July 12, 2012

Review: Blazing Midsummer Nights by Leslie Kelly

Format: ARC (NetGalley)
Excerpt here
Release Date: May 22, 2012
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository 

Anything can happen on a magical midsummer's eve Marketing director/workaholic Mimi Burdette has The Plan-work for her father and date his right-hand man. Problem is, there's no heat in the relationship. Not even a spark. And worse still, Mimi is having some seriously sexy, panties-ablaze dreams-and the star looks a lot like  Xander McKinley, the hunky firefighter next door. Mimi's dreams might be due to the strange tea she drank. Or the predictions from the fortune cookie she ate. Or they could be due to Xander's smokin' hotness. But whether it's magic or just old-fashioned fireworks, Mimi is about to break all of the rules-including her own!

BLAZING MIDSUMMER NIGHTS was a definite throwback for me back in the days when I felt so grown up and cool reading Harlequin and Mills & Boon novels while my HS classmates were still reading Sweet Dreams and Sweet Valley High. Leslie Kelly wrote a classic and very enjoyable Harlequin story that I devoured the book in one afternoon.

When I hear Midsummer Nights the first word that comes to mind is Shakespeare, fairies and magic, when you add Blazing to the equation I think outdoor exhibitionism. And LKelly didn't disappoint! BLAZING MIDSUMMER NIGHTS is a predictable but sensual story between grocery chain heiress, Hermione "Mimi" Burdette, and firefighter Lysander "Xander" McKinley. As stated the story follows a formula so you know how this story goes and ends. But it's the events that happens in between that makes the story spicy.
Stumbling in on you bottomless was amazing. If you'd been topless, too, I would have thought I'd landed in heaven.
The story was too whimsical for me to love it. Xander was a little cocky and presumptuous, pulling a Dr. Phil on Mimi, analyzing her and her lifestyle immediately after the latter upset a bee hive (Mimi is mortally allergic) so his psycho babble was out of place. Mimi, an intelligent heiress, has to play naive for this love story to pan out. I find it funny that she was fighting and rationalizing her attraction to Xander too much but at the same time setting herself up for Xander to literally maw on (insert sexual innuendo). The conflict was a little exaggerated and the resolution too easy but these didn't take away the enjoyment BLAZING MIDSUMMER NIGHTS brought.

I liked BLAZING MIDSUMMER NIGHTS because some parts of the story didn't appeal much to me nor did I find it convincing. However it was enough to make my afternoon better and a good reminder that Harlequin novels are always the way to go when I need some light bust highly sensual entertainment, it sure made my afternoon fly.


  1. Someone has the name Hermione and she is not at Hogwarts! That is crazy. Sorry totally off the point here. I like how you read different books. I am too afraid to step out of my comfort zone but enjoy reading your reviews about them.

    1. Thank you Amber, I switch it up a lot so I won't get bored. When I stick to just one genre, it starts to blend together in my head and spoils the fun which is why I'm not reading a lot of vampire books nowadays.

      Actually she did mention that Harry Potter reference in relation to her name. LOL


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