Title: Midnight Kiss
Series: Touched by Midnight #1, Midnight #1
Author: Nancy Gideon
Published: July 12, 2015 ebook edition (original May 1, 1994 by Pinnacle)
Publisher: ImaJinn Books
My Rating: 5 stars
Source: NetGalley (& an original paperback owned)
Hunt or be hunted . . . A centuries old obsession stalks a noble family fighting to hide their dark secret from an ever-changing world. Sink your teeth into Nancy Gideon’s Touched by Midnight series.
A DARK CURSE
Miss Arabella Howland is content to forgo the London marriage mill to assist her father in his research, especially when it comes to his intriguing patient, Louis Radman. But it’s not long before Bella’s curiosity alerts her to the danger of her father’s work . . . and to the fact that Louis is not who or what he seems.
A BRIGHT PROMISE
After centuries struggling with his vile existence, Louis Radman will soon be free of his affliction, thanks to his very capable physician. Unfortunately, his heart is less secure around the man’s tempting daughter. His yearning to walk in the light once more is complicated by his desire for the delightful Bella, who is as intelligent as she is fearless. But if history has taught him anything, it’s not to tempt fate.
AN UNFORGIVING PAST
Still, happiness has a price and Louis is soon reminded that mortality comes with unfortunate limitations. To protect his new bride, he must face the demons from his past who wish to pull him back into their vampiric fold.
Yet, if he’s forced to return to his midnight world, will he lose his beloved Bella forever?
Read on for my thoughts on Midnight Kiss. No true spoilers, promise.
Midnight Kiss is the haunting tale of a vampire who finds himself so vile that he will do anything to return to his mortal state – even risk his life or immortality by taking part in a blood experiment by his physician. Neither of them know for certain if this treatment will work or if it does, what side effects Louis may encounter. But he doesn’t care. At this point he merely wants a cure or destruction.
Bella is content to assist her father in his research. The lure of the marriage mart where prospective brides are checked over like horseflesh holds no temptation for Bella. Now she is drawn to her father’s mysterious patient… and it seems that Louis is drawn to her as well. When an overzealous suitor is more determined to fix his place alongside her father’s research and won’t take Bella’s no for an answer, he sets out to place her in a compromising situation. Louis will save Bella and create a powerful enemy in Wesley – one who will lead the most vile creatures of all straight to Louis and Bella’s doorstep.
How far will one vampire go to protect the woman he loves? Far enough to give up his desire to walk free in the sunlight? Guess you’re just going to have to read Midnight Kiss for yourself to find out.
I was delighted beyond words to find that several of these original stories, which are difficult to find in print at any cost these days, are now being re-released in e-book format. If you loved Nancy Gideon’s earlier vampire novels but weren’t able to find a copy lately or if you are discovering her later works and wished you could have read her earlier works – be sure to check out her releases to see if what you are looking for has now been brought back to life and affordability in e-books. I know that my Kindle is fatter, and I am a happy paranormal reader from discovering that these classics are not lost to me because of price.
Midnight Kiss is a lovely, haunting, mesmerizing tale of a vampire who will do anything to protect the woman he loves. Rich in historical details and feeling, this is a novel that hits the romance, paranormal and historical readers on all of the important features for a story that will captivate and entertain anyone who loves a really good love story. Go on, check it out – you know you’re tempted. Give in and enjoy.
*I received an e-ARC of Midnight Kiss from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. That does not change what I think of this novel.*
Available for the Kindle