ARC Review: Came Upon a Midnight Clear by Katie Porter

Posted November 26, 2012 by Francesca in Reviews / 11 Comments

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ARC Review: Came Upon a Midnight Clear by Katie Porter
Came Upon a Midnight Clear
by Katie Porter

4.5 Stars

BOOK INFO


Released: November 27, 2012
Published by Samhain Publishing
Pages: 278
Format: ARC
 

“One of my favorite Holiday reads this year!” ~Under the Covers

This year I’ve had the pleasure of discovering the talented Katie Porter.  I’ve really enjoyed their Vegas Top Guns series, they are great stories and VERY erotic.  However, although I was very excited to start reading this book, I didn’t know what to expect of them writing m/m.

I can’t say that I consider myself an expert in the genre, but I have read quite a bit of it this past year and I find that sometimes the feelings don’t translate, or that they feel forced.

Well, I’m more than happy to report that this was not the case with CAME UPON A MIDNIGHT CLEAR.  It really surpassed my expectations for this book!  I usually try to start reading some Christmas themed books right around this time of the year and they tend to be extremely sweet.  Now, sometimes that’s the charm.  Other times, you just want to be able to spice things up.  And that’s what this book brought in spades.

Kyle Wakefield comes from a rich and influential family in Virginia, he’s producing a movie filming in London during the Holidays.  But even this far away from home, his past is going to come crashing right into him.  Ten years ago, he was a teenager struggling with his emotions and with discovering that he was gay.  He had the fortune of finding his soulmate then.  Nathan Carnes was a kid from the wrong side of the tracks, he didn’t have the position in society nor the money.  And he was never ashamed of who he was.  He was openly gay, proud of it and maybe a bit in your face.  But everything changed when Nathan ended up in jail and their relationship fell apart.  Kyle has been in the closet ever since and hasn’t talked to Nathan either.  Except Nathan is now out of jail and leads the stunt crew for Kyle’s movie.

Kyle and Nathan reconnect from the very beginning.  And from almost that moment, I was completely enthralled with the story.  They’ve both hurt each other.  They’re both continuing to do it.  But in the end, you can see how they are vulnerable and fragile.  How they need each other.  I was rooting for them from the get-go, just as Kyle’s business partner was.

They are polar opposites, which I also found  perfect.  Kyle is refined in the way he acts, speaks and dresses.  Always wearing expensive suits.  And then there’s bad boy Nathan, with his Doc Martens and leather jacket.  And then things get even hotter when Kyle wears a collar for Nathan.

A story of a second chance at love.  It was bittersweet to see that they’d lost all these years of being together, but it was worth it to see the intensity of their feelings.

CAME UPON A MIDNIGHT CLEAR is one of my favorite Holiday reads this year!  It’s an intense ride from beginning to end, full of non-stop action, sensuality, chemistry and mind-blowing sex.  Perfect to warm up the chilly winter nights.

*ARC provided by author

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About Katie Porter

Both are multi-published in several romance genres. Carrie holds an MA in history, loves movies, and has no fear of gross things like dissecting formaldehyde sharks. Her two daughters aren’t appreciative. Lorelie is a US Army veteran and true-crime devotee, whose three boys love when she screams like a little girl around spiders.

All five of Katie Porters’s “Vegas Top Guns” contemporary erotic romances have received 4½ Stars from RT BookReviews. These books are “impressive and incredibly well done,” and will “move Fifty Shades of Grey to the children’s section.” The third title, Hold ’Em, won the 2012 RT Reviewers’ Choice award for Best Ebook Erotic Romance, and the m/m Christmas-themed Came Upon a Midnight Clear was nominated for Best Book of the Year.

In January 2013, Lead and Follow launched “Club Devant,”a sexy series set in a glitzy New York City burlesque club, described by Publishers Weekly as “deftly leaving readers with the welcome message that life can hand out happy surprises.” Its sequel, Chains and Canes, was deemed by RT as “racy and absolutely flawless!” and also received a 4½ Star Top Pick.

Up next as back-to-back releases in 2014 are the first three installments of “Command Force Alpha“–an adventurous, La Femme Nikita-inspired series of military erotic romances. More details soon to come!

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Annette C.
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Annette C.

Great review Francesca, just pre-ordered it can’t wait to read it.

Joanne B
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Joanne B

Thanks for the great review. I loved the Vegas Top Guns series and can’t wait to read this new story .

Maria D.
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Maria D.

Great review!

H.A. Fowler (Heather)
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H.A. Fowler (Heather)

WANT!

I actually read a ton of M/M… write it, too. For some reason, as much as I’m a dedicated Paranormal girl, M/M is the only contemporary I read regularly. I’m always on the lookout for something new. Plus, I glut myself with holiday stories this time of year…

Ugh, I can’t wait until tomorrow!

Heather

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Sophia Rose

I haven’t read this author team yet, but this sounds like a strong story. Maybe I’ll give them a try with this book.

Thanks for sharing!

DarienMoya
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DarienMoya

Awesome! I am looking forward to reading this one.

Timitra
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Timitra

You completely sold me on their Vegas Top Gun series so I’ll definitely check this book out-thanks Francesca!

Lori Meehan
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Lori Meehan

Thanks for the review. I have to get this book. I love a good m/m romance and I love Christmas stories.

trish dechant
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trish dechant

Dammit, Francesca—you know you are (or more like HAVE) created a monster, here, right?
Now I must check out this book. You hooked me up with Katie’s Fly Boys and now I see this is M/M? Come to mama!
Great review!

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looks like a must read…I’ll check it out!

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