Midnight’s Kiss Audiobook by Thea Harrison (Review)

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Review of: Midnight Kiss Audiobook
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On June 18, 2015
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Midnight’s Kiss Audiobook

By: Thea Harrison

Narrated by: Sophie Eastlake

Published by: Tantor Media 05/05/2015

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Elder Races #8

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Midnight’s Kiss Audiobook

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I’ve loved the Elder Races series from the beginning. I love the Wyrs, especially Dragos and Pia.  The most recent two books, including this one have not included the Wyrs, or not really. They have only made token appearances. In Night’s Honor, book 7, Thea Harrison takes us from the Wyr domain into the Nightkind domain. Midnight’s Kiss starts not long after the end of Night’s Honor.

In Midnight’s Kiss, our hero is the king of the Nightkind domain, Julian, who we first met in Serpent’s Kiss, book 3. He was not painted as a kind man or a good ruler. Carling, the heroine of Serpent’s Kiss and his maker, had to flee from him when he tried to have her killed.

The heroine is Melisande, daughter of the Light Fae Queen. They had dated decades before, and lets just say that it ended badly and they can barely speak to each other at the beginning of this story.

Justine, one of the Vampyres on the council decides that she has had enough of Julian’s rule and is going to take him out. So she kidnaps Melisande and hopes to trade her for Julian. She plans to start a war and take over the Nightkind. When Julian does show up for the trade, of course Justine doesn’t release Melisande. Then Melly, as her friends call her, could tell her very powerful mother who kidnapped her.

While I love the Nightkind world (just not as much of as the Wyrs), I was not a huge fan of this book. First of all, I’m not a big fan of the hated ex-lovers who get back together trope. I don’t mind second chance love, but these two couldn’t have a basic business phone conversation without someone else to mediate. And this was all based on a misunderstanding that they are willing to forgive and forget later. I just wasn’t much of a fan. I know there are people who love this trope, I’m just not one of them.

Second, I didn’t link Justine as a villain. I just didn’t think she was very smart. What makes you think you can kidnap the Light Fae Queen’s daughter and make her disappear and that the Queen would never figure it out and kill you very slowly. She also kills a lot of people along the way that points a very large arrow at her before people even know that Melly was missing. Lastly, she uses rough Vampyres to do a lot of her dirty work. They are basically like the methheads of the Vampyre world. Not people I would want to have to put my faith in, that is for sure.

While this story wasn’t my favorite in the series, I still love the overall story arc. Harrison does a great job with the Nightkind domain. I loved the backstories that went with these characters. She took a character that I really disliked in Julian and made me really like him. Melly, on the other hand, I neither liked nor disliked much. I just didn’t have a lot of feelings for her.
I am very excited to see that we are going back to the Wyrs for the next book. I love how Ms. Harrison keeps switching it up and keeping it fresh. I think that is one reason that the series is so long and I haven’t gotten bored yet. Yes, there are books I like more than others, but I’m not seeing a downward trend like I have with some other long running series.

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I’m a huge fan of Sophie Eastlake’s narration. I think she has done a great job with this series from the beginning. Each character has a very distinct voice and she is wonderful at portraying the emotions of each character. I’ve listen to her narrate several different series. I always feel like she is going to give a great performance.

New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Thea Harrison resides in Colorado.  She wrote her first book, a romance, when she was nineteen, and had sixteen romances published under the name Amanda Carpenter.  She took a break from writing to collect a couple of graduate degrees and a grown child.

Thea writes in a variety of genres, including the award-winning paranormal Elder Races series and the Game of Shadows novels, and is currently at work on various new projects in sci-fi fantasy, paranormal and contemporary romance.

She adores animals and currently resides with two small dogs that have very large personalities.

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An avid reader her whole life, Sophie Eastlake happily extends her love of books to her passion for narrating. She lives in New York, where she survives the subway grind with a book in her hand and drops in on every literary reading she can find, while on a never-ending quest for the perfect cup of coffee.

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Melanie Simmons
I’m Melanie and I live in Ohio. I have two horses and a dog. I’m an animal lover, avid book reader and audiobook listener. I like to live vicariously through fictional characters. I enjoy reading and listening to mostly fictional books in the paranormal genre, including Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance and Horror. My favorite paranormal creatures are shifters, doesn’t matter the flavor.

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  1. I need to listen to this but my love for the series is waning so I didn’t jump right on it this time. It is on my device but alas just haven’t been in the mood yet. You do make it sound like one I would enjoy though (even though I miss the wyrs)

    • I miss the Wyrs too. I think we are going back to them in the next book. Plus, there are all the Dragos shorts coming out. I love them. 🙂

  2. Great review and yes I know I should have read this author. So many good books so little time 🙂

    • Thanks and I know, I feel the same way when I read a review for an author I haven’t read yet.

  3. I don’t think I’ve heard of this series before. Sounds like there is a bit too much hate between these two characters for them to get back together. It almost sounds a bit unbelieveable if you grow apart so much to get back together again. It is great how the author can make you like a characters you previously didn’t. It’s always interesting to see how getting to hear from someone’s point of view can change your opinion of them. I am sorry you didn’t like this book as much as the other’s in this series, but it still sounds like a good book. Great review!

    • Thanks. This is not my favorite book in the series because of the hatred the characters have for each other at the beginning. I did enjoy it, but that was a little bit of a turn off. Luckily, they did band together pretty quickly to get out of the situation they were in. Overall, it is a great series that I would recommend. The first book has a dragon as the hero. I won’t spoil what the heroine is, that was quite a surprise. 🙂

  4. I still haven’t started this series. I’m glad to know that it is overall a good one. I had to laugh about your hang-up with this one. I find the enemies to lovers tropes can get tiring too especially when its easily solved by a simple conversation.

    • I know people who love this trope, especially second chance thing, but I really didn’t like how much these two disliked each other. Plus they argued like children. Once they got past that and quit arguing, I enjoyed the story. I do love this series. Dragos is awesome.

  5. Not heard of this series but it sounds like it could be a good one.

    • I do love this series. It has some pretty interesting species including dragons, thunderbird, gryphons, gargolyes, pegasus and those are just the Wyr. There are also, elves, fae, witches and vampires. As much as I love the “standard” shifters like wolves, bears and cats, I love authors who branch out into something different.

  6. I keep meaning to pick up her books, but still haven’t. I have the first Elder Races book on my kindle I think. Or maybe it was paperback *confused*

    • That one is one of my favorites. The hero is a dragon. I won’t tell you what the heroine is. She doesn’t even know at the beginning of the book. I hope you get a chance to try this series. I do love it. 🙂

  7. This series is on my to-read list, I’ll get to it someday 🙂 I’m sorry you were disappointed by this one, but the next looks more up your alley ^^

    • It wasn’t all that bad, just not what I’m used to with this series. I hope you get a chance to try it soon. It is a great series. I love all the different type of shifters.

  8. I love the name of the heroine and I am a fan of enemies to lovers trope. However there’s a process for that trope to be believable. I guess Harrison skimmed that so you weren’t able to suspend disbelief.

    • I’m not big on enemies to lovers, so you might like this one. I hope you get a chance to try it.

  9. Hmmm … how did they get a picture of the dude chained in my basement for this cover? 😉 Yeah, that’s a good sign, that even though there are books in the series you aren’t totally over the moon about, you still enjoy it and the series.

    • This is a great series. Even when a book isn’t my favorite, I still enjoy the overall series. The wyrs are still my favorite.

  10. I’ve still not started these. Hopefully one day. I love the second chance storyline but, yeah, the extreme hate can be hard to swallow. I’ve read one or two where it worked but others it was hard to really get past that and feel like it was entirely believable.

    • I think people who enjoy that trope will enjoy this story. I enjoyed this story, just not the romance as much. I do enjoy this whole series and recommend it. I hope you get a chance to try.

  11. My love with this series waned early on. I loved Pia, but after her, none of the other heroines did it for me. And the Wyr world was the only one I cared about so when she branched out, I gave up. Great review!

    • I understand. I liked the first vampire book, but not this one nearly as much. I do love Pia and Dragos. I love the short stories that go back to them and the Peanut. Those have been really fun.

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