In the Thrill of the Night

In the Thrill of the Night

by Candice Hern

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ISBN-13: 9780451217844
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/07/2006
Series: Merry Widows Series
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.78(h) x 0.83(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

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In the Thrill of the Night 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
How in the world did I miss this author!??! This book was phenomenal!! I laughed out loud too many times to count and spent the other half of the book smiling until my cheeks hurt. I can not imagine that there are readers out there who have not experienced this book yet!!!! Please do yourself a favor and snatch this book up immediately!!!! Adam and Marianne's story will move you. I am already purchasing the next book!! HAPPY READING!!!!!!! (FRG)
Guest More than 1 year ago
In the Thrill of the Night is a wonderful start to another sexy and heartwarming romance series. Candice Hern pulls off the complicated relationship between the Marianne and Adam very well. A best friend to David, Adam continues his friendship with David's widow, Marianne, and comes to realize that his deep friendship for Marianne has really been love all along, and Marianne comes to realize that her love for David was really friendship and that Adam is the one to give her the passion and love that she did not have in her marriage to David. The struggle of this realization between Marianne and Adam while passion flames between them keeps the reader captivated. The only criticism is that I longed for even more passion and love scenes between the characters, as Ms. Hern knows how to write wonderful love scenes. I am looking forward to the rest of the series and the other Merry Widows as they find passion and ultimately love.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent read from beginning to end, highly recommend, though the sex scenes are not explicit.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1813 the five wealthy Merry Widows serve as the board of trustees for the Benevolent Widows Fund. Though their late spouses were kind individuals each has vowed to not marry again as they like the freedom death provided them. One of the quintet, Lady Gosworth tells her companions that she spent the winter warmed by a youthful lover. Grace, Beatrice and Marianne are shocked while Wilhelmina just smiles. The ladies agree to consider lovers and to continue to support one another regardless.---- Marianne turns to her late husband¿s best friend Adam Cazenove, a noted rake, for guidance. He detests the thought of Marianne with a lover though he rationalizes that the memory of David may be why he rejects the idea. She persuades him to go over her list of possible candidates, but he finds a reason to eliminate most those he cannot cross off in good conscience he plans to stop any tryst from happening. If anyone is going to sleep with Marianne it will be him though he is betrothed to Clarissa Leighton-Blair and he fears he is not the man that David was.----- IN THE THRILL OF THE NIGHT is an amusing chick lit regency due to the wild antics of the lead male. Though Adam is engaged and rejects the notion of twenty-nine years old Marianne remaining celibate the rest of her life (he assumes marriage one day), he cannot tolerate any of those pretenders sleeping with her so he performs humorous intercessions to prevent the men from doing so. Fans will enjoy his zany escapades as he eventually realizes that he loves Marianne, but doubts she reciprocates because he assumes David filled her soul.---- Harriet Klausner
theshadowknows on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Ugh, what a dreadfully clunky, boring book. As the first installment of the Merry Widows series, it doesn't seem to bode well for the books to follow. There was nothing merry about my reading experience here. The characters were so bland and superficial, the dialogue so awkward. Even worse, the talking was as endless as the succession of tedious balls and tea parties. This book was just talk, talk, talk, none of it going anywhere.Besides being boring, the premise of the book is a complete sham. It opens with a group of five friends, all widows, who decide to make a pact. Their husbands may be in the grave, but these widows, they declare, certainly are not. With the exception of one, they determine to take advantage of the lax standards of propriety applied to widows in order to get a little pleasure out of life. They plan to take lovers. It may sound unconventional, but the plot and characters all hold to the trite rules and expectations of society, genre, and gender. The heroine takes some tentative steps towards exploring the possibility of sexual freedom, all the while reluctant and unsure, but she's just as psychologically and emotionally tied to her one true love as if she had never undertaken such a daring enterprise in the first place. Perhaps in an effort to make things a bit more complex and/or difficult for our two lovers, the author refers every once and a while to the heroine's departed husband, who was also the hero's best friend. But the relationships in this poor excuse for a love triangle are never more than sketchily depicted. Even as she was married to her husband (though of course, as she was married to him she loyally loved him, or at least *thought* she did), even though she starts out just "friends" with the hero, and even throughout her failed attempts to pursue other lovers, the author manages to twist things around so that it's always been the hero for her. Always and forever, the end. A woman like this heroine, she is repeatedly told by the hero, could never be happy with just sex. She¿s programmed for marriage. Bla. Again I say bla! (Not to the idea or institution of marriage itself - I'd have a hard time reading romances in that case - but to In the Thrill of the Night, resoundingly yes.) If this wasn't enough, the hero is nothing to get excited over: a vacillating, deceitful, cowardly adolescent. I wouldn't be so annoyed if this book had only owned up to being so unoriginal. As it is, the book just adds the insult of insincerity to the injury of being badly written.
Darla on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Group of widows decide to take lovers. Heroine is a widow who'd loved her husband but didn't realize he wasn't very good in bed. She asks her male best friend, who's just gotten betrothed, to give her pointers on finding a lover. It's a fairly common Regency plot--with the twist that the heroine's just looking for a lover, not a husband, but it's done well, and the characters are fun and convincing. Start of a series about the "Merry Widows."
dukefn99 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
First book in the Merry Widows series, Ms. Hern introduces the reader to a group of widows who had banded together to raise money for those who lost their loved ones in the war. But the ladies end up making a pact with each other to each find a lover during the season. Ms. Hern's characters are interesting and endearing. I enjoyed this love story between Marianne and Adam, who became friends through Marianne's late husband. And I look forward to future stories in this intruiging series.
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Enjoyed reading between my suspense/romance books.JudyE
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Merry Widows made a pact that they would take lovers, but retain their independence and never remarry. The first to take a lover is Marianne. She decides to tell her best friend Adam of her plan, for she needs his help. You see, she has never been with anyone other than her husband and that was an arranged marriage at a very young age. Adam pays lip service to helping her but is secretly sabotaging her efforts. Mainly because, he has only now realized his attraction to Marianne.  This was a sweet novel of love and realization of love that left me wanting more. Always a good start for a series. 
AGoodell More than 1 year ago
A sweet regency story about two lost people. One dealing w/the death of a husband and the other the best friend of that husband. Has a lot of fun characters giving "advice" that makes this a quick read that you find yourself smiling most of the time.
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