Just Before Midnight

A Tale of Love, Romance, Treachery and Treason

Fiction - Chick Lit
596 Pages
Reviewed on 04/25/2013
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Author Biography

Charles S. Viar is the chairman of the Center for Intelligence Studies, a non-partisan public educational institution located in Washington, DC, dedicated to the intelligence dimension of national security.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Natasha Jackson for Readers' Favorite

Alicia is having a bad day. Fresh off the boat from small town Connecticut, she lands in big bad Washington D.C., to sit in the sweltering heat because the love she moved to be with has abandoned her. This is how we are introduced to Alicia in Charles Viar’s "Just Before Midnight". With less than $100 to her name, Alicia is saved by the enigmatic Alex de Vris. Getting her back on her feet with a prestigious job, Alicia is grateful, enthralled and totally impressed by the handsome man. But when D.C. becomes a little too much like the D.C. of today, Alicia must decide if Alex is a man she can trust with her life and her heart.

"Just Before Midnight" combines so many of my favorite elements that it was virtually impossible not to like it. It is a little bit romance and a little bit suspense and thriller and a lot of fun. Although at first it takes quite some time for the book to get “really good” the foundation is great. It gives readers the chance to know Alicia and Alex and find out things about them that will help us understand their actions later in the story. The suspense was fantastic to the point I found it worth hitting the “snooze button” several times after a late night of intrigue and romance. If you are looking for your standard romance tale, this isn't it. This is romance for the political junkie. If you spend your days yelling at anchors on Fox News or MSNBC, this is the kind of romance novel that will not only touch your heart, but keep it racing right to the very end.