Tonight or Never

Tonight or Never

by Dara Joy

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ISBN-13: 9780505523389
Publisher: Dorchester Publishing Company, Inc.
Publication date: 05/28/1999
Series: Love Spell: Legendary Lovers Series
Pages: 394
Product dimensions: 3.60(w) x 7.36(h) x 1.12(d)

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Tonight or Never 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
mom2lnb on LibraryThing 8 hours ago
Dara Joy's Tonight or Never is a delightful romp that is equal parts humor, tender emotion, and red hot lovin'. All the characters are pretty lighthearted, and the whole story embodies a hilarity that frequently had me smiling and laughing. One example is a scene in which Chloe coshes John over the head with a vase (on purpose), followed by the couple running through the halls of the manor house stark naked. It nearly had me rolling on the floor. Many a time I found myself thinking that this book would make a great romantic comedy movie. It isn't just about the ruckus of fun and games though. There is a very sweetly emotional element to the plot as well, in the form of a long-held love between two best friends slowly being realized by one and then admitted by the other. The love scenes are frequent, thoroughly hot, and exquisitely sensual without crossing the line into the erotic. With the exception of Lisa Kleypas, I don't believe I have yet read any other author who can write multiple love scenes in one book so creatively, with each one being as luscious as the last, but still completely different from all the ones before. Anyone who is enchanted by the idea of love-making involving bathtubs, balconies, flower gardens and sensual massage should definitely read this book. Each scene was masterfully crafted and had me sighing with satisfaction. Tonight or Never doesn't have any suspense, danger or real villains. It's just good old-fashioned romance that is all about the relationship. There is a light mystery sub-plot surrounding French nobles, who had supposedly gone to the guillotine, but later show up on John and Chloe's doorstep, and the identity of their savior, The Black Rose. This made for a fun little side plot that I actually didn't figure out until nearly the moment it was revealed, but there was never anything to weigh down the overall lightness of the story. I absolutely loved John and Chloe, and thought they were just made for each other. John is a dissolute rake, nicknamed ¿The Lord of Sex¿ by the ton, but he is actually hiding a sensitive soul behind his shameless womanizing ways. After seeing the pain of his mother's broken heart over his father's destructive gambling and early death, John subconsciously decided that he would never risk putting himself through the same thing and locked his heart up tight. John is mostly a beta hero with just a dash of alpha protectiveness and possessiveness. He tries a few times to play the dominating husband card with endearing results, because he's just too nice of a guy to make it stick. He's also the consummate lover who is more interested in sharing pleasure than conquering his lovely wife. He isn't a swashbuckling hero and isn't even particularly good at business. He's just simply the paramour who flits from one lady's bedroom to the next until Chloe puts a stop to that once and for all, giving him everything he's always wanted and more. Chloe is John's best friend in the whole world, and she is the only person he has ever felt like he could truly be himself with. They met when she was only six and he was sixteen, and for years he has played the big brother-type protector. By the time she was a teenager, Chloe knew exactly who she wanted to marry, and that was John. She bided her time until she was grown up, hoping that John would take notice of her as a woman. When he still didn't seem to, she put into action a cunning scheme to bring this notorious rake to heel. I love Chloe's determination to go after what she wanted, and that even from a young age, she seemed to always understand John better than he understood himself. She knew exactly the right ¿carrots¿ to dangle in front of him to gain his cooperation, and all it took was luring him into her web to get him to realize what he had always known, but couldn't acknowledge: Chloe was his soulmate. I thought that John's journey to that realization was rendered in a very natural and gradual way, making
jjmachshev on LibraryThing 3 months ago
I laughed my way through most of this book. I enjoy humor with my romance and Ms. Joy supplies that with ease.Chloe is fed up. She's wanted John ever since she was a child and she's decided she's going to get him. John is called "Lord of Sex" for a reason. ALL the women want him (and so do I), so Chloe decides to use her knowledge of his character to lure him to her. Their romance is wrapped thinly in the story of the Black Rose (parody of the Scarlet Pimpernel) and the 7 Cyn brothers. At the end of the book I was hungry to read the stories of these hilarious secondary characters, but alas, none has been forthcoming. If you enjoy a rollicking good romance, hot sex, alpha males, and comedy...look no further.
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Never did finish the book.
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Wonderful, the only thing needed to be said!
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Full of sass and romance. Can be steamy but a good laugh too. The best of both worlds. I'm an avid reader, pretty picky, and I've read this many times.
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ErocticTreasures More than 1 year ago
Very good book to sit down one night and read. It was a very sexy book need I say more. P.S. This book and the others down at the bottom are not for tender eyes to read.
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This is the first Dara Joy book ive ever read, and i have to say that i loved it. the way the main character went straight for what she wanted, and twisted things around to look like she didnt care was hilarious! it didnt drag on like other books, and was light and funny. i luv her books and have read some of her other ones since. but their hard to find. i had to order the last three. i hope she continues to write with the same heat and obvious joy in all her future books!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was my first time!! Before this book I was a virgin to the romance novels and I would have to say it was incrediable experiance for the mind and body. I read it three times already and still consider it my favorite.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Tonight or Never' is a historical romance that offers humor, sensitivity, and some of the best love scenes I've ever read. But then again, what would you expect? They do call the hero 'the Lord of Sex.'
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book has it all. Its absolutely hysterical at times and you will find yourself laughing out and getting turned on as you read it. Great combination of romance, comedy, and exciting adventures! The Viscount is quite a charmer ;)
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read this book many times and in hope that i had missed a line or something because it ends soo sudden i hope she writes another on the same topic soon
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book has everything in it! The men are enough to make you drool, the love scenes were terrific, and the humor outstanding. Where does she get these characters? I've read this book many times, and I'm waiting for the next. Keep them coming!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a keeper. And you avid readers know what I mean. I've read it twice and will read it again!
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This was my first Dara Joy novel and all I have to say is Wonderful! I think I went through every emotion possible right along with the characters. I laughed. I cried. The hero and heroine were masterfully sculpted into believable characters that were both humorous and vulnerable to each other at the same time. I easily could see the story unfold in my mind and I was hooked from the first page. This one is finding a permanent spot on my bookshelf because it is a story that I will read again and again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is my first book of Dara Joy and I shall read more of her works, especially of the Black Rose and the 7 Cyns. I must admit, the plot was light but have potential. The mystery-action twist was a bit too weak & even predictable but not dragging. It has its moment of curiosity and engrossment. The characters wasn't impressive yet likable. Although, the relationship development of John and Chloe was a little too easy and too soft for my liking. I wanted a heart retching rift or even a little misunderstanding to make their story more hearty. Since John was the initially portrayed as Lord of Sex, I wanted to see a third party involved or at least a mistress who would be a problem between them. Not necessarily for him to commit adultery but a challenging situation, at least. Or anything that would be a convincing proof of his savvy reputation as a Rake. Seems like the Lord of Sex reformed way too quickly to sound exciting or convincing. Yet, mind you, Chloe and John together are never dull. Oh no, their fiery love play & sex scenes are definitely hot and sizzling. Passionately written. This book is also full of humor. The witty dialogues between the characters are a chuckle and a laugh out loud moments. I love the French love words and Latin quotes. If you like a light, enjoyable read then this one is good enough to pass your time.