Review: Midnight Sun by M.J. Fredrick

Filed in 4 Stars , featured , M.J. Fredrick , Review , The Latin Lover Posted on February 1, 2012 @ 1:00 pm 3 comments

Format read: ebook copy provided by author
Release Date: 6 June 2011
Formats available: ebook
Purchasing Info: Goodreads, Author’s Website, Amazon


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.

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.

Verdict: If you want to read a thrilling and unique romantic suspense story (come on it has modern day pirates!) set in an unexplored location, with great characterization and a wonderful romance I am sure you will enjoy Midnight SunMidnight Sun is an exciting nonstop adrenaline ride with just the necessary pinch of romance to make it the perfect blend of suspense and romance.

I give Midnight Sun 4 stars!

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About Stella

Stella is a proud bookaholic and a self-taught multilinguist in training. Besides reading, her other great passions are travelling and baking. When she is not globetrotting she lives in sunny Budapest, where she loves to spend her free time preparing (and feasting on) delicious cookies or devouring equally yummy books. Her favourite genres are urban fantasy and romance and she couldn't live without her daily dose of sunshine. Besides being the Latin Lover on BLI Stella also blogs about books and a bookish life on Ex Libris.

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  • Tamsyn February 2, 2012 at 7:00 am

    Great review! Sounds like a wonderful love story. Just my kind of book!

    • Stella February 3, 2012 at 3:57 am

      Thank you, I hope you’ll enjoy it Tamsyn! I will definitely check out M.J. Fredrick’s other books because her writing was wonderful.

  • aurian February 5, 2012 at 6:04 am

    Nice review Stella, a new for me author, but I might like to read this one myself 🙂

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