Title: Upon the Midnight Clear
Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon
Series: Dark-Hunter, #13
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks (Imprint of Macmillan)
Date Published: October 30th, 2007
Ever think Scrooge had it right before the ghosts ruined his life? Meet Aidan O’Conner.
At one time he was a world-renowned celebrity who gave freely of himself and his money without wanting anything in return…until those around him took without asking. Now Aidan wants nothing of the world–or anyone who’s a part of it.
When a stranger appears at his doorstep, Aidan knows he’s seen her before…in his dreams.
Born on Olympus as a goddess, Leta knows nothing of the human world. But a ruthless enemy has driven her from the world of dreams and into the home of the only man who can help her: Aidan. Her immortal powers are derived from human emotions–and his anger is just the fuel she needs to defend herself…
One cold winter’s night will change their lives forever…
Trapped together in a brutal winter storm, Aidan and Leta must turn to the only power capable of saving them–or destroying them both: trust.
This will be a short review because I don’t have much to say about this book other than that it’s my least favorite Dark-Hunter book so far and also the shortest by far. It’s just under 300 pages, but the font size is so much larger than a typical Dark-Hunter book that it would probably only be about 150 pages in a normal font size.
It’s not a bad story — it’s kind of a play on the classic Scrooge story. But it was just so short that nothing was built up. The characters, relationship, sexual tension, and story — everything just didn’t have enough page time to grab me. It really probably should’ve just gone into an anthology as a short story because it felt like a filler book. There really wasn’t even any mention of the core story around Acheron going on.
Aside from it being short I’m just not a fan of the Dream-Hunters in this world. They’re just not very compelling to me.
I did give this three stars instead of two because it’s still an okay story and also because we get a short story called Holiday Gatherings at the end of it that gives some glimpses into the lives of our favorite characters around the holidays, including Acheron. I liked this so it upped my rating a bit.
Overall definitely not a strong representation of the Dark-Hunter series. If I didn’t already know that the books to come have significantly higher ratings than this, it would probably have discouraged me from continuing the series. Thankfully I do know that this is just a bump in the road. If you’re reading the series too you can probably even skip this book. I’m a sucker for reading a series in order even if the stories aren’t directly related to each other. But in this case it really is pretty separate from the rest of the Dark-Hunter world.