Author: Lara Adrian

CRAVE THE NIGHT by Lara Adrian

CRAVE THE NIGHT by Lara Adrian

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CRAVE THE NIGHT by Lara AdrianCrave the Night by Lara Adrian
Series: Midnight Breed #12
Published by Delacorte Press, Random House Publishing Group on 2014-08-05
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal
Pages: 304
Reviewed by Jo

With the acclaimed Midnight Breed series, New York Times bestselling author Lara Adrian has written thrilling novels of electrifying romance and heart-pounding suspense—page-turners in which humans and vampires live tenuously side by side. In Crave the Night, Adrian brings the Breed and its world to the brink of war, where even the deepest passion can shatter into violence.   Born and raised to be an emotionless killing machine, Nathan is one of the most lethal Breed vampires in existence. A key member of the Order—an elite group of warriors charged with protecting both mortals and vampires—Nathan executes each mission with flawless precision and a total lack of mercy. Now he must pursue a powerful, hidden enemy. But Nathan’s hard discipline and training are no match for the fierce pull he feels toward a young woman he has no right to desire—a woman of wealth and high social standing who has long been promised to another Breed male, and who may also prove to be the key to rooting out Nathan’s elusive quarry.   Jordana lives a life of glittering privilege as a member of a prominent Breed family in Boston. Surrounded by fine things and fawning admirers, Jordana wants for nothing—until she crosses paths with a dark, intense warrior from the Order and finds herself swept into an impulsive, sizzling kiss that neither of them will forget. As much as she tries to deny her deep feelings for Nathan, Jordana cannot resist the craving to be near him, to break through his forbidding walls and see the man he truly is. But getting close to Nathan will thrust Jordana into a treacherous new world, forcing her to risk all she has and all she knows about herself and her past. And loving this seductive man could be the most dangerous temptation of all.

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Nathan was born to be not only a Breed, but one of the strongest and swiftest killers around being one of the Breeds that were created in a lab and only trained to not feel anything or risk intense pain.  Once Nathan was saved from the lab by his mother and her mate, he began working for the Order in Boston for a few years now and is the leader of his team.  Right now his team is searching for a bottom feeder and club owner to discover some information about the newest threat to both the Breeds and humans.

 

Jordana has been raised with only the best and most elegant of things around her by her father.  As Jordana has gotten older, her love of antique art and the history surrounding them has been her main passion.  Now that Jordana is almost twenty-five, she is engaged to an old friend of her father’s but that is really the last thing on her mind right now.  A museum exhibit that Jordana and her best friend have been working on is about to open and the last minute details are keeping them both hopping.

 

Nathan can’t believe that he and his team are about to burst into a museum exhibit opening while trying to stop another member of the Order from disrupting it.  The worse part of this for Nathan is facing Jordana, the woman who kissed him not long ago and has been on his mind ever since.  Circumstances are throwing Nathan and Jordana together at every chance and it doesn’t take long for the passion that seems to be simmering between them to break free.  When danger threatens Jordana, Nathan isn’t about to let her be harmed or even killed without being her shield.  Jordana learns that her life has been a lie and that her true beginnings are even more fantastic than she could ever have dreamed of.  Nathan and Jordana have another chance to grab the love that has been hovering around them and both reach for that ring with both hands, even knowing that some of the answers they discovered will mean that life is going to be bumpy for a long period of time.  The danger isn’t going to go away anytime soon, yet both Nathan and Jordana both know that their love will give them the edge no matter what.

 

A born killer and a socialite come together while surrounded with danger and hidden passion in Crave the Night.  I loved seeing that another one of the Breeds that were created in the lab to just be a killing machine found out that feelings and passion are worth the effort to overcome his training.  I also loved seeing Jordana fight for what she really wanted and so have the strength to overcome all the lies and truths that would always place her life in danger.  Nathan and Jordana had to overcome so much to reach the place that allowed them to grab their place in the nirvana that mating gives you.   I also enjoyed seeing even more of just how the second generation of the Order is finding the same type of hard earned love that their parents have now.

 

This new threat to both the Order and Breeds is going to be a doozy and yet I have no doubt that just like Nathan and Jordana struck a serious blow to it, the others will do the same.  The journey that Nathan and Jordana had to travel before they could rest and be together kept me up way too late a couple of nights which to me shows just how great their story was – I seriously didn’t want to put it down. Crave the Night is a must read for anyone who has loved the Breeds from the beginning or even those that have just discovered them with this next generation.  Nathan and Jordana’s story is packed with danger, action and still takes the time to explore the passion that emerges between them – all wrapped up in a book that I just have to Joyfully Recommend.

EDGE OF DAWN by Lara Adrian

EDGE OF DAWN by Lara Adrian

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EDGE OF DAWN by Lara AdrianEdge of Dawn by Lara Adrian
Series: Midnight Breeds #11
Published by Random House LLC on 2013
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal
Pages: 273
Reviewed by Jo

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER In this pulse-pounding and thrillingly sensual novel, Lara Adrian returns to the mesmerizing world of the Midnight Breed, following new characters into a dark future where an uneasy peace can unravel into war--and a great betrayal can mask an all-consuming love.   Twenty years after the terror of First Dawn--when mankind learned that vampires lived secretly among them--the threat of violence reigns as the two species struggle to coexist. The only group preserving the fragile harmony is the Order, an elite cadre of Breed warriors dedicated to protecting humans and vampires alike. And in this precarious world of torn loyalties and shattered trust, Mira, a fiery squad captain, finds that every fight bears an intensely personal cost.   Raised among the Order, Mira has always believed in the warrior's code of swift--and even lethal--justice. But the one thing she desires more than the Order's hard-won acceptance is Kellan Archer, a sexy but troubled Breed fighter. In love with him since childhood, Mira once broke through his tough exterior during an unexpected night of rapture, but the next day he mysteriously disappeared, never to return.   Kellan didn't think he would ever see Mira again--or have to confront the truth of why he left. After abandoning the Order years ago, he now leads a band of human rebels intent on carrying out their own vigilante rule of law. Yet a high-profile kidnapping assignment brings him face-to-face with the past he sought to avoid, and the striking woman he has tried desperately to forget. And as tensions mount and the risk of bloodshed grows, Kellan and Mira must take sides--between the competing missions that dominate their lives, and the electrifying passion that claims their hearts.

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Mira is much more than a breed mate.  She is also a warrior who was raised within the Order from the time she was a young child.  Now after a lot of hard work, Mira is the captain of her own squad.  On a night that was to have been for celebration, Mira sees the human who she holds responsible for the death of the Breed warrior she had taken as her lover many years ago.  Nothing is going to stop Mira from finding out who was behind the bombing that ended up killing Kellan – even if she has to break a few rules to do so and pay the penalty.

Bowman is the leader of a rebel fraction with deep secrets; he is a ghost of a presumed dead Breed warrior.  The rebels are the humans who are fighting against the Breeds and their total admittance into society.  They are behind some of the worse attacks that have happened to and against the Breeds.  However, Bowman isn’t like any other rebel and he runs his group very different. Their actions are done to try and keep both the humans and the Breeds safe from the fanatics. 

Mira is sent out on a minor mission to escort a human to Washington, DC that turns out to change her life.  Bowman and Mira come face-to-face when she is captured by a group of rebels and taken to their compound, except Mira already knows Bowman and can’t believe the instant betrayal she feels.  Both Bowman and Mira struggle to deal with their feelings and the love that still bounds them together.  They both know that the Order will be hunting for Mira and Bowman’s (Kellan) actions have made him an enemy to the Order now.  Just as the love blooms again, a betrayal within the rebel group has Mira and Kellan working together again to track down the human Mira was sent to protect when it all began.  Events are unraveling which brings both danger and a feeling of helplessness to Kellan, Mira and the members of the Order.  Mira can show the future to some, but can she find a way to save a future for her and Kellan?

Can love overcome both betrayal and death when that love has come through so much already?  Mira and Kellan learn this answer and many others in Edge of Dawn.  I knew that this would be a new beginning for the Breeds with the next generation now fighting for their existence.  Mira was an adorable young girl when we last saw her and now she is a bold and tough warrior for the Order, one with a fierce temper and even fiercer need for justice.  Kellan came into the Order as a young and troubled boy.  A boy that Mira instantly felt drawn to and helped become a warrior she fell in love with.  I had a feeling that I would be blown away as I read Mira and Kellan’s book, but I had no idea just how amazing it would be.  I had my own emotional journey as I followed Mira and Kellan’s path that would lead them back to the Order and to uncover a greater enemy than the Order has every faced.  Several times I wanted to yell and at others I just wanted to cheer.  I loved seeing how the original group of Breeds and their mates have prospered and to see their children grown up.  I also loved how Mira and Kellan found the strength to prove that they deserved a place within the Order as a team like the others.  I have a feeling that this second generation is going to be just as wonderful as the original Breeds were as they found their mates and lasting love. 

Edge of Dawn has it all: action, danger, suspense, passion, betrayal and it all is wrapped up in book that you just can’t put down easily.  I immediately knew that this would be a book that I would re-read many times and would never leave my reader.  I am now, very impatiently, waiting for the next Midnight Breed book to see who will be the next.  I knew before I finished the final page that I would have to Joyfully Recommend Edge of Dawn as a must read that will become an instant favorite.  While this might be the 11th book in the series, it is like a new beginning. So if you haven’t read the other books in the series you could begin here; however, I will bet that you will need to go back and find out how the series began and how the original Breeds found their mates and defeated their foe.

DARKER AFTER MIDNIGHT by Lara Adrian

DARKER AFTER MIDNIGHT by Lara Adrian

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DARKER AFTER MIDNIGHT by Lara AdrianDarker After Midnight (with bonus novella A Taste of Midnight) by Lara Adrian
Series: Midnight Breeds #11
Published by Random House LLC on 2012-01-24
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal
Pages: 384
Reviewed by Jo

The climactic novel in the bestselling Midnight Breed series, of which BookPage raves: “If you like romance combined with heart-stopping paranormal suspense, you’re going to love this book.”   In the dark of night, a blood war escalates within the hidden world of the Breed. After maintaining a fragile peace with the humans who walk beside them unaware, a single act of retaliation has put the 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, before his push for domination explodes into catastrophe.   At the center of the Order’s quest is Sterling Chase, whose biggest battle is the one he wages against his own savage nature. But when his eyes meet those of Tavia Fairchild, Chase finds himself drawn to the woman—and convinced she is something much more than she seems. And while everything logical warns Tavia against getting close to Chase, she cannot deny that he stirs something ravenous within her. As the Order’s enemy mobilizes for the battle of the ages, Chase and Tavia are thrust into the heart of the violence. With time running out, they must find a way to defeat Dragos once and for all—or die trying.

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Tavia Fairchild works for a US Senator, which she enjoys until the night that a man comes into one of the Senator’s parties and starts shooting.  That night will turn Tavia’s life upside down, but not in a way any one would suspect.  What Tavia learns is that her entire life has been a lie and her reality is more like something you would expect to find in a book or a movie.  Funny enough, the man who was shooting turns out to be her touchstone during a time that seems to go insane for Tavia.

Sterling Chase has gone full circle, from a respected leader of his family and a member of law enforcement to a warrior Breed in the Order and now he finds himself arrested and all but giving into a blood lust that will spell out his doom.  Sterling gave himself up as a sacrifice in order to save the Order and their families.  Knowing he has to get away from the human police, Sterling is plotting and planning and then sees the Senator’s assistant.  There is just something about her that calls out to Sterling . 

Tavia and Sterling discover many things as they race to find the answers that will hopefully end this nasty war that the Order has been fighting with Dragos.   At the same time, the truth about what Tavia is turns the Breed world on its ears.  If this isn’t enough, other truths are coming out as the Sterling and Tavia work to bring the Order closer to the ultimate battle that will either be the end of civilization, both human and Breed, as it has been known or it will be the end of Dragos and his plans to rule the world.  What the morning will bring only time can tell.

A man who has all but given up on finding love meets a woman who has lived a lie – their passion will help save the world in Darker After Midnight.  I have been waiting to see Chase get his mate from the time he first appeared.  I have laughed with him and cried at things that have happened to him as the books have gone on.  It figures that his mate would be unlike anything anyone would have dreamed of.  I loved Tavia and really loved how she fought so hard for Chase and their love.  The path that Chase and Tavia had to follow was not an easy one nor was it without some serious bumps and bruises, and yet they never swayed from the paths that were set for them.  The final battle had me holding my breath in several places and cheering for the Order.  I was hoping that after that battle Tavia and Chase would have time to learn about this amazing love they had, but it really was only the beginning of their personal battles.  Their ending has me sighing as I turned the last page.  Darker After Midnight expresses love of many forms, passion and suspense that keeps you on your toes while serving up the best ending possible for the battle that has been ongoing.

I started this book believing (wrongly) that it was the last in the Midnight Breed series and believe me when I tell you it more than fulfilled that title.  Enough that I just had to Joyfully Recommend it.  However, I learned as I was getting ready to write this that it is not the last book of the series. I found two more listed on Ms. Adrian’s website.  While at this moment I have no idea what direction the series is heading, I can’t wait to see what the next adventures of the humans and the Breeds turn out to be.  While each book can be read as a stand alone, I would highly recommend that you read them in order to follow the entire plot.

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