Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Midnight Betrayal by Melinda Leigh

Title: Midnight Betrayal 
Author: Melinda Leigh
My Rating: A

Genre: Romantic Suspense
Series: Midnight #3
Main Characters: Conor and Louisa
Release Date: September 2014
Publisher: Montlake
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Sexual Intensity: spicy

Story Overview:
Curator Dr. Louisa Hancock left behind Maine and her troubled past for Philadelphia and a job at a prominent museum. Just when it seems that Louisa’s new life is safe from her dark secrets, the body of a museum intern is found—the victim of a brutal and baffling murder.

Louisa realizes this is no random crime. And when another intern goes missing, the abduction is linked to the only man who has ever tempted Louisa’s heart—Conor Sullivan, the sexy owner of a Philly sports bar. Louisa’s past has taught her to be wary, but her heart refuses to believe Conor is guilty.

Now Conor and Louisa must dodge a police investigation—and their growing desire—as they race to find the real killer before another girl turns up dead. But trusting Conor could be deadly, especially as the evidence against him mounts…and as a merciless killer targets Louisa as the next victim.

My Review:
Wow, I think this has been my favorite book in the series so far. I had no clue who the killer was and was completely shocked at the reveal, so the suspense is amazing. I had lots of ideas about who the serial killer was and why, but I was completely wrong. I love it when a book surprises me like that. But I honestly thought the romance was even better than the suspense. I loved Conor and Louisa.

Conor and Louisa met in Maine under similar creepy stalker circumstances that got Louisa fired from her curator's job in Maine. She's since relocated to work as an assistant curator at a Philadelphia museum, which just happens to be the same place where Conor's family bar is located. They haven't seen each other since she moved, but Conor is very aware that she's in the same city. She made a huge impression on him before and he's intrigued...just not so sure about starting a relationship with the woman who he has so little in common with. 

When there's a murder that has similar hallmarks as the murders in Maine, Louisa seeks Conor out. There are even more threads that tie the murders and the main characters and Conor soon finds himself as the main suspect for the murders. He and Louisa set off on a journey to solve the crime just so he doesn't go to jail for something he didn't do. 

Something about these two and their relationship just worked for me. I liked how different their backgrounds are, but they still just work together. Louisa is an academic while Conor is a bartender, even if he is the part owner of the bar, but they connect in all the ways that matter. Conor is also pure alpha and I do love that protective side. He doesn't let the cops that are following him intimidate him from either his own investigation or protecting Louisa. I loved that about him. I enjoyed the side story of the dog too. Although I did guess what was happening there way early in the story line I still like how the two connected over their love for the dog and basically had joint custody from the very beginning.

This book worked for me on all the levels and I definitely recommend it for some great suspense and romance. 

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

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