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Upon the Midnight Clear (Dark-Hunter #12)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating Details  ·  21,638 Ratings  ·  602 Reviews
Ever think Scrooge had it right before the ghosts ruined his life? Meet Aidan O’Conner.
At one time he was a world-renowned celebrity who gave freely of himself and his money without wanting anything in return...until those around him took without asking. Now Aidan wants nothing of the world—or anyone who’s a part of it.

When a stranger appears at his doorstep, Aidan knows h
Paperback, 288 pages
Published 2007 by Piatkus Books
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Another great addition to Dark-Hunter and Dream-Hunter series.

Despite the fact that Upon The Midnight Clear isn't a particularly outstanding book in the series, but it still has its moments. I really enjoyed reading Aidan and Leta's story, and I loved Aidan's motto that he would be the last one standing, he wouldn't let people who hurt him win.

Leta totally won me over. She has such a beautiful heart. She knew what Aidan had been through and she swore she would never ever betray him. She ke
Upon the Midnight Clear
2 stars

Dolor, the god of Pain is summoned into the human realm by the selfish, cruel Donnie, who wants him to torture and kill his brother Aidan.

Dolor’s awakening triggers Leta’s waking too, a dream-hunter and Dolor’s greatest enemy. Leta is determined to save Aidan’s life and defeat Dolor.

Aidan is a very successful actor, now living as a recluse after his trust and generosity were badly abused by his family and fiancée.

The only character is finely worked out is Aidan
Hoping for anything better only led to bitter disappointment. No, this was his life. He'd be alone until the day he died.

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Aww, poor Adrian! He's only the biggest movie star on the planet who has millions of dollars so he can live the rest of his life without working ever again. Okay, I get that his family were a bunch of greedy a-holes who betrayed him for money and tried to kill him, but, hey, everyone has problems. I can't decide whether to eat another cookie before dinner, or if it will rui
Duchess Nicole
This series has become so tedious to read. I'm just desperately trying to make it to Acheron's book. But there is no Acheron here, so it was such a waste of time. This story was made of all kinds of cheese and so predictable, I literally knew what was going to happen within the first couple of chapters.

I listened to the audio, and while the narrator was okay, he did overact a bit, to the point that everything Aiden said was overdramatic, and I think that helped add to the cheese.

To put it mild
Dec 28, 2015 Gavin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal
This felt more like a novella rather than a full Dark-Hunter book and I think both the romance and the story suffered a bit from having less time to grow. That said, this still had plenty of the usual elements (the humour, the romance, and the mythology) that make the Dark-Hunter series so fun to read. It was good, but not as good as usual.

The real plus was the Christmas theme. It was a lucky coincidence that this was my read for Christmas Eve since I had no idea this was going to be a very loo
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
I felt like there was something missing from this book. I liked it, but I think it could have been better. The storytelling seemed basic--not something I'm used to with Ms. Kenyon. I get that this was supposed to be short story, but it was a little too barebones for me. The characters (other than Aidan) just didn't seem to come to life for me, which is atypical for a Sherrilyn Kenyon story. My biggest issue is the short length. I think that keeping this short really restricted the complexity of ...more
This was short. It would have been better but for 2 things. The hero was a whiney bitch for almost the entire book. It got old fast. Poor little rich boy, people were mean to him. I get they were really mean. But still. Get over it dude. Bad shit happens. People suck. But not ALL people. Whaa-whaa-whaa

Heroine was a bit of a sad sack but was a very sweet woman. She had loved her dead husband and child very much. I would have been ok with this. But when the hero stops mid sex to ask about how much
Apr 28, 2015 Carmen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Kenyon fans
This book is just 282 pages of Aidan O'Connor whining and griping. If you want to read that many pages about a whiny-ass, weak-ass, pathetic excuse for a man - then more power to you. Have at it.

He flicked the lid off his beer and held it up to the photos of his 'family' that he kept on his mantel next to his five Oscars. "Fuck you all very much," he said snidely.

But in the end, he knew the truth. He was the only one who'd been royally screwed. He'd put his trust in all the wrong people and now
'Hmmm, feeling a bit ‘meh’ about this one. Riding the high of Devil May Cry, I dove straight in expecting good things and it all fell flat for me I’m afraid.

This book felt more like a glorified novella. It’s really short, and there’s not a lot of story to really get drawn into. And although we get a brief visit from some of the characters we’ve met in earlier books, it feels a bit isolated from the rest of the DH world – although I’ve been assured that these characters do appear later in the ser
Is it just me, or do Dream-hunters fail in comparison to Dark-Hunters?
I mean the story was so short. And mediocre at best.
The characters weren't flashed out enough for me to care about them. Not to mention that after heroes such as Wren, Valerius, or Zarek, Aiden just looked silly.
I know, I know, every pain is relevant, and shouldn't be brushed aside because someone has it even worse, but I think what made me react like this was the writing. SK didn't put enough effort into character development
There was a time when Aidan had it all, both rich and talented he was an Oscar winning actor who was engaged to the woman of his dreams, but then he was betrayed by his family and closest friends and lost his faith in humanity. Now he lives in the middle of nowhere and keeps the whole world at a distance, the last thing he needs is for anyone to get close enough to betray him again and he has no intention of returning to the movie business no matter how much money they're offering him. His broth ...more
Miss Kim
Oct 28, 2008 Miss Kim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Dark Hunter Fans who may be interested in Dream Hunters
Recommended to Miss Kim by: Continuation of (an awesome) series
This story veers from what I am used to in the Dark Hunter series. The roles are reversed in that Aiden is the human, and Leta is a goddess Dream Hunter. Aiden is a world famous actor who has turned bitter towards the world and all of his family. His brother has made a deal with Dolor, God of Pain, to kill him--basically because he is jealous of Aiden's success. Two thousand years ago, Dolor murdered her husband and baby. Leta trapped him so he could not hurt anyone else. The only way he could g ...more
Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
This book is definitely a Dream Hunter book....there is nothing about the Dark Hunters in it which is unfortunate. At least the first Dream Hunter had some references.

Aidan is a famous actor who is fed up with people and living up in a cabin all alone. He is a very angry person with good reason. Leta is a dream goddess who finds out the god of pain, Dolor, has been "awoken" with the desire of Aidan's brother, Donnie, to kill Aidan. Leta's not going to let that happen.

Aidan was a bit hard to ta
Laura the Highland Hussy
I like the dream-hunters a lot, and even though I've read them out of order, I had no trouble following. I think of this as a long novella. It was a fairly short, really quick, action-packed read.
Leta, a dream goddess, is brought out of a healing 2000 year self-imposed stasis when the god of Pain is summoned from a curse she and Hades put on him last time he was out. He's the one who gave Zeus the nightmare that caused all the Oneri to have their emotions stripped. So she heads off to Earth to
Audio- It was so cheesy, so predictable, and ended with such a common resolution. So chewy sweet I think I got a cavity. 2.5 stars. I didn't hate it but it was just Meh for me.
I wish I had just skipped this book. It really had no ties to the rest of the series.
Jul 20, 2016 Francy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sherrilyn Kenyon è tra le mie autrici preferite e sono dispiaciuta che la CE abbia preso delle scelte (per quanto mi riguarda) piuttosto discutibili su questa bellissima saga.
Detto questo, devo ammettere che finora i Dream Hunter non sono tra i miei preferiti all'interno di questo fantastico mondo, però li apprezzo molto lo stesso. Soprattutto sono curiosa di saperne di più su Xypher, lo skoti apparso in Devil May Cry .
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Fangs for the Fantasy
Aidan is a first rate actor, academy award winner and Hollywood A-list. He has been betrayed by everyone he loved and cared about – leaving him with a very low view of humanity and a complete inability to trust people.

But his brother has decided to seek further revenge and summoned Dolor – the embodiment and deity of Pain who will be freed by human sacrifice – and by torturing and killing Aidan. Leta, the Oneroi a sleep goddess, has given herself the task to control Dolor, to prevent any more pe
Um not too sure where to start really. Like the last dream hunter book, I found this a little lacking compared to the Dark Hunter books. I just found myself a bit bored. I'm not too sure why, but I wasn't drawn into their story. I just wasn't a fan of either character.
Aiden was slightly arrogant at first and there wasn't enough of a background to Leta to even start to like her.
The plot of Dolor wasn't that well explained, so I just didn't get into it.
One of the things I did like, was what we
Más bien un 3,5 o así. No ha estado mal, pero no es una maravilla. El principio me ha recordado muchísimo al de Bailando con el diablo, aunque por suerte al final mejora. De todas formas, el libro es demasiado corto y la historia un tanto precipitada para mi gusto, sobre todo en lo que se refiere a la relación (que es normal en esta saga, pero aquí es demasiado, creo).
Reseña próximamente
Esther Langdon
Jul 25, 2016 Esther Langdon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Está bastante bien. Si que es verdad que es un libro de relleno ya que no aporta nada, pero aún así me ha gustado y ojalá pudiera abrazar a Aidan a modo peluche :3
Feb 22, 2015 Kinga rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, dark-sadic, romance
Is it just me or did this story seem way too short? Or did I go into a reading-frenzy, finished it off in a few hours and now I'm bitching about the shortness?
No, there was definitely something missing. Not the lack of characters that I'm used to, but there was a big hole of nothing in the story.
I loved Aidan, a tragic hero who never had kindness and love and all. But the story was very simple and I was expecting the adrenaline rush that I'm accustomed to, but it never came. Nada. Nope. Zilch.
Rebecca (everyday reader)
Aidan is a great actor who has been betrayed so much in his life that now he just wants to be left alone. His brother has turned everyone against him because of his deep-seated jealousy, and now he has summoned the God of pain to kill him. Leta goes to fight Dolor and help Aidan live. There is an instant attraction between them that becomes a deep trust and love. Aidan and Leta make a great team and they both deserve happiness after each of their bad pasts. Great series and Great read!!
Lover of Romance
Aiden O Conner, became a famous actor, and is very talented, but was betrayed by everyone he knew, he has no friends and his brother is the worst. When his brother makes a deal with a god, to take him out, his life is in grave danger and there is only one person that can save him. Leta. Leta, knows the danger of her one enemy, and this enemy is after Aiden. A human man who has only known betrayal and injustice and pain. He doesn’t trust anyone, and lives like a “Scrooge” up in the mountains, awa ...more
Feb 06, 2010 Cindyg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was not one of my favs in the series, and yet it made me cry. Leta was amazing and she warmed my heart with her determation to save Aidan. I loved holiday gatherings stories in the back of the book. I sure hope that we will get a chance to read Aimee and Fang's story some day.
Dec 24, 2011 Beleth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
Historia corta de oníricos que podría haber sido ignorada perfectamente... xD Lo único curioso es que pasan cosas en Nochebuena y Navidad y justamente lo he leído en esas fechas jaja
Oct 29, 2014 P rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
แรกๆอานแลวไมเขาใจในทีมาทีมาไปของตัวละคร งงวาทำไมไอดานถึงครำครวญจะเปนจะตายซะขนาดนัน มารูเรืองเอาตอนทีเนือเรืองจะจบแลวถึงสาเหตุแบบชัดๆ คือกอนหนามันอธิบายไมคอยชัด เรากเลยไมคอยเขาถึงอารมณความรูสึกของตัวละครสักเทาไร

พระนางรักกันเรวมาก ไมถึง 24 ชัวโมงไดมัง โอโหกันไปตามระเบียบกับความไวและกระชับของเนือหาทีถึงแมจะไมอิรุงตุงนังแตกไมไดสนุกซับซอนอะไร ถือวาเปนเลมทีอานไดเรือยๆ อารมณกเฉยๆ

มีตอนพิเศษคริสมาสตตอนทายทีทำใหเราหายคิดถึงตัวละครเลมกอนๆหนา แอบสงสารนิคมากๆ ไมรูวาจะมีโอกาสทีเหตุการณในโครนิเคิลสออฟนิคจะมาบร
Nov 30, 2014 Jacqueline rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves sarcastically dry humor, sexy characters, and kick ass fight scenes.
Recommended to Jacqueline by: No one; but the series was recommended by a kind Books-A-Million
Many think that Upon The Midnight Clear was a disappointment for the simple fact that the book was "too short." However, knowing ahead of time that it is a specialty release, noted as being longer than a novella but shorter than a novel, while I admit the book was shorter than Sherri's standard, it was very good considering.

Unlike the previous Dream-Hunter novel, Upon The Midnight Clear went in the direction of having a female Dark-Hunter, Leta, and a human male, Aiden. Essentially being targett
Aiden is the most handsome, successful actor to come out of Hollywood since Brad Pitt. But betrayals by family members- and by the woman he loved- has made him a bitter recluse.

However his family isn't done with him yet. His psycho brother Donnie has awakened the ancient god Dolor (Ultimate Pain) and is dead set on siccing him on Aiden. Little does Donnie know that when he awakened Pain to do his dirty work, he also awakened the Dream Hunter/Goddess who once placed Dolor in stasis for thousands
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Dec 21, 2012 Julianna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: DH Fans
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"3.5 stars" Upon the Midnight Clear was another offering in the Dark-Hunter series that felt like it was hurriedly rushed to publication. I've heard some fans say that the Dream-Hunter stories are the weakest in the series, and I'm beginning to see why. Upon the Midnight Clear was a reasonably pleasant diversion, but it didn't really offer anything new or unique to the paranormal romance genre or even the Dark-Hunter series. Neither the characters, nor the plot had a grea
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“Yeah, it never fails to amaze me how a single lie can undo an entire lifetime of good. (Aiden)” 168 likes
“How did you learn to stop crying? (Leta)
I nailed my heart shut and learned to stop caring about anyone except me. They can’t make you cry when you don’t give a shit about them or their opinions. You can only be hurt by the ones you love. (Aiden)”
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