Midnight in Berlin (Ana’s Review)

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Title: Midnight in Berlin
Author: JL Merrow
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: Aug 24, 2018
Genre(s): Werewolves/Shapeshifters
Page Count: 200 pages
Reviewed by: Ana
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5

One bad decision can change your life forever.

It’s midnight in Berlin, and drifter Leon is hitchhiking home in the rain, covered in feathers after a wild festival in the city park. He can’t believe his luck when he’s picked up by a hot guy in a Porsche. That is, until he learns his driver is a creature from his worst nightmares—and plans to turn him into one too. He runs, but he can’t escape the werewolf’s bite.

Christoph made one mistake, but he’s paying for it plenty. He took Leon for a rogue werewolf on his way home from a hunt, and by the time he realizes the truth, it’s too late to do anything but make Leon a monster to save his life. That doesn’t save Christoph from the pack leader’s harsh punishment.

As Leon struggles to cope with his horrifying new reality—and his mixed feelings for the man who bit him—he’s desperate to discover not only what’s happened to Christoph, but the secrets their pack leader is hiding from them all.

Secrets the pack will kill to protect.

Second Edition

First Edition published by Samhain Publishing, Ltd., February 2012.

This was a really good read. I liked the mystery and the moments of action it had. It mainly focuses on Leon and Christoph trying to find a way out of trouble and unraveling the secrets their pack leader is hiding from them.

Even though I really enjoy the book, the conflicts that were presented leave very little space for romance. On that matter I felt a little disappointed, mostly because I really would love to see Christoph in love. He seem so bitter all the time. He was such an intriguing character and I would love to see a little happiness in his life. I can’t say I care for Leon as much as I did for him. I even felt he wasn’t really a nice character and the prejudice in him was annoying. It was odd because the story was told from his point of view, which generally would make me like the character a little more, but in this case it was the opposite.

There were some lovely secondary characters. I was especially fond on Silke and Ulf, both were really sweet characters I wouldn’t mind getting to know them a little better.

The ending was little disappointing. It felt inadequate and underwhelming compare to how thrilling the whole story had been. It seem like the conflicts were solved way too easily and even though there was the promise of a more solid romance. I still felt like I was needing a lot more from the book. I did had some great times reading it and I think reader who like shifters stories would enjoy it as well.

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I love to read M/M books. I’m still doing a lot of catching up with some series and getting to know some authors. I love to read stories with dark themes, a lot of angst and complex characters. I’ve always been interested on how mental illness is portray in books, so I would probably read any book with that subject. Here are some of my favorite books