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In the Scottish wood, a clan of immortal shape-shifting wolves takes in an orphan girl, Gillian, as one of their own. But when she matures into a beautiful woman and falls for a mere mortal, her forest family and new lover are plunged into a fiery, passionate struggle to claim Gillian's heart, body, and soul......

Title : Catching Midnight
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ISBN : 9780515135305
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 320 Pages
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Catching Midnight Reviews

  • Kazza
    2019-03-03 18:04

    I would like to start by saying that I love the cover on this book, it beautifully reflects Gillian and her "familiar". So many book publishers in romance, romantica, erotica, paranormal and urban fantasy genres really treat the readers with disrespect with the covers they slap on books. Gillian is a lovely, free spirited Upyr, changed from human as a young girl by the elder Auriculus during plague torn England. She is raised by shapeshifting Upyrs led by Ulric after initally being sought by both the elders Auriculus and Nim Wei, who differ in their beliefs of how the race should be raised. Ulric loves Gillian, she is not as besotted, because humans and the world are more attractive to her. She wants to travel, see the world and gets excited by adventure and the way humans go about their lives and relationships. She finds her shapeshifting style in the form of a bird and is captured by avid falconer Aimery Fitz Clare and his nephew Robin, two utterly charming characters. She shifts between bird and humanesque form and during such a shift ends up beguiling Aimery. He loves her fair form and free spirited attitude, especially towards sex. Aimery is such a delighful leading man, he is not your standard chest beating, neanderthal alpha, although he is very manly with a demeanor of great modesty. He is naturally capable and his brother Edmund, the elder brother and thus the one who has inherited the title, is jealous of him; hell, even Edmund's wife and youngest son Robin love Aimery. The locals look up to him for his war record and his bravery/scars strike a certain amount of (wary) respect from people in general. Robin, Aimery's nephew, has such a close connection to Aimery and also to Gillian in bird form, he names her Princess and their relationship is so sweet. The biggest problem with the book is that it is an historical read, however setting the tone for 1300's England is not easy, the English spoken/written then is not even close to modern English (even Shakespearean English looks a walk in the park compared to what they wrote/spoke in the 1300's) thus the lack of the "true" language style makes it hard to seem like a true period piece. Having said this, Emma Holly's turn of phrase and her writing ability do get you past this issue as she is an extremely capable writer who could, in my opinion, turn her hand to any style and always make it readable and enjoyable. I have no problem with the wolf/vampire Upyr as some have mentioned, I just look at the Upyr as a different type of paranormal. If you have ever thought about reading an Emma Holly novel but the sexual standards in her eroticas have put you off this is more romantic in nature and might be a good read for you; but please note the sexual heat is still there. I, perhaps, like Holly's contemporary and erotica novels a tad more, but I'm so glad I read this book as it is quite beautiful.

  • ♥The Kat's Meow♥
    2019-03-11 01:14

    Emma HollyParticularly Powerful ProsePg.   46 -- It was a memory, rather, as if time were a ribbon looped upon itself.Pg. 146 -- Not an easy man, she thought, either to know or to bePg 283 -- You owe it to him to live the life he gave you with honor. It is up to you,                                 however, to decide what honor mean.Vivid VocabularyAventail a flap of mail attached to a coif [kinght's helmet:] and fastened across the lower part of the face during combat.Prescience [presh-uhn:] knowledge of things before they exist or happen; foreknowledge; foresight.Crenellated [kren-l-eyt:] to furnish with crenels or battlements.Eyrie [air-ee:] the nest of a bird of prey, as an eagle or a hawk.

  • Stef
    2019-03-21 19:56

    First book I read from this author, Erotica, Paranormal, Shape-shifting vampires, wolves, birds, upyrs, & more creatures. This started out slow and ended slow, was almost put asleep several times. Had some interesting intriguing parts in the middle. I actually tried to read the 2nd book in this series but was so bored had to stop reading it. Will take them back to library. :-( the only good thing about the books so far is that they have excellent sex scenes, but I need a better faster story line to go with the sex. lol

  • Stamatia
    2019-03-18 23:00

    Emma Holly is an erotica writer, but having read and liked her "Demon's daughter" I thought I'd try another one of her paranormals. I found this book very interesting and her worldbuilding as intrguing as in her Demon's world. As to the erotica part it's totally free of the ick factor as some of my GR would say. All in all a very nice book. I believe I will buy the next one in the series too

  • Gina Guerra
    2019-03-01 20:03

    Not sure what I was expecting but I enjoyed this book. Imagonitive, sensual, and sweet.

  • Schultzies
    2019-03-02 20:57

    SYNOPSIS: It’s the early 1300’s and a plague is sweeping through England. Gillian, orphaned due to the sickness, is forced to flee the city and fend for her self. A scared child, she manages to stumble into the forest. It’s here that she meets one man and one woman; angels. No, not angels…Upyrs. Shape-shifting immortals-the children of the night. One offers her the beauty of nature, to live free among the wild. The other, chances to live every childhood girl’s dream, to live like a Princess. The choice is easy for Gillian and she soon starts her life among the unnatural.With her choice made, Gillian is raised by a pack of Upyrs. Reveling in the hunt, feasting on the flesh and sating all their carnal desires. Taken under the wing, and into the bed, of the alpha-male; Gillian thinks she’s found happiness. Her restlessness speaks otherwise; her heart yearns to learn more of what lies beyond the caves. With the help of a reclusive, silver-haired pack member, Gillian runs into the uncertainty of the human world. In this unexplored realm Gillian meets her familiar. Her name is Princess and it’s in this form that Gillian meets her Knight in shining Armor. Aimery Fitz Claire is not really a Knight, but he is a nobleman. An experienced falconer, he captures Gillian while in falcon form. Aimery’s compassion, humanity, beauty and heart threaten to consume her. She comes to a precipice, but is unsure if she should leap. Choices are never easy and sometimes you can’t beat around the bush. Torn between her human lover and the pack she left behind, Gillian has to make that choice. The question is, which angel do you pick?REVIEW: Catching Midnight is not my first Emma Holly novel. I've read quite a few of her titles, but never a historical before. It's usually not my cup of tea, but I just can't say no to a little Emma Holly. She writes lemons tastefully, and with enough seduction and steam to raise the room temperature. I enjoyed the storyline and thought the characters were well written. The romance between our lovers built at a nice pace. It was interesting to watch Gillian learn about humanity; like a newborn colt learning to walk. The dynamics of the Upyr pack is intriguing and I would like to learn more about the elders. Who are they, where are they going?The ending made me smile, but left me questioning the fate of certain secondary characters. Our Hero's/Heroine's story was wrapped up, but it left it wide open for a continuation of the series. All in all, a good read and it's raised my interest in historical romance.

  • Shannon C.
    2019-03-06 23:48

    I had read another paranormal book by this author The Demon's Daughter and didn't care for it (didn't like world building and the way the hero treated the heroine). So I was really surprised how much I enjoyed this book. In the first bit of it, I started worrying it was going to be a heavy sex book without much plot. But then once she ran away from the Upyr pack she had been living with, the storyline really took off. The author did a good job world building using Upyr legends(ie, vampires and shapeshifters). Well developed main characters and supporting cast. Good romantic development. Intense, steamy scenes...kind of like what you'd find in IAD by Cole. Great ending. Will definitely check out other books in the series.

  • Netanella
    2019-02-27 18:18

    Part historical, part paranormal with shapeshifting vampires, or upyrs, Catching Midnight is a worthy addition to Holly's series. Gillian survives a plague-ridden, medieval London only to be changed at the hands of Auriculus, an ancient vampire who quickly abandons her to a pack of wolf-shifting vampires. Gillian's desire for freedom from their simple life in the woods causes her to flee this new life and discover her own. Gillian's sire, however, is in competition for the vampire world with another of his children, Nim Wei, and this back story, as well as the mystery of the elders, is what makes this story all the more interesting. I am very much looking forward to the third installment.

  • Dawn
    2019-03-05 23:03

    This book was a pick-up from the book-store when someone was silly enough to let me in the store to pick up a book for him. I've enjoyed Holly in the past and so finding a historical fantasy romance paranormal... I just had to buy it. I enjoyed this book, which featured a female vampire (umpyr) heroine who was sexually experienced and a human male. There was a lot of good world building here as well as a good romance story and it was "spicy" aka erotic. I liked it and will likely buy the next book in the series. 4.5 flying hawks out of 5.

  • Laura
    2019-02-20 18:56

    This book was pretty cool. I like the author's "world". It was pretty interesting seeing how everything worked. I liked also that it was set in 1370 inside a castle in England. I always enjoy books set in the past as well as books set in the present. I'm interested to see how the next in the series is.

  • Lisa
    2019-02-25 17:10

    Later books in this series are much better. This book is worth the read if you really want to know about Edmund's early life, otherwise I would recommend starting with Kissing Midnight. I haven't read the second and third books in the series, and probably won't. But I absolutely loved the rest of the series.

  • Karen
    2019-03-03 22:57

    Second in the upyr series. I've read two short stories in the series which led me to seek out this book. Mostly, I loved it. I did think it dragged a bit near the end, and parts of the world building confused me, but I liked the characters so much I can overlook that stuff.

  • Lisa ~ Books Are My Drugs ~
    2019-03-08 19:05

    Gillian is changed into a shapeshifter/upyr as a young girl, but she never really felt like part of her pack. She leaves the pack & finds her familiar is a falcon. While living with her familiar in an aerie, she's taken by Aimery.She reveals herself inadvertently and the two become lovers.

  • Moonlight Reads
    2019-03-19 16:50

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  • Ana
    2019-02-22 22:51

    A highly interesting take on the vampire lore. I enjoyed reading this immensely.

  • Zaanodes
    2019-02-21 23:17

    Definitely worth continuing the series...I liked Gillian and Aimery.

  • Kathy Davie
    2019-03-16 20:05

    Actually, it's part of the FitzClare Chronicles series, #2. History + the paranormal.

  • Jean
    2019-03-20 17:18

    This was definitely not my favorite book by Emma Holly. It was very slow and was lacking the strong conflict I'm used to from her other books.

  • Kim
    2019-03-16 00:15

    Sigh. I would like vampire books so much better if the vampires could go out in the sun. I always get so depressed on their behalf that they're stuck in the dark all the time....

  • colleen
    2019-02-20 19:51

    read 03.26.07

  • Nibrock
    2019-03-02 20:15

    Took a bit of time to get the characters straight. Good story. Good characters. Some more believable than others. Interesting view of vampires.

  • Michelle
    2019-02-28 18:54

    I am loving the Upry series! This is the first book in the series. Emma writes with such detail you can picture yourself there watching what is happening.

  • ♆ BookAddict✒ La Crimson Femme
    2019-03-21 21:17

    Ms. Holly is a good read pretty much every time. I enjoyed book two of this series. I found this book to be nice and sensual.

  • Julie
    2019-02-19 17:52

    it was ok thought it was going to be much better than it actually was felt let down

  • Andyi
    2019-03-03 21:51

    my favorite of the Midnight series

  • Lyra Rose
    2019-03-07 17:58

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  • Shawna
    2019-03-13 19:59

    Pretty good book if you like PNR. I must admit, it was a little slow at the beginning, but once you get past that, Catching Midnight was very entertaining.

  • Jenny Lynn
    2019-02-20 21:10

    Great book

  • Mollie *scoutrmom*
    2019-03-11 21:18

    The sequel was better, but this was fine.

  • Geneva
    2019-03-15 19:53

    Read the first half and just couldn't get into the whole shifting thing. I just wasn't feeling the genre and theme.