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Midnight Exposure (Midnight #1)

3.82 of 5 stars 3.82  ·  rating details  ·  820 ratings  ·  86 reviews
Point, click, die.

When two hikers disappear, their hometown in Maine blames the blinding storms. But the truth is far more sinister. Unaware of the danger, tabloid photographer Jayne Sullivan follows an anonymous tip to find the most reclusive sculptor in the art world. Instead, she finds sexy handyman Reed Kimball—and a small town full of fatal secrets.

Five years ago, Ree...more
Paperback, 306 pages
Published August 21st 2012 by Montlake Romance (first published January 1st 2012)
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Angela Risner
I read Melinda Leigh's first book, She Can Run, earlier this year but haven't reviewed it yet. However, I do remember that there were a lot of pluses in her first outing and a few negatives. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and really am pleased to see a lot of growth between that first novel and this one.

This story follows Jayne, who is a photographer trying to make money for her family (three brothers). They all run a bar together in Philadelphia. One of her brothers is suffering from PTSD after...more
Angela Blount
Nothing gets the blood pumping like a crazed, homicidal Druid bent on ritual human sacrifice.

Leigh's style is competent and refreshingly plot-heavy, with the romantic elements introduced without force or hurry, despite the one-week time constraint. The hero and heroine are both believable and endearing from early on. And this reviewer particularly appreciated the accurate mentionings of the thrice-killed 'bog bodies' believed to have been a part of ancient Druid rituals intended to ward off an...more
A very good suspence, but I just couldn't feel the lurve between H/h.
Book Sniffers Anonymous
The story starts off with two buddies who are wandering around the woods lost during a camping trip. They end up stumbling across some weird Druid ritual which ends in a human sacrifice. The story then fast forwards a couple of months to Jayne arriving in a small town (where everybody knows your name) for work. She's a photographer for a tabloid and her current mission is to get a photograph and identity of the famous sculptor who's identity is unknown. While scoping out a potential home of resi...more
Virginia Campbell
"Midnight Exposure" is another great romantic suspense adventure from Melinda Leigh, also the author of "She Can Run". I very much enjoyed both books, particularly the characterizations. Ms. Leigh writes people who are not slick and perfect, but who have flaws and texture. The imperfections add intimacy and immediacy to the story line. "Midnight Exposure" opens on a Halloween night in the cold, snowy woods of Maine. As two unfortunate lost campers discover, that is the wrong place to be at a hor...more
Vanessa theJeepDiva
In an effort to help her family out financially Jayne takes a job that doesn't exactly leave her feeling warm and fuzzy. She may be a photographer, but paparazzi she is not. It is a paying job though so she goes to get pictures of an artist who likes his recluse lifestyle to the point that no one knows what the man even looks like. This anonymous tip may have not even led her to the right place. Her travels and constant picture taking makes her a target.

I have to admit I liked Jayne the moment s...more
Midnight Exposure is a gripping romantic suspense thriller that will keep you sitting on the edge of your seat.

While on a camping/hiking trip in the snowy woods of Maine, college roommates Zack and John for the past two days have become lost in a blinding snowstorm. October 31st ... Halloween ... while searching for signs of civilization they smell smoke and hear faint murmurs of people's voices, they come to a clearing and spot a fire burning and run into a cloaked man with a knife ... unfortun...more
Patricia Kasl
Very interesting read

this book kept me up. I read until
my eyes blurred. I kind of knew
who the villain was but how
the book progressed kept me reading.

3.50+ RATING- Midnight Exposure is the first book in the Midnight series by author Melinda Leigh. The story is told from alternativing points of view including the villain. Midnight Exposure can be considered a stand-alone in respect to the romance portion of the story. However, the suspense portion of the story is carried over into the second book, Midnght Sacrifice, which will focus on a different couple. Because of that, it is recommended to read the books in order. At the time of this review...more
Merissa (Archaeolibrarian)
Don't you just love it when you read a book and it is so much more than what you expected? This is what happened to me when I read Midnight Exposure. I thought it would the usual story of hero meets heroine, they don't get on, big calamity, insta-love, everything's fine. That is so NOT what you get with this. You get a well thought out, full of plot, suspenseful story. Yes, there are overtures of romance to the book but they are brilliantly done.

Our main female and male leads both come with bag...more
Is this an amazing book? No. But it has it's moments. Like these two sentences for example: "And she couldn't ignore the fact that physical contact with the man made her crave things she'd forgotten about. Hot, sweaty, naked things." Hahahaha. Yes. No doubt about it, this book is pure fluff. You may also enjoy the salacious sex scene that happens about 3/4 of the way through. Hold onto your ponies ladies! It's going to be quite the ride ;)
The pacing of the plot was excellent - best I've read in a long time. I really liked how both Reed and Jayne's secrets were tantilizing, affected the plot and were revealed at exciting moments. Loved both characters, especially how Jayne is competant and getting away from the bad guy but is not a super woman. I want to hear more about Jayne's brother Danny - definitely potential for a sequel
Midnight Exposure, written by Melinda Leigh, takes us on a thrilling adventure in love and death by way of Huntsville, Maine. Jayne Sullivan is a struggling photographer from Philadelphia who has the potential to wipe her family’s debt by taking a picture for a tabloid magazine of the elusive sculptor, Reed Kimball. Their meeting sets off a series of terrifying events, of combined efforts that prove essential to their survival, and most rewardingly, of a new stage in their lives; a new life they...more
This is the first time I've read Melinda Leigh but certainly NOT the last.

If you're looking for someone new to send chills up and down your spine, check this author out.
Narrator: Scott Schumaker

The Story: Great start but my interest was not sustained. I found it mediocre as far as a romantic suspense went because neither the romance, nor the murder mystery was that interesting. As I mentioned, this despite the promising start where both were concerned:

The first few chapters were good - we begin in October where the young hitch hikers encounter the perp then six weeks later, in Chapter 2, we meet Jayne. Who meets Ree...more
Kelly % Books-n-Kisses
Jayne, this poor girl has been through hell and back already once in her life. But who would have ever thought going to a small town in Maine would become a matter of life or death for her. This time Jayne will not be a victim. This time she will be her own hero.

Reed Kimball just wants to live a peaceful and quiet life. He has already seen and done more then most will in a lifetime. But when a beautiful stranger shows up outside his home, she off a series of events that even Reed could have nev...more
Other reviewers have provided a detailed description of "Midnight Exposure" so I will not belabor this review with a repetion of the same. The protagonists, Jayne Sullivan and Reed Kimball, both have secrets. Overcoming his painful past is necessary for Reed to help solve a murder and end his life of seclusion.

Reed and Jayne become attracted to each other. Ultimately, Reed must protect her from the killer. Jayne rightfully worries that her secret threatens their potential for a relationship. Ree...more
When Jayne Sullivan headed to a small town in Maine, she was determined to capture images of a reclusive artist. But almost from the very first moments after her arrival, nothing is turning out to be what she expected.

First she is captivated by a mysterious handyman, Reed Kimball, and then she begins to discover various townspeople who seem to vary from unfriendly to strange.

While sorting out the events as they unfold, and before she can catch her breath, she is abducted and held prisoner in a d...more
Cindy ~ SnS Reviews
Another exciting thriller from Melinda Leigh. You are shocked within the first 5 pages. Some would fear what is to come after those pages but if you love a good thrilling ride with a side of romance then step on board and hang on.

Jayne Sullivan is a photographer and has come to town looking for the illusive sculptor her sleazy tabloid boss sent her to expose. She doesn't want to do the job but she needs the money because she feels guilty about not being about to financially help out her brother...more
Midnight Sacrifice is another fantastic tale from Melinda and I can not wait until the release of Midnight Sacrifice!

Reed is running from his past under the impression he is protecting his son, living in a small town and selling sculptures under a pseudonym is just the tip of the iceberg. Jayne is a photographer who, on the surface, has more skeletons in her closet and a reason to hide, but she has a determination not to let her past break her. Circumstances have forced Jayne to snap paparazzi p...more
Christi Snow
My Review:
Melinda Leigh knows how to weave a great romantic suspense. This book features two people who are both hiding things...already her web is starting to spin.

Jayne is a photographer. Traditionally, she's worked for magazines shooting landscape photography, but a chance photo has launched her career into tabloid journalism. She hates it, but with a brother who is dealing with PTSD and piles of doctor's bills after his tour in Iraq, she can't turn down the money. If the family wants to kee...more
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Melinda Leigh writes a romantic suspense story that involves one small town of Maine being terrorized by a killer. That killer though is not your normal killer, in fact, Melinda Leigh brings you a story of a killer who wants his victims for a Celtic Ritual.

Jayne is first introduced in the story and she is in the small town of Maine to take some photos of the one person which her tabloid company wants her to find and expose. Instead she comes upon, Reed Kimb...more
Kathy Martin
I really enjoyed this romantic suspense title. It had great pacing and was filled with suspense. The tension just kept ramping up and it kept me guessing until almost the very end.

Jayne Sullivan travels to Huntsville, Maine, on the trail of recluse sculptor R. S. Morgan. She is working for a tabloid despite her moral reservations because she needs to make money to help her brother who was injured while serving in Iraq. Jayne is also the survivor of an attack by a man who attacked, raped and kil...more
This is the first Melinda Leigh novel I’ve ever read and I am sooooo glad I did. What a suspenseful, action-packed romantic thriller. So much happened and up until the end I wasn’t sure who the killer was. There was just enough of the romance that it didn’t take away from the suspense and story.

The lead characters are Reed and Jayne. Both are hiding their own secrets but trying to find a killer. Both have gone through horrible pasts that instead of breaking them, made them stronger, unfortunatel...more
Bud Mallar
I noticed after finishing this book all the awards and glowing GR reviews, but it just wasn't my cup of tea....

Think it was a Kindle Daily Deal, and since I'm into 'whodunit' series, thought I would give it a try.

It wasn't a bad read and moved right along - for the most part the characters were fine, the story line a bit out of whack, but....

I just couldn't buy into the fact our two leads were so tentative, self doubting and wishy washy I just couldn't ride along with them...

It was odd that the...more
May 30, 2014 Chris marked it as abandoned
Shelves: mystery
I was hoping this was more mystery than romance - I read it because its setting is a small town in Maine - but if the tall, handsome guy with the southern accent spoke about Jayne's eyes and hair one more time I was going to barf. So when she was abducted by the unknown druid/ Celtic/ blood-loving bad guy, I decided I just couldn't make it through 7 more hours of listening.....
Melinda Leigh is becoming one of my favorites. Loved the She Can series - the mystery with romance. This was no exception. Jayne seeks mysterious sculptor not only does she find Reed instead but also the interest of a Druid. Good who done it.
Barbara McGrath
Midnight Exposure

I chose this rating because I though the plot was terrific.
The characters were very interesting.
Reed and Jayne's romantic interlude made love at first sight very believable.
The ending was a real winner.
I enjoyed this far more than I thought I would have, after a few dud days or reading dud suspense books. Melinda Leigh has a talent for building suspense and keeping the plot complex but not too complicated and/or disorganised to follow.
Joyce Vance
This is the first book in the Midnight series and it definitely sets the tone for another great series by Melinda Leigh. If you enjoy thrillers that keep you on your toes than this book is for you. It will keep you guessing til the end.
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Melinda Leigh is a fully recovered banker. A life-long lover of books, she started writing when her youngest child entered first grade as a way to preserve her sanity. in 2007, she joined Romance Writers of America, learned a few things about writing a book, and decided the process was way more fun than analyzing financial statements. It was time to get serious about making her hobby a career. She...more
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