Review: Midnight’s Kiss (Elder Races #8) by Thea Harrison

May 7, 2015 Review 4

Review: Midnight’s Kiss (Elder Races #8) by Thea HarrisonMidnight's Kiss by Thea Harrison
Series: Elder Races #8
Published by Berkley Sensation on May 5, 2015
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Paranormal Romance, Romantic, Urban Fantasy
Format: Paperback
Pages: 290
Source: Publisher
Sexual Content: Sex scenes.
Reviewed by: Julia
4 Stars

In the latest Novel of the Elder Races, two souls who have long buried their passions are about to be consumed…

Ever since their scorching affair ended years ago, Julian, the Nightkind King, and Melisande, daughter of the Light Fae Queen, have tried to put the past behind them—and distance between them. But when a war breaks out between Julian and Justine, a powerful Vampyre of the Nightkind council, they find themselves thrown together under treacherous circumstances…

Kidnapped as leverage against Julian, Melly is convinced that her former lover won’t be rushing to her rescue. But when Julian gives himself up to save her, they both end up Justine’s captives. Armed only with their wits and their anger, Melly and Julian must work together to escape. But will they be able to ignore their complicated history, or will the fiery passion that once burned them blaze again?

MIDNIGHT'S KISS promises to show the sexier side of the vampire from SERPENT'S KISS, as Julian was first heir to Carling's throne and then a threat to her life. And while this transition from villain to hero was successful, neither Julian nor Melly were able to steal my heart. If you love old lovers thrown together and working through past misunderstandings, MIDNIGHT'S KISS offers just that trope with a side of political intrigue, immortality, and vampirism.

While Harrison's vampiric society is intellectually interesting, political struggles alone weren't enough to keep me invested in our hero's well being. Even Julian's romance felt flat, as his reactions and reflections on Carling had more emotional impact for me than the rather telenovela explanation for his past break up with Melly (which managed to feel both predictable and a little ridiculous). Despite this, an Elder Races novel with a few weaknesses is still a sexy, well written Paranormal Romance that has me anxious for the installment in the series.  Ignoring what kept Julian and Melly apart, their chemistry together is undeniable.

While Julian and Melly aren't going to unseat Dragos and Pia, or Grace and Khalil, or even Carling and Rune as my favorite Elder Races couple, they're still in good company. Getting a glimpse of Julian's motivations and relationships, both with Melly and his fellow vampires, was a nice compliment to his earlier presence in the Elder Races world. It was just that switch from villain to hero that was my favorite part of MIDNIGHT'S KISS, so new readers will be missing out if they start the series here.

Series Titles:
  1. Dragon Bound - 4/5
  2. Storm's Heart - 4/5
  3. Serpent's Kiss - 4/5
  4. Oracle's Moon - 5/5
  5. Lord's Fall - 4/5
  6. Kinked - 4/5
  7. Night's Honor - 4/5
More Reviews: Similar Titles:
  • For another pair of immortal lovers with some complex political issues in the Elder Races series, try the romance of a dark fae princess and Tiago the thunder bird in STORM'S HEART (or see Julian's first appearance in SERPENT'S KISS).
  • For two lovers with baggage and unbelievably hot reconciliations, try Chess and Terrible in Stacia Kane's CITY OF GHOSTS.  While these two scare the heck out of me when it comes to poor personal decisions, their chemistry practically incinerates the page.

4 Responses to “Review: Midnight’s Kiss (Elder Races #8) by Thea Harrison”

  1. Renee (Lover of Romance)

    I enjoyed your review of this book…I have read the first few books of the series, but definitely need to return back to it and just reading this has made me even more excited to get back to it.

    • Julia

      Oooh, I’m a little jealous that you have an Elder Races backlog to enjoy. The shorts are really good, too (and I’m not usually a fan of anything less than novel length). Have fun!

  2. Kim

    I enjoyed it, but that cover… Thanks for making reading it in public super awkward. 😉

    • Julia

      Oh my heavens, yeeees. Even knowing what scene the cover comes from doesn’t make it any less awkward.