Series: Shadow Keepers
Published by Bantam on November 7th 2011
Reviewed by Jo
From J. Kenner, the New York Times bestselling author of Release Me and Claim Me, writing as J. K. BeckEnter the thrilling, seductive world of the Shadow Keepers, which Lara Adrian calls “exciting paranormal romance with a sharp, suspenseful edge.” Carissa de Soranzo will not rest until her kidnapped younger brother has been freed from the nobleman Baloch de Fioro, a fiendish werewolf who means to turn the boy at the next full moon. Against her father’s wishes, Carissa secretly seeks help from the mysterious werewolf hunter Tiberius. Desperate, she promises to do anything if he’ll save her brother—and she can see in his eyes what that will mean.Dark, strong, and virile, Tiberius cannot resist ravishing the most beautiful woman he’s seen in centuries. But he can never truly have his fill of her, for Tiberius is a vampire. On a quest to trap the werewolf in his den, Tiberius realizes that the only way to rescue Carissa’s brother is to reveal what he truly is. But he risks losing Carissa forever—especially when she discovers that she has given her heart to a vampire.
Many centuries ago, Tiberius vowed to protect the the de Soranzo family because of the actions of a long gone forefather. While on the hunt to destroy a werewolf Tiberius has come up against one too many times, he goes to the family home of the de Soranzo’s and discovers a couple of things. The first is that the oldest member wants nothing to do with a vampire and the second is he is willing to destroy his family in order to have nothing to do with anything paranormal.
Carissa de Soranzo is the lady of the manor and has had an unusual upbringing in that she was taught to fight and handle a sword and most importantly she isn’t afraid to use everything at her disposal to go and save her brother’s life. She is stunned when her father rejects the help of a stranger who offers to go and bring her brother back safely. However, Carissa isn’t about to take no for an answer, especially when she is about to be sold off in marriage by her father.
Tiberius is captivated by the beautiful and resourceful Carissa from the beginning and when they find themselves as a team to get rid of that werewolf once and for all and bring back her brother, both are surprised at the passion which appears fast and hot. Carissa now knows just who and what Tiberius is and once again she is willing to risk everything to have the man she loves and to protect the brother she loves. When the battle is over, will Tiberius and Carissa have the future they are reaching for or is there one person still determined to stop them?
A young woman from a wealthy family and the vampire who vows to protect them find passion and hate is divided by a small line in Midnight. I have watched how Tiberius and Carissa came back together after a misunderstanding and many years apart, but I always wondered just how they became a couple in the first place. Now I know and to my mind their original meeting was exactly how I would have guessed based on how their lives together turned out, but you will need to read some of the previous books to discover this. I loved just how spunky Carissa was, even when that was more than discouraged for women of her time, and how strong and stalwart Tiberius was even then. If you have been following the Shadow Keepers series and read how Tiberius and Carissa broke up and got back together, then Midnight is a must read. Midnight has the same suspense and action along with the red hot passion that I have come to expect with Ms. Beck’s writing.