A sexy category romance novella from Entangled's Brazen imprint...
Her New Year's resolution was seduction…
Doctor Ashley Hanes has one mission and one mission only—end her annoyingly long dry streak and ring in the New Year with a bang. Literally. When her long lost and oh-so-sexy ex-best friend Ethan Pierce shows up as if he hadn't broken her heart all those years ago, suddenly she doesn't want to bring home just any man. She wants Ethan.
What should have been one night of blow-your-mind make-up sex quickly turns into another. And another. Before long, Ashley thinks maybe she and Ethan should reunite for good. If only the elusive bachelor would stop running from his tortured past and trust a future in Ashley's arms…
Previously released in December 2013 under the Entangled Flaunt imprint.
About the Author
Diane Alberts is a multi-published, NYT and USA Today bestselling author with Entangled Publishing, Swoon Romance, and Decadent Publishing. She has, as of this date, six books with Entangled Publishing, one book with Swoon Romance, and five older books with Decadent Publishing. Some of her bestselling works with Entangled Publishing include ON ONE CONDITION, and TRY ME. Diane is represented by Louise Fury from the L. Perkins Agency.
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Kiss Me at Midnight
By Diane Alberts, Shannon Godwin
Entangled Publishing, LLCCopyright © 2013 Diane Alberts
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Ashley Hanes smoothed her skirt and examined her worried reflection in the bathroom mirror. It had been a hell of a year spent studying more than actually living, and she'd never been more exhausted in her life. Of course, she'd never been as happy, either, but the two kind of went hand in hand.
She'd also been enjoying the independence that came with the single life, and tonight was definitely one of those nights.
Because tonight she was really, really horny, and she had one goal and one goal only: find a man and bring him home with her for an unabashed, unhindered one-night stand. It had been months since she'd had any action. She needed to scratch the itch before she plowed through a whole freaking pack of AAbatteries in a month.
She knew her mission. Knew what she wanted.
She should be calm and collected and focused on finding a man. And yet, she couldn't even bring herself to leave the bathroom of the bar without panicking a little bit.
A toilet flushed behind her, and she turned on the faucet, trying to look as if she wasn't loitering in the small bathroom for no apparent reason. It wasn't as if this bathroom was big enough for girls to hang out in. It was tiny, just like the bar. The Green Frog was a local joint that had a good mixture of locals and tourists, which was perfect for her get-laid-mission of the night.
But being back in Rehoboth Beach—her hometown—resurrected way too many memories of him. Ethan Pierce. He'd been her best friend up until the New Year's Eve of senior year when he'd stopped talking to her. She hadn't seen him since graduation, but she knew he was in town at his parents' house for the holidays.
But was it possible ... maybe ... that he would come here?
Her heartbeat sped up in anticipation of seeing his face. What would she do if she saw him? How would she react? She didn't know why he still affected her after all this time. All she knew was one day he'd stopped talking to her.
Stopped looking at her.
Every day, he had walked by her in the hallway with that closed off expression on his face, as if they hadn't been best friends only days before. She had tried to get in contact with him every single day for months—calling, emailing, stalking even—until she finally got the hint and gave up. She had no idea why, but he hated her. Even now, nine years later to the day, she had no idea what she'd done to make him turn against her.
It didn't matter now. She wouldn't let one jerk from her past ruin a potentially down and dirty night with Mr. Tonight. Whoever that turned out to be. It was New Year's Eve, for god's sakes, and she was going to get laid. L-A-I-D. And Ethan's cold, stand-offish behavior—assuming he even showed up—wasn't going to stop her from getting some.
His problem with her was just that: his problem.
Shaking off the past, she smoothed her hair, grabbed her purse, and left the bathroom. The bar was incredibly crowded with men and women shouting into each other's ears to be heard. Certainly she could find someone hot and ready for a little no-strings-attached action.
As she passed the bar, her friend Rhiannon shoved a red tiara in her face. "Put this on. Everyone needs to wear a tiara or a ridiculous hat if they want dollar drinks, so I stole the last of these for us."
Ashley grimaced. The red would clash horribly with her strawberry blond hair, but she slammed it onto her head anyway. "I guess I'll suffer the indignity for the cheap drinks. Speaking of which ... where's mine?"
"Right here." Rhiannon handed over some sort of concoction in a festive glass, her brown hair brushing the rim as she twisted. "So, do you see him?"
Ashley choked on her first sip. Not a good sign of how tonight was going to go. When she finally could breathe again, she managed to ask, "Uh, I'm sorry. Did I see who?"
"Oh, come on. I know you heard Ethan might be here, and I know it's why you suddenly had to come, even though you'd been planning on staying home and reading tonight, of all things." Rhiannon pointed a manicured finger at her. "I know you want to get laid and all, but the change of heart was way too abrupt to be a coincidence. No one's that horny."
Ashley shook her head and tried to look innocent. "I have no idea—"
"Ashley," Rhiannon said. "Don't even try to lie to me."
Ashley blew out a frustrated breath. "Oh, fine. I'd heard he might come from Sharon, who talked to Alex. But I do still plan on going home with a man tonight. I shaved my legs and everything."
Rhiannon nudged Ashley with her elbow. "Maybe you plan on it being Ethan?"
"Puh-lease. He can't stand me. And I don't think I'm up for a few rounds of hate sex, even if it would end the longest dry spell in recent history." Ashley scanned the crowd and took a cautious sip. "But it doesn't matter anyway. I don't see him."
Was he still skinnier than her? Did he still wear glasses two sizes too big for his face? Did he still hate contacts? She had no idea. And she didn't care, either.
"Maybe he shrunk or got fat or something." Rhiannon tossed back her drink and set down the empty glass. "It's been nine years."
"I doubt that," Ashley said. "I'm sure he's as dorky and cute as ever."
"Don't you think it's time to get over the 'one who got away' syndrome? I mean, it's not like you ever made a move on him in high school, though God knows it would've been easy enough. He wanted you so bad that he would've blown his load the second you kissed him."
Ashley snorted. "That's not fair. Funny, but not fair." Ashley shrugged. "And don't worry. I'm not making a move on him even if he comes. Not unless it's my fist to his face because I'm giving him hell for treating me like shit back in high school."
Her friend squeezed her shoulder. "As upset as you are at him for not talking to you, it's clear you never got over him."
"I never got under him in the first place," she muttered.
And maybe that was the problem. Why she could never really stop thinking about him—even when she was mad. They'd never had a chance to see if their friendship could have been more. If they could have been happy together.
She'd been shy and focused on school. He'd been shy and completely unsure of himself. They'd never even kissed, for the love of God.
And they never would, damn it, because Ashley was having hot and sweaty sex with someone else tonight. Someone who didn't know who the heck she was or what she did for a living. Someone who didn't know her at all.
Yeah. That would be perfect.
Then she'd be ready to tackle her new job as town doctor come January fourth. In the meantime, she was getting started on her New Year's Resolution early ...
To end her obnoxiously long dry spell.
And I'll forget about Ethan once and for all.
* * *
When Ethan Pierce entered the crowded bar, he fought the urge to turn right back around and leave. Loud music and excessive amounts of alcohol had never been his scene, not even as a teenager. He preferred the quiet solitude of the beach at night, when everyone else was busy getting drunk and being sociable.
But it was New Year's Eve and even though he despised this town with an unparalleled passion, certainly he could find someone at the bar to spend the evening with. Someone who didn't expect more from him than he was willing to give.
And he was only willing to give the next few hours.
He had rules. Plans. And none of them involved settling down.
Never fall in love. Never get married. Never have kids. And never, ever stay more than a week in this godforsaken town.
Every time he came back home, he felt as if he took a step into a fucking time capsule, back to a time he never wanted to relive. A time when he'd been a stuttering, scrawny, shy, and insecure kid. But that was then. This was now.
He moved toward the bar, scanning the room for a potential partner for the evening. He hated spending New Year's Eve alone—too many memories of an old high school rejection—so he had to move quickly if he was going to get someone in his arms by midnight.
The blonde by the left side of the bar looked promising, but she had already flirted with a guy who looked vaguely familiar. The brunette had gone out with his brother a few times, so she was out, and the black-haired girl had been a bitch to him in high school.
He might not be that stuttering geek he'd once been, but he had no interest in proving that to her, thank you very fucking much.
He sighed and walked to the opposite side of the bar. He hated this town and almost everyone in it. He needed to get this holiday over with, spend a little more time with his family, and then get the hell outta Dodge—and back to California come Monday.
But first ... the girl.
Ethan tugged on his shirt collar. Why hadn't he worn a pair of jeans and a T-shirt to this damn thing, instead of khakis and a dress shirt? Some things were not meant to be on a man like him—and a tie was one of them. There was a reason he was an IT man in a laid-back company.
His eyes landed on a strawberry blonde facing away from him. Something about her reminded him of a time from long ago—and the unwelcome memory hit him harder than a kick to the nuts.
He clutched the flowers he held in his hand so tight it hurt. White carnations, just like Ashley loved. They were so pure and clean. Like her. He had just turned eighteen, and it was time to be a man. Make a move. He was going to kiss her tonight, on New Year's Eve.
He'd been planning it for months. He'd written her a note.
She would be here, waiting. And he'd tell her he loved her.
He crested the hill, swiping his sweaty palm over his jeans. His glasses slid down his nose, and he impatiently pushed them up. He'd tried to put in contacts tonight for her, but he'd ripped the darn things in half with his clumsy fingers.
He was such a klutz ... but she didn't care. She liked him anyway.
He still couldn't believe it. Just like he couldn't believe that tonight, he'd be doing the one thing he'd always been too scared to—
He froze in his tracks, his heart stopping.
Ashley was there all right, but she wasn't alone. She was kissing Roger Hampton in their spot. In their special spot, on New Year's Eve. His heart splintered into a thousand pieces. He stumbled backwards, tripping on his own oversized feet. He fell flat on his ass, blinking back the tears in his eyes, and dropped the pristine white flowers in the wet sand.
All this time, she had been lying. Lying about not wanting a boyfriend. She wanted one, all right. It just wasn't Ethan. He shook his head at his naivety, stood up, and bolted from the pain coursing through his chest.
He ran away from her, the image of her and Roger burned into his brain.
He was done.
He shook the memory off, rolling his shoulders in a circular motion. That was a time better left in the past. He'd been eighteen and stupid. He'd treated her badly afterwards, refusing to talk to her even though she hadn't done anything wrong. She'd been understandably hurt and angry.
After a while, she'd stopped trying to talk to him, and he'd never apologized. He had been an ass in the first degree. Years later, once he grew up, he thought about tracking her down and apologizing to her. By then it seemed too late.
And there was nothing he could do about it now, was there?
But he could find a woman who would make him forget all over again ... and the one who eerily reminded him of Ashley looked to fit the bill.
He did love strawberry blondes, after all.
He approached the woman, his eyes taking in her gray sweater dress and black tights. She wore a pair of kick-ass red heels, and her hair flowed down her back in soft waves. She looked as if she was here for the same reason as him, judging from the way her head turned from side to side as she scanned the crowd, her foot tapping in impatience as she sipped her drink.
She watched all of the men, studying them before passing on to the next. As if she was analyzing them in the same way he was. And that was the sign he was looking for.
Game fucking on.
As he got closer, his shoulders grew more tense. She really reminded him of Ashley. Last he heard, she was somewhere in D.C. pursuing her dream of being a doctor. Just like she'd always wanted. So, why would she be here, in the same bar?
Easy. She wouldn't be.
He was being haunted by the ghost of New Year's past or some shit like that. He brushed aside the sense of foreboding creeping up his spine, and tapped her shoulder with a smile on his face. Leaning close, he let his chest brush the woman's back and lowered his head to ear level. "Excuse me, but can I buy you a drink?"
She stiffened and turned around slowly, her hair tickling his nose. She smelled like flowers and like ... like ... her. A fist of desire slammed into his gut, almost making him fall back a step. The second he touched her, he knew.
Before he saw her face, he knew.
Only one woman set him afire like that, and her name was Ashley.
And after years of being a complete asshole to her ...
He'd just strolled on up and tapped on her shoulder like the fucking idiot he was.CHAPTER 2
The breath slammed out of Ethan's chest while his stomach fisted in a tight coil of need. Her bright green eyes studied his face, dropped to take in his body, and then rose to meet his gaze with an unspoken challenge. The way she looked at him, her mouth soft and her eyes boldly on his, told him she'd changed as much as he had.
She screamed of ...
Confidence. Yes, that's what it was. She was confident, hot, and sexy. That was how he would describe her now. She'd been sweet and somewhat quiet in high school—not as ultra-nerd as Ethan but certainly not the homecoming queen, either. She'd been well-liked but not a 'notice me' kind of girl.
Yet, there wasn't a damn thing about her that didn't attract notice tonight.
Everything from the tip of her head to those spiked, red heels she wore screamed for a man's attention. And damn it all to hell, he was more than willing to be the man to provide. Her plump lips were tinted with pink gloss, begging to be kissed. And her body ...
Curves once disguised underneath loose t-shirts and bulky jackets were now hugged by the soft cashmere of her dress. Teasing him, challenging him, reminding him of exactly what he'd been missing all those years in high school. Fuck, he wanted to run his hands all over those curves. A jolt of desire shot to his groin. She looked tantalizing.
And he wanted to play.
His gaze fell on the ring finger of her left hand. No ring. She wasn't married or engaged, thank God. Maybe he could finally get that New Year's kiss he'd hoped for back in high school. Maybe he could even get a whole lot more. Then again, maybe she'd slap him and throw her drink in his face for being such a dick.
He kind of deserved that, too.
"Hi, Ethan," she murmured, licking her pink lips and watching him from under her lashes. "Fancy meeting you here."
After she spoke, she bit down on her lower lip and stole a look at the woman standing next to her. He didn't recognize her, but she was obviously Ashley's friend.
He widened his smile, determined to bullshit his way through this conversation as if he'd known it was Ashley all along. As if he'd intentionally tapped her shoulder and now wasn't dying to turn around and walk away from the embarrassment of how he'd acted all those years ago.
"Hi." He rubbed his jaw and eyed her, not sure what the hell to say. "How are you?"
"Funny that you ask that, considering you didn't bother to talk to me for the last half of senior year. Or any other time since then." She gave him her back, glancing over her shoulder at him with a dismissive flick of her wrist. "But, hey, it was nice seeing you again."
He rested his hand on her shoulder. Even such an innocent touch made him want nothing more than to pick her up and carry her back to his place caveman style so he could show her exactly what she'd been missing all these years. What he'd been missing. And judging from the surprised flare of interest he saw in her eyes, she felt the same way.
"Okay. I deserved that," he admitted.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
True love finally togather at last
My Thoughts: I just KNEW going into this one I was going to adore it. I love this whole premise: two people who used to be friends meeting up again and realizing there could be much more. This novella was quite enjoyable. The romance was adorable between Ashley and Ethan. I loved seeing it develop over the course of the book, watching their feelings evolve and twist and confuse them. There's so much emotion involved in their little fling that it's hard not to sit there hanging by a thread waiting for them to realize how much more there is between them despite the years apart. Kiss Me at Midnight is steamy and sweet. It may be a short and predictable story but, like I said at the beginning of this review: totally adored it. Diane Alberts is completely awesome and I'm already adding more of her books to the to-be-read list. And I may have bought at least one new one since discovering her. My Rating: Exceptional
This was so romantic way to go Diane Alberts you have a lovely mind. Keep writing them.
I didn't like the hero. He was so hot and cold I thought he must be bi-polar. Geez lady, dump this guy and move on.
I like friends to more books and although this is short it's complete with a beginning a middle and an end and you walk away satisfied that you have just read a good book not even noticing that it was short. Ashley is out for a good time on New Years Eve, haven't we all been there alone and just wanting to be with someone at midnight, I know I have. And yes she is hoping just hoping that her ex best friend from high school Ethan might be there. Ethan is also looking to hook up, doesn't do relationships well, but just for the night. Ethan really got to me I understood his running away after being bullied at school, he has worked so hard to change himself but doesn't believe others could change too. I admired Ashley for her honesty and Ethan for his realisation in the end that others could change too, it was a huge hurdle in his mind but love has a way of making molehills into mountains but then being able to scale them with love. A short sexy book that will leave you satisfied I received a free copy for an honest review
I'm a huge fan of Diane Alberts, but even though this was a fun, quick read, I didn't quite feel the passion and emotions I've come to expect from her novels. I felt very disconnected from this story as a whole. At times it was a little predictable, but I did enjoy the romance aspect - even the cheesy karaoke serenade. I also really liked that Ethan, no matter how gorgeous and manly he had become, still had those little quirks that Ashley loved so much about him when he was a boy. They were a cute couple and it was great that their relationship was one built over time; even though it was broken and needed some major repairing, I got the sense that they knew each other well enough that even though they made a deal to keep things "no strings attached", they both knew that deep down they still cared enough that neither would want to walk away, or lose what they had, after rekindling their friendship after so many years. Readers looking for a quick, romantic read will enjoy this story.
' I received a free ARC of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review ' Ashley and Ethan used to be best friends. Then one day he just quit talking to her and she didn't know why. Now she is living in their hometown again to be the town doctor and to take care of her mother after her father had passed away. It's New Years Eve and Ashley wants some male company for night. It doesn't hurt that she heard that Ethan the one she never got over is in town for a couple of days. Ethan had his reasons for stopping all contact with Ashley. He couldn't wait to get out of his hometown and he never plans on coming back except for the short occasional visit with his family. He has rules that he lives by. No relationships is one of them. He didn't want to be alone on New Years Eve so he goes to the local bar and runs into Ashley. He never got over her and he figures what's the best way other then having one night with her. What will they do when nothing goes as planned? I loved this book! It was a great short and steamy read! The author doesn't leave anything out. You have your steamy scenes but you also have everything else you can ask for. The book lacks nothing. I highly recommend reading. A great romance that makes me want to read more from this author. ' Read and Reviewed by LSK Sweetheart Reviews '
What if you get a second chance with the one that got away? In this fun second chance love story, that is exactly what happens to Ashley and Ethan. It is a heat ride filled with miscommunication, revealed secrets, the complications of real life and true love. I loved the way this story sucked me in and held onto me until the very last page. I was a little worried that when I read this after the holiday season that I might be not really into it. I was so wrong. While this story starts on NYE, it is not a "Holiday Story" per say and can be enjoyed year round. If you are looking for a fun and steamy second change love story, this is a good one for your TBR.
I love best friends becoming lovers. And this was a little hot novella with lots of sex to make up those missing years between these two. I liked Ethan but he needs to seriously change. He acts like a teenager and hates the town he grew up because the people from his high school used to bully him, but the worst part for me is the way he kept pushing Ashley away just because she kissed a guy years before. He holds a grudge for way to long. I really loved Ashley. She suffered losing her best friend without knowing what happened, because one day he just stopped talking with her. She moved away for college and now all her dreams became true and she’s a doctor, but her father died and her mother needs constant help, so she returned home. I think she had a harder life, but made things happen. For me she deserved someone better than Ethan, someone who could think and make changes. But I liked these two together and the way both helped heal the past. So I liked this couple after all.
A bit unsatisfying With Christmas come and gone, I turned my attention to a little novella highlighting the next holiday: New Year’s Eve. Kiss Me at Midnight by Diane Alberts is a fast read that I got through in just a couple hours during some down time at the in-laws house. Personally, I’m a little on the fence. There weren’t any major issues, but it didn’t catch me by the heartstrings either. I tend to enjoy more of the sweet romances vs. the dirty sex scenes and I think that was my biggest stumbling block. Right from the get go we’re introduced to a leading lady who is setting out to get laid on New Year’s Eve. Same with our leading gentleman. Two people searching for a one night stand and they find each other at the local bar… but they happen to have a history. Ashley and Ethan were best friends in high school until one day Ethan just stopped talking to Ashley and basically cut her out of his life. He moved away after graduation, tired of being bullied and picked on by his small-town peers. Eight years later he’s back visiting family for the holidays and apparently trolling for booty in the local bar. Ethan explains the cause of his abandonment and all of a sudden everything’s fine and Ashley’s all set to forgive and jump in bed with him. Ethan definitely gave me whiplash. One second he’s a nerd, then a dirty sex god, then an a-hole who walks out before the sheets cool, then a sweetheart kissing her cheek and taking her bowling. I felt like I could never keep up. I also thought it was a little odd that he supposedly had a stuttering issue but we really only saw it once. It seemed less tied to his character and more inserted when convenient as a plot device. I was also a little thrown off when Ethan was giving Ashley his condolences over losing her father one moment and a few seconds later is all over her trying to get her in bed. Literally seconds. Personally, talk of a deceased parent doesn’t put me in the mood for hot sex. Three stars. The writing was good and there was nothing that would turn me away from trying something else by the same author down the road. I just couldn’t quite connect with Ethan and a few sultry sex scenes weren’t enough to leave me satisfied.
Kiss Me at Midnight by Diane Alberts is a seasonal holiday story about having someone close at the holidays. Even if it's just for one night with no strings attached. Well, no strings is what Ashley thought she wanted, even though she was secretly hoping her old high school best friend Ethan would show. She's moved back to her home town to finish her residency as a local doctor. She heard he's back to visit his family for the holidays and that he might just show at the local bar. But he hasn't spoken to her since New Years Eve their senior year in high school and she STILL has no clue why. Ethan's back in his much hated home town. He's not the nerd he used to be, the one that was always bullied and pushed around, but he still can't stand it here. He just wants to lose himself for a couple of hours between the legs of a willing partner and the woman standing at the bar reminding him of Ashley from the back is a perfect candidate. So what happens when the look alike really is Ashley and he has a whole lot of apologizing to do for tuning her out nine years ago? Well my lovelies, that's the patr where you say "ooh this sounds cute and funny (and steamy) and I should definitely read this book". A hawt romance that not only dishes the love, but also covers a little of how it feels as an adult to have been bullied as a child and how that affects life choices. Oh, and forgiveness, we get to see some of that kind of warm and fuzzy happening too. I really have enjoyed Everything I have read from this author so far under this name and under Jen McLaughlin.
Kiss Me At Midnight by Diane Alberts was the absolutely PERFECT book to read right before we all ring in the new year! I’ve come to know and love Diane’s books for what they are: quick, hot books that have a whole lot of swooning and heart packed into a little punch. Ashley was a great main character! Since this story is definitely on the shorter side, we don’t have the luxury of getting an in-depth history of all of the characters but despite that, I felt like I really got to know Ashley. I learned that she was driven, hardworking, and would do anything for those she cares about. I also learned that after getting her heart-broken by her best friend and crush in high school, she has moved on to do bigger and better things. Well that is until she finds herself back in town at the same time as said high school ex-best-friend-and-crush and is once again reminded of the pain he caused. One thing I loved in particular about this book is that it’s told in dual points-of-view. This really helps push the story along as well as helping to introduce you to yet another main character. Ethan Pierce isn’t the same awkward, nerdy boy he used to be. All grown up, uber successful, and all sorts of attractive, Ethan wants nothing more than to make it through his visit at home and then bolt at the first available opportunity. While looking for a distraction in the town’s local bar, Ethan spots an Ashley look-alike who just so happens to be well, Ashley, but all grown up. This here is where the story really begins! Ashley, who has so “moved on” from Ethan (a lie she tells herself) and Ethan who has so “moved on” from the pain he suffered at the hands of bullying in high school (you guessed it, another lie) both decide they should just sleep together, have some sexy time, just once, and get it out of their system; give themselves some closure of sorts. But of course that is not the way it works out. Because there is a whole lot of history between these two and also these tricky things called feelings, lust, and love. I really liked that while neither character really thought their relationship would move on and both fought so hard to resist when it actually did become more, I could see it coming from a mile away. I could see the attraction but most importantly the feelings between these two and it had me rooting for them the whole time. Trying to get over the past is hard but trying to get over the past while also trying to work your way through the present is even tougher. Ethan and Ashley learned this struggle pretty fast when it came time for them to decide what exactly they were going to do with this relationship of theirs. Ethan couldn’t come back home to the very town that caused him so much pain and Ashley couldn’t leave town since she just moved there to help her mom out. This here is where my one and only irritation with the story lies. Both characters have a valid, somewhat reasonable option should they choose to stay together. However, both were too stubborn to give in. I may or may not have yelled at fictional characters at this point in the story. They oh so obviously wanted to be together but neither one wanted to be the first person to make a move. Despite this small setback, Ethan and Ashley’s story is a good one. A hot one full of sexy times, quite a few laughs, and a lot more heart than I expected from it but a good story nonetheless. If you are looking for a quick read full of these very things, then I definitely suggest you pick yourself up a copy of Kiss Me At Midnight just on time for the New Year!
ARC provided for an honest review. I absolutely loved this story! Ethan and Ashley were hot together. These two have a long history of friendship and strong feelings that came to surface when they meet up again in a bar years later. This was a quick read but nothing was left out and it wrapped up nicely at the end.
Reviewed by Kim for Read Your Writes Book Reviews Kiss Me at Midnight is an unbelievably HOT romance over nine years in the making. Ashley Hanes and Ethan Pierce were the best of friends in high school, until one day all of that changed. Ethan stopped talking to Ashley and Ashley had no idea why. Ethan hates his hometown of Rehoboth Beach and after being bullied constantly, could not wait to leave. In fact, he only comes back during the holidays and doesn’t interact with anyone he grew up with when he does. Having recently returned to Rehoboth Beach after the death of her father, Ashley can’t fathom leaving town anytime soon. She has responsibilities not many people know about or understand. It’s New Year’s Eve and both Ethan and Ashley just so happen to be at the same local bar. Each have the same mission in mind; to find someone to spend the evening with and then be on their merry way. What neither expects is for their old feelings to resurface and become hotter than hot. What was supposed to be a one night stand turns into something so much more. Unfortunately, Ethan has wounds from his past which still haven’t healed. Even though he’s changed, he finds it hard to believe that other people are just as capable of changing. Now, with their hearts on the line, they must decide if this time they are willing to stay and fight for what they want or if they will simply walk away again. I’m not sure how to put into words how much I loved this book. It is simply a MUST read. Kiss Me at Midnight is about love you’re afraid to ask for and coming to terms with your past. Sometimes life gives you a second chance at love. You just need to be willing to take a risk. You might just discover that a kiss at midnight could be the start of the rest of your life. Rating: 4.5 Stars Source: Publisher
Good Novella! Kiss Me at Midnight by Diane Alberts is good on so many levels. To begin with, the novella is hot, sexy and easy to read. Secondly, the reunion theme flows well throughout the story and I liked that it was slightly atypical as well. Lastly, I felt a real connection to the two main characters and was able to identify with their struggles. Ashley Hanes and Ethan Pierce were best friends in high school and during that time also secretly had a crush on one another. Due to a misunderstanding, Ethan abruptly ended their friendship during their senior year. Now years later, they meet again on New Year's Eve in their hometown of Rehoboth, Delaware, and end up spending a few hours together experiencing the best sex of their lives. They agree to continue to see each other, until Ethan returns home to California in a few days. Their no strings attached, temporary relationship, evolves into much more. They talk, laugh and get to know each other all over again. They discuss their mistakes of the past in order to gain closure and move on with their lives. However, after a few loving days of togetherness, they realize that their renewed feelings for each other have to be pursued. If you are looking for a short, steamy novella with a great ending, check out this book. ARC received in exchange from the publisher for an honest review.
Ashley would like nothing more than to ring in the new year with a little bit of frisky business. And if it just so happens to be with the boy who broke her heart way back when, then so be it. It's not like one night of pleasure will mean anything in the morning, right? Wrong. Because soon, one night turns into a weekend of fun...and feelings. Feelings both Ashley and Ethan thought were long over with. But come Monday morning, will either one be able to walk away? Or is the past too much for Ethan to overcome? I love the chemistry between these two, as if not a day had gone by that they haven't been friends. Let alone nearly a decade. When these two reunite once again, they find that the feelings are still there. And oh boy, so is the passion. Get ready...because this is a hot one. Things get scorching quickly in this quick read! If you are a fan of the hot stuff...the down-and-dirty New Adult genre...then this is the book for you. I haven't read any of Albert's stuff until now, but I have read her alter ego, Jen McLaughlin's work and I can say I like them both. I suggest you check this one out!
Kiss Me At Midnight is the latest work from author Diane Alberts (aka: Jen McLaughlin). I am a huge fan of Diane’s work and was so excited to get my hands on an early copy of this book. Well, somebody better turn the heat down in here because this book is smoking hot! I loved it! Ashley Hanes is NOT here at this hometown bar, on New Years Eve, looking for her old sort-of-almost-high-school-flame Ethan. Nope. She’s not hoping against hope that he will stop here while in town visiting his family for the holidays. She’s also totally fooling herself. She would do anything to have a chance to see him again and tell him exactly what she thinks of him and how he totally cut her out of his life for no apparent reason their senior year of high school. She had a huge crush on him back then and would love a chance to tell him that he had blown it with her. All that bravado goes out the window when he actually does walk into the bar and she is dumbstruck with how gorgeous a man he’s become. Plans have changed and instead of giving him a piece of her mind, she’d much rather give him a piece of ass….hers to be exact. The question is: will she be able to give him that without giving him a piece of her heart? Having a thing for redheads thanks to his high school crush Ashley, Ethan has his sights set on the strawberry blonde sitting at the end of the bar he’s just walked in to. He’d rather be anywhere but here, in this bar, on New Year’s Eve, in his godforsaken hometown but now that he was here, he’d make the most of it. Some fun with this girl is just what the doctor ordered. Talk about a shock when this very redhead turns out to be the redhead that has haunted his memory since leaving her behind nine years ago. The glare she’s sporting is a clear indication that she hasn’t forgotten how he behaved those last few months and his only desire it to apologize and make up for lost time. What better way to do that then with some hot, intense, mind-blowing sex? Hopefully he could leave his heart out of the mix….but knowing him, there’s no way that would be possible when it came to Ashley. Oh. My. Inferno. This by far is the hottest work of Diane’s and holy mother of all things hot and sexy, it was delicious! What made it easy for this story to fall right into the smoking hot scenes was that the formality of meeting/getting to know one another wasn’t a factor. The history was already there between Ethan and Ashley so we can get right to it. Ashley wasn’t shy at all about what she wanted and it’s always a pleasure to read a strong, no-nonsense heroine. Ethan is an alpha in the bedroom with many endearing facets to his personality that I really enjoyed. What started out between them as mutually agreed upon no-strings sex turns into an awakening of feelings neither one wants to admit to and it was an emotional ride towards the end. A ride I thoroughly loved, of course! The ending of this story was so special and I was crying big fat happy tears. Give me a book that goes from scorching to sweet and you’ve given me a winner! I’ve got say, Diane just keeps getting better with every book she writes. I will continue to look forward to her work and recommend Kiss Me At Midnight to anyone looking for a great read with plenty of heat and emotion. Thank you, Diane! Can’t wait to see what you have in store for us next!
I found this novel to be quite cute. It was a quick holiday read that definitely brought a smile to my face. The history between the two main characters was adorable. They were best friends through High School and had a falling out based off of a simple misunderstanding. When they reunited at a bar on New Years eve, both looking for the same thing, sparks flew. This begins a few days of intense intimacy and feelings developing. A sexy read, that's for sure. I'll be giving this one 4 of 5 stars. Quick, intense, adorable little book that's worth the read
This book was hot hot hot. I loved the interaction between Ethan and Ashley. They treated each other like buddies--they were playful and comfortable together when just talking, but they also steamed up the pages something fierce. A quick, fun read when you're in the mood for something sexy. 4 1/2 stars rounded up.
“At midnight. Show me you can maybe love me, too.”~ Ethan This is a book that you will not want to put down. It’s steamy, hot, emotional, and funny all balled up into one! It a quick read you defiantly want to get your hands on. Ashley lost her best friend nine years ago, her last year in high school. She can’t remember what she did wrong. They did everything together, they were inseparable. They were just friends and nothing more. Ethan just one day stopped talking to her altogether. She tried to make things right between them, she tried to fix it, but he continued to avoid her. Ashley had no other choice but to move on with her life, without her best friend. She went away to college to become a doctor, a bright future planned in the city just like she always dreamed. But when a situation occurred, she needed to change her plans and come back home to Rehoboth Beach. Ethan was that nerdy kid with a stutter that everyone in school picked on. Everyone except Ashley.They pretty much did everything together, that it would seem like they were more than friends. He did like her more than a friend, but didn’t have the courage to tell her how he felt. When he finally did, he saw something that made him turn the other way. It changed their relationship. Since that moment, he couldn’t wait to get out of Rehoboth fast enough. And when he was old enough, he made a life for himself, far away from the place that caused him great torment. It’s been nine years, but yet Ashley still thinks of Ethan. She still wonders what caused their friendship to end. She hasn’t had the very best track record when it came to men over the years. None of them seemed to interest her. In a slump, her best friend Rhiannon convinces her to go to the bar with her to ring in the New Year. Ashley hears that Ethan is back in town for a few days so she agrees in the hopes she will catch a glimpse of him. Ethan is back home for the holidays but he is ready to get back to his life in California. Far away from the painful memories of his past and the people that caused them. Even after all these years, he can feel the hurt that everyone has caused. His life in California is different. He is different. No one bullies him around anymore. He has a great job and the weather is beautiful, what more can he ask for? To pass the time, he goes to the bar to try and pick up a girl for the night. All the girls that he’s been with all these years have resembled one girl in particular. They all meant nothing to him. He doesn’t do commitment. One girl in the bar catches his eye, and he has yet to see her face, but he still approaches her. That’s when he is face to face with none other than Ashley. It was an awkward meeting at first because of how they last left things off, but when they finally reconciled they fell back into their old normal routine. There is definitely some kind of sexual chemistry going on between the two of them. Ethan does not look like his nerdy old self. He is now looking hot as hell and Ashley can’t seem to take her eyes off of him. While he is thinking thoughts of her he shouldn't be. With both of them having motives of one night stands and the sexual tension floating between the two of them, they decide on one night of no strings attached fun. Ashley has never done the one night thing, but tonight is the night and Ethan is just the guy to give her what she needs. Ashley is not looking for any type of commitment, so their arrangement fits perfectly. The sex is HOT, wow! They can’t seem to get enough of each other. It’s like the connection between them goes a lot deeper. They’re left craving more of each other when they’re through, it’s like they don’t want it to end. It supposed to be a one night stand, but since they were previously friends, they agree to hang out as just friends. They want more of each other in the bedroom. So since the sex was hot, they agree on a few more times while he is still in town. The more time they spend together, the more they crave one another. The more they want one another. The more they need one another. But it’s all a ticking time bomb. Neither one of them wants a relationship. Neither one of them wants to change. It’s just a matter of time before Ethan needs to hop on that plane and return back to his life in California, leaving Ashley with her life in Rehoboth as if nothing ever happened. “I liked you back then. I wanted you to stay.”~ Ashely Will Ethan be able to escape the effects of the past and live a future? Will Ashley be able to convince Ethan that people have changed and they no longer behave the way they did? Can Ashley fully forgive Ethan for the way that he treated her all those years? Can Ethan and Ashley get their act together and admit their feelings for one another? Will this one night be able to turn into something more? Is Ashley worth giving up his life in California for? Will this ruin their friendship again? Or will this bring on something more? I really liked this book, a lot. My heart broke for Ashley. She had her whole life planned out for herself, when a situation occurred and she needed to changed everything and move back home. It’s like she had no choice and she needed to settle. My heart broke for Ethan even more. He was bullied all through school. He didn’t tell his best friend how he felt about her, and as soon as he could, he left his hometown and made a new life for himself. When he came back home he came back as a completely different person. He was hotter. And boy was the sex hot in the book! Diane outdid herself! I needed to fan myself in some parts. There were some parts though where I wanted to smack Ethan for half the things he said to her. You just don't say some of those things to her. He needed to just man up! But you just can't help but fall for him. Can't wait for more Diane! This review was done by Jennelyn. I received an ARC in exchange for my honest review
I love reading a story that centers around New Year's Eve as we approach that date. I think it makes it fun to read. So, if you have been looking for that New Year's Eve read before the year, Diane Albert happens to bring such a story in Kiss Me At Midnight. This story centers around two former friends, Ashley Hanes and Ethan Pierce. Back in high school they were best friends, and on New Year's Eve Ethan wanted to become more than friends. However, his dream was crush by a misunderstanding and he decided not to find out what really happen. In the long run cost him his friendship with Ashley. Now Ethan is back in his hometown for the holiday's and basically looking for an easy lay and he happens to stumble upon Ashley. They have instant chemistry, but Ethan is too fearful to let something actually grow due to his rotten high school experience. My personal opinion is no one really escapes from high school unscathed. If you are one of the lucky ones that is great. Anyway, Ethan wasn't so lucky, and he actually carries those scars to remind him that it's just safer to keep people at a distance. However, that's an awfully lonely life and he was willing to continue live it up until he started breaking his rules with Ashley. I liked Kiss Me At Midnight, because you have two friends reunite over some years. Both are a little older and wiser, but that can be questionable. However, they need to move on from the past in order to have a future. I must say that this a is a yummy story with some steam between Ethan and Ashley. So, if you are looking for that one last quick read before the end of the year, you might consider Kiss Me At Midnight. Copy provided by InkSlinger PR