by Merline Lovelace

February 2003
ISBN: 0-451-41072-6
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Mass Market Paperback

Returning to the small Florida town had been the last thing Jessica Blackwell had ever thought would happen to her. But now a career opportunity has allowed the Lieutenant Colonel to face the town that had driven her and her mother out into the darkness of the night many years ago.

Sheriff Steve Paxton arrives on her doorstep one night while she`s unpacking to ask her about a man who`s just committed suicide. A former Atlanta cop, Steve can smell a murder when he sees one. Or at least a suspicious death. As more dead bodies turn up in the small town, he can`t help but think that they`re somehow related to something in Jessica`s past, which she refuses to discuss.

Since I have a friend in the Air Force, I thought it would be interesting to get an insider look at what happens on the day to day operations. My friend is a recruiter, and while Jessica Blackwell works the Supply Unit, still it was interesting. And since Ms. Lovelace is formerly of the Air Force, a certain degree of accuracy is guaranteed.

The characters were well written and I enjoyed the by-play of Jessica and Steve, and the sexual tension was wonderful, even if there wasn`t a lot of “action.”

The scenery, as well as the people of the small town, were described wonderfully, as if Ms. Lovelace had lived there all her life, something not even one of my favorite authors can accomplish without seams.

After Midnight is an enjoyable read, which is surprising for me, since I don`t enjoy military-related romances usually.

Reviewed in February 2003 by Lucy.

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