Format: Mass Market Paperback, 288pp
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Pub. Date: October 2007
Upon the Midnight Clear is the first novel I’ve read of Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dream-Hunter series. I have to admit that I was expecting something a bit more and reading the reviews on Amazon I’m not the only one. I had really been looking forward to this one too, thanks to the hunky guy on the cover.
Aiden is a famous Hollywood actor who has had his faith in humanity ripped to shreds. Kenyon drops all kinds of references throughout the novel, including one to the movie 300, which gets a little tiring after awhile. Aiden has a psycho brother, Donnie, who has let his jealousy turn him into a monster bent on destroying everything Aiden has worked so hard to gain.
Leta is a dream goddess who has battled the god of Pain in the past and has suffered great losses. Leta, better than anyone, understands the pain that others inflict on those they love. But stripped of all emotion she refuses to concentrate on anything but revenge for past wounds.
When Donnie summons the god of Pain to kill Aiden, Leta steps in. Determined that no more innocents will be harmed and thirsty for revenge she plans to sacrifice herself if she must. What she doesn’t count on are the feelings that arise for Aiden. Broken and bitter Aiden is determined not to let Leta affect him but the more he is around her the more he can’t help but hope that not everyone hurts those they love.
I was expecting something with a bit more grit and what I got was a Christmas romance dressed up with Greek Gods. Not only did I get this sappy, makes you grimace while you read story, but I got the sappy cookie-cutter happy ending as well. Mind if I ruin it for you? Sure you don’t. They get married and have a baby. Gasp! Socking, I know.
Upon the Midnight Clear wasn’t bad, it just wasn’t what I had expected. Sherrilyn Kenyon is still one of my favorite romance authors and I will continue to read her stories, I have Dark Side of the Moon in my to-be-read stack right now and I can’t wait to get to it. Just when you pick this one up expect a light hearted read that will only take a few hours tops.