Review: Bound to Darkness by Lara Adrian

bound to darknessReviewed by Jen

This is the best book in the Midnight Breeds series I have read in a long time. The last few romances haven’t been big hits for me, but I am happy to say that Carys and Rune’s story lived up to its potential.  I had hoped this book would give us some flashbacks to the beginning of their relationship. It didn’t, but even joining the romance in progress, I still felt invested.

We met this couple a few books back. Rune is a cage fighter with a mysterious past. Carys is the daywalker daughter of Sterling Chase and his mate Tavia. Unlike her twin, Carys isn’t part of the Order, but she can kick butt if she has to. She desperately wants a deeper connection with Rune. It’s clear they love one another, but he doesn’t want a blood bond with her. Carys has no idea why, but readers know its because he doesn’t want to reveal his dark history to her. [Read more…]

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. [Read more…]

Series Reading Order: Midnight Breed

This is the reading order for the Midnight Breed series by Lara Adrian:lara

*Denotes short story/ novella

Review: Crave the Night by Lara Adrian

crave the nightReviewed by Jen

It took me a while to warm up to this book. I have made no secret of the fact that I am not a fan of D/s themes; in fact, I actively avoid them. Unless, of course, there is no indication in the blurb that it’s going to be in the book. Guess what?  All that tortured hero angst I was looking forward to from our steely Nathan, manifests itself –wait for it– by an overwhelming need to dominate and an inability to accept a loving touch. (*Le sigh*) [Read more…]

Review: Edge of Dawn by Lara Adrian

edge of dawnReviewed by Jen

I have very mixed feelings about this book.  Darker After Midnight felt like a natural ending to this series and I was genuinely curious as to where Lara Adrian would take the story from there. I’m actually pretty good with the direction she is going in. We’ve jumped about 20 years in the future and in many ways, the series has become “Midnight Breeds: The Next Generation.” All the children and babies from the original stories are all grown up and ready to become heroes and heroines in their own right, with all of our familiar folks still an active part of the series.  This totally works for me –and I was really excited to see that Mira and Kellan were the lead characters. [Read more…]

Review: A Touch of Midnight by Lara Adrian

touch of midnightReviewed by Jen

I have to admit, I have been waiting for Savannah to die since the beginning of this series.  Not that I have anything against her.  To the contrary, I’ve never really developed any feelings for her at all. We see plenty of Gideon, but Savannah, has always just kind of existed benignly. Maybe it’s that. Or maybe the Black Dagger Brotherhood has destroyed my ability to trust in a pre-existing relationship. (Poor Wellsie!) But whatever the case, I figured it was only a matter of time until she bit the big one and eventually Gideon would fall in love again, but this time on page. I guess I need to rethink that, now that Lara Adrian has given us their origin story.

I’m glad she wrote this. It gives this couple some depth. But I can’t say I loved the romance. [Read more…]

Review: Darker After Midnight by Lara Adrian

darker after midnightReviewed by Jen

Wow. Talk about a game changer.  This book was pretty much everything you would want in a series finale. Only, it’s not the end of the series. It’s a great romance. The action is huge.  The climax is shocking and it completely turns the world on its ear.  Everyone has their future set up in front of them.  It’s a great ending — but at the same time, opens the door for a new beginning. I am totally stoked. [Read more…]

Review: A Taste of Midnight by Lara Adrian

taste of midnightReviewed by Jen

We never really had a chance to get to know Danika in the first Midnight Breeds book. Her mate, Conlan, was the warrior who died in that installment.  Danika was pregnant and went off to Europe to have the baby.  Now, a couple of years later, she is still trying to come to terms with Conlan’s death and new love is the last thing on her mind. [Read more…]

Review: Deeper Than Midnight by Lara Adrian

deeper than midnightReviewed by Jen

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. [Read more…]

Review: Taken by Midnight by Lara Adrian

taken by midnightReviewed by Jen

There is no sign that the Midnight Breed series is slowing down in this eighth installment. If anything, Lara Adrian is doing a great job keeping the plot fresh and interesting. She is moving things along, allowing the characters to make progress on their journeys while revealing new layers and machinations at the same time.

Before I get too far, I want to give Adrian props for actually giving us a sexy, strong black hero. All too often, PNR heroes get whitewashed (or white-ish-washed) and if there is a black guy in the group, his skin-tone gets downplayed by his book to toffee or caramel or some other edible color. Or maybe he just doesn’t get a book at all.  Adrian embraces Brock’s deep, dark skin and crafts a sexy and satisfying interracial romance between him and his heroine. [Read more…]