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Midnight Exposure (Midnight #1)

3.93 of 5 stars 3.93  ·  rating details  ·  2,015 ratings  ·  130 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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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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
Tracy T
A decent mystery, great narration. (audible whispersync review)
This was a decent mystery. It had me guessing for quite a while before I figured out who the kidnapper/killer was.

I liked the main characters Reed and Jayne. Reed was tall and sexy. Jayne was beautiful and kick azz. I liked that she was a blackbelt in Karate and could take care of herself, she didn't have any TSTL moments so that is a bonus. They had some good chemistry and there is one nicely written sex scene not erotica.

There is
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
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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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
The book maintains a suspenseful flow throughout and the mystery kept me guessing. My enjoyment was marred by Jayne and Reed's too stupid to live moments which - gasp - gave the bad guy just the opening he needed.
This is the second book I've read by this author, and it will be my last. Just when I start to like the characters, they do something senseless or lacking, they're diminished in my eyes. And it's not just once or twice, but throughout. They never seem to *learn*, repeating their mistak
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.
From the very first few pages of this book I was hooked! Literally fighting to put it down.

The plot and characters are fantastic, and the developments that happen are wonderful.

I do with a "love connection" would take longer than 3 days, because it takes longer in the real world, doesn't it?

I'm giving this book 4 stars because the ending wasn't fabulous. I think it was too cliche. Maybe I was looking for a cliffhanger, and didn't get it, though there are unanswered questions.

Would i recommend th
Susan Marie Anderson
I read it in a day!

I loved the story, the characters, the mystery the romance. And NO It was not the same story as her previous book. I consider myself critical in the books/ author's that I choose. It's not very often that I find a book that keeps me reading to the point of not getting anything else done on my day off. So , um, that would be my only negative comments for this book. It's a book where you find y o yourself thinking about the characters and story when you are reading it and when y

This book was incredible! It gripped me from the very first chapter and never let go. I couldn't believe when I noticed I was only 30% through and the story was already way deep and intense! This story was so gripping and the romance developing was the icing on the cake. I loved how strong Jaynie was even with the hardships she endured and I loved how Reed couldn't help but care for her and fall in love. This was such good writing and I can't wait to read more by Melin
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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
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
Sue Green
I enjoyed this book, bits were a little contrived/formulaic, but I still enjoyed it and will read the next. I had guessed who the "baddy" was going to be reasonably early on, but that didn't detract from the enjoyment.
Thought ending was a little abrupt, but hopefully we'll hear a little more about these characters in subsequent books?
Suspect many readers would find similar, but if this doesn't trouble you, it doesn't me too much, I would recommend this book.
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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 and decided the process was way more fun than analyzing financial statements. Melinda's debut novel, SHE CAN RUN, was nominated for Best First Novel by the International Thriller Wri ...more
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