Kiss of Midnight by Lara Adrian
Publication Date: May 1st 2007
Mass Market Paperback, 402 pages
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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. . .
I have to admit it, when i picked up Kiss of Midnight by Lara Adrian,despite all the good reviews i've read, i didn't expect many things.To be honest,i expected another paranormal romance book with vampires like all the others out there.And i was both right and wrong in my assumptions!
Lara Adrian's Midnight Breeds series has many similarities with many paranormal romance series i've read and especially with the Black Dagger Brotherhood series.But in its own ways is different and a totally enjoyable read!
This book follows Lucan and Gabrielle and as the first book in the series spends a good part explaining the world where the story is built.As i said,the similarities with BDB series are many.Both series follow a group of vampire warriors and the romance between the heroes blooms in the midst of a war.There are other similarities too,but since it's been some time since i read the BDB series i don't remember them in much detail,but to anyone who's read both these series those resemblances are hard to miss.
Anyway,i have to admit,although it's hard for me to say it,that i enjoyed Kiss of Midnight much more than i did Dark Lover!There,i said it!I enjoyed far more the way the romance between the two characters evolved,i found it was evenly paced and neither too slow nor too fast moving.The attraction between Lucan and Gabrielle is instant but at least the sex part isn't coming that quickly and definitely you don't get to hear declarations of love soon after the first sex scene.
I always find declarations of love really soon in the story a bit annoying.Lust,is a whole different subject,but i just don't believe in love at first sight.So,i always appreciate it when in a book,love comes a bit later in the plot.Guaranteed,when reading a romance, or paranormal romance in that case, you expect to have those emotions playing a huge part,i just want them to be revealed a bit later!
So,in Kiss of Midnight,Lucan and Gabrielle may lust for each other,but at least they fall in love as the story progress.
Another thing i really liked,was that the characters' reactions were believable and justifiable.Gabrielle struggles to believe the possibility of anything paranormal existing and not just suck up that what she's raised to know for certain is a myth,actually walks at night among us.I also liked Lucan's character and how he struggled to preserve his sanity and not give in to his cravings.
The world building isn't something completely original but nevertheless grabs your attention.The ending certainly leaves enough threads loose for the second book in the series but at the same time wraps up Lucan's and Gabrielle's story.