Roaring Midnight (Macey Gardella & Max Denton Series #1)

Roaring Midnight (Macey Gardella & Max Denton Series #1)

by Colleen Gleason

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From NEW YORK TIMES and USA Today bestselling author Colleen Gleason, the long-awaited spin-off of the international bestselling Gardella Vampire Chronicles.

Amid the glitzy age of Jazz, when gangsters and bootleggers control the cities, there lies another, more insidious threat....the undead.

Macey Gardella is a typical young woman of the Roaring Twenties: she works a job, has her own flat, and loves to dance the Charleston. But when a mysterious man named Sebastian Vioget informs her she belongs to a family of vampire hunters, Macey is stunned and disbelieving.

Yet, strange and frightening things begin to happen, and when Macey comes face-to-face with one of the fanged creatures, she has no choice but to believe Sebastian. And when she learns his own soul depends on her willingness to carry forth the family legacy and hunt the undead, Macey capitulates and joins the fight.

As she begins to learn about her new life, Macey meets the handsome newspaper reporter known as Grady--who seems to know more about vampires than he should. When he begins to ask too many questions, she has to juggle her strong attraction to him with the need for secrecy.

Slipping into speakeasies and sampling bootlegged whiskeys, dodging gangster gunfire and trying to keep her nosy landlady from finding the stakes in her flat, Macey Gardella must navigate through a world of stunning violence, passionate romance, and dark betrayal...


"Sophisticated, sexy, surprising!" --JR Ward

"Gleason is really on a roll." -- Publishers Weekly

"Deliciously dark and delightfully entertaining." --Chicago Tribune

"[Victoria Gardella] stakes the undead with the best of them." -- The Detroit Free Press
"The sophistication and intelligence of [Gleason's] storytelling are evident on each page of the Gardella Vampire Chronicles." --Romantic Times BookClub

"An intelligent new spin on the vampire genre." --All About Romance

Product Details

BN ID: 2940016707976
Publisher: Avid Press, LLC
Publication date: 06/18/2013
Series: Gardella Vampire Hunters Series , #6
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 300
Sales rank: 194,240
File size: 833 KB

About the Author

Colleen Gleason is a NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY bestselling author, and has written more than twenty books. Her novels have been translated into seven languages, and she writes in a variety of genres. She lives in the Midwest with her family and is currently working on her next book.

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Roaring Midnight 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Having read and enjoyed all of the other Gardella Venator novels, as well as the Draculia series, I was so happy to see another one!!   The book immediately sucked me into the story of Macey Denton, and heir to the Venator Legacy, only she doesn't know it.  Macey is a spunky flapper working in Chicago when she suddenly becomes a hot topic for Venators and Undead alike.  Add a few possible love interests (I sense a love triangle possibly turning into a quartet), and a huge twist at the end and this book will NOT disappoint!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the story
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kk_71556 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book very much. I had my doubts about it in the beginning but by the time I finished...I was left waiting for the next.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Too many plot spoilers ruin another book by their reveal of the story and their bragging how they got their book for free for their honest review. Well guess what. We dont get our book for free. We have to buy ours and you ruined ours by revealing every detail of the story. Now there is no reason to buy it. Thank you plot spoilers for ruiningour book. I hope you are happy.
ChathFaer More than 1 year ago
While it still has the same flavor (it is after-all another venator adventure) and a few of the same characters as Gleason's other Gardella novels, this one is still a whole new amazing beast. Gleason definitely doesn't disappoint, even while throwing us into an era few authors dare tread. You're quickly sucked into the story and can practically imagine yourself walking the streets of Chicago alongside Macey. It's an amazing relaunch into the Gardella legacy and I can't wait to see where it leads.
MADreaderMD More than 1 year ago
Macey Denton is unaware that she is the great-great granddaughter of the great vampire hunters Victoria Gardella and Max Pesaro. She was raised by foster families since first her mother and then her father died. She's enjoying her new independence living in 1920's Chicago, working at her dream job in the university library, and going out to dance clubs with her friends. But she's recently started reading that mysterious book The Venators, and she's started having disturbing dreams about vampires. Which is silly, because vampires don't really exist, do they? Macey is about to learn that she's next in line to take up the stake and become a Venator (vampire hunter)--if she chooses to accept her destiny. There are some powerful people who want her to take up the cause, namely Sebastian Vioget, who hopes she can help him redeem himself and his lost love. Equally powerful vampires and gangsters will try to stop her. Oh yeah, and there's a good looking young reporter who's a little too nosy for his own good! What's a girl to do? I had not read any of the previous Gardella novels, so I was learning about the whole world of vampires and Venators right along with Macey. It took a while to get rolling, but Gleason paints a vivid picture of Prohibition Era Chicago, brings everyone up-to-date on the Gardella saga, and sets the stage for a great new series. I'll definitely want to read the next release! Some of the vampire encounters were somewhat nauseating and cringeworthy, but there was no graphic gore. [Disclosure: I was given an ARC in exchange for an honest review.]
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Oh okay sorry didnt know
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Roaring Midnight" is an awesome first book in the new spin-off series of the Gardella Vampire Chronicles. This book is dark, gritty, and sexy. Set one hundred years after the events of the first five books, "Roaring Midnight" transports us to Chicago, 1925, the time of flappers, prohibition, gangsters and tommy guns. And in these books -- vampires!  I loved 19th Century England as the backdrop for the first series, and I am totally hooked on the new setting and time period. I really can't think of any book I've read recently in that time frame. With the new era comes new problems and new characters. Macey is a young, ambitious woman loving her job in a library and enjoying the freedoms and liberties afforded to a young gal of this time. She also is the great-great granddaughter of Victoria Gardella and Max Pesaro, which means she's a Venator and her life is about to change. I love Macey. She evolves throughout the course of the book. She makes mistakes and learns from them. She has to make tough and painful decisions as she comes to accept her Venator legacy. She's stubborn and intelligent, a great heroine to carry on the Gardella name. Of course there are men in Macey's life to complete (and complicate) things. Grady is a sweet and ambitious newspaper reporter. Chas Woodmore is a fellow Venator, full of demons and secrets. The author notes that more of Chas' backstory can be found in her novel "The Vampire Narcise," in which he plays a major role. I definitely have a new book on my to-read list. I can't wait to see where Colleen Gleason is taking the relationship between these three unique characters.  Of course, there's another vampire in the mix. Sebastian Vioget. Oh, be still my beating heart. So much has changed for Sebastian in the past 100 years, my heart aches for him. I won't spoil anything, but this is not the direction I was anticipating finding Sebastian. That's what great about these books - there are always surprises, twists and turns.  There's a new kid on the block too. A re-imagined history of Al Capone. That's right, Scarface himself. It's pretty cool how he's integral to the plot and how easy it is to suspend your disbelief when the writing and story are this compelling. The writing is so vivid and descriptive. The reader is transported with images, smells, sounds, fabrics, hair cuts, weapons, cars, all part of that decade. The dialogue was so much fun, I felt like I was watching a gangster movie, like I was part of the scene. The gritty action scenes are not for the faint of heart, and the sexy times will get your heart racing.  "Roaring Midnight" can easily be read as a stand-alone novel. Just enough backstory is given to make it enjoyable, even if you haven't read the first five books in the series. There is never an info dump, the backstory is beautifully integrated in the plot. But, I highly suggest you read the story of Victoria, Max and Sebastian, beginning with "The Rest Falls Away." I loved all the references to characters and places in this book all the more because I was a fan of the first series. The Gardella Vampire Chronicles are as follows: The Rest Falls Away Rises the Night The Bleeding Dusk When Twilight Burns As Shadows Fade I loved this book and had been anticipating it for some time. I am honored to have received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. And a side note: My first reading romp in the back of a carriage was between Victoria and Sebastian. Here's to hoping that in the spin-off we get a little time spent in a Model T!!
Enchantress More than 1 year ago
I was lucky enough to receive and ARC of in exchange for an honest review. Let me start by saying that having this as book 6 might in fact be a little misguiding and put people off from reading it. Roaring Midnight is in fact the first in a new series of spin-off novels picking up over 100 years after where the original Gardella chronicles ended. I have no doubt that those new to Colleen Gleason’s work could quite easily pick this book up and learn with the main character the vampire rules that apply in these works. That being said, I will confess that having devoured the original Gardella chronicles and the other vampire series (Regency Draculia) I was thrilled to see so many references (*sigh* Max) , (and a few characters *sigh* Sebastian) reappear. With the new series being set in the 1920′s, as opposed to the previous installments being set in the 19th Century, Colleen Gleason has a plethora of new problems to deal with, (for example where would YOU hide a stake in a flapper style dress?) and very real issues of that time including prohibition and the infamous Al Capone. The story is well written and despite a few historical liberties being taken you find yourself immersed in a tale rich with passion, desires, and all the unexpected thrills and spills that come with you being a part of destiny. Yet again our heroine is torn in so many directions but with a double whammy of a bloodline (Gardella AND Pesaro) she shows time and again that she has a mind of her own but will that mind be able to keep her and her loved ones safe. My only criticism is that the book ended way too soon… and even worse when you get to the end you find that the next book in the series , Roaring Shadows, is “coming soon”. Of course that is what comes with getting an ARC. that too is a blessing and a curse with the wait time between books being even longer. A definite 5 star read for any vampire fans. Personally I would say go back and start with book 1 (The Rest Falls Away) but even if you don’t you will certainly enjoy the ride here. V”"V