Fireworks at Midnight
by Tara Quan
A Witch’s Night Out
Heat Level: 4 Flames (Erotic)
RATING: 5 STARS
Reviewed by: Kristin Arpin
This book was unexpectedly hilarious and sexy and warm all at the same time. It was a pleasant surprise. The goofy, nerdy, neat-freak closet warlock (even to himself) would have been boring except with Cat the cat as his counterpoint, it works perfectly to have me roaring with laughter and eagerly wanting to read more of this book and more in this series. Once Leo gets to work, his nerdy nickname “comma hitler” at work for his constant insistence that the paralegals put commas in the right places and his friend Jack Frost III as a rich, entitled, misogynist combine to make an equally hilarious pair. It should be sad when a paralegal gets up to march to HR after overhearing their conversation but it was so funny because you can tell Jack is only doing it to bother her.
Later though, the goofy nerd gets all serious and determined to seduce his mystery date on his one night stand courtesy of Madame Eve set up by his friend Jack. Cat, however, is not so pleased that her sister set her up for a one night stand and is not pleased that it is her boss Leo who still doesn’t realize she is his familiar and he is a warlock. Sparks fly, literally, whenever Leo becomes excited at seeing Cat’s curves or touching her hand. Their chemistry is amazing and the sexual tension builds slowly over the evening as they first get to know each other and later as they decide how the evening should end. Both characters are somewhat opposites as Cat is a very strong woman who knows exactly what she wants and tends to be impulsive. Leo is methodical and particular. As they talk though it is obvious they have more in common than it seemed and much to share. They both have an opportunity to grow a little.
Recent college graduate and part-time cat familiar Dulcina “Sweets” Gato is having the worst New Year’s Eve in living memory. End of year expenses trigger serious cash flow problems, and her microwave just went up in smoke. To make matters worse, her best friend’s overprotective big brother is back in town, and his return threatens to put a huge crimper on her nocturnal activities. The only thing she can look forward to is Madame Eve’s 1-Night Stand service. After all, she’s sick and tired of being a 21-year-old virgin.
Enforcement Agent Mikal Knight is a warlock on a mission. Having finally scored a transfer to Washington, D.C., he’s now at liberty to pursue the object of his desires—his baby sister’s best friend. But first, he has a vigilante to track down and a mysterious matchmaking service to investigate. Sent on an undercover operation, he resigns himself to a pointless 1-Night Stand on New Year’s Eve. As luck would have it, his mystery date’s identity might let him kill several birds with one stone.