Title: Darker after Midnight
Author: Lara Adrian
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: Midnight Breed (Book 10)
Publication Date: January 24, 2012
Format: Hardcover, 384 Pages
ISBN-10: 034553087X (Random House)
ISBN-13: 978-0345530875 (Random House)
Reviewed by: Kiwi
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–until he finds himself drawn to a beautiful young woman who may be something much more than she seems . . .
Quick & Dirty: Best in this series so far!
Opening Sentence: “The charges are set, Lucan.”
I know I have said this before but I. Love. This. Job.
When we left off at the end of the last book, all Hades had broken loose on the Order and trouble had been brought right to their front door, literally so. Sterling Chase, ex-agent for the Enforcement Agency and recently exiled member of the Order pretends to be the guilty party, taking the fall and in doing so protecting all others in the Order, and perhaps his entire Breed as well. When we pick up the storyline in this book, they are just beginning to pick up the pieces, moving their HQ to Maine, and demolishing every piece of their lives in their old HQ. Talk about heartbreaking, makes you want to cry with them.
As for Chase, his years of anguish take a turn for the worse. Now imprisoned in a human jail, he must use all of his considerable strength of will to avoid outing his species to everyone. But he cannot resist continuing the battle that drew him to this point in the first place, the war between the Order and Dragos, the crazed super-villian intent on taking over the world. When he sees the woman connected to the plot, he is drawn to try to save her, and to have her. So, he breaks out of jail, takes care of the immediate threat to her life and ends up kidnapping her, but only for her own protection. But this is not your average female, she is a Breedmate and well, a little something extra.
Tavia Fairchild believes she is a very ill woman, and that the monster that is Chase is keeping her from the family she loves and the medications that keep her alive. But, she is not aware that she is more, and that her family is not her family and they don’t give two figs about her well being. Upon finding this out, she returns to the one who appears to be the only one willing to tell her the truth. Chase.
The rest of what happens in this book you just have to read for yourself. Seriously! There is so much happening in this book; with all the other characters, the Dragos storyline, the relationship between Tavia and Sterling, everything. It would be rather impossible to tell you much more without blowing your minds, as well as spoiling a whole bunch of the book. Sorry, but you’ll just have to find out for yourselves.
I left off at the end of the last book and started this book thinking “Oh these poor babies” and I ended this one with almost the same thought. Though, the epilogue paints a brighter picture for their futures, and I also know there will be more books on the horizon, my heart still bleeds for the members of one of my favorite breed of vampires, no pun intended. And who else but a rather brilliant writer can make you feel this way about a bunch of people who, and you might not want to believe it, are just fictional. Figments of a writer’s imagination. But we love to love them anyway, and await with baited breath the next book in the series.
He barely twitched before he felt the sudden jolt of lightning entering his skull. Renata. She’d opened up on him before he even knew what hit him. It was brief and only a warning shot; he knew that. Otherwise he wouldn’t have wits enough to question it. But holy hell, did it feel like death. Chase let out a strangled roar as the psychic energy ricocheted in his skull and sent him down on one knee.
He didn’t see Tavia coming.
None of them could have, she moved so fast and so stealthy. Materializing as though out of nowhere, she leapt over the second-floor rail of the hallway and dropped, catlike, to the tiled foyer below.
One second Chase was stooped brokenly on the floor. The next, he was pushed behind her sleek form, watching through pain-squeezed eyes as she faced off alone against three heavily armed, Breed warriors and a Breedmate who could just as easily turn her staggering power away from Chase and blast it full force onto Tavia.
If she took a bullet or jolt of Renata’s fury because of him…
“Don’t hurt her!” he roared, the words tearing out of his throat, wild and otherworldly. Commanding all his strength to push past the pain of Renata’s mental blast, he scrambled to his feet and took his place at Tavia’s side. “Don’t any of you f*cking hurt her!”
But none of them made an untoward move.
They wouldn’t have, he realized only then. They hadn’t come here to hurt anyone, not even him, except he’d forced their hand. They all stared, Mathias Rowan included, gaping wide-eyed and slack-jawed at Tavia Fairchild in all her transformed magnificence.
Crouched low, her long, jeans-clad legs were bent, bare feet ready to spring. Her loose hair swung around her shoulders like a caramel-colored mane, untamed waves barely concealing the amber blaze of her eyes. She hissed, lips peeled back to expose the twin fangs that gleamed as bright as diamonds and sharp as daggers. Between the deep V of her black sweater, her dermaglyphs were alive with furious color, churning like a tempest written on her smooth, pale skin.
There could be no mistaking what this female was: dangerous, stealth, utterly lethal Gen One Breed.
And hotter than hell itself.
The three warriors from the Order seemed to shake themselves back to their senses all at once. They spoke in nearly perfect unison, Tegan, Niko, then Hunter, one after the other.
The Midnight Breed Series:
FTC Advisory: The author provided me with a copy of Darker After Midnight. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.
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