Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Review: Kiss of Midnight (Midnight Breed #1) by Lara Adrian

Synopsis (Goodreads):
He watches her from across the crowded dance club, a sensual black-haired stranger who stirs Gabrielle Maxwell’s deepest fantasies. But nothing about this night—or this man—is what it seems. For when Gabrielle witnesses a murder outside the club, reality shifts into something dark and deadly. In that shattering instant she is thrust into a realm she never knew existed—a realm where vampires stalk the shadows and a blood war is set to ignite.

Lucan Thorne despises the violence carried out by his lawless brethren. A vampire himself, Lucan is a Breed warrior, sworn to protect his kind—and the unwitting humans existing alongside them—from the mounting threat of the Rogues. Lucan cannot risk binding himself to a mortal woman, but when Gabrielle is targeted by his enemies, he has no choice but to bring her into the dark underworld he commands.

Here, in the arms of the Breed’s formidable leader, Gabrielle will confront an extraordinary destiny of danger, seduction, and the darkest pleasures of all. . .
My Thoughts: I feel torn about this book.  I didn't love it, but I really liked the mythology that Lara Adrian created for her vampires.  Why didn't I love it?  That's where I'm getting tangled up.  For the most part, it was because I thought there was a lot of repetition in the narrative.  A lot.  After the third or fourth time the same things was mentioned (and for the life of me I can't remember any examples) I was like "I get it.  I get it."  That said, I do think it was an interesting take on vampires.  It made sense to me.  All the different pieces of mythology (where they came from, why Breedmates are always female, etc) fit together nicely and left me looking forward to the next cycle of stories.

One of the biggest draws for me, were the secondary characters - those lovely Breeds who we'll meet in depth in later books, I'm hoping.  I thought they were fabulous.

Now, I don't want to get all complain-y and start moaning about little nit picky things but Lucan's continued denial that Gabrielle could be his Breedmate started to wear.  On one hand, I get that he was battling bloodlust and didn't want to drag her down into that but... if she's his, she's his.  Right?  And he handled telling her about their species soooo badly.  I wanted to kick the guy.

Despite all that I still liked the book.  I'll definitely be continuing with the series - if for no other reason than to see how those other lovely men get their girls.  In the end, while I didn't love the book, I thought the worldbuilding was well done and the overall arc shows a lot of promise.

Like I said, I'll be picking up the next few in the series and seeing where Lara Adrian takes them.

More books by Lara Adrian

Reading challenges: The Paranormal Romance Challenge, The Vampire Challenge


  1. Great review, really balanced. this series has been on my wishlist forever, I really need to get round to giving it a go!

    The Cait Files

  2. Great review, really balanced. This has been on my wishlist forever, really need to get round to it

    The Cait Files

  3. Cait: Thanks. This was a tough review to write since I didn't love the book yet I can see so much potential for the series.

  4. Excellent review.
    Kiss of Midnight is also not my favorite but I am so glad that I continued reading this series because the next books are brilliant. I just finished Veil of Midnight and it is amazing.
    I also love the detailed world building and the fact that the Breedmates have powers of their own.

  5. Lauren: Okay, that's what I needed to hear. I have the 4th book in the series and I was planning on working my way through all the books but I was a little put off by this one.