ESSENCE OF MIDNIGHT
by Julie Kenner, Susan Kearney, Julie Elizabeth Leto

July 2004
ISBN: 0-373-83614-7
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Mass Market Paperback
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With the book’s quote: “Three women catch the scent of supernatural passion and suddenly no pleasure is forbidden”, a reader is instantly captivated and drawn into these three stories by well-known romance authors.


In the first story, Wild Thing by Julie Kenner, we have a hero who is living a cursed life and yearns for the day he’ll find his ‘true mate’ and the curse will be lifted. Luc Agassou has chosen to live his life, shut away from the rest of the world, in a zoo where he remains in panther form. Luc fears his destructive, deadly animal side would harm others if he chanced living outside the confines of the zoo. Caitlyn Raine comes to the zoo to escape the harsh reality of her own world, and she’s drawn inexplicably to Luc though she doesn’t understand why. Even more disturbing is the ‘primal urges’ she feels. When she meets Luc (in man form), her whole life changes. Now, it’s just a matter of time before reality and fantasy blend together, and Caitlyn and Luc find a forever love.


In Touch Me, by Susan Kearney, readers are drawn into an erotica world of sensory emotions. Dr. Bonnie Anders has a special method of breaking through mental barriers with her patients: she uses touch and emotional bonding. But Agent John Cameron is a tougher case. His memories are buried so deep it will take more than Bonnie’s simple technique to uncover the truth. With a little help from a ‘special’ perfume bottle that has magical properties, Bonnie proceeds to breach John’s defenses, taking them into a world that goes beyond professionalism and headlong into soul-searching love.


Surrender by Julie Elizabeth Leto is an erotica foray into fantasy and magic. Eve Baptiste is an Anthropologist who believes she is very level headed. So when she starts having erotic dreams of the gypsy king Viktor Savitch, she starts doubting her own sanity --- especially when the dreams start becoming more real. What she doesn’t realize is that Viktor is actually a prisoner in the magical perfume bottle Eve has, and he’s using every skill he has to influence Eve’s dreams of him. When Eve finally frees Viktor, reality becomes even more erotic than her fantasies, and they began a journey of discovery and everlasting love.


These were great stories, each tied in to the other through the magical perfume bottle. Author Julie Elizabeth Leto continues the story of the bottle by giving secondary character Nicholai Vaux his own love story in Undeniable, an August 2004 Harlequin Blaze title.


Reviewed in August 2004 by Kari.