Hearts and flowers all the way in this last books in the Fantasyland series.
Noctorno Hawthorne is not in our universe anymore, he’s found himself fighting the good fight in a parallel one where electricity and cell phones do not exist but magic and his soul mate do. After he meets her and discovers her secrets he’s convinced they belong together, but can he persuade her to go back with him to his world?
Franka Drakkar has deep, dark secrets which she’s learned to live with since she was a child by putting on a cold, conniving and even ruthless guise to protect herself, but after a few drinks with Noc it slips and now she’s faced with his sweet tenderness, protectiveness and exciting invitation to go back with him. Can she admit she’s worthy of such things and accept his offer?
“But there was a reason I carried a midnight soul, for the evil contained in both my parents set their souls to cinders years ago. It was not a wonder I’d inherited the blackness.”
Midnight Soul was an unexpected but welcome story. I had read the first four books in the Fantasyland series back to back a while back and loved, LOVED, LO.VED. them, especially The Golden Dynasty. I could happily re-read that book a million times. I honestly thought that book #4 was the end of the series even knowing there were still some loose ends, mainly regarding the doppelgangers from the series that were in our world with unresolved love lives, so this is really a great read for Fantasyland fans because we get exactly that: a resolution of our world loves. Unfortunately though, this resolution, which I’ll not spoil you with, takes a bit away from our main characters.
Poor Franka, honestly, she got the short end of the stick with her parents and life in general. I met her in the previous books and wasn’t really a fan because she was painted in a very selfish, heartless light even though she did redeem herself and I wasn’t the only one who thought so. Every character in the Fantasyland series thought so except Noc, from our world, who saw through her mask and helped her and everyone else see the same goodness which everyone easily accepted after her secrets were revealed. Noc had his work cut out when it came to convincing Franka herself of her inner goodness.
“You don’t think you’re perfect but you are, Frannie. Every inch.”
Noc was the quintessential Kristen Ashley hero. A take charge alpha male through and through, sweet, tender and absolutely sexy with a slight grammar quirk. He’s patient, thoughtful and just all around perfect. Perhaps too perfect, which would explain the lack of angst, drama or anything else actually happening after he discovers Franka’s secrets at the beginning of the story. Don’t get me wrong, I loved having all the previous couples in the series back, especially Dax Lanh and Circe. It was great reading about how Noc introduced Franka into our world, but it’s mostly like an extended epilogue. So Fantasyland fans rejoice, for this is a wonderfully sweet ending to a most excellent adventure.
Midnight Soul is the fifth and last book in the Fantasyland series by Kristen Ashley. It is a standalone, full-length romance with lots of sizzling hot sexy times and ridiculously sweet loving moments which I STRONGLY recommend be read in order after the first 4 books. Told from several points of view, with a happy ending.
* I was given an ARC of this book courtesy of the author. The excerpts are from that copy. *