February 26, 2019
The Edge of Midnight
"It was a common, everyday playing card. A black ace of spades." ~ pg. 7
It is no secret to bookhearts that Beverly Jenkins (whom I respectfully refer to as Ms. Bev) is my favorite historical fiction and romance author. I am not the mushy type to go-gaga-over a love story. However, I look forward to and enjoy every single one of Ms. Bev's books. Why? Because she weaves a realistic tale with a dose of history education. The women don't play hard to get but are rather independent. The women characters do not need a man; they want a life companion. Eventually, they fall in love with a dashing black gentleman. What's not to like about that?
Edge of Midnight is a bit different than Ms. Bev's normal books. Published over ten years ago, it is her first contemporary romantic suspense novel. Sarita Grayson is smuggling a bag of stolen diamonds. In the struggle to get away, she shoots a handsome stranger named Mykal Chandler, head of a covert government agency. Even though he is furious, he can't fight the attraction building up. She's sassy and desperate for help; Mykal does everything possible to protect her from the edge of midnight.
"She was like a rare wine or a fine imported cigar." ~ pg. 172
So what do I think of Ms. Bev's first contemporary romance book? I am pleasantly not surprised. I knew from the get-go that I would enjoy it because of her writing style. The only difference was the setting being a century or so later. I especially like how it primarily takes place in Detroit, Michigan—practically my backyard! Edge of Midnight is recommended to readers looking for a suspenseful romance featuring characters of color. Perfect pick for Black History Month!
Title: The Edge of Midnight
Author: Beverly Jenkins
Published: February 2007
Rating: 🖤 🖤 🖤 🖤 🖤