“ Author: Lara Adrian / Genre: Fiction „
The Midnight Breed Series is a series of paranormal romance books with one ongoing story that runs through the entire series with the addition of individual love stories in each book. Each book is written from the point of view of a different member of 'The Order'.
The Order are a group of 'The Breed' (Essentially Vampires) who have sworn to track down members who have gone rogue and given in to blood lust.
Kiss of Midnight is the first book in the series and is based around Lucan the leader of the order and Gabrielle a human 'breedmate'.
The book takes a unique twist on typical vampire mythology with an interesting back story as why they exist (which I won't spoil by telling but it is definitely a plot line I have never come across before).
All the vampires are male and can only breed with a select number of special human females that are genetically compatible.
The book has some fantastic bad guys the 'rogues' who are really evil and actually scare you a little while you are reading and ensure some action packed fight scenes that really get your heart racing, and talking of heart racing scenes this book has some extremely racy sex scenes that may not be suitable for the faint of heart, they are very passionate and well described.
Overall this book has a good mixture of paranormal, Sci-fi, Action, Romance and Raunch as well a a really well thought out plot, so far one of my favorite Paranormal Romance Series so far.
Kiss of Midnight by Lara Adrian
Book one in the Midnight Breed Series.
Browsing a book on Amazon usually encourages the site to advertise recommendations in the same genre underneath the one you are viewing; this is how I came across Kiss of Midnight. A vampire romance and the first in the Midnight Breed Series by Lara Adrian, skipping reading the reviews (due to rushing as I had to go out) and with a quick browse over the summary, I decided to give it a go.
Photographer Gabrielle Maxwell agrees to join her friends as they head to a new club in Boston after her gallery opening. As the club gives Maxine a menacing impression and tired anyway after the nights' events she decides to leave. It's outside she witnesses an animalistic murder occurring and despite the shock she manages to capture a photograph on her phone.
Gabrielle then heads straight to the police station to report what she has witnessed. She shows them the image she had taken, which unfortunately appears too grainy for the police to make out anything and see what she sees; six men with blood dripping from their mouths and glowing eyes. Turned away and presumed crazy by the police after no evidence and no body, Gabrielle questions herself. Unbeknown to her, there was another witness to the murder that night, Lucan Thorne, and a few days after the incident he knocks on her door posing as a detective to retrieve her phone.
Lucan, a vampire, had paused that night waiting for the right time to attack and destroy his corrupted brethren and that was when he spotted Gabrielle. As the oldest and strongest of his kind Lucan is the leader of a small group of Breed Warriors, sworn to protect his race and humans from the Rogues. The Rogues were once like him, regular vampires drinking human blood. But there is always a risk with each and every one of them to give in to bloodlust and take more blood than needed. It's then they become uncontrollably addicted and change into a ruthless killer, known as a Rogue.
A romance slowly begins to try and develop between Lucan and Maxine. It occasionally falters as he tries and fights it with everything he has, more so when it is discovered she is a breed mate (a rare human with DNA that is compatible with vampire DNA) Lucan is very old and has fought with bloodlust for many years.
The question arises whether his desire for her and her blood is too strong for him to control himself from tipping over the edge and killing her and becoming one of the creatures he lives to kill.
First of all I want to say I finished this book then bought the second in the series (Which I find better) but that unfortunately doesn't mean I thoroughly enjoyed it, curiosity just got the better of me and I wanted to keep believing it would turn out much different to another series I had read. I haven't got further than the first two books as I just grew fed up, and so I moved onto a different series. This book is so similar to J.R Wards' Black Dagger Brotherhood series; with the band of warriors, their breed mates, weapons etc I couldn't help comparing Kiss of Midnight with them as I sat and read. There are only a couple of original ideas that managed to keep me intrigued, one being the obvious difference in enemies and one being in Kiss of Midnight, the vampires are actually descendents of aliens who'd came to earth. I've never heard that one before.
I don't want to be completely mean and say Adrian copied the idea, this book isn't complete rubbish and the romance is solid and believable. I just would have liked the warriors to have more of distinguished camaraderie. One warrior dies and the sadness doesn't seem all that you would think it would be and doesn't last very long. This may be me comparing Ward and Adrian's books though, but I really couldn't help do so and I feel next to the Black Dagger Brotherhood, the Midnight Breed series doesn't stand a chance. But that is just my opinion. It did intrigue me who had the first in their series published first and after research it turns out it was Ward, and Dark Lover was published in 2005 whereas Kiss of Midnight was published in 2007.
That being said, the main characters are well written and introvert Maxine, you like instantly. As her story quickly unfolds there's a twist and you realise her vulnerability, and it is magnified when her past catches up with her.
Lucan holds his own as a tough and enticing warrior and though I compared him with the warriors in Wards series, his troubles and the way he deals with them are different.
I would recommend this to those into vampire romances, had I read this book and series first I may have rated it higher, but I read it right after the Black Dagger Brotherhood so I feel it didn't get a fair shot.
All in all It's a good and easy romantic read, with plenty of action too, so I won't just base my rate on comparisons, I'll give it three stars. At least Adrian's warriors' names were less laughable than Wards.
Kiss of Midnight is 359 pages long and includes the first chapter of sequel Kiss of Crimson at the back. You can purchase the paperback new or used from £2.00 or £1.59 for the Kindle, on Amazon.
Kiss of Midnight is a paranormal romance story that focuses on a photographer called Gabrielle and the leader of the vampires, Lucan.
It's the first book in the series so I wasn't sure exactly what to expect but I did have high expectations, especially because my favourite writer J.R. Ward is quoted on the front of the book saying that it's a good book but I was very disappointed.
The plot is fairly typical of the genre and contains nothing unique and doesn't even give a new angle on a very popular storyline. It's basically about Gabrielle, who thinks that she's an ordinary human being but then discovers she's actually a breedmate, one of the few humans who can breed with vampires. Now, I didn't like this much because while sometimes the whole mate plot (where people are basically destined to be someone's mate or in this case the mate of someone in a particular race) can be quite romantic in this story it didn't seem romantic at all, instead it felt more like they use certain human women for breeding, kinda like an animal.
Gabrielle doesn't realise that she's a breedmate or that she has a special talent for finding the hiding places of the bad vampires who drain humans and go mad with blood lust. Lucan realises this before she does and has to keep her safe but things get complicated when he falls in love with her.
I found it very difficult to like the characters in this book and if anything I felt quite apathetic towards them. It's not so much that Adrian isn't a good writer because I actually thought her writing style was quite good, although she does describe things in excessive details at points. I just felt that she didn't bring the characters to life.
I lost interest at so many points in this book and it felt like it was a real chore to read it. Although there is a lot of action the book felt quite slow and dull.
Adrian does introduce a number of other characters in this book who are goign to be the focus of other books but she didn't really do anything to make me interested in them at all and I doubt I will read any more in this series.