Race prejudice in the old South threatens to keep them apart, but sometimes love is black and white.
Unjustly accused of stealing, nanny April Windmire is turned out on the streets without pay or a reference. With no place to go and no friends, she stows away on the Mississippi steamer, the Queen Bee. Her hopes to remain undetected until they dock in St. Louis are dashed when a handsome officer discovers her hiding. Instead of turning her in, he takes her to his private quarters to ensure her safety. There she fights her growing attraction to a man she cannot have.
Matt Seever's wife died four years ago, leaving him alone with two small mulatto children. He works on the steamer to provide for them, but his job as an officer on the Queen Bee isn't family friendly. He knows he needs a new wife, but no southern white woman will marry him. When April lands in his lap, his prayers are answered. Or are they? April's not the trusting type and racial prejudice runs deep in post-Civil War Missouri. Just when Matt convinces April he loves her, his new family becomes a target and there's no backing down from this fight.
Together, April and Matt must brave heinous race prejudice. Will it tear them apart or will they find an enduring love?
Note: This novel contains explicit romance and is suitable for readers 18+
Re-Release: (Midnight Kiss, Haley Whitehall, Liquid Silver Books. This is a re-edited and lengthened version.)
About the Author
Haley Whitehall lives in Washington State where she enjoys all four seasons and the surrounding wildlife. She writes historicals set in the 19th century U.S. When she is not researching or writing, she plays with her cats, watches the Western and History Channels, and goes antiquing. A good book, a cup of coffee, and a view of the mountains make her happy.
She blogs at HaleyWhitehall.com or you can follow her on Twitter @HaleyWhitehall. She loves to hear from readers.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Great story, enjoyable read and likeable characters. Reading about Matt Seever character's life and love from book 2, was good. I would like to read about what happens with his btother Boyd in working with the Pinkerton men to find out who is trying to resurrect the Confederacy. Hopefully soonm the book will be published. Overall, a HEA ending.****vrnb****
A satisfying romance Midnight Kiss in an interracial romance that takes place after the Civil War. Matt is a war hero who is in need of a good woman to love him and take care of his biracial children. Needless to say, that’s a tall order in 19th century Missouri. Four years earlier, his Black wife, the love of his life, died. It left him heart broken and alone with their two young children. April has just been thrown out of her mistress’s home under false accusations of theft. With nowhere to go, April stows away on a steamboat to find opportunity. Matt, who is working on the steamboat, sees the beautiful stowaway and confronts her. Could this woman be the answer for him and his family? He must earn her trust and hopefully her heart. April is understandably suspicious of this white man who offers to hide her in his cabin. However, what other recourse does she have? Matt can tell that April is an honest and chaste woman. He wants this woman in his life, but he must convince her first. April has never been treated with the respect and loving care that Matt shows her. His gentlemanly nature constantly surprises her. Can she trust this white man? Matt takes April to his home in Missouri. April is shocked to see Matt’s mulatto children! However, she agrees to be the children’s nanny and housekeeper. April is determined to keeps things professional until another caregiver can take her place. However, the growing mutual attraction slowly breaks down her barriers. Matt works for his older brother who can barely tolerate Matt’s taste in women—black women. The brothers enter into an agreement with a banker who unknowingly to Matt and his brother, has political ambitions to see the South rise again. Danger ensues in the mists of this budding love story. I love the concept of a good man looking for a wife. Matt is a sexy alpha make that takes care of his family. Matt will fight and defend April and the children anywhere. The sex scenes were wholesome and realistic. Overall, the story flowed well. The author really developed the characters well through their actions, emotions and different scenes. I would liked to know more about April’s past. She was practically a “governess” to Matt’s children. I’m not sure if that’s realistic unless the author explains this spectacular Black woman. That really would have completed this work. Nevertheless, this is a satisfying romance, and I look forward to the sequel. -Reviewed by Pamela
What started off with promise end with me wondering y I wasted my time reading it. Its 144 pages and as I continued to read I found myself starting to scan the pages wanting I to be over. And as fae as the epilogue the author should've kept it to themselves. It was like they didn't know how to end it so I'll just make it stupid. I thought it was a pretty blah book overall