|Re-released July 2015|
Title: Midnight Kiss
Series: Touched By Midnight
Author: Nancy Gideon
My Rating: 5 Seductive ♥'s
I first read Midnight Kiss several years ago and reviewed it here in Sept. 2013. I fell in love with the characters - the tortured hero & the innocent, yet determined heroine. The series, Touched By Midnight, is being updated & re-released with gorgeous, mood setting new covers. It's a Must Read!
A mysterious blood malady brought Louis Radman to Arabella Howland’s father. The celebrated doctor was his last hope—the only man alive who could break the spell that had tormented the nobleman for three centuries. Demons from the past and the uncertain success of the experiment that brings Louis from everlasting darkness to the light of day threaten the bliss of Louis and Bella’s union in the first book of the “Midnight” vampire romance series The Talisman claimed was “Destined to become a classic!”
“Better than Anne Rice! When I want to escape reality, I pick up one of Nancy’s vampire books…her Midnight series is the best I’ve ever read!"—Amanda Ashley aka Madeline Baker
“One of the best supernatural writers on the market today, Ms. Gideon knows what readers want and gives it to them!”—Midwest Book Review
My Original Review:
Midnight Kiss is a hauntingly beautiful romance that aims straight for the heart. This book has all the elements of a historical romance with one big added plus - the hero, Louis Radman, is a vampire and the heroine, Arabella Howland, is a very enticing mortal that Louis desires.
Louis Radman is a tormented, lonely shell of a man who has roamed the earth for 300 years as a vampire. He is desperate to regain the life that was cruelly taken from him so many years ago. Louis seeks the help of a physician, Stuart Howland, to cure his blood malady in hopes of reclaiming his mortal life and a shot at claiming the heart of the good doctor's daughter, Arabella. When a blood transfusion seems to work, Louis takes Arabella as his wife, and they begin living the dream of a long, blissful life together. But Louis's secrets, nightmares from his past, surface to reclaim Louis and threaten the life of his new mortal bride. Louis finds himself in a battle for everything he holds dear, including his wife.
Arabella Howland works as her father's physician assistant. She is smart, curious, outspoken, pretty, and in love with her father's strange but gorgeous patient. She can't solve the mystery of Louis's ailment or learn the reason her father is treating him, but she knows he is hypnotic, and she is drawn to him like a moth to a flame as he stirs before unknown desires in her. Her greatest wish is realized when Louis asks her to marry him. Little does she know that her dream will soon turn into a devastating, endless nightmare that doesn't disappear when the sun rises. Arabella's life, as well as the lives of everyone she loves, is in mortal danger as she learns the horrifying truth about the man she has married. Will she stand beside him to help him fight the past he can't escape? Or will she run for her life?
I was quickly drawn into the plot of Midnight Kiss and the lives of Louis & Arabella as they battle the ultimate evil for a chance at eternal love. The supporting cast of secondary characters is strong, adding intrigue and intensity to the story. I'm especially intrigued by Gerard & am looking forward to more of his story. Midnight Kiss is mesmerizing, hauntingly addictive, and beautifully written. The historical setting sets the mood & atmosphere to the point that it almost becomes another character in this book. Fans of paranormal and historical romance should give this book a read. It comes in as one of my all time favorites. A great start to the series! A must read!
Rating: 5 Gorgeous ♥♥♥♥♥'s And that's the truth!...
Cross My Heart...xxx
She laughed softly. "There is no logic in love, Louis. Love is like the beauty of the heavens. It needs no reason to exist. Do not deny me the glimpse of paradise we've made between us.
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"Yes, Little One?"
"Promise me I will have you forever and always."
When she was met with silence, Arabella looked up to him. The somber set of her features demanding a reply. "Promise me."
He cupped her face with a gentle touch, his gaze delving into hers with a soul-snatching intensity. "I promise that I will never leave you unless it's best for you that I be gone."
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"All I know is the name of what you are and some superstitious folly that's supposed to protect me from you. I do not know what to believe, Louis."
"Believe that I love you, Little One."
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"All love is madness. But I will suffer it gladly."