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I love reading and as of now that is fiction only. Love all genres except horror and for the past few years, been gorging on romance. Thrillers are my first love and add some romance to it then all the more better.
Walking After Midnight - Karen Robards I seriously enjoyed this book when I didn't think I would because the introduction to the hero is less than stellar. The heroine has been stood up by her employees(she runs a cleaning service) and is now alone cleaning up a funeral home, scared and singing songs when she finds the hero, who is not dead. He kidnaps her, is less than gentle with her and doesn't believe her when she tells him that she is not involved in what happened to him.

The heroine was a former lingerie model who returned home and got married to a jerk who wanted her to be perfect, so she toughed it out but she's now divorced, running her own business and 36.

She does find out who the hero is, a disgraced former cop who fell from fame after his best friend's wife committed suicide after admitting she had an affair with him, the hero lost his wife, friend, career & daughter and felt he deserved it, so he spent the next two and a half years drunk when he finally decided to straighten his life around and began questioning things, like the corruption investigation he was working on before his life went to hell & how did his best friend's wife get the key to his office.

I didn't think I would like a cheating hero & there is no excuse for cheating I agree but the hero never had a great marriage & his best friend had a habit of screwing around on his wife. Steve felt guilty for his action and ended it, Deedee(the best friend's wife) had always bee someone he wanted when he was younger and in a weak moment he gave in. We do learn in the end that his wife was screwing around on him with the best friend long before.

Okay, this was on the run story & well written. I especially enjoyed the nicknames these two had for each other Frankenstein & Rosencrans. Their relationship doesn't seem sudden at all and even the short time it took for them to fall in love, felt believable.

Very enjoyable book.