(Fantasyland, Book 5)
by Kristen Ashley
Narrated by Tillie Hooper
Against his will, Noctorno Hawthorne, an undercover vice cop, finds himself embroiled in magic, mayhem and parallel universes. Too late, he meets an amazing woman only to find she’s destined for his identical twin in another world.
And things aren’t going real great there.
Noc is recruited to help save that world.
What he doesn’t know is his destined love resides there.
Franka Drakkar wears a mask. A mask she never takes off to protect herself in a world of malice, intrigue and danger.
When Franka meets Noc and he discovers her secrets, convinced she carries a midnight soul, having shielded herself from forming bonds with anyone, she struggles with accepting his tenderness and care.
When Noc meets Franka, over wine and whiskey, her masks slips and Noc knows it’s her—only her—and he has to find a way to get her to come home with him.
And then make her want to stay.
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OMG! Did not disappoint! MIDNIGHT SOUL was a story the readers wanted and yearned for! I can only image the number of emails and social media messages Kristen must have received inquiring about Noc and Franka! Kristen delivered 100% and then some! This was truly a story for the fans/readers.
While some will that the previous books in the series could be read as a standalone, I'd suggest you read the whole series. Especially before starting MIDNIGHT SOUL. In order to get a true sense of everything that has occurred from the main series arc to the growth and development of all the couples in the series. All the previous couples make an appearance and contribute to the story and I LOVED getting to know more of each of their story.
Franka has been a character we met in the first book and many would say she was the definition of "evil" and "mean" but there always seemed to be an underlining sadness to her. You wondered if she was truly so self-centered or if there was more to it. Kristen does a phenomenal job in creating a character that readers fall for and hope that they get their story.
One of the many things I LOVED about this story is that this is Franka's & Noc's story. There isn't a BIG BAD creature about to end the world or fill in the blank. What you have is two individuals learning more about themselves as well as each other. One is convinced evil lives in their heart, the other sees what is truly there and is convinced that with time and patience, so will everyone else.
Without giving anything else, there are several parts throughout that had me laughing out loud. One was when Frank first sees a high heel shoe and when she tries them on. The other, Franka's arrival in New Orleans. She had the same 'first impression' as I did. It was completely on point!! Again, this is classic Kristen Ashley and showcases her writing skills!!
Narrator Review: Tillie Hooper was truly the perfect choice for this series! She brings an extra layer to the already wonderful characters. She does a great job of providing unique tones, voices and accents to each and every character and this series has a vast array of characters.
Overall, this was truly a wonderful addition and conclusion to the series. Kristen provides her readers with an inside look to each of her beloved characters and closure. I highly recommend this series as it provides the reader with a breath of fresh air to the genre, strong heroines, sexy alpha heroes and imaginative and entertaining stories.
Rating: 4.5 Stars - I Really LOVED IT!
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Audible in exchange for an honest review. This review is my own opinion and not a paid review.