Series: Fantasyland #5
Published by Independently Published
Publication Date: August 15th, 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Romance
Also in this series: Wildest Dreams, Golden Dynasty, Fantastical, Broken Dove
Also by this author: The Gamble, Ride Steady, Wildest Dreams, Golden Dynasty, Fantastical
I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Against his will, Noctorno Hawthorne, an undercover vice cop, finds himself embroiled in magic, mayhem and parallel universes. Too late, he meets an amazing woman only to find she’s destined for his identical twin in another world.
And things aren’t going real great there.
Noc is recruited to help save that world.
What he doesn’t know is his destined love resides there.
Franka Drakkar wears a mask. A mask she never takes off to protect herself in a world of malice, intrigue and danger.
When Franka meets Noc and he discovers her secrets, convinced she carries a midnight soul, having shielded herself from forming bonds with anyone, she struggles with accepting his tenderness and care.
When Noc meets Franka, over wine and whiskey, her masks slips and Noc knows it’s her—only her—and he has to find a way to get her to come home with him.
And then make her want to stay.
“You need to leave,” I declared.
His brows drew together a moment before his expression showed clearly that comprehension had dawned.
Sadly, comprehension might have dawned but he didn’t leave.
He crouched by the bed and offered in a soft voice, “You need me to carry you to the other room so you can have a bit of privacy?”
He thought I needed a chamber pot.
What was happening to my face?
The heat I felt in my cheeks could be nothing other than me blushing.
I didn’t blush. I’d never blushed. Not even when I’d set about seducing my first lover at age sixteen.
I needed to be quit of this man as soon as possible.
“No…I…do…not,” I bit out.
“Sure?” he asked kindly.
“I need you to leave, Noctorno,” I used his full name in an effort to irritate, something that worked if the flare in his eyes was any indication, “so Josette can prepare me. We’re away to Kristian’s this morning.”
Another drawing of his brows before he asked, “What?”
“After my toilette, Josette and I are to my sleigh so we can begin our journey to my brother’s home.”
His eyes got bigger as his mouth inquired peculiarly, “Are you high?”
“No,” I answered his ridiculous question unnecessarily, “Indeed, I’m low. As you can see since I’m lying abed.”
For a second he just stared at me.
Then he threw his head back and burst into loud, deep, beautiful laughter.
I wanted to throw something at him.
Unfortunately, in my current position, this was not an option open to me.
“I fail to see what’s amusing,” I noted.
He controlled his mirth only to mutter, “I’ll explain it later.” He went on more distinctly, “Frannie, you’re not goin’ to your brother’s today. Or tomorrow. Or until you’re fit. Then, maybe Valentine will spirit you there, or whatever the fuck that’s called. But for the foreseeable future, your ass is in that bed and you’re resting so you can heal.”
Who did he think he was, telling me what I would or would not do?
“As you’ve determined,” I began, “this is not the first time I’ve been in this condition so I do believe that I know best what I’m capable of and…”
I stopped speaking because he came slightly out of his crouch so he could put his face into my face and he was no longer looking mirthful.
He was looking angry.
“That was when you had no one lookin’ out for you but that’s not the case anymore. So this is how it’s gonna be,” he announced.
He then, to my shock, irritation and outrage, announced how it was going to be.
Like he had the right to tell me how it was going to be!
“I have a midnight soul, it’s true, but light shines upon it every once in awhile. I feel its warmth when it does and it means everything to me. Everything.”
While this is the last in this series, Midnight Soul has left one hell of an impression. Sure, it wasn’t my favorite of the series. And yes, it was my lowest rating at a 3 star, but don’t get it confused. 3 stars is really good! In fact, considering how you could classify this as an unconventional type of story, it was still really enjoyable. I have been eagerly anticipating Noc and Franka’s story for some time. Especially since Franka has been portrayed as a villain in the previous installments. Because of this I was slightly worried that I wouldn’t love Franka as a heroine, but those worries were for naught. She is incredibly vulnerable and greatly misunderstood. I liked the direction in which her and Noc connected.
The only reason I would state this as an unconventional story was because it felt like less of Noc and Franka’s story and more like an extended epilogue. Especially since we find out the fates of some of the other “otherworld” characters. There were a few times where I had a little trouble staying on track and not skimming ahead to see what was going on with Noc and Franka but overall it managed to keep my attention and my interest and I’m really glad that we had more moments with some of my favorite couples. Overall, this is a bittersweet end to one of my favorite series of all time and I recommend it to everyone.