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Fire and Midnight by Sandra Renee Appet

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He could be her best worst decision…

With a glass of wine in hand, Jane Keegan’s finger is poised to delete the account her pushy BFF created for her on “The Cowboys” escort service website. Sure, she’s lonely, but not desperate. Then an image of sky-blue eyes and warm, tanned muscles jumps off the screen. And she finds herself hitting the “Book Now” button.

After all, why not? She’s a free, divorced woman on business in San Antonio. There’s nothing to lose…except her nerve. Especially when Mr. Tall Dark And Incredibly Sexy meets her at a River Walk bar—and his only-for-you smile turns her insides into a quivering mass of second thoughts.

Ryan Zeigler is enduring one last escort assignment as a favor before hanging up his Cowboys hat to run his own restaurant. Yet there’s something about the pretty New Yorker’s vulnerable grin and I’ve-got-baggage eyes that halts his usual dating M.O. in its tracks.

When Ryan sweetens the deal—no strings, no payment expected—Jane the good girl takes the bold step of letting her vixen out to play. But when it’s time to go home, her heart is at a crossroads. Is Ryan the real deal? Or is she letting yet another man take her heart for a ride?



Excerpt:
 

Ryan eased her body against his car. Warmth from the metal of the door seeped through her thin skirt, doing nothing to cool down her heated skin. “You’re sexy, intelligent, and a hell of a lot of fun, and it’s taking every ounce of self-control for me to not kiss you, right here and now,” he said, his voice low and silky.

 

The air slipped from Jane’s lungs. She searched his face, wondering if he meant the words as a joke. She tried to look away, but his body was so close to hers that he dominated her field of vision, from the white shirt stretched over his broad shoulder, with a smattering of dark hair peeking from his unbuttoned collar, to his stubbled jaw and his full lips.

 

God, those lips. She needed him to kiss her more than she needed to draw a fresh breath of air into her lungs. But what if she wasn’t good at it? She hadn’t kissed any man other than Nick in … how long? Almost twenty years?

 

Querida.” He hooked his thumb under her chin, challenging her to meet his gaze.

 

“I love when you say that,” she whispered.

 

Querida,” he repeated slower and trailed his fingers up her cheek and threaded them through her hair to the nape of her neck, pulling her closer.

 

She froze.

 

“What’s wrong?” he asked, capturing her stare.

 

“It’s just…” Truth seemed to be her only option. “This is embarrassing to admit, but I haven’t kissed anyone else in a very long time.”

 

“It’s just like riding a bicycle.”

 

“That’s easy for you to say.”

 

“And it’ll be easy for you to do, especially with those lips.” The palm of his free hand cupped her face, and he traced her bottom lip with his thumb. “Like I said, I’ve wanted to kiss you all night. Actually, all day and all night.”

 

Everything became dark as Ryan leaned in closer. His intoxicating scent overpowered Jane’s senses as his lips brushed hers, feather-soft, as if he was testing her. She opened her mouth just a little as a slow heat blanketed her body.

 

“Just like a bicycle,” he repeated and reclaimed her lips.

 

As if they knew exactly where to go, her hands snaked around his back, locking her body into his embrace. She whimpered into his mouth as his tongue began a leisurely exploration of her mouth.

 

Holy crap. Not only had it been a long time since she kissed someone else, it had been a very long time, maybe never, since someone had kissed her like that.

 

After a minute, Ryan pulled away but kept his hand on her chin. “Well, was it?” he murmured.

 

Jane’s eyes were still closed as she savored the kiss. “Was it what?” she asked, wishing time would stop so that they could remain leaning against his car on this quiet street forever.

 

“Was it just like riding a bike?”

 

She smiled. “I’m not sure. I think you’d better try it again so I can take off the training wheels.”

 

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  1. Fire and Midnight is a romantic and sweet story, this is what a love story is ... 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 2nd Jan 2018

    Fire and Midnight is a romantic and sweet story, this is what a love story is about. I love Jane and Ryan together. It was hard to put the book down, I highly recommend this book. I look forward to more books by Ms. Appet.

    Review copy was received for an honest opinion.


  2. Well Written and Engaging 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 2nd Jan 2018

    Appet has written a gem of a novel with wonderful plotting and well rounded characters. I enjoyed the interesting trope and the genuine characters.

    I highly recommend this book to fans of the contemporary romance genre.

    I voluntarily read and reviewed a complementary copy of this book.


  3. A really lovely story 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 2nd Jan 2018

    I voluntarily reviewed a complementary copy from the author with no obligation.

    I haven't read any of this author's work before, but I loved this book. The story flowed nicely, and I was drawn to the characters from the word go. They were like real people facing real problems and real life situations.
    It was a really great read that had me not wanting to put the book down or for the story to end.


  4. Wonderful romance read and my new book boyfriend! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 2nd Jan 2018

    WOW! My new book boyfriend’s name is Ryan “Reyo” Zeigler. Half Mexican, half German, beautiful, sexy, smart and loving. This story has everything I want in a romance!
    FIRE AND MIDNIGHT by Sandra Renee Appet is a beautifully written contemporary romance about a divorcee who is all work now that she has an empty nest and she believes her time for love has passed her by and a gorgeous ex-escort who was very successful, but only did the job for the money to realize his dream of his own restaurant.
    Janes Keegan’s divorce is final and her son is off to college. When she has to take a trip to San Antonio from NY for business, her BFF informs her she set her up with an account on “The Cowboys”, an exclusive, high-end escort service. She is not comfortable with this idea and is about to delete her account when she views a blue-eyed, dark haired arresting man and she presses “Book”.
    Ryan “Reyo” Ziegler’s dream has always been to open his own restaurant on the San Antonio River Walk. He has stripped and then been an escort, always working towards his dream and now that Vine is open and doing well he is done with that empty life. He told his old boss he was done, but she left his profile up and she now asks him to do this one last job. He is intrigued by Jane’s picture and bio and agrees to this last escort.
    When Jane and Ryan meet in person, there is an instant attraction, but also the feeling of being comfortable with each other. Ryan doesn’t want Jane to think he is only interested in the money and makes a deal with her - no strings, a fun relaxing weekend and her payment refunded. When their weekend is up, Ryan wants to continue to see where their relationship will go. Jane has to decide if she truly believes Ryan wants her or if this is just a beautiful dream that has to end.
    This romance had my emotions all over the place. Ryan is a hot, sexy hero, who is everything a woman could want and Jane has all the insecurities and strengths of a middle aged divorcee trying to put herself first for a change. Ms. Appet brings this H/h to life with realistic situations, extended family and friends, and a love that survives and strengthens with every trial. This is a beautiful romance!
    Written for and posted first on The Romance Reviews.com.


  5. Great Love Story!! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 2nd Jan 2018

    Wow what a feel good story. Jane so to turn 40 recently divorced with a son in collage thought she would be alone for the rest of her life.She had her career to keep her busy. Then on business she takes a trip to Texas. Her best friend set her up with an escort service The Cowboys out of Texas. She doesn't want to go through with it but she thinks she will just meet him and cancel. Then She meets 31 year old Ryan with a hot bod and the bluest blue eyes. They have a connection, can they see where it will go. She lives in NY and he in Austin. Can they work it out?. This is a must read it pulls you in with it's story and won't let you go, it was a feel good, warm read. A true love story. I received this as an ARC and voluntarily reviewed it. I was pleasantly surprised.


  6. **4 Business or Pleasure, Stars** 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 2nd Jan 2018

    "Come with me. Please." She stared into his blue eyes and forgot every reason why she should say no. She forgot that she was getting far too attached to the man before her, this sexy man with eyes the color of a calm Caribbean ocean."

    Not typically one to read a book in third person POV, this was surprisingly smooth in text. I found that it read more like a first person/dual POV and therefore giving a sense of self and realism as I turned each page.

    Truly, I got lost in this book. It was one of those stories where as soon as I started reading, the world around me just melted away and all that I pictured was the words unfolding into a beautiful second-chance love story where a woman who thought she had nothing left to give the world around her finds she's more than she ever imagined...to the right man.

    "She's not even in your league."

    And if taken at face value, Jane Keegan is in a league all her own.

    "Confidence radiated from the woman in the mirror. After years of feeling not quite good enough, it was a rush to know she was not only good enough but was also wanted by a sexy-as-sin man who was willing to wait all night for her."

    Now, I can't discount Ryan Zeigler either...that man is exactly what every woman would want in a man. Forget the past, and the entire reason they met in the first place...Ryan is genuinely amazing and despite the age gap, he's mature and knows exactly what he wants.

    Jane.

    "I want you, and I want to be tied down to you. God, that sounds sexy. I want to make this work." He tipped his forehead to hers. "Will you try?"

    Huge kudos to Appet for her beautiful style and ability to make a book I was worried about reading (because third-person POV is dreadful) into a story that I will recommend to my friends. I look forward to reading more from her.


  7. Fun escapism in a romance novel 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 2nd Jan 2018

    Super fun to read! I read it in one reading; I couldn't put it down.


  8. Drool worthy hero 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 2nd Jan 2018

    Fire and Midnight is a story that draws the reader in from the moment the characters meet. Their chemistry is off the charts, and Ryan (aka Reyo) will leave you wishing he was actually real :)


  9. LASR 3 Star Review

    Posted by on 8th Jun 2017

    Meddling best friends get their partners in crime into the most embarrassing and enjoyable situations. Copious glasses of wine, a pushy friend, and more than a bit of loneliness after her divorce, get Jane to try a Cowboy escort. Of course, she gets more than she bargained for from this unusual date and wraps up the year during the holiday season with more than one surprise!

    Ryan Zeigler is hot, mature, a successful businessman, and one of the most caring, family-loving men to come across many women’s path. With his Spanish background, he offers a charming mix of San Antonio to Jane’s palette, and her activities. The chemistry between him and Jane is sparking with electricity…and self-doubt. The sex scenes leave that doubt in the dirt 99% of the time to produce consensual, empowering scenes that feel intimate and personal rather than run of the mill. This partnership is made to last and its shown through each intentional, confidence-building move that Ryan makes.

    Jane, on the whole, is a woman who has seen better days in her personal life and her personal approach to life. She needs revitalising and to be shown how to enjoy life again. I love that Ryan is the man to electrify her into the woman she should be, but I hate that very often alcohol is behind her decisions. Often, she is very passive in the face of a fork in the road, and this smacks both of a lack of confidence, and of an old-fashioned approach to relationships.

    Of course, family and Jane’s pesky self-doubt as the older, divorced woman, puts a spanner in the works for the couple, which they must overcome long-distance. A tricky obstacle. This was where the book was lacking for me. The magical date scenes, the beauty of place and atmosphere in the getting-to-meet-you scenes were wonderful, truly immersive. The obstacles the couple must overcome are more run of the mill – predictable – and take a long time. The book could have been a good third shorter and still covered the ground it aimed to, while making the plot much more succinct and enjoyable. For me, the book wandered too much after the first major obstacle and became more of a tick the boxes approach to traditional romance: marriage, kids, family life, working life, and the white picket fence. I suspect much of my reluctance here is due to my experiences and age. I’m not an almost thirty woman looking to settle down and I’m not looking for that traditional passive, inexperienced female and super-experienced male sex king, relationship. That’s not my ideal and doesn’t chime with my values.

    For many others, Fire and Midnight will tick the boxes of their dream man and their dream life. Certainly, the locations of San Antonio and its River Walk are almost Venice-like in the beauty of the picture which is painted, and the loving relationship which is begun under its roofs. This place and lifestyle is what I fell in love with, and I’m sure many other readers will swoon at the chance to experience the lifestyle painted in the rivers, gondolas and eateries, all with splashes of Spanish charm.


  10. The Romance Review 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 27th Feb 2017

    WOW! My new book boyfriend's name is Ryan "Reyo" Zeigler. Half Mexican, half German, beautiful, sexy, smart and loving. This story has everything I want in a romance! FIRE AND MIDNIGHT by Sandra Renee Appet is a beautifully written contemporary romance about a divorcee who is all work now that she has an empty nest and she believes her time for love has passed her by and a gorgeous ex-escort who was very successful, but only did the job for the money to realize his dream of his own restaurant. Jane Keegan's divorce is final and her son is off to college. When she has to take a trip to San Antonio from NY for business, her BFF informs her she set her up with an account on "The Cowboys", an exclusive, high-end escort service. She is not comfortable with this idea and is about to delete her account when she views a blue-eyed, dark-haired arresting man and she presses "Book". Ryan "Reyo" Ziegler's dream has always been to open his own restaurant on the San Antonio River Walk. He has stripped and then been an escort, always working towards his dream and now that Vine is open and doing well, he is done with that empty life. He told his old boss he was done, but she left his profile up and she now asks him to do this one last job. He is intrigued by Jane's picture and bio and agrees to this last escort. When Jane and Ryan meet in person, there is an instant attraction, but also the feeling of being comfortable with each other. Ryan doesn't want Jane to think he is only interested in the money and makes a deal with her - no strings, a fun relaxing weekend and her payment refunded. When their weekend is up, Ryan wants to continue to see where their relationship will go. Jane has to decide if she truly believes Ryan wants her or if this is just a beautiful dream that has to end. This romance had my emotions all over the place. Ryan is a hot, sexy hero, who is everything a woman could want and Jane has all the insecurities and strengths of a middle-aged divorcee trying to put herself first for a change. Ms. Appet brings this H/h to life with realistic situations, extended family and friends, and a love that survives and strengthens with every trial. This is a beautiful romance! - See more at: http://www.theromancereviews.com/viewbooksreview.php?bookid=24154#sthash.hHGPiSpY.dpuf


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