Midnight Kiss in an interracial romance that takes place after the Civil War. Matt is a war hero who is in need of a good woman to love him and take care of his biracial children. Needless to say, that’s a tall order in 19th century Missouri. Four years earlier, his Black wife, the love of his life, died. It left him heart broken and alone with their two young children.
April has just been thrown out of her mistress’s home under false accusations of theft. With nowhere to go, April stows away on a steamboat to find opportunity. Matt, who is working on the steamboat, sees the beautiful stowaway and confronts her. Could this woman be the answer for him and his family? He must earn her trust and hopefully her heart.
April is understandably suspicious of this white man who offers to hide her in his cabin. However, what other recourse does she have? Matt can tell that April is an honest and chaste woman. He wants this woman in his life, but he must convince her first. April has never been treated with the respect and loving care that Matt shows her. His gentlemanly nature constantly surprises her. Can she trust this white man?
Matt takes April to his home in Missouri. April is shocked to see Matt’s mulatto children! However, she agrees to be the children’s nanny and housekeeper. April is determined to keeps things professional until another caregiver can take her place. However, the growing mutual attraction slowly breaks down her barriers.
Matt works for his older brother who can barely tolerate Matt’s taste in women—black women. The brothers enter into an agreement with a banker who unknowingly to Matt and his brother, has political ambitions to see the South rise again. Danger ensues in the mists of this budding love story.
I love the concept of a good man looking for a wife. Matt is a sexy alpha make that takes care of his family. Matt will fight and defend April and the children anywhere. The sex scenes were wholesome and realistic.
Overall, the story flowed well. The author really developed the characters well through their actions, emotions and different scenes. I would liked to know more about April’s past. She was practically a “governess” to Matt’s children. I’m not sure if that’s realistic unless the author explains this spectacular Black woman. That really would have completed this work. Nevertheless, this is a satisfying romance, and I look forward to the sequel.
-Reviewed by Pamela