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Midnight's Kiss

(Elder Races #8)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  4,930 ratings  ·  386 reviews
In the latest Novel of the Elder Races, two souls who have long buried their passions are about to be consumed…

Ever since their scorching affair ended years ago, Julian, the Nightkind King, and Melisande, daughter of the Light Fae Queen, have tried to put the past behind them—and distance between them. But when a war breaks out between Julian and Justine, a powerful Vampyr
Mass Market Paperback, 290 pages
Published May 5th 2015 by Berkley Sensation
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Val ⚓️ Shameless Non-Snowflake ⚓️
2 Dumber Than a Box of Rocks Stars





As evidenced by my rating and review title, I was less than impressed with this book.


And - sadly - being that I was also less than impressed with it's two predecessors (Night's Honor and Kinked), I'm thinking I might take a break from this series for a while.


There are so many things about this book that I didn't love.


But let's just jump right to Point of Hatred (POH) #1...

POH #1:



Besides being a complete and utter idiot,


she had the m
Sophia Triad
Julian and Melly

"I've gotten to a really dark place, Melly. The darkest place I've ever been."
"You don't have to be there anymore," she told him gently. "Don't you know what happens at the darkest point of the day?"
He stroked her soft lower lip with the ball of one thumb. "What?"
She rubbed her fingers soothingly along his muscled forearms. "A beautiful, brand-new day begins, and it's all fresh and full of promise."
She smiled into his gaze. "That's why magic in the fairy tales happen
Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
If you've been keeping up with the Elder Races, you know that something is going down with the Nightkind and that's exactly where this book picks up.

Melisande (Melly) has been kidnapped by Justine, a Vampyre who's gone rogue. Justine is betting that Julian will come to her rescue especially since she is all about taking Julian down.

Julian does show up but he and Melly have a history, and a not very pleasant one at that. However, the craziness of their circumstances makes some of things in the

This wasn't as fun or entertaining as the other books in the series. The story, main characters, and romance were a let down and never really managed to capture my full interest.

-There wasn't much to the plot, the heroine (Melly) was kidnapped by an evil cliched baddie. The hero (Julian/her ex) went to save her, and that lead to both of them being trapped in an underground prison for over half the book. The rest of the story was them escaping and having a showdown with the bad guy. In be
Another strong installment in the Elder Races series. Midnight's Kiss focuses on Julian, the King of Nightkind and his love interest Melisandre, heir to the Light Fae. The book picks up right where Night's Honor left off, so it is essential to read these books in order. This book is more character driven than the others. A great majority of the book stars Julian and Melisandre alone and the two must work together in order to survive. My one criticism of this book would be that it contained a sce ...more
This ain't no Dragon Bound, but it started well, until maybe the halfway point. A schizophrenic story, split into fragments of romantic-erotica and horror. Blood and guts and sex and profanity. The intriguing political threads simply lost all hopes of nuance. Sledgehammer, anyone?

I felt the plot was flat -- of course Justine must die, but did she have to be so stupid, and so one dimensional?

Yet some scenes were good. The biker bar. The discussions about photo tampering. The hairpin. The motorcy
I read this book because I trust Thea Harrison as a writer. This trust is justified. Its is a super fun action adventure love story.

I had to trust Harrison because I didn't care for the hero or heroine much in the previous books in the serious nor did I care one drop about if they got together again or not.

They are a great couple. The plot is action packed with lots of couple time. I like each of them a lot. We get to see our old favorites in the series. Good stuff.

The reason they broken up in
Dec 17, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3 1/2 "It grew on me" Stars!

Going into this book, I was skeptical because I really didn't like Julian. As the story started to progress, I though "This is like a very bad horror movie". Not a B movie, maybe a C movie... I don't even like horror movies :-/ The highlight for me was Melly. She was somewhat smart... at least rational. At times... Maybe... IDK. But the "mommy" thing was a little annoying. Maybe she wasn't a highlight after all... :-(

So anyway, I kept reading because despite my not li
Originally posted at Smexy Books

Favorite Quote: “Oh soldier, how did we come to such a place?”

Midnight’s Kiss picks up right where Night’s Honor left off. The Nightkind (vampyres) demesne is currently engaged in a battle over the throne, with Julian Regillus, the reigning king, and Justine, a powerful council member, at it’s center. Melisandre (Melly), heir to the Light Fae throne, is kidnapped by Justine in hopes of bringing Julian to heel when he hears h
Lisa Kay
...Late Model Harley Davidson Motorcycle...
★★★★½ (This is a review of the audiobook.) Sophie Eastlake does the narration again for this series. I’ve said it before; she is a narrator I didn’t much like at first, but have grown to really appreciate. One of my favorite things she does in this one is make the heroine sound the right age, as well as do the same for the heroine’s mother. In addition, she has great inflection and pacing. She is good with the accents and the differentiation b
Jen Davis
Mar 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Thea Harrison is easily of the best paranormal romance authors out there. Almost without fail, her books sweep me up with passion, excitement, intrigue and good old fashioned romance. And somehow, she manages to do it in vastly different ways with completely unique pairings every time. She changes the dynamics of the couples; she even changes up the species, focusing on various portions of her sweeping Elder Races world. This is the second book in a row centered on the Nightkind demanse, but sti ...more
 Reading In Pajamas
Sep 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
✦Review & Giveaway: Midnight's Kiss: A Novel of the Elder Races, Book 8 by Thea Harrison ►
Publication Date: May 5, 2015
Reviewed by Reading in Pajamas/ Cori
Rated 4.5 Stars

I love this series! Thea Harrison hooked me with the first book in this series when she introduced us to the Elder Races Series. The Elder Races series is an exciting, unique and addictive paranormal romance series that includes gryphons, weres/ shifters, vampires, fae, witches, many other paranor
This is one of those books I ended up enjoying even though I was annoyed at the characters most of the time. Can't really pinpoint why that was, maybe I found the action exciting. The hell if I know.

The reason for Julian's and Melly's rift has to be one of the lamest in the history of romance. I could have believed it if Julian had been dumb or gullible but obviously he wasn't. The fact that he didn't show Melly the evidence of her infidelity - like I expect a grown man to do - was pretty stupid
Guess what? It passes the rereading test. Still as awesome and fun as I remember it. The chemistry between Melly and Julian is almost palpable, I love how they act like adults and talk out their problems, I love how both of them are their own person and they respect each other. It's just a great book in my opinion.


So much awesome. Also, can I be Melly when I grow up?
Sep 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
wow it was good :D

review will come
Ren Puspita
4,5 stars


It was good and definitely better than Night's Honor (that I believe, a novella will do. Not a full length novel *snicker* ).

Frankly speaking, I tend to like the Wyr characters and not the Vampyre, because Idk...they seems antagonistic. Sure, in Devil's Gate, Duncan convinced me otherwise and I did like Carling Severan, but Julian, the Nightkind King? I'm not quite sure since he kinda like antagonist in Carling's story.

But, like she did with Aryal, Harrison did it again with
Stephanie  G
Two decades ago a betrayal ended Julian, Nightkind King, and Melisande's, Light Fae heir, relationship. Ever since, their meetings always end in a bitter shouting match. When Melisande is kidnapped by Julian's enemy, she is sure there's no chance her former lover will save her. Imagine her surprise when he not only knowingly walks into a trap, but also admits to still caring for her. Chained in a tunnel with feral vampires roaming may not seem like the time to hash out old feelings but with so m ...more
In all honesty I'm not a fan of second chance romances. For me the reason for the breakup is almost always ridiculous and then of course there is the issue of non celibate mcs. In this instance Julian and Melly broke up after 3 months of being together because he received photos of her cheating on him. Julian claims he tried so hard to validate the photos and track the sender but at no point did he consider it might not be the woman he loved but HER IDENTICAL TWIN SISTER!!!!!!! As Julian was una ...more
I wasn't too sure about this one going in, Julian wasn't my favorite. He did grow on me as the book went on. I liked how even though 20 years had past, Julian still had feelings for Melly and did what he could to help her.

Melly was a surprise. I liked how she reacted to her capture, loved how she didn't let herself be a victim, but went about saving herself, even going so far as to out smart the bad guy and Julian.

I liked how Melly and Julian worked out their issues, that they actually talked ab
This isn't what I expected. It wasn't bad per se. Well actually for me it was. The MC are somewhat idiotic and I skimmed the sex scenes. Plotwise I was interested but it wasn't like the others. The other one book of the series that fell flat for me is Oracle's Moon I was bored to tears with that one. That is jsut my taste/poinion though.
Got nothing left to say really. I have the last book but I'll be taking a break for a couple of days.
☼♎ Carmen the Bootyshaker Temptress ☼♎
Julian and Melisande weren't the best of friends since their affair ended years before but when Melisande is held captive. When Julian does come for her, Melisande couldn't believe that he did but now they both have to work together to try and escape from Justine. When these two get together it's not all fun and forgiveness but some secrets do come out and things change. This was entertaining throughout the story and I can't wait to get to the next book in this series. ...more
RachelW (BamaGal)
Mar 08, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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3.5 Stars. As always, the quality of the reads in this series varies from book to book; and I was a little bit disappointed in this one. I had high expectations when Julian and Melly finally came together, and the story just didn’t quite live up to those expectations. The plotline was workmanlike and not at all bad, but not particularly exciting either. It didn’t really go much of anywhere until the final exciting 15% of the story. I really like a second chance at love story, but Julian and Mell ...more
Lady Heather
4.5 Stars!
Great addition to the Elder Races series!
Melly and Julian were wonderful together.
LOVED the ending!
Words cannot express just how much I enjoy this series! Another brilliant winner by the über-talented Thea Harrison.
Oct 18, 2014 marked it as to-read
Damn, I thought this was going to be about Julian and Phaedra, especially after their interaction in The Wicked, although I'm not too sure how that would've worked out. ...more
Oct 28, 2014 rated it it was ok
Meh read for me sad to say,and was so looking forward to this one.The best book in this series is Dragon Bound and the others have not lived up to that book.Might be time to give up on this series :(
Aug 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
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4-1/2 *'s - Julian and Melly are sweet together ...more
Under the Covers Book Blog
May 06, 2015 rated it really liked it

Midnight’s Kiss by Thea Harrison is an anticipated book in the Elder Races series as fans finally get a book about the hated King of Night Kind world.

Mellisandre, a princess of the Light Fae, was taken out of her own home, kidnapped to be used as bait to bring Julian to his knees.

Honestly, I’m a bit surprised at how Julian’s character turned out to be. I was expecting a mean hearted, selfless ass, who care nothing but himself and his ruling as the Nightkind King. Yes, he was ruthless and fea

Isa Lavinia
May 08, 2015 rated it really liked it

This was such an entertaining and addictive read!

I find the Elder Races series as a bit of a hit-or-miss. Sometimes I don't particularly care for the character. Sometimes I just can't feel the connection between the couples. Sometimes I just don't like the book at all.
But when Thea Harrison gets it right, she gets it really right!

I didn't read the book before this one. No offence but most of my friends found it dull, and since there was such a power imbalance within the relationship, and a
Ezinwanyi Chinyere
I must admit that I read this series for the dragons and don't care for the other supernaturals in the Demesne. But the last book as well as this one proved interesting enough.

This one began right where the last ended, with Vampire King Julian (King of the Nightkind) trying to prevent Justine's assassination attempts. While hunting Justine, Julian's former lady love Melisande was kidnapped by Justine to stay Julian's hand.

Melly is the light fae princess and now she must use her wiles to esc
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I write paranormal romance, urban fantasy, and other stuff. I taught myself to read when I was four. That was around the time I tried to ride my tricycle to work. I wasn't sure where work was, but I knew it had to be interesting if people went there every day. Now I combine my love of books with work, and I don't have to ride my tricycle to get there. My Elder Races series began May, 2011. You can ...more

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“His words were almost soundless. "I've gotten to a really dark place, Melly. The darkest place I've ever been."
"You don't have to be there anymore," she told him gently. "Don't you know what happens at the darkest point of the day?"
He stroked her soft lower lip with the ball of one thumb. "What?"
She rubbed her fingers soothingly along his muscled forearms. "A beautiful, brand-new day begins, and it's all fresh and full of promise." She smiled into his gaze. "That's why magic in the fairy tales happens at midnight, you know. When you reach that point, you have the power to change everything.”
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