Series: The Midnight Society
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, Fiction, Mystery, Romantic Suspense
Published by Strangecrow Books on December 23, 2013
Source: Amazon.com, Personal Copy
Purchase Links: Amazon
Book Links: Goodreads
Semblance (Book 1 of the Midnight Society):
Whoever said money couldn't buy happiness has never starved a day in their lives.
My name is Aria Valencia, a third year classical music student at the University, and I was down to my last dollar. Some nights, I seriously considered stripping at the Skin Bar just to make ends meet, but the thought of my dad's spirit--God rest his soul--scowling at me while I shoved my breasts into some pervert's face was enough to turn me off the idea completely.
And then one night, chance came knocking on my door under the guise of the Midnight Society, a secret cabal comprised of the most wealthy and influential souls this side of the Universe. Their leader was a man named Shadow, who was equally enigmatic as he was gorgeous and, for some mystifying reason, had his dark brooding eyes focused on me.
Seduced by the promises of fame and fortune in exchange for a seemingly innocent request, I soon found myself drawn into a provocative world filled with both vast riches and unending lies and it didn't take long for me to realize what being a part of the Midnight Society actually entailed: shiny things, hot sex, and dead bodies.
There's a dark side to every love story, and this one was mine.
Penumbra (Book 2 of The Midnight Society):
In one night, I lost everything: my hopes and dreams, my best friend, and Shadow’s heart. He told me he loved me, but it was just a lie.
The Midnight Society has fallen, reduced to ashes by a monster--a person whom we all once trusted. The betrayal has shattered our lives forever and Shadow, Lord of the Midnight Society, finds himself at a crossroad.
One road leads him further down the path of vengeance, filled with unending violence and dead bodies. The other road leads to me. However, our path to happiness is paved with broken glass and razorblades, and at some point, one of us is going to fall.
Welcome to the world of the Midnight Society.
So, in doing two books in one review, I realize that just by reading the book descriptions alone, there will be spoilers. But I will try to keep them at a minimum.
I decided to review both at once because this is a series I believe in and that I want to know immediately what happens next!
The description gives you just a vague overview of what happens in the books and I’m grateful for that. It doesn’t prepare you for just how deep and dark this rabbit hole goes, and THAT is what makes me love this author.
Aria begins in a world that seems weird but mostly innocent and then things take such a drastic turn… actually, “drastic” seems too tame of a word here… I don’t know how many different ways I can describe it, and still have it not cover just how quickly it went from light to dark in her world.
Shadow is a strange, one-track minded kind of guy and is determined to find the one behind killing his parents, and when he finds out… his steely determination reaches farther than you can imagine.
These books give you one hell of a ride, though it seems to start off slow and sweet and romantic… I suppose that’s why I loved the shock it gave me. Because, unless you’re warned, you don’t expect it. The beginning wasn’t bringing me back again and again, but I was told to stick with it, and I’m SO glad that I did. The juxtaposition between the beginning of the books (not all sweet, but still, mostly innocent) and where book one, alone, ended up? Brilliant.
Logan Patricks is an an incredible author and I can’t wait to read his next one — or even just know the title. “Semblance” is defined as an outward aspect or appearance. “Penumbra” is a shadowy, indefinite, or marginal area. I had to look that last one up, and if you’ve read my reviews before, you’ll know that I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it when I have to look up a new word that I don’t know. It’s the mind expanding.
The first book is available (currently) for $3.83 – normally $3.99. It’s worth it. Read the first book and then buy and read the second. You’ll thank me later!
P.S. – Logan Patricks gets brownie points for having his characters listening to Regina Spektor in the books. Respect and points for a good taste in music!