The Midnight Rose

The Midnight Rose by April Vine
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short
Other: M/F
Rating: 4 cherries
Review by Lilac

Ryan Redford’s reputation as a hard-nosed secret service agent in Cape Town, South Africa nearly goes out the window when his best friend’s sexy, all grown up, little sister orchestrates an all-out, everything bared, seduction. To protect both his body and his heart, he describes the most depraved acts he can think of–everything he’s fantasized about doing to her–sure to scare the virgin away. Hell, they scared him.

Except when she takes his threats as promises, she expects him to deliver.

Leah Jenkins was not taking no for an answer. She would deal with the consequences tomorrow but, tonight, Ryan Redford owed her–big time. Eight-year-old memories etched into her brain like a perpetual flame had kept her a virgin because no other man but Ryan would do.

Payback was said to be a bitch, but this time it’s guaranteed to be a pleasure.

In this hot tale, Leah Jenkins has had a crush on her brother’s best friend, Ryan Redford for years…a crush that has prevented her from being with other men as Ryan is all she can think about. Ryan has always treated her like a little sister and she has had enough. She decides to act on her impulses and seduce the sexy secret service agent. Despite his attraction to Leah, Ryan has reluctantly resisted due to his friendship with her brother. When the little virgin sets out to seduce him, Ryan finds his resistance weakening.

The Midnight Rose scorches right from the very first page as we meet Leah when she is picking out lingerie for her special evening and imagining what she would like to do with an unsuspecting Ryan. From there things only get hotter as Leah and Ryan discover what more can be between them. I enjoyed the history that Ryan and Leah share with one another and chemistry between them is palpable. The sister/brother’s best friend plot was one that I really enjoy and I loved how the author handled it.

A very quick read, the story was a bit too short for my tastes as I would have loved to know more about their relationship and what would happen next, but as a short story the author did a good job of creating likeable characters in a realistic setting or scenario. I became invested in these characters and their relationship and wanted to know more. However, the story does start out a bit slow and it took me a bit to really get into it, but despite this, it was still very enjoyable.

The Midnight Rose is a very hot and fast read that I am glad I read.


  1. Yay! What a wonderful review for a talented new author. I actually had the pleasure of “starring” with her in a newly released set of books from The Wilder Roses for New Years. There are 4 of us:
    Paisley Scott: SUGAR SHACK
    and Ana Aragon: STROKE OF MIDNIGHT
    Each novella is based on Dan Fogelberg’s classic, “SAME OLD LANG SYNE” and follows 2 lovers reunited after years apart.

    Great Review… definitely be on the lookout for the talented April Vine!!

  2. I really enjoyed The Midnight Rose by April Vine–she has a wonderful voice that will have you alternately doubling with laughter and squirming in your seat!

    Congrats, April. I can’t wait to read more of your work.


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