Review: Darker After Midnight by Lara Adrian

Wednesday, February 29

Title: Darker After Midnight*
Author: Lara Adrian
Series: Midnight Breeds #10
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Format: Hardcover & e-book
Date/Year:  January 2012
Reviewed by: Andrea

*This book was borrowed from the reviewer's local library for her own reading enjoyment

Summary from the publisher:

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.

My Musings:

This book is basically one big spoiler waiting to happen.  It's great when reading the book but really difficult to review.  I can be pretty specific on the romance aspect but it’s going to be vague when it comes to the blood war.  There are a lot of surprises and I don’t want to ruin them for anyone else.

I wasn't a huge fan of Sterling Chase in past books.  I always saw him as being arrogant, ruthless, and volatile.  I still feel that way but now I understand it.  By the end I even decided he wasn't such a bad guy and I grudgingly liked him.  I'll never love him, but I can appreciate him now.

Tavia was a surprise to me. I'm normally not a big fan of Lara Adrian's heroines.  In general, I find Adrian’s heroines to be fairly meek and happy to accept their submissive role.  They all have a few instances where they display a backbone, but for the most part I’m not impressed.  Tavia is a nice break from that, she is a force to be reckoned with!  I'm going to leave it at that to avoid spoilers.

The love story in this book didn't draw me in.  I liked Chase, and loved Tavia, but didn't feel the chemistry between them.  The jump from lust to love didn't work for me, it didn’t feel genuine to me.  The romance isn't a huge part of the book so it ended up not being a huge issue.  The part that really drew me in was the culmination of everything between the Order and Dragos which brought the Enforcement Agency and the human population into the mix.

The conclusion of this book left the door open for more books and possibly a spin off series.  It felt like that was forced into the story and happened too fast.  I enjoyed reading it, but now that I’m  finished I'm left feeling unfulfilled.  I would give the love story 2 stars and the blood war with Dragos 5 stars.  I averaged it out to give the book as a whole 3 stars.


Overall:  3.0 stars
Sensuality level: 3

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Kainani February 29, 2012 at 1:37 PM  

Oh shoots I'm disappointed you didn't fully enjoy this story. I love this series and I don't quite agree with your take on Ms. Adrian heroines being fairly meek and taking a submissive role. When I read her books I don't see them that way. However, I respect your thoughts and appreciate the honest review. Keep up the good work.

Andrea February 29, 2012 at 2:20 PM  

Thank you Kainani.

This was a difficult book for me because I loved one aspect of the book (the war with Dragos) but didn't care for the romance. I think my opinion would have been very different had I liked Chase going into this book.

Kainani March 2, 2012 at 3:49 PM  

I understand what you mean. Chase hasn't been one of my favorite characters either. Sometimes I like him and sometimes I don't. LOL.

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