Midnight With Maverick
By Dee Herga
Nov 1, 2004 - 5:15:00 PM

Carol Sue Morgan, a pastry chef, has her own bakery. She owns ovens that need to be replaced very soon and does not have enough money for the replacement. Also, her cousin, Lynn, needs a steady boyfriend for her upcoming high school reunion. Carol Sue does not have the solution for the former, but, when she meets Matthew (Matt) Granger, she thinks she has the solution for the latter. Matt is the perfect man for Lynn, or so Carol Sue thinks. Matt, Lynn, and fate have other ideas.

Matt wants Carol Sue to spy for him against Bud Zickman, the competitor who is creating trouble for the Granger Copper Company using illegal means. Carol Sue agrees as she thinks what Zickman is doing is totally unfair. Moreover, Matt is offering considerable compensation, which can solve her monetary problems. She also hopes that she can ask Matt to date Lynn. However, things do not work out according to her ideas. All her plans to get Matt and Lynn together keep rebounding. Meanwhile, Carol Sue, though reluctant, gradually starts caring about Matt. She is about to admit to herself that she loves him when she comes to know that there are conflicts between her father and Matt’s. Will things work out for Matt and her? Can the two overcome all the barriers that life throws at them?

MIDNIGHT WITH MAVERICK successfully proves slow and steady wins the race. The story is extremely detailed and moves at a snail’s pace, describing meticulously the love that slowly creeps up on the main characters. Karen Hudgins makes the tale as real as possible. Real life love is, very rarely, love at first sight. It usually takes time and is almost never a momentary decision. Carol Sue and Matt seem like real people, the ones who you see around you, the ones who have definite plans and the ones who never count on falling in love. The way love is born and develops between them is beautiful and worth a read. Additionally, the solid secondary characters, the thrill of bad elements like Zickman and the family conflicts make the book a beautiful experience that is equivalent to watching a movie. Kudos to Karen!

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