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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Book Review: Midnight's Kiss (A Novel of the Elder Races book 8) by Thea Harrison

Midnight's Kiss (Elder Races #8)
by Thea Harrison
Mass Market Paperback, 290 pages
May 5th 2015 by Berkley Sensation
In the latest Novel of the Elder Races, two souls who have long buried their passions are about to be consumed…

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? 

You know when you can relate to so many aspects of a character in a book? How crazy/weird that is? That it doesn't matter that the characters are made up? That deep down, it's just people. Loving and hating one another? That was me, through this whole book I felt like I was reading a retelling of years of my life and the relationship I'm in. It was crazy and refreshing all at the same time.

Prison breaks and zombie vampires are running around the underground streets of San Francisco. I would have loved it if Thea might have thrown in a few Kurt Russell via Big Trouble in Little China zingers, but that's okay. Just knowing that vampires are roaming around my area, like I always suspected anyway, was thrilling enough. I've been to every street in this story and roamed around each town across my Bay!

Now the story itself, having my own deja vu moments aside, was pretty epic and thrilling. Julian, the vampy King, has been Taken (Only Liam Neeson can find him!) and down in the bowels of the SF underbelly he's trapped in a cell. This dude is all kinds of alpha sexy, viscous, protective and man does he have some issues! Plus back stock on more issues and overstock on even more issues! You need some issues, he's got the hook up.

Now to stir the pot is his ex love fling Melly. She's a Princess with bite, pampered but willing to go the distance and dig in for some butt kicking if the situation calls for it. I liked her a lot. She's strong but not roid-rage strong, a woman who cares but will be honest in her pursuit. Melly is one gal I enjoyed reading about.

The first two thirds of this story were great. Emotional situations, action, romance, fighting and drama all wrapped up in one nifty bow. But the last third of the book gets a tad too redundant for my tastes. Fighting the nemesis, again, more rescue and then more of this story could have been cut out. Political parties fighting and I really had no idea why and didn't care too much to find out.

But that last part aside, this was another great edition to this shining saga. Well thought out plots, believable characters and situations that grabbed me from the pages and sucked me right into the story. If you like PNR not just done well but done right, then get in this one!

4 Sheep


About the Author:
New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Thea Harrison resides in Colorado. She wrote her first book, a romance, when she was nineteen, and had sixteen romances published under the name Amanda Carpenter. She took a break from writing to collect a couple of graduate degrees and a grown child.

Thea writes in a variety of genres, including the award-winning paranormal Elder Races series and the Game of Shadows novels, and is currently at work on various new projects in sci-fi fantasy, paranormal and contemporary romance.

She adores animals and currently resides with two small dogs that have very large personalities.


  1. Thanks for the review - I'm really looking forward to reading this book since I love this series and I've had a love/hate thing for Julian...Melly sounds like a woman I would like to get to know more about and I've got to admit that I'm curious as to how a relationship would work between the two of them because of being different kinds of elders

  2. I do love this series, and I wonder if I will like Julian in this book, as I did not before. It was so much fun to meet Thea last weekend!

    1. Cool that you got to meet her. This is one of those series on my must try list :)