Monday, December 28, 2009

Review - Midnight Run

Title: Midnight Run
Author: Lisa Marie Rice
Publishing Date: 2004
Genre: Contemporary
Rating: C
Sensuality: Hot
Book Disclosure: Received a used copy from Paperbackswap. Read it for Keishon's TBR Challenge but didn't quite make the date!

Midnight Run is the first book in Lisa Marie Rice's Midnight Trilogy. Lieutenant Tyler "Bud" Morrison is hanging out in a seedy bar undercover. While there Claire Parks catches his eye, mainly because she stands out like a pristine flower among tainted weeds. The person he was supposed to meet never shows. Claire is practically attacked by a persistent suitor and Bud comes to her rescue. He takes her home and they spend an unforgettable weekend together and the start of a new relationship.

Lisa Marie Rice is one of the first authors I read when I started reading romance and I really loved her sweet heroines and protective heroes. When I picked up Midnight Run, I knew exactly what to expect. It would be like settling in with an old friend. Only this time, I have realized my old friend and I have grown apart. We no longer have anything in common.

Midnight Run unfortunately is full of romance clichés. We have the sweeter than sugar heroine, who is a virgin who can't believe the sensations her man can give her vagina. We have the cop hero who rescues the heroine from danger and can still manage to give her an orgasm. All right, I admit I am being a little harsh, seeing as I really used to enjoy this stuff. But when I read this... how was I NOT supposed to role my eyes!!?

No, wait... he held her more tightly, slanted his mouth over hers, licked his tongue deep into her and she felt... she felt a flutter in her vagina!

I did enjoy the second half of the book better than the first part because finally there is conflict between Bud and Claire. Claire grows a backbone and becomes feisty and Bud in his over-protectiveness stifles Claire. Also, the heady internal dialogue diminishes to a tolerant level. This was a quick, pleasant read - if eye-roll inducing in the beginning.

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This book can be purchased in print and kindle format from Amazon.


Lori said...

I never read this one because I didn't care for the first in the series all that much. Your review seals its fate. So interesting because everyone seems to love LMR. I'm kind of sorry she doesn't work for me.

Leslie said...

I have this trilogy on the tbr pile but have yet to start it and I don't think it will move up to the top any time soon.

And who names their hero Bud? Tyler or Ty would have been better IMO. :) Thanks for the review Jill!

nath said...

LOL, you know, it seems to me like a case of reading too much romance :)

Katie Mack said...

Actually, this is the second book in the trilogy (Midnight Man is the first), and it's the only one I haven't read. I read Midnight Man first, and enjoyed it well enough, but not enough to rush out to get the rest of the series.

Then I read Midnight Angel (#3) because it featured a Beauty and the Beast storyline, and I really, really liked it. But...the H/H from Midnight Run had cameos in MA and I didn't like Claire at all. I thought she was kind of a bitch, so it wasn't making me want to read MR.

Now, after reading your review, I think it's highly unlikely that I'll ever read this one because the whole vagina-fluttering-virgin thing would irritate the crap out of me. So, uh, thanks for saving me some money.

Jill D. said...

Lori - I am finding that what used to work for me, doesn't any more. Maybe it was just this book. I still have a few more of hers on my shelf. When I am feeling adventurous, I am going to give it another try.

Leslie - I did enjoy Midnight Man, but that was a few years ago.

LOL, yeah Bud is not the sexiest name for you hero!

Nath - Really? You think I have over indulged in too much romance? What can I do, when that is all I like to read, lol! Actually, I think that's why I like to mix it up with a straight mystery or urban fantasy every once in a while.

Jill D. said...

Katie! I also liked Midnight Man and too I was also drawn to Midnight Angel for the Beauty and the Beast plot. And to tell you the truth, it wasn't until Claire started standing up for herself (being a bitch) that I started to like her. But yeah, I think you can skip this one and be fine :)

Kristie (J) said...

While I love a good Lisa Marie Rice book - they do tend to all seem alike. I read this trilogy and prefer her later books better.

And I didn't realize that vagina's fluttered. I sure hope mine doesn't fly away on me!!!

Jill D. said...

Kristie - And I didn't realize that vagina's fluttered. I sure hope mine doesn't fly away on me!!!

You totally crack me up!! Yeah, I just had to roll my eyes at that one.