Chasing Midnight

By Shyloh and Alex Morgan

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Sadly the time has come for me to do something I really don’t like having to do: Give a 1 heart review.

Chasing Midnight sounded very promising, but unfortunately I had to give up the chase just before the 50% mark.  I have read over 500 books these past few years and I can honestly say I can count on one hand the number of books I haven’t been able to finish.  I won’t say I hated it, but it did frustrate me to the point that I simply could not go on.

I didn’t want to be too critical, but here are the 5 main reasons I couldn’t finish it.

1     Too many characters (some I felt were unnecessary) are introduced at the beginning of the book and I was left struggling to remember who was who and who belonged to what family.  Misery has at least three siblings (that I can remember) and for each sibling she uses their real name and their nickname, sometimes in the same sentence.  I just couldn’t keep up.

2     POV changes constantly and without any notice.  Because of the POV changes, there’s quite a bit of scene repetition and backtracking in time as you read about what was going through each of the character’s heads.

3     This book also includes secondary stories about Quinn’s brother Chance and sister Syra, and their love lives.  This had me thinking I was going to read three stories in one and really drags out the book.

4      The repetitiveness of the characters dramas are too much.  Mhisery’s father is a drunk and an embarrassment.  Quinn raised his younger siblings after his parents died.  Chance is worried about Alyssa’s reputation after being seen in public with him.  We got it the first time.  There’s no need to keep bringing it up.

5     The descriptive words that popped up only during the sex scenes left me discombobulated.  Nothing fizzles out a fire quicker than having to look up the definition of a word: Mhisery educed Quinn’s shirt; and She wanted to feel his erection against her integument.  One word was so weird I still have not been able to find a definition for it on the internet: Her hand apperceived his sizable erection.  And I’m not sure why the authors had a problem with just using regular words: his teeth grazing against her derma (skin/flesh); She explored his portal (mouth) completely; Her hand smoothed over the surface of her smooth, ink-covered epidermis (skin/flesh); and He nipped her epithelium (skin/flesh).

Now while this book was not for me, you might enjoy it.  On Amazon and Goodreads it does have at least a “4.6 out of 5” rating, so obviously most people are loving it.

I apologise to Shyloh and Alex if my review offends or upsets them, but I swore I was always going to be honest in my reviews.

Chasing Midnight

My rating:  1 Heart