Midnight Soul by Kristen Ashley – Jenn’s Review

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I needed more Noc, and was interested to see how KA turned Franka into a likable character.


5 stars


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 mask 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.

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Appearances can be deceiving. Things are not always what they seem. This is one of the first things we discover when being reintroduced to Franka Drakkar in Midnight Soul. When we’ve encountered Franka in previous books in the Fantasyland series, she hasn’t always been the kindest, or most welcoming person. In fact we’re led to believe that she can be cruel and self-centered. What we don’t know is that Franka has a secret, a secret that has led her to present herself a certain way to others even though her soul is not as dark as we think it might be.

“I have a midnight soul, it’s true, but light shines upon it every once in a while. I feel its warmth when it does and it means everything to me.”

While everyone else is willing to believe the absolute worst about Franka, Noc see’s through her façade. A cop from a parallel universe who’s trained to see beyond what people want him to see. As much as she tries to keep him at bay, as hard as she tries to keep him at arms length, Noc isn’t easily deterred. He knows there’s something more to Franka, that she’s someone that he wants to know, that she might possibly be the one.

“What he didn’t think about was why it perturbed him so much she seemed to be totally okay with taking off…like she was leaving nothing behind.”

When Franka finds herself in another world having only Noc to show her the way, the friendship that they’ve so cautiously created has the potential of becoming so much more. Can she manage to make a life for herself in this new world? Will Noc be able to convince her that the midnight soul that she so fervently believes she has is actually full of light and love? This is what you’ll find out when reading the final installment of the Fantasyland series.

Like many readers, I wasn’t sure that Franka could be redeemed but when we’re given a glimpse into what her life has really been like, we can’t help but to warm up to her, even feel bad for her. So if you’re like me and felt some hesitation about reading Franka and Noc’s story, not only will you be blown away by them but you’ll love seeing how this series finally wraps up.

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