With a dagger in her hand and vengeance on her mind, Darkhaven beauty Elise Chase prowls Boston’s streets in search of retribution against the Rogue vampires who took from her everything she cherished. Using an extraordinary psychic gift, she tracks her prey, well aware that the power she possesses is destroying her. She must learn to harness this gift, and for that she can turn to only one man the deadliest of the Breed warriors, Tegan.
No stranger to loss, Tegan knows Elise’s pain. He knows fury, but when he slays his enemies it is with ice in his veins. He is perfect in his self-control, until Elise seeks his aid in her personal war. An unholy alliance is forged a bond that will link them by blood and vow and plunge them into a tempest of danger, desire, and the darkest passions of the heart…
This is the third book in Lara Adrian’s Midnight Breed vampire series, and one of the best-loved. I really enjoyed it; it’s pure escapism and as I don’t read as many paranormal books anymore it made for a nice change.
I actually read this years ago – sort of. I’m not sure I ever finished it (probably because I was travelling or something and never got back to it). So it was nice to sit back down with it now.
The Midnight Breed books are all about big, tough vampire warriors and a secret war between good and evil. All the vampires in the world are men, and only able to be mated with particular women, women who are born with traits most don’t have.
Tegan is one of the oldest, most powerful vampires, and Elise is not a total newbie. The women stop ageing once mated to a vampire, and she has already loved and lost – a mate and their son. She is definitely one of Lara Adrian’s stronger heroines, which I think is what makes this book so popular.
There are some great moments between Tegan and Elise, the memorable sort of scenes that make people return to reread. One thing I don’t like about these books is how fast the relationships develop. The stories all seem to cover only a few days, and to commit to (literally!) forever with a person after that time is pretty hard to believe.
This is the first book in the series that takes us far away from Boston and the compound. The characters spend a significant part of the book in Europe, and we see the wider vampire world. There are plot points setting up later books (I’ve read these out of order). I appreciate the way Adrian lets the world grow. Unlike some authors in this genre, she seems to have a plan for where to take her series, which is why the quality stays consistent.
The Midnight Breed series is one of the more entertaining paranormal romance series out there.