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by Isabel Cooper

eBook Lessons After Dark download ISBN: 1402264402
Author: Isabel Cooper
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca; Original edition (April 3, 2012)
Language: English
ePub: 1361 kb
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Rating: 4.5
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Category: Literature
Subcategory: United States

The characters and events portrayed in this book are fictitious or are used fictitiously. Any similarity to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental and not intended by the author.

The characters and events portrayed in this book are fictitious or are used fictitiously. Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca, an imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc.

Or battling a dark mystery in the surrounding woods. And nothing could have prepared her for Dr. Gareth St. Joh. man with exceptional talent He knew all about her history and scrutinized her every move because of it. But there was more than suspicion lurking in those luscious green eyes. Even with all the strange occurrences at the school, the most unsettling of all is the attraction pulling Olivia and Gareth together with a force that cannot be denied. e;Sexy, edgy, and stunningly inventive.

Grenville wrote as if the paper had personally offended her. Every stroke of the pen was a slash, every dot a thrust. Every stroke of the pen was a slash, every dot a thrust earch for as long as she could, but eventually couldn’t concentrate anymore. Not that concentration had been easy to begin with. Olivia’s night had been restless, full of dreams about scurrying, shadowy things like cockroaches, and she’d woken just as tired and out of sorts as she’d been the day before. More so, because now she had Gareth’s predictable idiocy to remember.

Only 5 left in stock (more on the way). I just finished reading Lessons after Dark. I couldn't put the book down and read it in one sitting. Only 5 left in stock (more on the way). Ms. Cooper's writing is wonderful and the story and world she creates fascinating.

Lessons After Dark book. In Lessons After Dark, Isabel Cooper triumphs in writing a fascinating paranormal novel with Victorian flare and complex protagonists. Our leading lady Olivia is head-strong, smart and sweet. A Woman With An Unspeakable PastOlivia Brightmore didn't know. She's looking for a fresh start and finds her niche as a teacher almost instantly, you can't help but admire her tenacity.

Madoc of Avandos is on a journey to cement alliances. Targeted by an assassin, he needs a companion who can fight.

Smartly mixes history, action, romance, and magic. -Publishers Weekly on No Proper Lady, a Best Book of the Year. A woman with an unspeakable past. Olivia Brightmore didn't know what to expect when she took a position to teach at Englefiend School, an academy for "gifted" children. But it wasn't having to rescue a young girl who levitated to the ceiling. Or battling a dark mystery in the surrounding woods. A man with exceptional talent. Madoc of Avandos is on a journey to cement alliances.

Books related to Lessons After Dark. More by Isabel Cooper. Legend of the Highland Dragon. From the author of "No Proper Lady, " a "Publishers Weekly" and "Library Journal" Best Book of the Year, comes another sizzling romance.

2012) (The second book in the Englefield series) A novel by Isabel Cooper. For years, Gareth St. John put his supernatural talent for healing in service to the British Army. Now he's the doctor at a very unusual new school that helps people with special "talents" learn how to hone their abilities. Olivia Brightmore became a fake medium to support herself after her husband died, but she never expected to discover real magic as the school's newest teacher

"Smartly mixes history, action, romance, and magic."—Publishers Weekly on No Proper Lady, a Best Book of the Year

A woman with an unspeakable past

Olivia Brightmore didn't know what to expect when she took a position to teach at Englefiend School, an academy for "gifted" children. But it wasn't having to rescue a young girl who levitated to the ceiling. Or battling a dark mystery in the surrounding woods. And nothing could have prepared her for Dr. Gareth St. John...

A man with exceptional talent

He knew all about her history and scrutinized her every move because of it. But there was more than suspicion lurking in those luscious green eyes. Even with all the strange occurrences at the school, the most unsettling of all is the attraction pulling Olivia and Gareth together with a force that cannot be denied.

"Sexy, edgy, and stunningly inventive."—Library Journal starred review on No Proper Lady, a Best book of the Year

Comments: (7)
BlackBerry
I just finished reading Lessons after Dark. I couldn't put the book down and read it in one sitting. Ms. Cooper's writing is wonderful and the story and world she creates fascinating. I wish she had more books in the series already out, because I'm dying to read more! Instead I'm off to read No Proper Lady and hope another book in this series will be coming soon.
Cerekelv
Interesting twist on the paranormal and natural magic. I liked the characters as well. Quite believable.
Coiron
This book wasn't my cup of tea. A little too dark for my taste. I did like the ending as our her and heroine oust the demon.
Theila
Endieyab
Haven't finish read it.
Obong
24/5 - This was just so-so. The sex was ok, but their relationship seemed pretty disfunctional. There was very little romance. Neither seemed to feel particularly romantic toward the other - there was lust but I felt absolutely no love (even when they matter of factly announced it to each other). If this had been set today they could have been friends with occasional benefits because they didn't appear to have any everlasting feelings for each other that would necessitate marriage (not that that was actually mentioned by either). They could easily have gone on the way they were, one dropping by the other's bedroom at midnight and taking advantage of an empty library (or maybe music room) every so often. She has the added benefit of being able to prevent pregnancy through magical means, so there goes that impediment to a casual relationship based solely on sex.
The supernatural aspects were even less impressive. There was no feeling of impending danger from the magical threat, I just felt like "'yawn', demons coming through a portal created by a pair of unskilled child-magicians, but don't worry because they're not really evil demons, they're not likely to destroy the planet because it amuses them". And it was a given that something else came through when the child-magicians opened the portal. I don't know if I'll read another book from this series, maybe if I see it on the library shelves and I don't have anything better to read (highly unlikely, but anything's possible).
Wooden Purple Romeo
If you pick this book up on the basis of No Proper Lady, the first book in the series, you will be sorely disappointed. It's as if it were written by another author, or maybe Isabel Cooper as a 16 year old. There is little plot and I basically never even knew,who was who, much less cared about them among the students. The hero is particularly unpleasant and unlikable. I loved the first book so much I'm going to try the Highland Dragon series, but don't waste your time with this one!
Ndyardin
Olivia Brightmore needed this teaching job and was desperately hoping she wouldn't get turned away at the door when she showed up at Englefield. The new school was special, important, and highly secretive. She was offered the position by the couple who had started this incredible venture and with so few options, Olivia knew she had to keep it if she had any hope of staying out of the poorhouse.

There was tragically little money left after all the bills from her now-deceased husband's care had been settled, and Olivia was far beyond being able to pose as a medium as she did when she was younger. Especially given what she now knows about real magic, and how she wields it.

Englefield, the school for specially gifted children who will one day serve as a force against an army of darkness and evil, is an opportunity and a chance to take an active role in saving humanity from things it is unprepared to handle. It meant everything to her, so if the school's doctor and fellow educator, Gareth St. John, looks at her with silent scorn and a challenge in his eyes, well, she'll deal with it. She isn't the same woman she was when their paths crossed so long ago, and she has earned her position. She's not responsible for his derision and disdain.

The searing weight of it only hurts a little.

Wounded serving crown and country, Gareth is a staid and steady man of quiet intensity, one with a unique gift for healing that serves him well in his role as a doctor. He knows exactly who Olivia is, or was, and is vocally opposed to her position at the school. No doubt a woman such as her will taint the children in her care. If his generous friends and benefactors can't see her for the morally bankrupt charlatan she is, then Gareth will assume the duty of watching her like a hawk. All the better to swoop down and snatch her away from her charges before she causes the trouble he knows is unavoidable.

The problem with that plan, however, is twofold. One, no matter how many of her classes he observes, or how narrow his focus on her every move, even Gareth can't argue her dedication to responsible teaching principles both magic and mundane, and her grasp on the paranormal. And two...well...he's oddly and irrevocably attracted to the woman, a fact that gains greater and greater significance the longer he observes her. Of course, allowing her to become aware of either of those problems would serve no purpose, and could very well end up coming back to bite him.

And given his surroundings and the gifted nature of the children and teachers there, that could very well be literal.

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Without having read the first book in this interesting historical paranormal romance series, No Proper Lady, I can't say how well this serves as a followup. I can, though, say it read just fine for me as a stand-alone. And it came with its fair share of pleasant surprises.

With a subtle style and the feel of historical authenticity, this slow-moving but character-driven story had its share of delightful moments. The plot, however, doesn't have much in the way of significant external conflict, and the romance is the sort of low key that sparks and slowly builds in the shadowy conversational corners of dialogue subtext. I know that style can frustrate and even bore readers. There were parts of the narrative that bored me, and I'm not a huge fan of subtext (that's mostly because a lot of it goes over my head). Still, the romance worked for me in a way that reminded me of my favorite Victorian romance classics.

The narrative has plenty of dialogue and a fair amount of exposition, but there just never seemed to be much solid information clearly and plainly offered in it. I felt a little at a loss when it came to the world-building and mythos for the series. Not enough to cripple my ability to understand the events that occur in this story, or to hamper me from slotting the secondary and ancillary characters, as well as their abilities, into substantive roles, but enough that I did feel a loss of context for the idea and purpose of the school in the big picture.

The romantic dance between Gareth and Olivia, though, was delicate and deftly handled. I would have enjoyed a more thorough backstory for each character, but they both held a lot of appeal as individuals and the chemistry between them had a finely wrought, understated intensity. Both characters were wonderfully individual and had a force of personality unique to them. Olivia was the more flexible of the two, with a nurturing and caring nature, while Gareth tended to silently stew in his ideological passions, passions hidden behind of wall of steely control. They tiptoed around each other as their initial animosity churned to grudging, then mutual respect, slowly building to admiration neither would admit to, which steadily grew into affection despite themselves. It was quite lovely to read and provided my favorite moments of the story.

Parts of this book struck me as being purposely and frustratingly obtuse. Intelligently written, in some places brilliantly written, but occasionally hard to understand. The romance amused and delighted me, though, as Gareth and Olivia so politely danced around each other, and that's what made this read a winner for me.

I intend to continue with future books in the series, but the combination of my contentment with this book as a stand-alone and my anal obsession with reading in series timeline order prevents me from having any motivation to go back and read the first book. I do hope, however, that future books in the series provide a clearer understanding of the forces of darkness that the students of Englefield are being trained to battle and a greater explanation of the world of magic around them all.

Disclosure: An ARC of this book was provided to me by Sourcebooks Casablanca publisher Sourcebooks via NetGalley. This rating, review, and all included thoughts and comments are my own.
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