Author: M.J. Fredrick
Release Date: 6 June 2011
Source: ebook copy provided by author
Purchasing Info: Goodreads, Author's Website, Amazon
Grade: 4 stars
Goodreads appetizer: Chef Brylie Winston has made some mistakes in her life, but she didn't think she'd repeat one. She didn't realize the man whose bed she left this morning after a rare impulsive night of passion was her boss. Worse, he owns the cruise ship where she works, and of course, he's on board for their trip to Antarctica. And instead of being pissed that she snuck out on him, he seems determined to have a repeat performance.
Marcus Devlin knew his family would make good on their threat to send him to the ends of the earth some day. He didn't think it would be quite so literal, sticking him on a cruise ship to Antarctica, after his latest scandal. Time for him to learn the family business. Things look up when he spots the gorgeous redhead from last night.
If he thought it would be smooth sailing, he was sadly mistaken.
This review was originally posted on Book Lovers Inc.
My Thoughts: Midnight Sun was an unexpected surprise: besides the gripping storyline I was expecting it also delivered a very well developed and beautifully structured romance. I have to applaud M.J. Fredrick for managing to maintain the tension all throughout the story and never letting it fade or become dull. No, that certainly cannot be said of Midnight Sun, which is a thrilling, make-your-pulse-race kind of story!
I think one of the highlights of Midnight Sun is how well M.J. Fredrick developed her characters: they are fleshed out, layered, given enough detail and background history to make them threedimensional real people instead of the cardboard hero/heroine they could have ended up being. Reading about Brylie and Marcus made me feel as if I knew them, and this feeling of closeness to them certainly made me more invested in their story (as my poor nails can testify to that *wink*). I particularly loved Marcus whose character growth I could witness from the first row: we are shown that the scandalous playboy has hidden depths of generosity, courage and integrity, and M.J. Fredrick manages to portray him as a brave hero facing off to pirates without succombing to the great risk of making him sound inhumanly too tough. Marcus remains very much relatable to us ordinary readers, we see his thoughts, his fears and that he definitely does not enjoy playing the hero and being put in such dangerous situations.
The fight scenes were fast paced, fluent and very efficient in increasing my heart rate, and I found it amazing that despite all the craziness and unusual circumstances M.J. Fredrick wrote the blossoming of Marcus and Brylie's relationship with such subtle nuance that you see it evolve gradually under the reader's gaze.
I never considered Antarctica a beautiful and exciting location (thought it too white and cold for that) but M.J Fredrick changed that for me. Her descriptions of the unique location which was both peaceful yet lethal in its remoteness made me see it in a whole new light.
Cover: 10/10 - perfection! It is beautiful and suits the story perfectly!