Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Midnight Becomes You

by Michelle O'Neill & Lindsey Bayer

Genre: Torrid Romance Science Fiction
EBook formats ISBN: 978-1-60313-066-0
Trade paperback ISBN: 978-1-60313-065-3

Rating: Erotic Romance - Explicit

Michelle O’Neill and Lindsey Bayer’s Midnight Becomes You begins with Lyric Sage’s rainy commute to work. The authors do a fantastic job of introducing readers to the world of the paranormal. Readers discover Lyric has gone through a testing process in hopes of being hired by the NSA. As she leaves her apartment for a job interview, she is surprised that her application with the NSA has brought FBI agents to her door. They aren’t there to offer her the position she applied for, though. Because of her perfect score on the precognition section of the test, they offer her a position with the NSA’s secret division, Midnight Underground. She makes a reckless decision, one of many in this story, and accepts.

Her first day with Midnight Underground brings her in contact with Lucifer Tanner. Lucifer’s telekinesis has an erotic impact on Lyric when she has a disturbing vision of them together in bed. Unwilling to admit she really has psychic abilities, despite all evidence to the contrary, Lyric fights Lucifer as he tries to force her to master her previously ignored skills. Lucifer forcing Lyric to use her psychic abilities becomes one of the main themes of the story.

It is a bit difficult to understand Lyric’s intense denial of her psychic abilities. Her motivation is weak, and her objections against using her abilities come across as forced. After several bad decisions, which do not endear this reader to the heroine, she finally gets passed her conflict with Lucifer and figures out her powers.

There is an odd scene where Lucifer takes Lyric to bed after she passes out during training. It appears as if he uses his telekinesis to sexually molest her. She objects at first, but the conflict doesn’t interfere with the pair’s attraction with each other, which seems odd. As he pushes her to use her powers, their attraction for each other comes to a peak, and they give in to their desires. During their sexual exploits, Lyric is able to use Lucifer to concentrate her power and increase the focus of her visions. As she does, she becomes the target of another psychic who wants to steal Lyric’s power.

Together, the pair face-off with a psychotic who is bent on their destruction.

3 1/2 Bees out of 5

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