What's sexier than a thick, hunky lumberjack? What about a thick, hunky undercover cop pretending to be a lumberjack? In Midnight Run Lisa Marie Rice indulges this steamy fantasy for us by describing Claire Parks' (a shy virgin!) tumultuous relationship with Lieutenant Tyler "Bud" Morrison. Alexandra R. Joseph's performance is sensual and arousing. Her presentation of sex scenes has all of the warmth and care of "Bud" himself. Joseph is also able to capture Claire Park's sharp intelligence and wry observations.
Claire Parks has been very sick, but she's fine now - just fine - and ready to paint the town red. Well, pink. On her first excursion into the wild world of dating, she nets Bud, a tall, sexy, good-looking lumberjack. She won him fair and square, her prize for not dying. But after a weekend of wild sex, she discovers he's not what she thinks he is. Undercover police officer Lieutenant Tyler "Bud" Morrison can't believe his eyes. What's a 'princess' doing in a dance club known for its rough trade? She needs rescuing, and rescuing women is what Bud does best. He saw Claire first - finders keepers. After a weekend of the hottest sex he's ever had, he's definitely keeping this one. When trouble comes her way, he pulls out all the stops to protect her. Except Claire doesn't want Bud at her back. She wants him in her bed.
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Lieutenant Tyler "Bud" Morrison is scoping out a seedy club when he sets eyes on Claire. She looks like a princess and she's completely out of her element in the wild dance-club. When she's abandoned by her friend and accosted by leering male revellers, he swoops in and plays the gallant knight to her fair damsel and takes her home. Expecting to give her a handshake and a nice-knowing-ya on her doorstep, he's stunned to hear her invite him inside......for coffee.
Claire Parks is free of the leukaemia that has ravaged her body for nearly a decade. She's finally able to shake off her father's suffocating but well meaning strictures and is going to live a little. In case she hasn't told you, she's fine. The handsome stranger named Bud comes to her rescue and as he drives her home, she works up the courage to ask him inside......for coffee.
They don't have any coffee, but they do spend the weekend together in naked splendour, where they engage in some seriously kinky iambic pentameter sex. After the course of the 48 hours, their idyllic weekend is busted when Claire's father comes to see her and when he sees Bud, instead of being upset and appalled, he's frankly grateful and relieved. Her father reveals to Bud how he has been terrified of leaving his girl alone in the big, bad world and he hopes he can leave her in his capable hands. His fears transfer to Bud and suddenly he's treating Claire with kid gloves. Claire is fine and refuses to live in another suffocating parent/child relationship, especially now that she's a healthy adult. Just when she's got Bud back where she wants him, the danger surrounding her friend, Suzanne, spills over into her life. The brutal torture/murder of a friend spurs Bud into protective mode and without thinking of her feelings, stashes her away, determined to protect her from a desperate man who is out to protect his secrets.
This was a great book. There was hardly any time wasted on stupid ditherings between the hero and the heroine and they right away acknowledged that they loved each other. Whether or not they can live together is a different story however and I thought it was cute. Now that Claire has experienced hard, screaming sex, she wants more of it. (sheesh, who wouldn't) Unfortunately once Bud realizes that she used to be sick as a child, he treats her like porcelain and she's not liking it. When she comes to his office dressed for seduction, Bud's half hearted protestations wane in the face of her aggressive advances and it's really funny. I really liked Claire and her ability to embrace life and I thought Bud's attempts to be a gentleman was a hoot. We get some glimpses into John and Suzanne's HEA and I liked how they are still evolving as a couple.
This was a very amusing, sexy and exciting sequel to Midnight Man. Well, it's not exactly a sequel. Apparently, the events in Midnight Run are coinciding with the events in Midnight Man and Midnight Run also sets up the story for Midnight Angel, so the three stories definitely need to be read in order or you are going to get confused. There isn't as much outside drama in this book as was in the first book, it mostly runs on self inflicted angst. There was a lot more humour in this one though as opposed to John and Suzanne's story but Bud is no less a man than John was. In fact, he's much more forceful in bed than John was. He's a little more commanding and dominant, too. Delicious. I can't wait to read Midnight Angel. Enjoy!
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Midnight Run is a fabulous, fast paced read! I love reading all types of erotic romance books, but there's just something about a hot, intense love story between one man and one woman who can't get enough of each other that will hook me every time. This book was like that for me. I was engrossed in the book from page one and I couldn't wait to read more. Bud is a strong, earthy, caring and tender alpha male. He's my favorite kind of hero. Bud is welcome to recite poetry to me anytime! Claire is a woman who has gone through a lot in her life and survived. Now she's ready to celebrate life, not wallow in her past. Every scene flowed perfectly into the next and the many love scenes were extremely sensual and hot. I loved that the author showed both the hero and heroine's point of view. The scene with Claire's father was so touching. If you're looking for a book that will send sensual tingles running down your spine and other places, this is the book to read! MIDNIGHT RUN is a must read and definitely a keeper. If Lisa Marie Rice isn't on your auto buy list, she should be.
The Alpha males
Bud, he is tough yet soft.
All of them.
Although this is listed as book 2 it is actually book one in my opinion.
Love the way all three book are happening at the same time. Bud and Claire met each other in the past but neither remembers until later. Bud has to protect Claire from the enemy. All the while loving her to pieces. This book is worth a credit but save it for a more expensive book.
I think this story line had potential. However the author continually drug out scenes to the point that it was boring and hard to stay focused. I was disappointed!
Her performance was fine, she was consistent and easy to listen to. However, when the story got boring than her voice got annoying.
This story was a great escape from reality. It was hard hitting and real at times and fun and flirty at others. Rice’s intimate and visual descriptions keep you deeply entrenched in the story. And the story itself was extremely well put together. By flipping from hot and racy scenes to suspense to relationship problems Rice keeps you on your toes and I loved every second of it.
The female lead in this tale was absolutely priceless. The male was an over the top alpha that you’ve just got to love. The author actually highlights the differences by the main characters not simply through description but also through the markedly different writing styles that she uses for each of them. The stark contrast between the two was remarkable.
I quite enjoyed the narrator for this tale. She really portrayed the emotion of the story. The voice overs at various points in this story became quite apparent at times, especially if listening to the novel via earphones. It was just enough to break the flow of the story.
Overall, this was a brilliant introduction to this exciting author. I appreciated how it could be read as a standalone novel without any missing pieces or without leaving you hanging for a sequel.
I love books and love to get lost in the fantasy. I'm always looking for a new good story to bury myself in. :)
This was a pretty good story. I liked both Claire and Bud and although I had my frustrations with them both, I was happy to see them together in the end.
Claire Parks is an heiress and has led a very tough but sheltered life. She was born to older parents that coddled and loved her and with her health being delicate, Claire wasn't allowed out much. Once she hit 13 they found out she had leukemia. It took years of treatment after treatment but she pulled through them all even when everyone was convinced that she was one step away from death. Claire has been sickness free for 5 years and is ready to live her life. She got her own house and a new job and decides to go out to a bar with a new friend to have some fun. Unfortunately her friend isn't very reliable and leaves her stuck at the bar with no ride and men that wont take no for an answer.
Tyler Morrison (aka Bud) is a police officer and didn't have an easy childhood. He was a victim of a bad home life as a kid but raised himself above that to become a soldier in the Army and then a respected officer of the law. Bud has never found a woman that's touched him (emotionally) and is kind of a man-whore when he meets Claire. He sees her as a princess and not his normal type...but yet he can't seem to get the rest of his body to go along with what his brain tells him and he stays where normally he'd go.
Claire is at a club and has been ditched by her friend when she meets Bud. A jerk isn't taking Claire's no for an answer when Bud (who is there undercover) comes over to help her. Realizing she's stuck there with no ride, Bud proceeds to take her home. He doesn't intend to take things any further but can't resist when she asks him in for a drink once they get to her place. Once he does take her up on her invite, Bud keeps encountering things that should make him run but he can't make himself go. Bud and Claire end up having a wonderful (and sex filled) weekend together before real life comes calling. Before this happens, Claire and Bud have completely fallen for each other (yes, it's kind of an insta-love situation). Real life shows up in the form of her father, which also makes Bud realize who he's involved with (he didn't realize just who Claire was as far as her family's money and position in the city goes).
Bud ends up at dinner with Claire and her father and is worried that her father will try to chase him off as not good enough for his daughter. I liked the way Bud handled her father and made himself clear on his intentions towards Claire. Things turn out pretty well with the discussion with Claire's father but unfortunately, when Bud finds out about how sick she used to be he becomes more a nanny than a lover. Claire is completely gone on Bud but isn't very happy when he starts coddling her (and I can completely understand her frustration...I think I would have punched Bud in the "sneeze" situation). One of the reasons she moved out on her own was because he father never stopped coddling her and now Bud wont stop either. The main problem is that Bud doesn't listen very well and Claire's not very good at being confrontational. When things finally come to a head and Claire's had it, she breaks things off with Bud in anger and Bud doesn't do very well at listening. They both make errors in their actions and end up alone and miserable because of it. Fortunately, friends that are worried about them arrange things to make them cross paths which might not have done the trick but some drama pops up just about that time and the danger causes a reassessment of priorities. In the end, Bud and Claire are together and while they need to talk some stuff out, they're ready to start their HEA.
This was an enjoyable story. I liked both Claire and Bud and was happy to see them work things out. My only wish was that the story would have maybe included them talking things out in the end. You know they'll work things out and they wont let things split them up again but you don't get to see it which I found a little frustrating. Still, overall I really liked the story and plan to read book #3. I'd recommend this book. :)
I fast forwarded.
Most interesting was the beginning. Least interesting was the middle and last parts.
Alexandra was great. Really narrator was good.
Never Ending Story.
First book was good. Hope the Third is better than this one. There were times I felt the story but it did drag a bit.
This one was hard to review as i actually loved the concept of the story and characters. In saying this, i enjoyed the start and slowly started getting annoyed with the intensely continual drawn out detail of the characters emotions/thoughts that seemed to go on and on, with the female smarting over being protected and not asked for her opinion, parts were good but i just felt flat through most of it and the ending was quick and over. Shame as it would have been a great series if more dynamic and fast.
Anyone that cares nothing about the story but enjoys all the descriptive sex scenes
Unfortunately the 3rd book in the series I bought all 3 and hoping each time I get a glimpse of the Ghost Ops books that I liked
The story could have gone so much further.
No I pretty much said it all in in the review of book 1
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