by Nora LeDuc
GENRE: Mystery/Romantic Suspense
When a teenager mysteriously disappears in Hawick Falls, New Hampshire, Lisa Raynes fears her kidnapper, who recently escaped from prison, is hunting girls again. She also believes he’s targeted her for his next victim when she receives a threatening message. To add to her problems, her ex-boyfriend Travis Bodell, nephew of her captor, shows up in town. Five years ago, he promised to love Lisa forever, but he left her to start a new life. Trusting him was a mistake she will never repeat.
Bad boy Travis Bodell has a history of run-ins with the law. The police suspect he came back to aid his uncle, not to warn Lisa she’s in danger. With the investigation going nowhere, Travis focuses on Lisa who identifies with the missing teen and wants to find her. To keep Lisa safe, he offers to help her search. She refuses until loving memories of their past surface, and she finally accepts his proposal. Working together arouses strong feelings of attraction that neither will admit.
As time runs out for the kidnap victim, disturbing threats against Midnight Girl, Lisa’s online name, grow. She realizes the only way to stay alive is to open her heart and put her faith in Travis, but can she let go of her doubts and lingering hurt? Can the couple join forces and win against a cunning criminal fueled by hate?
She walked out of the house. The spotlight flicked on and caught the creeping fog. Her footsteps scuffed over the grass. Dampness chilled her legs and arms. The recent email replayed in her thoughts. Payback is a bitch.
She spotted him. Too late. She gasped as his fingers wrapped around her forearm. She lifted up the poker and swung.
“Stop. Stop.” He ducked and shot his hands over his head while backing up. “It’s me, Travis. Take it easy.”
She paused with the fire iron in the air. “I know who you are. That’s why I’m trying to hit you.”
Travis Bodell, the boy she went to meet the night she was kidnapped. Was it him? She examined his face for traces of the person she’d loved.
The teenage Travis had preferred to hide his eyes and thoughts under his tousled dark hair. This dude wore a shorter cut, but his style was long enough to look uncombed and gave her a clear view of his features. His tan suggested he’d spent hours in the sun. Travis always loved the outdoors. She swept her gaze over his bristled chin, wide mouth, and the u-shaped scar on his left cheek. It was him! She lowered her arm with the iron.
Why in the name of purgatory was he here? They’d broken up a month after graduation. Her anger resurfaced. “Hold still so I can at least punch you.” She raised her fist.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Nora grew up in rural New England and still lives here. She has enjoyed combining my love of true crime shows with her imagination to produce romantic suspense and mysteries that you keep you guessing.
You can find Nora on her website
Facebook: Nora LeDuc-author,
a Rafflecopter giveaway
The tour dates can be found here
3.5 out of 5 stars
Midnight Girl by Nora LeDuc is part of the ‘Love & Mystery in the 6-oh-3’ series. This story centers around former kidnap victim Lisa Raynes who must deal with the frightening news that her captor has escaped. The nightmare she is still recovering from may be about to start all over again, and discerning friend from foe may prove pivotal to whether she will survive.
This contemporary mystery can be read as a stand-alone story, although one would undoubtedly appreciate more of the nuances if the preceding books have also been read. One cannot help but ache for the past experiences that the heroine has fought to overcome, and the mounting terror that accompanies the events that play out is nicely depicted. I was frustrated by her actions at many points in the story as it seemed as she deliberately placed herself in harm’s way, and her hot/cold relationship with her ex(es) was also annoying. I did like the red herrings, and I was charmed by the feisty elderly woman who had me cheering for her, but for me, the jury is still out on the police force that seems a bit ineffective. I’m also not quite sure what the series name alludes to, but perhaps I missed the explanation. Those who are already fans of the series will enjoy revisiting familiar characters and those new to this town will have to make up their own minds about how alluring it is!
A copy of this title was provided to me for review