Title: Midnight Heat
Author: Donna Kauffman
My Rating: A-
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: The Three Musketeers #3
Main Characters: Mike and Darla
Release Date: October 2012 (reissue)
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Sexual Intensity: hot
The third novel in the Three Musketeers series by Donna Kauffman is Midnight Heat, a tantalizing story of two people finally learning to fly.
They call themselves the Three Musketeers: three lifelong friends, men who will put it all on the line in the name of honor and loyalty. Friendship is the most important thing in Dane Colbourne’s life—apart from his job as a determined investigator who never leaves a case unsolved. After the near-catastrophic midair collision of two planes, Dane focuses his laserlike intensity on the air traffic controller who appears to be responsible. But when she claims innocence with equal ferocity, Dane knows he may finally have met his match.
Adria Burke has gone over the details of “the incident” in her head: She is certain there was a third plane in the air at the time of the collision, and that she actually saved hundreds of lives with her commands. But how can she convince Dane of the truth? As they try to ignore the fact that there is an undeniable spark between them, together Adria and Dane uncover evidence that there was something else going on in the sky the night of the incident. But will their passion leave both of them permanently grounded?
This has been a great series and I have been really pleasantly surprised by just how much I have enjoyed all three books. The three books are tied together by three best friends who go by the Three Musketeers, but that is the only thing that ties these books. All three story lines are completely different. Although these guys stay in touch and lend a helping hand, they lead very different lives and are in completely different lines of work. As a result, while consistently good reads, each of these books reads very differently. They definitely don't follow a set story outline like so many series books do...and I liked that! You absolutely could read any of these books as a stand alone novel and never miss the other two, although I do recommend all three of them. They were good!
This book is about Dane, twin to Dara, the heroine in book #2 and of course one of the three musketeers. Dane is an airline accident investigator with a reputation for being ruthless and unfeeling about getting to the truth of what happened. (He has to be that way to get through these investigations which usually involve a lot of death and carnage.) Adria is thankful that he's on the case because she is an Air Traffic Controller and it was under her watch that two planes had an in-air collision. It was only because of amazing flying by the pilots that kept them from crashing and killing hundreds of people. BUT Adria wasn't at fault. There was a third airplane there which she swears was the plane that actually caused the accident, but now there is no evidence to support her claims. Something is wrong and it's up to Dane to figure out who is telling the truth.
The romance in this book was great. These are two people who absolutely CANNOT get involved while this investigation is going on, but they are tired, stressed, and at their limit and just can't help themselves. But they gave it a valiant effort...hehe. I liked these two characters. They have a lot in common in that they live for their jobs and both their jobs are on the line with this investigation, but as they get to know each other, they begin to realize just what exactly is important.
Then there is the whole suspense story line which I simply couldn't figure out. It was good and definitely kept me guessing up until the very end.
I've enjoyed all three of these books. I'm happy that I picked them up to read.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.