Series: Fantasyland #5
Published by Self-Published on 08/15/2016
Genres: Fantasy, Romance
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.
The Fantasyland series has been one of my all-time favorites, but Midnight Soul is definitely my least favorite of the series. I still liked it, it was okay, it took me forever to read, but I wanted to end the series on a high note. This sort of just felt like a really long fizzle.
I have to give credit where credit is due – I never thought Ashley could turn Franka into a character I could sympathize with, much less like. But she did it, so hats off for that. But beyond that, I don’t have a whole lot to say about this book. The story felt rather underwhelming, the slow burn felt way too friggin’ molasses slow, and then once Franka and Noc did get together, it felt kinda lame. I kept waiting for the climax of the story and then I hit the Epilogue and I was very confused. I felt like there was hardly any story arc at all.
I have loved “exploring” the parallel universe in this series, so I think watching Franka experience our normal world was far more boring by comparison. It was definitely humorous at times, but that’s pretty much it. Also, there didn’t seem much special about Noc. Every main male character in this series has this larger than life presence, these defining traits about them that you can’t help but fall in love with. Noc was just kind of… there. He felt like a love interest was plucked out of her Rock Chick series and accidentally dropped into this wonderful, fantasy series by mistake. It was just… underwhelming.
Actually, to steal a quote from 10 Things I Hate About You: “I know you can be overwhelmed, and you can be underwhelmed, but can you ever just be whelmed?” That’s more like how I feel about Midnight Soul. Whelmed. It wasn’t great, it wasn’t bad, it just was.