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Midnight Sonata by Dee Tenorio


Midnight Sonata cover art Reviewer: Janet Davies
Title: Midnight Sonata - Midnight Trilogy
Author: Dee Tenorio
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
E-book ISBN: 1-59998-101-7 (Novel)
Release Date: September 2006
Genre/Sub-genre: Contemporary Romance
Year/Setting: Present Day
Overall Rating: 4.0
Sexual Content Rating: Sensual
Language (Profanity) Rating: None
Violent Content Rating: None
Dee's Website: www.deetenorio.com

Skylar Remington has moved to the suburbs for a quieter life. His health and sanity demands it. His Doctor wants him to rest and relax to bring down his blood pressure before major heart surgery. Easier said than done. There is the problem with his company, his relationship with his brother and his overwhelming belief that he is at deathís door so what is the point of trying to relax. When Skylar catches his next door neighbor peeping at him through the window as he showers, his life takes an unexpected turn.

Evie Parker wasnít exactly deliberately peeping at her sexy next door neighbor as he showered. Itís not her fault their houses are so close together and that his bathroom window just happens to overlook her bedroom window. What is a girl to do? Look or not look? Some temptations are awfully hard to resist. Besides how bad can it be to sneak a look if heís not aware she is doing it? But when he does become aware, Evie is not prepared for the disruption he brings into her quiet, ordered existence.

Evieís son AJ is thrilled to have a male next door neighbor. Her mother-in-law, Lily, who lives with them, is pleased to see her Evie moving on with her life. The death of Evieís husband Andrew was so long ago. However Sky is not looking for a relationship. In fact he is going out of his way not to be attracted to Evie. He believes he has nothing to give any woman. And thatís just fine with Evie as she believes he is way out of her league. What could he possibly see in a plain Jane like her?

And what exactly is going on with Lily and the charming Mickey? Is it love or lust? Can two people from diverse lifestyles actually make a go at a relationship?

I liked the opening of Midnight Sonata. Evieís secretive peek at Sky was kind of funny and innocent and not the slightest bit sleazy. I liked his reaction to it and the chaos that followed. It was exactly what I could picture happening in real life.

All characters are hiding themselves to some degree in this book. Sky is beating himself up over the past and is scared to offer anyone a future with him. Yet he sits and listens in the night to the piano music Evie plays with longing in his heart for her. As for Evie, she is worried about what people think of her and is scared to take a chance on someone who appears to be too good for her. Her past, with its endless search for perfection, has her hiding her true talents. As for Lily and Mickey, they want to defy convention but are they willing to throw caution to the wind?

The theme of Midnight Sonata to me is that everyone has secrets or issues from the past that have scarred them in some way. But do you allow blame, guilt and sorrow to stop you from giving of yourself or do you take a chance on love and allow yourself move on in life?

I enjoyed this book as it made me smile, sigh and think. You donít get that everyday.


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