Review: Midnight Rising by Lara Adrian

midnight risingReviewed by Jen

I said in a review for an earlier installment in this series that I was still waiting to be wow’ed by these books. Consider me wow’ed.  I really, really enjoyed this book.  It wasn’t perfect. We had a bit of insta-love going on and there wasn’t much in the way of external conflict.  But now that I have that out of the way, I can focus on why this is easily my favorite book in the series so far.

The short answer is Rio. Rio is my favorite kind of hero. Broken. Scarred. Betrayed. He’s actually ready to just end it all, when Dylan crosses his path and changes the course of his life.  You may remember, at the end of the last book, the Order had discovered a tomb belonging to ancestor long thought dead.  Rio has been tasked to destroy the cave, but what his brothers in arms don’t know, is that he plans to destroy himself along with it.  When Dylan stumbles into the cave during a vacation, she sees way more than she is supposed to and complicates things further by taking pictures that would be perfect for the tabloid where she works.  Rio has to track her down and stop the pictures from spreading and uncovering the existence of his kind.

Ever since the explosion that nearly killed him, Rio has been borderline crazy.  I really love watching him try to heal as he falls for Dylan. Of course, he thinks he has no chance with her because of his injuries.  Seeing him proven wrong pushed all of my happy buttons. Every single step these two took toward a relationship was another set of butterflies in my stomach.  Every time he believed a little bit more that she wanted him, made me all melty inside.  With her in his life, he finally starts to heal and to really want to live again.

I haven’t said much about Dylan, and I guess that’s because she was neither spectacular nor annoying to me.  She served the purpose of completing Rio and mending his broken heart. And she did it well.  Blah, blah, sick mother, blah, blah, sees the dead.  Whatever.  She fixes Rio. ‘Nuff said.

There’s a little of the overall arc moving along, as we discover what happened to the missing ancient and what new big bad is brewing. I am interested in seeing where that goes.  I’m also a bit curious about who will be the next hero. The next love story was not set up at all.  I’m a bit worried that it won’t measure up to this one, but I look forward to finding out.

Rating: B+

Click to purchase: Amazon

Midnight Awakening
by Lara Adrian
Release Date: March 25, 2008
Publisher: Dell


  1. Yea!! I’m so glad you are enjoying this series. While it has its ups and downs, I still adore it… and Harvard… *sigh* 😀

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