My Midnight Moonlight Valentine
By: J. J. McAvoy
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Vampire Romance, Supernatural, Witches
Rating: Liked it
Publisher: J.J. McAvoy
Release Date: May 1, 2020
Druella Monroe is a vampire, but she hasn’t been one for long. Ever since her rebirth a year ago, she’s done her best to live a quiet, peaceful life as an art conservator and restorationist at The National Gallery of Art. All she wants is to blend in with the humans.
However that all gets thrown out the window one night while hunting in Great Falls Park, where Druella comes across a naked vampire with no memory of how he got there, or the last century for that matter. All he seems to be sure of is that she is his soulmate…and he won’t leave without her.
My Midnight Moonlight Valentine tells a story of a newly turned vampire, Druella, who is a complete introvert. She lives alone. Works in solitude and hunts in the woods for deer in the middle of the night. However, upon one normal evening of hunting, Druella stumbles across a naked, but a ruggedly handsome vampire who tricks her into helping him after he saves her from a witch attack.
After agreeing to help the strange vampire who claims to be hundreds of years old and missing an entire century from his memories. Druella soon discovers that she and Theseus are bound to each other by something stronger than their thirst for blood.
But the romance novel and art fanatic-loner Druella refuses to buy into any of the nonsense the strange vampire she met in the woods has to say until strange things start to happen all around her—and to her all at once.
Druella is uprooted from her life and all that she has ever known and thrown into the world of magic and the politics of vampires completely unfamiliar with their customs or the culture. But it’s a good thing she has a willing, chivalrous centuries-old vampire eternal by her side to help her.
This is the third book I have read by J.J. and I think that it will hook readers who are fans of vampires/ the supernatural, magic, and romance genres. Moreover, it will be a good read for those who like to have books that are in-depth with a lot of content and background information.
I think it’s important to note that this book is book one of an intentional series (don’t know yet how many books), so there will be some parts that might drag for the story as opposed to what some readers might anticipate the story should be progressing at a certain point.
I mention this because by part II for the book there seems to be a shift in the direction for the characters and the story, so it became a bit confusing.
Nevertheless, in terms of humor and chemistry, I think readers will like reading the banter, flirting, and conversations that Theseus and Druella have in this book. And with book couple pairings in general; there are a few flirts and tease scenes in this book as the two grow closer but a lot of the conversations they have are open and honest. Personally, it felt reflective of what a healthy and balanced relationship should look like. And when you have eternity with your partner—that’s a detail you want to have.
And although the story is told from her perspective, it took me a while to warm up to Druella. I preferred Lucy, Theseus, his siblings, Talon, and even his family over her. But I am glad this little quibble did not take away too much from the story while I was reading it. Beyond the history we learn of the vampire and Wicca world while reading My Midnight Moonlight Valentine, the mystery that envelopes Druella and Theseus at the very beginning when they meet is sure to keep readers’ attention from beginning to end.
It is a slow-burn for the romance and all the secrets yet to be revealed, but I appreciated the depth of detail presented to us in this book.
I didn’t hate or dislike the book. It definitely gives a lot for the reader to absorb and I felt the author gives great attention to the world Druella is walking into. However, personally, it felt like the book didn’t know what it wanted to be, do or say most of the time beyond giving the readers a history lesson(granted I did read an ARC). Which is why it felt like a disappointment by the end. With that said, yes I do want to check out book two because I need to know what happens next😆.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
J.J. McAvoy was born in Montreal, Canada, and graduated from Carleton University in 2016 with an honor’s degree in Humanities. She is the oldest of three and has loved writing for years. She is inspired by everything from Shakespearean tragedies to current culture. Her novels hope to push boundaries and allow readers to look at the world from another perspective. Please feel free to stay in touch with her via Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and youtube, where she video blogs.
ARC book received via IndieSage for tour & review.
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