HomeReviewsInterviewsStoreABlogsOn Writing

I realise that I haven’t done a book review for a while, so I thought I’d address that by posting this review today. The rest of the Racism in Romance responses will continue tomorrow.

Without further ado, here’s my blurb for Midnight Temptation:


My Verdict

Dee, I simply love the way you write.

I’m always impressed with a book that hooks me in within the first few pages. I love the anticipatory feelings that rush through me, when I get through an amazing first chapter, happy in the knowledge that I’m in for a treat.

I’m sure every author knows that first chapters are very important to a reader, but as we all know, they don’t always deliver within that brief time-frame.

Well, Tenorio delivered, and how.

From the first scene, I knew that I was going to like Raven and Vanessa.

I loved the chemistry between these two characters, and every time they were together in a scene, the pages fairly sizzled.

I couldn’t get enough of them together.

Raven was a loner who was at odds with his family, after taking over the family business.

His relationship with his brother is stilted at best, and although it’s obvious the love is there, the gulf between the two of them seems insurmountable.

Raven’s relationship with his mother can be best described as prickly. Distrust and suspicion mar their mother-son relationship.

Raven’s past actions have been the cause of the current disconnect between him and his family, and now he’s struggling to make things right with them.

What I liked about Raven was his tenacity. He wanted Vanessa, and he wasn’t going to let her self-doubts and secrets come between him and his desire. He didn’t always play fair, but I think this was one of the characteristics that made me take to him straight away.

I love imperfect heroes, and Raven was as imperfect as they come.

What I liked about Vanessa, was her strength when it came to dealing with Raven. She didn’t let him ride roughshod over her, as he was used to doing with other people. I liked that she was able to stand up to him as an equal. Although it has to be said, if a man offered to buy me a Mercedes so that I could get to work safely, my principles would go straight outta the window, and my legs would have been open without a second thought.

Unfortunately, Vanessa was far too honourable for such skanky behaviour. Damn her anyway.

What struck me about Midnight Temptation was that it wasn’t just a romance. It was essentially, a story about family values. You know, the ties that bind and all that.

Half-way through the book, the mood seemed to shift, and Tenorio started to further explore the different relationships, and the dynamics between Raven’s and Vanessa’s loved ones, to a greater degree, than she had previously.

Unfortunately, at times the familial element took over the book somewhat, and made me yearn for further interaction between Vanessa and Raven. I got a little annoyed at the number of times I had to wade through scenes with secondary characters, when all I was basically interested in was the hero and the heroine.

Having said that though, there were several scenes with Vanessa and her sister that were fairly humorous, as well as heart-breaking. The same could be said about Raven and his brother, or should I say Raven, and his brother’s children. This is where I see shades of the Tenorio humour that was so prevalent in Betting Hearts come to the fore.

I totally loved the class and body in Tenorio’s prose. She really was able to draw me into the story by the time I’d read the second paragraph. I love it when an author is able to display such talent. Talent that leaves the reader wanting more.

Midnight Temptation was a beautiful story, and whilst it didn’t blow me away in the same way that Betting Hearts did, it still had the soul and the emotions that made BH such a fun read.

Had I had more Vanessa and Raven time, I think this book would have been flipping amazing, however I still loved it, and this is a testament to Tenorio’s ability as a writer.

If I had to sum up this book, I’d probably use one word to describe it. Poignant.

If you want to pick up a copy of Midnight Temptation, it’s currently available at Samhain Publishing, in both print, and e-book format.

Dee Tenorio’s website can be found, here.

Congratulations on the birth of your beautiful new babies Dee!

15 Comments »


  • Barbara B.
    March 25
    12:29 pm

    Poignant, huh? I like poignant. Guess I’ll check this one out.

    ReplyReply


  • Anonymous
    March 25
    4:25 pm

    Did you read the previous book to this one Karen? I noticed it’s on your to be read list. I loved Midnight Temptation, but Midnight Sonata was difficult to finish. I found that there were just too many issues to deal with, and the hero and heroine time together were far too short for my liking.

    Good review!

    Lynette

    ReplyReply


  • Dee
    March 25
    4:40 pm

    Awww Karen….! :) You make sundays so nice for me! I like that word, too, Poignant. :)

    Lynette–You’re not the first to say that about Sonata. There were a LOT of issues to deal with for those characters. I tend to write really flawed people and when they’re good and screwed up I realize I have to unknot them, lol. On the “Oh Shit, now wht do I do?” meter, Sonata was probbly an 8, but hoping not to sound defensive, Sonata is actually two different romances in one book. I learned a lot of lessons from that one and it’s still one of my most specially heartfelt books. If I ever get around to finishing my Single Title attempts, I’ll have to keep it in mind. :)

    Oh, but I will give this hint. Midnight Legacy, the last book in the series, will be a smart-ass’s delight. The heroes are screwed up (of course) but they’re sarcastic and the tone is probably a good 40% comedy because of that. :) Hopefully, that’ll cheer you up. :)

    Karen–you’re the best, doll!
    Dee

    ReplyReply


  • Sotheara
    March 25
    8:45 pm

    “Although it has to be said, if a man offered to buy me a Mercedes so that I could get to work safely, my principles would go straight outta the window, and my legs would have been open without a second thought.”

    I’m with you on this one, Karen!! LOL

    ReplyReply


  • Maralyn
    March 25
    9:00 pm

    LMAO! Sotheara, I totally agree!

    I haven’t tried Dee Tenorio, but this sounds like my kind of book. Would this book stand up on its own Karen, or would I have to read the other one first?

    ReplyReply


  • Dee
    March 26
    2:13 am

    LOL, I’ve been thinking about Karen’s offer there all day and laughing. I guess it was my personal request from hot guys all over: “Heroine has morals, Author can be bought!” Then again, I’d probably have done Raven on our first lunch meeting….

    ReplyReply


  • Gail Faulkner
    March 26
    11:01 am

    Karen, I hope you have a professional track the above post and get the IP address. This sort of thing is serious and should not be ignored.

    I’m normally a lurker who enjoys you’re blog and had no idea you have to endure this sort of response. Please don’t let it get to you. Take actions that will deture this person while protecting yourself. Please.

    ReplyReply


  • Stacy~
    March 26
    11:21 am

    Geez, I just wanted to comment that I had Dee’s 2 stories in this series in my tbr pile, then I see that nasty comment. I know you know better than to believe it, but it’s disturbing all the same. I’m somewhat of a lurker myself, and not once have I felt anything you’ve said merits this kind of response. I hope it’s not a routing thing.

    ReplyReply


  • Stacy~
    March 26
    11:22 am

    Uh, meant to say “routine” thing.

    ReplyReply


  • Dalia
    March 26
    2:49 pm

    Anonymous you are such a pathetic shitfart.

    Due to this review, I bought the e-book for Betting Hearts (lol). I’d been waffling between buying/not buying because the friends-turned-lovers plot makes me teary in a nice way but I had never heard of the author and I’m still trying to get rid of the ‘e-book means poorer quality’ mentality.

    It’s going good. Thanks for the review.

    ReplyReply


  • Anne
    March 26
    5:30 pm

    WHAT. THE. FUCK. ANONYMOUS, GET A LIFE YOU FUCKTARD.

    ReplyReply


  • Kate R
    March 26
    5:59 pm

    I love seeing Dee get the good reviews. Makes me want to stand up and cheer.

    Karen, I hope you find out about that anon post. It crosses lines.

    ReplyReply


  • Karen Scott
    March 26
    6:11 pm

    I see somebody let the lunatics outta the asylum…

    ReplyReply


  • Dee
    March 27
    2:04 am

    Someone was rude to Karen? Darn it, I go out for the first time in two weeks and missed the opportunity to beat someone’s ass? (Or am I just drugged up enough to not see it here still?)

    Hugs Karen!
    Dee

    ReplyReply


  • Lori
    March 27
    2:40 am

    I see I missed all the excitement. Wel, I’ll just have to talk about Dee’s books. Loved loved loved Betting Hearts. Loved Midnight Sonata and Midnight Temptation, too. I agree with everything Karen said. Can’t wait for Midnight Legacy!

    And good luck with the twins, Dee!

    ReplyReply

RSS feed for comments on this post. TrackBack URL

Leave a comment