After Midnight

After Midnight

by Teresa Medeiros

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"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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060762995
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 08/30/2005
Series: Lords of Midnight Series , #1
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 327,960
Product dimensions: 4.19(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.96(d)

About the Author

New York Times bestselling author Teresa Medeiros wrote her first novel at the age of twenty-one and has since gone on to win the hearts of both readers and critics. A two-time recipient of the Waldenbooks Award for bestselling fiction, Teresa makes her home in Kentucky with her husband and two cats.

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After Midnight

By Teresa Medeiros

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Copyright © 2005 Teresa Medeiros
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ISBN: 0060762993

Chapter One

"Our sister is marrying a vampire," Portia announced.

"That's nice, dear," Caroline murmured, making another neat notation in the open ledger on the writing desk.

She'd long ago learned to ignore her seventeen-year-old sister's rioting imagination and penchant for drama. She couldn't afford to abandon her responsibilities every time Portia spotted a werewolf sniffing around the trash heap or fell back upon the sofa in a semiswoon and announced that she was coming down with the Black Plague.

"You must write Aunt Marietta immediately and insist that she send Vivienne home to us before it's too late. We're her only hope, Caro!"

Caroline glanced up from the column of numbers, surprised to find her baby sister looking genuinely distressed. Portia stood in the middle of the dusty parlor, clutching a letter in one trembling hand. Her dark blue eyes looked stricken and her normally rosy cheeks were as pale as if some cloaked fiend had already sucked all the blood from her tender young heart.

"What on earth are you going on about now?" Her concern growing, Caroline laid aside her pen and slipped off the stool. She'd been hunched over the writing desk for nearly three hours, struggling to find some creative way to subtract the monthly expenses from their household accounts without making the final tally add up to less than zero. Shrugging the tension from her shoulders, she pried the letter from her sister's hand. "Surely it can't be as grim as all that. Let me have a look."

Caroline immediately recognized their middle sister's flowery scrawl. Brushing a pesky strand of pale blond hair from her eyes, she quickly scanned the letter, skipping over the endless descriptions of tulle-draped ball gowns and sprightly curricle rides down Rotten Row in Hyde Park. It didn't take her long to hone in on the passage that had drained all the color from Portia's face.

"My my," she murmured, arching one eyebrow. "After only a month in London it appears our Vivienne has already acquired a suitor."

Caroline refused to recognize the familiar pang in her heart as envy. When their aunt Marietta had offered to sponsor Vivienne's debut, it had never occurred to Caroline to point out that her own Season had been indefinitely postponed when their parents had perished in a carriage accident on the very eve of her introduction to court. And Caroline had soundly dismissed those same pangs when Vivienne departed for London with a trunk packed with all of the beautiful things their mother had chosen for her own postponed debut. It was a waste of valuable time to mourn a past that could never be changed, a dream that could never be realized. Besides, at four-and-twenty, Caroline was now so firmly entrenched on the shelf that it would take an earthquake to dislodge her.

"A suitor? Amonster, you mean!" Portia peered over Caroline's shoulder, one of her sable ringlets tickling Caroline's cheek. "Did you fail to note the blackguard's name?"

"On the contrary. Vivienne has transcribed it in her boldest hand with a number of lovingly lavish embellishments." Caroline grimaced at the second page. "Good heavens, did she actually dot the i with a heart?"

"If the mere whisper of his name doesn't strike terror in your own heart, then you must be unaware of his reputation."

"I am now." Caroline continued to scan the letter. "Our sister has thoughtfully provided a most extensive catalogue of his charms. From her glowing recitation, one can assume the gentleman's list of virtues is rivaled only by the Archbishop of Canterbury's."

"While she was extolling the fine cut of his neckcloth and his many kindnesses to widows and orphans, I don't suppose she bothered to mention the fact that he's a vampire."

Caroline rounded on her sister, her scant patience evaporating. "Oh, come now, Portia. Ever since you read that ridiculous tale by Dr. Polidori, you've been seeing vampires lurking behind every curtain and potted shrub. Had I known 'The Vampyre' would seize your imagination in such a ruthless grip, I'd have tossed the magazine on the trash heap as soon as it arrived. Maybe one of the werewolves you've spotted digging through the refuse would have carried it off and buried it."

Drawing herself up to her full five feet and two inches, Portia sniffed. "Everyone knows that Dr. Polidori didn't write that story. Why, he himself admitted to publishing it on behalf of his most famous patient -- one George Gordon, Lord Byron himself!"

"A claim which Byron staunchly denied, I should remind you."

"Can you blame him? How could he do otherwise when the ruthless and brooding character of Ruthven was only a thinly disguised version of himself? He can deny it all he likes, but 'The Vampyre' revealed his true nature for all the world to see."

Caroline sighed, a vein in her temple beginning to throb. "His true nature being that of a bloodsucking creature of the night, I presume?"

"How can anyone doubt it after reading The Giaour?" Portia's eyes took on a distant sheen Caroline knew only too well. Lifting a hand and striking a suitably dramatic stance, Portia intoned:

"But first, on earth as Vampire sent,
Thy corpse shall fall from its tomb be rent:
Then ghastly haunt thy native place,
And suck the blood of all thy race:
There from the daughter, sister, wife,
At midnight drain the stream of life."

As Portia's voice faded on a suitably ominous note, Caroline massaged her throbbing temple with two fingers. "That doesn't prove Byron is a vampire. It only proves that he, like every other great poet, is on occasion capable of spouting momentous drivel. I can only hope you have more substantial evidence to convict Vivienne's new suitor. If not, I shall have to assume this is just like the time you shook me awake before dawn and insisted that a family of fairies was living beneath one of the toadstools in the garden ...


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After Midnight 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 86 reviews.
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
After Midnight is the first of Medeiros's two books about the three Cabot sisters: Caroline, Vivienne, and Portia. Caroline, who believes herself "on the shelf", has taken care of her two younger sisters since her parents died literally on the eve of her debut in society. Now Vivienne is "out", in the care of an aunt who lives in London, and her sisters have received news that she is being courted by the dark and mysterious Adrian Kane, who may or may not be a vampire. Caroline, after an amazingly awkward introduction of sorts, finds herself strongly drawn to Kane herself. How can she steal her sister's potential future, though? And *is* he a vampire? Do they even exist? Her sister Portia is sure they do, and that he is...but then again, she also believes in mermaids, and fairies, and werewolves.... I really enjoyed this book. It had several unexpected twists, and many fun characters. There was only one part when Caroline bordered into "too stupid too live" territory, but it was short-lived and she snapped out of it quickly, thank goodness. I am looking forward to reading the second in the series, The Vampire Who Loved Me, soon.
Justpeachy1 More than 1 year ago
My Synopsis: 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. My Thoughts: 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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it ! Awesome work, upsetting when it ended
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good Book I enjoyed this story. But 'Yours til Dawn' still stands as one of my all time favorites!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book, romance, adventure, mystery, vamps! One of her best!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Captivating,mysterious and romantic. Hard to put it down.
-DragonFly- More than 1 year ago
Well written story. I love all the main characters. It was hard to put down and when I finished I went straight to book two, The Vampire Who Loved Me. You need to buy this book. Teresa Medeiros knows how the pen should flow. Trust me.
kimba88 More than 1 year ago
This was a wonderful romance with a vampire twist. I fell in love with the characters and read it in 2 nights. I am a little tired, but can't wait to read book 2 The Vampire who Loved Me. Teresa is one of my favorite authors.
ElyseIndeed More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. After Midnight contains the best elements of a Regency romance mixed with a hint of Gothic flavor. The characters are likeable and the story swiftly paced.
dcw888 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I loved it. Teresa Medeiros has yet to disappoint me. I read this before I knew I would like paranormal books -- and this one is on the lighter side with more romance. This book is on my keeper shelf!
rocalisa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
After Midnight by Teresa Medeiros (8/10)Paranormal Romance. Fun tale as big sister tries to figure out if little sister's potential fiance is or isn't a vampire.
athaena on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Might almost be three stars, as romance novels go, but for predictability.
allthesedarnbooks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Vampires and Regency England and complex characters, oh my! Teresa Medeiros is one of the most consistenty readable romance authors writing today, and this book is no exception. This is at once a gothic romance of the old school, a vampire romance with a kick, and a comedy of manners. The characters are likeable, the dialogue sharp, and the intrigue well-developed. My only problem was with the sex scenes, which were disappointinly below par. I found them almost nauseating. Other than that, a quick, enjoyable read. When they get to the sex? Do yourself a favor and skip it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I’m a Teresa Medeiros fan having read many of her books. She always puts a different spin on each story she tackles and After Midnight was no exception. The characters were believable and lovable and the plotting was fast paced. I loved the story of Caroline and Adrian. It wrapped up nicely and I loved that about it. I’ll read more of Ms. Medeiros’ books because I know I’ll not be disappointed. I look forward to each one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Characters are delightful and a bit unexpected. Loved it
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