Title: Midnight Kiss (Touched by Midnight, book #1)
Genre: Historical Paranormal Romance/Gothic
Author: Nancy Gideon
Publisher: ImaJinn (July 2015)
Source: Free for review from the publisher
Sexy Rating: 5
Description from Amazon.com:
A DARK CURSE Miss Arabella Howland is content to forgo the London marriage mill to assist her father in his research, especially when it comes to his intriguing patient, Louis Radman. But it’s not long before Bella’s curiosity alerts her to the danger of her father’s work . . . and to the fact that Louis is not who or what he seems. A BRIGHT PROMISE After centuries struggling with his vile existence, Louis Radman will soon be free of his affliction, thanks to his very capable physician. Unfortunately, his heart is less secure around the man’s tempting daughter. His yearning to walk in the light once more is complicated by his desire for the delightful Bella, who is as intelligent as she is fearless. But if history has taught him anything, it’s not to tempt fate. AN UNFORGIVING PAST Still, happiness has a price and Louis is soon reminded that mortality comes with unfortunate limitations. To protect his new bride, he must face the demons from his past who wish to pull him back into their vampiric fold. Yet, if he’s forced to return to his midnight world, will he lose his beloved Bella forever?
Louis has had enough of being a vampire and wants noted London physician, Dr. Howland, to “cure” him. But the cure is always very temporary and requires blood and medications frequently. Arabella is fascinated with Louis before she knows that he is a vampire and falls for him. She is in love and swears to stand by him once she finds out. There are dangers surrounding their alliance and nothing is simple or easy.
This is a compelling romance between a vampire and a human. It is in the vein of Dracula or perhaps an Anne Rice novel. It is dark, violent and not all that much romantic unless you like your romance bloody and quite dangerous. Personally this is not in my wheel-house. However this book is well written and is sure to appeal to those who do like Gothic Vampire stories.