Review Endless Night by Maureen A. Miller
After witnessing a murder, Megan Summers ran until she reached the remote coastal village of Victory Cove. She has a new name, but she knows it’ s only a matter of time before the murderer catches up with her. Jake Grogan has come to town to unravel the mystery of his heritage. Instead of finding his grandmother at Wakefield House, he discovers an attractive stranger who will do anything to get him off her doorstep. Trapped by a storm, he’ s forced to stay the night with Megan—a woman who keeps a handgun under her bed and closes herself off from the outside world. Jake tries to dig deeper into his past, but he’ s distracted by his fear for Megan’ s safety and his growing feelings for her. Danger is drawing near and he’ ll do anything to keep her safe. Will it be enough to help them survive the endless night?
I will admit to having been a bit harsh on other Carina Press novella’s in the past, but OMG Endless Night was honestly amazing. Meg, Margaret, Maggie, whatever you’re calling her has had a truly crapola last year, watching her boss shoot someone in front of her after running from him, she ends up on a craggy oceanfront dilapidated mansion that sometimes becomes an island when it storms. Cause where else would you end up. Then super hot Jake shows up and he’s looking for the owner of the mansion, who might be his biological grandmother.
Snark at the plotline aside, these characters were supremely well formed, detailed, Meg’s terror, resolve, frustration, fear, anger, jumped off the page. Jakes determination to find out who he was, his curiosity in every situation, his protectiveness was such a part of him, it was so natural to know that these 2 were going to end up together. But their journey wasn’t simple, Meg/Maggie’s defenses were seemingly impenetrable and Jake was not the most patient of men. Her bitterness, her meanness, his sometimes short tempered nature, their romance almost didn’t happen which is what makes this story so GREAT. These characters have real flaws and real emotional problems which is what makes them so interesting to read.
Bottom line this was thoroughly enjoyable, supremely well written novella and I will be looking for more from Ms Miller. At $3 it should be an automatic buy and its a great value.