Bright Like Midnight by J. Wolf ~ Review

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I’m not sure where to even begin. Bright Like Midnight was so much more than I ever anticipated.

After reading Soft Like Thunder and seeing how Zadie and Amir met, I was next level intrigued as to how their story would play out, and Wolf delivered tenfold. Zadie and Amir were a raging inferno of chemistry.

Zadie is incredibly sweet with a growing sense of sass. She’d been through things that could have turned her bitter and angry, but she stayed true to herself and became a ray of sunshine to everyone around her. She was shyer and more reserved than her friends, and as I read, I got a front-row seat to see her discover an inner strength she didn’t know she possessed.

Amir was, to put it mildly, complicated. He was not your typical college student. In some ways, Amir had two personalities: a brilliant college student and a darker, more dangerous side. He had a commanding presence, and when he spoke, people paid attention. He wore a mask, not allowing others to see him for all of his amazingness; it was as if he were acting. Meeting Zadie seemed to bring out another side, a hot AF possessive alpha-hole that made me swoon with every murdery threat.

The chemistry between Zadie and Amir was palpable in the previous book, but it paled in comparison to the inferno that burned between them. On the surface, it would appear that they would not be compatible, but it felt as if they were made for each other. They had a strong physical attraction, but it was so much more. They were each other’s peace, her his light, and he her safe haven.

My feelings were invested in Amir and Zadie’s story before I read the first word. From the moment I met Zadie’s character, I felt a connection to her. As I read, I understood that she had a view of herself that was nothing like what most people see in her. Everything between them was so intense that it seemed as if every emotion, anger, passion, and love emanated from the pages straight into my heart.

Bright Like Midnight is a top read of 2022 and my new favorite Wolf novel. An addictively unputdownable blend of ardent chemistry, a sweet, sassy heroine, a possessive alpha-hole, witty banter, hair-raising twists, angst, and steam.

Blurb

Make no mistake, Zadie Night, I am the bad guy here.

The first time I laid eyes on Amir Vasquez, he held me hostage in my dorm.

You made me a promise.

I swore to myself my second year at Savage U would be different from the last. No more hiding from things that go bump in the night. I’m dating now. Making friends. Living my life.

But then someone starts leaving me notes and whispering my name in the dark, scaring me right back into my shell.

Are you my pet?

I’m shy and soft. Amir is dominant and hard. He stole a kiss once, and then he left me.

I should stay far away from him. But you know what they say about the devil you know…

Do I own you?

Amir will protect me, but not without cost.

I’m his, to do with as he pleases.

He thinks it’s a punishment.

But what he doesn’t know is I haven’t stopped thinking about him since he was my captor.

No one’s going to hurt you.

I’m safe from harm if I’m with him, because he’s the biggest bad on campus.

Show me your whole universe.

And somewhere along the way, he became my haven, too.

You should be scared of me.

I can’t believe I’ve fallen for the villain.(Author’s note: Bright Like Midnight is a dark college romance that explores mature themes and dubious situations. If you’re looking for a nice guy hero, this story isn’t for you!)

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