Sunday, 3 August 2014

Review: Crave the Night: A Midnight Breed Novel by Lara Adrian

With the acclaimed Midnight Breed series, New York Times bestselling author Lara Adrian has written thrilling novels of electrifying romance and heart-pounding suspense—page-turners in which humans and vampires live tenuously side by side. In Crave the Night, Adrian brings the Breed and its world to the brink of war, where even the deepest passion can shatter into violence.

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.

Kindle Edition, 288 pages
Expected publication: August 5th 2014 by Delacorte Press
Series: Midnight Breed #12
Genre: Paranormal Romance

Kristine's Thoughts:

I received an advanced readers copy of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

Crave the Night is book twelve in the Midnight Breed series. What I want to know is how come I never heard of this series before now?? Eleven books passed me by before I was introduced to it. How could that have happened? Have I been hiding under a rock? I am hanging my head in shame as I write this.

As you can probably tell from above, this is the first book in this series for me (still hanging my head), but I was able to follow along without reading the eleven that came before it. Boy do I wish I had read them all first if this one is any indication of how good they are. I think the only thing that I was missing was the back story on some of the secondary characters.

Crave the Night had the perfect balance of the paranormal and the steamy, is it hot in here or is it just me aspect. All too often I find that the erotic elements out weigh the story and it gets lost. This is not the case with this book. There is a good story to go along with the hot and heavy. I think fans of paranormal and erotic will be equally pleased. I also think that Nathan with all his hotness will appeal to most (or maybe all) women with his dark, brooding personality and looks to go with it. The pages definitely heat up and there are some very descriptive sex scenes so it may not be appropriate for younger readers.

The story and characters kept me fully engaged from beginning to end. I thought it was well written and it flowed nicely. It appealed to the adult in me where as I find that a lot of paranormal books appeal more to the younger me. This was a really refreshing change. Over all I really, really enjoyed this book and will definitely be reading all of the books in the Midnight Breed series. Lara Adrian is a new to me author that I will be keeping tabs on from here on out. 

About the Author

As a child, Lara Adrian used to sleep with the covers up around her neck, afraid she might become the midnight prey of deadly vampires. Later on, under the influence of Bram Stoker and Anne Rice, she had to wonder if her fear wasn't actually something else: a secret desire to walk in a darker world, to live a dangerous and sensual dream with a man of seductive, preternatural power. It is that twining of fear and desire that fuels Lara's own fantasies today, and the idea that she explores in her New York Times bestselling Midnight Breed series of vampire romance novels from Bantam Dell Books.

With an ancestry stretching back to the Mayflower and the court of King Henry VIII, Lara Adrian lives with her husband in coastal New England, surrounded by centuries-old graveyards, hip urban comforts, and the endless inspiration of the broody Atlantic Ocean.

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