Tempted All Night
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Lady Phaedra Northampton is a proper English miss -- but burdened by a dark secret. She's buried her shame in running her wealthy brother Lord Nash's household while hiding behind a sharp wit and dull wardrobe...until a reckless village maid's disappearance pulls her into London's seedy underworld.

A former mercenary and jaded spy-for-hire, Tristan Talbot, Lord Avoncliffe, now does little, and manages to do it scandalously. Though Tristan's an out-and-out rogue, when his dying father begs him to delve into the secrets behind a notorious brothel -- a perfect task for his talents! -- Tristan can't refuse. Is the brothel a front for a notorious Russian spy ring? Tristan is on the hunt -- until his path collides with the oh-so-tempting Lady Phae.

Soon what should be a simple assignment becomes deliciously complicated...when deception and desire lead to an explosive passion -- and deadly foes!

Customer Reviews:

  • Ms Carlyle has done it again!
    This review is a little late in coming since I read it as soon as it came out but I really wanted to share the fabulousness that is Ms Carlyle.

    I have been a long time fan of Liz Carlyle's. A Woman Scorned has long been one of my favorite books ever and Tempted All Night has come along and replaced AWS as my favorite. It was so wonderful! I loved the characters, I loved the story and the sex was hot.

    I was on vacation with some friends and saw one of the gals reading this book and I couldn't stop gushing even though she started screaming she doesn't want spoilers. It was so hard for me to not keep talking about this book. There are so few wonderful historicals being written anymore that it's fantastic to have an author like Ms Carlyle keeping the genre alive. These are characters whose lives I wanted to keep reading about. I didn't want the story to end. Tempted All Night is one of the books that leave you so satisfied that you experience afterglow when you are done. ...more info
  • Average, not excellent
    I'm sorry to say I disagree with the other reviewers. Tempted All Night is merely average, certainly not worthy of the 5 stars they give this. I think that the dearth of good historical romances these days brought out the positive reviews. Yes, this is slightly better than the boring pap flooding the market, but Tempted All Night is not the masterpiece they're making it sound. I found Phaedra to be a very average heroine. She is a carbon copy of so many other female characters I've read over the years. Tristan is better drawn, but certainly nothing special. These characters don't stand out as original in the romance genre. The plot is somewhat compelling...I enjoyed the mystery. However, I didn't like the S & M overtones, as though Phaedra can only like sex when she's being bound or controlled. Yuck. Liz Carlyle is a pretty good writer. But, this is not staying on my keeper shelf. It's going to the used book store tomorrow. ...more info
  • Characters you actually feel something for...
    Awash in regency romances that have become fare too formulaic of late, like Temptation and Surrender: A Cynster Novel, reading Tempted All Night was like grabbing a life-line! Yes, we've met a few of the principal character's relations before, but this book ads to the previous books it alludes to rather than merely standing on them. For once, the love scenes were FAR from formulaic and the plight of Lady Phaedra Northhampton brought tears to my eyes when it was revealed. I looked forward to reading this again every time I was forced to put it down. A good, solid read for summer....more info
  • I was looking forward to this book for ages
    It was a good read but was not a easy read as some of her other books. I missed the humor that ran though out her other books. I always loved how she weaves the past characters though her new books and she did not disappoint in this book. ...more info
  • Another wonderful story from Liz Carlyle
    Tristan and Phaedra are a great couple. I loved how much they verbally sparred with each other!...more info
  • A Surprising Tragedy For The Heroine
    I really ended up enjoying this book. It was by no means perfect, or even a favorite Carlyle, but I was pleased. I liked how I didn't really know what was going on at first. We (the reader) found out what Phaedra's involvement in the murdered Russian was at the same time as Tristan did. It was a definite change of pace from the more introspective characters.

    Phaedra was a well written character. I liked how she was mature and not as needy as a lot of other romance heroines. I enjoyed watching Tristan have to be the one to ask when he'll get to see her again. Her `let's keep it casual' attitude toward Tristan was a nice change of pace. I didn't have a problem with the kinks Tristan found out she had, but I thought it got a little too clinical at times. I wish it would have been a bit more engaging and a little less dry. I was also surprised by her aggressiveness toward Tristan when I found out about her past tragedy. The tragedy was unexpected. Usually I can predict what so-called past tragedy an author is going to assign to a character, but this one was different. I can honestly say I don't think I've ever seen it used before.

    I did have a minor nitpick about Phaedra's characterization though. She makes a comment about not being sure that Tristan was the drunken gentleman she met in the beginning of the book. It says that she couldn't be sure because she didn't have her glasses on. Later Phoebe mocks her to Zoe (Phaedra's friend) and says Phaedra only wears her glasses to look smarter than everyone else and only needs them to read. Throughout later parts of the story she goes without her glasses and doesn't have any problems seeing. I found it odd that she would comment to herself on her need for her glasses but then never really need them.

    Tristan was an interesting character. I have to say, I have a weakness for characters that are thought to be empty-headed but are really very clever. It always makes me feel as though I'm in on the joke. I thought Tristan was a lot of fun. He was up for whatever anyone wanted to throw at him. If you wanted to fight, he'd fight. If you wanted to make out, he was ready. If you wanted to think he was an idiot, he was more than happy to let you. He just seemed so casual and willing to go with the flow. It made him fun to read about. I wasn't really impressed with his willingness to make out with every set of lips that crossed his path (even if most of them ended up being Phaedra in one form or another) but it was in the beginning of the story and it's just a personal dislike. It was easy to get past.

    I liked that Tristan never resolved things with his father. I thought that was more realistic than a sudden father-son bonding moment where they forget all their past troubles. I would have thought less of Tristan if he would have made up with his father when his father was never sorry about how he treated his mother.

    I found it odd that Phaedra had so much freedom. I know that her mother focused on Phoebe mostly, but it really seemed a little unbelievable. I kept forgetting that Phaedra was 21 and was startled whenever it was brought up. On one hand it was nice that she acted so mature. I can't even remember how many books I have given up on because the characters acted too immature and irritated the life out of me. On the other hand I really don't think that she acted 21. Maybe her past made her grow up in a hurry. I don't know... It was just a jarring note whenever it was mentioned.

    Overall it was a good book. I had some minor nitpicks, but they were easily ignored. I would say it was a good representation of Liz Carlyle's work. The world building isn't too detailed, but the characters caught my attention enough that it didn't matter to me. The prose isn't nuanced and doesn't really give a flavor of the time period, but there's something to be said for to the point prose. I'll be on the lookout for the next one in the series.
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  • really didn't like the heroine
    The heroine of this book, among other things, ruined Tempted All Night for me. Lady Phaedra Northampton creates a poor impression from the very start, making snap judgments about others' intelligence and congratulating herself on her own intellectual superiority. This includes Zoe Armstrong, a character whose own book is, I'm sure, in the works, but who for now gets to play Phaedra's sidekick. For some reason, Zoe takes it upon herself to befriend Phaedra even though she's such a downer. Zoe is fun and flirtatious and likes pretty clothes. This, in Phaedra's book, means she is stupid and frivolous. Even when Phaedra condescends so far as to admit that Zoe might, just might, be smart enough to join her in her lofty, lonely erudition, Phaedra is still so judgmental, so uptight, so full of herself, such a prig. Zoe, in contrast, is just a nice human being, and Phaedra really doesn't deserve her as a friend.

    Nor does she deserve the hero of the story, Tristan Talbot. Instead of being snide in thought alone, Phaedra calls him an idiot to his face the minute she meets him. She puts me in mind of a bitter unpopular girl despising all the pretty cheerleaders and jocks - a jealousy that all the more glaringly shows up her immaturity for drawing such superficial distinctions in the first place. If she weren't enough of a clich¨¦ already, she also has a really bad whore/Madonna complex. She's the proper, repressed, bluestocking heroine hiding from society because she's ashamed of her "strong passions." Her dowdiness is a deliberate fa?ade, a retreat from life and her sexuality. She can put herself down all she wants, but could she not offend other people while she's at it, please? Her false modesty really got on my nerves, the poorly hidden conceit that even though she *gasp* wears glasses, and gray dresses, and is cursed, CURSED I tell you, with big boobs, she's better than everyone else around her. She's the most passive aggressively judgmental heroine I've ever seen

    I kept waiting for Phaedra to get a wake up call, or to improve upon closer acquaintance perhaps, but even the eventual revelation of her sob story, as tragic as it was, couldn't help flesh her out into a relatable character. Rather it made her seem just a little unhinged into the bargain. Her traumatic past allegedly provides the motivation for her actions throughout the book, the secret rescue mission that she's on while in London trying to avoid going to parties, dressing nicely, and enjoying herself. The explanation is pretty flimsy, and even less satisfactory in light of the acts of stupidity to which it drives Phaedra - skulking around a whore house run by a crazy Russian spy and capering about dangerous areas of the city at night. And I'm supposed to believe she's smart. The only proofs of her intelligence are vague references to reading a lot, and, of course, her own assertions.

    Phaedra's oblivious, misguided bleeding heart places her in Tristan's path, because, at the bequest of his dying father, a top government official, he's investigating the same crazy Russian spy's brothel. Tristan is a very well developed character. His troubled relationship with his father is particularly moving. Tristan puts on a kind of Scarlet Pimpernel show - more fool Phaedra for falling for it - but the depth to his character is clear and compelling. The espionage plot, in contrast, is very threadbare, contrived, and awkward, especially when Phaedra just has to get involved, i.e. get in the way. Even though I like Tristan well enough, he can't carry the whole book, hampered as it is by its flawed plot, cookie cutter villain, and annoying heroine, on his muscley shoulders. The romance, of course, suffers as well as a result - especially when Phaedra, in addition to her pathetic attempts at saving someone who doesn't want saved, decides the role of martyr suits her just fine as well. So she has to push Tristan away for the usual stupid reasons - he doesn't know what he wants, he doesn't really love her, she is unworthy. It's such a load of drama and nonsense. I wash my hands of it. This review has, obviously, been little more than Phaedra bashing, but seriously, I couldn't stand her. If you can put up with her, though, Tempted All Night might have a better chance with you than it did with me....more info
  • fast paced and fun
    I really enjoyed the author's pace and writing. Phaedra is like a modern woman, except placed in a historical romance. Tristan is a bad boy hero: naughty but noble. The lines are witty and the plot is intriguing. All of the characters are well fleshed. I haven't given a 5 star for a long time, I am glad this book came along. ...more info
  • Tempted All Night
    Lady Phaedra Northampton is a witness to a stunning murder and Tristan Talbot, Lord Avoncliff, sets out to find out why there seems to be a connection between her and the dead man. Phae deliberately cultivates her plain, bluestocking exterior, but underneath, she feels a dark passion that she can't control. Tristan is known for his prowess in the bedroom, but something about Phae brings out his protective side, not just his inner scoundrel. As they explore the mystery of the dead man, a deeply depraved whorehouse and each other, both realize that appearances can be deceiving.

    I really enjoyed Tempted All Night. Tristan Talbot is one of the most complicated and well-drawn characters I have read in a long time. Lady Phae is afraid of her sensuality and watching her learn how to express it is erotically charged. Even the secondary characters leave you wanting more - I want to know more about the stories Tempted All Night alludes to. Overall, Tempted All Night was a dark, sprawling story with highly-charged eroticism and a story that is unforgettable.

    Niki Lee
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  • Intense, moving, and quite good...with one or two odd moments
    A Russian businessman in London is stabbed in the back, stumbles through door of a curio shop, and collapses dead at the feet of Lady Phaedra Northampton. Phaedra professes to know nothing of the man, but the British Foreign Office wants to question her because of the man's possible spy connections. The Earl of Hauxton, a top gun at the British Home Office, would ordinarily investigate such matters that involved a member of the British aristocracy. Unfortunately, he is on his deathbed and so entrusts the task to his idle and womanizing son Tristan, Lord Avoncliffe.

    Despite outward appearances, Tristan has a good mind and good instincts and, in interviewing Phaedra, he suspects she is hiding something (which she is, just not anything treacherous). Phaedra definitely intrigues him, and not just about her possible connection to the dead Russian. There is something incongruous about the drably dressed and bookish Phaedra and the very feminine and passionate woman he senses just beneath. So, scoundrel that he is, he steals a kiss upon leaving. And, fool that she is, Phaedra lets him. And so begins a moving tale of love and intrigue, with a most unlikely pairing. For Phaedra is strangely intent on remaining single, and Tristan avoids marriageable young misses at all costs...that is, until now.

    This is a good book with a first-rate cast, including some returning characters from Carlyle's first novels who have now grown up. The story is stirring, provocative and intense...yet not without levity. There are compromised state secrets, an unsolved murder, a lethal enemy, a missing friend, and - most profoundly - Phaedra's heartwrenching history and its aftermath. And through it all is a sprinkling of humor, some sparkling discourse, and a wonderful flirtation between the leads. Tristan is a treasure of a hero and his chemistry with Phaedra is perfect. There is an odd moment or two when, at a dangerous brothel known for its horrific sexual practices, Phaedra and Tristan jokingly/longingly discuss the sex toys and pornography on display. Also, the bondage scenes between them are sometimes a bit clinical, as Phaedra works through her hang-ups, with Tristan in the role of shrink. But this is more than made up for by their relationship as a whole...which is super. And the ending is extremely cute and very romantic.
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