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The first suspenseful thriller in the Midnight series from Wall Street Journal bestselling author Melinda Leigh.Point, click, die.When two hikers disappear, their hometown in Maine blames the blinding storms. But the truth is far more sinister. Unaware of the danger, tabloid photographer Jayne Sullivan follows an anonymous tip to find the most reclusive sculptor in the artThe first suspenseful thriller in the Midnight series from Wall Street Journal bestselling author Melinda Leigh.Point, click, die.When two hikers disappear, their hometown in Maine blames the blinding storms. But the truth is far more sinister. Unaware of the danger, tabloid photographer Jayne Sullivan follows an anonymous tip to find the most reclusive sculptor in the art world. Instead, she finds sexy handyman Reed Kimball—and a small town full of fatal secrets.Five years ago, Reed buried his homicide detective career along with his wife. But when a hiker is found dead, the local police chief asks Reed for help. Why was a Celtic coin found under the body? And where is the second hiker? Avoiding the media, Reed doesn’t need a murder, a missing person, or a nosey photographer. Then Jayne is attacked, and her courage is his undoing. Reed must risk everything to protect her - and find a cunning killer....

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Midnight Exposure Reviews

  • *Avonna
    2019-05-18 06:02

    Check out all of my reviews at: http://www.avonnalovesgenres.comRating: 3.5 StarsI started this suspense series, Midnight Exposure (Midnight, #1) by Melinda Leigh, because I really enjoy her Scarlet Falls series. (Check them out!) Jayne Sullivan makes her money as a photographer and occasionally for the big money as a tabloid photographer. She is sent to Maine in December to find and photograph the reclusive sculptor R.S. Morgan. She hates being deceitful, but she needs the money to help her brothers with the family bar in Philly and medical bills for her youngest brother. She is glad to be away from Philly at the moment also, to get away from a stalker who attacked her and has gone to prison, but he is out and had promised to come for her again.At the address her editor gave her she meets Reed Kimball. Reed had moved to Maine with his son after the death of his wife. He was a homicide detective in his old life, but now acts as a handyman around town and has a secret in his barn turned work shed out behind his home. He hides his true identity from all, but the police chief in town. Jayne does not know the connection between Reed and R.S. Morgan and before she can find out she is abducted. She escapes on her own in a blizzard. Reed finds her and takes her to his home.Both Reed and Jayne are hiding secrets and motives, but they can’t help but continually be attracted to each other. As the sexual tension increases, so does the threat to Jayne from an unknown source which could prove to be deadly.This was a fast paced and exciting read in the first chapter and then again after a few. I just felt it bogged down for a while after the first chapter. I also had a problem with how long it took Reed to tell Jayne about his past. He was reclusive over something that he was proved innocent of doing and after a new scandal comes along, I think the media would have left him and his son alone. He did not even stay in the same town, he moved far away.The Celtic druid facts were interesting and so was the reason for the killings. I do not understand why the other family member was involved though. I do not understand how he could believe a madman. It was a stretch for me. That said, I still like Ms. Leigh’s writing style and will continue on with this series. Not a bad book, but just not my favorite by this author.

  • Jamie ♡♡ submits to books ♡♡
    2019-05-20 10:35

    ☆☆☆☆☆ 5 Sacrificial Stars ☆☆☆☆☆ Well, well well.....this book was DAMN good and I have to say I was not expecting the secrets, twists and turns. Jayne is a photographer that has swallowed her pride and is trying to get a photo of the recluse sculptor, R S Morgan. Traveling to Maine to find her photo muse for a tabloid magazine, Jayne steps into one mess after another after meeting Reed Kimball, a single father and a retired cop.Reed has secrets that need to remain hidden for the safety of his son and their quiet lives. Reeds knows he must stay far away from Jayne, but life has other ideas for these two. Especially after Jayne is abducted.Reed must find her. Not knowing what the reasoning for her abduction is, Reed is tossed into a world that this small Maine town had no idea about.Jane's abduction is not the first fight of her life she has had. She knows if she doesn't fight with everything she has, she will never get a chance again.Escaping the evil lands her right back into the hands of Reed an no amount of will power can hold of the intensity between Reed and Jayne. "His need to hold her, to mark her, to become part of her, was primitive, as demanding as the need to take his next breath. The present fight for survival mixed with a past of secrets and devastation, Reed and Jayne take us in whirlwind battle against the evil after them and the ones they love.◇◇◇◇◇◇◇◇◇◇◇◇◇◇◇◇◇◇◇My favorite kind of book!! Suspenseful, thrilling, sexually charged page turner that leaves you NEEDING to know what is going to happen!!!Not only are the MC'S easy to love by the supporting characters are awesome and we know they have their own stories! Perfect Miss Leigh!!! Book 2....I can't wait!!

  • Angela Risner
    2019-05-31 07:58

    I read Melinda Leigh's first book, She Can Run, earlier this year but haven't reviewed it yet. However, I do remember that there were a lot of pluses in her first outing and a few negatives. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and really am pleased to see a lot of growth between that first novel and this one.This story follows Jayne, who is a photographer trying to make money for her family (three brothers). They all run a bar together in Philadelphia. One of her brothers is suffering from PTSD after serving in the Middle East and his hospital bills are mounting. Jayne has taken on some tabloid photography assignments because, even though she hates them, they pay the best. She's on the tail of a reclusive sculptor, trying to get pictures for a tabloid magazine. This leads her to a small town in Maine, where former detective Reed Kimball is raising his son. Before Jayne arrived, two high school hikers have disappeared. One body has turned up, but the other hiker is still missing. Jayne becomes wrapped up in the mysterious doings of this small town. Jayne has already suffered an attack from a serial killer and is understandably on edge when someone is clearly stalking her. Of course, there are a lot of foregone conclusions: there will be a romance between the two main characters, Reed will be drawn back into police work to protect Jayne, etc. But the characters come alive and that makes the journey, while predictable in many areas, exciting. I cared about what happened to them, even the supporting cast. I highly recommend this.

  • Jae
    2019-06-01 08:38

    A very good suspence, but I just couldn't feel the lurve between H/h.

  • Kathleen
    2019-05-21 07:48

    Midnight Exposure is a gripping romantic suspense thriller that will keep you sitting on the edge of your seat.While on a camping/hiking trip in the snowy woods of Maine, college roommates Zack and John for the past two days have become lost in a blinding snowstorm. October 31st ... Halloween ... while searching for signs of civilization they smell smoke and hear faint murmurs of people's voices, they come to a clearing and spot a fire burning and run into a cloaked man with a knife ... unfortunately they are at the wrong place at the wrong time ... One of the hiker's body has been discovered, but the other hiker is still missing.Two months later on December 15th, photographer Jayne Sullivan, in an attempt to financially help her three brothers save their tavern in Philadelphia, and help pay for brother Danny's Iraq combat related medical bills, has reluctantly taken on an assignment with a one-week deadline for a sleazy tabloid, and traveled to Huntsville, Maine, to track down and photograph the reclusive renowned sculptor, R.S. Morgan.Reed Kimball is an ex-Georgia police detective, who has moved with his seventeen year old son, Scott, to Huntsville, Maine, after the murder of his wife. Seeking seclusion in his forest retreat, this reclusive man is determined to keep his new beginning as a sculptor from being revealed.While searching for the reculsive sculptor, Jayne runs into Reed, who claims to be a handyman. There is an undeniable attraction between them, but secrets from their past, and a serial killer who has targeted Jayne as his next victim, threatens their budding relationship and survival.Midnight Exposure is a riveting fast-paced romantic suspense thriller that will captivate the reader's attention and keep them guessing. Author Melinda Leigh weaves an intriguing tale written in the third person narrative with alternating perspectives from Jayne, Reed and the villain. The story is full of complicated twists and turns that will keep the reader on their toes as the mystery of the characters' and town's secrets unfold. The author's creative writing style tantalizes the reader with clues behind Jayne and Reed's past and secrets coupled with an intriguing look into the mysterious Druid cult's customs and sacrificial rituals. With a great mixture of mystery, suspense and romance, Midnight Exposure is one heck of a page turning thriller that you won't be able to put down.The author creates a cast of characters who are realistic and complex people, with past histories and secrets that draw you into their lives. Jayne and Reed both wear scars from their troubled pasts, there is a palpable emotional pull of strength and feelings that they embrace as survivors. I loved how the author portrayed the villain, he is one creepy dude that is seriously demented, I couldn't help but be intrigued by his obsession with Jayne. With a great supporting cast of characters, a scenic setting rich in detail and vivid description, and a riveting storyline that is so chilling and leaves the reader with an anti-climatic cliffhanger, Midnight Exposure is the first book in a series that will keep you wanting more. The second book in the series, Midnight Sacrifice, will be released in Spring 2013, it will pick up the storyline with the story surrounding around Jayne's brother Danny.Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for my honest review, and for hosting a virtual book event on my book review blog site.http://jerseygirlbookreviews.blogspot...

  • Angela Blount
    2019-05-16 12:51

    Nothing gets the blood pumping like a crazed, homicidal Druid bent on ritual human sacrifice. Leigh's style is competent and refreshingly plot-heavy, with the romantic elements introduced without force or hurry, despite the one-week time constraint. The hero and heroine are both believable and endearing from early on. And this reviewer particularly appreciated the accurate mentionings of the thrice-killed 'bog bodies' believed to have been a part of ancient Druid rituals intended to ward off an impending Roman invasion.Unfortunately, I can't readily recommend this book, as the copy I received was clearly in need of another editorial sweep--aggravatingly riddled with grammatical errors. (Hopefully, it wasn't the final product.) Metaphors are plentiful to the point of distraction, and there were a few too many tidy coincidences driving the plot. The third-person limited viewpoint changes worked well for the first half of the book, primarily alternating between the hero, heroine, and villain. But then as it went on, some readers may find the narrative a bit cluttered as a number of side-character perspectives are added but not repeated. Closure is also a bit lacking, but that could easily be a result of setup--designating this book as the first in an interconnected series.

  • Cindy ~ SnS Reviews
    2019-05-24 10:45

    Another exciting thriller from Melinda Leigh. You are shocked within the first 5 pages. Some would fear what is to come after those pages but if you love a good thrilling ride with a side of romance then step on board and hang on. Jayne Sullivan is a photographer and has come to town looking for the illusive sculptor her sleazy tabloid boss sent her to expose. She doesn't want to do the job but she needs the money because she feels guilty about not being about to financially help out her brothers. She hasnt had an easy time of it as she was attacked when she was in college and wears the scar from it on her face. Reed Kimball quit his job as a homicide detective and took his son and fled the city 5 years ago when his wife was killed and a media storm converges on them. Reed is also full of scars but his are on the inside. From the outside the little town of Huntsville, Maine looks like a quite peaceful town. What no one realizes is a killer with an agenda is among them. From the first page until the last page our heroine is put through the ringer. There are a few threads not wrapped up at the end of the book. The author has done a great job of hooking this reader for future books in this series.

  • Bethany
    2019-05-29 11:49

    Is this an amazing book? No. But it has it's moments. Like these two sentences for example: "And she couldn't ignore the fact that physical contact with the man made her crave things she'd forgotten about. Hot, sweaty, naked things." Hahahaha. Yes. No doubt about it, this book is pure fluff. You may also enjoy the salacious sex scene that happens about 3/4 of the way through. Hold onto your ponies ladies! It's going to be quite the ride ;)

  • Vikki Vaught
    2019-06-02 11:38

    My MusingsAnother exciting read by Ms. Leigh. Her suspenseful scenes are fantastic, her plots are intriguing and nail-biting. The romance in this one was a little thin, mainly because they just didn't know each other long enough to really fall in love, other than that, this was an awesome story. Happy reading!

  • Kathy Martin
    2019-06-15 08:58

    I really enjoyed this romantic suspense title. It had great pacing and was filled with suspense. The tension just kept ramping up and it kept me guessing until almost the very end. Jayne Sullivan travels to Huntsville, Maine, on the trail of recluse sculptor R. S. Morgan. She is working for a tabloid despite her moral reservations because she needs to make money to help her brother who was injured while serving in Iraq. Jayne is also the survivor of an attack by a man who attacked, raped and killed two other women. She ended up scarred and with her confidence battered but she is a survivor. She has learned to shoot a gun and do martial arts but she hasn't learned to trust her heart.Jayne didn't expect to meet Reed Kimball who is both sexy and reclusive. He has some major secrets. He has come to Maine to find a quiet life for himself and his seventeen-year-old son. His was a police detective in Georgia when his wife was murdered. He was briefly suspected of her death and became the focus of a media frenzy. He certainly doesn't trust the media now. He is completely determined to keep his second career as a sculptor hidden.While she is looking around the town and taking pictures, she accidentally shoots a picture that brings her to the attention of a local crazy who is planning a Druid ritual that involves human sacrifice. This crazy has already killed a young man who was hiking in the area. His body was found during a warm spell but there was so much damage that the police can't confirm murder. Jayne is kidnapped by this guy but manages to escape and stumble into the path of Reed who was out searching for her. Since they are in the midst of a blizzard, Reed takes her home where their attraction grows. The sexual tension is increasing but both characters' issues keep them apart.Jayne is determined to leave town to get back to the relative safety of her big city life and the care of her brothers. She is also afraid that her stalker might hurt Reed or his son. Reed doesn't want her to go but can't open up enough to ask her to stay. It takes gunfire to force them to acknowledge their attraction.This was a great story. As I was reading it, I was already planning which of my friends to pass this book along to. I know fans of romantic suspense will really enjoy this one.

  • Melanie
    2019-05-19 09:42

    Midnight Exposure came up recently as a recommendation on my Kindle and despite having never heard of it, I decided to check it out and I'm so glad I did as I ended up really enjoying it!Jayne Sullivan has taken a photography job with a tabloid to help pay for her brother's medical bills and she's tasked with getting a picture of a reclusive artist in Maine. Kidnapped soon after she arrives, she escapes only to be drawn into an insane game of cat and mouse with a killer obsessed with Celtic culture and Druid rituals.Right from the start, I really liked Jayne as a character. She's incredibly strong and very capable of looking out for herself. After a past trauma, she took the time to learn to defend herself which helps her out on more than one occasion over the course of Midnight Exposure. I also like that she's able to talk herself down when mentally she reaches her breaking point and doesn't need a man to do that for her. Reed is incredibly supportive of Jayne and thinks its amazing how well she's able to handle herself, but he's also there for her when she does want his support. The romance develops naturally and is very believable for developing over a short period of time. The chemistry between Jayne and Reed certainly helped in that department.The killer being obsessed with Celtic culture and Druid rituals made the suspense part of the plot really interesting. The killer's motives were fascinating and not what I was expecting. I had a few guesses of who the killer may be and one of those guesses ended up being correct. Being right on who the killer was didn't detract from my enjoyment of the book at all though. I still very much enjoyed finding out the whys and for the 'final showdown' romantic suspense books always have.Overall, Midnight Exposure was a very enjoyable read and I definitely recommend it to fans of the romantic suspense genre or anyone looking for a quick read.

  • Laurel-Rain
    2019-06-04 11:34

    When Jayne Sullivan headed to a small town in Maine, she was determined to capture images of a reclusive artist. But almost from the very first moments after her arrival, nothing is turning out to be what she expected.First she is captivated by a mysterious handyman, Reed Kimball, and then she begins to discover various townspeople who seem to vary from unfriendly to strange.While sorting out the events as they unfold, and before she can catch her breath, she is abducted and held prisoner in a damp basement, with no hope that she'll ever escape. Her captor wears a mask and a cloak, and all she can see is a pair of intense blue eyes.Fortunately, she is trained in martial arts and is able to break free, using skill and the element of surprise. But her journey toward finding the answers to the strange goings-on in this frightening town are only beginning. And never mind ever finding the artist who is definitely determined to hide.Who can she trust and what can she know to be true? Suddenly everyone starts to look like the potential abductor and any pair of blue eyes could be those of her captor. Can she even believe in the goodness in Reed, who rescued her on the road after her escape?All of the characters in "Midnight Exposure" seemed potentially suspect, including law enforcement. Even as I started to figure out who might have targeted Jayne and several others, I was thrown a curve at the end of this exciting page-turner that was a great mix of mystery and romance. As much as I enjoyed this book, I had trouble liking most of the characters. The author's ability to evoke emotions with her characterizations is a plus. The motivations that drove the killer stretched credibility, however, so I'm awarding this one four stars. Recommended for fans of suspense and romance.

  • Taqiyyah
    2019-06-03 05:38

    Cliche It's an okay book but I could tell from the get go who the culprit will be. The only reason I finished it was because I had to be in lab and babysit my experiment.. that being said I have now read three of her books and they all follow a pattern. Furthermore, I believe the writing is repetitive, five different senescence with same words replaced by synonyms. It's filled with romance and emotions stereotypically associated with women. Even though the female characters are supposed to be career women, their mushy words and behaviour contradict that. I find following things really annoying and if you don't feel free to spend your time reading. 1- unnecessary romance at totally inappropriate times for e.g. there is a serial killer after the girl and all she cares about is a man's strong chest or feeling "protected" in his muscles arms. As a woman and a human being myself it's very hard to digest.2- beauty/physical appeal of characters is exaggerated. It's in every one of the books I read. In real life I am yet to meet/see a single person who just blows me away with a single glance. Come on.3-The whole damaged people routine is super cliche. Can't one normal person without a harrowing past be the main character for once. Either the main character's wife/husband died or their folks have mental illness or they survived an attack and the list goes on and all these unfortunate people end up being attracted to each other. 4- There are extreme emotions of love and sadness. Too many "cute" moments.. the copulation scenes especially go on and on.. if I need that I will read Danielle Steele not a thriller.

  • Mahita
    2019-06-12 09:35

    Short Take: A little too coincidental for me..

  • Kristi
    2019-06-14 11:45

    2018 Reading Challenge: A book with a time of day in the titleThe 2 stars stands for "it was ok" and that really about sums up how I feel about this book. It wasn't bad, but it was nothing to write home about either. This was my first Melinda Leigh book. I've always struggled with the insta "love" thing in stories. I've also struggled with the amount of traumatic ways one of the characters can be placed in and experience but then walk away as if it never happened. It's almost like there's something missing in the middle. Reed KimbrallJayne SullivanRating: R -blood and guts, shootings, witchcraftLanguage: -profanity including use of deityRecommend: -yes

  • Anthea
    2019-05-30 10:53

    Great audiobook 3.5 star bookI listened to the audio book for this book, and I must say it was very enjoyable. The slow country drawl at times gave me Sam Elliott and Chris Christopherson facial flashes, which were most appreciated, but yes, he did a great job. Usually I’m rather brutal in my reviews of male readers, especially when they do the female voice as well, (which doesn’t occur much) but he was great.I enjoyed the story, it came at a nice time when I needed something refreshing. Perfect timing. I will try the next book in the series. Without having read anything about it, I’m secretly hoping it will continue with the lives of those gorgeous sounding brothers.

  • Kristin
    2019-05-25 06:35

    The story starts off with two buddies who are wandering around the woods lost during a camping trip. They end up stumbling across some weird Druid ritual which ends in a human sacrifice. The story then fast forwards a couple of months to Jayne arriving in a small town (where everybody knows your name) for work. She's a photographer for a tabloid and her current mission is to get a photograph and identity of the famous sculptor who's identity is unknown. While scoping out a potential home of residence, she runs into Reed. She makes up some story that she's lost, he gives her gas and directions, and sends her on her way. Only it's not the last time they bump into each other and pretty soon the Druid sets his sights on Jayne for his next sacrifice.I will be honest that the only reason why I read this story was because I was given a copy of Midnight Sacrifice for review and I knew that I had to read this one first since it involves the same group of people. I'm actually glad that I stumbled across this series because it's really good. I normally don't go for suspense but this one really got my heart beat pumping. There were a couple of times in the story where the house could've been on fire and I wouldn't have been able to move because the story was that tense. "Bad things happened when he disobeyed. He turned and looked across the few feet of space to his matress. So far. Too far. His body curled into itself, wrapped in the fear of an unknown fate. As his eyelids drifted shut, he felt his humanity slip further away."There was also that hint of romantic interest between the two main characters that added another layer to the story. Jayne was attacked a few years ago and was the victim of a serial raper/killer, only she was able to escape and survive. Since then she's not let anyone outside of her brothers get close to her. Reed on the other hand is a widower who's running from his past. Which is why he dropped off the face of the earth, changed his name and started over with his son in a small town. Neither of these characters were looking for a companion but Jayne brings out his protectiveness and Reed is the only person who's ever made her feel safe.This is the first book by this author that I've read but I look forward to continuing with this series. Even though there were some parts that were a bit lengthy and could have been shortened, I was sitting on the edge of my seat the entire time. Favorite quote..."John's parents had thought he'd be safer attending college out here. Not. Didn't they know Stephen King was from Maine."

  • Vanessa theJeepDiva
    2019-06-11 13:47

    In an effort to help her family out financially Jayne takes a job that doesn't exactly leave her feeling warm and fuzzy. She may be a photographer, but paparazzi she is not. It is a paying job though so she goes to get pictures of an artist who likes his recluse lifestyle to the point that no one knows what the man even looks like. This anonymous tip may have not even led her to the right place. Her travels and constant picture taking makes her a target.I have to admit I liked Jayne the moment she cruised onto the page. She’s driving a Jeep, smart gal. Jayne is also one hell of survivor. She has been the victim and she is determined to never let it happen again. She has done everything she can to safeguard herself. She does an incredible job of taking care of herself too. Her survival instincts came from a bad situation but she has honed them and she’s going to need all the help she can get. Reed is also no stranger to survival. He is just been down a different road than Jayne. Reed is still hiding from the nightmare that he survived. His only priority is his son Scott. Reed now lives in the remote woods outside of a tiny little Maine town. The isolation and seclusion was supposed to keep people out of his life. The moment Jayne stumbles into Reed’s life he starts questioning his decisions for concerning his complete isolation.One of the things I love in books and never see enough of is the villain’s point of view. Melinda gives her readers plenty of page time from inside this wackos head. I loved it. This guy is creepy to the max. He is completely demented and has an unhealthy obsession with Jayne.Melinda creates the most phenomenal characters. The dogs that she puts into her books even stand out. Every person in Huntsville was dimensional, unforgettable, and most likely someone you know. The characters I was introduced to in Midnight Exposure intrigued me enough that I emailed the author to find out if we would see more of them. She informed me that we should see another book hopefully in the spring. I decided to tease you with the who, you have to read this one to meet them anyways.

  • Virginia Campbell
    2019-06-11 05:45

    "Midnight Exposure" is another great romantic suspense adventure from Melinda Leigh, also the author of "She Can Run". I very much enjoyed both books, particularly the characterizations. Ms. Leigh writes people who are not slick and perfect, but who have flaws and texture. The imperfections add intimacy and immediacy to the story line. "Midnight Exposure" opens on a Halloween night in the cold, snowy woods of Maine. As two unfortunate lost campers discover, that is the wrong place to be at a horribly wrong time. Almost two months later, journalist Jayne Sullivan heads to the same area of rural Maine on an assignment she did not want to undertake. However, her brother Danny, a combat Vet for whom the consequences of war continue, has huge medical bills which are weighing heavily on Jayne's family. In order to help her brother, she accepts the job of tracking down reclusive and renowned sculptor, R.S. Morgan. In her quest to find the mysterious Morgan, she meets handsome handyman Reed Kimball. The attraction between the two is mutual and compelling, but each has their own reason not to pursue a relationship. Jayne had survived a nightmarish episode with a crazed stalker, which left her with a uniquely-shaped scar on her face. She avoids personal contact and trusts no one outside of her family. Reed had left his career as an Atlanta homicide detective behind when his wife died under suspicious circumstances. He fled to remote Maine countryside, taking his young son along with him. Five years of relative peace are now being threatened by the arrival of a beautiful red-haired photojournalist. When Jayne once again becomes a target, this time by a Druid cult that practices ritual sacrifice, she and Reed are thrown together, and the attraction between them proves irresistible. Will their passion be a strong enough bond to keep them both safe, or will risking their hearts prove to be the key to survival? I recommend both "She Can Run" and "Midnight Exposure", and I look forward to more very enjoyable romantic suspense from author Melinda Leigh. Review Copy Gratis Amazon Vine

  • Marsha
    2019-05-16 13:53

    "Midnight Exposure" is a tale about a photographer, Jayne Sullivan who is in search of a reclusive wood sculpture, R.S. Morgan in a small town in Maine. Jayne and her siblings are on the verge of financial ruin from paying medical bills of their brother, Danny. Getting a picture of this sculpture for the tabloid would go a long way in keeping them afloat. Little does she know that this town has secrets one of which is that two hikers have gone missing and there is a killer on the loose. As Jayne delves into her search, she also finds herself on the receiving end of the wrong attention. The killer has her on his radar and now she is in danger. Yet, in the midst of this danger, a handsome resident, Reed Kimball, seems to come to her rescue time and time again. The problem is Jayne knows that Reed is carrying around secrets of his own. As they work together to unmask the killer they are also drawn to one another. Can their attraction survive what is to come?This book was my first read by Melinda Leigh. The writing was good and the storyline was quite interesting. I think some of the plot was a little predictable but, not enough to interfere with my reading enjoyment. Jayne is not your typical victim. She is quick thinking and fast on her feet. I loved her strength and will to live. I will definitely be going on to the next book in the series.

  • ElaineY
    2019-06-09 11:51

    REVIEW OF RELISTEN; JANUARY 14, 20173.5 stars on second listen but my review remains unchanged from 3 years ago. The narration came off better this time, though. REVIEW OF AUDIO & EBOOK; FEBRUARY 14, 2014Narrator: Scott SchumakerThe Story: Great start but my interest was not sustained. I found it mediocre as far as a romantic suspense went because neither the romance, nor the murder mystery was that interesting. As I mentioned, this despite the promising start where both were concerned:The first few chapters were good - we begin in October where the young hitch hikers encounter the perp then six weeks later, in Chapter 2, we meet Jayne. Who meets Reed. Enjoyed these two chapters. The rest of the book was nothing as compelling. However, it could be that I find the ritual killing trope a bit of a yawn as it's so dated but those who like it should enjoy this book.The Narrator: Schumaker is just okay. I thought he could have given the secondary characters more distinctive voices. The sequel, Midnight Sacrifice, is narrated by Christopher Lane whom I've not heard before. Curiosity about this new narrator would be about the only reason why I'd move on to the sequel but I never know, I could be pleasantly surprised:)

  • Jessica
    2019-06-08 10:32

    This was 3.5 stars for me. It would be a 3 except the setting was terrific. The Maine village and storm establish that quiet, isolated vibe just right for a creepy story.Suspense: lots of action, fast-moving, with fun plot twists and psychotic behavior.Romance: insta-love! "I'm hot, you're hot, so all our issues are fixed and we should be together forever." This doesn't always bother me, but it did here because there was so much backstory on each characters problems. It would be ok to gloss over their chemistry if the history hadn't been so explicit. I will probably read the next book.

  • Steph's Rom Book Talk
    2019-05-23 13:57

    Maybe I was not in the right mind set to read/listen to this book because it took a lot to get into it. In the end I enjoyed the story and the mystery of the plot line.This specific video review: https://youtu.be/kbXV7wKMVQsFor other video book reviews check out my YouTube Channel Stephanie Uncensoredhttps://www.youtube.com/c/stephanieun...

  • Lhenry
    2019-06-16 07:34

    The pacing of the plot was excellent - best I've read in a long time. I really liked how both Reed and Jayne's secrets were tantilizing, affected the plot and were revealed at exciting moments. Loved both characters, especially how Jayne is competant and getting away from the bad guy but is not a super woman. I want to hear more about Jayne's brother Danny - definitely potential for a sequel

  • Serena
    2019-05-29 10:37

    Really like this author and can't wait for more books by her. This book keep me on my toes as to how the killer was until she was ready I have me guess but was never sure.

  • Catherine
    2019-05-17 12:52

    This is the first time I've read Melinda Leigh but certainly NOT the last. If you're looking for someone new to send chills up and down your spine, check this author out.

  • BridgetT
    2019-06-07 05:39

    3.5 stars. A good easy read (or listen.) Captivating enough to make me want to get straight into #2 MIDNIGHT SACRIFICE.

  • Patricia Kasl
    2019-06-04 09:42

    Very interesting readthis book kept me up. I read until my eyes blurred. I kind of knew who the villain was but howthe book progressed kept me reading.

  • ☼♎ Carmen the Bootyshaker Temptress ☼♎
    2019-06-01 13:51

    Review to come

  • Genter
    2019-06-12 06:02

    I give this book a 4/5. I really enjoyed this book and the flow of it. It was a refreshing change from the crime/mystery books I've been reading since the main character isn't a cop. However, I think she is too helpless and unable to protect herself. It was disappointing to have such a weak main female character. That being said, the book was really easy to read. I like how it's a fast pace story with way more twists and turns than expected. It doesn't reveal too much to give away the ending early in the book.It is definitely frustrating that Reed is so secretive about a secret that really isn't juicy at all. I wish it was a bit more intense and crazy, but at least it's a realistic secret and not too over-the-top. Shouldn't have been so much drama revolving the reveal to Jayne.The reason behind the killings definitely was interesting but I think there were a few unnecessary characters involved that didn't add much to the story. I like the book overall because it was unique to what I've been reading, the writing style made it easy to read, and it kept my interest the entire book. I'll definitely continue the series.