Midnight Secrets by Lisa Marie Rice

Posted in Advanced Reader Copy/ Contemporary Romance/ Military/Paramilitary/ Mystery/Crime/ Netgalley/ Reviews/ Romantic Suspense 9th June 2015
Midnight Secrets by Lisa Marie RiceMidnight Secrets by Lisa Marie Rice
Series: Men of Midnight #3
Published by Carina Press on June 8th 2015
Pages: 208
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three-stars

Former navy SEAL Joe Harris nearly died—twice—on a medevac helo after being blown up by an IED. He’s not moving too great these days, but if there was ever a woman designed to jump-start a man’s hormones, it would be his new neighbor.
Meeting Isabel—loving Isabel—brought Joe back to life.
Isabel Delvaux came from one of America’s foremost political dynasties, until the greatest terrorist attack since 9/11 killed her entire family. She barely survived the Washington Massacre, only to become prey for rabid reporters. Fleeing to Portland and changing her name was a way out, a way to start over. The only way.
She knows she’s safe with Joe Harris. Not just because he’s big and strong, not just because he’s part of a security team that obliterates threats on the regular, but because he’s been to the abyss and back.
But as they help each other heal—through talk, through touch, through spectacular sex—the past comes back to play. When Isabel’s memory starts to return and a mysterious stranger sends Joe emails indicating Isabel is in imminent danger, he’ll do anything to help her uncover the truth. Even if that truth is the most terrifying thing of all.

It was a pleasant surprise to see how the Midnight series has suddenly taken a turn into the ‘larger’ world that is concerned with contemporary issues; homegrown terrorism and the intricacies of (as well as the politicking within) big-name government agencies take the focus in this story about Joe and Isabel.

While I still think Joe Harris is a cookie-cutter hero (ex-military manwhore right up until his injuries, then falls completely for the heroine), I thought Isabel was quite an unusual heroine who did need someone in her life. Their transformations however midway through the book (Joe’s complete recovery in 3 months and Isabel’s sudden shedding of her grief that turned her from unsure invalid to fiery operative) were too much of a personality switch for me and less palatable than the welcome change in plot direction.

Over-the-top action sequences required more than a little suspension of disbelief and Lisa Marie Rice’s writing is a little quirky at times, but I’m able to overlook it enough in favour of the narrative arc which, at this point, promises a few more exciting developments in the sequel.

three-stars

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