Review: After Midnight by Sara Grimm

After Midnight by Sara Grimm
Series: Midnight Series (# 1)
Release Date: September 14, 2011
Publisher:  The Wild Rose Press, Inc. (Champagne Rose)
Pages: 294
Source:  Publisher

Thirteen years–that’s how long Isabeau Montgomery has been living a lie. After an automobile accident took her mother’s life, Izzy hid herself away, surviving the only way she knew how. Now she is happy in her carefully reconstructed life. That is until he walks through the door of her bar…

Black Phoenix singer/front man Noah Clark came to Long Island City with a goal–one that doesn’t include an instant, electric attraction to the dark-haired beauty behind the bar. Coaxing her into his bed won’t be easy, but he can’t get her pale, haunted eyes nor her skill on the piano out of his head.

Can Noah help Isabeau overcome the past? Or will her need to protect her secret force her back into hiding and destroy their chance at happiness?

 

Review:  This was a romance that had lots of darkness to it and then some light would shine through to ease some of the pain you could feel coming off the pages. It drew me in from start to finish and I didn’t want to put it down.

The heroine, Isabeau, (isn’t that a beautiful name) had lots of unhappiness and angst in her short life. I just wanted to reach through the pages to give her a hug and let her know there was someone there for her. Noah, who she meets in the bar she owned, had his own demons he was battling plus trying to make it back into the music business. When they met there was almost immediate chemistry and Isa had no idea why she was letting Noah get so close, letting him touch her, telling him some of the secrets of her past and thinking of him all the time. Isa was getting to Noah too and while he was embracing her and their friendship with open arms, and looking and hoping for more, it was hard for him to see her hurting and many times pushing him away.

There was romance – sometimes sweet and sometimes steamy – but also friends, family, heartache, angst and some mysteries that needed to be solved. The characters were so well developed you felt you were there with them and knew them as friends. There was a promise of a happily ever after and some closure that could have been told in an epilogue but hopefully we’ll learn more in book 2 of the Midnight Series.

I have not read books by Grimm before but look forward to reading book 2 in the series as well as her debut novel, Not Without Risk.

Favorite Quote:  “Dad,” she said with a sigh. She’d spent half the night reliving the kiss she and Noah shared. The hot press of his body against hers, the exquisite male taste of him. The second half wondering whether his arrival at her place had been an elaborate set-up orchestrated by the man sitting across from her right now.

 






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