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Came Upon a Midnight Clear

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3.51  ·  Rating details ·  194 ratings  ·  61 reviews
A 2017 Riptide Holiday Charity Novel

Up-and-coming film producer Kyle Wakefield lives in the closet rather than risk the wrath of his influential, conservative parents. The only time he took a chance on love was a tempestuous teenage affair with Nathan Carnes. But when Nathan proved himself hell-bent on self-destruction and wound up in prison, Kyle closed off his heart.

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Published November 20th 2017 by Riptide Publishing (first published November 27th 2012)
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Optimist ♰King's Wench♰
3.75 Hearts

This was just the right amount of holiday spirit for me, meaning it takes place during Christmas but doesn't rely on the "miracle of Christmas" trope to sustain the relationship. Came Upon a Midnight Clear is essentially a story about second chances and maybe one of redemption on Nate's part.

Nate and Kyle went to boarding school together and fell in love. They made plans. They were going to buck tradition. They were going to be together despite their socioeconomic disparity. But life
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Ajax1978
Dec 02, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
One of the few times I've not finished a book. A couple of times I stopped, waited a while, felt badly about it and picked it back up intending to finish. I read a few more pages and decided it was pointless. If you're not enjoying something, why continue? I felt absolutely no connection to either of the main characters and in fact actively disliked both of them. Gratuitous sex scenes that seemed to go on forever had me skimming ahead to find....more sex. Ridiculous sex in a club with a throng o ...more
Nat ReadingAllNite
4.5 Stars. I had seen this title many times but never read it before this updated edition, and I like it very much! Second chance romance is a always a favorite of mine but Kyle and Nathan’s reunion doesn’t begin as a happy one. Kyle and Nathan were high school lovers, until Nathan ends up in jail for three years and Kyle has never understood why it happened. Nathan still resents Kyle and holds his still-closeted status against him. Getting answers and fighting, yet succumbing to their still fie ...more
CrabbyPatty
Came Upon a Midnight Clear from the Katie Porter writing team (two best friends Lorelei Brown and Carrie Lofty) appears to be their first foray into M/M romance, originally published by Samhain in 2012 and lightly edited for this Riptide Publishing reprint, published in Riptide's 2017 Charity Bundle, benefiting the Russian LGBT Network.

Kyle and Nathan were boyhood lovers at the boarding school they attended - Nate the scholarship charity case and Kyle the rich golden boy. They had plans for a li
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Natasha
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I received an arc from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

A second chance romance? Yes, sounds good to me, I’d probably really enjoy it.

Yeah, that’s not what happened.

Personally to me, the fun of second chance romances, especially after a significant amount of time apart, is watching the two characters reconnect and fall in love again. What does this book do? Well, we’re 8% in, they see each other for the first time in nine years,
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Justin
Jul 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Though not perfect and a bit predictable I still enjoyed this book. The blurb does a good job of describing the storyline but I will add there is lots of sex, not lovemaking, in those 278 pages.
Joyfully Jay
Dec 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kenna
A Joyfully Jay review.

4 stars


I liked this story. I went into it expecting a second chance comfort read, but I got quite a bit more. Kyle and Nathan were tortured men. They broke my heart. Even as I say that, I have to admit they were difficult to like, and it took me awhile to start caring for them. Both men were angry and held on to old hurts. Kyle still didn’t want to come out of the closet. Nathan didn’t want to crawl back in. They seem to have an intense dislike of one another, and I wasn’t
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Lila Hunter
Re-Read: 12/24-26/2015

Thinking about it, this is only the second book I had ever re-read-- the first one being Joshua (I know, completely different genre.) And still a five stars book in my opinion. Why? Because it has everything I like in a romance novel: second chances, raw emotions, lots of angst, a good combination of forceful & lovely sex scenes, and a lot of mundane events, all under a holiday setting. For me, all of these works well. This story is not a literary masterpiece, but a go
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S E. Jakes
Dec 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Okay, I typically don't like reunited lovers stories, but this had SUCH a compelling backstory for why the characters split apart that it hit all my reader buttons. It was romantic and hot and so well written. A keeper for me.
Tj
Nov 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A private boarding school - add two hormonal teenagers: one scholarship student (Nate) from the wrong side of the track and one (Kyle) a rich trust fund baby - mix and you get the innocent rush of first love that burns hot and believes that anything is possible. Kyle is going to Yale and going to share an apartment with Nate. They have it all planned out but ... life seldom goes as planned.

Nate does three years in prison and Kyle graduates from Yale. Fast forward 7 years. Kyle is a movie produce
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Sheryl C. Nash
So beautiful.... So much emotion.... To say that I ABSO-FUCKIN-LUTELY loved this book, would be an understatement... And the ending... (I felt like Marty McFly in Back to the Future; remember the part where Marty was playing at the school dance and he could feel himself fading away, because his future parents hadn't kissed/connected? Then when they did, Marty could feel himself coming back; he'd stopped fading, he jumped up and realised all was good in his world...) THAT'S HOW I FELT; I despaire ...more
Zenharley
2.5 stars, in reality.
A potentially good action story, marred by unlikeable characters and way, way too much sex.

What worked for me: The London setting was vivid and felt authentic. The Christmas atmosphere was very much present, but it was not cloying or cutesy. The descriptions of the stuntwork were terrific and very edge-of-seat; and more importantly (to me) they sounded realistic. They were the best parts of the book, actually. Not every stunt went perfectly, and when it didn't, it was belie
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clear skies
I would have liked this book much better if there weren't so many sex scenes. The characters were very interesting, but most of the their development was done through their sex life which I found disappointing. When they did manage to talk (or fight more likely) it was a good story. The book is about misunderstandings, fear and loss. Kyle is heavily closeted and whilst I could understand his issues, his obsession over it all become so tiresome. The characters fought a lot and with reason, but ag ...more
Lasha
Normally I am all over a book which features reunited lovers, but Came Upon a Midnight Clear just wasn't my thing. Too many sex scenes, not enough plot development and I wound up skimming the sex -- I know color me surprised too. But, I just did not buy Kyle and Nate's instant reunion sex or the sex in public places with Kyle trying to stay in the closet. While the last third of the novel picked up and was quite enjoyable, in my mind the first third dragged. This writing team is talented and I w ...more
Leah
I’m so irritated because this could’ve been a good book! It had the basic groundwork needed to make an enjoyable novel (second chance romance, “I never stopped loving you,” reunited after nearly ten years apart), but it was executed in unsuccessful ways. There were some cute moments between the two main characters, but the rest was just a train wreck.

Read the full review on my blog.
Karin Wollina
I liked the blueb but the story wasn' t not so beliebable: a deeply closetrd man who has sex in every conceivable room with or without an ausience with a sprinkle of D/s and breathplay..
It was for just not believable, sorry
Didn't finish
Penny
Jan 08, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I found the outline of the story a tad misleading. Kyle is told to be a shy, in closet, worried about being outed in Hollywood. He has sex out in the public, kisses in the open.... Doesn't quite match to me.
E_bookpushers
Review originally posted here: http://thebookpushers.com/2012/11/26/...

Publisher: Samhain
Publish Date: 27 Nov
How I got this book: ARC from the author

Born to old Virginia money, film producer Kyle Wakefield’s conservative upbringing kept him in the closet. Only once did he venture outside: for a tempestuous teenage affair with Nathan Carnes. When Nathan’s self-destructive streak landed him in prison, Kyle slammed the door on youthful hopes. Despite Hollywood successes, he still hides his true sel
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Sue "DavinciKittie" Brown-Moore
Holy hotness, this story starts out with a scorching sex scene! And, while I generally steer away from political commentary on this blog, this book has one of the most amusing descriptions of Trump that I’ve read to date (and I’ve seen a lot of Trump slander lately!):

Some of America wanted to believe homophobia was gone—then they’d elected a radioactive Cheeto with the morals of an alley cat.

Still chuckling—well said! Anyway…

This story has such beautiful emotion—these guys’ love for each other
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Helyce
Kyle Wakefield’s up and coming production company has been contracted to do a big action movie in London. It’s a film that could put his company on the map and bring him lots of business. It requires some pretty elaborate stunts, so he hires a stunt company, also up and coming, called Second Chances. Kyle is taking a big risk hiring Second Chances and while he believes they are the best company for the job, it’s not the only reason he’s hired them.

Nathan Carnes started Second Chances after he go
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Tenny
Nov 27, 2017 rated it it was ok
I received ARC of this book in exchange for honest review.
This book... kinda dissapointed me. It's not a bad book, just very different book from what I expected based on the summary. Roughly 60% of the book is smut. Main heroes have sex in various different positions and enviroments. (I almost felt like it was doing a checklist of these) They basically jump each other as soon as they meet, despite not seeing each other for several years. To me, it almost felt like the main reason they are togeth
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Tessi4M
Mar 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kyle and Nathan met and fell in love in high school. But Kyle's inability to really come out and stand up to his parents in combination with Nathan's insecurities about not being good enough for Kyle caused everything to crash and burn.
More than ten years later, they meet again in London. The spark is still there and it burns spectacularly throughout the book. Sex was never the problem between these two and it is plentiful and at times quite rough (for which they will hear absolutely no complain
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Josephine Myles
Loved the London setting and the combination of both the old flame and enemies to lovers tropes. While some of closeted Kyles actions were puzzling (public sex!), the characters were great--particularly Nate. There's a lot of sex in this book, but it's really well written and I hope Katie Porter tackles more m/m in future.
Page Crusherz
Feb 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I truly loved it. I don't understand some of the less than stellar reviews, because the MCs were vulnerable but tough...the setting was great. I don't agree that there was too much sex...it was a vital way that the MC's communicated. It wasn't gratuitous, and I thought it was hot, but well done.
Erica
Dec 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Whew! These two were hot! I thought they were adorable, at least when I wasn't wanting to shake them in frustration.
Julie   (*Happily Ever Chapter*)
This is my first time reading something from this author so I wasn't sure what to expect. I would probably rate this one a 2.5 star, but since there are no half stars I will round it up to 3 stars. I can't believe I'm going to say this, but I think I would have liked this book much better if there weren't so many sex scenes. I know, normally I'm a big fan of the steamy scenes, but I felt like all of the two MCs character development was done through their sex life. That left me feeling really di ...more
Amanda at WickedGoodReads
Nov 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m
Second Chance romance at it's finest! Katie Porter is a new to me author but I love both a second chance story as well as a good Christmas tale.

Kyle and Nate knew each other when. They met in high school and fell in love. But the two couldn't be more different. Kyle comes from money, Nate has none. Nate has no problem with anyone knowing he is gay, and Kyle is firmly in the closet. When these two have their lives ahead of them, one bad decision faces them apart for 9 years.

9 years later, Nate h
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Nina
Nov 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Since I absolutely love second chance romances this one sounded right up my alley. And I really did enjoy the story itself. The movie backdrop and London around Christmas time really set an interesting mood and the characters back story causes a lot of intense tension.

So I really liked the premises and the characters were likeable and interesting for the most part as well. Unfortunately the book focuses too much on sex (angry sex to be precise) to make room for much else. It wastes so much pote
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Darla
Jan 02, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: queer-romance
This book was a horrid hot mess-near constant gratuitous sex scenes-fetishized gay men, homophobic handling of scenes, anti female bits throughout. The list goes on-fetishized genitalia, and highly improbable scenes of wild sex in public, given one of the MCs is closeted. Also-this story has to have so much in it it’s like the kitchen sink analogy. If I were able to DNF a book I would have right after the second or third boring sex scene-sex scenes lose their steam when they are used over and ov ...more
Suze
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
2.5*
Not sure why but this didn’t really do it for me - kept having to ‘get on’ with reading it which is not a good sign.
Nathan and kyle just seemed too angry with each other to be having sex minutes after meeting again for the first time in 9 years - and then kept at it!
We do get resolution eventually and by then I had got a bit more interested but still kind of skimmed a lot.
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Katie Porter is the award-winning writing team of longtime friends Lorelie Brown and Carrie Lofty . Both are multi-published in several romance genres, and both are RITA-nominated. Carrie holds an MA in history, loves movies, and has no fear of gross things like formaldehyde sharks. Her daughters aren't appreciative. Lorelie is a US Army veteran and true-crime devotee, whose three boys love whe ...more
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