Sunday, August 7, 2011

Midnight Sins by Lora Leigh

Title:  Midnight Sins
AuthorLora Leigh
My Rating: D

Genre: Romantic Suspense
Series: Heroes & Heartbreakers #1
Main Characters: Cami & Rafer
Release Date: August 2011
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Links to Purchase:
Amazon- $7.99
Sexual Intensity: erotic

Story Overview:
His name is Rafer Callahan. He was a kid from the wrong side of the tracks who fought through life the only way he knew how: with his fists. But Rafer never meant to bring any harm to Cambria Flannigan, the girl—the lover—whose sister he’d been unable to save…

Cami lost her sister in the brutal murders that rocked her hometown so many years ago. Some still believe that Rafe, along with his friends Logan and Crowe, were involved. But how could Rafe—who haunted her girlish dreams, then her adult fantasies—be a killer? That is the question that keeps her up at night.

Now a prosperous ranch owner, Rafe is trying to build a new legacy for himself. It’s finally time to settle the score with Cami—and make her his. But old wounds open up with a series of new murders…and each of the victims has a connection to Rafe, Logan, and Crowe. With suspicion, fear, and loyalty tearing her apart, Cami is once again at risk of losing her heart—or her life.

My Review:
Three cousins home from their time as snipers in the military to the town and families that despise them- Sound familiar?? Yep, this series should have just been called The Nauti Boys Revisited with New Names and all new confusing details.

You know the first 100 pages of this book, I was actually okay with the rehashing of the Nauti boys story line. Honestly, I loved those books and thought that I could be okay with a slightly different re-telling of the same basic story line. Yes, I was confused about the details of the family drama (who died, who hates who, how many generations this entails...totally contradictory info throughout the entire book about who/what actually happened,) but I was drinking wine and figured that was why I wasn't following the very convoluted family and the generations of hatred.

But picking up the book the next day, I found that the wine was covering a multitude of other sins in this book like timeline issues, duplicated events, contradictory reasons for actions. It makes me want to weep because this could have been a very good book. Lora Leigh still writes incredibly sexy, emotional scenes and they are here all the way throughout this book. But as it stands right now, I feel like this book is an insult to Lora Leigh fans. It's like she wrote a bunch of key scenes and then just threaded them all together. There is one specific thing that the hero needs to know and he is told THREE different times/ways in the book that this thing has happened. Has no one read/edited this book to point out that yes, he already knows that?!? How did this happen? I don't understand and it just makes me sad that I wasted my time reading it. 

Did I mention the book doesn't even freaking conclude?? It just ends (oh, and yeah, there is a totally new character thrown in at the end that leaves you saying "WTF?") No answers. No reasons. No conclusion. Maybe in the next book which means that I won't ever find out. *UGH*


Ally said...

Guess this was the book you were tweeting that you didn't like. It's such a shame that this didn't work for you and it felt like a retelling for the nauti-boys series. I think I'll give this one a miss!

Julie said...

but I was drinking wine and figured that was why I wasn't following the very convoluted family and the generations of hatred. LMAO!
Okay, ouch! This sounds none too appealing. I feel bad for the author sometimes when it's like their editor is afraid to help them out a bit. I'm sorry this book was yucky for you but at least I know that when I finally pick up a Lora Leigh book, it won't be this one. :)