I'm a huge fan of Lisa Marie Rice and was looking forward to her last entry in the Midnight Series. She didn't disappoint me; this is as sweetly romantic and suspenseful as the other books, Midnight Man (Midnight Series, Book 1) and Midnight Run (Midnight Series, Book 2).
No, the author hasn't veered too far from her formula: big burly ex-military alpha male meets up with drop dead gorgeous female in distress. No new territory, but she's managed to distinguish the first two books with their own charm, and she does the same here.
Former SEAL Douglas has a heart of gold; unfortunately for him, he's battle scarred, too big, prone to flushing and sweating like the proverbial pig. He has the lowest self-esteem I've seen yet in this author's work. By contrast, Allegra is delicately beautiful in a sort of stereotypical Irish way. Blessed with porcelain skin, vibrant red hair and gorgeous green eyes, she plays the harp and sings like an angel; for Allegra, however, she's crippled by her blindness, the result of a vicious argument with her record producer.
Of course, the first time Douglas sees Allegra (she's playing her harp at the event that was near the end of Midnight Run), he falls head over heels for her. As for Allegra, she finds his presence comforting at first, then in a moment, blatantly sexual. Since she can't see him, Douglas is finally able to be with the kind of woman he's always admired from afar.
The suspense part of the story is pretty predictable, given the number of pages devoted to Allegra's former producer. The real meat here is in the hot, steamy sexual and loving relationship between the hero and heroine.
The sex scenes would probably garner it an R rating if this was a movie. There's lots of sex and while not as graphic as a Lora Leigh, it's still pretty descriptive.
The one teeny tiny itsy bitsy (can you tell it was small) gripe I had with this book was how Douglas continually beat himself up because of the way he looks. He'd flash hot and cold, knowing Allegra loved him for whom he was, but at times, paralyzed because he couldn't get over how ugly he was compared to Allegra's delicate beauty.