This wonderfully intense story provides both a deliciously spicy glimpse of larger-than-life individuals and creates a wrenching portrait of the events that have shaped them. I love the way the story gradually unfolds and reveals layers of the protagonists’ lives even as the tension mounts because of the threats to Isabeau, both physically and emotionally. The almost overwhelming attraction that blindsides both Noah and Isabeau is sizzling but the fascinating contrast between her apparent fragility and the spine of steel that she has had to cultivate is what makes her a great character to me. I actually read the sequel to this story first (“Midnight Heat”) and was so intrigued that I looked for this one as well. Each of them is easily read as a compelling and sexy stand-alone tale, yet complement each other well and I am disappointed that there are not more stories in the series (yet?). If you enjoy sexy musicians, emotionally charged situations and a hint of danger, this is the story for you.
“After Midnight” by Sarah Grimm is the first novel in the contemporary erotic romance ‘Black Phoenix’ series that introduces the sexy band led by Noah Clark and follows his growing attraction to the mysterious and multi-layered Isabeau Montgomery. Each of them is dealing with scars left over from the past and they are ill-prepared for the intensity of their attraction, but their very different goals and methods of coping with the pain threaten to end any relationship before it truly begins. Will the music that each is inherently shaped by bring them closer or drive them apart?
Thirteen years — that's how long Isabeau Montgomery has been living a lie. After an automobile accident took her mother's life, Izzy hid herself away, surviving the only way she knew how. Now she is happy in her carefully reconstructed life. That is until he walks through the door of her bar...
Black Phoenix singer/front man Noah Clark came to Long Island City with a goal — one that doesn't include an instant, electric attraction to the dark-haired beauty behind the bar. Coaxing her into his bed won't be easy, but he can't get her pale, haunted eyes nor her skill on the piano out of his head.
Can Noah help Isabeau overcome the past? Or will her need to protect her secret force her back into hiding and destroy their chance at happiness?