New Year’s Eve in Miami. Even workaholic Alana Hernandez can’t resist the call of the city, especially if it will get her little sister off her back. But a night of celebrating turns into a night of mischief when an alluring stranger catches her eye across the dance floor.
Former Navy Seal Cole Roberts isn’t looking for anything more than a good time in Miami. Since leaving the military and being betrayed by his former fiancée, he’s not interested in unnecessary complications. But the moment he sets eyes on the sultry beauty, Cole knows this night will be far from ordinary.
No going back.
Neither Cole nor Alana are looking for a relationship, so they strike a deal: One night. No names. No repeats. But things get complicated when their night of passion becomes something neither can walk away from.
“The epitome of a page-turner. The multi-dimensional characters are vulnerable and simply pulsate with unbridled lust and passion. An ultra-hot tale.” —RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars
|Series:||One Night in South Beach|
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4 - "I could never help wanting what I can't have." Stars! Stroke of Midnight is the first book in Andie J. Christopher’s One Night in South Beach series. It’s also the first book I have read by her, but it definitely won’t be the last. Cole and Alana’s story pretty much took off from the beginning, and the author delivered a sexy-hot, sweet romance. I love it when an alpha is given a chance to show his vulnerabilities and the last couple of chapters of this one made me want to give Cole a big ole squeeze. I have one whinge, and that is I really didn't find much too like about Alana’s brother and sister, so will be interested to see how their stories play out in the next two books.
Wow! This is one sexy, steamy, red-hot and well-written debut novella from a new author you will want to keep an eye on! It’s New Year’s Eve, and Alana Hernandez is still at work, keeping her family’s very successful business afloat. Growing up with a very “traditional” Cuban father and dealing with a now-mess of an older brother, Alana is tired and frustrated. Leave it to her sister Carla to get her out clubbing on the ultimate “clubbing” night of the year. Enter smoking-hot stranger/former SEAL Cole Roberts, and the good girl goes very, very bad! After an amazing lusty night,reality comes crashing down on Alana and Cole when it winds up they really aren’t the strangers to each other that they thought! This little read contains all the great stuff! Family dynamics are explored and tough topics are laid out there. The damage that can be inflicted on a person when they grow up with an alcoholic or abusive parent does not heal cleanly, as Cole never feels he is “good” enough for relationships. The heartache of making a poor choice in marriage only seems to spread within Javi Hernandez, negatively impacting his mental health and the health of his family business. And saturated throughout is the salsa beat of Little Havana and the Cuban culture in Miami. But be warned - this book also contained a lot of hot love-making, including dirty and kinky talk between Alana and Cole, touching on “50 Shades…” territory, but in my opinion much better handled here! I certainly plan on reading the next book in Ms. Christopher’s “One Night in South Beach” series.
in stroke of midnight we meet the hernandez family, alana the eldest daughter is the responsible, dependable one. she's been picking up the slack for everyone else in the family, especially her older brother, javier, who has fallen to pieces since his acrimonious divorce. on the other hand, her flighty sister, carla, is determined to make sure alana has a little fun. it's new year's eve and it time to let go. to get her sister off her back, alana agrees to go out. when she jokes to her sister that she hopes to pick up a stranger for one night of hot sex, she never imagines that her words would prove prophetic. but when she meets cole roberts the attraction is instantaneous and neither can resist the pull. cole has recently broken up with his long-time love so the last thing he wants is a relationship. a one night stand with a smoking hot chick sounds perfect to him. and then things get complicated, obviously because this is a romance. it turns out that his hot chick is his buddy's little sister. and since he's in town visiting javier specifically, his path is going to cross alana's more than once, and the pull between them only grows making this one night stand veer into relationship territory awfully fast. even though things move pretty quickly between the two leads, their chemistry is pretty amazing, so you buy it. this is an excellent escapist way to ring in the new year. **stroke of midnight will publish on january 3, 2017. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/kensington books (lyrical shine) in exchange for my honest review.
Andie J. Christopher's debut romance novel Stroke of Midnight begins on New Year's Eve in Miami. Growing up in a Cuban traditional family, Alana Hernandez has to work harder and longer than the men in her family to prove that she deserves a top place in the family business. It's particularly galling because her brother Javier, recovering from a bad breakup, is drinking and whoring it up and not pulling his weight at work, leaving her to fix his messes. When her sister Carla convinces her to put the paperwork aside and head to a club with her for New Year's Eve, she's determined to make the most of it. A sexy stranger, no names, and a one night stand that knocks her socks off is just what she needs to forget her trouble for a few hours. But Cole Roberts, a retired Navy SEAL is hoping he'll see the woman who rocked his world again, and gets his wish when she turns out to be none other than his buddy Javi's little sister. This story has a fairly typical romance storyline. Alana's brother Javier warns Cole away from her but that doesn't stop them from indulging in a secret (and very heated) affair. What makes it unique is the Cuban flair. The setting of little Havana, the cultural expectations, the food, and the politics make for an enjoyable story background. The family dynamics are a key part of the plot, Alana's relationship with her parents and siblings driving the story and making her affair with Cole the one place where she can be free to express herself fully. Naturally there is conflict to overcome, and the reality that Cole is only in Miami for a vacation while he sorts out what to do next with his life means he has to make some decisions that will affect both his and Alana's future. It's a good solid start to this series, and I'm looking forward to reading more by this author.
New Year’s Eve in Miami. One night. No names. No going back. Workaholic, Alana Hernandez and former Navy Seal, Cole Roberts have a one night stand. Cole is seeking to soothe his injured heart, Anna is looking for a quick hook up, but ohhhh how life throws a huge wrench in their "perfect" plan when morning comes! Stroke of Midnight is Ms. Christopher's debut, and not only has she captured the flavor and spirit of Miami but she has written, in my opinion, a Hero and Heroine who experience a true and realistic romance. I thoroughly enjoyed "watching" Alana & Cole's relationship unfold. The pacing and story flowed very well. Cole is a dirty talking hero who not only loves Alana very much, but is just as determined to show her that what may have started out as a one night stand, quickly became so much more for him. I felt like Alana and Cole could be a part of my inner circle, that's just how authentic the romance feels. Stroke of Midnight is a well written, sexy, hot romance that will have you not only laughing out loud but wishing for your very own Cole. I am eagerly anticipating Alana's brother, Javi and her sister, Carla's HEA's. Kudos on your debut, Ms. Christopher and keep 'em coming! Stroke of Midnight is a perfect combo of romance with a dirty talking hero, a take charge heroine, hot sex & funny story, which I thoroughly enjoyed!
In Stroke of Midnight, I received two very important elements to my romance reading. A STRONG heroine and a HOT hero. Our heroine, Alana, is self sufficient, smart and beautiful. Growing up with "traditional" aka chauvinistic men in her family has made her work twice as hard to prove what she can do. Enter our hero, Cole, who is all alpha (Navy Seal, no less), but really, without the chauvinism. Cole has been burned before, and his emotional scars run deep. But what starts out as a "ringing in the New Year" romp, turns into more for both parties. I enjoyed reading Alana's surrounding family's stories. Getting to know the characters, you can see why this is first in a series. You really WANT to know more about everyone. And you want everyone to receive their happily ever after! Great story with great characters. Looking forward to more from Andie J. Christopher!