Which is the case with Shannon McKenna’s Fade to Midnight. As I mentioned here, even acquiring the book took some soul searching on my part. While I’m still not too keen on the book being published in hardcover, the novel itself is wonderful, and I’m so happy I bit the bullet and bought it.
I’ve been waiting for this book for years. Ms. McKenna had written books about all the other McCloud brothers and some of their friends. She finally, FINALLY got to Kev’s story. It didn’t disappoint. Fade to Midnight is almost 500 pages, and honestly I wouldn’t have had a problem with it being longer. The action never stopped, and I kept flipping the pages. One night I stayed up till 5:30 a.m. because I couldn’t put it down.
Ms. McKenna’s heroes are all alpha to the nth degree trained in combat techniques that I can only dream of. They think nothing of saving the day even if their lives are put in mortal danger. As more than one of them has noted, they don’t possess many (or any) of the social niceties people expect. They’re blunt to a fault. My favorite word to describe them is intense. They’re always ramped up ready to do whatever needs to be done. But as intense as they are, they’re ten times more intense about the special women in their lives. For instance…
He lay there afterwards, shaking. Every time they made love, he felt more naked. More out of control. Carrying on like a crazed barbarian warlord, waving his dick around like a club. But it was all bullshit. The power dynamic between them was brutally clear.
He was on his knees to her. She owned his ass.
Squee! I love that last line so much.
My only minor quibble is the interaction between Kevin and his brothers. I would have liked to have read more about that. However, I think I understand why Ms. McKenna didn’t go there – besides the book being ridiculously long. It’s not in the McClouds’ nature to gush and emote. These men are stoic. They have deep emotions, no doubt, but talking about them isn’t really their way. Their actions definitely showcased their love, but I’m a girl and I would have loved to have seen it expressed in words anyway.
But the book is great. It made me want to reread all of the books in this series.
So whatcha reading? Are you enjoying it?