First up is Midnight Angel by Carly Phillips. Dylan North left Acton, Massachusetts behind ten years earlier in order to pursue his dream of acting. He never even said good-bye to then girlfriend Holly Evans. Now a famous actor, but tired of living in Hollywood, he’s back home hoping for the chance to reunite. Holly never stopped loving Dylan, but dare she put herself in the position to be hurt again? I enjoyed the maturity of both main characters and how they thought things through rather than acting rashly.
In Meet Me at Midnight by Janelle Denison we meet Alyssa Harte and Shane Witmer who have been best friends for most of their lives. When Alyssa decides her New Year’s resolution will be to open herself up to a real relationship instead of breaking things off when they get serious, Shane realizes he needs to do something quick. He sets off to transform himself into the type of man she usually dates, never realizing he was the model she judged all other men against. Can Alyssa put aside her fear of losing her best friend and take a chance on true love? This is my personal favorite in the anthology. I love friends to lover scenarios, and Ms. Denison doesn’t disappoint.
Rounding out the trio is Mine at Midnight by Jacquie D’Allesandro. Party planner Merrie Langston and accountant Tom Farrell are complete opposites. She has a zeal for life that’s infectious while Tom is very serious and reserved. When Merrie is left without a Santa for a party, she talks Tom into playing the role. He sees the holiday through her eyes and realizes how dull and lonely his life really is.
Stroke of Midnight is a delightful holiday treat. The first two stories are New Year’s Eve themed, leaving the third to center around Christmas. This book is short enough to fit in between shopping trips, yet not so short the endings feel rushed. The stories and the authors were a perfect blend in this romantic anthology.