Review: Chasing Midnight

Chasing Midnight (The Darkest Desires of Dixie #1) by Shyloh Morgan, Alex Morgan: Quinn Mason is a young Southern gentleman. Perhaps, gentleman is a stretch for how he lived his earlier years. He was the kid whose life seemed charmed, a popular athlete in high school who won a full scholarship. Life was on track for him until the death of his parents. In one terrible moment, Quinn went from having everything being everything for his young siblings. He left college, and used the money from his parent’s life insurance policy to buy a bar. The bar supported him and the kids, affording him the ability to give for them the life they were robbed of, even sending them to college.

Mhisery Bellemy has returned to Midnight, reluctantly. Her mother died, and she is left to take care of her drunken father, and the family cafe´. She had escaped the small town’s clutches as soon as she was of age, and swore never to return. Now, her siblings have turned to her, leaning heavily on her for help. The woman who got out of town and made a life she loves is now forced, by the bonds of family, and the weight of obligation, to return and give up what she had worked to build for herself.

These two are unlikely to cross paths, but chance throws them into the right place at the right time. Quinn’s brother is the catalyst that brings Mhisery into Quinn’s line of sight. And that’s all it took, one look and he knows he has to have her. The golden boy athlete is now drawn to the tall, tattooed woman stepping off the last bus into town.

Will Quinn ever have the woman he desires, and make her his own, or will she return to the life she loves far away from the small town of Midnight, and Quinn, or will she stay and make a life with the man she loves?

Chasing Midnight tells a story of love, friendship, and sacrifice. This talented duo, Shyloh & Alex Morgan, will rip your heart out and have you falling in love with the inhabitants of this quaint, quirky, town. Welcome to southern seduction, and the town of Midnight, where the Darkest Desires of Dixie become a reality.

Emma's thoughts: The beginning of the book started off too slow for my liking. I was introduced to so many characters and I had trouble keeping track of who was who. I also found there was a lot of head hopping which slowed the story down, and in places caused repetition.

The relationship between Mhisery and Quinn is sweet and believable, although there were times I wanted to shake them. The development of said relationship is so realistic and I applaud the author for the stages it went through.

As individuals, Mhisery and Quinn have already been through a lot and following the tumultuous ride of their relationship, I found myself going through a range of emotions because I just wanted them to be happy and end up with a nice life. Quinn is utterly adorable, sexy and hot, loved his character a lot. Mhisery is strong but in places I found her attitude passive when I would’ve liked more of reaction from her.

The book is big and that’s down to the development of other characters throughout and while it’s nice to see so many small arcs intricately woven, I personally would have preferred to focus on Quinn and Mhisery.

All that said, though the story was slow in places, it was still really good and enjoyable. It’s just personally, I prefer to focus on protagonist and love interest rather than a large cast. The author did a wonderful job of making me care about the characters, and invoking a range of emotions from a reader should be applauded.

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