Overall Grade: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
“Perhaps it was her human side that allowed her to handle absurdity?”
A pandemic hits, and you’re an author. Stay at home orders and the fear of contracting a virus that could be simple or something greater impinges on your creativity. You decide to write collaboratively with another author and before you know it, you have a little paranormal story that provides the set-up for a larger story. This “little” story is Nora Everly and Piper Sheldon’s Midnight Clear, a novella and the first book of their Star Crossed Lovers series.
This story follows Anna, a woman who dumps her boyfriend at the outset of the story for cheating on her. She runs to the farm she inherited from a grandmother she had never met to find solace from the egregiousness of her night. There, she is surrounded by three cats, an 80s/90s sitcom-quoting parrot, a Golden Retriever named Audrey, a llama named Marv, and sundry other animals. When Marv escapes the barn, Anna goes in search of him, only to find Him, a naked man, who is seemingly unconscious. Instead, Him aka Sam is an alien who has taken on the form of a handsome, well-endowed man from another planet come to Earth in search of his brother and sister. His heart and soul are drawn to Anna who rescues him and takes him to her home where the energy and connection between them are otherworldly. As the night transpires, Sam gains memories of his life, and Anna draws closer to him because she simply cannot stay away.
Midnight Clear is this simple, quirky romance between soul-fated lovers. As Anna notes in the quote that begins this review, there is a fair amount of absurdity with this story, but it feels like a perfect release in a world that feels overwhelming. Everly and Sheldon keep this one light, and they engage you to the finish, leaving you ready for the next book of this series. I have to be honest, though. I am personally not a fan of PNR romance; therefore, I had to work hard to suspend my disbelief. Instead, I sat back and enjoyed the ride of this book. Additionally, I had quite a few questions that I’m hoping are answered in the next book. For example, I wanted more of Anna’s story after the revelation of the book’s secrets. For me, that was a big challenge in this book. Even more, I want Sam’s back story. Again, I’m hoping all will be revealed in If the Fates Allow.
Honestly, there isn’t much that Nora Everly and Piper Sheldon could do wrong. The ladies carefully draw up their stories in ways that provide a respite from the dreariness of our lives, currently lived in quarantine. If you are looking for a little bit of silly with a couple who pull at your heartstrings, then run and grab the quick read of Midnight Clear.
In love and romance,