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Firing away---until it misfires
Reviewed in the United States on October 12, 2021
Midnight Renegade was firing away for me. I loved the feistiness of the heroine Reegan and the longing of the hero Brody for her. They met when Reegan started college but Brody, overwhelmed by their intense connection, ghosted her. So when they meet years later in a BDSM club, Brody takes his chance to try to rebuild their connection. And all seems to be sailing along as they share some wonderfully fiery scenes together. But then…
…it turns out that Brody didn’t just ghost Reegan. He <<spoilers ahead>>
Started dating someone who turned out to be Reegan’s roommate that freshman year in college. And even though Brody supposedly felt terribly guilty about Reegan, once he found this out, he kept seeing her roommate and being physically intimate with her in their shared dorm room—while Reegan was there. Multiple, multiple times in multiple ways.
Now, anybody who’s shared a dorm room knows how close the beds are to one another and how awkward that situation can be. And somehow I’m supposed to believe that Brody cares so very much about Reegan ever since that magical night they met, yet he was perfectly willing to sleep with someone else **right by her.** And do a bunch of other stuff. Over and over.
Summers tries to cast this as appealing to their mutual voyeuristic tendencies, but for me, it totally killed the belief in Brody’s “longing” for her. I couldn’t believe in him, and what he did with her roommate—knowing his supposed strong feelings for Reegan—felt cruel. And when your trust in a protagonist is shattered, then the romance doesn’t work.
I’ve enjoyed so many of Summers’ books—and the previous books in this Dungeon Singles Night series have been great reads. But this one was a serious misfire for me. Maybe this premise will work for you. For me, I had to push through to the end of Midnight Renegade and hope Summers returns to the form I love in her next book.