Fantasyland Book Five; Not a standalone
Release Date: August 15, 2016
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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.
MIDNIGHT SOUL is full of beauty. Beauty of character, of love, of strength, and of happily ever afters. There is an abundance of resilience woven deep into the heart of the story that it becomes more than just a love story. Kristen Ashley again transports the reader into this fantastical series, starting nearly where the last ended. Throughout, it maintains the same whimsical feeling and hope for one true love that the rest have spectacularly delivered on. With lyrical prose and fleshed-out characters, we immediately see the beauty that is Franka and Noc.
What you expect from Franka is not what you will get; she is diamond to be mined, waiting to be set free. KA beautifully spins her story, taking us into the heartbreaking journey of one very brave woman and the other-world man who can see underneath it all. The bond that grows between the two over time is magical in its strength and the perfect foundation for their love. Noc is like all other KA heroes in that he’s positive that she’s worth it (which is one thing that always warms my heart about the men she writes), and he has no qualms in providing proof for her to acknowledge that. It’s his duty to do so, and it’s Franka’s to accept.
Experiencing the first four in the series with the women adjusting to this parallel universe, KA flips it by having us experience our world from Franka’s perspective which was both fun and comical. I can tell that she enjoyed showing us everything that Franka is because it shows in her writing. The transformation of this once-misunderstood character is awe-inspiring. I fell in love with her spirit immediately, and it wasn’t because Noc opened her eyes to who she truly is, but that she came to admire and accept it wholeheartedly by seeing it herself.
We don’t experience just one love story in MIDNIGHT SOUL; we get many. Both of old and new characters that we’ve come to know and love, and ones that we never expected to see. We get to re-experience the bounty that all characters have amassed and there is no other word for it than pure beauty. I’m a huge fan of this series and what it speaks to, and this book was pure magic. I did not want it to end and I am still not ready to know that I may not see these characters again except in re-reads (which are done fairly often). Whether you love fantasy or not, this is a must-read series. MIDNIGHT SOUL was everything and more, and it does this series justice. Another unputdownable love story that promotes sisterhood, family, adventure, and love. One that I won’t soon forget.
“I’m a member of a House, your House, may I remind you,” Franka’s father returned.
“You’re a monster,” Noc clipped.
The man turned his gaze to Noc. “And you’re a peasant who I’ve not given leave to speak to me.”
Noc opened his mouth but Frey got there before him.
“Are you unfamiliar with the Prince of Hawkvale?” he asked.
“I know of these secrets,” the asshole fired back, a sneer twisting his lips, “and this is not the heir to the throne of Hawkvale.” He indicated Noc with his arm. “This man is nothing.”
“This man saved you from slavery at the hands of Minerva and her minions,” Frey retorted. “This man has the ear of the Queen. The Princess. And The Drakkar. This man is twin to the heir of Hawkvale. This man is far from nothing.”
“You can pretty him up as much as you like, nephew, but his manner, his speech. He may look like a prince of our world, but he’s far from that. He’s simply common,” Franka’s father returned.
“Cease speaking,” Frey ordered.
“You are who you are, Frey, but I’m your uncle, your elder, and you never have leave to speak to me in that manner,” Franka’s father retorted.
“Cease…” Frey leaned forward and thundered, “speaking.”
That was all the asshole got out before Frey was across the room with his hand wrapped around the guy’s throat, his feel lifted two feet from the ground, and he was slammed into a shelving unit so hard, all the bottles swayed and four crashed to the ground.
“I said…cease speaking,” Frey repeated through clenched teeth.
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♦ABOUT THE AUTHOR♦
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 accessorise 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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