medeiros uses many of the typical stereotypes of the undead – no mirrors, shrouded windows, stakes, garlic, holy water, crypts, crucifixes, all of it comes into play.

One of the things I enjoyed the most is that there was a nice blend between the dark of the brothers with the lightness of the sisters, they delivered funny light feminine moments to the entire tale.

The middle sister, Vivienne, gets her own love story as a secondary piece of this book and the youngest sister Portia will have her own story, along with Adrian’s brother Justin, in TM’s next novel out this fall.


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