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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Midnight Frolic by Loree Lough



Midnight Frolic by Loree Lough
Publisher: White Rose Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Inspirational
Length: Short (76 pages)
Heat: Sweet
Rating: 4.5 Books
Reviewed by Orchid

When Emily Alden relocated to historic Main Street in Ellicott City, the last thing she expected was that the shopkeeper next door would judge her 'guilty', based on the inaccurate quotes of a cub reporter. In her mind, Cory Russell should have been born to another era! As for Cory, he believes women like Emily--who put work and self ahead of all else--are what's wrong with this country! Like oil and water, it seems they'll go in opposite directions, despite their obvious attraction to one another. But will they heed God's lessons of compromise, or hold fast to their stubborn ways and remain alone, forever?

As for Cory, he believes women like Emily--who put work and self ahead of all else--are what's wrong with this country! Like oil and water, it seems they'll go in opposite directions, despite their obvious attraction to one another. But will they heed God's lessons of compromise, or hold fast to their stubborn ways and remain alone, forever?

Take two people damaged emotionally by events in their teens and by failed love affairs in adulthood. Put them together and wait to see what happens.

A year after Emily's fiancé called off their engagement, she is settled in her new shop Be Yourself in a small Maryland community. When a reporter misquotes her opinion of the annual Midnight Frolic celebration, she finds herself at odds with the owner of the local coffee shop. Determined to prove to the man she is supportive of the event, she sets out to show him what she really is like.

Cory has been badly hurt by a woman he hoped to marry. He is annoyed with the comments of the new owner of the nearby shop, but this turns to admiration as he gets to know her better.

The attraction between the main characters was handled delicately, but the thoughts and feelings of both Cory and Emily showed compassion and understanding. While both were over cautious about making themselves vulnerable to pain, one of them fought the growing attraction, while the other embraced it. No I'm not going to tell you which one felt what, you'll have to read the book.

Inspirational books can quite often come across as pushing beliefs on the reader which do not have a real part in the story, but in Midnight Frolic this is not the case. The beliefs of Cory and Emily are introduced naturally. I believe this made the book stronger in the storyline and encouraged me to carry on to the end.

Ms Lough has written a sweet romance which reminds me of early Mills & Boons romances but with a modern shift. At the end of the book I was left with a warm fuzzy feeling. This means I enjoyed the story and would be happy to read another by the same author.

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