In a world of shadows and dark, cosuming hungers, desire is the deadliest weapon…
For journalist Dylan Alexander, it began with the discovery of a hidden tomb, thrusting her into the center of a gathering storm of violence and secrets. But nothing is as dangerous as the scarred, lethally seductive man who rises from the shadows to draw her into his world of dark desire and endless night.
Fuelled by pain and rage over a shattering betrayal, the warrior Rio has pledged his life to the war against the Rogues. He will let nothing stand in his way—least of all a mortal woman with the power to expose the entire vampire race. For an ancient evil has been awakened, and a stunning darkness is on the rise. Suddenly Dylan is powerless to resist Rio’s touch, even as she uncovers a shocking link to her own past. And now she must choose: Leave Rio’s midnight realm, or risk it all for the man who has shown her true passion and the infinite pleasures of the heart…
The Midnight Breed series, about a secret underground war involving vampires, got popular back when vampires were the Big Thing. Reading these books a few years after vampires went out of fashion, I still think they’re great fun. Midnight Rising is the fourth book in the series, and it was solid if not spectacular.
This series fills all your big, dark, dangerous hero needs and does it a hell of a lot better than other series. I like the consistency in the world-building, something that’s better here than in the similar Black Dagger Brotherhood series.
There’s something about this series that keeps you picking them up, even though some of the jumps in plot development make no sense. The books aren’t masterpieces, but the author has something in her storytelling that keeps you reading. However, Lara Adrian’s books tend to feel a bit similar after a while. The relationships happen at a rapid pace, which isn’t uncommon, but also a little hard to buy when we’re talking about immortal characters. You don’t make a commitment – an irreversible blood bond – for an eternity with someone after only knowing them less than a week!
I thought this situation was handled better in book two, Kiss of Crimson. In that one the hero’s half of the bond happened by accident, and the heroine’s half happened in order to save her life. In this book, we have a mentally and physically scarred man who was badly betrayed by a mate he’d been with for centuries, who suddenly does a complete turnaround and starts lengthy declarations of love with this new woman.
The rapidity of the relationships was also shown with hero and heroine of book two, who play secondary roles here. They’re going to be together for centuries and centuries, and she’s already pregnant after only knowing him a couple of months? Too fast!
Changes were made with some of the characters from earlier books. The whole nature of Rio’s relationship with his first mate was changed. It would have been a more interesting story if it hadn’t suddenly it turned out Rio didn’t love her that much. That’s not the story we’ve been told for the last three books!
This is a little bit of a transition book. The series gets “bigger” from here, with the wider vampire world coming out into the open and a war of sorts brewing. Even though it was far from my favourite book, as soon as I was finished I was online, looking to buy another one!