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Midnight Sacrifice

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2014 Daphne du Maurier Award Finalist

One by one, people are mysteriously disappearing from a small Maine town.

Four months ago, a ruthless murderer killed two people and kidnapped three more, including Danny Sullivan’s sister, who barely escaped. Unfortunately so did the killer, vanishing without a trace into the vast wilderness. When the police fail to find his sister's captor, Danny returns to Maine to hunt...

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Overview

2014 Daphne du Maurier Award Finalist

One by one, people are mysteriously disappearing from a small Maine town.

Four months ago, a ruthless murderer killed two people and kidnapped three more, including Danny Sullivan’s sister, who barely escaped. Unfortunately so did the killer, vanishing without a trace into the vast wilderness. When the police fail to find his sister's captor, Danny returns to Maine to hunt him down.

He begins his search with another survivor, bed and breakfast owner Mandy Brown, but her refusal to cooperate raises Danny’s suspicions. What is the beautiful innkeeper hiding?

Mandy Brown has a secret. But sexy Danny Sullivan, his relentless questions, and the desire that simmers between them threaten to expose the truth. A revelation that puts her family in danger. As more people disappear, it becomes clear the killer is planning another ritual…and that he’s circling in on Mandy.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781469290263
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Publication date: 4/28/2013
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Melinda Leigh abandoned her career in banking to raise her kids and never looked back. She started writing as a hobby and became addicted to creating characters and stories. Since then, she has won numerous writing awards for her paranormal romance and romantic-suspense fiction. Nominated for an International Thriller Award for Best First Novel, her debut book, She Can Run, sold over 100,000 copies within six months and was the number one bestseller in both Kindle Romantic Suspense and Mystery/Thriller. When she isn’t writing, Melinda is an avid martial artist: she holds a second-degree black belt in Kenpo karate and teaches women’s self-defense. She lives in a messy house with her husband, two teenagers, a couple of dogs, and two rescue cats.
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  • Posted July 23, 2013

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    This story is sort of a continuation of the last book (Midnight

    This story is sort of a continuation of the last book (Midnight Exposure) but focuses on a couple of the background characters. Parts of this review will have spoilers for the previous book.

    In the last book we met Jayne and Reed. Jayne is Danny's sister who was kidnapped by the homicidal Druid. Mandy was the homicidal Druid's booty call. No one knew that they were shacking up since he was her employer at the diner she worked at, as well as the towns Mayor. In the end of the last book, Nathan (the homicidal Druid) tried to kidnap Mandy during his escape and Danny, who was looking for his sister Jayne, stumbled across the altercation and saved Mandy. So... needless to say, you kind of need to read the first book in order to really connect with not only the murderer, two main characters, but the story as a whole.

    With that being said, I didn't find myself gravitating to their story like I was with Reed and Jayne. Maybe because I already knew who the killer was? Although the author did add another player into the mix to help spice things up. I think I may have just not enjoyed the main characters in general? I really don't know.

    I will say this, the suspense was intense just like the last book. Nathan get's his hands on more unsuspecting victims and with seeing it through the eyes of both the victims and Nathan's perspective really put a chill in the air.

    Even though I enjoyed the first book more, I still enjoyed this story. I think I just connected more with Jayne and Reed than Mandy and Danny. Either way, if the author continues this story line, I will definitely be picking it up.

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  • Posted May 3, 2013

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    "Midnight Sacrifice" is the second book in the series.

    "Midnight Sacrifice" is the second book in the series. Melinda pens her plot in vivid descriptions, filled with twists and turns as she brings you into the world of the Druids. Her characters were real to live and believable, with great chemistry between them. I wish I had read the first book in the series, as I'm sure I lost a bit of back story on the plot, but as a stand alone book it was enjoyable. A must read for all mystery, suspense fans.




    This review is based on a complimentary copy from the author which was provided for an honest review.

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  • Posted April 22, 2013

    "Midnight Sacrifice" is the second book to Melinda Lei

    "Midnight Sacrifice" is the second book to Melinda Leigh's Midnight series and it definitely is a tear jerker, especially towards the end.
    If you have no read the first book, " Midnight Exposure", you definitely should consider reading it before you dive into "Midnight Sacrifice" due to Melinda having the second book pick up after the first book.  At least set four months after the first book.

    Danny Sullivan's sister is now living back in Pennsylvania with her fiancé, Reed, and she's trying to get on with her life, but her brothers want to find the other culprit that tried to kill their sister.  Danny is Jayne's little brother, and he will do anything to protect his sister.  He heads back to the small town in Maine to find out what happened to the person who kidnapped and tried to kill his sister.  He also wants to find out more about Mandy, the woman he helped back four months ago and he helped save her friend, Jed.
    Mandy though is trying to avoid Danny due to what is happening still in town and with her.  The kidnapper that kidnapped Danny's sister is still at large and seems to be threatening Mandy and she's trying everything to go on with her life.  She has her friend, Jed to look after her and help her, but she really does not want any help.  She wants to run the inn that her mother cannot run right now and take care of her brother Bill.
    When people start going missing again, the town starts wondering if the same person who kidnapped Jayne is at again.  Danny will do anything to find that person and bring him to justice...and he will do anything to protect the woman he cannot get out of his head as well.  Mandy though has a secret that may drive him away though.

    Melinda Leigh did a fabulous job on continuing the story of what is happening in Maine.  She gives you a lot of suspense, celtic rituals (that she goes into detail on explaining), and heated sexual tension.  Not in that order of course.
    I connected well with both Danny and Mandy in this story.  Danny having his own issues with what happened to him in the Army and what he continues to deal with due to PTSD is definitely one male character who can get out of a tight jam and is very stubborn.  He definitely had a Army stance to him and maybe being prior military myself, I loved getting to know his background and knowing what he has gone through. It made him stronger each time he went through something.
    Mandy is one strong-willed female character who proved herself to even her closest friends that she could take care of herself.  I loved the fact after the incident four months ago, she took it upon herself to start taking care of herself and her family.  She even surprised the stubborn, Danny, when they went to the gun range and she proved she has a better shot than he does. (You go girl!)  =)
    This is one story that is not for the light-hearted though.  You may become attach to certain characters and you may even start crying thanks to Melinda making your emotions go haywire. I knew I bawled like a baby at the ending of "Midnight Sacrifice".  I should have known though that Melinda's story would make me cry. It seems I am always pulling out the tissues with her romantic suspense books.

    I give this book 5 full moons and highly recommend this book and the first book to romantic suspense readers out there.  I definitely recommend reading the first book before this one due to wanting to know fully what happened to the previous characters and why the story has continued on.

    I definitely look forward to the next book in the series and more books from the talented Melinda Leigh.  I will make sure again to have the tissues next to me for the next book before I start reading it.  I totally forgot to have them this time.  I have learned my lesson.  =)

    I received a complimentary copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Posted April 16, 2013

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    Midnight Sacrifice is a fast paced and entertaining, suspenseful

    Midnight Sacrifice is a fast paced and entertaining, suspenseful romance. I love the characters and was happy to see some of the characters from Midnight Exposure again and to meet new ones. Ms. Leigh has a way of making you feel like you know them and good or bad you like them. The book is set in a small town in Maine and the way it is described it is breathtaking! I was hooked from the beginning and couldn't put it down!

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  • Posted April 16, 2013

    Midnight Sacrifice is the highly anticipated follow up to Midnig

    Midnight Sacrifice is the highly anticipated follow up to Midnight Exposure and it was worth the wait!

    I highly recommend reading them in order as they are not really stand alone novels. Midnight Sacrifice picks up the huge plot line left open in Midnight Exposure and brings it to a conclusion.

    In Midnight Exposure we met Jayne who inardvertently put herself into the sights of a ritual killer, when she was kidnapped her brothers came to the rescue. Danny Sullivan had been medically discharged from the army and was suffering from PTSD when he went to try and save his sister, he ended up saving Mandy instead and unfortunately the killer escaped. Now four months later his sister isn't sleeping, she's plagued with nightmares as the police investigation has came to a stand still and she needs a resolution in order to get on with her life.

    Danny returns to Maine with the intention of getting to the bottom of what is going on. When he encounters Mandy again there is an attraction there but he soon becomes aware that she is keeping secrets and possibly knows more than she has previously admitted to. Can he convince Mandy to trust him? People are disappearing again and suspicions are rife - can they get to the bottom of it before it's too late?

    I loved this book, it had a little of everything and I was kept guessing until almost the end. Melinda paints a vivid picture with her writing and you can easily identify with the characters and see yourself living among them. I planned to read just a few chapters before bed but what actually happened was I read it until the last word - I just couldn't put it down, so much happens in this book emotionally I was a mess! there are more Sullivan's I wouldn't mind getting to know better.

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  • Posted April 13, 2013

    An Excellent Read A killer is on the loose near the small town

    An Excellent Read

    A killer is on the loose near the small town of Huntsville, Maine. Four months ago, he ritualistically killed two people and kidnapped
     three others. Unfortunately, he escaped and his whereabouts has stymied the police. Danny Sullivan's sister, Jayne, was kidnapped
    by the killer and narrowly escaped. Jayne is again at home in Philadelphia but lives in fear that the killer will find her. Frustrated, Danny
    returns to Huntsville determined to track down the killer. 

    Although Danny did not rescue Jayne, he did save Mandy Brown, Hunstville's bed and breakfast owner, from an attack by the killer.
    Danny is attracted to Mandy. Nonetheless, Mandy is the logical person for him to begin his investigation. He is perplexed by her
    unwillingness to answer his questions. What does she have to hide?

    Mandy does have a secret that could destroy her family. She unwittingly had an affair with the killer about which she is ashamed. More
    importantly, she is receiving threats of harm to her ill mother and mentally challenged brother if she reveals the relationship to anyone. 

    Mandy continually rebuffs Danny, although it becomes obvious that the attraction is mutual. Regardless of the the growing feelings
    between them, she must keep her secret from the charming, sexy and ever persistent Danny. She wants to trust Danny but fears what
    he will think of her because of the affair. 

    People begin disappearing and it appears that the killer is preparing for another of his ritualistic murders. It soon becomes apparent
    that the killer is obsessed with Mandy. Will she be able to keep her family safe? Will Danny be able to protect Mandy? Will the killer
    deprive Danny and Mandy of a future?

    Jayne's story is told in “Midnight Exposure,” the first book of this compelling series. I prefer to read books in a series in order but it is not
    necessary. “Midnight Sacrifice” is a stand-alone read. 

    I highly recommend “Midnight Sacrifice” to any reader who genuinely enjoys Romantic Suspense, that is, a balance between the two
    genres.

    I received an ARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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