Former Navy SEAL Joe Harris nearly died—twice—on a medevac helo after being blown up by an IED. He’s not moving too great these days, but if there was ever a woman designed to jump-start a man’s hormones, it would be his new neighbour.
Meeting Isabel—loving Isabel—brought Joe back to life.
Isabel Delvaux came from one of America’s foremost political dynasties, until the greatest terrorist attack since 9/11 killed her entire family. She barely survived the Washington Massacre, only to become prey for rabid reporters. Fleeing to Portland and changing her name was a way out, a way to start over. The only way.
She knows she’s safe with Joe Harris. Not just because he’s big and strong, not just because he’s part of a security team that obliterates threats on the regular, but because he’s been to the abyss and back.
But as they help each other heal—through talk, through touch, through spectacular sex—the past comes back to play. When Isabel’s memory starts to return and a mysterious stranger sends Joe emails indicating Isabel is in imminent danger, he’ll do anything to help her uncover the truth. Even if that truth is the most terrifying thing of all…
Midnight Secrets is a very typical Lisa Marie Rice book, and better than the last one I read. This author has her fans because of her formula, and it’s fun, if a little bit repetitive!
Though this is the third in a series, the book also incorporates characters from the original Midnight books, which practically had a cult following a few years ago. If you’re fond of all these characters, you’ll be in heaven here. If not, you might get a little tired of catching up with all the perfect couples!
Both hero and heroine are damaged at the start of this one, both having suffered some horrible traumas, the heroine’s being a major terror attack that wiped out her family. Heroines who are alone and traumatised are one of Rice’s specialities, as are heroes who see these women and are instantly obsessed with them. Total fantasy stuff, but nobody does it better.
Rice also loves her gadgets. Her characters always have cutting-edge technology at their fingertips, and she incorporates it into her stories well.
However, for all the mentions of guns and danger, these books are mostly focused on the relationships (plural, because as I said there was a lot of catching up with past characters). Sometimes the scenes were a little heavy on the dialogue and the lengthy thoughts hero and heroine were having. And these were often repeated. If something happened, the others were always filled in on the page, so you are told the whole situation multiple times. It felt a little bit like filler to up the word count – as did the lengthy descriptions of every single item of food Isabel cooked.
I like to get an idea of what the main characters look like from early on, and unless I missed it, we weren’t given Isabel’s hair colour until the 46% mark. I wish we’d had a few more character details earlier, rather than generic handsome and beautiful!
There’s good and bad here. This series – and the original – have their devoted fans, so if you’re already converted you’ll enjoy it. If totally obsessive, fast-moving relationships and a bit of stalling in the action aren’t your thing, you might struggle a bit.
Review copy provided by NetGalley.