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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.

Publisher's Summary

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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  • Lia
  • Sutton, Australia
  • 11-30-13

Bud-alicious hero

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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  • karen
  • Christchurch, New Zealand
  • 10-18-13

A sexy romance with all the right ingredients!!

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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.

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Terrible

I can't like this book, and I pretty much like anything. I have had better speech capabilities off of an old GPS than the woman reading this book. Robots are better. Might be a good story, but I will never know. I have never given up so soon into a book before 😳😡 can't believe I paid money for that.

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The 2nd book in the series = all inter related

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

It was a lighter listen so yes it was good to spend the time

Would you be willing to try another book from Lisa Marie Rice? Why or why not?

Yes, at least the third in this series

What three words best describe Alexandra R. Josephs’s voice?

clear, good play on emotion and steady

Did Midnight Run inspire you to do anything?

visit Portland

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Great Characters - Long on Sex, Short on Mystery.

This is the sixth book featuring the same seven couples I've read. I just bought the seventh (I started the series backwards - loved the first four so much I had to know how the bosses and police Lt. got their wives) and can't wait to read Akegra and Senior's story. i think the first four are a much better balance of mystery and sex
The sex is more graphic than I prefer, but the characters and stories are so compellimg I had to read them all!!! I also think that, while graphic and too long and drawn out, the sex is not gratuitous. it paints a very clear picture of the characters and their motivations for actions and reactions,

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Average Entertainment

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I wasn't sure about the narrator. I didn't seem to fully grasp her voices in the story telling. I was left wanting more. The storyline was decent. There just didn't seem to be much banter between the characters. Claire's friends had more conversation than Claire and Bud.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked the idea of the story.

What three words best describe Alexandra R. Josephs’s performance?

AveragemonotoneSiri

Did Midnight Run inspire you to do anything?

No

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Good Story.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

The ending was exciting.

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This was a good story for a romance. Predictable in places and alittle overdone on the sex scenes. I felt like the female character, Claire, was a little annoying at times as she was over reacting to situations in the book... It is a typical storyline but not hideous.

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EXCITING AND SEXY

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Midnight Man was an all-around good listen. The narration was well done and the plot was exciting and enticing. I liked how well-rounded each of the characters were and how Rice seemed to make this book sexy and carnal while also bringing some modern femininity to her females characters and protective dominance to her males. In a round about way (whether intentionally or unintentionally), Rice addresses the need women have to be both independent and self-sufficient, but also protected and cherished. This is an age-old emotional need which is why we are so complex -- haha! <br/><br/>Be prepared to commit to the series (3 books so far) because Rice ends each book rather abruptly, but addresses the hanging ends in the next....

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  • Chris
  • United States
  • 04-29-14

2nd erotic installment

Great continuation of the series, alpha males finding love and the storyline of each of the women they become involved with and love. The narration is fantastic.

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  • Paula
  • Assiniboia, Saskatchewan, Canada
  • 02-17-14

This is actually Book 1 in the series.

What made the experience of listening to Midnight Run the most enjoyable?

The Alpha males

Who was your favorite character and why?

Bud, he is tough yet soft.

Which character – as performed by Alexandra R. Josephs – was your favorite?

All of them.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Unsure

Any additional comments?

Although this is listed as book 2 it is actually book one in my opinion.

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  • karen newmarket
  • 04-23-14

most amazing and heart touching story highly recom

If you could sum up Midnight Run in three words, what would they be?

amazing , exciting , thrilling<br/>

What did you like best about this story?

the way the young girl fell in love with her man and he also and of course the great ending

Which character – as performed by Alexandra R. Josephs – was your favourite?

the blind girl

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

yes the end

Any additional comments?

very easy listener very highly recommended <br/>