Friday, November 3, 2017

Blog Tour & Book Review: Craving Midnight by A.M. Hargrove

Craving Midnight
by A.M. Hargrove
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: November 2nd, 2017


She’s a starlet with secrets. He makes scandals go away. Together, they’ll make sparks fly…

Midnight Drake’s squeaky clean reputation has suddenly taken a nosedive. She’s horrified after she wakes up naked from a drugged stupor, but the worst is yet to come. She just found three sex videos of the night she has no memory of on her phone. Midnight wonders if the videos will be leaked to destroy her career…

Harrison Kirkland cleans up Hollywood’s sordid messes for a living, and he’s never met a scandal he couldn’t contain. But when he’s assigned to fix the sultry Midnight’s problems, he never expected to get dragged in after her…

Behind Midnight’s diva exterior, Harrison discovers a mysterious woman with a web of secrets he can’t untangle. The deeper he’s pulled into her world, the stronger his desire for her grows. If he’s not careful, the next heart that’ll need fixing… will be his…

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A veil drops over her eyes and the laugh disappears. Whatever happened in therapy opened up too many old wounds she won’t show me. Right now, anyway. Then I think about what just took place between us, and I question my own sanity. What the fuck was I thinking? Sex and business should never mix. I broke one of my cardinal rules. I didn’t just break it, I pulverized the damn thing, and it’s now scattered into dust. Maybe I should pretend it didn’t happen.
But I can’t do that. And why? Because it was the most epic sex of my life. And it was with Midnight, someone I’ve developed feelings for. How the hell did that happen?
Leaning down, I take my tongue and give her pussy one last, long swipe. Then I stand and go into the bathroom to dispose of the condom. When I’m done, I pick up my discarded clothes and get dressed. Her eyes practically burn through the skin on my back, which isn’t exactly the most comfortable feeling.
Before I leave, I walk next to the bed. “I’ll be back tomorrow around the same time. And don’t tell me you didn’t like what happened between us. If you do, I’ll call you a fucking liar,” I say. I want to kiss her, but I don’t. Instead, I tug at one of her nipples and the response is immediate. She sucks in her breath and my dick twitches in my pants. I have to get out of here before I strip off my jeans and push said dick back inside her swollen pussy. I’m pretty fucking sure she’d be willing too.
On my way out, she says, “Tomorrow, I want Italian. Make it spaghetti Bolognese. And find a place that serves the best. If you’re going to fuck me like this, I need to keep up my strength.”
The corners of my mouth curve up. “Yes, ma’am. Anything else?”
“Yes. A bottle of Barolo, a Caesar salad, and some great bread. You pick the bread. And butter, none of that olive oil. Bread needs butter.”
“Demanding, aren’t you?”
“Not at all. You have the opportunity to choose your own entrée because I never share.”
I chuckle. “Dessert?”
“Surprise me.”
I’d like to surprise her, but I don’t think I have a single trick up my sleeve that she hasn’t seen or experienced. That should bother me, but it doesn’t. At least not yet.
About the author:

One day, on her way home from work as a sales manager, USA Today bestselling author, A. M. Hargrove, realized her life was on fast forward and if she didn't do something soon, it would be too late to write that work of fiction she had been dreaming of her whole life. So she made a quick decision to quit her job and reinvented herself as a Naughty and Nice Romance Author.

She fancies herself all of the following: Reader, Writer, Dark Chocolate Lover, Ice Cream Worshipper, Coffee Drinker (swears the coffee, chocolate, and ice cream should be added as part of the USDA food groups), Lover of Grey Goose (and an extra dirty martini), #WalterThePuppy Lover, and if you’re ever around her for more than five minutes, you’ll find out she’s a non-stop talker.

My review:

Wow. This story was just wow! Hats off to the author for her inventiveness. I was really impressed with all the incredible stuff she came up with regarding Harrison’s job.

Harrison had a very special team with great individuals. His confidence and no-nonsense attitude were kind of hot. He had people at his beck and call, didn't take shit from nobody and he sure as hell didn’t take no for an answer. As tough as he might seemed to be, Harrison had a soft spot for people who needed help and he sure was one of a kind.

Midnight was a strong character for all she’s been through and I was in awe of her strength and how she handled everything despite its hopelessness and ugliness.

This book was an amazing read and a great example on how a seemingly hopeless situation or painful past doesn’t have to determine your life and that it's in your hands to turn it around.

The Story:
Harrison is a fixer. It started with small things when he was a kid to now owning a company that puts others' lives back together. His childhood couldn't have been better with a family most would wish for.

Midnight on the other hand couldn't be any more different. When her acting career hangs on a thin line because of some sex videos she has no memory of due to being drugged, Harrison is called in to work his magic.
It's a massive understatement to say Midnight's life has not been easy so far but when she thought that luck was finally on her side, her past catches up with her.

Eventually Harrison becomes more than a great help for her especially when Midnight's problems become personal for him too. And who will save him now?

Although I get where Harrison was coming from and that he was just trying to help Midnight as best as he could, he was still an ass to her at the beginning. But I get that he wanted her to survive this mess and to come out on top.
Seriously, I knew it was their job and that Midnight acted like a whiny bitch but having done something so horrific to you just a few hours ago must have taken a toll on her and taken into consideration. This was traumatic for her especially because it also opened up old wounds of her abuse. I was just really flabbergasted how he and his team handled her. So, as you can imagine, I was torn about my feelings for this story at certain parts.

Midnight's story was hard to swallow. There were very sensitive topics taken on in this book but they were handled very well considering the circumstances. Although I personally wouldn't advise on handling the situation the way Midnight did in the beginning, I understood her actions a bit better after I knew everything about her.
For a while I just wasn't into the story for no apparent reason and the horrendous stuff that happened to Midnight didn't really move me until way later on when all of her background story was revealed.

I also never really felt the start of their attraction or any build-up to the characters feelings. It didn't help that I was a bit annoyed how rude Harrison was at first although I know he meant well and had to pull her through.

There’s definitely something wrong with me lately because at some points I was head over heels. I loved the writing, I loved the pace and just how everything was progressing and then suddenly I was torn about my feelings. There were bits and pieces that I just didn’t like and then there were things that I absolutely loved. It drove me crazy.

Conclusion: I liked the story a lot although it felt off a few times. Maybe I wasn’t in the right frame of mind because like I mentioned before, the writing was great as always and the story really amazing.

-- This ARC was kindly provided by Social Butterfly PR in exchange for an honest review. --

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
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