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Monday, June 17, 2013

Sheep Book Review: Midnight Sacrifice by Melinda Leigh

Midnight Sacrifice by romance author Melinda Leigh is the follow up to Midnight Espouser, while I didn't read book one, there was never a time I felt lost. This is a tale of secrets and intrigue set to the back drop of an off-the-beating path Inn, all mashed together with a dash of paranormal elements. 

One by one, people are mysteriously disappearing from a small Maine town.
Four months ago, a ruthless murderer killed two people and kidnapped three more, including Danny Sullivan’s sister, who barely escaped. Unfortunately so did the killer, vanishing without a trace into the vast wilderness. When the police fail to find his sister's captor, Danny returns to Maine to hunt him down.
He begins his search with another survivor, bed and breakfast owner Mandy Brown, but her refusal to cooperate raises Danny’s suspicions. What is the beautiful innkeeper hiding?
Mandy Brown has a secret. But sexy Danny Sullivan, his relentless questions, and the desire that simmers between them threaten to expose the truth. A revelation that puts her family in danger. As more people disappear, it becomes clear the killer is planning another ritual…and that he’s circling in on Mandy.

It's nice to step out of my "vampire comfort zone" once in a while, better yet when I have something off the wall and fantastic, while I enjoyed this story for what it was, I was never blown away with the wow factor. This is a story that's very scene heavy, and when you're running a B&B in the middle of a small vacation town, the focus starts heading toward the daily menu and upkeep of running a business. 

While I am the daughter of self made business man, I didn't find any of this enough to keep me flying through the pages at record speeds. This is definitely a book for folks that like a story with detailed scene development and less character focous. If you're into cooking and cleaning, you'll enjoy this. Truly. 

While the book is classified as a romance, it's written at a young adult level. The romance, when it finally happens, is lacking of chemistry and that real life spark you need. The dialog between our main pair felt forced and lifeless at times. With a mystery of this nature, you need that Sherlock who done it feel, that was lacking in the areas of our main pair. 

On the plus side, there is a large helping of suspense that did spark my fancy. Some Druid elements and a whacko with delusions were nice touches. Some well placed nail bitter twists until the the final pages, the book overall pulls out the redeeming rating below. Though, something was missing here and while I can nit pick at the grammar, the overall plot needed a lot more work. Less going on about the Inn and all the guests, and more focus on our main pair with the building of that fragile relationship. 

With a killer on the loose, you need drama and struggle to really bring it home in the end. There are bits and pieces here but not much else. I will however try this author again, I see potential and that's going to bring me back one more time. 

Getting 2 and 1/2 "Dude, that's where I left my sticks" Sheep 

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