Midnight Encounters by Elle Kennedy

Samhain Publishing

Contemporary Romance

ISBN: 1-60504-059-2

Reviewed by Shayna

   

 

Between college, working, and volunteering, Maggie Reilly doesn’t have enough time to sit down, let alone have a relationship.  What Maggie has is a lover she meets a few times a year for some hot, stress-releasing sex.  But when Maggie shows up to meet her lover, she accidentally winds up in the bed of Hollywood’s most notorious bad boy.

Superstar Ben Barrett just wants a break from the constant scandals surrounding him and the paparazzi hounding his every step.  Checking into a low-key hotel for some much-needed sleep seems ideal, but his plans are interrupted when a mysterious woman slides into bed with him.  Intrigued by the fact that Maggie doesn’t know who he is, Ben decides he isn’t about to let the tempting redhead get away.

A delicious deal is struck – for one week Ben can hide out in Maggie’s apartment and in exchange, she can have a week of sizzling-hot, no-strings-attached sex.  But Ben soon finds out that a week with Maggie might not be enough.  Can he convince Maggie that two people who couldn’t be more different might actually be perfect for one another?

“Opposites attract” might be an old adage, but Elle Kennedy delivers a fresh, sexy tale with Midnight Encounters.  From the start, the sparks fly between Maggie and Ben, and as the two learn more about one another, the heat from those sparks never fades.  I was drawn into the story from the start and Ms. Kennedy kept me utterly enthralled; I couldn’t put it down.

One of the things I liked best about Midnight Encounters was the character development.  Ben started out as slightly self-absorbed, but is redeemed and grows as a person because of his love for Maggie.  Maggie, in turn, was a workaholic who has never truly lived until Ben teaches her to take time to enjoy her life.  In watching Maggie and Ben develop as people and as a couple, I grew incredibly attached to them.  The story was made complete by the fact that Maggie and Ben’s differing personalities complimented each other. Their struggle, like many couples, was to figure out how to make their conflicting lives meld and Ms. Kennedy made me care enough to cheer them on.  Sizzling and satisfying!

     

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