Courting Midnight [Hardcover]
2 journalers for this copy...
This is the 3rd book in Emma Holly's Midnight series.
1813, Regency England. Lucius White is the oldest living vampire in the world—a powerful, shape-changing upyr. But for the last several hundred years, his life on Earth has paled to mere existence. He needs little and feels less...
Then a chance roadside encounter gives him the opportunity to assume a mortal identity, and Lucius experiences the throb of human hungers with an intensity he can't remember having felt before. Taking on the guise of a prosperous—if eccentric—local squire, he becomes a tempting prize for local matchmaking mamas. His attempts to evade them lead him to a most unsuitable object of desire: poor but spirited Theodora Becket. Far too attracted to conform to the expectations of polite society, he uses his vampire thrall to bring them both indescribable ecstasy. Soon, despite a thousand years of ennui, Lucius is ablaze, an impossibly powerful upyr in love. The question then becomes, can any woman trust a man whose passion can't withstand the light of day?
That said, I did like finding out more about Lucius after seeing him as sort of a stand-alone kind of upyr throughout the other books. He doesn't seem to have much feeling or emotion left to him, being the oldest living upyr, and so it's nice to finally see him happy and embracing life.
I appreciate that Holly doesn't censor her sex scenes. Granted, this isn't one of her Black Lace books, but she doesn't really hold back and use flowery terms when talking about sex, and in these Upyr books, particularly this one, she's not afraid to let her passion for erotic writing come through. :)
This is now ready to go on to Kyrissaean who won it back in August's Erotica swap.
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
Sent out to Kyrissaean, who won this in the 8/25 Erotica Swap, on 11/7/06 via Media Mail. Enjoy!
Glad to hear that this would work as a stand-alone since I don't have the others (yet, anyway) - I might want to jump into this one beforehand....