Stroke Of Midnight by Naima Simone


Stroke Of Midnight by Naima Simone
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (73 Pages)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Reviewed By Fuchsia

No-nonsense Rowyn Jeong can’t compare to her bubbly stepsister Cindy. But everyone has their talent, and Rowyn’s is a keen eye for business and the bottom line. Being labeled the plainer, wicked stepsister never bothered her…until Darius Fiore reappeared. Six months ago, they indulged in a hot one-night stand and the sexy business tycoon branded her body like no man before. But his return jeopardizes her position at her stepfather’s company. He’s also the man Cindy has in her sights—and hands.

Behind closed doors, Darius discovered more lay beneath Rowyn’s hard exterior than the ice queen persona she presents. The sultry vixen left him in a tight spot—literally. He understands her family’s disregard has her hungry for love and acceptance but breaking down her defenses won’t be easy. Especially since his presence risks everything she’s worked so hard to achieve.

Rowyn Jeong tries so hard to please her mother and stepfather, but nothing she does seems to make them love her. Knowing that she is fighting a losing battle she decides to concentrate on her career which also brings ridicule from her family. The only time she had completely let go of the tight control she has over her life was during the one night stand that she had six months ago.

Darius Fiore could not get the woman he spent one night with out of his head.  He had little hope of ever seeing her again until she walked in and her parents introduced her to him. Darius knew that he would not let her slip away, this time he was holding on to her for good.

Stroke of Midnight grabbed my attention from the very first paragraph, as the sex between Rowyn and Darius was described in vivid detail. The author set such an incredibly hot scene that the reader was panting along with the characters. The chemistry between Darius and Rowyn virtually jumped off the page, surrounding the reader as it pulled you in.

Even though the chemistry was hot, the story surrounding these two characters was interesting as well. Naima Simone took the classic fairy tale of Cinderella, and put a modern day twist on it. I loved how she opened each chapter with a quote from Cinderella then followed it by a quote from Rowyn. She made these characters so charismatic that you couldn’t help but fall in love with them. She also showed the dynamic of the evil stepsister, an uncaring mother and detached stepfather.

Stroke of Midnight was an excellent story, however it felt so familiar to me, I knew I had read this story before. So, checking my archived books on my kindle, I found another book by Naima Simone entitle ‘A Perfect Fit’ which turned out to be the exact same story.

Whether you read it as Stroke Of Midnight or A Perfect Fit I am sure that you will enjoy this story as much as I did.


  1. Hi, Fuchsia!
    Thank you so much for the awesome review! I’m so thrilled you enjoyed the book. I had a ball writing it, and it makes me do a Jersey Shore fist pump to know you had fun reading it, too!
    Thanks again!!

  2. Great review! I love anything Naima writes. Her latest release, Under His Wings, is my favorite.

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