Title: Midnight Secrets (Wildefire, Book One)
Author: Ella Grace
Expected Release Date: April 30, 2013
ARC provided by NetGalley
AT THE STROKE OF MIDNIGHT, THE HEAT BEGINS
On a hot southern night, with a storm on the horizon, a family is shattered. Three beautiful daughters—Savannah, Samantha, and Sabrina Wilde—go on with their lives, each significantly changed, as they bear the memory of the murder-suicide that killed their parents. For years, they have stayed away from Midnight, Alabama. Until Midnight calls them home.
Savannah is the first one back, when a grueling case in Nashville leads the young prosecutor to seek shelter in the quiet of the once grand Wilde mansion. But when she finds letters casting doubt on her family’s dark, shameful past, she realizes that peace in Midnight is a shallow façade and sinister secrets lurk beneath the surface. Zach Tanner, once the town’s bad boy, is now the new police chief and still has a wild hold over her. Zach can feel it, too, but he hurt Savannah once. As teenagers, they broke every rule together. Now it’s his job to keep her safe, even though he isn’t sure who her enemies are—or which ones might be his own.
The plot recipe of Midnight Secrets is not very different and lacks some originality. Small southern town with a mysterious killer who has gotten away with murder for years. Rich family with three orphaned sisters raised by a loving grandfather. Add a sexy bad boy from the wrong side of the tracks who has a thing for one of the beautiful sisters, and you have yourself a story.
But the pacing of Midnight Secrets keeps me reading. And I become attached to the loving relationship between the sisters and the budding relationship between Zach and Savannah when they were only teenagers. Ella Grace does a stellar job portraying young love--those that can be filled with illusions and disappointments and heartbreak. And the hope of second chances and the healing that family can give us when we need a shoulder to cry on.
After the death of her grandfather, Savannah arrives to pack up his home. The place where she had long ago given away her heart to Zach Tanner--the boy who left town without a word and always felt he wasn't good enough for the likes of Savannah Wilde.
But during her stay, Savannah's suspects that something isn't quite right regarding her parents murder-suicide that happened over a decade ago. When she starts asking questions, it's blatantly obvious that someone wants those secrets to remain buried.
Zach has also returned to Midnight, Alabama and is now the town's sheriff. Both are thrown together to figure out the secrets of the past and their combustible sexual chemistry is hard to deny. But time is running out as a killer stalks the streets to protect his or her identity and the bloody truth about Savannah's parents death.
Fans who love their books filled with suspense and enjoy a side of steamy romance will fall for the southern charm of Zach Tanner and the twisty turn of events at the story's climax.
I can see myself returning back to Midnight, Alabama to see what happens to the other Wilde sisters in this new series.