Midnight Man by Lisa Marie Rice
Series: Midnight #1
Published by Ellora's Cave on November 12, 2004
Genres: Contemporary, Erotic, mystery/thriller, Romance
Interior decorator Suzanne Barron's new tenant is the most dangerously sexy man she's ever met. Navy Commander John Huntington, a former SEAL (aka 'Midnight Man') works best under cover of darkness. Within hours of meeting him, Suzanne has wild, no-holds barred sex with John, then panics at the depth of her passionate response to such a powerful and dangerous warrior. Suzanne doesn't do sex like that. John is definitely someone she needs to avoid for her own peace of mind. But when killers come for her, Suzanne known she can turn to only one man. John will guard and protect her body. But who will guard and protect her body against John?
NOTE: This review was written prior to my Ellora’s Cave boycott. I decided NOT to remove my review and rating in support of the author – not Ellora’s Cave. I DO NOT suggest purchasing this book.
Suzanne is an interior designer who works and lives in a converted factory and she’s looking for a tenet to share the building. John “Midnight Man” Huntington becomes her new tenet…and savoir. Someone is trying to kill Suzanne and John – a retired Navy SEAL Commander – is the only person standing between Suzanne and certain death.
This book…wow. LOL! I enjoyed it greatly but there are so many things wrong with the actions of the hero it makes my head spin.
In reading the book – and submerging myself in the situation – I thought John was a great super Alpha hero…and I love some stalkeriffic heroes but John was a little scary. The book starts with these descriptions of John meeting Suzanne for the first time:
“’She was already leery of him and she didn’t even know about the Sig-Sauer in the shoulder holster, the K-bar knife in the scabbard between his shoulder blades or the .22 in the ankle holster, otherwise she would have probably ordered him out of the building.”
“…his mission here was to find a new office and now that he’d seen this place, he was determined to have it. And the landlady. But first, he had to get his hormones under control; otherwise he’d come up empty-handed on both counts.”
“She had two expensive-looking rings on her right hand, no rings on the left.
Good. No other man had her and now that he’d spotted her, no other man was going to get her. Not until he’d finished with her and that was going to take a long, long time.
Her hands were trembling slightly.”
Suzanne goes out on a date with John the day that they meet. He takes her to a nice restaurant but he crowds her. A lot. This is after he’d broken into her building and scared the shit out of her to “make a point” that she needed a better security system. Can we say “stalker?” And at dinner…
Suzanne coughed and fidgeted. He was so close to her she felt she couldn’t pull in enough air in her lungs. She tugged gently at her hand, then harder. His large hand tightened.
“If you’re trying to get me to back off, it won’t work.” He leaned even further forward and buried his nose in her hair. “You’re too alluring for me to even think of backing off,” he murmured. “You smell too good, feel too good. Christ, I want you.” When his right hand moved from the back of the settee to cup the back of her neck she jumped.
“Am I spooking you?”
“A little,” she whispered.
“Too bad. Because I’m not backing off. No way.”
I felt I had to bring this up because the hero would be really scary to meet in real life and in no way were these actions ok.
Later that night John takes Suzanne back home, rips all her clothes off of her in the hallway and takes her – roughly – up against a brick wall. Smooth, John. Real smooth.
The next evening Suzanne calls John because she finds herself trapped in her apartment with a man who had a gun. She decides to call John and not the police because she did the location/arrival time in her head and realized the police were too far away.
Always remember this point, ladies and gentlemen. “When every second counts, the police are only minutes away.”
John is close and arrives in time to kill the man who was there to kill Suzanne. He also takes out a second sniper before he grabs her and runs off into the night.
Suzanne falls in love with John – who is portrayed as completely overwhelming and totally outside Suzanne’s comfort zone – rather quickly. I’d say within 3 days of them meeting she was in love. Normally I would roll my eyes at something like this but I do know that high adrenaline situations cause people to fall in love…and nothing can be more high adrenaline than someone trying to kill you!
The sex in this book, while being kinda hot, was mostly unbelievable.
All in all, I enjoyed the hell out of this book, lol. I have a special soft spot in my heart for crazy obsessed stalker-like Alpha male heroes.