Fade to Midnight
Shannon McKenna
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Fade to Midnight (McCloud Brothers)
Shannon McKenna
320 pages
June 2010
rated 4 1/2 of 5 possible stars

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Fade to Midnight is the dark, agonizing awakening of Kevin McCloud from a sullen, mysterious existence without a past and into a present-day rife with death, destruction and an overload of physical and emotional components that keep his head spinning. What he can remember of his life has been filled with pain and loneliness, his outer shell a broken, scarred reminder of the devastation that took so much from him, leaving his soul a mirror image to his exterior. With the intellect of a genius intellect and warrior skills that exceed those of the most-highly trained members of the military, it soon becomes obvious that Kev is not to be underestimated.

The steamy alpha-male McCloud clan has struggled for nearly two decades over the disappearance of one of their own. Whether Kevin McCloud was kidnapped, voluntarily disappeared, suffered from some memory-altering accident died, or had been murdered - the brothers’ imaginations spun limitless possibilities as to what befell him. Surprisingly, Edie Parrish was intimately (and unwittingly) aware of every detail of Kev’s life all the while, artistically dramatizing his existence in her top-selling Shadowseeker comic series. Through these graphic novels, fate will finally its rightful place in the lives of the McCloud brothers - and Edie Parrish.

Kev has never felt drawn to any particular woman because of his connection to his angel; she was always a source of light, guidance and relief in the most perilous moments of his life. He little expected the shocking outcome of finally meeting her in person - the lovely psychic Edie Parrish - and finding so much of his forgotten life that she is connected to—in a spider's web way—in his past, present and future. His love for her is deeper than most could ever claim. As the reality of their connection begins to sink in, she will also recognize her love for him.

Kev and Edie have little time to plumb the potential depth of their relationship. The mad scientists with whom Kev and Edie both butted heads in years past have targeted them for research yet again. If they get their test subjects, death is a guarantee. The situation is further complicated by the new, mentally unhinged scientists running the show, without any moral codes to hinder them.

Death and destruction overwhelm the scene as the McCloud clan reunites with their lost brother. New comrades step in to fight the war, and innocents fall en masse to a nearly unfathomable evil. In the face of everything, when a love so pure and genuine can be nearly wiped out by the surrounding devastation, then maybe evil has triumphed.

As with the several McCloud brother novels that predate Fade to Midnight, this steamy, action-packed adventure doesn’t miss a single hue on the emotional spectrum. Kevin McCloud has been the big question looming in the minds of dedicated series fans, and this final satiation on that front is superb. Not only has the displacement been creatively addressed, but the reconnection with the family is realistically handled. This is probably one of the more depressing and psychotic of the McCloud novels, yet it is worked in given the characters, events and all else that had to occur to create some closure. Fans might have room to hope for a forthcoming series addition since a new, sexy, well-liked adopted brother has now joined the McCloud ranks.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at www.curledup.com. © Sonia R. Polinsky, 2010

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