Monday, July 6, 2015

Star Dust Award: Midnight Secrets by Lisa Marie Rice

Title:Midnight Secrets
Series: Midnight Series, 6
Author:Lisa Marie Rice
Publisher:Carina Press
Genre and Pairing:Contemporary and M/F
PageCount:208 pages
Reviewer Name: Luna
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Publisher Blurb
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 neighbor.
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…

Oh My Goodness!  Looking for a strong, virile, compassionate man?  Then look no further than Lisa Marie Rice’s Midnight Secrets.  This is the sixth in her Midnight series but it can be read as a standalone.  I love this series and Joe fits in quite well with his friends and colleagues at ASI.  The retired SEAL is fighting to regain mobility but finds the time to look out for a woman that has been broken by pain most of us cannot even imagine.  He may be attracted to Isabel but he sees a woman struggling to move on foremost.  Joe refuses to take advantage and silently courts Isabel.  Everyone but Isabel is aware but when she is ready to move past her grief, she finds Joe.  Joe, who has always been there for her even though he knows so very little about her.  And while Isabel may appear to be a victim, she is down but not quite out.  She slowly begins to live again and meeting Joe was just the catalyst she needed.  Thanking him for his kindness in the only way she knew how help focus her energy outward.  It allowed her to regain her ability to laugh and live.  Isabel may have appeared to be a victim but when the time came she showed her claws.  This story is full of emotional depth.  Isabel has to claw her way back and with the help of Joe and her new friends she is able to regain her sense of self and move beyond being a victim.  Ms. Rice gives us a story of strength both physical and emotional all while adding action and suspense to this tale. 

                      Five Shooting Stars And a Star dust Award


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