ARC Review: Midnight Sacrifice by Melinda Leigh

April 25, 2013 Review 11

ARC Review: Midnight Sacrifice by Melinda Leigh

One by one, people are mysteriously disappearing from a small Maine town. Four months ago, a ruthless murderer killed two people and kidnapped three more, including Danny Sullivan's sister, who barely escaped. Unfortunately so did the killer, vanishing without a trace into the vast wilderness. When the police fail to find his sister's captor, Danny returns to Maine to hunt him down. He begins his search with another survivor, bed-and-breakfast owner Mandy Brown, but her refusal to cooperate raises Danny's suspicions. What is the beautiful innkeeper hiding? Mandy Brown has a secret. But sexy Danny Sullivan, his relentless questions, and the desire that simmers between them threaten to expose the truth ? a revelation that puts her family in danger. As more people disappear, it becomes clear the killer is planning another ritual?and that he's circling in on Mandy.

Title: Midnight Sacrifice
Author: Melinda Leigh
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: She Can Scream, She Can Hide, He Can Fall, Midnight Betrayal
Series: Midnight
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Midnight Betrayal, Midnight Obsession
Published by Montlake Romance
Source: Author
Published: April 16, 2013
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Pages: 323
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Purchase your copy: Amazon
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Stars: five-stars
Flames: three-flames

LOVE, I just absolutely love Melinda Leigh’s books. Her characters are the people you know. They have real life problems. Their problems have real life solutions. Melinda’s characters are east to connect to. The small town settings are somewhere you have been, or perhaps it is the place that you live. These factors and so many more make her books a pleasure to read. I also love the amazing dogs that she includes in her stories. The dog characters always have an amazingly large role. They truly are a character in the suspenseful tale that she weaves.

I knew the moment that Danny looked at Mandy and said “Please keep talking to me, Mandy” that he had something that needed to turn into a book. The situation they were in when he said this had the potential to really mess him up. Danny has just recently returned home from Iraq. His war injuries have left him feeling like a burden to his family. He no longer feels whole. Danny returns to Huntsville four months after the night he meets Mandy. His sister is still having problems sleeping. The trail for finding her tormentor has run cold. He wants to help in some way and he is hoping that a trip to where Jayne’s nightmare began may get the Sullivan family some much needed answers.

Mandy has some secrets that she is determined to keep. The secrets that she is keeping are protecting not only her life, but the lives of those that she holds dear. She has a daily reminder of the harm that her poor decisions cause. Every time she sees her friend Jed she can’t help but think about how she has caused all of his current problems. The added stress of being the person solely in charge of the inn does not help her blight. The fact that Danny Sullivan has cruised back into town asking questions and poking a hornet’s nest makes her situation nearly unbearable. The intense attraction is a whole other matter she does not want to even think about.

Melinda has spun one suspenseful tale with Midnight Sacrifice. She manages to make everyone a plausible suspect. The constant guessing and question asking is my favorite thing about romantic suspense novels. This one will definitely keep you guessing.

I have the feeling that readers will get to see another Sullivan with a book. I like that. This is an interesting family that I would gladly read more of. I do recommend reading both of these books in order. The big bad from Midnight Exposure carries over into the story of Midnight Sacrifice. 

Melinda Leigh
               

Melinda Leigh

Vanessa: Would you please start by telling us a little bit about yourself?

Melinda: I’m a former banker, a mom, and a martial artist. I love dogs, kids, and horses.  Oh, and I write.

Vanessa: Your books have very memorable pets, Henry, Sheba, and Bandit. Do you have a special furry friend in your life?

Melinda: Henry, the police dog reject in SHE CAN RUN, was one of readers’ favorite characters. He was so popular that my kids were a little offended that I didn’t write one of our own pets into the book. They demanded I base my next animal character on one of our furballs.  Bandit (SHE CAN TELL) is a spaniel mix we adopted from the animal shelter 3 years ago. I tried to keep his character’s personality as close to real as possible.  In SHE CAN SCREAM (September 2013), I’ve brought our old collie, Sunshine, to life.

Vanessa: I LOVED Henry. Honey was amazing too!

Marie: What books or authors have inspired your writing?

Melinda: I’ve been a Stephen King fan since I read Salem’s Lot in high school and slept with the light on for a week.  I highly recommend On Writing in audio since it’s narrated by King.  The book is part memoir and partially a description of his writing process.

Evelise: Who designs the covers, are the covers thought up with the characters in mind?

Melinda: The covers are designed by my publisher, though I do get input.

Evelise: Who are your inspirations?

Melinda: My kids and my family are my biggest inspirations.  They get just as excited about my book releases and totally supported of my deadlines.  No one could ask for more.

Liberty Ann: What one person alive today would make you geek out if they emailed you to tell you that they absolutely loved your book?

Melinda: I geek out every time anyone tells me they loved one of my books, and it still feels odd that a few hundred thousand people have bought my books. Being an author is a dream life, and I live in constant fear that I’ll wake up and it won’t be real.

Liberty Ann: If you could spend a whole day with one of your characters, where would you go and what would you do? Details please! *wink*

Melinda: I know what you’re thinking but I’ll have to disappoint you.   I gave up riding when I had my children, and I miss it.  So right now I’d pick Rachel Parker solely so I could spend time with her horses.

Vanessa: Rachel is the heroine from She Can Tell.

Lori: What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

Melinda: My sense of humor pokes through the serious threads of my novels. Sometimes this happens at entirely inappropriate times, but I can’t help it. Humor has always been one of my best coping mechanisms. Obviously, that bleeds over to my characters as well.

Lori: What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

Melinda: I’m either spending time with my family or practicing martial arts.  Books, movies, and  Doctor Who are also at the top of the list. My writing schedule is pretty full right now.  Additional hobbies will have to wait for things to slow down.

Gaele: With all the characters you have created – are there any that you feel need to have another book or series to get their “story told”?

Melinda: Conor Sullivan (Midnight series) is clamoring for my attention.  The tension between Conor and the museum curator is going to be delicious, and I hope I can dive into that next.

Vanessa: The Diva hopes that you can dive into Connor & Louisa’s tension next too.

Vanessa: I’m a bit of an author stalker and I love going to signings and conventions. Do you have any upcoming appearances?  I’ll be attending Romance Writers of America “Readers for Life” Literacy Autographing July 17 and Bouchercon crime fiction conference September 19-22.  Check out the events page on my website for updates.

Thanks to Vanessa for hosting me here at The Jeep Diva.  As usual, it was a pleasure.

Melinda Leigh

TOUR WIDE GIVEAWAY DETAILS

Melinda is giving away the following prizes on the tour:

  • GRAND PRIZE – a $25 gift card to Amazon and autographed copies of both MIDNIGHT books
  • TWO runners up get to pick a book of their choice from either the SHE CAN or MIDNIGHT series

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Melinda Leigh

MIDNIGHT EXPOSURE

Midnight series, Book 1

Point, click, die.

When two hikers disappear, their hometown in Maine blames the blinding storms. But the truth is far more sinister. Unaware of the danger, tabloid photographer Jayne Sullivan follows an anonymous tip to find the most reclusive sculptor in the art world. Instead, she finds sexy handyman Reed Kimball—and a small town full of fatal secrets.

Five years ago, Reed buried his homicide detective career along with his wife. But when a hiker is found dead, the local police chief asks Reed for help. Why was a Celtic coin found under the body? And where is the second hiker? Avoiding the media, Reed doesn’t need a murder, a missing person, or a nosey photographer. Then Jayne is attacked, and her courage is his undoing. Reed must risk everything to protect her and find a cunning killer.

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Melinda Leigh

MIDNIGHT SACRIFICE

Midnight series, Book 2

One by one, people are mysteriously disappearing from a small Maine town.

Four months ago, a ruthless murderer killed two people and kidnapped three more, including Danny Sullivan’s sister, who barely escaped. Unfortunately so did the killer, vanishing without a trace into the vast wilderness. When the police fail to find his sister’s captor, Danny returns to Maine to hunt him down.

He begins his search with another survivor, bed and breakfast owner Mandy Brown, but her refusal to cooperate raises Danny’s suspicions. What is the beautiful innkeeper hiding?

Mandy Brown has a secret. But sexy Danny Sullivan, his relentless questions, and the desire that simmers between them threaten to expose the truth. A revelation that puts her family in danger. As more people disappear, it becomes clear the killer is planning another ritual…and that he’s circling in on Mandy.

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Midnight SacrificeABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Melinda Leigh is a fully recovered banker. A life-long lover of books, she started writing when her youngest child entered first grade as a way to preserve her sanity. in 2007, she joined Romance Writers of America, learned a few things about writing a book, and decided the process was way more fun than analyzing financial statements. It was time to get serious about making her hobby a career. She began submitting her work in 2008. In 2009 she signed with an agent, who sold Melinda’s debut romantic suspense novel, SHE CAN RUN, in 2010 to Montlake Romance.

SHE CAN RUN released in November 2011 and became the #1 Bestseller in Kindle Romantic Suspense. SHE CAN RUN has been nominated for a 2012 Thriller Award for Best First Novel.

Melinda is also an avid martial artist. She holds a 2nd degree black belt in Kenpo Karate, studies Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and teaches women’s self-defense. She lives in a messy house in the suburbs with her husband, two teenagers, a couple of dogs and one neurotic cat with an inexplicable fear of ceiling fans. With such a pleasant life, she has no explanation for the sometimes dark and disturbing nature of her imagination

To find out more about Melinda and her books you can connect with her online:

Website / Facebook / Twitter / Goodreads

Melinda Leigh

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11 Responses to “ARC Review: Midnight Sacrifice by Melinda Leigh”

  1. melinda

    Hi Vanessa,

    Thanks again for having me as a guest. It’s always such a pleasure to visit with The Jeep Diva.

  2. DebraG

    Great post. I enjoyed reading about the books, the review and the interview. I am adding this one to TBR list.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

  3. annecolbert

    Anonymous said…
    Anyone who reads Midnight Sacrifice and its predecessor, Midnight Exposure will not be disappointed. Both books have the perfect balance between romance and suspense, not an easy feat. While the books are stand-alone books, I prefer to read books in a series in order and would recommend any reader do so.

    Also, I have read the two books in your “She Can” series, She Can Run and She Can Tell, respectively. It is another great series, Melinda, and I cannot wait to read the next in the series, She Can Run.

    Congratulations, Melinda, on Midnight Sacrifice, a work well done.

    Marijane Diodati
    mjdiodati@yahoo.com

  4. lisagk

    Thank you for the wonderful post. I loved the interview and enjoyed the animal/pet information.

    • melinda

      Thanks for reading, Lisa. As you can tell, animals stick their noses in everything I do. 🙂

  5. Cheryl Sanders

    Great interview! Melinda’s books sound amazing 🙂 Thank you for the giveaway!