Review: Midnight

Posted September 20, 2011 by Jen in 4.5 stars, Paranormal Romance, Rating A Tags: , ,

Author: Ellen Connor  
Release Date: September 6, 2011
Publisher: Berkley Sensation
Dark Age Dawning #2
ISBN: #978-0425242995
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Format(s): Paperback (327 pgs), e-book
Book Source: Publisher
About the book:
Their desire destroys her defenses.
Their love gives him a reason to live.
Three years of wandering the post-apocalyptic wasteland has stripped Dr. Chris Welsh of humanity and hope. He’s a dangerous man now, full of dark energy and yen for violence. A harrowing loss drove him from his home, and he hasn’t stopped moving since. Grim and sardonic, he never found anything worth sticking around for–until now. 
Rosa Cortez runs Valle de Bravo, a haven of civilization amid the chaos of the Change. Soldiers take their orders directly from her–the iron hand within a velvet glove. The last thing she needs is a feral loner upsetting the town’s tentative balance. However, for the good of her people, she lets the sexy doctor stay. He evokes a delicious new longing, but she won’t submit to any man.
Tension rises as bloodthirsty raiders strike again and again, bent on possessing Valle and its resources. Together Chris and Rosa battle hellhounds and dust pirates while also fighting desperate attraction. To save them, love must overcome the pain of the past–and build a future in this brutal Dark Age… 
What G & U are talking about:
Midnight is the second novel in one of the best new series this year, Dark Age Dawning.  Gikany read the first book, Nightfall while Una did not.  We do recommend that you read the first book due to the fact that it sets this new world up.  Plus, Gikany says the first book is awesome.  Una is going to go back and read it because she loved Midnight and wants the back-story she knows she is missing (since it is alluded to in this book).
This story begins in Valle de Bravo with our heroine, Rosa Cortez.  We loved her.  She is a no nonsense woman who works very hard to keep herself and those she “adopts” safe.  She has taken an abandoned town and turned it into one of the few safe havens left in what was the United States.  Rosa maintains order by walking a tightrope between being the unattainable and stoic “la jefa” and the Madonna.  Everything is going fine; she is able, with the strength and loyalty of her bravos, men who have pledged themselves to her service, to hold back the hellhounds, skinwalkers and most importantly the dust pirates.  Until, Dr. Chris Welsh shows up and changes…everything.
We loved the interplay between Chris and Rosa in Midnight.  It is very entertaining to watch the way they “danced” around each other – between their attraction to each other, their prejudices and their passions.  Chris has been wandering in the desert, alone, after the first book, feeling that he is not worthy to be around people.  However, he finds himself in Valle de Bravo, and once he meets Rosa, unable to make himself move on.  Despite his best efforts, he finds himself an integral member of the community and, surprisingly, likes it. 
The world that has been created in Midnight is as rich as it is stark and desolate.  As the change has eliminated the technology and magic has taken its hold, it has a feel of a futuristic wild west.  However, it does so without being cliché or trite.  It seems highly unlikely that it could actually happen (you would have to believe that magic exists AND that its rebirth would wipe out technology), but the writing and characters make it feel real to the reader.
Gikany and Una thoroughly enjoyed the novel.  It was a fast paced, imaginative, nail-biting ride.  We eagerly look forward to the third novel, Daybreak due out later this year.
Their Rating:
Loved it – enthusiastically recommend (A)


8 responses to “Review: Midnight

  1. This is a series high on my buy list but haven’t gotten around to it yet *eek* I’ve read both authors books and love to find out what they can deliver together! It sure sounds like a thrill ride to me 😉

  2. This books sounds good! I love Ann Aguirre’s books but haven’t read anything by Carrie Lofty (yet). I’ve been wondering about this series for a while. I guess I don’t have to think more and start reading them.
    Great review.

  3. Una

    Seriously, it is awesome. The pairing of Ann and Carrie makes for a beautiful hybrid of gritty/nail-biting urban fantasy and hot passionate romance.