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4 I could never help wanting what I can t have Stars Stroke of Midnight is the first book in Andie J Christopher s One Night in South Beach series It s also the first book I have read by her, but it definitely won t be the last.Cole and Alana s story pretty much took off from the beginning, and the author delivered a sexy hot, sweet romance I love it when an alpha is given a chance to show his vulnerabilities and the last couple of chapters of this one made me want to give Cole a big ole 4 I could never help wanting what I can t have Stars Stroke of Midnight is the first book in Andie J Christopher s One Night in South Beach series It s also the first book I have read by her, but it definitely won t be the last.Cole and Alana s story pretty much took off from the beginning, and the author delivered a sexy hot, sweet romance I love it when an alpha is given a chance to show his vulnerabilities and the last couple of chapters of this one made me want to give Cole a big ole squeeze.I have one whinge, and that is I really didn t find much too like about Alana s brother and sister, so will be interested to see how their stories play out in the next two books Andie J Christopher s debut romance novel Stroke of Midnight begins on New Year s Eve in Miami Growing up in a Cuban traditional family, Alana Hernandez has to work harder and longer than the men in her family to prove that she deserves a top place in the family business It s particularly galling because her brother Javier, recovering from a bad breakup, is drinking and whoring it up and not pulling his weight at work, leaving her to fix his messes When her sister Carla convinces her to put Andie J Christopher s debut romance novel Stroke of Midnight begins on New Year s Eve in Miami Growing up in a Cuban traditional family, Alana Hernandez has to work harder and longer than the men in her family to prove that she deserves a top place in the family business It s particularly galling because her brother Javier, recovering from a bad breakup, is drinking and whoring it up and not pulling his weight at work, leaving her to fix his messes When her sister Carla convinces her to put the paperwork aside and head to a club with her for New Year s Eve, she s determined to make the most of it A sexy stranger, no names, and a one night stand that knocks her socks off is just what she needs to forget her trouble for a few hours But Cole Roberts, a retired Navy SEAL is hoping he ll see the woman who rocked his world again, and gets his wish when she turns out to be none other than his buddy Javi s little sister This story has a fairly typical romance storyline Alana s brother Javier warns Cole away from her but that doesn t stop them from indulging in a secret and very heated affair What makes it unique is the Cuban flair The setting of little Havana, the cultural expectations, the food, and the politics make for an enjoyable story background The family dynamics are a key part of the plot, Alana s relationship with her parents and siblings driving the story and making her affair with Cole the one place where she can be free to express herself fully Naturally there is conflict to overcome, and the reality that Cole is only in Miami for a vacation while he sorts out what to do next with his life means he has to make some decisions that will affect both his and Alana s future It s a good solid start to this series, and I m looking forward to readingby this author And one last note I m counting this one as my first success in the New to Me challenge I picked to do this year from All About Romances The AAR Seventeen in 17 Reading Challenge blog post I ve yet to decide if I ll mark it as debut romance or new to me author, since it technically qualifies for both.This review appears as a mini review at All About Romance 1.5 starsThis comes out of the gate strong When I read this on page 2 I think my kindle didn t display page numbers I was all in She was here, polishing a client proposal on New Year s Eve instead of binge watching Arrow because her brother had scheduled a client meeting next week and neglected to tell her about it until this morning because what show am I in the middle of watching on Netflix Yes, that is correct Arrow Sadly, Arrow is never mentioned again This has a lot of 1.5 starsThis comes out of the gate strong When I read this on page 2 I think my kindle didn t display page numbers I was all in She was here, polishing a client proposal on New Year s Eve instead of binge watching Arrow because her brother had scheduled a client meeting next week and neglected to tell her about it until this morning because what show am I in the middle of watching on Netflix Yes, that is correct Arrow Sadly, Arrow is never mentioned again This has a lot of potential, but it lurches along unevenly, like a stick shift driven by an inexperienced driver It s almost like the author couldn t decide if she was writing a romance or erotica.At first it was okay because I kind of liked the characters, but then I got sick of them, I got sick of the repetition and stupid secrets and the auxiliary characters who are nothing but stereotypes, and I started hoping this romance would have a plot twist where the h H don t end up together And that s never a good sign.Also She had expected him to take her once she really gave him the reigns Noooooooooooo REINS You Take The Reins.There are other minor typos, such a sentence missing a word, of instead of off, and so on I think the proofreaders took the day off when this book came through.And then there are lines like this His balls were empty, but his chest was full So, yeah There s that.Bonus content I ate a Cuban sandwich for lunch while I read this romance involving a half Cuban heroine 3.5 STARSA cute book but was too fast paced for me and whenever a book has a giant lack of communication, it always frustrates me One night New Year s Eve in Miami Even workaholic Alana Hernandez can t resist the call of the city, especially if it will get her little sister off her back But a night of celebrating turns into a night of mischief when an alluring stranger catches her eye across the dance floor No names Former Navy Seal Cole Roberts isn t looking for anything than a good time in Miami Since leaving the military and being betrayed by his former fianc e, he s not interested in unnecessary complications But the moment he sets eyes on the sultry beauty, Cole knows this night will be far from ordinary No going back Neither Cole nor Alana are looking for a relationship, so they strike a deal One night No names No repeats But things get complicated when their night of passion becomes something neither can walk away from If you re in the market for misogyny and chauvinism, hop on in No, but seriously the author was doing her best but she reinforced waaaay too many of the same ideas she was trying to confront Stroke of Midnight tried but did not succeed.Meet Alana, an overworked, introverted Cuban lady Her manwhore brother is having a major spiraling depressive episode and has left her to do 80% of his work at the family business in addition to her own Meanwhile Alana s chauvinist father is browbeating her fo If you re in the market for misogyny and chauvinism, hop on in No, but seriously the author was doing her best but she reinforced waaaay too many of the same ideas she was trying to confront Stroke of Midnight tried but did not succeed.Meet Alana, an overworked, introverted Cuban lady Her manwhore brother is having a major spiraling depressive episode and has left her to do 80% of his work at the family business in addition to her own Meanwhile Alana s chauvinist father is browbeating her for failing to do the only thing a woman is good for making babies.Meet Cole, a self indulgent, self hating macho man He thinks he s trash because one woman humiliated him one time, so clearly he must be awful He sleeps around in order to mask his massive insecurities As Chbosky so famously said We accept the love we think we deserve Alana and Cole have a one night stand Then surprise It turns out Cole is one of Alana s manwhore brother s friends Manwhore brother basically pees on Alana in some kind of nasty territorial display, sending the message that it s okay to treat women like sex objects unless the woman is his sister Right on Obviously Cole and Alana continue to sleep together Shit goes down Supposedly they get a Happily Ever After Supposedly.Where do I start with Stroke of Midnight So much to unpack, so little patience.Firstly, this is probably the single worst iteration of the best friend s sibling trope I ve ever read Alana s brother, Javi, is an absolute Neanderthal He s beyond disgusting And while it is brought up at the very end of the book that Javi is clearly projecting his own manwhore issues into Cole, it s still a big yikes The Dark Moment of this novel is a scene in which Javi tracks down Cole and Alana, barges into their condo, drags them out of bed, calls Cole trailer trash and other delightful things, and proceeds to physically assault Cole while a naked Alana watches.Like What the fuck No And if the author honestly expects me to read the next book in the series, which is about Javi She better have another think coming Beyond that, though, this book does a lot of other things that really got me steamed.For one thing, Christopher fully buys into the combination of misogyny and not like other girls rhetoric that often go hand in hand Every woman in this book is highlighted as a shallow, coke addicted slut, whereas Alana is shy and introverted and purely beautiful in her minimal makeup Fuck that As I ve said numerous times before and probably will have to say again if you think that needlessly dragging down other women is the way to make your female protagonist interesting special whatever KEEP THINKING.And on a related but slightly different point I hate books that fetishize innocence as if that makes your main character worthy of love or something Alana is beautiful but she doesn t know it She s a natural at sex but she has no experience She s amazing and interesting but has no clue But she learns all this as soon as Cole arrives and tells her so Nope Women don t need a man to be the vehicle of their own self actualization It s entirely possible for a woman to be smart, beautiful, sexy, and worthy and to KNOW that she is all those things without a single man telling her so Women don t need men to save their self esteem women need men to partner with them in the pursuit of further joy and fulfillment.Again I feel like Christopher was trying to convey all these points, but it doesn t work The misogyny displayed by the characters is subtly reinforced by the structure of the narrative itself, and the challenges to that harmful thinking come too late and without much resolution For instance, I don t think we actually see Alana s brother apologize for being an abusive creep Stroke of Midnight is well written, but it s not a good book This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here 4 Solid StarsThis was my first read by this author and won t be my last, I really liked this story a lot The writing was great, the storyline flowed very well with no dull moments, I enjoyed BOTH characters as well as left intrigued by the secondary.What I didn t like at times was the rather low opinions that Cole had of himself I felt he was a bit OTT with the I am not good enough trope, that got old fast I would have liked a bitangst because as much as I loved them, I felt tha 4 Solid StarsThis was my first read by this author and won t be my last, I really liked this story a lot The writing was great, the storyline flowed very well with no dull moments, I enjoyed BOTH characters as well as left intrigued by the secondary.What I didn t like at times was the rather low opinions that Cole had of himself I felt he was a bit OTT with the I am not good enough trope, that got old fast I would have liked a bitangst because as much as I loved them, I felt that the storyline could have been amped up a bit in the right way just to get it up to the next level of excitement but all in all a good low angst and fairly drama free read.I loved the Epilogue BUT would have liked so muchI am planning to read Javi s book even though his character for me was sort of ehhhhhhh, not sure I liked him or his manwhoring ways, lol, but I am hoping to getof a glimpse into Alana and Coles future New Year s Eve one night stand into something much bigger I enjoyed this one Liked it a lot It was hot, funny Loved when Alana s sister would not allow her workaholic sister to spend New Years Eve at work So she finally went out The last thing she expects to do is hook up with a total stranger But for one night it might be just what she needs Let loose Live a littleand she did That s until she met her no name, fun one night man again Former Navy SEAL Cole Roberts was not in the mood to go out, but meeting up with his buddy for a little fun..he could do It wa Liked it a lot It was hot, funny Loved when Alana s sister would not allow her workaholic sister to spend New Years Eve at work So she finally went out The last thing she expects to do is hook up with a total stranger But for one night it might be just what she needs Let loose Live a littleand she did That s until she met her no name, fun one night man again Former Navy SEAL Cole Roberts was not in the mood to go out, but meeting up with his buddy for a little fun..he could do It was one women who caught his eye When Alana and Cole left they agreed no names What happened afterwards was a shock to them both See what happens I would have likedrelationship development before an ILY, but if this was a debut novel it wasn t bad I straight up hate the brother, though, so if he s a hero later, I m going to have a real hard time with that. 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