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Midnight Exposure (Midnight #1)

3.98  ·  Rating Details ·  3,202 Ratings  ·  176 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
Paperback, 306 pages
Published August 21st 2012 by Montlake Romance (first published January 1st 2012)
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5 Sacrificial Stars

Well, well well.....this book was DAMN good and I have to say I was not expecting the secrets, twists and turns.

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Jayne is a photographer that has swallowed her pride and is trying to get a photo of the recluse sculptor, R S Morgan. Traveling to Maine to find her photo muse for a tabloid magazine, Jayne steps into one mess after another after meeting Reed Kimball, a single father and a retired cop.

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Reed has secrets that need to remain hidden for the safety of his son and t
Angela Risner
Sep 12, 2012 Angela Risner rated it really liked it
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
Angela Blount
Aug 30, 2012 Angela Blount rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
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
A very good suspence, but I just couldn't feel the lurve between H/h.
Oct 25, 2012 Kathleen rated it really liked it
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
May 06, 2013 Kristin rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Kathy Martin
Sep 27, 2012 Kathy Martin rated it really liked it
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
Vanessa theJeepDiva
Sep 11, 2012 Vanessa theJeepDiva rated it really liked it
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
Virginia Campbell
Sep 08, 2012 Virginia Campbell rated it really liked it
"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 ...more
Jan 27, 2013 Bethany rated it liked it
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 ;)
Stephanie Uncensored
Maybe I was not in the right mind set to read/listen to this book because it took a lot to get into it. In the end I enjoyed the story and the mystery of the plot line.

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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
Dec 08, 2013 Catherine rated it it was amazing
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.
Patricia Kasl
May 17, 2014 Patricia Kasl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
I really enjoyed the story in this book. It is a bit far out. But I can handle that. Druid ritual sacrifice does not stretch me too far. If you can deal with that, I think you will like Jayne and Reed who are thrust together by danger and weather. I confess, I love a good snowbound story. Not really sure why.

Both of the lead characters are damaged (of course) so distrust and fear of commitment are impediments to the relationship. But despite their personal issues, Jayne and Reed are both formid
Oct 23, 2016 Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good read

This has to be one of the best books I've read in awhile. Melinda Leigh has really hit it with this one
Two-haiku review:

She's paparazzi
Trying to get his photo
Falls for him instead

Nicely done suspense thriller
Three-and-a-half stars
doreen henry
Oct 18, 2016 doreen henry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hard to put down

I enjoy this book so much, it was very hard for me to put it down.
Fantastic read.
Great storyline.
Stephen Walton
Oct 01, 2016 Stephen Walton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great story that has the reader wondering which evil beggar and deed is going to happen next . A tense story with of course its steamy bits( wouldn't be Melinda without them) was fluent and told at a good pace . I unfortunately read this out of turn and should have read it before Midnight Betrayal. Highly recommended as are all Melinda's books
Apr 19, 2013 Franjessca rated it really liked it
Review also posted on Book Lovin' Mamas

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
Rick Fisher
Sep 29, 2016 Rick Fisher rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very nice read!

Enjoyed the action and the romance. I hope the author writes more in this series. Nice character development. I loved Jayne and Reed
Christi Snow
Aug 25, 2012 Christi Snow rated it really liked it
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
Sep 11, 2012 Laurel-Rain rated it really liked it
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

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
Merissa (Archaeolibrarian)
Jun 10, 2014 Merissa (Archaeolibrarian) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, suspense
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
Apr 13, 2013 Michelle rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 09, 2016 Sharon rated it really liked it
I wanted to read something a little spicier than my normal cozy. This book fit the bill, combining intrigue, mystery and a little romance. Jayne decides to make some extra cash, by getting a photograph of reclusive artist, R. S. Morgan. She travels to the little "Norman Rockwell" town of Huntsville, Maine. However, the community either truthfully doesn't know the man, or they are simply not forthcoming about their famous wood carver. Jayne quickly learns she is not paparazzi material, but not ...more
Cindy ~ SnS Reviews
Aug 23, 2012 Cindy ~ SnS Reviews rated it it was amazing
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
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Wall Street Journal bestselling author Melinda Leigh is a fully recovered banker. A life-long lover of books, she started writing as a way to preserve her sanity while raising her kids. Over the next few years, she learned a few things about writing a book. The process was much more fun than analyzing financial statements, and she decided to turn her hobby into a career. Melinda’s debut novel, SHE ...more
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