La Crimson Femme
Review: Midnight Soul by Kristen Ashley
★★★★★ @KristenAshley68 #MidnightSoul #mustread
I read this entire series in the course of two and a half days. I am so glad this 5 book series is completed. I could read one book right after the other. For those who liked Lexi Blake's A Faery Series, this may remind you a bit of it. I highly recommend this fantasy series because it hits all the emotions and makes a reader feel. The first 4 books in the series, it is all about being transported to an alternate world than ours be it willing or unwilling. In this one, what happens when the alternate twin comes to our world? What happens to them? This is a twofer with both Franka and Circe's story unfolding. This can be read as a standalone but I don't recommend it.
Franka is a much-loathed cousin amongst the Drakkar. Even if she is not loved and might have been a bit treason-ish in the last book, she did redeem herself by helping to vanquish an enemy of the state. What people don't know is what she hides beneath her sharp exterior. When it is all revealed in the first few chapters of this book, it is horrendous. Trust Ms. Ashley to stab that knife in your gut and twist it. For her, a new start may be to come to our world. Who better to take her than the Noctorno of our world? He's a cop and he's a great protector.
This story is hilarious as we have Franka and her maid try to adjust to a world of electricity, pollution, horsepower instead of horses, and information at your fingertips. Technology is pervasive in our world and getting Franca to learn base concepts in a short amount of time isn't easy. One of the standout scenes is when she is booked for a day spa. Never having experienced this type of pampering, it is a special treat for them and they loved it. As a person who loves spas and never experienced them in my youth, I can totally understand her awe and pleasure.
There is less enemy to fight in this book and more trying to adjust to a new life. It is beautiful how Franca and Noctorno develop from enemies to friends to lovers. In this midst of all of this, Franca wants to spread the love around and help Circe of her world in this our world meet the man of her dreams. Matchmaking is not a sure thing and I guess Franca somehow manages to not cause an utter disaster. There is so much in this book and brings the series to a satisfying conclusion. It does leave some questions hanging . . . specifically about Valentine. Perhaps there will be a novella about her in the 1001 Dark Nights series. This series is highly recommended to romance lovers who enjoy angst and triumph of good over evil.