Friday, 26 February 2010

Review: Shades of Midnight - Lara Adrian

Her sanctuary has become her darkest nightmare...

Something inhuman has let itself loose in the Alaskan tundra, leaving a wake of unspeakable carnage.  For bush pilot Alex Maguire the wreckage is especially chilling - Alaska was her refuge, the place to which she fled after the brutal murder of her family.

Alerted to the Alaskan slaughter, the Midnight Breed send Kade to quell the danger and ensure Alex does not learn the truth behind the attacks.  But Alex is soon to be tested by the threat of otherworldly evil - and by her desire for Kade, a man she should fear but who is now her seductive guide into an erotic realm of blood and darkness.

The Midnight Breed Series:
A Touch of Midnight (Novella included in The Midnight Breed Series Companion, now also available separately)
Kiss of Midnight
Kiss of Crimson
Midnight Awakening
Midnight Rising
Veil of Midnight
Ashes of Midnight
Shades of Midnight
Taken by Midnight
Deeper than Midnight
A Taste of Midnight (Novella)
Darker After Midnight
The Midnight Breed Series Companion
Edge of Dawn
Marked by Midnight (Novella)
Crave the Night
Tempted by Midnight (Novella)
Bound to Darkness
Stroke of Midnight (Novella)

Visit Lara Adrian's website  for more information about the Midnight Breed series you will find excerpts from each of the books.  Lara can also be found on Facebook & Twitter where she posts regular updates or you can join other fans to chat about the books over at the LAMB (Lara Adrian Midnight Breed) Forum

This is book 7 in the Midnight Breed series & although each book can be read as a stand alone story I really recommend that you read the books in order in order to get the most out of the series and follow the ongoing story.  You can read my reviews for the other books by clicking on the links above in the series list.

Alex is a pilot in Alaska who earns a living delivering supplies to remove villages.  When doing one of her usual deliveries she discovers the bodies of an entire family who have been brutally murdered.  The terrifying thing for Alex is that she has seen this kind of damage before - when her Mother & Brother were killed years ago.  She had escaped the tragedy with her Father & they fled to Alaska hoping they would be safe there.  Alex has never told anyone the truth about her past and doesn't know who to turn to now that it seems to be happening again. 

The Order becomes aware of the killings when video footage of the bodies turns up on the internet.  Suspecting that the family was killed by Rogues Lucan decides to send Kade back to his homeland to control the situation and make sure the Rogues are dealt with.  Kade left Alaska a year ago to join the Order in Boston and hasn't been home since, avoiding issues he has with his twin brother Seth.  Although Kade has made appearances in previous books we don't know much about him or his history and I really enjoyed finding out more about him.  His talent is telepathy with animals and he is able to to see through their eyes and control their actions which I found really interesting. 

The attraction between Kade and Alex is instant although he has no idea that she is a Breedmate and she struggles to understand why she finds herself so drawn to him.  I enjoyed seeing their relationship develop and really loved Kade.  There are so many things going on in this book & I couldn't put it down.  The ongoing war between the Order and the Rogues is developing really well & I can't wait to see what happens next. 

I've been a fan of this series since the first book but I honestly think it is just getting better & better with each new release.  I love the world that Lara Adrian has created - it drew me in from the beginning and has kept me hooked ever since.  The action is fast paced and building up to what I can only assume will be a spectacular finish, although I'm pleased to say we have several more books to come!  I've already re-read most of the books in the series & I know I'll be happy to read this one again in the future.  If you haven't already discovered the series then I'd highly recommend it.

Source: Purchased

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Pearl's World of Romance
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  1. I haven't read this series, but it sounds incredibly entertaining...that girl on the cover looks eerily similar to what's her face who plays Bella in the horrible Twilight films :)

  2. Hi Melissa - I really love this series :o) It's going to be a long wait until September LOL.

    It's strange how much the girl on the cover looks like Bella - in the story Alex is blond so I don't picture her anything like that. I get so irritated when they can't even get people's hair the right colour on the cover!!

  3. yeay! great review!i just won this book and im so excited to read it! especially after this!!!

  4. as for the cover it looks a bit like bella, and also a little bit like Isabel Lucas

    anyone actually know?

  5. Congratulations on winning a copy Wings!! I can't wait to see what you think of it :o) I don't know who the cover model is but she does look a lot like Bella LOL. I still think they should have used a different model though



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