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Midnight (Dance with the Devil #3)

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Lord Devlin White, Duke of Winterbourne, is the last in a long line of powerful witches who assist the Demon Lord of London in keeping control of the Nightwalkers living amongst normal men. With all but one of his siblings gone to the new American colonies, his proud family line all but ended, Devlin is kept from gloom and despair only by unusual ward, Midnight.

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ebook, 305 pages
Published January 11th 2011 by Less Than Three Press (first published January 26th 2009)
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Ami
4.4 stars

I admit that I sort of post-poned reading this story because it feels like an all-out fantasy, which is not a genre I like. I love the two Dance series, but they don't feel like all-out fantasy because the idea of the MCs as detective. But since I have no more Megan Derr's stories, I decided to go a head.

Oh, my, what an ENCHANTING story this is. Megan Derr is able to make me forget that I don't like all-out fantasy. I fall immediately in love with the world building -- where there are r
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Sandra
This was a super fun foray into the past and magic and death and love, I thoroughly enjoyed it. While I still would have liked this if I had read it, the narration was wonderful and I think this is a great series to listen to in audio format. He voice is perfectly British and he captured Devlin's haughty arrogance perfectly, and I loved it!

The structure of giving us the fist half from Devlin's POV and then the second half from Midnight's was a nice change from the usual back and forth. It allowe
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Nikyta *Miss Forgetful*
Again, no surprise that I love this one. Lol

Midnight and Devlin are quite the pair. Devlin is a witch and Midnight is a functional draugr (zombie). Devlin is arrogant, snappy and brash while Midnight is softer. He's polite, easy-going and caring. They both harvest an unrequited love for the other but there's reservations on Devlin's side that gives Midnight his doubts about Devlin's feelings. One thing I do love about Derr's books is how there's always someone who's snippy and snappy and while
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Duck
I really liked this narrator's voice. Crisp and British, it fit the story well.

The world building and characterization does not follow the typical shapeshifter formula and I found myself drawn in almost immediately.

The only disappointment was the fade to black sex. The tension builds so well and for so long that I was pretty damned disappointed that it didn't happen on page. Yeah, so I admit to wanting to read about some walking dead (don't think zombies) and black arts witch kinky man sex. So
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Mandy*reads obsessively*
Mystery,intrigue, night walkers, vampires, weres, dragons and zombies just to name a few things I liked about this book!
The story was great, even if the romance was a bit muted, I enjoyed it and will definitely be reading the next one very soon!
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ttg
Jul 13, 2013 ttg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5-4 stars – A good continuation of Derr’s Dance with the Devil series. This installment is set in England much earlier than the other two, so is sort of a “prequel”. We follow Lord Devlin White (so my guess is that he is related to Chris who is the MC in book 1). Devlin is a powerful witch/“nightwalker” that assists in eliminating paranormal issues. Along with him are his trusty servant Barro and his once-ward, now assistant Midnight who Devlin revived from the dead fifteen years earlier. (And ...more
Vivian ♪(┌・。・)┌
4.65

I finally finished the book I've been anticipating for ages

When thinking about what to write for my review:

-mind blank-

Oh well. My reviews have really been nothing more than the random things I found interesting/annoying/sexy/hilarious during the book.

So, to start, off, this was a pretty damn fantastic book. In my opinion, it sort of straddled the line between Dance in the Dark and Dance with the Devil. I liked it better than Dance in the Dark but it fell short of Dance with the Devil. Then
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¸. • * ° *❧Gwen❧ •°**★
Ooooh Midnight


~he said...


"The angelic choir would never sound half so beautiful to me as your voice" your heartbeat"

Then...

Midnight touch his chest with his own hand.

"I hear you and feel you, to the exclusion of all else"

Now who wouldn't like that!!!

I loved those words...and I Love Midnight!

Gosh , this book has lingered in my thoughts for days....

Because Wow...I'm finding this series is just magical..


4.5 Stars`

This was a Sweet Magical Read~the only VERY SMALL problem I had with this book
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Ilhem
Oct 06, 2013 Ilhem rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m, prn, sweet
3,5 stars

Zombie love à la Megan Derr and my favorite in the series so far.
DaisyGirl
3.0 Stars

Okay. I'm in the minority here but I didn't care for this book very much. Eek! *ducks* In fact, after finishing Midnight, I decided to take a break from reading the rest of this series. I will likely go back and finish it up but it nonetheless doesn't bode well for me. I usually read a series in one straight shot from start to finish. Deviation is unusual. But I digress ...

Midnight is the tale of Devlin White, Duke of Winterbourne, the last in a long line of powerful witches who assist
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Aimee ~is busy sleeping~
This must be my 6-7th reread and I still am completely overcome by warm fuzzies over the absolute cuteness of young baby zombie Midnight meeting White that first time <3 Gahh. This remains my special favorite of Derr's, alongside book 2. I haven't been able to enjoy any of her new books, so I end up always going back to this one. Love the MCs, love their dynamic, love the world. It's charming and magical.
Kat
I wish I could give this book 10 stars. It's absolutely amazing!
I love the world building and the writing is very good.
The book has everything you need, black magic, a Duke, black witches, evil priests, scary angels, sorcerers and alchemists, arrogant knights which aren't so arrogant after all, an absolutely lovable dragon who is always hungry and loves apple pie, a wolf-elf who is charming, caring and so deserves the happiness he finds and this book has Midnight. I fell in love with Midnight
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Karen K
**4-4.5 stars**

Fabulous world-building and writing style. I really enjoyed this book and all it's quirks and twists and turns. Devlin is a fabulous character - strong, brave and closed-off but at the same time almost transparent in some of his feelings. Midnight just made me smile in every scene - the way he spoke, the mischievous way he teased and taunted Devlin, the sadness he felt when his "heartbeat" was missing. The way he was reborn was truly beautiful. Lovely plot and details. I'd recomme
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Preston
Who wants to imagine a romance between a wizard and a zombie? You must want to think about them in bed together having a little nookie, no? Then you'll love Megan Derr's Midnight!

Well it's more action and very minimal, discrete sex so it is just another another of Miss Derr's dark M/M love stories with magical beings substituted for real people. Still… a zombie? She calls him a drauger which is a Norse zombie but still he's dead and just held together in this fantasy world by necromancy magic. A
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Julesmarie
So many blurbs or even titles like to proclaim that a book is "gothic" and I've been disappointed by most of them.

This book, on the other hand, never made that claim, and has to be one of the most deliciously atmospheric books ever! Much of that is to do with Midnight, the title character, who describes himself as a living corpse, but is really so much more. Midnight was saved by Devlin, and their relationship is what drives much of the book.

The book starts from Devlin's PoV and we go with him a
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L-D
Just under 5 stars

This was another great installment to the Dance with the Devil series. While this book was not set up in the Case File format of the first two books, Lord Devlin White, Duke of Winterbourne, is a black witch investigating a draugr (zombie) infestation. Devlin is the perfect man for the job, not only because he is the strongest black witch around, but he also has direct knowledge and expertise of the draugr since he created the most powerful draugr in existence, Midnight. As a b
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Emanuela ~plastic duck~
I think this is my favorite of the series so far, how I loved this story, how I felt cozy and emotional while reading it.

Devlin is the Mad Duke, the descendant from a powerful noble family of black witches, a practitioner of rune magic. Midnight is the Corpse Child, a draugr, who Devlin bound to his own life in order to save him after he was killed and give him a sort of life, feeling he failed to protect him. Devlin and Midnight share heart, breath and soul. Midnight has always loved Devlin, si
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Seriously Reviewed
Megan Derr has taken a common theme-zombies-and made it something extraordinary. Rather than call the walking dead zombies, she's called them 'daugrs'. I've read a few of Megan's short stories, but Midnight is my first taste of her longer works. All I can say is...MORE! Midnight is bursting at the seams with paranormal creatures. Not only does it feature daugrs, but demons, dragons (and their companion knights), shifters, angels, imps, witches and vampires, as well as a ghost and a wolf, elf, hu ...more
Plainbrownwrapper
Mar 04, 2013 Plainbrownwrapper rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mm
Whatever I end up thinking about Megan Derr's books, I always have to admire her imagination. It is very rare that I ever see any author -- of *any* genre -- come up with so many different ideas for stories, and so many different worldbuilding details. Her writing may not drag me in the way some other authors do, but the quality of her ideas is never in serious doubt.

This book is a prequel of sorts for Dance with the Devil and Dance in the Dark. There is no specific plot connection, however. Thi
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Kristy Maitz
May 15, 2015 Kristy Maitz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
That story plot was written very nicely; my time spend on it was satisfying.

What I did missed was connection to first 2 book. I was waiting for someone to present a reason to call for help for 1 or 2 couple to see how they are doing. But the was nothing.

But even so its very nice reading material.
Rutabega Reading
Apr 20, 2015 Rutabega Reading rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Bored, lonely, loveless housewives
Recommended to Rutabega by: Somebody I wish I could publicly humiliate.
Tiresome, and typical fantasy rubbish filled with the well-trodden tropes of the genre with a sprinkling of M/M romance to titillate a few lonely and loveless housewife readers.

Consider this well-crafted nugget:

"[Midnight] had one clear, perfect memory of Devlin from before he had died. Beautiful and golden, his hair like a sovereign in sunlight, tall and broad and smiling more beautifully than any Madonna or society belle."

Can we throw one more instance of "beautiful" in to the paragraph to m
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Molli B.
There was a lot I liked about this story, but there were too many problems for me to really love it.

Devlin and Midnight were both very different from other characters I've read lately—very interesting backstories, lots of potential. Devlin is a rune master, which I think is pretty cool. I liked Barra, and I thought Neirin and Troyes were good additions to their little party (even if I felt the Barra-Neirin-Troyes stuff was a bit distracting).

I know this is one of Megan Derr's older books—it's at
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Lily
Sep 03, 2012 Lily rated it it was amazing
Such an amazing and imaginatively written book! In my opinion, this is among the best of Megan Derr's extensive work and still one of my all-time favourites. Although not a particular fan of fantasy inspired stories, I adore Midnight and Devlin and their interactions, the elaborate yet not overwhelming details of the world building and the gripping plot. They all make a perfect reading experience which I always re-visit with great delight. Highly recommended!
Nina
May 31, 2015 Nina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, mm, romance
I liked it, I really like this serie a lot. Midnight is adorable and I loved everything about him. I liked his heartbeat as well, and all the characters with them. But I loved the first two books the most. That's why I had to take one star off to show the difference. Doesn't mean that I didn't enjoy this book, I couldn't stop reading until the end and I'm very glad Modnight finally got his happy end with Devion!
Merith
Aug 08, 2011 Merith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it! Megan writes such fantastic MCs, intriguing and real enough in a fantasy realm to identify with. I loved the dynamic between Devlin and Midnight, and the supporting characters just added to the feel.

The story itself sucks you in and keeps you riveted. A paranormal story with a hint of fantasy existing along side the 'normals', Megan does so well with this balance. I want more.
Diane
Midnight is a wonderful mix of paranormal creatures, urban fantasy and sexy historical romance... all wrapped up in an engaging mystery.
Highly Recommended.

This story takes place in the Dance with the Devil universe, but functions entirely as a standalone.
Nene
Dec 23, 2010 Nene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well how about that! I actually liked a zombie book! I didn't think I would, but I did! This is clever and interesting and it would have 5 stars but I was a bit disappointed in the resolution. It just felt like there wasn't enough attention given to the relationship aspect to me. Otherwise, well done though.
Relly
Feb 14, 2015 Relly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal
Midnight

I really enjoyed this book. I liked that the book was split into two parts. The first from Devlin's point of view, which allowed us via flashbacks to see how Midnight was both in human form and the reasons for his changing. The second part from Midnight showing the affection and uncertainty about Devlin's feelings, as well as his willingness to do anything to free Devlin's. I love Midnight he is a great character, so gentle but also with the ruthless streak to embrace his monster to prot
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Mandi
Nov 27, 2013 Mandi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really just love the world building and characters in Megan Derr's work. She has such an elegant way of writing.
Kavisha
Jul 22, 2014 Kavisha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was fantastic! I loved it and was so caught up in the book. I usually dont like fantasy books because there is so much world building information thrown at you that the story is secondary. But this wasnt like that at all. While I do wish that Devlin and Midnight were together longer I think it is because I loved both of them so much and not because there love story was lacking in anyway. Devlin's love for midnight was so obvious in part 1 of the book and was beautiful to read. I almost didn ...more
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Dance with the Devil (5 books)
  • Dance with the Devil (Dance with the Devil, #1)
  • Dance in the Dark (Dance with the Devil, #2)
  • Sword of the King (Dance with the Devil, #4)
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