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Midnight Exposure (Midnight #1)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  6,330 Ratings  ·  265 Reviews
The first suspenseful thriller in the Midnight series from Wall Street Journal bestselling author Melinda Leigh.

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
Kindle Edition, 315 pages
Published August 21st 2012 by Montlake Romance (first published January 1st 2012)
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Mar 14, 2017 rated it liked it
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Rating: 3.5 Stars

I started this suspense series, Midnight Exposure (Midnight, #1) by Melinda Leigh, because I really enjoy her Scarlet Falls series. (Check them out!)

Jayne Sullivan makes her money as a photographer and occasionally for the big money as a tabloid photographer. She is sent to Maine in December to find and photograph the reclusive sculptor R.S. Morgan. She hates being deceitful, but she needs the money to help her bro
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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
Angela Risner
Sep 12, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
A very good suspence, but I just couldn't feel the lurve between H/h.
Oct 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Angela Blount
Aug 30, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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 ;)
Vikki Vaught
Sep 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My Musings

Another exciting read by Ms. Leigh. Her suspenseful scenes are fantastic, her plots are intriguing and nail-biting. The romance in this one was a little thin, mainly because they just didn't know each other long enough to really fall in love, other than that, this was an awesome story. Happy reading!
Kathy Martin
Sep 25, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Midnight Exposure came up recently as a recommendation on my Kindle and despite having never heard of it, I decided to check it out and I'm so glad I did as I ended up really enjoying it!

Jayne Sullivan has taken a photography job with a tabloid to help pay for her brother's medical bills and she's tasked with getting a picture of a reclusive artist in Maine. Kidnapped soon after she arrives, she escapes only to be drawn into an insane game of cat and mouse with a killer obsessed with Celtic cult
Aug 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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

It's an okay book but I could tell from the get go who the culprit will be. The only reason I finished it was because I had to be in lab and babysit my experiment.. that being said I have now read three of her books and they all follow a pattern. Furthermore, I believe the writing is repetitive, five different senescence with same words replaced by synonyms. It's filled with romance and emotions stereotypically associated with women. Even though the female characters are supposed to be ca
May 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
Jan 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
"Midnight Exposure" is a tale about a photographer, Jayne Sullivan who is in search of a reclusive wood sculpture, R.S. Morgan in a small town in Maine. Jayne and her siblings are on the verge of financial ruin from paying medical bills of their brother, Danny. Getting a picture of this sculpture for the tabloid would go a long way in keeping them afloat. Little does she know that this town has secrets one of which is that two hikers have gone missing and there is a killer on the loose.

As Jayne

3.5 stars on second listen but my review remains unchanged from 3 years ago. The narration came off better this time, though.

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 f
Jan 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: save-me
This was 3.5 stars for me. It would be a 3 except the setting was terrific. The Maine village and storm establish that quiet, isolated vibe just right for a creepy story.

Suspense: lots of action, fast-moving, with fun plot twists and psychotic behavior.

Romance: insta-love! "I'm hot, you're hot, so all our issues are fixed and we should be together forever." This doesn't always bother me, but it did here because there was so much backstory on each characters problems. It would be ok to gloss over
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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
Sep 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really like this author and can't wait for more books by her. This book keep me on my toes as to how the killer was until she was ready I have me guess but was never sure.
Feb 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jan 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audible, kindle-book, 2017
3.5 stars. A good easy read (or listen.) Captivating enough to make me want to get straight into #2 MIDNIGHT SACRIFICE.
Patricia Kasl
May 17, 2014 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.
Karen Fontaine
Feb 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Midnight Exposure (The Midnight Series)
by Melinda Leigh

WOW!!!!! Loved this book.

When two hikers disappear from their hometown in Maine, everyone blames the blinding storms. But the truth is far more sinister....

Jayne Sullivan a photographer, who works for a rag magazine for extra money follows an anonymous tip to find the most reclusive sculptor in the art world. Instead, she ends up being kidnapped and chained inside a old house...but escapes.

Reed Kimball who was a Homicide detective moved t
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
Jun 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good mystery, little heavy on the romance

Enjoyed the book, but I would have preferred a little more focus on the mystery, and less on their private thoughts of longing for each other. It was a bit overdone and a little distracting from the mystery/suspense story. I get it, they have the hots for each other and are afraid to say so out loud, but it was repeated over and over. I liked the descriptive setting, and the story moved along well, making it hard to put down. I did like it enough I prompt
Aug 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Omg! What an amazing book

I am so glad that I was browsing through kindle unlimited trying to find an audio book and I came across Midnight Exposure. It was amazing. I was hooked from the very beginning. It was so Criminal Minds that I loved it and didn't stop reading it until I finished the whole book. I can't wait to read the next book on The Midnight Series and read about what happened with Nathan.
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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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