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3.92  ·  Rating details ·  63 ratings  ·  24 reviews
Two strangers. A midnight kiss. It’s just like a fairy tale … if they can find their way to happily ever after …

When Miles Shepard sees gorgeous Nora Hart across a crowded room on New Year’s Eve, he leaps at the chance to steal a super-sexy kiss at midnight. Then he flees the party without swapping numbers with her. He’s ready to put this year in his rearview mirror—and th
ebook, 114 pages
Published October 23rd 2019 by Jelsba Media Group (first published October 28th 2014)
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Oct 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christmas
4 - "Have you ever had a countdown for a first kiss before...?" Stars!

A short, sweet satisfying novella, not overly seasonal, but plenty of sexy and perfect if you are looking for a couple of hours of escapism between Christmas and New Year.

I liked Miles and Nora, and how they worked through the issues, they had in relation to living in different locations, as well as Miles work problems. The time jumps a couple of times so the novella takes place over a couple of years, but I didn’t mind, it wa
Oct 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed Miles and Nora. It was a good meet cute story. The chemistry between them was so good. There were a few issues that they had to deal with before they could get their HEA, like they didn’t know who each other was. They meet at a New Year’s Eve party but before they could exchange names, Miles had to leave. It took some time for them to reconnect and not for the lack of trying by Nora. They were finally able to reconnect but would they be able to finally get what they wanted. Quic ...more
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
After Midnight by Serena Bell is blow-me-away good.

Miles Shepard and Nora Hart end up at the same New Year's Eve party. Neither of them is looking for anything, but they seem to share a connection. They don't even have a chance to exchange names--just two strangers ringing in the next year.

When Nora's tenacity and some twists of fate bring them back into contact, they have a chance to explore this thing between them. Ms Bell does a beautiful job of letting them wrestle with their pasts and thei
Nov 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.75 stars. I liked this short story. Sometimes works of this length are too rushed or not enough, but I felt the pacing was pretty spot on. A lovely New Year’s Eve story. Very sugary and not incredibly deep, but I kind of liked that about this story.

Miles is down on his luck and wishes the year to just be over already so he can get back to the way life used to be. Nora is coming off of a terrible year, but is willing to grasp new possibilities with both hands. With a Chance meeting on New Year’
Mar 19, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was okay. The best was the chemistry between them.
This novella was a bit of a miss for me. I’ve loved everything else that I’ve read by Serena Bell, but this one just smacked of manufactured angst.

Can’t win ‘em all I guess.
I've read this one as a part of "Heating up the Holidays"

A good one! :) a story about trust or mis-trust. Both Nora and Miles find themselves quite miserable on New Years's Eve. Nora just ended a long relationship after discovering her ex has cheated on her repeatedly and Miles is accused of something he didn't do but as it seems his girlfriend didn't believe him or believe in him enough to stay. They meet at the party - two total strangers enjoy 15 minutes together then disappear from each oth
Apr 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
Miles Shepard and Nora Hart have never met before, but they’re both attending the same fancy New Year’s Eve party. They flirt, they dance, they kiss; sadly, however, the force of their attraction is muted by their painful pasts.

Miles leaves the party without getting her number . . . or her name. His has been a difficult year and he’s more than ready to put it behind him. Nora can’t forget the kiss she and Miles shared; now she’s determined to track down the mystery man she simply cannot forget.
Steve Bender
Jul 18, 2021 rated it really liked it
CEO under investigation for embezzlement meets a girl at a New Years Eve party but gets separated without their exchanging names or contact info. It takes her a year to find out his contact information. Some very hot scenes.
Dec 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a good story about trusting yourself and your partner wrapped up in a holiday romance. Though I am not much of a NYE celebrator myself, I always love a good holiday romance for every season and thought the meet cute was great. I also loved how there was time between the two meet-ups to sort of move the plot and characters along without them being wrapped up in a whirlwind relationship. If you're looking for a satisfying short to pass the time, I'd recommend this title. ...more
Aug 10, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.75 stars
Nicole Brown
Jan 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
WOW FANTASTIC!!!!!!! This book is positively magical and spellbinding. This book is the most spellbinding, captivating, riveting reads I have read. This book is magical and will capture you from the word go. The characters are fantastically written. Clear and easily to see while reading makes the flow and smoothness of the writing a fantastic journey. This book soared into my heart and stayed with me for so long I didn't want to read anything after. This book is cleaverly written and I am positi ...more
Nov 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read this as part of the Heating Up the Holidays budle.

OMG. My love for Serena Bell only grows from story to story of hers I’m reading.

Who doesn’t have a love/hate relationship with NYE? I sure do. And when something life changing (personally and not for the better) happens shortly before? Yuck.

That’s what happened to Miles and Nora. Each of them suffered a sort of betrayal and each of them chose to deal with it completely differently. In a chance meeting they hit it off. For 15 minutes. And the
Misty (Reds Romance Reviews)
Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Miles and Nora have a chance meeting at midnight on New Year's Eve, find they have a lot in common, and an easy undeniable connection. But with both of them coming out of disastrous relationships, and not being ready to start something new, they decide it best to go their separate ways. But days later they wonder if they made a huge mistake letting each other go...

This short, but oh so sexy, read captured my attention right from the start and had me flying right through the pages in search of wh
Oct 14, 2019 rated it liked it
I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book (given by the author)...

This a short novella.

I really wanted to love this novella, but I didn’t really connect with Miles and Nora. They both have their own issues going on when they meet, but they seemed to become a lovely distraction for one another. However, Miles was stuck on his “oh woe is me” attitude throughout the entire novella; meanwhile, Nora believes she has trust issues because of a previous relationship, however, with her actions, I would
Becky Baldridge
Nov 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
A great connection. An impulsive act. A really fun meet cute romance with terrific chemistry, witty conversations, and some steamy fun. The story does have some angst, but it's pretty low, making this engaging romance a great bit of escapism, especially with the busy holidays coming up. Both Miles and Nora are likable characters that you can't help but want good things for, and if those good things happen to involve them being a couple, so much the better. I will say that it is totally not fair ...more
Oct 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
This was quick little story, perfect for for the airport or a drive in the car over the holidays. Miles and Nora meet on New Years Eve and have instant chemistry. But when Miles has to leave suddenly, they both realize they didn't get each others names. Both Miles and Nora are dealing with their own issues and live in different states, but that doesn't stop them from thinking about each other. I enjoyed reading how they overcome the things that are keeping them apart. It was sweet and sexy. 3 1/ ...more
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That awkward phone conversation had me in stitches. So much more realistic than those perfectly worded ones you usually read. I feel like I got a bit lost here and there as the characters would ramble off in their own thoughts during most things which is completely realistic but utterly confusing at times. All round sweet. Makes me want to go out on New Years.
Dec 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 stars for AFTER MIDNIGHT by Serena Bell.
I really enjoyed this story, both Nora and Miles are likeable and they have amazing chemistry.
I really enjoy Serena Bells writing, she manages to give her reader enough detail to be left satisfied :)
Jo Ann
Nov 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novella was in a book called"Heating up the Holidays". I enjoyed the story. Two people meet at a party on New Years and never exchange names or numbers. They are forced apart and it takes 11 months for them to reconnect. ...more
RachelW (BamaGal)
Apr 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
3.5 Stars
Dec 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: holiday, read-in-2019
I read this previously in a holiday anthology and enjoyed it. I enjoyed it just as much this time.
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Oct 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
This is a sweet and sexy novella. The story is engaging and the characters are entertaining and vulnerable. Great uplifting holiday story to read any time of the year.
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USA Today bestselling author Serena Bell writes contemporary romance with heat, heart, and humor. A former journalist, Serena has always believed that everyone has an amazing story to tell if you listen carefully, and you can often find her scribbling in her tiny garret office, mainlining chocolate and bringing to life the tales in her head.

Serena’s books have earned many honors, including an RT

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