After Midnight by Teresa Medeiros is a vampire love story set in the Regency period. It's definitely not a take-off from Twilight! The mysterious Adrian Kane is rumored to be much more than your average viscount. His courtship of the beautiful Vivienne Cabot has her sister, Portia along with the local constable in a frenzy of worry.
Vivienne's sister Caroline dismisses the stories but soon learns that there is lot more than meets the eye with the Kane brothers. Her attraction to Adrian leads her to do some snooping of her own, but does little to alleviate her anxiety over falling for her sisters suitor.
The Kane brothers, Adrian and Julian are very dark hero's, with lots of secrets and intrigue. Adrian gives off the air of gentleman, but ones who's not afraid to break the rules to get what he wants, while Julian is the playboy. The man who parties all night and sleeps away the day. Both brothers are handsome yet foreboding characters.
The Cabot sisters, are demure ladies, who must fend for themselves. Caroline, the strong-willed, caretaker. Portia, the petulant younger sister and Vivienne, the beautiful, soft spoken damsel, who may be in more distress than she knows.
What can I say about this book. I really loved it. I'm all for a good romance, especially set in the Regency period. The women were fairly typical characters, though I thought Caroline was a fiery character with a lot of spirit.
But, it's the men in this story that will really catch the interest of the reader. The entire first part of the book keeps you guessing about what's going on. Are the rumors true? Is there a deep dark secret in the Kane family or do the boys just like to perpetuate the stories, to make them seem more mysterious? And what about those paintings in the mysterious hallway? Soooo many questions.
The writer doesn't keep you waiting forever though, little bits of information start to trickle out and it culminates at the midnight supper. LOL... How appropriate!
This was my first experience with Teresa Medeiros and I have to say I was impressed. After Midnight was one of my top ten reads of 2009.
You really should read this one!
5 out 5 apples from my book bag!