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After Midnight (Black Phoenix, #1)
     

After Midnight (Black Phoenix, #1)

4.2 46
by Sarah Grimm
 

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

Overview

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?

Product Details

BN ID:
2940151748315
Publisher:
Sarah Grimm
Publication date:
11/15/2013
Series:
Black Phoenix , #1
Sold by:
Draft2Digital
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
68,905
File size:
381 KB

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After Midnight 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 46 reviews.
shannschoice More than 1 year ago
I am in love. This book was amazing. I would even go as far as to say that it was one of the best books that I read this year. Isabeau was a musical prodigy. At the age of 5, her abilities as a concert pianist came in to play, and her mother made sure that she was given every opportunity in the world to advance her talents. They would travel for the next five years, with Isabeau playing the piano to sold out concert halls, wowing audiences and making a name for herself. When a car accident takes the life of her mother and leaves Isabeau critically injured and fighting for her life, however, Isabeau’s love for the piano dies as well. At 25, Isabeau is living in New York City, running a small, yet popular bar. She has established a daily routine to her life and keeping herself from getting close to anyone. She is very guarded and determined to keep her life simple. When Noah, the incredibly sexy lead singer of the famous Black Phoenix band walks into her bar, however, Isabeau finds her life turned upside down and her simple life of monotonous day to day living is shaken up beyond anything she could have ever imagined. Noah fights to win Isabeau’s affection, and tries to prove to her that the music she left behind is the key to finally finding peace and happiness. Oh my gosh, this romance is wonderful. From the moment Isabeau and Noah meet, the sexual tension is thick enough to cut with a knife. Every single emotion that the characters feel is intense and felt deeply. It’s powerful, beautiful, and raw. The characters themselves are so exquisitely flawed. The plot is played out wonderfully, and when the last page is read, you’ll want to start again, just so you don’t have to say goodbye. I am not the type of person who rereads books often, but this is one I could and will probably read again and again.
AmyLillard More than 1 year ago
I have read several books with singers and piano players, even one with a karkoake bar. But I have never read a book where I could *hear* the music. Sarah Grimm does just that. She allows the reader to experience the music through the pages of her newest release, After Midnight. That itself is a great feat, but the sound she weaves through her words is only an accompaniment to the characters she has created. Noah Clark...mature rock star and caring soul, seeking a second chance at the one thing he loves--music. He's going about his career differently in this "comeback" tour, and he's not up for any unexpected bumps. And then he meets her, Isabeau Montgomery. Izzy is a now-grown child prodigy who abandoned music as a too painful part in her past. But once she meets Noah, the music she's drowned out of her head for so many years demands to be heard once again. There is a sensuality between Noah and Izzy that defies description. More mature than sexy, more beautiful than mere chemistry, it is a source of envy to all those around them. Noah understands Izzy on a base level. All the qualities she hates about herself, he admires. At Noah's hands, she learns to see herself through his eyes, find her beauty though she never thought it existed. Who wouldn't want a hero like Noah--rich, handsome, and able to see you (and love you) as you really are instead of how you think you should be? The perfect hero deserves the perfect soul mate, and Sarah provides. Izzy is smart, resourceful, and beautiful in her own way. She's survived more than the average person, walked down paths most of us will never glimpse. And yet we feel her pain, we understand her hiding, and we admire her strength. Add them to the beautiful prose of music, a touch of suspense, and extremely lovable secondary characters, and you have one fabulous read. You have After Midnight.
SallyPinkReviews More than 1 year ago
Grimm fashions a story that will pull on your heartstrings. Isabeau Montgomery is a child prodigy. By the age of twelve, she's an accomplished pianist, but when she looses her mother in a car accident, her world shatters into a thousand pieces. Can Noah tear down the battlements that surround her heart? "After Midnight" is set in Long Island. Noah Clark is the front man for Black Phoenix, a rock and roll band recording a demo for a come back record. Noah ventures into the nearby bar and finds Isabeau. Izzy intrigues him like no other woman he's meet, but she's cold and aloof and friendlier with his friend, Dominic. If it's one thing Noah has though, it's patience and persistence. Noah continues to visit the bar and wears Izzy down. Slowly, she lets down a wall or two and allows herself to get to know Noah. Noah discovers Izzy has a down on his luck step-brother who drowns his sorrows in booze. Izzy can play piano, but chooses not to. Izzy also has to deal with a jealous pianist, Gregory Howard. She also hates to be touched. All these clues set Noah on fire to unlock the chains surrounding her heart. Izzy reluctantly admits to herself that Noah has gotten under her skin. When he loses his grandfather, she travels to England to support him. There's no denying the sparks of attraction between then anymore. Izzy and Noah make love, but when a series of accidents begin to look more than accidental, Noah realizes he's fallen for Isabeau, but can he convince her what he feels for her is real? Grimm pulls the reader into the story with a gripping look at Isabeau's world. Noah storms into her heart just as he storms into the bar, setting the stage for a powerful tug of emotions between each of them. Grimm's writing style is easy to read, but clipped at times, almost reflective of Izzy's clipped heart. The dialogue captures the rich authenticity of the city which Grimm paints with skilled ease. Suspense blends effortlessly against a contemporary backdrop leaving the reader feeling the same restlessness that Izzy does. The characterization is the most enjoyable part of the novel. Izzy is haunted by demons that continue to fester inside her. Loss and disappointment have forced her not to play the piano, but Noah challenges her. His presence eases her pain. Noah has his own issues. He's fought off a drinking problem, but he's never been in love before. The novel's love scenes are sensual as well as tasteful, embodying the fierce intensity of Izzy and Noah's emotions. "After Midnight" will take the reader on an achingly romantic story and will resonate long after the last page.
Lisahelo08 More than 1 year ago
This is a beautifully written story. I love the chemistry and relationship between Noah and Isabeau. The raw emotional feel to the story held me captive from the beginning. I look forward to reading Dominic's story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book....emotional, could not put my nook down. The scenes were HOT! THIS IS a must read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a great read! Saucy and satisfying!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this story. I love leading rock star men especially with a british accent! Great characters!
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Ellen H. for Readers Favorite Isabeau Montgomery is the proprietor of a bar. One night she was playing the piano after hours when in walked Noah Clark. Noah was the lead singer of a band called Black Phoenix, trying to make a comeback. Isabeau was a child star pianist but stopped playing after she was in an accident where her mother lost her life. Her father battled for her custody with her stepfather; he won, but the only reason he wanted her was to make money off her talent. So, Isa decided it was better not to love music. Noah and his band rented space for a studio down the road from Isa's bar. He could not believe how talented she was and went about trying to get her back into playing. But, at what cost would it come? Isa is afraid it will destroy her instead of giving her back her life. There was instant chemistry from the beginning between Isa and Noah. Each comes to the relationship with baggage, and each wants to help the other get over theirs. The story was very easy to follow from beginning to end with just the right mix of description and dialogue. I enjoyed some of the minor characters like Dominic. Ms. Grimm weaves a captivating story and keeps you wanting to keep reading to see where her characters lead her. I loved the cover of the book and think it fits very well. This is a book very worth picking up and reading.
bucmjt 6 days ago
After Midnight by Sarah Grimm is definitely a 5* read, and I don't often say that. These characters are tough, with terrible past experiences. The patience and growth shown in this book is an excellent pre-curser to the series. I am looking forward to more in depth on the peripheral characters. Wonderfully told, well written, all around beautifully done. In the end, even I heard the music.
Zsai More than 1 year ago
good book for a relaxing evening
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love it! Must read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good book. I highly recomend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sarah this isone of the best books i have read in a long time it has romance sex mystery and isabsolutely believable you have a beautiful talent keep on writing my friend anne rash
RtBBlog More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by JoAnne Book provided by the publisher for review Review originally posted at Romancing the Book This was a romance that had lots of darkness to it and then some light would shine through to ease some of the pain you could feel coming off the pages. It drew me in from start to finish and I didn’t want to put it down. The heroine, Isabeau, (isn’t that a beautiful name) had lots of unhappiness and angst in her short life. I just wanted to reach through the pages to give her a hug and let her know there was someone there for her. Noah, who she meets in the bar she owned, had his own demons he was battling plus trying to make it back into the music business. When they met there was almost immediate chemistry and Isa had no idea why she was letting Noah get so close, letting him touch her, telling him some of the secrets of her past and thinking of him all the time. Isa was getting to Noah too and while he was embracing her and their friendship with open arms, and looking and hoping for more, it was hard for him to see her hurting and many times pushing him away. There was romance – sometimes sweet and sometimes steamy – but also friends, family, heartache, angst and some mysteries that needed to be solved. The characters were so well developed you felt you were there with them and knew them as friends. There was a promise of a happily ever after and some closure that could have been told in an epilogue but hopefully we’ll learn more in book 2 of the Midnight Series. I have not read books by Grimm before but look forward to reading book 2 in the series as well as her debut novel, Not Without Risk. Favorite Quote:  “Dad,” she said with a sigh. She’d spent half the night reliving the kiss she and Noah shared. The hot press of his body against hers, the exquisite male taste of him. The second half wondering whether his arrival at her place had been an elaborate set-up orchestrated by the man sitting across from her right now.
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northamericanwordcat More than 1 year ago
Good Rocker Read  After Midnight is an engaging read about a virtuoso pianist that doesn't play anymore and rock star trying to get back in the music game after a six year absence. They are both tortured like able souls and the secondary characters are engaging. I really hope the heroine's  adopted father gets his own book The book is well written with an early typo about Sacromento that confuses the setting. The writer also demands a level of feeling from the reader too early in the book which the characters have yet to earn.  If you have a craving for a rock star book with some depth, this is a good popcorn choice. If you like these themes, you will enjoy this book! Spoilers below! abusive-father, accent, alcoholic hero, angst, band, bar, bartender, body-art, british-hero, contemporary-romance, contemporary-romance-series, fame, genius, grief, half-breed, low-self-esteem, musician, music, native-american-lead, new-york, piano, recovery, reserved-heroine, resistant-herione, rock-star, scarred, slow-seduction, stalker, tortured-hero, tortured-heroine
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I really like the relationship between Isabeau and Noah. I'm a firm believer that music is a universal language and speaks to people on a primal, elemental, basic level. And this story taps into that. Noah walks into Isabeau's bar one night to retrieve a forgotten jacket (or wallet? w/e) and hears Isabeau pouring her heart into a piano song. He hears her pain, longing, anguish, relief, joy, and he's mesmerized. The feeling is definitely not mutual. It was good to see a man who just wouldn't give up. Noah was determined. Isabeau would be his. But that didn't stop their relationship from evening out emotionally later (nope, nope, nope. No spoiler for you). Definitely a re-read.
terferj More than 1 year ago
Isabeau is this brilliant scarred pianist that keeps people at a touching distance until she meets Noah. Noah is the hunky singer of a band that can't seem to stay away. The chemistry between Noah and Isabeau was great. Also there is someone that's out to get Isabeau. I liked this book. The beginning just threw you right into the story, which left me confused as to what was going on. It got better but at times there was some slow moments for me. Even though Noah was supposed to be British, he didn't really seem like it. I guess that's not that big of deal. With that being said, I think it was a good book and I would pick up the next in the series.
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Really good full length book. Unique story and characters. The reason she stopped playing seemed a little forced at times, but an overall keeper. Now she needs to write Dominic's story!