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Lessons After Dark [Kindle Edition]

Isabel Cooper
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Book Description

"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

Editorial Reviews


"The drama and tension worked into the story as the war begins between human and demon is well expressed by the author." - Long and Short Reviews

"The excitement and danger in the story kept the pacing quick... This book is firmly on my Keeper shelf. " - The Romanceaholic

"Funny, sensual, and occasionally dark, this charmer is laced with both humor and danger; another magical romp that fans are sure to enjoy." - Library Journal

"The supernatural elements are perfectly intertwined and the excitement of the developing romance, combined with suspense, make this a real page-turner... Enticing and magical..." - Romancing the Darkside

"FANTASTIC: Magic, seduction, and overcoming obstacles... what more does it need?" - Fresh Fiction

"A twist between Xmen and Harry Potter, with romance...and demons." - Literary Escapism

" Isabel Cooper is an author to watch! " - All About Romance

About the Author

Isabel Cooper lives in Boston with her boyfriend and a houseplant she's kept alive for over a year now. She maintains her guise as a mild-mannered project manager working in legal publishing. She only travels through time the normal way and has never fought a demon, but she can waltz. For more visit

Product Details

  • File Size: 1175 KB
  • Print Length: 349 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1402264402
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (April 1, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007HAYE6C
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #515,989 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Mostly Liked It April 25, 2012
By Jskinz
Format:Kindle Edition
I am kind of stumped with this review. I liked all of the characters. Especially the heroine and hero, Olivia and Gareth. But... Nothing happened. Olivia a former charlatan begins to find redemption teaching children magic. And Gareth begins to come out of his gloom and depression fog as a Doctor at the same school. My problem is there is hardly any magic or adventure, and most of the action takes place with other character's and we the reader only get the experience the brief aftermath, in which the problem is quickly solved.

So if you want to read a book with character's that you will like, but who don't really do anything than I suggest this book. If not it read first book in the Engelfield Series No Proper Lady, which is supposed to be very good.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Read April 5, 2012
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Olivia knew the job she was taking on was unusual. She didn't know exactly what a school for "gifted" children meant, but she knew it wasn't going to be for common everyday gifts. She was a bit amazed though when she arrived and had to help a young girl afloat by the ceiling find a way to get back to the floor...

Isabel Cooper writes a very good story. Her words flow well, the storyline is interesting and she mixes danger and love together in active quest to stop a demon. There are no boring parts in this story.

The main female character, Olivia, married young, lost her husband, and sustained herself by playing at being a fake medium. As she matured, she found a mentor who actually trained her in areas of magic. It was this knowledge that got her the job.

The leading male character is Gareth. He was injured in the war, knew of her charlatan role, and works as a doctor. He has no respect for her.

The author makes the sparks fly between the two. He can't keep his hands off her and she wants him just as badly. Even though they end up in bed, they can't tolerate each other. This part of the story is one my favorite parts. Ms. Cooper has Olivia give as a good as she gets and easily shows how hard it is for them to pretend they don't care.

Throw in a demon who lives in the woods, wanting to take over the school, and the plot speeds right up. It gets very exciting when he begins to break the portal between his world and theirs. The drama and tension worked into the story as the war begins between human and demon is well expressed by the author. As they learn how their powers work and try to save the students and perhaps the world, you won't want to leave your chair until you've reached the end.

This one is going in my personal library as a keeper. If you enjoy a good read with a bit of paranormal influence, you'll like this book. Why not give it a try yourself?

Originally posted at LAS Romance Reviews
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Subtle Romance in an Intriguing Magical World June 19, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
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.
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2.0 out of 5 stars The magic and romance seemed to be missing in this one September 26, 2013
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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).
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