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January 26 2015 @ 03:15 pm
Crave the Night (#12) by Lara Adrian  
Title: Marked by Midnight
Author: Lara Adrian
Series: Midnight Breed, 12
Pages: 273
Rating: star_fullstar_fullstar_fullstar_fullpointsforts
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Book Description:
Born and raised to be an emotionless killing machine, Nathan is one of the most lethal Breed vampires in existence. A key member of the Order—an elite group of warriors charged with protecting both mortals and vampires—Nathan executes each mission with flawless precision and a total lack of mercy. Now he must pursue a powerful, hidden enemy. But Nathan’s hard discipline and training are no match for the fierce pull he feels toward a young woman he has no right to desire—a woman of wealth and high social standing who has long been promised to another Breed male, and who may also prove to be the key to rooting out Nathan’s elusive quarry.

Jordana lives a life of glittering privilege as a member of a prominent Breed family in Boston. Surrounded by fine things and fawning admirers, Jordana wants for nothing—until she crosses paths with a dark, intense warrior from the Order and finds herself swept into an impulsive, sizzling kiss that neither of them will forget. As much as she tries to deny her deep feelings for Nathan, Jordana cannot resist the craving to be near him, to break through his forbidding walls and see the man he truly is. But getting close to Nathan will thrust Jordana into a treacherous new world, forcing her to risk all she has and all she knows about herself and her past. And loving this seductive man could be the most dangerous temptation of all.

Thoughts on the Book:
Finally a story for Nathan.

We met Nathan when he was rescued from the Gen One labs by his mother and Hunter. Nathan, like Hunter, was a breed HUNTER meaning he was breed to be controlled and to kill mercilessly and be emotionless.

Nathan was rescued as a teen and taken in by his mother, Hunter and the Order. As we learn in this book, conditioning isn't easily overcome as Nathan seems to hold onto a lot of what he learned in the Gen One labs which is to remain as detached and emotionless as possible.

Problem here is he runs into Jordana who spontaneously kisses him making Nathan anything but detached. He becomes fixated on her and his feeling of unworthiness while Jordana is fixated on how much she craves more of Nathan.

But that isn't the only thing going on in this story. Since the series took on a new direction, I feared where it was going. In the beginning we were fighting corrupt law enforcement and evil Breed members and suddenly there is a new race Atlanteans. I didn't know how to feel about this except that they being the fathers of Breedmates seemed logical.

Jordana's story and her paternity take on a life of their own as secrets are exposed and more comes to light about the Breedmates and their origins. But the thing is Jordana's past is more complicated than most and it opens up a world of storytelling I'm sure we'll see in the future.

While I was skeptical about the new direction of the series, this book has redeemed my lost faith in the series.

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