Sunday, May 20, 2012

Review: "Darker After Midnight" by Lara Adrian

Darker After Midnight is book #10 in the Midnight Breed series by Lara Adrian.

       This one starts off right where we left off in the last book.  As Dragos attempts to lead the police directly to the Order's front door, Chase sacrifices himself to protect his brethren.  He's been on the verge of succumbing to bloodlust since his brother and nephew's death but is now teetering precariously close to losing it all to the disease.  While Dragos continues his plot to take over the world, the humans as well as the otherworlders, it's up to the Order to protect humanity.  As a former member of the Order, a group of warriors pledged to protect the Breed as well as the humans, Chase still feels he owes it to them to rid the world of Dragos and his minions.  As Chase continues his battle with bloodlust and finds himself drawn to a beautiful otherworldly woman he hopes to fight off the disease threatening to ruin him and protect her at any cost.

       I have never been a fan of Sterling Chase in this series up to this point.  I was hesitant to read this book even though I have loved the series so far.  I knew Lara Adrian would make me love Chase and she did a wonderful job, as usual.  She took Chase to his lowest point, but didn't take him so far over the edge that he wasn't redeemable.  She showed his rough, out of control, intense exterior as well as his vulnerable side.  He couldn't accept himself and what he had become which was a huge hurdle for him to overcome.  The introduction of Tavia Fairchild turns the whole layout of the Breed on its head.  It made some huge changes and it will be interesting to see where they go from here with that.  Also, there are major changes in the ongoing battle with Dragos.  This book is definitely a game changer for the series.  I do wish we would have gotten a little more wrap up at the end however, as the epilogue jumps ahead quite a bit.  Tavia was one of my favorite heroines of the series so far.  We got a lot with the other characters as well.  Especially with Tegan, Lucan and the kids living with the Order.  Overall it was a fantastic book as usual.  It was full of action, suspense, romance... it had it all!

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