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It's New Year's Eve...and now or never for these two hearts.

When a woman with no faith in love meets the quintessential nice guy determined to breach her mile-high walls, sparks fly as both fight a decidedly unwelcome but equally unavoidable attraction.

Steph Hargrove was a bombshell, a sexy, intrepid woman operating in the business world with guts, brains, and daring. She was accustomed to going after whatever she wanted, until a man she called a friend betrayed her and the company she'd helped build - and nearly killed her in the process. Since that time, she's been a shadow of the wild, wicked woman who'd carved a swath through her world.

Gavin O'Neill is an artisan with wood, a gardener, a restorer of battered homes, and a savior of strays. When first he meets the wounded woman who postures as invincible and worldly, the sadness in her eyes draws him even more than her lush figure does. However she insists otherwise, he sees that she needs the kindness and friendship he can give to her while he's waiting for the woman of his dreams, who will be small and soft and sweet, different in every way from the woman he keeps returning to see.

Yet while he's not interested in the virago, and she refuses to be nurtured, a potent attraction keeps them circling each other. And while they're busy listing the reasons they're unsuited, something powerful is growing between them. 

New Year's Eve is for lovers and new beginnings.... Will these two stubborn souls take the risk?

©2017 Jean Brashear (P)2017 Jean Brashear

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Can the carpenter get the corporate woman?

Steph is strong, confident corporate executive. She does not do relationships...only flings. She does not believe in love and marriage after witnessing her parents’ disastrous union. However, all of her friends are married or about to be and the match making begins. She’s introduced to Gavin, a down-to-earth carpenter from TN. While the attraction is there, Steph will never allow herself to settle into a relationship for fear of hurting the other person. She and Gavin begin a cat m mouse game. Will Steph give in and give Gavin a chance, or will she push him away?
This is a quick, sweet read.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review.

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  • Jennifer
  • HOLLANSBURG, OH, United States
  • 01-21-18

Jean did it again

Steph was one of my favorite characters in previous books. It's great that she gets her HEA. Gavin is determined and hard headed, which is what an equally determined and hard headed woman needs.
Great book, and Eric knocks it out of the park again.

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OPPOSITES ATTRACT

BE MY MIDNIGHT KISS is the twenty-fifth book in the Texas Heroes series. This is actually the blending of four series set in Texas. It was the first book I have read in the series and I had no problem catching up on who was who as they related to this book. Of course, now I wish I had more from this series.

I loved how the other character’s stories were filled in. They were left open so that I felt an urge to read them, but not as if I was missing something vital to understand this one.

I enjoyed this story of opposites attracting and of friends who interfere but also move mountains. I loved the humor and the banter between Steph and Gavin. I loved Gavin’s morals and determination. I loved Steph’s strength and her vulnerability. I loved the challenge they proved to be for each other!

The story was well written, but it was also well-performed (audiobook).

Narration: This narrator knows what he’s doing! The voices are discernable. The timing is varied with proper pausing to allow the listener to absorb the story without sounding Shatner-like. I’d love to hear more works that he has read.

Note: I received this audiobook at no cost from Audiobookworm Promotion. While I was given this book as a gifted audiobook copy, my opinions are my own and are given freely.



Title: BE MY MIDNIGHT KISS
Series: Texas Heroes #25
Series: The Gallaghers of Sweetgrass Springs #12
Category /Genre: Contemporary Romance
Recommended for: 18+ due to sexual content
Listenability: NSFW
Received from: Jean Brashear (as an Audible gifted copy)

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loved it

it was a great book. haven't heard the series before but I definitely will be checking them all out.

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So much fun, totally love it

I really enjoyed this story about finding love when you don’t believe in it, in a small town where everyone knows everyone’s business and gets right into the mix of it. Steph knows there are no lasting relationships all she has to do is look at her parents to know this is true. She is a very strong woman but at the same time weak. She isn’t about to let a man take over her life and tear her world apart. That is until Gavin walks in and turn her world upside down. He is so strong and knows just how to get to the lady. Oh he would love to find love and the woman of his dreams but it sure isn’t Steph. Gavin has been told she is a man eater, one nightstand only. He believes this for a while that is until he sees the real her and the pain she hides from everyone else. Gavin has one rule let the other men go, or he walks, she has one rule never giving up playing the field. When these two meet there are some very delightful baiting as they dance around each other demanding to have their way.

Mr. Dove’s narration he pulls you in with a very strong and powerful voice. There are no background noises or repeating of words just a wonderful delightful listen. If any breaks were taken I could not tell he just delivers a very clean, clear and power audio. His tones are outstanding you can feel the passion, excitement coming right out of your speakers. His male voices are a wonderful as his female. You always know who is talking and what they are feeling. His normal voice is just a delight to listen to as he gives you the facts pulling you in to a world that has gone crazy. You can tell he has put a lot of thought into each character the voices fit them so well. He gives just enough pause, to let what he just read sink in giving it a powerful impact on the listener. Mr. Dove knows how to pull you in taking you on a ride that will leave you holding your breath wanting to pull the characters out of the story to keep them safe. His Performance is one of the best narrators I have listened to. I know when I see his name it is going to be a wild exciting ride.

I thought the author gave a wonderful story that shows excitement, pain and just what bought that all about. There are a few stories inside of this story that really holds your attention making you want to go back and read their stories. I just loved the humor and how Gavin handled Steph. I would be just like her if he called me sweetheart in the tones he did. You will laugh and chuckled your way through, I found this to be a delightful listen that really pulled me in. I honestly didn’t want it to end I was having so much fun. I don’t know which one of them was more shocked at finding they fell in love with the opposite of what they thought they wanted. It was a wonderful listen that I couldn’t put down and plan to listen to it again. It is well worth your time. I do hope you will give this a listen.

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  • seelk
  • Ontario, Canada
  • 05-14-18

good story

Talk about two people so unsuited for each other that is a wonder they even managed to talk to each other. I didn't like Steph for quite a while, so self-centered bordering on mean, not sure how Gavin put up with it. I guess the heart doesn't care. Loved Gavin though, warm and protective, definite book boyfriend material. He broke down her defences and warms up her heart, giving her the courage to believe in love and HEA.
I love Mr. Dove's voice, warm, versatile, he modulates it to fit the characters, the moods, the emotions. The more I listen to his work the more I want.

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Great story

I really like this book because in some ways I can relate with things happening in the story. My wife just got pregnant and this story resonates a lot with me. Very entertaining and an enjoyable story. I recommend this book to new couples who just had a kid

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Glad I was introduced to Ms. Brashear

I am new to the works of Jean Brashear. This book is a part of a series, but can be read/listened to as a stand alone. I have not read any of the previous books, but I was able to get immediately into the story without any problems. Looks like I am going to be going back to catch up on the previous books. We get to learn about many of the couples from the previous books and this made me want to go back and learn their full story.

I enjoyed listening to this story. The narration was done nicely. Had a nice soothing voice and was easy to listen to.

The road to happiness has not been an easy one for Steph. She doesn't think love exists, especially not for her and she does not want that complication in her life. Her friends however, know what's best for Steph.... and damn them for being right!

Gavin is attracted to her Steph. He can't resist the challenge in making Steph his. He is determined to discover her softness that she hides. It doesn't matter to him that she's bound and determined keep her heart locked away. He will make her his, whether she likes it or not.

Sparks fly, tempers flare, snarkiness comes out and opposites attract. Steph fights her attraction to Gavin and does everything she can to resist to no avail. They have nothing in common. He's everything she never knew she wanted or needed. Gavin is patient, caring, yet determined to win Steph over.

Written as a multi pov. and does have an HEA.

Would I recommend this book? Yes

Would I read more from this author? Yes

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Love takes time.

Love takes time. Jean Brashear gets that. The beauty of a Brashear novel is that despite the complications of life, love finds a way. Be My Midnight Kiss brings a chance to hope, a time to heal and the prospect of happily ever after. For Steph the road to happiness has had many boulders, but Gavin won't let that stand in his way. On it's own, Be My Midnight Kiss is an inspiration, but add in narration by Eric G. Dove and he takes the story in a whole new direction. Either way Gavin and Steph are a treat.

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Be My Midnight Kiss

Stephanie is hard working, determined, confident and has no faith in relationships. One night stands and short hookups are her thing.

Gavin comes from a large and loving family, he believes in and waits to fall in love.

When Stephanie and Gavin meet they know they are not right for one another but something clicks, a spark ignites.

They are opposites and want different things in life, but you cant deny a connection exists.

I loved the role reversal: it was Gavin who had to peruse Stephanie. It was Gavin who had to change his perspective and realize that a career woman like Stephanie would be good for him. He was drawn to her and had the courage to go after are and secure an HEA for them both.

The narration by Eric G. Dove was good. Good portrayal of the lead characters.

Enjoyable read.