Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Midnight Unseen

Title: Midnight Unseen
Author: D. McEntire
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
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ISBN: 978-1-60928-119-9
Genre: [M/F] Contemporary Paranormal
Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Mystical Nymph

Tank hasn’t been able to stop thinking about Sonya Brown since the first time he heard the beautiful woman playing the piano in a local hotel lobby eight months before. He’s beginning to obsess over her and every time he closes his eyes to sleep, she haunts his dreams. The problem is the dreams aren’t fun-filled sexy ones, but unsettling ones that warn of danger to come. As each night passes, the dreams turn darker until finally Sonya is crying out—she’s scared, hurt and in pain. When Tank and the other Watchers find her in a rat-infested basement, she’s severely ill and in the midst of a Rogue-induced change. She’s becoming a vampire.

Music was always Sonya’s salvation and she’s devoted her life to playing the piano and teaching her many students, despite her blindness. When a male co-worker’s unwelcome desire changes to obsession, Sonya wakes in a strange place, confused and frightened—thrust into a world of vampires she didn’t know existed. She also not alone. The Rogue who changed her has also abducted two small vampire children, who are just as scared as she is. Can Tank keep her safe and help her through the change or will she turn Rogue and have to be destroyed?

Midnight Unseen is the fifth release in The Watcher’s series. There are a great many components to this series that are ongoing, so while it is possible to read this release as a standalone, it would be easier to understand the plotline and character relationships if the books are read in order.

One of the things that I liked the best about this book was the author’s unexpected choice of a blind heroine in Sonya. It’s not something that I’ve seen done before—in fact, it’s not usual to see a person with any disability as a main character, so kudos to the author for making this decision. I thought the details on how Sonya went about dealing with her blindness was handled nicely without being excessive, but it gave the reader a realistic look into her daily life. I also understood why Sonya insisted on being, and maintaining, her independence, and my only complaint with this portion of the story was her poor decision that put her life in danger near the end of the story. This is what you’d expect a character in a bad “B” movie to do and is what I call—A too-stupid-to-live move.

Tank is a complex and interesting man. He’s determined, dedicated and loyal to a fault, but he plays his cards close to the vest and I never really felt I knew him. Yes, he was a good ma, and a good friend and fighter, but I didn’t know what made him ‘tick’. His relationship with Sonya was intense and started off a little rocky due to the circumstances, making it difficult to understand why they were together as a couple—their relationship just didn’t have the depth or backbone of emotion I expected.

I loved the inclusion of the two vampire children that were found with Sonya in the basement and they’ll make a great addition to the household and to the series as the plotline continues to unfold. The same goes with the return of the characters from the previous releases; they helped to round out the story—they grounded it and gave it depth it needed. I look forward to seeing what happens with the next release featuring Mac and Lanette.

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