Review: Marked by Midnight by Lara Adrian

marked by midnightReviewed by Jen

Longtime readers of the Midnight Breed series have been waiting a long time to get up close and personal with Mathias. Now that his story is here, I have to say it was something of a mixed bag. There are some pretty interesting things going on, but the ending is just not very satisfying.

The story follows Mathias as he works the streets of London, clearing out rogues for the Order. Only now, he has come across a case with no real ties to the Breed. A bunch of human thugs have been dumped into the Thames, each sporting a scarab tattoo. Intrigued, he decides to help the guys with JUSTIS solve the mystery. It brings him to the tattoo shop where Nova works.

Our heroine is a Breedmate with a dark past. She left her mysterious and abusive childhood behind and started over thanks to her mentor, the man who owns the tattoo parlor. It’s obvious that she knows more than she is willing to tell Mathias. But over the course of the story, her secrets begin to unfold and these two quickly fall for one another.

I liked Nova. She was tough, yet vulnerable. I loved the body art and sleeve tattoos. I loved that Mathias did not judge her based on her appearance. But these things were not enough to overcome my two serious problems with the story. One, an eye-rolling case of insta-love. They sealed the deal and exchanged the l-word on their third meeting. And two, I there were simply too many threads left dangling. There is all this build-up about Nova’s past, insinuations about the horrors she endured, and then… nothing. It’s all just dropped as though it was insignificant to the story. Not cool.

Don’t get me wrong, I want a HEA, but Lara Adrian spent all this time laying groundwork and then *poof* the story is over. I didn’t believe in their love and I felt kind of jerked around by Nova’s incomplete story.

Rating: C/C-

Click to purchase: Amazon

Marked by Midnight
by Lara Adrian
Release Date: June 30, 2014

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