A Taste of Midnight (Midnight Breed #9.5) by Lara Adrian

A Taste of Midnight (Midnight Breed #9.5) by Lara Adrian

In this spellbinding eBook novella of otherworldly desire, a woman whose destiny was born from a blood kiss discover that second chances do come… even for immortals.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…

A Taste of Midnight (Midnight Breed #9.5) by Lara Adrian

If someone could explain to me why the woman on the cover has fangs when she’s not the vampire…!! In fact, women in this world cannot be vampires.

I love the vampire world created by Lara Adrian, but this novella unfortunately shows the faults in her storytelling. I wish this had been a full-length book because neither main character was done justice here.

What I do enjoy about the Midnight Breed series is that no matter whether it’s a full book or a novella, there’s a complete story beyond the romance, and that there’s action and adventure. However, A Taste of Midnight packed in a story that should have taken much more time and covered it all in a couple of days.

Danika was mated for centuries. Centuries. One and half years earlier her mate was killed and she was left pregnant (and I think the author messed with the pregnancy timeline a bit here – she was more pregnant when she was widowed in the first book than she claims to have been in this one). Now she has a young son.

Malcolm lost his pregnant mate seven months ago. Seven months.

So how these ancient people could go from mourning for such a short period of time in their existence, to one night together, to immediately committing to mating for eternity was beyond me. The biggest flaw in Adrian’s books is that we never get a reason for this great love her heroes and heroines have together. They meet, have sex a few hours later, and then they’re mated for eternity. In the scheme of things, this novella had the least believable relationship of any so far.

The story with the human trafficking would have been a good one if it had been drawn out. As it was there just wasn’t the page space for the plot the author wanted to use.

I do keep reading these books because there’s something about them I really enjoy, but this wasn’t the best example of the Midnight Breed series.

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