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Hotter After Midnight Paperback – May 1, 2008
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"Cynthia Eden's HOTTER AFTER MIDNIGHT is just that-hot. This book starts out sizzling and erupts in flames page after page. ..A page-turning erotic adventure that you won't want to put down until the end."-Lani Roberts of Affaire de Coeur, 5 Stars -- Affaire de Coeur
"A cross between CSI and Medium, only hotter and with a hero that truly has bite!" -- Jacquelyn Frank, USA Today and NYT Best-selling Author
"Highly sensual and definitely dangerous." -- Shannon McKenna
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Dr. Emily Drake's patients tend to be a little unusual. Instead of the typical therapist's caseload of midlife crises and mother fixations, Emily treats vampires with blood phobias and sex-demons looking for meaningful relationships. But her gift for recognizing and healing the Other--those creatures of the night that most humans don't even know exist--requires a few house rules. First: Never trust a shifter. Especially not one like Detective Colin Gyth whose gold-flecked eyes and predatory air make Emily realize how much she's been longing to lose control...
Colin can't believe the doctor he's been assigned to work with on the Night Butcher murder investigation is the one person who could expose his true identity as a wolf shifter. Smart, sexy, and stubborn as hell, Emily brings out the alpha male in Colin, unleashing a wild, heady desire that takes them both over the edge.
But in the shadows, the Night Butcher waits...eager to spill Emily's blood and taste her terror. And he'll use any means to destroy her, including the one person she has grown to trust.
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I am relatively new to paranormal romance, so I am judging (perhaps unfairly) this book by contemporary romance standards. But, I really believe that all romance novels should have the same basic elements no matter what sub-genre: an interesting plot, good character development and a happy ending. Oh, and sex :)
By those standards, Hotter after Midnight is a pretty good read. Perhaps because I am not a regular to this genre, I was a little overwhelmed by the number and variety of paranormal beings that were discussed in the book. Demons and shifters were intrinsic to the plot. However, I thought it was unnecessary to include some of the other beings. The inclusion of the vamps, succubi, charmers, etc. made it more difficult for me to suspend disbelief and buy into the idea of shifters and demons in the first place. I can believe in the existence of supernatural beings as an exceptional species. But, I have difficulty with the notion of supernatural beings existing on a large scale. It's just too 'out there' for my taste.
Aside from that, I had some smaller issues with unrealistic dialogue, especially during the love scenes. It took me out of the moment. And, there were a few small plot holes and unresolved issues. But, that didn't necessarily detract from my enjoyment of the book.
This is the first time I've read this author's work. I found her characters engaging (even if there were a few too many in the book) and the story itself was suspenseful and fast paced. So, overall, I enjoyed it. But, I think my next foray into this genre will have to appeal to my inner wereskeptic
Dr. Emily Drake is a very special psychologist. She sees demons. And vampires. And shifters. And a legion of Other supernatural beings that inhabit the world alongside us. She's one of the few full humans who know of the existence of Others but she's also got a bit of a leg up - she's the only one she's met who can sense them like she can. Known as the Monster Doctor among Others, she uses her empathic abilities to aid those creatures who go bump in the night, because in Dr. Drake's world, just because they bump doesn't mean they don't have issues. The Others are like us in one very important way - some are good to varying degrees, and some...well, some aren't. The problem is that when an Other is evil, the level of carnage can multiply exponentially. When the ravaged body of a human is discovered - one who definitely went the way of fangs and claws - who else but the Monster Doctor could ever hope to help the police in general, and one very sexy shifter, Detective Colin Gyth in particular, profile and stop this psychopathic Other from painting the city red.
Hotter After Midnight, book one of the Midnight Trilogy, was a nice surprise. Eden has created a believable world full of interesting paranormal characters and paired it with a decent romantic suspense plot. The blend works well together and as I'm a huge fan of both paranormal romance and romantic suspense, this juxtaposition impressed me.
The lead characters, Emily and Colin, were sizzling hot together, and I think the development of their relationship was one of the more satisfying I've read recently because of the level of communication between them. It was nice to read a couple that could admit potentially embarrassing things about themselves, and having a female lead that was both unashamedly sexual and unapologetically strong-willed tempered with some professed insecurities and a realistic awareness of self was not only refreshing, but much appreciated.
The plot was strong and it moved quickly, increasing threat going hand in hand with the burgeoning relationship between Emily and Colin. There was a nice balance there. There could have been a bit more depth given to their backstory and character development, and I wasn't totally thrilled with the conclusion of the mystery, as I think it became less about solving the crimes and more about the thing responsible tipping its hand (my personal preferences lie with the former), but I wasn't so turned off that it ruined anything for me. The sex scenes were smoking hot and deliciously graphic, though once that yummy wall was breached the sexual relationship took up a bit too much of the story. I'm not complaining about that, per se, but I wonder if there'd been a bit less of it if my other slight concerns would have been more fully addressed. There were a few unanswered questions, secondary and ancillary characters that could've been fleshed out more, and a couple of things I would have enjoyed more had they been given more time to develop, but for what was here, I am a very satisfied reader and intend to continue on with the trilogy and more of Eden's books. Great read.
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