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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Review and GIVEAWAY: Midnight Sun

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Title: Midnight Sun
Author: MJ Fredrick
Page Count: 234 KB (Kindle format)
Publisher: self-published
Genre: contemporary romance
Copy for review provided by the author in anticipation of an honest review


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 modern-day 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?

Stop the presses, I'm reading and reviewing a contemporary!  The author's website bills it as romantic suspense, and I can certainly agree to that, but nobody shape shifts or has magical powers, so it's definitely a change of pace for me as a reader.

I'm totally glad I read it though, because it was a quick read, very fun, with lots of adventure and a starring couple that were a great match.  Add in the unusual setting (a cruise ship bound for Antarctica, which sounds like a lot of fun to me) and you have all the ingredients for an excellent story.

I hadn't read anything by this author previously so I definitely consider this a good introduction.  I enjoyed the fast pace of the story and the way that there were plenty of details to make the whole experience fulfilling, but not so many that the story bogs down or the plot suffers, which is definitely a peril in a relatively short novel like this one.

Marcus and Brylie are great- their chemistry comes and goes in fits and starts, and they have their own issues and hang ups that have to be dealt with over the course of the story.  We meet them at almost the first moment of their relationship and we leave them at a critical point where they determine what it is they want from each other.  It's interesting that they can deal with pirates and danger and adversity and take it all in swing but the idea of actually committing to another person put some serious motion in their ocean.

I wasn't sure what to expect going into this book (contemporaries not being among my frequent reads) but I definitely had a good time reading.  It's also worth mentioning that this is a stand-alone novel, so if you're worn out by the million series out there then this is a good chance to enjoy a stand alone book as well.
MJ Anderson is giving away a $15 gift certificate to the vendor of the winner's choice here as a part of the festival!  All you have to do to enter is fill out the form.  With all the gift giving and merriment, here's a chance for you to get something for yourself!  Good luck!

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