Saturday, July 16, 2011

Book Shelf: Kiss of Midnight (Midnight Breed #1) by Lara Adrian

He watches her from across the crowded dance club, a sensual black-haired stranger who stirs Gabrielle Maxwell’s deepest fantasies. But nothing about this night—or this man—is what it seems. For when Gabrielle witnesses a murder outside the club, reality shifts into something dark and deadly. In that shattering instant she is thrust into a realm she never knew existed—a realm where vampires stalk the shadows and a blood war is set to ignite.

Lucan Thorne despises the violence carried out by his lawless brethren. A vampire himself, Lucan is a Breed warrior, sworn to protect his kind—and the unwitting humans existing alongside them—from the mounting threat of the Rogues. Lucan cannot risk binding himself to a mortal woman, but when Gabrielle is targeted by his enemies, he has no choice but to bring her into the dark underworld he commands.

Here, in the arms of the Breed’s formidable leader, Gabrielle will confront an extraordinary destiny of danger, seduction, and the darkest pleasures of all. . .

Blurb from Goodreads.....


I’ve been hearing some good things about this series for a while and up until now I’ve been hesitant to try it. In all honesty, I don’t even know why, but eventually I caved and got myself a copy of this book. And boy, am I glad I did! I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
There are undeniable similarities within this series to J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood, but Lara Adrian stamps her own take on vampires and has a unique idea on the vampirism history in this series. While the similarities are there, there are a few differences that set the two apart. Slightly different characters, a slightly different world and a different back story all give this book (and series) a personality of its own.

The characters in this series are dark and raw, with issues and pasts that haunt them. Again the characters, especially the warrior’s reminded me of the Brotherhood, but I found I liked them and felt for them regardless. I have a feeling that each and every one of these men are going to be tortured and bitter in some way, shape or form and that their stories are gonna each be a hell of a ride, but I’m looking forward to learning about each and every one of them.
I really liked the concept of Breedmates. While it’s not rare to find “mates” in paranormal series’, especially those featuring vampires or similar supernatural creatures, Breedmates are slightly different. I like the idea that they’re the only human woman who can reproduce the next generation of vampires and their status within the Breed world.

Personally, I really liked both Lucian and Gabrielle, but I found that I didn’t feel as much for them as I expected too. I really enjoyed them as I read the book and was totally vying for them to find their happy ending (like I’d want anything else) but once I finished the book and put it down, they didn’t linger on my mind or take control of my thoughts. Were they a great couple? Yes, they were. Was there chemistry there? For sure. Do they complete each other? Well, duh! But will they stay in my mind like a lot of those characters? Yea—no, probably not. Still, I liked them as individuals and together they rocked---I hope they live a long happy life together.

This book was a pleasant surprise for me. I loved the world and think many of the characters have real potential to be great. Similarities aside, I think fans of J.R. Wards Black Dagger Brotherhood will jump at this series and adore it.
I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the series and learning more about the Breed world....

Rating: **** stars
Recommend: Yes
Did I Buy, Borrow or is it an ARC: Bought
Recommend Buy or Borrow: Borrow
Ebook or Actual Book: Actual Book
Cover: Nothing too special
Read sequel/continue with series: Yes

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