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March 06 2012 @ 06:02 pm
Darker Than Midnight by Lara Adrian (#10)  
Title: Darker Than Midnight
Series: Midnight Breed, 10
Author: Lara Adrian
Pages/Size: 384 pgs / 2170kb
Links: Hardback, Kindle

Book Description:
In the dark of night, a blood war escalates within the hidden world of the Breed. After existing in secret for many long centuries, maintaining a fragile peace with the humans who walk beside them unaware, a single act of retaliation has put the entire vampire nation at risk of discovery. It falls to the Order—a cadre of Breed warriors pledged to protect their own and humankind alike—to stop Dragos, the power-mad vampire at the center of the conflict, before his push for domination can explode into catastrophe.

At the center of the Order’s quest is Sterling Chase, once a morally rigid enforcer of Breed law, now a warrior fallen from grace, whose biggest battle is the one he wages against his own savage nature. With addiction beckoning him toward eternal darkness, Chase’s path to redemption has never seemed more out of reach. But when his eyes meet those of Tavia Fairchild, a beautiful witness who identifies him at the scene of a mission gone terribly wrong, Chase finds himself drawn to the woman—and convinced she is something much more than she seems.

Pulled into a vortex of intrigue and danger she can neither resist nor understand, Tavia is uncertain whom to trust. And while everything sane and logical warns her against getting close to Chase, she cannot deny that the handsome, deeply haunted male stirs something primal and ravenous within her. But even as she surrenders to her cravings, nothing can prepare her for the shattering truth of who—and what—she truly is.

As the Order’s enemy mobilizes for the battle of the ages, Dragos and his Minions unleashing a hell on Earth like nothing ever seen before, Chase and Tavia are thrust into the heart of the violence. With time running out and the streets running red with the blood of innocent lives, both Breed and human, together Chase and Tavia must find a way to defeat Dragos once and for all—or die trying.

What did you think of the book? (Why this book?, New Author? Read more by author? Keeping? Thoughts on Hero? Heroine?)
I was a little disappointed by this story. We have this impression that Sterling Chase has really pushed the limits of being a Rogue but then he doesn't really feel like he's teetering that close to Rogue most of the book.

Tavia is an interesting character as we learn how she's important to Dragos and the Breed Nation. She is a good addition to the Breedmates but not the most highly developed of characters.

The Breedmates were very interesting this time around. With Jenna's continuing evolution, we get more insight into the Breed world with falses of member in the form of dreams that are straight from The Ancient the Order killed. What we soon discover is that The Breed are not the only "other" on planet Earth. And I have to wonder if Adrian is a Highlander fan from the description of The Immortals's death. It is a fascinating twist and one I look forward to reading more about.

But it is Dragos who really pushes this book to the limits when he unleashes all the Rogue vampires from the Enforcement Agency prisons onto the world. Seriously? My questions would be to that Enforcement Agency, "Why would you keep them locked up, in a place that it is possible to escape from, if you are worried about outing your race?"

Still with the revelation about Vampires/Breed comes a great opportunity to continue the series with Human influence and now The Immortals.

Other Book in the Series:
Kiss of Midnight - Lucan & Gabrielle
Kiss of Crimson - Dante & Tess
Midnight Awakening - Teagan & Elise
Midnight Rising - Rio & Dylan
Veil of Midnight - Niko & Renata
Ashes of Midnight - Andreas & Claire
Shades of Midnight - Kade & Alex
Taken by Midnight - Brock & Jenna
Deeper than Midnight - Hunter & Corinne
A Taste of Midnight - Bran & Danika
Darker After Midnight - Sterling Chase & Tavia