Title: A Taste of Midnight
Author: Lara Adrian
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: Midnight Breed (Novella 9.5)
Publication Date: December 5, 2011
Format: eBook, 68 Pages
ASIN: B00640YZ1U (Random House/Dell)
Reviewed by: Kiwi
A shimmering holiday gala lights up an ancient castle in the Scottish Highlands, but beautiful widowed Breedmate Danika MacConn feels alone in the crowd. Even among the friends and festivity of the Darkhaven celebration, she can’t forget her lost love, a fallen warrior of the Order. Her brief return to her mate’s homeland has become treacherous after rejecting the advances of a dangerous Edinburgh crime boss with a taste for blood sport.
As Danika seeks to expose the vampire and his dark trade, she discovers an unexpected ally in his forbidding, enigmatic henchman, Brannoc, a man who exudes heat, danger, and dark menace–and seems somehow achingly familiar. Bran has his own reasons for wanting to keep Dani out of his employer’s business . . . and his own secrets he means to keep buried. The last thing he needs is to get tangled up with a woman who tempts the wildest part of his Breed nature–especially when that woman is Danika MacConn, the one woman capable of bringing him to his knees.
Quick & Dirty: Tasty treat for Breed lovers.
Opening Sentence: Christmas music swelled from the tuxedo-clad orchestra, filling the ballroom of the Edinburgh mansion where two dozen beautiful couples danced beneath garlands of crisp holly and fragrant evergreen boughs.
In A Taste of Midnight, we catch a glimpse of the life and times of Danika MacConn, whose appearance in this novella is a bit of a blast from the past. Long ago, back in book one; we met Danika when she lost her mate Conlan, who was a member of the Order. Danika, who now has an infant son, is visiting the home of her late mate, letting their son see his family for the holidays. When she stumbles upon a meeting between some very bad guys, she inadvertently puts herself in the line of fire.
Brannoc, aka Malcolm MacBain, is a man on a mission, and he doesn’t want anything or anyone to get in the way of completing it, not even the beautiful Danika. Even if Danika was one of his first loves, and Breedmate to his best friend Conlan. A nasty vamp named Reiver is responsible for the death of his wife and unborn child, and he must be brought down, along with his human trafficking trade. He has now gone undercover in one of the vamps nightclubs in hopes of obtaining enough information to shut the guy down. What he hadn’t counted on was having to save anyone, much less Danika, the one that got away.
When Reiver sends some nastiness Dani’s way, Malcolm steps in, saves her, then hides her away in the one place no one would look for her, his own home. But, everything hits the fan when Danika decides to run and is captured as she tries to leave the country. Malcolm’s cover has now been blown, and Reiver has taken not only Danika, but her son as well. But all is not lost, and these two will find a way to rid themselves of this danger, so they may finally be together, forever.
I originally read this novella when it came out in eBook form, and now it has also been published in print at the end of Darker After Midnight. It’s a cute little teaser that anyone can read, you don’t have to be in the know, but there are a couple of hints as to what is happening in the other books. It was nice to have a bit of the Breed between books, especially when the book that was released prior to this one left things in such turmoil, and it gave us a chance to read a bit of the next one, too.
“Leave her out of this,” Mal snarled. “She has nothing to do with it.”
“Oh, but she does.” Reiver’s eyes turned brutal, sparking with amber. “She matters to you, and that means she and her brat will suffer worse than you now. Pity you won’t live to see that.” He glanced to Thane. “Kill him.”
The icy metal of the gun but harder into Mal’s temple, Thane’s finger on the trigger.
Then, in a blur of movement and speed, he pivoted, firing instead on the guard holding Danika.
The guard went down, head blasted apart. Chaos erupted. Reiver’s cronies scattered as Thane shot one of the guards on Malcolm and Mal snapped the neck of the other.
“Dani, run!” he shouted, grabbing his weapons from the dead vampire and wheeling around to fire a hell storm of bullets into Reiver.
Reiver was already on her.
Malcolm’s vision burned amber hot as he raised both loaded Glocks and aimed them in the center of Reiver’s sneering face.
Except it wasn’t Reiver’s face he saw down the barrels of his guns…
It was Danika’s baby boy, wailing and squirming, dangling by the pudgy little arm that Reiver clutched tight in his fist. In his other hand, Reiver held a fistful of Danika’s hair. She struggled against his brutal hold, her eyes wild with horror, hands reaching for her squalling child.
Reiver’s smile was a deadly baring of his fangs. “You lose, Brandogge.”
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FTC Advisory: The author provided me with a copy of A Taste of Midnight. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.
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