Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Review: Midnight Sun

Author submission in exchange for an honest review.

Midnight Sun
MJ Fredrick
Release Date:
June 2011
Word Count:
approx. 60,000
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This wasn’t the adventure she’d signed up for…

A sexy boss, a rough crossing, and pirates—all Brylie Winston wanted was a job to help her earn money to buy her own restaurant. She hopes to earn it by working as a chef on a cruise to Antarctica. But she’s slept with her boss, which throws her off-balance even more than the rough seas and warnings of pirates in the area. And he’s determined to have a repeat performance…

Bad boy former snowboarder Marcus Devlin is running from his reputation, sent to learn the family business after decking a senator’s son and making the papers. So maybe he indulged in a last-minute fling before boarding his family’s cruise ship to Antarctica. Perhaps Fate is showing him that wasn’t so bad—the gorgeous redhead who snuck out of his bed is on the cruise. She’ll be a lovely distraction during his exile.

But when South American pirates take over the ship, his instinct is to protect her and the other passengers. But what does a spoiled rich boy know about saving people’s lives?

Laura’s Review:

Midnight Sun is a quick, action-packed romantic thriller.  It kept me on the edge of my seat, wanting to know what was going to happen.  The action sequences were suspenseful – in fact, I could very easily imagine watching this story play out on film.  

The main characters, Marcus and Brylie, are both stubborn and hot-tempered.  He, because he’s trying to prove himself, and she because she’s been badly burned in the past.  I love that the story starts as Brylie sneaks out of Marcus’ hotel room after a one-night stand.  I loved it even more when they were thrown together on a ship in the middle of the southern ocean.  No matter how much Brylie wants to stay away from Marcus, she can’t avoid him, especially after the ship is besieged by pirates.  It’s up to Brylie and Marcus to come to the rescue, and in the process, their chemistry flares.

I really enjoyed reading this book.  It was very easy for me to relate to Brylie, which may be why I liked it so much.  Her feelings, for the most part, seemed very true to life.  I found myself rolling my eyes right along with her at some of Marcus’ more ridiculous one-liners and pick-up attempts. There was much more action in this book than I expected, especially because it’s so short.  While the action is the major part of the story, the developing relationship between Marcus and Brylie is threaded into each plot point.  This was just a fun, quick read that kept me interested throughout. Very well done.

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