Monday, December 30, 2013


Kiss Me At Midnight by Diane Alberts
Entangled Publishing - December 2013


Her New Year’s resolution was seduction.

Doctor Ashley Hanes has one mission and one mission only—end her annoyingly long dry streak and ring in the New Year with a bang. Literally. When her long lost and oh-so-sexy ex-best friend, Ethan Pierce, shows up as if he hadn’t broken her heart all those years ago, suddenly she doesn’t want to bring home just any man. She wants Ethan.

What should have been one night of blow-your-mind make-up sex quickly turns into another. And another. Before long, Ashley thinks maybe she and Ethan should reunite for good. If only the elusive bachelor will stop running from his tortured past and trust a future in Ashley’s arms.


“At midnight. Show me you can maybe love me, too.”~ Ethan
This is a book that you will not want to put down. It’s steamy, hot, emotional, and funny all balled up into one! It a quick read you defiantly want to get your hands on. 

Ashley lost her best friend nine years ago, her last year in high school. She can’t remember what she did wrong. They did everything together, they were inseparable. They were just friends and nothing more. Ethan just one day stopped talking to her altogether. She tried to make things right between them, she tried to fix it, but he continued to avoid her. 

Ashley had no other choice but to move on with her life, without her best friend. She went away to college to become a doctor, a bright future planned in the city just like she always dreamed. But when a situation occurred, she needed to change her plans and come back home to Rehoboth Beach.

Ethan was that nerdy kid with a stutter that everyone in school picked on. Everyone except Ashley.They pretty much did everything together, that it would seem like they were more than friends. He did like her more than a friend, but didn’t have the courage to tell her how he felt. When he finally did, he saw something that made him turn the other way. It changed their relationship. Since that moment, he couldn’t wait to get out of Rehoboth fast enough. And when he was old enough, he made a life for himself, far away from the place that caused him great torment.

It’s been nine years, but yet Ashley still thinks of Ethan. She still wonders what caused their friendship to end. She hasn’t had the very best track record when it came to men over the years. None of them seemed to interest her. In a slump, her best friend Rhiannon convinces her to go to the bar with her to ring in the New Year. Ashley hears that Ethan is back in town for a few days so she agrees in the hopes she will catch a glimpse of him.

Ethan is back home for the holidays but he is ready to get back to his life in California. Far away from the painful memories of his past and the people that caused them. Even after all these years, he can feel the hurt that everyone has caused. His life in California is different. He is different. No one bullies him around anymore. He has a great job and the weather is beautiful, what more can he ask for? To pass the time, he goes to the bar to try and pick up a girl for the night.

All the girls that he’s been with all these years have resembled one girl in particular. They all meant nothing to him. He doesn’t do commitment. One girl in the bar catches his eye, and he has yet to see her face, but he still approaches her. That’s when he is face to face with none other than Ashley. It was an awkward meeting at first because of how they last left things off, but when they finally reconciled they fell back into their old normal routine.

There is definitely some kind of sexual chemistry going on between the two of them. Ethan does not look like his nerdy old self. He is now looking hot as hell and Ashley can’t seem to take her eyes off of him. While he is thinking thoughts of her he shouldn't be. With both of them having motives of one night stands and the sexual tension floating between the two of them, they decide on one night of no strings attached fun.

Ashley has never done the one night thing, but tonight is the night and Ethan is just the guy to give her what she needs. Ashley is not looking for any type of commitment, so their arrangement fits perfectly. The sex is HOT, wow! They can’t seem to get enough of each other. It’s like the connection between them goes a lot deeper. They’re left craving more of each other when they’re through, it’s like they don’t want it to end. It supposed to be a one night stand, but since they were previously friends, they agree to hang out as just friends. They want more of each other in the bedroom. So since the sex was hot, they agree on a few more times while he is still in town. The more time they spend together, the more they crave one another. The more they want one another. The more they need one another. But it’s all a ticking time bomb. Neither one of them wants a relationship. Neither one of them wants to change. It’s just a matter of time before Ethan needs to hop on that plane and return back to his life in California, leaving Ashley with her life in Rehoboth as if nothing ever happened.
“I liked you back then. I wanted you to stay.”~ Ashely
Will Ethan be able to escape the effects of the past and live a future? Will Ashley be able to convince Ethan that people have changed and they no longer behave the way they did? Can Ashley fully forgive Ethan for the way that he treated her all those years? Can Ethan and Ashley get their act together and admit their feelings for one another? Will this one night be able to turn into something more? Is Ashley worth giving up his life in California for? Will this ruin their friendship again? Or will this bring on something more? 

I really liked this book, a lot. My heart broke for Ashley. She had her whole life planned out for herself, when a situation occurred and she needed to changed everything and move back home. It’s like she had no choice and she needed to settle. My heart broke for Ethan even more. He was bullied all through school. He didn’t tell his best friend how he felt about her, and as soon as he could, he left his hometown and made a new life for himself. When he came back home he came back as a completely different person. He was hotter. And boy was the sex hot in the book! Diane outdid herself! I needed to fan myself in some parts. There were some parts though where I wanted to smack Ethan for half the things he said to her. You just don't say some of those things to her. He needed to just man up! But you just can't help but fall for him. Can't wait for more Diane! 

This review was done by Jennelyn.

I received an ARC in exchange for my honest review. 

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Author Information

Diane Alberts is a multi-published, bestselling contemporary romance author with Entangled Publishing. She also writes New York Times and USA Today bestselling new adult books under the name Jen McLaughlin. ON ONE CONDITION hit #18 on the Barnes and Noble bestseller list, and TRY ME hit #76 on Amazon. CAPTIVATED BY YOU hit #31 on the Barnes and Noble bestseller list. Diane is represented by Louise Fury at The Bent Agency. Her goal is to write so many fantastic stories that even a non-romance reader will know her name.
Diane has always been a dreamer with a vivid imagination, but it wasn’t until 2011 that she put her pen where her brain was, and became a published author.  Since receiving her first contract offer, she has yet to stop writing. Though she lives in the mountains, she really wishes she was surrounded by a hot, sunny beach with crystal clear water. She lives in Northeast Pennsylvania with her four kids, a husband, a schnauzer mutt, a cat, and a Senegal parrot. In the rare moments when she’s not writing, she can usually be found hunched over one knitting project or another.



Diane is giving away an ebook set of her 'Take a Chance' series, which includes Try Me, Love Me, Play Me, and Take Me.