Midnight Shadows by Ella Grace

Posted in Contemporary Romance/ Mystery/Crime/ Reviews/ Romantic Suspense 24th March 2015
Midnight Shadows by Ella GraceMidnight Shadows by Ella Grace
Series: Wildefire #3
Published by Christy Reece on March 9th 2015
Pages: 326
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four-stars

Known as the wild child of Midnight, Alabama, Sabrina Wilde has worked hard to earn that reputation. But beneath the tough girl façade lies a hurting, vulnerable heart. Fiercely loyal and protective of those she loves, Sabrina will do whatever it takes to keep her loved ones safe.
Private Investigator Ian Mackenzie has loved Sabrina for years. Understanding her pain and wariness of commitment doesn’t stop him from hoping that someday she will trust him with her heart. When Sabrina puts herself in jeopardy, willing to sacrifice her life to save others, Ian has no choice but to foil her plans. He never knew what it would cost him.
As evil descends upon Midnight and Sabrina’s worst nightmares are realized, she is forced into an impossible position—trust her loved ones with her shameful secret or forever live in the shadows of the past.
One man is determined that she doesn't survive to do either.

With the repercussions of a case that Sabrina Wilde and Ian Mackenzie worked together a few months back coming to haunt the small town of Midnight, both Bri and Ian have to work together to protect their families. But it’s also catalytic enough for the both of them to reevaluate the kind of relationship that they’ve been having for the past few years.

Midnight Shadows is Sabrina’s and Ian’s story and unconventional in a way that it really isn’t about 2 people getting together, but rather, the friction of sustaining a 4-year relationship that’s more than friendship but never going further than that because of Sabrina’s inability to pull down her own walls. I liked Ian Mackenzie immediately; his openness and laid-back and utterly un-screwed up ways just proved so different from the genre’s typical manwhores with abuse childhoods/PTSD and how ironic is it, that this normalcy is suddenly proving so attractive?

I thought that tighter editing could make the book a little more believable; there were choppy bits that I felt compromised the urgency/gravity of the case and the constant switching of POVs did get distracting. Some scenarios that were meant to be heart-pounding made me grimace and snort in disbelief instead and there were some rash, TSTL moments, but thankfully, Sabrina did manage to work her issues out at the end, even though her 19-year old secret really wasn’t that big a deal though – despite how much of a dealbreaker Ella Grace had made it out to be.

four-stars

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