ARC Review + Tour: Midnight Soul by Kristen Ashley

Posted August 12, 2016 by Pilar in Reviews / 15 Comments

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ARC Review + Tour: Midnight Soul by Kristen Ashley
Midnight Soul
by Kristen Ashley

4 Stars

BOOK INFO


Released: August 15th 2016
Series: Fantasyland #5
Published by Self Published
Format: eARC
 

Recommended Read!

“I once again have fallen in love within the pages of another KA masterpiece.”
~ Under the Covers

Every time I am privileged to review an arc of a Kristen Ashley book I thank my lucky stars. I will admit I was wary of Midnight Soul as Franka Drakkar the heroine is a character I quite disliked. My doubts were all for naught as with tried and true KA style I once again have fallen in love within the pages of another KA masterpiece.

Midnight Soul concludes the Fantasyland series and for that reason there is always an underlying poignancy as we say goodbye to a world created by Ms. Ashley, that I would keenly visit again and again. A story where all is not as it seems, filled with discovery, redemption, forgiveness, laughter, love, and lest you wonder many steamy sexy times. We really get down to the nitty gritty of what has made Franka Drakkar the devious and malicious person we have come to fear and dislike in previous volumes of the fantastical series. Very early on in the story much is revealed and thus begins my rooting for her true happiness as I always find a damaged selfless heroine so deserving. KA exceeds at creating the perfect alpha male, Noctorno Hawthorne aka Noc is no less, complete with all his quirks that serve to provide much laughter and lightheartedness to the story line.  Once Frannie accepts that she is entitled to be happy and let’s go of her guilt things progress beautifully.

While the meat of Midnight Soul is the HEA of Frannie and Noc we also are gifted with another side story that honestly left me wanting more. Perhaps a novella will be in the works later on, one can only hope as she does state that on her site. As much as I dislike knowing from the start that this is a goodbye to a world I have come to love, I also know that all the wonder and magic that is a Kristen Ashley epilogue awaits me as well. The epilogue in this volume does not disappoint in fact it exceeded my expectations and will remain one of my favorite KA epilogues to date, the feelings of wonderment are beyond description and just complete perfection.

I have said this many times and it bears repeating, if you have not read a Kristen Ashley work you are depriving yourself. I strongly recommend that you read Midnight Soul, but start with volume one Wildest Dreams and if fantasy is not your thing than you are in luck for she rocks in all the genres she has ventured among. Please stop by her site for a full booklist and suggested reading order. Oh and you are Welcome. 😉

 

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EXCERPT

~Noc~

“I’m a member of a House, your House, may I remind you,” Franka’s father returned.

“You’re a monster,” Noc clipped.

The man turned his gaze to Noc. “And you’re a peasant who I’ve not given leave to speak to me.”

Noc opened his mouth but Frey got there before him.

“Are you unfamiliar with the Prince of Hawkvale?” he asked.

“I know of these secrets,” the asshole fired back, a sneer twisting his lips, “and this is not the heir to the throne of Hawkvale.” He indicated Noc with his arm. “This man is nothing.”

“This man saved you from slavery at the hands of Minerva and her minions,” Frey retorted. “This man has the ear of the Queen. The Princess. And The Drakkar. This man is twin to the heir of Hawkvale. This man is far from nothing.”

“You can pretty him up as much as you like, nephew, but his manner, his speech. He may look like a prince of our world, but he’s far from that. He’s simply common,” Franka’s father returned.

“Cease speaking,” Frey ordered.

“You are who you are, Frey, but I’m your uncle, your elder, and you never have leave to speak to me in that manner,” Franka’s father retorted.

“Cease…” Frey leaned forward and thundered, “speaking.”

“I—“

That was all the asshole got out before Frey was across the room with his hand wrapped around the guy’s throat, his feel lifted two feet from the ground, and he was slammed into a shelving unit so hard, all the bottles swayed and four crashed to the ground.

“I said…cease speaking,” Frey repeated through clenched teeth.

 

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About Kristen Ashley

Kristen Ashley was born in Gary, Indiana, USA. She nearly killed her mother and herself making it into the world, seeing as she had the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck (already attempting to accessorise and she hadn't taken her first breath!).

Kristen grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana but has lived in Denver, Colorado and the West Country of England. Thus she has been blessed to have friends and family around the globe. Her posse is loopy (to say the least) but loopy is good when you want to write.

Kristen was raised in a house with a large and multi-generational family. They lived on a very small farm in a small town in the heartland and existed amongst the strains of Glenn Miller, The Everly Brothers, REO Speedwagon and Whitesnake (and the wardrobes that matched).

Needless to say, growing up in a house full of music, clothes and love was a good way to grow up.

And as she keeps growing up, it keeps getting better.

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I am an “X” year old hotel executive lover of all things romance (It was instilled in me that after age 20 a lady should never reveal her age, lol). My love of romance began with Spanish telenovelas at a young age. I spent great spans of time with my grandparents who did not speak English and became engrossed in the world of telenovelas as they were always playing on the TV in their home. In my teens some of my first ventures into romance were Forever by Judy Blume, Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, and Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. With the passage of time when I went to college I read anything that was available in the limited market, and romance section at the local B&N. My first favorites were by Jude Deveraux, Judith McNaught, Johanna Lindsey, Linda Lael Miller, Amanda Quick aka Jayne Ann Krentz, and Sandra Brown.

I go through genre phases at times but will read just about anything romance with the exception of NA/YA which I tend to stay away from. I have read some romances with MM roles however it is not what I prefer unless there is a Menage MMF relationship. The vast availability of talented work by so many authors and all at the click of a button make it feel like it’s Christmas every day and my wallet feels it as well, though sometimes some books I buy feel like lumps of coal in my stocking. I am trying to get on track with using Goodreads so I can keep it all straight. I live for the moments when I can lay in the sun on a beautiful island destination with my family, a tropical drink nearby, and my trusty paperwhite in hand, or just spending quality time with great friends, family or a book on my nook or kindle!
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Betul E.
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Betul E.

Great review!!

Jessica
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Jessica

Thank you so much! ~Jessica, InkSlinger PR

Linda Parish
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Linda Parish

I love her Rock Chick series and I’m anxious to try this series

Stephanie
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Stephanie

Great review! It makes me want to read the book even more now. I would love to really visit places in this series because of the way Kristen Ashley describes the environment being so vibrant.

Kathleen Bylsma
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Kathleen Bylsma

Much as I love Kristen Ashley, I’ll be giving this a pass…. 🙁

Sophia Rose
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Sophia Rose

I just started the first book in this series back in July. I’ve loved the world she created so far. The intrigue between all the players in the story and the exotic places is neat and what I love about fantasy.

Nice review!

Darynda Jones
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Darynda Jones

Yay! I got to meet Kristen in Vegas. Super awesome chick! Thanks for the review!

Morgan
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Morgan

I would be most interested in finding out how the parallel universe lives. Thanks for the great review and giveaway!

Amy R
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Amy R

I would be interested in the clothes, food and language. I can’t wait to read this book.

Elizabeth
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Elizabeth

What do their daily lives look like…what is their society like

Mess
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Mess

Thank you for the review.
After reading The Golden Dynasty and it’s over the top plagiarism I haven’t been able to bring myself to read any more of her books.

Timitra
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Timitra

Thanks for the review Pilar

Kathy Valentine
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Kathy Valentine

Great review can’t wait to read!!

Milena
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Milena

I love books about parallel universes. I would be interested to see how different choinces made in a parallel universe would affect my life

EC
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EC

I would love to know what my family and relatives are doing. And especially me. I hope that the parallel me is doing really well and is happy with her own family.