Allegra Ennis nearly lost it all in one night, her career, her father, her sight, and very nearly her life!
Picking up directly where book two in the series ended, she meets former SEAL Douglas Kowalski the night they are involved in an attempted robbery. Douglas is huge, scary looking and scarred. Used to people flinching away from him and not being able to look directly at him.
“No.” The word lingered in the air, stark and hard.
“Why?” she asked softly.
“I’m…ugly.” The words came out low and harsh, guttural. As if between clenched teeth. As if from a terrible place inside him
They are both dealing with the scars and issues that life has left with them
But deep inside, Douglas is hiding a gentle soul with a love and appreciation of beautiful things.
“It doesn’t make any difference at all how long you take”, he said quietly. “I’m a patient man and I don’t have anywhere to go. I’ll be here. I’ll wait for you. For as long as it takes”
This book has less humour than the first two in my opinion, but it is a beautiful read. To watch these two people, facing their fears because of each other and helping each other while falling in love. It has a slightly darker undertone in places, due to the more personal direct nature of the attack Allegra suffered and that continued as a theme through the book.
Not to say it did not have its more light-hearted moments that made me laugh.
“So you had a cold weather jacket in your trunk too?…What else do you have in there?”
Well, let’s see. In his SUV he had his MP-5 9mm submachine gun with thirty-round magazines, M24 sniper rifle and ammo, M9 pistol with five magazines, body armour with PAGST helmet, two weeks worth of MREs, five gallons of water, GPS receiver, night vision goggles and a laptop hooked up to SATCOM transmitters.
He had a quarter pound of perfectly illegal C5 in the false bottom of his tool kit. If there was one thing he knew how to do well, it was blow things up. He subscribed to the SEAl philosophy-there were few problems that couldn’t be solved by a judicious application of a properly sized, shaped, timed and detonated explosive.
He had an emergency trauma kit, extra thin leather shooting gloves, cold weather survival gear, mountaineering equipment, his diving suit, scuba tank and fins
And four boxes of condoms.
“Nothing much” he said. “This and that. Stuff”
It is an excellent read and you really felt for Allegra and Douglas and all they had suffered.
Amazon Uk Link: Midnight Angel (Midnight series Book 3)