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Saturday, 4 February 2012

Darker After Midnight (Midnight Breed #10) By Lara Adrian

In the dark of night, a blood war escalates within the hidden world of the Breed. After existing in secret for many long centuries, maintaining a fragile peace with the humans who walk beside them unaware, a single act of retaliation has put the entire vampire nation at risk of discovery. It falls to the Order—a cadre of Breed warriors pledged to protect their own and humankind alike—to stop Dragos, the power-mad vampire at the center of the conflict, before his push for domination can explode into catastrophe.

At the center of the Order’s quest is Sterling Chase, once a morally rigid enforcer of Breed law, now a warrior fallen from grace, whose biggest battle is the one he wages against his own savage nature. With addiction beckoning him toward eternal darkness, Chase’s path to redemption has never seemed more out of reach. But when his eyes meet those of Tavia Fairchild, a beautiful witness who identifies him at the scene of a mission gone terribly wrong, Chase finds himself drawn to the woman—and convinced she is something much more than she seems.

Pulled into a vortex of intrigue and danger she can neither resist nor understand, Tavia is uncertain whom to trust. And while everything sane and logical warns her against getting close to Chase, she cannot deny that the handsome, deeply haunted male stirs something primal and ravenous within her. But even as she surrenders to her cravings, nothing can prepare her for the shattering truth of who—and what—she truly is.

As the Order’s enemy mobilizes for the battle of the ages, Dragos and his Minions unleashing a hell on Earth like nothing ever seen before, Chase and Tavia are thrust into the heart of the violence. With time running out and the streets running red with the blood of innocent lives, both Breed and human, together Chase and Tavia must find a way to defeat Dragos once and for all—or die trying.

Sam's Review

This is my first review in a long time. I guess I haven’t felt the need to express my feelings towards a book of late. I didn’t go into Darker After Midnight planning on reviewing, but this book just dragged me down from my book high and I wanted to share my feelings.

It’s been so long between each book that I forget the ongoing story line, but it’s not hard to pick it up again as you read along. I do know though that I liked Chase and was looking forward to his book. I remember thinking he deserved his happy ending after all that went down with Elise. But if you going into this book thinking ‘Yay Chase is getting his story!” well, um.... it doesn’t happen that way so much. The story is more based around Dragos and his never ending attempt to take over the world – super villain style.

I tend to skim over alot of the Dragos story line because I got bored with him at about book three. There was also alot of focus on the other couples. And generally I love it when the author will keep us in touch with the past couples, but I guess I just wasn’t feeling it this time.

The hero and heroine, I really couldn’t connect with. I don’t think there was enough time for the couple to develop in the story. There was alot of other things going on with everyone else and almost felt their story was put back a little bit. It felt like one moment they hated each other, the next they’re in bed and sharing feelings and are helplessly in love. As for Tavia, we don’t get to know her all that well. She is kind of a blank page; Chase on the other hand is a well developed character.

I wanted this to be more upbeat, to have some more sneaky giggles and sexy talk going on. I felt it was more brooding and dark and I guess that this isn’t at all the authors fault, this is what the rest of the series is like, but I haven’t read anything darker like this is ages and I guess I have grown out of it.

The book as a whole wasn’t bad, and I know as I’m reading over my review it does sound like I’m bagging the book – but truly it read well and was a fairly smooth way to finish up a series. I am assuming this is the last in the series. The ending was very gory and bathed in blood and was not fulfilling for me in terms of Chase and Tavia.

If you have read the series, then read this book. There are countless reviewers who love this book. I however can only offer three stars. Let’s hope that if Adrian decides to continue with the Breed series, she goes back to her roots. 

1 comment:

Megan@Riverina Romantics said...

I think it's so funny that people who tend to like the same books can differ on opinions so much lol! I loved this book! Yes there is a lot of Dragos in it but he needed to be dealt with. I guess it all chalks up to different strokes for different folks =O)

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