I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Midnight Lies by Ella Grace
Series: Wildefire #2
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Published by Ballantine Books on 24 September 2013
Reading Challenges: 2013 In Uniform Challenge
Samantha Wilde loves Quinn Braddock but when he is accused of murdering his ex-wife, she wonders if he is really guilty. She still does everything she can to clear his name but he can’t forgive her lack of trust. Sam heads home to Midnight where she opens up a detective agency with her two sisters. No matter how hard he tries, Quinn can’t forget Sam and he decides to rekindle their relationship. Not long after he arrives in town, another woman is killed in the same manner as Quinn’s ex-wife.
Sam has had one misadventure after another in her personal life. Her parents were supposed to have been involved in a murder/suicide and her insecurities around this manifest when the man she loves is accused of murdering his ex-wife. To be honest, the evidence against him was fairly compelling so her reaction was fairly justified. The relationship crumbles and when she tries to apologise, he only wants sex. This affects Sam so badly that she quits the police force and runs back to Midnight. We are told that Sam is devastated but apart from her sisters’ pity, she seems to be handling things fairly well. Not only does she get her PI qualifications, she also takes on a new case. I liked her relationship with her sisters and how protective they were of each other.
Quinn is pretty wary when it comes to committing to women and I didn’t blame him as his ex-wife was a nut-case with BDSM tendencies and his parents were frankly weird. Quinn is very controlled and it takes him a long time to start to unwind. I wanted to know a bit more about his time as a doctor in the Iraqi war as from the info we were given, it helped shape his personality. He was upfront with Sam about not wanting to get married and I respected that – she gets angry when she cannot change his mind quickly. Unfortunately he’s not so good at communication in other areas of the relationship. You get the sense that he had been a loner for so long, he didn’t honestly know how to rely on others.
I got irritated with the couple as they couldn’t work out their relationship in a mature fashion and blew hot and cold. They were on again and off again so often that I began to wonder whether it was even worthwhile trying to hold things together. Lots of things trigger passionate moments for this couple and they literally go from normal to orgasm in moments and then back to normal again. Not all of the love scenes were well integrated and there were two in particular that felt like they had been randomly inserted just because it had been too long since the last one.
I worked out who the baddie was very quickly as there was basically only one option but I was surprised that Sam and Quinn hadn’t cottoned on earlier, especially since Sam was an ex-cop and a private investigator. What I didn’t get was why the baddie was committing the crimes and the answer came out of left field. The climax didn’t really work for me as it was handled in a fairly clichéd manner. I wanted Sam’s skills to come more to the fore but they never really did beyond a ‘gut instinct’ that she half listened to. The sisters were investigating a really interesting case that never moved beyond a side plot – I guess that it will be addressed in another novel.
I haven’t read the first in the series and that meant I missed out on how and why Sam’s parents were killed. I think that would have helped me understand Sam a bit more. The suspense aspect started off slow but eventually built up steam. There were a few WTF moments that asked me to suspend just a little too much disbelief but overall I enjoyed it.