New Review…Darker After Midnight (Midnight Breed Series #10) by Lara Adrian

In the dark of night, a blood war escalates within the hidden world of the Breed. After existing in secret for many long centuries, maintaining a fragile peace with the humans who walk beside them unaware, a single act of retaliation has put the entire vampire nation at risk of discovery. It falls to the Order—a cadre of Breed warriors pledged to protect their own and humankind alike—to stop Dragos, the power-mad vampire at the center of the conflict, before his push for domination can explode into catastrophe.

At the center of the Order’s quest is Sterling Chase, once a morally rigid enforcer of Breed law, now a warrior fallen from grace, whose biggest battle is the one he wages against his own savage nature. With addiction beckoning him toward eternal darkness, Chase’s path to redemption has never seemed more out of reach. But when his eyes meet those of Tavia Fairchild, a beautiful witness who identifies him at the scene of a mission gone terribly wrong, Chase finds himself drawn to the woman—and convinced she is something much more than she seems.

Pulled into a vortex of intrigue and danger she can neither resist nor understand, Tavia is uncertain whom to trust. And while everything sane and logical warns her against getting close to Chase, she cannot deny that the handsome, deeply haunted male stirs something primal and ravenous within her. But even as she surrenders to her cravings, nothing can prepare her for the shattering truth of who—and what—she truly is.

As the Order’s enemy mobilizes for the battle of the ages, Dragos and his Minions unleashing a hell on Earth like nothing ever seen before, Chase and Tavia are thrust into the heart of the violence. With time running out and the streets running red with the blood of innocent lives, both Breed and human, together Chase and Tavia must find a way to defeat Dragos once and for all—or die trying.

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The latest in Lara Adrian’s Midnight Breed series does not disappoint! This 10th installment includes shocking and intriguing plot twists and sets things up nicely at the end for this series to go in a new direction and explore the new and younger characters we’ve met along the way.

But let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves. Ahhhh, Chase. Sterling Chase. A favorite of many fans — who doesn’t love a tortured badass? Adrian gives us a suitable heroine for our favorite rule-stickler-turned-rule-breaker. Tavia Fairchild turns out to be tough without coming off as the overused plucky heroine; and vulnerable without turning into the damsel in distress. Tavia’s back-story brings to light an entire new thread; one rife with implications for The Breed. Their relationship has a combustible beginning, but as their feelings progress and Tavia becomes the focal point for Chase to beat back the bloodlust, there are many tender and sweet moments between them. And not to worry, lots of hot and heavy between these two as well.

I really enjoyed the writing in this book. Adrian has the reader “in the moment” over and over again. One scene I can share with you since it’s a flashback is the perfect example of how she puts the reader right there: “His mind echoed with the blast of the gunfire that had opened up the boy’s chest that night. He could still feel the unforgiving chill of metal in his hand, the reverberation of his biceps in the sudden silence that followed. The stench of spent bullets and spilling blood rank in the air as the raw, grief-stricken scream of a woman he’d once wanted for own split the night.” There’s a scene between Lucan and Gabrielle that was incredibly well written and the scenes between Chase and Dante have many layers to them.

 The book picks up right where the last story ended: Lucan and The Order evacuating the Boston compound and relocating to Maine. Chase has given them time to get out safely by surrendering to the local police. From there things happen quickly. Dragos puts his plan into action catching The Order off guard. There is major upheaval and things will not be the same for our favorite warriors. It’s something I never saw coming; and I loved it. It was daring and leaves the future of the series wide open. More of the origin of the Ancients is revealed, but that mystery remains to be unraveled in future books as well.

Heat Factor: Burning

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