27 December 2013

{Review} Kiss Me at Midnight by Diane Alberts

Her New Year’s resolution was seduction.

Doctor Ashley Hanes has one mission and one mission only—end her annoyingly long dry streak and ring in the New Year with a bang. Literally. When her long lost and oh-so-sexy ex-best friend, Ethan Pierce, shows up as if he hadn’t broken her heart all those years ago, suddenly she doesn’t want to bring home just any man. She wants Ethan.

What should have been one night of blow-your-mind make-up sex quickly turns into another. And another. Before long, Ashley thinks maybe she and Ethan should reunite for good. If only the elusive bachelor will stop running from his tortured past and trust a future in Ashley’s arms.

My Review

4.5 sweet-hot stars!

Kiss Me at Midnight proves that less is sometimes more. In this case, 100 or so pages less than the usual book length. This novella was packed with likable and endearing characters, witty dialogue, great chemistry between the two MCs and steamy, steamy sex.

The story...
Ashley Hanes and Ethan Pierce both wanted the same thing on New Year's eve. They want uncomplicated no strings attached sex. But not with each other though. For one, Ethan Pierce broke Ashley's heart back in high school when he suddenly ignored her their whole senior year. Two, Ethan doesn't want to go back to his hometown ever. See, he was the school geek and was bullied by almost everybody, so it was no surprise that the guy was bitter about it. He managed to reinvent himself though, transforming from being a serious geek into a drool-worthy hunk. Third, he doesn't want a relationship and neither does Ashley. So they agreed on one night only. One night of no-strings attached sex. But despite their past and their reservations, the one-night stand turned into a hot torrid weekend affair.

My thoughts...

I absolutely enjoyed this novella. Ethan and Ashley were both great characters. Ethan was especially endearing. He was your typical geek getting picked on by others and he had a stutter that made him even more self-conscious. Even after he reinvented himself, there was that geek in him that was really adorable. I don't really like the men in my books to be insecure but somehow, it works for Ethan in this book. And while he did frustrate me a bit with his "I-will-never-move-back-to-this-town-again," stance, he was still a great character. And Ashley was the perfect foil. Although she wasn't as geeky like Ethan, she was still quiet and not at all popular. I loved how she challenged Ethan's long-held beliefs about people and about moving back to their hometown.

Of course, the ending was bit predictable but I didn't really care since it was so well done. The story flowed smoothly with no dull moments and it even has an epilogue. And the epilogue was just...so romantic. A truly fitting ending to Ethan and Ashley's story

*An ARC was provided by Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review.*

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About the Author
Diane Alberts is a multi-published, bestselling Contemporary Romance author with Entangled Publishing. She also writes New York Times and USA Today bestselling New Adult books under the name Jen McLaughlin. ON ONE CONDITION hit #18 on the Barnes and Noble bestseller list, and TRY ME hit #76 on Amazon. CAPTIVATED BY YOU hit #31 on the Barnes and Noble bestseller list. Diane is represented by Louise Fury at The Bent Agency. Her goal is to write so many fantastic stories that even a non-romance reader will know her name.

Diane has always been a dreamer with a vivid imagination, but it wasn't until 2011 that she put her pen where her brain was, and became a published author. Since receiving her first contract offer, she has yet to stop writing. Though she lives in the mountains, she really wishes she was surrounded by a hot, sunny beach with crystal clear water. She lives in Northeast Pennsylvania with her four kids, a husband, a schnauzer mutt, a cat, and a Senegal parrot. In the rare moments when she's not writing, she can usually be found hunched over one knitting project or another.
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