5 Nov 2013



SOURCE: Ex-library stock.

Ever think Scrooge had it right before the ghosts ruined his life? Meet Aidan O'Conner.

At one time he was a world-renowned celebrity who gave freely of himself and his money without wanting anything in return...until those around him took without asking. Now Aidan wants nothing of the world - or anyone who's a part of it.

When a stranger appears at his doorstep, Aidan knows he's seen her before...in his dreams.

Born on Olympus as a goddess, Leta knows nothing of the human world. But a ruthless enemy has driven her from the world of dreams and into the home of the only man who can help her: Aidan. Her immortal powers are derived from human emotions - and his anger is just the fuel she needs to defend herself.....

One cold winter's night will change their lives forever...

Trapped together in a brutal winter storm, Aidan and Leta must turn to the only power capable of saving them - or destroying them both: trust.
.... Outer back cover.

FIRST SENTENCE (Prologue): Dolor smiled as he finally felt the call of his summoning ring.

MEMORABLE MOMENT (Page 112): Everything in the room was sterile white, except for the two men dressed in black and the odd chess pieces who had been dancing and fighting around the board on their arrival - chess pieces that were living, breathing creatures who now watched the arguing gods with great interest.

MY THOUGHTS: I'm confused. Described on the front cover of the Piatkus edition I read as a 'Dream Hunter Novel', in other places it is listed as a 'Dark Hunter Novel'. And as if this isn't misleading enough its listed on another site as being 'Dark-Hunterverse #12', 'Dream-Hunter #3' or alternatively 'Dark-Hunter #14' with the author's website doing little to clarify the situation.

Either way, suffice to say that no matter what the name of the series I can find little to recommend Upon The Midnight Clear.

A paranormal romance that could have done with more of the supernatural and less of the 'romance'. I'm afraid that with its less than feisty heroine, a main man with a big 'poor me' complex, bodice-ripper type love scenes and laughable dialogue it just wasn't my cup of tea.

OK, so with Lyssa, the 'personification of insanity' and Timor the 'personification of human fear' it wasn't as if there weren't any characters with potential its just that almost without exception they were so over the top as to be caricatures of just about every baddie there ever was.

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Kelly said...

My younger daughter has read books by this author in the past, but wasn't familiar with this one.

Maybe this would have been better for you if you could have figured out where the series began and started there.

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

The worlds cross over from several different series so that is why that is confusing. Sometimes these work as a standalone and others don't. Sorry this one didn't work for you.

Suko said...

Probably NOT my cup of tea either. Thanks for sharing your honest thoughts about this one, Tracy!

Cherie Reich said...

The book description sounds interesting, but it does sound like a confusing mess. Thanks for the review!

Naida said...

Oh that's too bad. I hate it when the characters are over the top and ridiculous.

Brian Joseph said...

One would think that if the author and publishes were unable to make clear how the book fits into its own series then the actual writing would likely to be subpar. The confusion over the series itself would very much annoy me to no end if I were reading a book or a series.

Barbara Fisher said...

Well, I love the title, but I’m pretty sure I won’t be reading this. It’s not my kind of thing, and I always trust your judgement.

Literary Feline said...

How frustrating to not be able to figure out where exactly it fits in the series! It sounds like it's a part of a minor series within a bigger series.

I am sorry this didn't work for you. I've read a short story or two by the author, but none of her novels.

I tend to prefer my paranormal/ urban fantasy to be more mystery/thriller/adventure with the romance on the side too. When I hear a novel is a paranormal romance, I automatically assume the main story will be the romance with the other stuff on the side. I like those too--but in small doses.

Gina R said...

Oh my. Yes, I've heard that about this author's works. There was a coworker who read EVERYTHING by her...to each their own I suppose. Thanks for the share!

Alexia561 said...

Doesn't sound like my cup of tea either. And how confusing that it's mislabeled, so you don't know what series it belongs to! Hope your next read is more to your liking!