Midnight in Berlin (Jia’s review)


Title: Midnight in Berlin
Author: J.L. Merrow
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (2nd edition)
Release Date: August 24th, 2018.
Genre(s): Paranormal Romance, Werewolves
Page Count: 197
Reviewed by: Jia
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.25 stars out of 5

Blurb:

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.


This was a fun and exciting book. It’s a god mix where the romance isn’t necessarily the biggest part and has an interesting twist on the whole werewolf theme. Leon has to deal with being a part of a pack he knows nothing about after being bitten against his will. With contradicting emotions about the man who bit him, Leon still feels the need to find out what happened to Christoph. His gut feeling telling him that something’s not right…

I enjoyed Christoph and Leon’s interactions a lot. This book was well worth reading and it left an impression of being different from a lot of other werewolf stories out there with an unexpected twist.
The blurb is spot on and the book is written in first person narrative from Leon’s side. Unfortunately, Leon is way too chatty in his narrative for me and gives us a lot of information which is in line with the chattiness but not my cup of tea really. Still, I really like the story and the protagonists. Both Christoph and Leon are independent and strong characters although Cristoph knows what he wants while Leon is more in the limbo, travelling and working, before settling down. I like the differencies in their characters. The plot doesn’t drag but there’s one thread that I felt were left untied in the end, but I can live with that.

The story flowed well and it wasn’t too dark or too light. If anything, I merely wished there had been more of Christoph’s and Leon’s interactions before they got together. Just a lovely read all together.

Definitely recommended if you like werewolves!


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