I guess expectations are everything. I’ve been looking forward to Hunter’s book since his first appearance on page. But some of my fellow reviewers warned me that his book might let me down. So I started the story expecting very little and ended up pleasantly surprised. It wasn’t exactly the story I expected, but I enjoyed it.
The reason I was so jazzed about Hunter having a book is because he is both a tortured hero who has never known love, and he’s a virgin. Both are right up my alley. The thing is, though, this book wasn’t about Hunter so much as it was about his heroine. Of course, we get time with him, but Corinne was the real focus here. That’s why it wasn’t what I expected and probably why some readers were disappointed. The virginity part was very understated. And the tortured hero/ loveless life thing was not very angsty. Most of the feels we got came from Corinne.
We met the heroine at the end of the last book. She was one of the Breedmates rescued from Dragos’ compound. As this story begins, all she wants is to return home to her family. Hunter offers to bring her there. He sees something of a kindred spirit in Corinne –and a quiet strength. The more time he spends with her, the more he learns of the depths of her suffering. At the same time, he begins to feel things with her he has never felt in his life, both physically and emotionally. This, as he hides the vision he saw of her in little Mira’s eyes.
As we learn more about Corinne’s history, it’s impossible not to sympathize with her and her loss. And it was very easy to root for her match with Hunter. I was kind of surprised at how easy it was for her to open up to him sexually with her history of rape. It was really the only part of the romance that gave me pause, because, honestly it was a bit easy. Not what you’d think for two lost souls such as this.
We spend a lot of time with cutaways to Sterling Chase. My guess is that his book is next. Now there is some guaranteed angst. This guy is so messed up. But honestly, I found myself a bit annoyed at how much time his downward spiral took away from the romance. Hopefully, that will pay off in the next installment.
Overall, it was a fairly good read, but it didn’t bowl me over. And I found the end a little abrupt (for the second book in a row. Is this a new thing with the series?)
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Deeper Than Midnight
by Lara Adrian
Release Date: June 28, 2011