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Midnight in Berlin [Kindle Edition]

JL Merrow
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The hookup from hell…or the ride of his life?

Leon’s drifter lifestyle gives him the freedom to attend as many music festivals as his heart desires. Even the ones that leave him covered in feathers. Wet feathers, thanks to the rain as he hitchhikes back to his hostel. When he’s offered a ride by a good-looking man in a Porsche, Leon thinks it’s his lucky night. Until he discovers his savior from the storm hides a dark secret: he’s a werewolf.

At first glance, Christoph thinks the shaggy stranger walking Berlin’s streets is a rogue werewolf. By the time he realizes his mistake, it’s too late for both of them. Forced to turn Leon into a monster to save his life, Christoph still has to suffer his pack leader's brutal punishment for endangering them all.

Leon awakens, horrified by what he’s become—but it’s his lover’s fate that spurs him to action. Freeing Christoph is easy, but the aftermath complicates everything as they go on the run, desperate to uncover the secrets their pack leader is hiding. Secrets the pack will kill to protect…

Warning: Take a trip to Europe. Soak up the local culture, meet a creature from your worst nightmares. Contains werewolves behaving badly, clothed and unclothed. Author is not responsible for unexpected, uncontrollable urges to consume massive amounts of, um, bacon.


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If you like dark yet romantic stories, Midnight in Berlin will be right up your alley...Violence, gore, and action mix in with a sweet, tentative romance. Midnight in Berlin may be dark, non-traditional, and often surprising, but it's also a very enjoyable romance - Cassie on Joyfully Reviewed
  
Whether I was hating the 'villain,' or cheering the protagonist, I was emotionally invested in every aspect of the plot... Midnight in Berlin bucks the traditional werewolf/shifter book in a genuinely fascinating way. When an author can make a reader feel sympathy for a formerly despised character, that takes true talent. Very much recommended -   Lasha on Reviews by Jessewave

A new take on werewolf life, Midnight in Berlin by JL Merrow will leave you thinking "What if?"  Scary thoughts, dangerous werewolves and some hot MM loving -   Elise on Sensual Reads

this was such an exciting story...I really enjoyed the relationship between Leon and Christoph and how it changes from the start of the book...Christoph slowly becomes the hero instead of the villain, fighting for justice for the pack. I also liked seeing Leon's growth -  JayHJay at Joyfully Jay

Book Description

When drifter Leon is picked up by a good-looking man in a Porsche, he thinks it’s his lucky night. Until he discovers his savior from the storm hides a dark secret.
By the time Christoph realizes he’s bitten the wrong man, it’s too late. He’s got a freshly turned wolf on his hands. And his alpha's punishment for endangering the pack is unexpectedly brutal. Leon easily frees Christoph, but the aftermath complicates everything as they go on the run, desperate to uncover the secrets their pack leader is hiding. Secrets the pack will kill to protect…

Product Details

  • File Size: 350 KB
  • Print Length: 181 pages
  • Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (February 21, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00699SCXI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #205,471 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 4.25 stars February 23, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
So far I have enjoyed every JL Merrow book I have read. She has a distinctive voice in her novels and Midnight in Berlin is no exception. Set in Germany, the setting is everything in this book about an American drifter turned into a werewolf against his will. All throughout the book, I was transported into German culture, life and location. (And this comes from someone who only ever visited Germany once - and doesn't remember much since it was Oktoberfest!) Told in first person from Leon's perspective, the novel explores his viewpoint as his life is turned upside down once he is turned into a werewolf and forced into a dysfunctional pack that includes the man who turned him (Christoph).

The plot revolves around Leon, an American living and working in Germany. In the beginning, I found Leon to be unmotivated, flighty and unsure of where he is going in life. Once a hot guy in a Porsche picks him up, his life will never be the same again. You see Christoph is a werewolf, and he mistakes Leon for another shifter, a potential mate, and winds up biting Leon. That bite turns Leon and he is forced into Christoph's pack, having to learn the ropes from some seriously demented werewolves, who seem more like they are in a cult, than a pack. As Leon and Christoph grow closer they decide they have to leave their pack, but will the pack leader let them go?

The best thing about this book was its characterizations. Normally first person POV is limiting, but in my estimation Midnight in Berlin has a great deal of interesting characters, who are complex, multi-faceted and intriguing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Elisa
Format:Kindle Edition
This was a strange mix, deep horror and humoristic satire, sometime you didn’t know if laughing out loud or cringing in fear. For sure the comedy streak for which this author is well known is again present in this novel.

It was interesting the “stranger” setting, Berlin, Germany, instead of the usual UK. Considering the plot development, I think the author needed a place with a recent political upturn, and, yes, maybe the right folklore to give an additional layer to the story.

The plot, the twists, were the principal elements of the story, more than the love story between Leon and Christoph, but, even if secondary to the plot, I really enjoyed their relationship, Leon was this mix of cute and harsh angle, and Christoph was like the best brooding heroes of the gothic novels from the past.

I’m not sure if the author will like to revisit some of the supporting characters, but she gave them enough deepness to have at least 3 or 4 possible developments.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good August 12, 2012
By shacary
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I ordered this last nite after a sampling. It was pretty good. There was a gritty realism in the nomadic, alternate lifestyle character [Leon ] that was expressed well.
The plot line was decent and ended with a twist. I have to confess I was totally not expecting that. There was limited character growth visible outside of the MC but I found it interesting anyways. It takes time and toil to learn a persons total being; so being thrust in the hectic/ dangerous/ violent situations with few comrades I can totally see how things developed so fast.
If one is looking for scintallating sex, its absent here. There were a few "scenes" but it was short and nothing gripping. Perhaps this is more realistic perspective anyways, just that as a Yaoi fangirl I had hoped for hot and heavy { nonviolent } closures.
There were a few typos but nothing serious and it did not stop me from devouring the story in a few hours. I have and reccomend purchasing other books. I did like the plotline and the story flowed well. It ended kinda abruptly would have been neat to see what became of the other "pack"; especially the young teen. Mb a sequel incoming? all in all,a Pretty Good read!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By MNix
Format:Kindle Edition
On his way back to his lodgings from a music festival, Leon is pleased to be offered a ride from a sexy guy in a Porsche. He thinks it may be his lucky night, until the guy starts acting really weird. Before he knows it, the man has bitten him, and suddenly his simple drifter lifestyle is a lot more complicated.

Christoph has made a huge mistake. Thinking Leon is a werewolf without a pack, he attacks the man. Once he realizes he's misread the situation, it's too late, and he's committed to a course of action. Being turned into a werewolf makes Leon furious, but not enough to leave Christoph tormented and locked in a cage.

Without really considering the results, Leon frees Christoph from the cage and flees with him. Unfortunately, they now have to contend with a vengeful pack leader, and way too many unknowns. Will Leon and Christoph survive the terrifying challenges they are about to face?

If you like dark yet romantic stories, Midnight in Berlin will be right up your alley. JL Merrow takes a lot of the tropes of both paranormal / horror and romance and twists them a bit. Leon is not your typical hero. He's a drifter, content to hold a series of menial jobs so he can travel around Europe attending music festivals and just hanging out. Everything he owns can fit into a single backpack, and that's the way he wants it. Then he's changed into a werewolf, and his entire life is turned upside down. He begins to realize that there might be more to life than what he has been settling for. Christoph, with his gorgeous face, sweet Porsche, and obvious money, should be a princely romance hero, yet he is a werewolf. He's a member of a ruthless pack, but he tries to be a good man. The contrasts in both men's characters make for great conflict and a lot of realism.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good, But Not For Me
JL Merrow is one of my two or three favorite authors.

Her writing, her dialog, her characters are generally rich, precise and beautifully written. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Alan Arthur Katz
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and good
JL Merrow is very talented and yet again we have a great book here and I highly recommend reading it.
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Very Enjoyable
Have you ever wondered if the paranormal stories aren't just stories? Maybe the shifters, vampires, and the like truly live amongst us, very quietly. Read more
Published 10 months ago by CCDuke
5.0 out of 5 stars worth staying up for!
JL Merrow has become an auto buy for me, she just keeps getting better and better. Every second book of hers that I read, I want to be a series, I want to see more of those... Read more
Published 19 months ago by amf0001
1.0 out of 5 stars Not for me.
All I can think about with the story was the author must have been having an off moment. I found this so very bad, and I usually love her stuff.
Published 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed this book
I'm not a prolific reviewer, but I wanted to encourage more people to read this book. I almost didn't due to previous reviews. Read more
Published on April 23, 2012 by kathyblue
2.0 out of 5 stars Shallow Book with little Character . . . Disappointing
This is a shallow book. There is very little in this book that is interesting. None of the characters are likable. The American is a caricature. Read more
Published on March 20, 2012 by Sassy
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice afternoon read!
Leon is bumming through Europe to avoid the life his mother believes he should live. He's in Berlin enjoying the atmosphere and beer. Read more
Published on February 22, 2012 by Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews
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JL Merrow is that rare beast, an English person who refuses to drink tea. She read Natural Sciences at Cambridge, where she learned many things, chief amongst which was that she never wanted to see the inside of a lab ever again. Her one regret is that she never mastered the ability of punting one-handed whilst holding a glass of champagne.

She writes across genres, with a preference for contemporary gay romance and the paranormal, and is frequently accused of humour.

Find JL Merrow online at: www.jlmerrow.com

JL Merrow is one of the organisers of the UK GLBTQ Fiction Meet: http://ukglbtfictionmeet.co.uk/


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