Midnight Special by Tawny Weber

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Midnight Special by Tawny Weber
Publisher: Harlequin
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (442 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by Xeranthemum

Voted BoM by LASR Readers 2013 copy

Midnight Special: A new sizzling Wrong Bed story

Somewhere on the train is a key witness for a crime involving arson, murder and a high-profile businessman. And reporter Marni Clare will do whatever it takes to get the story—even if it means crashing in a sleeper car that she’s not sure she’s reserved. But when she wakes, she finds herself curled up with the man she’s seeking…and he’s hot enough to derail all her plans!

FBI special agent Hunter won’t complain about the wickedly hot blonde in his arms. And maybe it’s the medication he’s on, but he’s even agreed to share his room for the entire journey….

It’s a long trip in close quarters, and within days their berth becomes the scene of some steamy railway romps. But is Marni just having fun…or is she taking Hunter for a ride?

Reader favorite Coming On Strong: Runaway bride Belle Forsham intends to win her groom back—and she’s going to start by showing him exactly what he’s been missing….

I’m so excited!! Special Agent Hunter is on the case and he’s going to get seduced. Mr. Hot Shot got-it-all-under-control and Mr. Sneaky and Secretive is going to eat his badge, I just know it!

That’s pretty much what I was thinking as soon as I found out that the character that really intrigued me during the three book Sex and Lies series, that was dealing with the Black family, was going to be on stage, front and center. His was a personality that hooked me and I was crushed that I wasn’t going to see more of the sexy hunk of mystery. Seems Ms. Weber heard her readers because Midnight Special is all about my favorite special agent. I had high hopes for this story.

All my expectations and secret wishes came true. Hunter is exactly how I pictured him – a pain in the derriere to a boss that doesn’t like his style and wants him to fail. The hero doesn’t do those things lightly or with any disrespect intended. He wants to make a difference. He has a goal. But, he has inner demons and a drive to succeed that just won’t quit. He is ‘the man’.

That is, until he meets, ‘the woman’. Marni is Hunter’s perfect foil. Hunter is good with secrets, but so is Marni. I loved the fact that she was as equally secretive as the hero to the point that he had no idea. I enjoyed the conundrum that the heroine ended up in because she knew what she knew and Hunter didn’t. It was so devious!

There were moral dilemmas, sensual overload and enough teases and physical contact to drive a man crazy. This wouldn’t be the story it was without Hunter and Marni finally getting to scratch their mutual itch. That was well worth reading and quite fun. And yet, the author never let the physical loving distract them from their feelings, their internal angst and their blossoming secret yearnings. It’s that emotional connection that makes it all work and once again, Ms. Weber nails it.

The dialogue was snappy, direct and filled with great one-liners. The pace was excellent and the seduction was a piece of art. The absolute best part? The ending. Oh wow, it was so incredibly romantic and just – WooHoo! When Hunter wants something, he knows how to get it and it’s hot right up until the final kiss. I’m a happy reader.

The next book was Coming on Strong and that was a surprise treat. Basically it’s about two lovers who really do love each other but for all the wrong reasons, and one is so filled with doubt that the wedding gets broken off. But both of them are like little volcanoes – bubbling and percolating with all those hot passions and emotions just waiting for the right stimulus to make them explode. The trigger is fate – forcing them together again in a most unlikely way. The result was a terrific read filled with lots of vim and vinegar.

Belle and Mitch were fun to watch. He chases her, then she chases him, he taunts her, she gives as good as she gets. They both re-learn what it was that drew them together but their time apart has benefited both. I got to see much more mature and self-aware adults falling in love even deeper than the first time and this go-round, they are doing it for the right reasons. They eventually end up on the same page. It’s all the shenanigans that go on prior to that point which made this novella an excellent read. Sure, there was the typical external wacko just waiting to thwart the couple. It provided a nice mystery to spice up and invigorate the plot. I felt bad for Mitch, however. Family is really important to him, even extended family, like Belle’s dad, so it was bittersweet to have my suspicions confirmed as to whom the culprit was that was making a mess of pretty much everything.

As in the first story, the dialogue is important and clever, the pacing is steady and the characters are engaging. However, the fact that Belle wanted to spiff up the resort with sexy ambiance opened Pandora’s Box to allow all sorts of tongue-in-cheek quips, jokes, innuendos and enough sass to keep Mitch guessing. Certainly, it kept my interest and I turned the pages with glee. I never knew what mischief Belle had planned.

Coming on Strong was another fun read that I completely enjoyed.

In Midnight Special a reader gets back-to-back entertainment with a lot of loving, a healthy dose of sexy antics to steam the pages and characters that spark wonderfully off of each other. The conflicts aren’t heavy but are enough to stir the emotions, and the happily ever afters deliver what romance readers expect. It’s an all-around fun reading experience.

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