Published by Self-Published on 14th December 2013
Genres: Fantasy, New Adult, Paranormal, Romance
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Deveraux Renard is the perfect boyfriend: perfectly handsome, perfectly charming… perfectly deadly. He has to be. Dev is immortal, but with a catch: Every year he has to make a new girl fall in love with him and kiss her at midnight on New Year’s Eve. That kiss renews his life for another year – and ends hers forever.
This year, Mariana “Saintly” Santos is the lucky girl. Of course she doesn’t know it. Saintly thinks New Year’s Eve is a chance to move beyond the tragedy of her brother’s death and focus on her first year of college. She doesn’t suspect her boyfriend’s secret – and he doesn’t suspect hers: Ever since her brother died, Saintly can see ghosts.
And one ghost in particular is dying to be seen. Twenty years ago, Jesse Hayden jumped off the campus clock tower because she was convinced that she’d never find true love. Now that she has met Saintly, she’s sure that she was wrong. She’s determined to save the only girl in the world who can see her, but can she get Saintly to trust her in time?
Trust the ghost girl and live.
Trust the immortal boy and die.
Saintly has until midnight to make her choice, and the clock is ticking.
REVIEWED BY KELLY
**I received an eARC in exchange for an honest review**
I LOVE LOVE LOVE Laura Bradley Rede and I LOVE LOVE LOVED Kissing Midnight!
It’s mentioned in Kissing Midnight that there are two old fairytales, Bluebeard and Mr Fox. I had never previously heard of either (although as a kid I did play a game called Mr Wolf that I can now see was very similar to Mr Fox) but have since researched them both a little and have found that Kissing Midnight is loosely based around them both.
Saintly sees ghosts, it’s been happening since the death of her twin brother and she’s had a pretty rough time because of it. In fact “rough time” is putting it mildly – she’s finally on a more even keel after her visions led to a terrifying stay in a mental hospital that was over-run with unfriendly patients from times gone by. Saintly has recently started college and for the first time in a long time she’s coping well with life.
And then she meets Deveraux Renard.
And then she “sees” Jesse.
And then things start happening.
And then she starts to regress.
Saintly has some tough choices to make over who she can trust and how she can stop evil from striking again. And she doesn’t have much time in which to do all of this.
I LOVE Laura Bradley Rede’s paranormal stories. Kissing Midnight is the third one of hers that I’ve read and just like the other two (Darkride and Crossfire) it didn’t disappoint. The characters are written in such a way that you really feel something for them one way or another, you either really love them or really hate them. With this one you might even find yourself conflicted over Dev! I knew it was wrong, I knew he was the bad guy, but I actually felt sorry for him and even wanted him to have a happy ending, just not in the way *he* was expecting his happy ending! It was all down to how Laura developed him.
I really liked Saintly. She was just a normal girl who had suffered through some not-so-normal things happening to her and as a result she just needed an escape and a distraction from all the crazy stuff. Dev and the attention he showed her fit the bill perfectly.
Now what else to say about Dev? He was a cunning guy, that’s for sure! He really knew the moves to pull, but then he’d had a loooooong time to perfect them! Being immortal will grant you time, if nothing else!
I absolutely adored Jesse and felt so sorry for her. Twenty or so years previously she was trying to find her place in the world. She’d recently come out to her parents and been rejected by them, she’d then been dumped by her girlfriend. So, feeling lost and desperate, she did the only thing she felt she could do – she ended her own life. She wandered around the college campus unseen by everyone … except Saintly … and she fell in love all over again.
Just like in Darkride and Crossfire Laura goes in to fantastic detail to build a seemingly normal world that’s anything *but* normal. In this case it’s awash with demons, ghosts, and immortals. She also makes sure to explain the rules of the paranormal world she’s created – like why Saintly could see ghosts after the death of her brother. And speaking of going in to great detail … I was entirely creeped out during a scene that involved a castle. And then I had to go to sleep just after! That’s all I can say, read it and you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about!!
If you enjoy your romance stories mixed in with all things paranormal then give Kissing Midnight a chance. Laura Bradley Rede is my go-to paranormal romance author and as long as she’s writing stories I’ll be reading them. I can’t give her higher praise than that!
“Merry Christmas Eve.” We clink our bottles. Dev downs the last of his beer, and I decide to open mine after all, taking a tentative sip and grimacing as I remember I don’t like the taste. For a long minute, we just sit in silence. Then Dev says, “What do you want to do in the future? I mean, if you don’t want to be your mom, then what?”
I lie back and rest my head on my rolled-up jacket.
Dev shuts the takeout container and puts it back in the cooler. He lies back beside me, picks up the remote and pushes a button. Above us, the sky seems to move as the light shifts, forming different constellations, cycling through the year as we watch. I recognize a few of the constellations that rise and fall: Orion, Cassiopeia, the big bear. “I’m not sure what I want,” I say, and for once I’m telling the whole truth. I’ve spent so long just trying to survive the moment, I don’t know what I want the future to be.
“Well,” he says, “have you declared a major?”
“Psychology.” I feel a little embarrassed admitting it, like it’s somehow too close to home.
He turns to me curiously. “Psych, huh? You going to analyze me? Tell me what makes me tick?”
I turn my head to look him in the eye. Our faces are only inches apart now. If either of us shifted even slightly, the gap would close. I study his eyes as the stars cycle above us on repeat, the years flashing past, one after another. Fake starlight dapples his hair. “I don’t know,” I say. “I’m not sure what makes you tick.” I’m not even sure why you’re here with me.
“Good,” he says. “It’s better that way.” He smiles, trying to make a joke out of his words, but it doesn’t match the seriousness in his eyes. Maybe he does think he’ll become his father, the pattern playing over and over again like the cycle of the sky.
“What do you want to do?” I whisper.
His eyes flick from my eyes to my lips and back—just a momentary glance, but it’s enough. “What?” he says. “Right now?”
I know if I say yes, now he will say kiss you. And I want to. I’m surprised by how much I want to. I can feel that yes all the way down to my core, but I’m too afraid to say it. “In the future.”
He turns his head to look back at the stars, and I feel relieved and disappointed all at once. “I just want to live,” he says. “That’s all I ever want. To live, no matter what it takes.”