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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 ...

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Overview

"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?

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Veteran Medeiros (Yours Until Dawn) deftly melds romance and vampire lore in this thoroughly readable Regency. Orphaned gentlewoman Caroline Cabot struggles to care for her two younger siblings and make the ends of their scanty inheritance meet. When she discovers that her sister Vivienne is being courted by a reputed vampire, she heads for London to intervene. Her arrival only complicates matters: sexual sparks fly between Caroline and her sister's suitor, aristocratic mystery man Adrian Kane, while baby sister Portia becomes smitten with Kane's Byronic younger brother, Julian. When the three sisters follow Adrian and Julian to their ancestral manor, Caroline's sleuthing reveals more than one surprise. Though the book's fundamentally down-to-earth mein may disappoint readers looking for macabre thrills, Medeiros's sunny playfulness cuts the gloom of vampire convention. The attraction between Caroline and Adrian rings true throughout and the unresolved romance between Portia and Julian promises readers more time with these appealing characters in the future. Agent, Andrea Cirillo. (Sept.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061795855
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/13/2009
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 115,826
  • File size: 709 KB

Meet 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

HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2005 Teresa Medeiros
All right reserved.

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 ...

Continues...


Excerpted from After Midnight by Teresa Medeiros Copyright © 2005 by Teresa Medeiros.
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  • Posted June 27, 2011

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    Unexpected and fun!

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 27, 2010

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    After Midnight

    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!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2013

    Great read

    I loved it ! Awesome work, upsetting when it ended

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2012

    Good Book I enjoyed this story. But 'Yours til Dawn' still stand

    Good Book
    I enjoyed this story. But 'Yours til Dawn' still stands as one of my all time favorites!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2012

    Awesome

    I love this book, romance, adventure, mystery, vamps! One of her best!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2012

    Wonderful story

    Captivating,mysterious and romantic. Hard to put it down.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 30, 2011

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    Brilliant author! Wonderful Vamp Saga.

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 2, 2011

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    Delightful

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 28, 2010

    Jane Austen meets Dracula

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2012

    anonymous

    Love all of Teresa Medeiros books, have purchased everyone of them!!! Can't wait until her new one is out, you will not be disappointed with any of her books, they are all must reads!!!!!!!!!!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2010

    Captivating!

    Hard to put the book down once I began reading!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2006

    the amasement of every turn of a page

    From the very begening it is amaizeing to go throught the story and she helps you get into the story fell what the character is feeling and sings you through the book wanting never to stop reading until the very last page. It is amaizeing how she captures every charasters feelings in every moment that she can. She helps you beliave that you can do the inposible and be breave. If you are looking for a book that could take you for a jurney this is the best you can find in the chelf...... do not miss the apportunity.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2006

    Another Winner

    I have read every one of Teresa's books and always look forward to the next. Her characters draw you in and make you feel you're actually there with them. An amazing talented writer. Pick up any one of her books. You won't be disappointed!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2006

    I Couldn't put it down

    This book was so enjoyable to read...just when i assumed that the story couldn't have anything more interesting left-it surprises me with some twist...the entire book is good...i love vampire romances...and this is now one of my absolute favorite...ver light hearted read...i recommend it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2006

    Awesome

    After Midnight was the first book I have ever read by Teresa Medeiros. It certainly wasn't the last. She is an awesome writer and she took two of my favorite things and combined them together. Vampires and historical romance. Caroline's story deeply touched me. I am on pins and needles waiting for Portia and Julian's book to come out. You have to read this novel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2006

    Wow, wonderfully written page turner!

    I found this book to be a wonderfully written story. The story of Caroline, the eldest sister of 3. Trying to take care of everyone at the same time with the threat of having to resort to marrying a disgusting older Uncle to sustain her family hanging over her head. You feel for her, understanding how the weight of the world is on her so heavily. You admire how she handles it all. Then you have Adrian, who is just well the perfect man in a romance such as this. She sees him and it's instant sparks, instant chemistry between the two of them. But there is so much in the way. Caroline wants him so badly but it's a love that cannot be, or can it. You want it to happen for the characters so badly. You feel for the positions that Caroline and Adrian are in and their responisibilites to others in their lives. At the same time you want them together so badly. What a great read! I am really looking forward to the sequel. This is a book you simply cannot put down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2005

    You Too Will Be Hooked!

    After Midnight is the first book I have read by author Teresa Medeiros. If you have always found Vampires to be sexy than this is the book for you! Besides the obvious romance, it is suspenseful and humorous. You will cheer for Caroline and swoon over Adrian! Spring 2006 stay tunned for the next adventure featuring Caroline's youngest sister Portia and Adrian's brother Julian.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2005

    After Midnight

    Since their parents' deaths, the three Cabot sisters have been forced to rely on the dubious charity of their odious cousin, Cecil, who inherited the family fortune and title. The girls live in a small cottage, raised mostly by the sensible eldest girl, Carolyn. Because she rejected Cecil's advances, they live hand to mouth. That could change if Vivienne, the middle sister, and the beauty of the family, marries well. From all reports, she could well do that, as rumor has it she's being courted by the enigmatic Adrian Kane. However, Portia, the youngest, also has heard that Adrian is a vampire. Therefore, when the invitation comes to visit the nobleman's home, Caroline and Portia accept. Even if he is a monster, he can't be worse than Cecil. When they meet Adrian, little makes sense. Though he favors the night, he is not restricted to it, and his attention seems more focused on Caro than on her sister. Yes, Adrian has a secret, and it has to do with vampires, but it's not what Portia believes and Vivienne is not the sister who has won his heart. Caro is, but loving her brings her into the middle of his dangerous plans. ................. Teresa Medeiros has proven time and again to be a master of blending historical fiction and fantasy smoothly. Vampire fans won't go wrong to read this book, and the sequel sounds twice as good.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    A delightful tongue in cheek Regency vampire romance

    In 1820 bookish Lady Caroline Cabot writes off the latest comments of her whimsical in the clouds youngest sister seventeen years old Portia of being overly dramatic as ever when she claimed their middle sister Vivienne is marrying a vampire. Normally she ignores her sibling¿s ramblings like the proclamation that a werewolf is sifting through the garbage. However, the pragmatic Caroline realizes her middle sister in town for the season with their Aunt Marietta has a suitor in London so she plans to travel there and meet this Viscount Adrian Kane...................... In London Adrian invites Vivienne¿s sisters to join him for a midnight meal so they can become better acquainted though she has some doubts about the time in light of rumors about his nocturnal activity. To her chagrin from the first moment their eyes meet, Caroline feels hypnotized by the handsome viscount to his shock he feels the same about the bookworm, but fears his feelings if known could harm his beloved. As they begin to fall in love, she begins to believe that her soulmate is a vampire. However, Caroline wonders if he is also a killer while also feeling guilty that she is stealing the man( make that male as a vampire is not a man are they?) courting her sibling¿s beau................... . AFTER MIDNIGHT is a delightful tongue in cheek Regency vampire romance with quite a bite as the audience will wonder for quite a while whether he is or is not. The supernatural historical novel freshens up the sub-genre because the hero¿s falling in love endangers his beloved. Fans of both sub-genres will appreciate Teresa Medeiros¿s fine tale and look forward to the sisters' stories................. Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2005

    a MUST READ! Great writing, grammar, and imagination...

    This book was the first I've read of hers, but she has got me hooked! I was on vacation visiting family, and we were in Vegas when I started reading this... and I could NOT put it down!!! Many writers tend to have a consistent, highly-used/limited vernacular, but with Medeiros I found her writing so vivid I was completely drawn in by the characters, plot, and storylines. Can't wait to read more...

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