His Until Midnight
by Nikki Logan
Published by Harlequin Kiss
Genre: romance, chick lit
Thanks to NetGalley for the preview
4 / 5
What would you do if you had less than one day to convince someone to choose you?
Audrey and Oliver have a standing luncheon every December 20th. (Don’t ask what prompted this particular day and celebration; it’s never fully explained. But it also doesn’t much matter.) They meet in Hong Kong at a swanky multi-starred restaurant and talk. They share details about their lives, professional and personal, and each struggles with the attraction felt for the other.
Oliver and Audrey’s husband have been best friends forever. In fact, Oliver was the best man at their wedding. Even so, he wants her. And Audrey, even though she is married and even though she cares about her husband, wants Oliver. It isn’t so much that her marriage is unhappy as much as it is unfulfilling. She wants more passion, but she is a faithful woman. Nothing will happen.
But then one December 20th, Audrey shows up for lunch with her life completely altered. She skipped the previous year’s meeting, and now she sits before Oliver, angry and hurt. As we come to discover what caused her to stay away from him, we also come to discover that Oliver was perhaps a best friend in name only. He knows something about Audrey’s husband that he has kept from her – something that could devastate her if she knew.
Simmering beneath the feelings of hurt and rancor is the immense sexual attraction these two have for each other. Actually, to reduce it merely to that is to reduce their relationship. They understand each other. Oliver thinks Audrey is “perfect”; she is intelligent, kind, self-effacing, and not caught up in her looks the way other beautiful, attractive women are. For her part, Audrey is drawn to Oliver. She trusts him and believes he has integrity.
As we read their story, we really want them to get together. Like, really a whole lot. For one thing, Oliver seems as if he would rock that headboard right into next month. And Audrey deserves to be the one he rocks it with.
Do they get together? Well, I won’t tell you that, but you are smart people, so I’m pretty sure you can suss this out.
I’ll be honest: when I started reading the book, I wasn’t sure I would like it. But I was drawn in to Audrey and Oliver’s story. I really liked her and I could see what Oliver found so appealing about her. I also liked Oliver, yummalicious man that he is. Nikki Logan knows how to write a compelling story, all the more admirable considering her characters stay in the same location for its duration.
This is a quick, enjoyable read.