Title: Midnight Reflections
Author: PM Richter
Published November 2010
Julia’s midnight reflections actually happened about four in the morning. She was far from home, lonely, watching a handsome man sleeping in her bed at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Robin, the handsome sleeping man, had put himself in terrible danger so she could solve a mystery. She had managed to rescue him, but now she was feeling guilty as hell.
Julia was playing a dangerous undercover role herself, working to complete her late brother’s manuscript for a famous movie producer, while trying to find out why her brother was murdered. The other mystery was who this man, Robin, really was. She feared he might be much more than the simple mechanic he proclaimed himself to be. Can she really trust him?
Robin, while helping her in the investigation, actually is playing a role of his own, hiding his true identity, trying to win her heart.
Together, Julia and Robin manage to uncover information so explosive they are forced to flee a furiously angry and influential politician, who rules an army of people willing to do anything to get in his good graces. Even murder.
Here’s my brief summary of the story.
Julia went to a county Los Angeles hospital when she learned that her brother was brutally beaten. She had her brother moved to Cedars Sinai – the hospital for the rich & famous. It so happened that Julia’s car got towed due to illegal parking at the hospital. When she went to the impound yard to claim her BMW, it was dented and damaged. Luckily, Robin, the dazzlingly handsome guy Julia saw from the tow area, followed her and offered help when her car broke down.
Julia thought Robin was a mechanic. Little did she know that Robin was actually a big time lawyer and was the son of a well-loved senator. But Robin kept up with his disguise & even placed bets with his buddies that Julia would swoon for him in a matter of weeks.
As expected, the two crossed paths again when Julia decided to take her brother’s unfinished business in Aaron Quijada’s mansion, a famous movie producer. Her brother helped ghost-write Quijada’s memoir but soon discovered something horrible & incriminating about his employer that’s why he had been mysteriously silenced forever (but not until Julia heard his last words before dying).
Julia’s quest in finding the truth brought her to a world where nobody escapes alive. But during her journey, Robin was always beside her. In the end, Julia was able to find justice for his brother, but she felt she was blindsided when she discovered about Robin’s true identity. Will she find love after all this time?
I must say, I literally started reading Midnight Reflections at midnight just to get the feel of it and boy, oh boy! I was hooked!
At first I thought this was a very heavy drama kind of story because I already cried on the first few paragraphs. Julia’s love for her brother was so intense that you can’t really help but cry after knowing what happened to the good lad. On the succeeding pages, my tears had dried up because the romantic kind of love between Julia and a “mechanic” was introduced.
I had a great 2 days reading this novel. I was so engrossed with the story that I actually thought I was holding a Nora Roberts book.. Yes, she’s that good! P.M. Richter had me glued to my seat. Although I already knew who the main antagonist was, I still felt my blood rushed with excitement after taking in the strategy that Julia and Robin took in order to pin & apprehend Quijada. And I was very well pleased with how Julia and Robin settled things between them. Honestly, I didn’t want the book to end.
I highly recommend Midnight Reflections to anyone and everyone who wants to read romance with a real story in it. Good job PM Richter.