Midnight by Elizabeth Miller
2 out of 5 Stars
*Warning: This review contains spoilers*
Charlise “Charlie” Carter is a freelance journalist looking for a new job when one seemingly falls in her lap. She is asked to chronicle the journey of Republican presidential hopeful Colin McKenna in his quest for the White House. However her instant attraction to the man—and his to her—could be a problem for his candidacy.
Colin tries to stay away from Charlie, but when he finally succumbs, he tells her he has no heart to give. He can only give her the physical aspects of a relationship. Charlie, even with her damaged past, decides to accept his offer and live day by day, knowing she wants more than he’s able to give.
The pair grow closer to each other over the course of the campaign, and Charlie reveals her past—that she was raped repeatedly at age fourteen and had an abortion. Colin, with his staunch pro-life candidacy, is surprisingly accepting of her revelation, moving the relationship forward and asking Charlie not to leave him.
Throughout their journey, the reader is given glimpses of Colin’s past. He had a wife and baby who died several years prior, and he also had a brief relationship with his wife’s sister after his wife’s death. The sister, Ella, makes life difficult for Charlie at every turn. There are also hints at a stalker following the campaign, but are they after Colin or Charlie?
I took notice of several issues with the plot of this story. First of all, Charlie is a twenty-nine-year-old woman who has not had any type of relationship, nor has she had any sexual experience since being raped fifteen years prior. Yet she has no problem falling into bed with a man who promises her nothing and tells her he doesn’t have a heart to give. I was not convinced that any amount of feelings on her part would overcome the way he treated her early on and allow her to set herself up for failure that way.
The relationship was also very cliché with her immediate attraction, electricity when they touched, and Charlie getting all hot and bothered at watching Colin eat. Charlie was also the damsel in distress a few times, with Colin coming to her rescue when he had no business being there. And the looks they supposedly gave each other in public should have been noticed by more than just Colin’s best friend.
The eroticism of the story was … too much. I’m all for a heated relationship, but I honestly skimmed through some of the steamy scenes because I was bored with them. I’m a firm believer that if the scene isn’t advancing the relationship, it shouldn’t be included. Once things got going between Charlie and Colin, it was like they never stopped.
The way the book ended was not my cup of tea. Certainly the author left the door open for the next book, but there were too many loose ends within this story. Not every story will be a happily ever after, or even a happily for now, but I expect the author to resolve the plot of the book. I wouldn’t even call this ending a cliffhanger because Charlie just leaves. Period. She walks out with a dead cell phone and no idea where she’s going. She acts like a bratty teenager rather than the mature woman she claims to be by not allowing Colin to say a word in his defense. The issues with the stalker and Ella Montgomery are not even addressed. It’s like the writer forgot about them.
Editing of this book was also an issue. There were quite a few grammatical mistakes and formatting issues. It wasn’t enough to make me put the book down, but enough to annoy me at every turn.
I wish I had better things to say about the sexy politician and his journalist, but at the end of the book I was left shaking my head and wondering what the point of it all was.