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Midnight Sins

(The Callahans #1)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  3,749 ratings  ·  267 reviews

His name is Rafer Callahan. He was a kid from the wrong side of the tracks who fought through life the only way he knew how: with his fists. But Rafer never meant to bring any harm to Cambria Flannigan, the girl—the lover—whose sister he’d been unable to save…

Cami lost her sister in the brutal murders that rocked her hometown so many years ago. Some still believe that

Paperback, 389 pages
Published August 2nd 2011 by St. Martin's Press (first published 2011)
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Aug 07, 2011 rated it did not like it
Recommended to jenjn79 by: previously read author
This book is a train wreck. An absolute and complete train wreck. I don't know that I've ever read a book before so full confusing, nonsensical back story, endless repetition of pointless info, and so full of errors (ranging from standard typos, to grammar problems, to an endless parade of mismatching details). The problems with this book - a book published by a best-selling author by a well-known publishing house - is completely shocking.

Series Note:
First book in a new series by Leigh about 3
DNF @ 80%
First, let me sum up my experience with reading this:
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Dear author, please stop trying to pile in lengthly over-wordy sentences that go in circles and make absolutely NO sense. If you are trying to make a point, get to it. Stop fiddle fucking with run on sentences that have no direction or point and give me a headache trying to decipher what the hell you are trying to imply in just. one. sentence.

Exhibit A:
"Cami was thirteen. She would be fourteen in 3 months. Add 9 more months to
Rafer Callahan, since the death of his parents has found himself fighting to live as those who should have protected him when his parents died, turned their back on him and his two cousins, ensuring that most in the town they lived in, also turned their backs cruelly on 3 young boys who had done nothing wrong.

Cambria (Cami) Flannigan lost her oldest sister in the brutal murders that rocked her town so many years ago, some still believe that Rafer, along with his cousins Logan and Crowe, were
Emma ~ The Indecisive Reader ~
1.5 stars

I've loved Lora Leighs Seals, Ops and Nauti series'. Some of my favourite reads. Her alphas always satisfy. But this just did not hit the mark at all. Was very close to others of hers I've read. Changed from one scene to another so quickly think i got whiplash. And too much sex! Yes i love sex it my books but not page after page of it.
Unfortunately just didn't work for me!
Aug 05, 2011 rated it did not like it
I have a really passionate love / hate relationship with Lora Leigh. I love her Breeds series. I enjoyed a lot of her military based series. I hate hate hate what myself and other people have come to expect from her.

When reading one of her books it is just accepted that there will be editing errors, misspellings, continuity mistakes, etc. It's really a joke already. When you read reviews of her books you see mention after mention of this and everyone shakes their heads and giggles a little.

Yet I
Aug 24, 2011 rated it liked it
I am very disappointed. I can no longer say I always enjoy reading Lora Leigh. I am definately going to be leary about the next book in this series but I will persevere. I am hoping to get a few answers. I don't think I've ever read a book that was left dangling so much! Maybe this is one of those series that needed to be published one right after the other in very quick succession. It almost seems as though the deadline came and it was just submitted "as is".
I think quality is more important
Feb 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
Knowing this is a first book in the series you understand that you are going to get a lot of backstory info thrown at you. The first chapter of this book you needed to take notes on as there is so much information given. I know I have seen alot of reader complain about flashbacks through out a book to tell the backstory but I would have prefered that to this first chapter that felt like it covered every person that lived or died in Corbin County. On the flip side of that it was a nice change to ...more
Wright Gres
Jan 22, 2012 rated it did not like it
I usually avoid negative reviews or comments. You know, "if you don't have something nice to say..."

Well, this time I couldn't help myself. I gave the book one star, because there wasn't a half star or quarter star available to choose. I'd just picked it up, thinking a little escapism would be fun. A sexy adventure, I thought.

It was obvious to me that Lora Leigh is a story teller (sometimes this is enough) and upon completing the book, I was amazed to see how many books she has out. But that
Aug 11, 2011 rated it it was ok
Oh man, this is a difficult one to review. First off, the story was interesting and I liked the relationship between Cami and Rafe. Basic story: After Jaymi, Cami's sister, died twelve years ago, Cami has been avoiding Jaymi's ex-lover, Rafe (big complicated story to explain that, will go into detail in the spoiler area). She has a lot of secrets, and Rafe has been trying to keep her for years. When the murders that had taken Jaymi start up again in Corbin County, Cami has to turn to Rafe and ...more
Christi Snow
Aug 05, 2011 rated it it was ok
I just want to cry this is so bad. Full review will be coming after I get my head together about what I want to say...

My Review:
Three cousins home from their time as snipers in the military to the town and families that despise them- Sound familiar?? Yep, this series should have just been called The Nauti Boys Revisited with New Names and all new confusing details.

You know the first 100 pages of this book, I was actually okay with the rehashing of the Nauti boys story line. Honestly, I loved
Nov 04, 2012 rated it it was ok
I like the idea behind this book, but man, the story is bewildering. I had to go back and re-read some sections and finally realized it wasn't me, it was the book! There are details in the flashbacks and current time frame which change....just like ::snap:: This was my first Lora Leigh book and not a great introduction.

The backstory is a confusing, the timeline confusing.. and plain WRONG - it doesn't add up or the age of the character changes all of a sudden.. Characters popping up out of
Jan 01, 2017 rated it liked it
I normally like this author but I thought dropping her father in haphazardly was too chunky for the story.
Sensuality: 4 of 5
kink: usual uber alpha male domination and anal

Well I agree with most people that Lora's writing has gone down in the last couple if book. While Lora is known for her hot alpha heroes and sex scenes I feel that are becoming more over the top and not believable. I have read almost all of Lora's stuff from the beginning and I know she is having a tough personal life so I am still giving her the benefit of the doubt because she does write like crazy. I think she needs to slow down
Oct 22, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned
I have a hard time finishing this book. Yes, have, because I’m not even done with it yet. I’m probably half way there. And I don’t think I will be able to finish it either. This book is really confusing!

I used to go to Lora’s books for my angst fix. But this book is just overkill with the angst. It’s too much angst and drama shoved down the reader’s throat right from the beginning. I didn’t have time to develop any feelings for the characters because there’s too much unnecessary storytelling. I
Mar 03, 2011 rated it it was ok
Wow - hard book to review. I normally really like LL's books despite the often excessive grammatical errors and whatnot. But this book's problems wasn't so much grammatical errors (I'm sure there were some, but I wasn't paying too much attention), but rather it was the very confusing timeline. When we first meet Cami, she is 13. Or, wait, was she 14? 15? (view spoiler) ...more
Aug 12, 2011 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: 16 year old boys, with no adult supervision
life is too short, and i've got too many books saved on my ipad to finish this. colour me UBER disappointed in ms. leigh.

while trying to read (i did get to page 86) i made only one note, and it was: this reads like a playboy letter to the editor. the sex scenes were SO freakin' cheesy, the dialogue brutal ("f*ck you until you can't live without my c*ck sliding inside you any more i then i could live without your sweet p*ssy milking the come from my balls". - really?!?!)

Nov 10, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: couldn-t-finish
I've had it w/ Lora Leigh, I guess. This new series has lots of sex but no connection with the characters (me neither). Still has typos so no new proofreader. When I reached the 150 page point and still didn't care or see the plot, I quit. I think I may be done w/ LL's books forever this time :(

Brought to you by OBS reviewer Heidi

*Spoilers Aplenty!*

In the small town of Sweetrock, Colorado there were three Callahan cousins, Crowe, Logan, and Rafe, that were ostracized from everyone in the county. People either ignored them or went out of their way to be mean to them, even as kids. The friends they did have befriended them in secret. Why did a whole town turn on these young boys? What did they do that was so wrong a whole community felt they needed
Kathy Davie
Sep 17, 2011 rated it it was ok
First in the Heroes and Heartbreakers erotic suspense series set in the Colorado mountains.

My Take
The first in a new series that I will avoid. I eventually found myself hoping that the heroine would be killed so I wouldn't have to listen to her anymore. Sure, the hero would have been bummed, but, trust me, he'd be so much better off. Not that he has been impressing me much either. The best I can say for the hero, Rafe, is he's stubborn and very considerate. Seems to be a good lover.

The only
May 16, 2012 rated it did not like it
I'm about halfway through the book as I'm writing this. This is a difficult one to get through. I love the plot and the relationship between the hero and heroine (although I loved it more in "Nauti Nights"), but dear GAWD there are a lot of errors in this book. Usually I try to just enjoy the story, but the spelling and timeline errors here make it really difficult to stay immersed in the plot. I'm labeling this 3 stars at the moment, and I'm going to try to keep going with it, because like so ...more
Francesca the Fierce (Under the Covers Book Blog)
This review was posted at Under The Covers

Arrrgggghhhhhh! Do you know how frustrating it is to read a new book by an author you've usually liked and when you finish all you can think is: It was aiiiight?!!??

This is the second book this year by Ms. Leigh that leaves me feeling like that. Was it bad? No. It was just a bit of a slow mess. And I also felt a bit of recycled plots. Not as a whole, but I felt at times like I was reading a Men of August book.

Rafer Callahan is one 3 cousins that have
How do I write a review about his one? Huh.. well its typical L.L. that's for sure. I think that since I did not read her Ops books and only 2 of the Nauti series that maybe that is why I enjoyed it . In fact the mystery in this book was never even solved. By the end I am still scratching my head saying huh?? WTH is going on? I guess maybe it is one of those series that you just wont know until the series ends. It was kinda confusing to be honest. Yes there were mistakes in this book. I am not ...more
Sep 13, 2011 rated it it was ok
This is a very dirty and naughty book. I was actually a little floored by how explicit it is. For a person who has read multiple Lora Leigh books, I was taken by surprise and not necessarily in the “turned on” intended way. About halfway through, after A LOT of explicit “bedroom” scenes (when they made it there) the book starts focusing on the actually plot and not just how creamy Rafer makes Cami or how much Rafer needed Cami to milk him. (Yes, from the book, not me…Don’t even ask my thoughts ...more
Jenn Scranton
Nov 29, 2012 rated it liked it
Midnight Sins is an intense story, kudos to Lora Leigh, but.......

Without giving anything away, the whole story is based around a family feud of lethal proportions. That's all well and good, but where Leigh tripped up is with too many characters! In talking about the feud, so many character names were mentioned that it sent my head spinning. Eventually, I just started skipping over the paragraphs where it was mentioned. By the way, there is NO need to mention the same conflict in virtually every
Jun 05, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone
First thing I have to mention is the similarities to the Nauti series in that the 3 cousins in this new series are all prior military (snipers), they are very Alpha, possessive/protective of their women, and they are the town see where I'm going with this. Now I love the Nauti series so this isn't a bad thing it just needed to be said.

There is a lot of information thrown at you in this one and you have to stick with it to eventually make sense of it all. In true Lora Leigh
Aug 15, 2011 rated it did not like it
I have to start by saying that I love most of Lora Leigh's books, however Midnight Sins was 60% sex and violence, 20% plot and 20% error. It was filled with errors and it is quite obvious that the book was not proof read before publishing. Grammatical errors aside (there were too many to count - including simple typos like repeated words, periods where they shouldn't be, etc.), the confusing timeline and the fact that the grandsons of the barons were ostracized was over played. Characters' names ...more
Mar 06, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, 2011
I had heard not great things about this book, so I went in with lower expectations, I ended up liking it. What really interested me was all the back story with the Callahans and why the boys were treated so badly. The more we learned the more I agreed with all the characters that there were just too many coincidences. While we learned a lot, there was a lot of left unresolved.

While I liked Rafer and Cami together, I did get tired of their whole drama. I was also more than a little grossed out by
Jennifer (TexasDiva74)
I really, really tried to stick with this story, but I just couldn't do it. Lora Leigh is one of my favorite authors, but the darkness and bleak negativity of this book have completely exhausted me. I am mentally and emotionally drained.

I only got through 35% of this story. This definitely an incomplete review, so I hesitate to give it a star rating. This is the first Lora Leigh book that I didn't practically devour in one sitting, so I have to hope that the book gets better further into the
Sep 29, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: series, standalone, 2011
this was very rushed writing by Laura Leigh. I dont know what happened to her when she started this. The plot was similar to her other stories.

a dissappointing read and not up to LL usual standard. Turned the pages fast but not because I loved it - it was because I was hoping that something was going to happen before I reached the last page.

It looks like this has been a thumbs down from a lot of her readers.

I would give it 2.5 stars is available.
Aug 04, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: lora-leigh-shelf
If I could give this book a zero rating, I would. Just from reading the first few pages I knew I was going to be disappointed -- AGAIN -- with Lora Leigh's story telling. I'm not even sure I will finish this book. Never mind all the editorial mistakes, this story feels like a repeat of one of the Nauti Series books but not as interesting. I am a big fan of LL's, but I want to know what the hell is going on with the last year and half worth of releases that have fallen well below par.
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