Book Review Midnight Girl by Nora LeDuc

Hello, I was given a free book, a Mystery/Romantic Suspense called Midnight Girl, written by Nora LeDuc to read for an honest review.

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Blurb: When a teenager mysteriously disappears in Hawick Falls, New Hampshire, Lisa Raynes fears her kidnapper, who recently escaped from prison, is hunting girls again. She also believes he’s targeted her for his next victim when she receives a threatening message. To add to her problems, her ex-boyfriend Travis Bodell, nephew of her captor, shows up in town. Five years ago, he promised to love Lisa forever, but he left her to start a new life. Trusting him was a mistake she will never repeat. 

Bad boy Travis Bodell has a history of run-ins with the law. The police suspect he came back to aid his uncle, not to warn Lisa she’s in danger. With the investigation going nowhere, Travis focuses on Lisa who identifies with the missing teen and wants to find her. To keep Lisa safe, he offers to help her search. She refuses until loving memories of their past surface, and she finally accepts his proposal. Working together arouses strong feelings of attraction that neither will admit.

As time runs out for the kidnap victim, disturbing threats against Midnight Girl, Lisa’s online name, grow. She realizes the only way to stay alive is to open her heart and put her faith in Travis, but can she let go of her doubts and lingering hurt? Can the couple join forces and win against a cunning criminal fueled by hate?

“Let’s go.” He dug out a four-inch black flashlight from his pocket and turned it on. He threaded his fingers through hers.

The simple action felt intimate and personal, but she didn’t have time to react. He was leading her forward. Sticks and twigs crunched beneath their feet. They ducked under branches. 

The blackness closed around them. She struggled to inhale and exhale calmly. 

I’m fine. She angled her head upward, seeking the starlight.

Suddenly, her shoe caught in a hole. She lost her balance. 

Travis tightened his grip and reached under her elbow to steady her. “You okay?”

The hooting of an owl answered. 

She wet her dry lips. “Super.”

They walked until the trees thinned. An overgrown field lay ahead. A shrill scream sent quivers shooting through her.

“What was that?” She blinked, staring over her shoulder into the pines. “Was something or someone under attack?”

“Red fox. You must have heard one before.” 

“Not that I recall. Though as long as it’s not Seth, I’m good.” 

He released her hand and tramped to the edge of a field. “My uncle’s main hiding place was around here somewhere.”

“Somewhere?” She tightened her lips to keep them from quaking.

“I’ll find it.” He paced a few feet into the meadow of shrubs, knee-high gras, and waved her forward.

“Found it by the large oak. He pointed to a towering tree bordering the forest. Its limbs seemed to hover just beneath the sky now a mixture of stars and clouds.

My Review: 
Midnight Girl   by Nora Leduc 

This is book four of the Love & Mystery in the 6-oh-3 series

Midnight Girl is an enjoyable read with likeable characters. The book starts out with the damaged couple, Lisa and Travis. They once dated, and it’s clear they still care about each other. Their interaction is pained but tender and makes the two engaging. She denies him, at first, but there are sparks between them.

Lisa’s danger is immediate, as is Travis’. Lisa’s internal struggle to get beyond the tragic past and see the good in the world comes through well in the writing. The reader is sure to sympathize with her and Travis, who have both been wronged. Travis has his own troubled past to deal with. He has also been hurt and got into trouble as a teenager. Consequently, others judge him harshly. Lisa wonders if she can trust him. Their introspection is insightful, and readers will wonder about things right along with them.

They still have feelings for each other. Should they get back together? Lisa sees too many risks with that. 

The romance is weaved beautifully around the main action, the search for a kidnapped girl. Around that is the constant threat to Lisa and Travis. Someone is out to get them. It’s ironic that Lisa takes a lot of chances with her own life searching for clues for the missing girl when her former kidnapper is out there and means her harm. At least she brings protection with her.

When she starts really cooperating with Travis, things really get interesting and complicated.

The chief of police is annoying, harassing Travis just because he’s related to Seth, the antagonist of the story. Luckily, even he will achieve some personal growth. Other secondary characters play important roles and bring in some unexpected surprises.

The emotions are well-written. One can feel the fear or the tortured love of the main characters, can feel their frustration. There is sensuality between Lisa and Travis finally and moments of humor. Their relationship matures because of what they go through together. Each grows as a person, and that affects them as a couple.

There are enough twists and turns to keep a reader guessing all the way to the satisfying end. For an exciting story with characters you’ll love, this one is a keeper. 
AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Nora grew up in rural New England and still lives here. She has enjoyed combining my love of true crime shows with her imagination to produce romantic suspense and mysteries that you keep you guessing.

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Nora said…
Thank you hosting and reviewing my book! I appreciate you reading it over the holiday. Happy New Year.
Nora said…
thanks, Victoria. It is a great review!!!
I am glad to be a host and truly enjoyed reading this novel! Happy new year!
Nora said…
Well, thank you so much. It means a lot to me that you enjoyed the book!! Here's to a great New Year.
James Robert said…
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