Series: Midnight Liaisons #3
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Pocket Books on 27 August 2013
Reading Challenges: 2013 In Uniform Challenge
There is drama at Midnight Liaisons yet again and this time human employee Marie Bellavance is up to her neck in trouble. Marie suspects that she has the same incurable disease her mother had. It killed her mother and Marie is desperate not to end up the same way. Her best bet is to convince a supe to turn her as everyone knows they don’t get diseases. A recent law banning weres from turning humans has her hunting down vampires. Werecougar Joshua Russell decides to help her all the while hoping he can prove fur is better than fang.
Marie’s physical and mental state undergo significant changes throughout the novel. She thinks she is suffering from an uber form of insomnia that can’t be treated. I didn’t like that she had to change almost every aspect of herself to entice a vampire. The whole point of getting turned was so she didn’t lose who she was and what she had – after her makeover, there was precious left of either. I also couldn’t help wondering why she didn’t bother getting her condition actually confirmed but was content to wring her hands over what might happen. She’s not a medical professional and self diagnosis isn’t exactly reliable. Case in point – the last time I looked up an online medical site because I was getting splitting headaches, it suggested I might have a brain tumour. Nope, I just had headaches because I spent too long in front of my computer screen.
Josh was perfect and oddly enough that irked me. He was a great lover, did everything he could to convince Marie that he cared for her, tried to warn her away from the creepy vamps and helped her achieve her dream even though he didn’t agree with the way she was going about it. I wanted him to have a flaw like snoring outrageously loudly or squeezing the toothpaste from the middle of the tube just to prove he was real. The guy was even willing to defy his family and the Alliance for her which could have easily led to exile or worse.
Marie’s early dating attempts were very funny and I was a little disappointed when the dates from hell ended. Her relationship with Josh was pretty slow going as it took her ages to see him as more than a friend with benefits. The denouement was a bit disappointing as the loose threads were tied up way too easily for my liking. I did however enjoy how the climax played out and the relationship Josh had with his family and Marie had with her friends.
This was another fun and flirty instalment from Sims featuring a very hot shifter. A little less humorous than the last perhaps but that makes sense when your heroine is probably dying. You can read this one by itself but you’ll miss out on quite a few references to past events and relationships.