On-line Review Blog
February 8, 2005
Rating: 5/5 (highest rating)
Part of the eXtasy Books
Tarot Series, In the Lonely Dead of Midnight is a very deep
study of the eternity of love. Does the soul die with the body or live
on? In this short story, Ms. McKinney attempts to answer that very
Twenty-two years before, Chance DuBois was shot by a drug dealer while
completely a transaction for his criminal brother. As he lay in the
street, bleeding to death, he looked into the eyes of an older
red-headed woman who captured his heart in an instant. Offered a chance
to remain with her for all eternity, Chance eagerly accepts an offer of
immortality as a vampire. Now, that vampire has discovered his ghost
haunting the place of their murder, waiting impatiently for a chance to
be with his love again.
For Chance, this is a shock. Is he Chance Dubios or is the ghost? It's a
quandry. Made even more complex when Vivian, the woman his mortal self
loved so deeply, comes to the site. Now, the spirit has another chance
with his soulmate - but it could cost Vivian her life.
Like all of Ms. McKinney's books, In the Lonely Dead of Midnight
has bits of everything. There are multiple layers, complex
relationships, and love affairs that defy imagination. This is a subtle
book, taking careful reading to fully discover ever nuance of the story,
very rich in detail. Within a few short pages, Ms. McKinney introduces a
very interesting family of vampires and a love that never dies.
The only drawback to the book is it's short length. It doesn't detract
from the story, just leaves you ready to beg for more and more stories
about this family. There are certainly more tales to be told. Here's
hoping that In the Lonely Dead of Midnight is just the first of
many books about this clan.
Repeat after me: Encore! Encore!
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