MIDNIGHT SOUL is here!
This amazing fantasy takes place in our world and a parallel universe where fantasies are true…but perhaps not all you would expect.
MIDNIGHT SOUL is the highly anticipated finale to Kristen Ashley’s bestselling Fantasyland Series.
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MIDNIGHT SOUL Synopsis:
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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The Franka Drakkar who readers have seen in previous stories in the Fantasyland series is a malicious, conniving, and manipulative harpy. A woman who uses her darkened soul to wield her torment and inflict pain on any and all unsuspecting people who cross her path, reaping the rewards of distance and hatred from all those she meddles with for personal benefit and satisfaction.
The Franka Drakkar readers meet in Midnight Soul begins much like the other one, but the difference in this story is that there’s someone willing to see behind her mask…willing to scratch under the surface of her tormented soul and understand that the game she plays is for her own protection and an act that she must endure in order to conceal her pain and the brutal treatment she receives from those who are supposed to love her.
And once that mask has been removed and Franka is set free from the wrath of her evil parents, she’s able to become the woman she’s always been underneath – someone quite different from how she’s always been perceived and quite different from the woman she impersonated for self-preservation.
I get that readers might have a hard time with Franka as the heroine of Midnight Soul; she has done despicable things to a number of characters and her actions as well as her attitude would not sit well with many, especially since she meddled with beloved characters from the previous books in the series. But I understand why Kristen Ashley chose Franka as her last female protagonist in the Fantasyland series; Ashley is all about creating troubled characters who find redemption as well as love in unexpected times and ways, and Franka fits that idea well. I’ve always been a firm believer that most people who act with evil intentions do so due to a variety of reasons and once those issues are revealed, there’s a chance to heal and make amends for past digressions. Are some people inherently evil without any redeeming qualities – absolutely, but in this fantastical world that Kristen Ashley created, she gets to determine those who can be saved and those who cannot, and Ashley does a tremendous job of illustrating why Franka deserves another chance – an opportunity to be free of the darkness that has surrounded her since she was born and a way for the light to be let into her life and explored in all its glory, which is exactly what Noc Hawthorne makes happen for his Frannie.
Noc epitomizes all the qualities of a Kristen Ashley alpha male. He’s loyal, handsome, tells it like it is, and fights for those he believes in even when he’s the only one fighting. All Franka needed was someone willing to see beyond her many masks and free the woman within, and Noc does that easily because he SEES her, truly sees who she is in her soul, not the one that she feels is blackened but the one that radiates warmth, love, and goodness.
Both Noc and Franka are loyal and protective to a fault, and Kristen Ashley does an amazing job of establishing a friendship between them before anything turns romantic. With all the events that happened at the end of book 4, it’s necessary for time to be given to work through everything that occurred and then move forward and experience the connection between them and that timeline allows Franka to come to terms with her past and then hope for a future that she never thought she would have.
Some readers might not enjoy the fact that there is not a large amount of dramatic action like there is in the other stories, but I enjoyed that fact and reveled in the insight Ashley gives us in terms of how the other couples are doing and what’s also in the works to keep the natural balance of things in order between the parallel worlds.
Midnight Soul is very much about self-introspection; it’s about dealing with matters that are burdensome and finding a way to move past them in a way that frees both the heart and the body from those dark events. This is true not only for Franka, but also for Noc, Valentine, and Circe. The world had been saved in the previous book, so now that there is no longer a threat of annihilation, it’s time to heal those tormented souls who deserve to feel happiness and love, not pain and guilt, and that’s exactly what Kristen Ashley gives readers in the concluding book of her Fantasyland series.
A complimentary copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
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“So she’s your type,” Cora said, taking him back into their conversation, “But you’re not gonna go there.”
Noc shook his head. “She’s from here, I’m from home. I’m going home. But it isn’t even about that, babe. Tor got you back. Frey got Finnie back. Won’t go on because you were there, you know. Franka didn’t get her man back.”
“Don’t say that in front of Apollo,” She whispered. “Maddie suggested that and it pisses him off. He thinks she’s incapable of any emotion, much less love.”
“You four couples aren’t the only ones who’ve known love, Cora,” he returned. “Not bein’ a dick, but that’s the way it is. And she’s stone cold on the outside, babe, but inside the woman is in some serious pain. She’s capable of emotion, just like you and me, and I know that because I saw it.”
What he didn’t share was that Franka Drakkar might be capable of more of it, with the pain he saw in her eyes, the guilt that seemed to visibly weigh on her at what she’d done.
She just, for some reason, wouldn’t allow herself to let it show, even maybe fully feel it.
That reason was a mystery and Noc was a cop. Cops were big on mysteries. Solving them, to be precise.
Another reason he had to steer clear of Franka Drakkar.
Cora nodded. “I think your perception of her is right, at least the way she is with you, for whatever reason she gave you that particular Franka. What concerns me, honey, is that it seems to mean so much to you.”
That was what concerned him too.
“Woman’s in pain, she gave me that, she gave me time,” he tried to explain it. “Tomorrow, she’ll be gone and eventually she’ll be just another memory of this place. But you spend hours with a woman drinking whiskey and watching her face light up, the pain she’s trying to hide clearing clean away because she’s never seen a phone before. We’ll just say that’ll be a memory I won’t forget.”
“I’ll bet,” Cora replied, the concern shifting out of her expression, understanding replacing it.
Noc grabbed his knife and started cutting into the tender, moist, perfectly-cooked steak on his plate.
Cora changed the subject.
“I can’t wait to show you my world, Noc. It’s gonna be awesome. You’re gonna love it.”
He looked to her, meat in his mouth and chewing and smiling he said, “Can’t wait either, babe.”
Her face lit up too.
And seeing it, Noc knew that’d be another memory he wouldn’t forget that he’d take home from this crazy world.
There it was.
They were having dinner and Franka wasn’t invited.
Tomorrow morning, she’d be leaving.
So she was a memory of this world.
A mysterious one.
A sad one.
But just a memory.
And Noc had to live with that.
What he wouldn’t admit was that he didn’t like it.
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About Kristen Ashley
Kristen Ashley was born in Gary, Indiana, USA and nearly killed her mother and herself making it into the world, seeing as she had the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck (already attempting to accessorize and she hadn’t taken her first breath!). Her mother said they took Kristen away, put her Mom back in her room, her mother looked out the window, and Gary was on fire (Dr. King had been assassinated four days before). Kristen’s Mom remembered thinking it was the end of the world. Quite the dramatic beginning.
Kristen grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana and has lived in Denver, Colorado and the West Country of England. Thus, she’s blessed to have friends and family around the globe. Her family was (is) loopy (to say the least) but loopy is good when you want to write. They all lived together on a very small farm in a small farm town in the heartland. She grew up with Glenn Miller, The Everly Brothers, REO Speedwagon and Whitesnake (and the wardrobes that matched).
Needless to say, growing up in a house full of music, clothes and love was a good way to grow up.
And as she keeps growing, it keeps getting better.
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