Title: Deeper Than Midnight
Author: Lara Adrian
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: Midnight Breed (Book 9)
Publication Date: June 28, 2011
Format: Paperback, 416 Pages
ISBN-10: 0440246113 (Random House)
ISBN-13: 978-0440246114 (Random House)
Reviewed by: Kiwi
Delivered from the darkness, a woman finds herself plunged into a passion that is DEEPER THAN MIDNIGHT . . .
At eighteen, Corinne Bishop was a beautiful, spirited young woman living a life of privilege as the adopted daughter of a wealthy family. Her world was changed in an instant when she was stolen away and held prisoner by the malevolent vampire Dragos. After many years of captivity and torment, Corinne is rescued by the Order, a cadre of vampire warriors embroiled in a war against Dragos and his followers. Her innocence taken, Corinne has lost a piece of her heart as well–the one thing that gave her hope during her imprisonment, and the only thing that matters to her now that she is free.
Assigned to safeguard Corinne on her trip home is a formidable golden-eyed Breed male called Hunter. Once Dragos’s most deadly assassin, Hunter now works for the Order, and he’s hell-bent on making Dragos pay for his manifold sins. Bonded to Corinne by their mutual desire, Hunter will have to decide how far he’ll go to end Dragos’s reign of evil–even if carrying out his mission means shattering Corinne’s tender heart.
Quick & Dirty: Dark and sexy, powerful and beautiful.
Opening Sentence: The club was private, very much off the beaten path, and for damned good reason.
Deeper than Midnight is the ninth installment of Lara Adrian’s Midnight Breed series. The Breed is currently one of my favorite groups of vampires, and one of the more traditionally vampiric groups as well. One difference between the Breed and your everyday blood suckers is their ruling bodies, and type of enforcement. This series features a group of warriors and enforcers known as the Order. These gentlemen are known for being hard as nails, ruthless, demanding…..and as sexy as your most vivid daydream. And this story’s hero, Hunter, is no exception. Darkly mysterious Hunter was bred to be just that, a hunter. As a former assassin for the most hated among the Breed, the dastardly Dragos, Hunter knows nothing of love, compassion, or friendship…and everything about evil, corruption and death. As a member of the Order, Hunter must complete his primary objective, certain annihilation of the one who created him and the other hunters like him. Even when this objective will almost certainly mean the end of his tentative relationship with the fragile Corinne, Hunter must follow through for the greater good. It’s so sad that this beautifully stoic man should face losing his first love, in the line of duty as it were. But, relax my friends, as this is a paranormal romance, and thus he does live out his own HEA.
One other thing that makes the Breed different from your average vampires is the way their mates are chosen. Breedmates are traditionally humans born with the genetics to become the perfect mates for their Breed counterparts, and marked with a special birthmark. Unfortunately, in recent times, these genetics also made Corinne and many others a target for the machinations of a deranged lunatic, his sick scientific experiments and horrifying breeding program. After having been trapped for decades, she was freed in the last book, and brought to the Order’s HQ to acclimate before going back home to her adoptive parents. When her original escorts are detained, Hunter offers to accompany her home. Once there, a horrible truth is revealed and she sets off on a mission with the mysterious Hunter while secretly hoping to find the son she was forced to give up as a result of that breeding program.
Now this poor woman has really been through one of the worst horrors any of us could think of. Being kidnapped, violated, forced to mate with a beast, and forced to give up a child… it’s all unimaginable. The way she was able to use the hope of finding her child to pull through a nightmare is inspiring. The subsequent betrayal and losses are also seriously distressing. Really, that part of this story seriously ticked me off. Anyway, Corinne is a real reader’s heroine. She’s not whiny or overly pathetic. She’s not nauseatingly upbeat or perky. She’s just driven by hope for the future and by the love and understanding of a good man, or vampire in this case.
This story also continues the storylines involving the rest of the Order’s members. In this one we witness life, love, loneliness and sorrow. And the final scene will absolutely break your soul.
I have to say Deeper than Midnight really touched my heart. Lara Adrian is an artist. She just makes you truly feel things. I can’t wait to read the next installment, Darker after Midnight.
“I need to find my child, Hunter. I need to see him and touch him, make sure he knows that I love him. Now that I’m free, I have to find him. I have to try to give him a better life.” She moved around in front of him, forcing him to meet her gaze. “Hunter, I need to remember everything about the day my son was born. Something might have been said or done by Dragos or his Minions that could lead me to my child. Something that may be tucked away in my memories. I need you to help me remember everything about that day.”
Hunter’s face went even tighter as he absorbed what she was proposing. He grabbed her hand and pulled it away from him on a growled curse. “You want my help? Do you know what that would mean?”
“Yes,” she admitted. “And I know it’s asking too much of you. But I’m asking because you’re the best hope I have right now. You are very likely the only hope I have of finding my child.”
He stared, disbelieving or disgusted, she couldn’t tell. Heat flared in his eyes, but she wouldn’t back down. She couldn’t. Not when she felt closer than ever to the answers she so desperately needed.
“Hunter, please,” she whispered. “I want you to drink from me.”
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