Book Review: Midnight’s Kiss by Thea Harrison

Midnight’s Kiss by Thea HarrisonTitle: Midnight’s Kiss
Series: Elder Races, Book 8
Author: Thea Harrison
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Sensuality Rating: Steamy
Source: review copy provided via NetGalley
Published: May 5, 2015 by Berkley Sensation

Ever since their scorching affair ended years ago, Julian, the Nightkind King, and Melisande, daughter of the Light Fae Queen, have tried to put the past behind them—and distance between them. But when a war breaks out between Julian and Justine, a powerful Vampyre of the Nightkind council, they find themselves thrown together under treacherous circumstances…

Kidnapped as leverage against Julian, Melly is convinced that her former lover won’t be rushing to her rescue. But when Julian gives himself up to save her, they both end up Justine’s captives. Armed only with their wits and their anger, Melly and Julian must work together to escape. But will they be able to ignore their complicated history, or will the fiery passion that once burned them blaze again?

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Reviewed by: J9

In a Nutshell: Solid romance for a series that has been hit and miss for me lately.

Why I Read This Book: Series reader.

What I Liked: I love this world. I’ve loved this world since book one and this book continues it. Given that Julian is a vampire, the setting is mostly related to that. I love the Wyrs the best but sexy vampires like here work well. The plot is creepy with Julian’s vampire enemy kidnapping his ex, Melly, so that plot kept my attention.

What I Also Liked: I was surprised how much I grew to like Melly. In previous books she seemed the vapid movie star so I was prepared to dislike her but I really liked her! How she helps Julian in her own rescue and how she interacts with Julian and others had me both smiling and rooting for her. The author gave Melly a lot more backstory so I connected with her when I didn’t expect to. Her encounter with her sister, and the biker-gang (don’t ask!) illustrate how much of a fun and unique character she became in this book.

Julian was a sexy hero that I expected from previous books. I admit that I was drawn more to his salt-and-pepper haired looks and chiseled body than his personality. How Melly saw him, as a lonely man in need of laughter, endeared him to me but by himself he didn’t draw me in.

What I Didn’t Like: I don’t love reunion romances. The big misunderstanding just irritates me and it did here. Julian and Melly should have talked about the big issue a long time previously but then we wouldn’t have romantic tension so that couldn’t happen. But to be fair, I did enjoy that Julian and Melly both take responsibility for their roles in their breakup. Additionally, the sexual and emotional intimacy was build on that previous relationship which made me feel a tad cheated out of relationship development.

IMO: Midnight’s Kiss was a better read than I initially expected. I won’t be rereading it but it was enjoyable.

J9’s Rating:
3 1/2 Frogs

Reviews for other books in this series:
Dragon Bound, Book 1
Oracle’s Moon, Book 4
Natural Evil, Book 4.5
Hunter’s Season, Book 4.7
The Wicked, Book 5.5
Kinked, Book 6
Dragos Takes a Holiday, Book 6.5
Peanut Goes to School, Book 6.7
Night’s Honor, Book 7

About J9: Vegan. Avid runner. Android addict. Never without a book in hand. Currently devouring MM romance but reads historial romance and paranormal romance as well. Follow J9 on Twitter.


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