In the Midnight Hour

In the Midnight Hour - Brenda Adcock 4.0 stars

The main character Marsha suffers from abandonment, self-image, and anger management issues. The other protagonist has serious ones of her own. With such deep-seated issues, these two gals ought to be in therapy rather than be in love. Just from the way they shout at each other during arguments, they're really better off apart. But, alas, this is a romance novel so...

The novel starts really slow. The author takes her own sweet time and nothing much really happens the first third of the book. There are some instances of descriptions of mundane actions and happenings that don't do anything except pad the word count. Still, I liked that for once, we get an MC who isn't 'gorgeous' or 'stunning'. Someone who looks like a regular Jane. But that doesn't stop her from dreaming and fantasizing about 'gorgeous and stunning blondes'. So when said 'blonde' materializes and actually falls in love with her, she runs as far away as she can. How they go from this to being inseparable--for me, that's the best part of the book. Their interactions are a joy to read, and there are some funny and laugh out loud moments. Throw in a crazy ex and shady characters from the past and that should make for even better drama and action, right? Unfortunately, no. The last part may be quite the page-turner, but it is a little (no, more like a lot) over-the-top, riddled with plot holes, and too farfetched to be believable. Still, if you can suspend your disbelief for some of the weird CIA-esque stuff, it's a passably enjoyable book.