Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Midnight Sacrifice by Melinda Leigh


Title:  Midnight Sacrifice
Author: Melinda Leigh
My Rating: B

Genre: Romantic Suspense
Series: Midnight #2
Main Characters: Danny and Mandy
Release Date: April 2013
Publisher: Montlake Romance
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Sexual Intensity: spicy


Story Overview:
One by one, people are mysteriously disappearing from a small Maine town.

Four months ago, a ruthless murderer killed two people and kidnapped three more, including Danny Sullivan’s sister, who barely escaped. Unfortunately so did the killer, vanishing without a trace into the vast wilderness. When the police fail to find his sister's captor, Danny returns to Maine to hunt him down.

He begins his search with another survivor, bed and breakfast owner Mandy Brown, but her refusal to cooperate raises Danny’s suspicions. What is the beautiful innkeeper hiding?

Mandy Brown has a secret. But sexy Danny Sullivan, his relentless questions, and the desire that simmers between them threaten to expose the truth. A revelation that puts her family in danger. As more people disappear, it becomes clear the killer is planning another ritual…and that he’s circling in on Mandy.

My Review:
This book picked up where Midnight Exposure left off....although, it definitely works as a stand-alone novel too. 

Danny and Mandy have a history. He was there and saved her the night that she was almost taken to be killed by Nathan. He also saved her best friend, Jed's, life that night. They had an immediate connection then that hasn't loosened four months later when he comes to town, trying to find some clue as to where Nathan is. Danny's sister, Jayne, was also one of Nathan's victims. He knows she needs Nathan to be caught so that she can have closure and be at peace. He wants to give that to her. 

In the four months since Nathan's attack, things have not gotten any easier for Mandy. Her mother had a severe heart attack, leaving her completely in charge of running their inn and handling her mentally challenged 30 yo brother. She's also terrified that Nathan is going to show back up. Not a good combination...Mandy's exhausted, both physically and mentally. She's also receiving threats from Nathan or someone helping him threatening her brother's life. I'll admit, this was the one aspect of the story that I didn't quite get since their "secret" really doesn't threaten him or her at all. I didn't understand why it had to stay secret. It was already out there that she was his target from the attack 4 months earlier.

Danny is at loose ends. A year ago, he came home wounded from the warzone. As a result, he still has issues with his arm and hand which makes a lot of things difficult to do. He has no idea what he's going to do with the rest of his life...for a job, for his life. He's drawn to Mandy, but thinks that Jed (her best friend) is actually her boyfriend. 

There were so many things I loved about this book:
*The inn and wilderness setting in Maine....I loved the scenes out hiking.
*Jed...gah, I loved this character. He's in bad shape after Nathan's attack and still very much in love with Mandy, although she has no idea. I love that he trains the dogs and just everything about him. My tears I shed in this book (yes, I cried) were over his character. I really just loved him.
*Mandy's brother and Jed's dog...loved their devotion to each other. Such a sweet thing.
*Conor (Danny's brother) and the museum Dr....maybe a future book here?? I really the little snippets we saw of them together. 
*I liked the way the suspense story line played out and the way we got to know some of the victims there. The father and son, especially....

I like the way Melinda writes her books. You get to see things from a lot of angles/POV's, but that never detracts from the core story. That's a difficult thing to do successfully and she does it really well. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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