Friday, December 7, 2007

Midnight Awakening

Book: Midnight Awakening
Author: Lara Adrian
Grade: B+

Yet another series.

Midnight Awakening is the third book in Lara Adrian's Midnight Breed series and so far the best read in the bunch.

Let me start off by saying that I was extremely skeptical of Adrian's vampire series prior to reading and I stayed skeptical up until Midnight Awakening. My reason for skepticism, you ask? Well I had been warned that Adrian's vamp world was a lot like JR Ward's notorious vamp world. With this warning in my head I toed the line of Adrian's books with great reluctance and I didn't let myself become fully involved in the series until now. Why now? Because Adrian's latest heroine, Elise, pulled me in. She was ballsy and headstrong and determined. She was no simpering damsel in distress, which is a quality that I despise in romance heroines.

Are there similarities in Adrian and Ward's world's? Yes. They both have big bad male vamps that are apart of an elite society that goes out and kicks the butts of the bad guy's that aim to take out the vampire race. They both have heavily tatted up alpha male vamps with major internal problems and foul mouths that every woman wants to kiss. They both have built worlds where the high society vamps turn their noses down on the regular vamps... Yeah they are similar but they also have their differences and Adrian stepped out of the shadow of Ward with Midnight Awakening.

He has resisted temptation for centuries, a stone-cold warrior whose frozen heart refuses to thaw--until her . . .

In present day Boston, a daring young woman is on a desperate mission--to claim revenge on the Rogue vampires who took from her everything she held dear. But Elise can't do it alone. There is only one man she can turn to: the deadliest of the Breed warriors, Tegan. An unholy alliance is forged--a bond that will link them by blood and vow--and plunge them into a tempest of danger, desire, and the darkest passions of the heart.

As I said before Elise is the reason that the book was a winner for me. It's not often that I like the heroine better than the hero in the books I read but I did in this book. I also liked that both the Tegan and Elise have past pain that they must both overcome. It wasn't one sided with one of them helping the other out of their dark place, it was mutual. That does not happen often in romance.

Adrian successfully weaves an interesting and eventful story of loss, overcoming past demons and finding love again. B+

Click here for excerpt.

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