"Amazing paranormal tale"
I jumped into the middle of Holly's Midnight series.
CATCHING MIDNIGHT is the first book, so I guess I really
should have read it before HUNTING MIDNIGHT. I will have to
back track. This book takes up where CATCHING MIDNIGHT left
off. I know this book received mixed reviews, but I wonder
if that is because it was a new direction for this writer.
I have often seen, when a writer is known for one sub genre
and they switch to another, the readers are resistant and
grumpy until they get used to the idea.
This is an amazing book on so many levels, proving Holly a
talent beyond comparing. In the first book, Gillian was a
young girl running away to the woods to escape the plague
in 1300's Scotland. A clan of shapeshifter-vampires - the
upyr - takes her in. Gillian finally decides to leave the
clan and make her own way in the mortal world, and falls in
love with a mortal. The first book ends with her leaving
Ulric, the leader of the pack of upyr, heartbroken because
Gillian has left him for the mortal.
Eaten up with rage and despair over losing Gillian, Ulric
leaves the protected realm of the upyr and ventures in to
the mortal world. He meets a mortal, Juliana Buxton, who is
seeking to escape an arranged betrothal, and she asks him
Ulric for help. He agrees and takes her on the journey back
to his world. Still hurting from Gillian's betrayal, Ulric
keeps his distance emotionally, but enjoys teaching Juliana
the physical delights a passion. It's erotic - as we come
to expect from Holly - but so compelling. The character of
Ulric is so complex, so darkly dead sexy, it is amazing.
Juliana learns the meaning of desire under Ulric's
tutelage, but there is still more to discover about this
compelling, mysterious man. As she learns his secret, she
is not frightened, but wants to embrace his dark nature.
She has a longing to become an upry herself, and remain by
Ulric's side as his mate.
This book is typical Holly in red-hot to the wall, no holds
barred sensual exploration, yet she is so deft in creating
the characters, with such a strong plot - the story is
mesmerizing. The reader is spellbound by the complexity of
her riveting prose.
Holly's deft use of Multi-POV (Point of View) allows the
reader the full range of emotions, painting her "canvas"
with the rich textures of both characters' emotions.
Be sure to check out her novella in the HOT BLOODED
anthology (Christine Feehan, Maggie Shayne, Emma Holly and
Angela Knight) because she continues her story with Emile
Reviewed by DeborahAnne MacGillivray
Posted November 15, 2004
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted November 22, 2006