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Kiss of Midnight: A Midnight Breed Novel (The Midnight Breed Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Lara Adrian
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Book Description

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. . . .

The complete Midnight Breed Series reading order:

Book 0.5: A Touch of Midnight (prequel novella - free ebook)

Book 1: Kiss of Midnight

Book 2: Kiss of Crimson

Book 3: Midnight Awakening

Book 4: Midnight Rising

Book 5: Veil of Midnight

Book 6: Ashes of Midnight

Book 7: Shades of Midnight

Book 8: Taken by Midnight

Book 9: Deeper Than Midnight

Book 9.5: A Taste of Midnight (novella, ebook only)

Book 10: Darker After Midnight

The Midnight Breed Series Companion

Book 11: Edge of Dawn

Book 11.5: Marked by Midnight (novella)

Book 12: Crave the Night

Book 12.5: Tempted by Midnight (novella)

Book 13: Bound to Darkness (July 30, 2015)

Book 13.5: Stroke of Midnight (novella, Oct 2015)

...and more to come!

Books In This Series (12 Books)
Complete Series

  • Editorial Reviews


    "KISS OF MIDNIGHT is dark, edgy and passionate, an irresistible vampire romance." --The Chicago Tribune

    From the Author

    The Midnight Breed Series reading order:
    Book 0.5: A Touch of Midnight (prequel novella - free ebook)
    Book 1: Kiss of Midnight
    Book 2: Kiss of Crimson
    Book 3: Midnight Awakening
    Book 4: Midnight Rising
    Book 5: Veil of Midnight
    Book 6: Ashes of Midnight
    Book 7: Shades of Midnight
    Book 8: Taken by Midnight
    Book 9: Deeper Than Midnight
    Book 9.5: A Taste of Midnight (novella, ebook only)
    Book 10: Darker After Midnight
    The Midnight Breed Series Companion
    Book 11: Edge of Dawn
    Book 11.5: Marked by Midnight (novella)
    Book 12: Crave the Night
    Book 12.5: Tempted by Midnight (novella)
    Book 13: Bound to Darkness (Spring 2015)
    Book 13.5: Stroke of Midnight (novella, Oct 2015)
    ...and more to come!

    Also by Lara Adrian:
    Phoenix Code Romantic Suspense Series (with Tina Folsom)
    Books 1 & 2: Cut and Run
    Books 3 & 4: Hide and Seek (June 22, 2015)

    Masters of Seduction Paranormal Romance Series
    Merciless: House of Gravori (in Masters of Seduction Vol 1)
    Priceless: House of Ebarron (in Masters of Seduction Vol 2)

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    Product Details

    • File Size: 972 KB
    • Print Length: 434 pages
    • Publisher: Dell (May 1, 2007)
    • Sold by: Random House LLC
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B000QCQ8XK
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    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,180 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    164 of 165 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Derivative but still a great read November 14, 2007
    Format:Mass Market Paperback
    There's absolutely no doubt as to the readership to whom this book is meant to appeal - the commendation from J R Ward, author of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series, gives a big clue. This book is very, very similar to the Black Dagger Brotherhood and will no doubt be enjoyed by those who like those books; the similarities are very marked - a small number of warrior vampires live together in a compound and fight against strong and numerous adversaries. This is the first in the series and it's very akin to Ward's "Dark Lover" (in fact at one point the heroine describes the hero as her dark lover), in that the hero is the leader of the band of warriors, that he isn't looking for a romantic involvement and yet he discovers that a woman is linked to the vampire nation although she herself is oblivious of that fact. There are even mentions of a Red Sox hat, there's a computer expert vampire, a monosyllabic and weird vampire, the death of one of the six warrior vampires... the comparisons with the BDB go on and on.

    And yet this is a book in its own right and it has its differences. There are several good things about this book when comparing it to the BDB. The first is that the characters don't have silly names but just unusual ones - the hero is Lucan, we also meet Tegan, Nikolai, Dante, Rio, Gideon and Conlan. Secondly there aren't loads of odd words with extra letter h peppered throughout the text which I always found rather cheesy. Thirdly the sections dealing with the Rogues, those against whom the warriors are fighting, aren't as extensive (I always find myself skim-reading the Lesser sections in the BDB) and in this series the Rogues are vampires gone bad rather than a separate species.

    There are some aspects about this book that didn't feel as accomplished as the BDB.
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    232 of 237 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Fresh new vampire series May 14, 2007
    By cmiller
    Format:Mass Market Paperback
    After witnessing a murder and barely escaping with her life, Gabrielle Maxwell does what any good and sane citizen would do; she calls the police. Upon their arrival, they find nothing that indicates anything violent happened outside the nightclub. While Gabrielle insists that she's not lying, she can't help but think she might be insane like her birth mother. The only thing that gives her hope that she is perfectly sane is the pictures she took on her cell phone as she was running away from the group of men who so savagely murdered a man right in front of her. When "Detective" Lucan Thorne appears on her doorstep, she has no reason to doubt his authenticity.

    Lucan Thorne is instantly attracted to Gabrielle and almost makes an irreversible mistake when he attempts to take her blood. Seeing the mark that shows Gabrielle is a Breedmate, Lucan knows that he can't take her blood, nor can he leave her to continue living the life she has. Only a handful of human women are marked as such and to take her blood would mean mating with her for life. The the leader of an elite group of warriors, the Breed only works to protect humans from vampires that have let Bloodlust overcome them and become Rogue. When it seems that the Rogues are somehow organizing their ranks and starting a war in the human world, Lucan is determined that Gabrielle won't end up in the middle of it.

    I was skeptical when I first picked this book up. There are so many new paranormal/vampire authors popping up, but Lara Adrian somehow kept it fresh with her new "Midnight" series. Throwing in a whole new twist on where vampires come from and what they represent, KISS OF MIDNIGHT is a promising start to a new vampire series.

    Kenyon and Ward fans should enjoy this series.
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    82 of 89 people found the following review helpful
    Format:Mass Market Paperback
    Gabrielle Maxwell is a successful photographer out for a night with her friends when her whole world changes. Gabby witnesses a murder outside a club--and it's not just any murder. Though she scarcely believes it, the attackers actually mauled their victim and appeared to be eating him. Snapping some photos with her camera phone for evidence, Gabby heads to the nearest police station. When the police don't believe her story, and instead encourage her to go home and rest. With the promise that a patrolman will visit later in the week, Gabby follows their orders.

    Lucan Thorne is the leader of a group of vampire warriors determined to protect their race from Rogues, vampires gone crazy with bloodlust who kill indiscriminately and without remorse. Lucan is about to attack the Rogues outside the nightclub when he sees the pretty girl in the alley snapping photos and running for her life. After dealing with the errant Rogues, Lucan goes to Gabby's house pretending to be a police officer so that he can erase her memories of that night. Little does he know that the innocent photographer has a bigger secret than witnessing a vampire murder...

    Kiss of Midnight was edgy and dark, which I liked, but again I'm going to have to go there. It's been said over and over again that Lara Adrian's Midnight Breed series bears a striking resemblance to the vampire world created in JR Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood. And I like the BDB books better. Still, if you haven't read Ward's work and like vampire romances, then you should give this book a try. If you have already read the BDB books, I think it's next to impossible not to make the comparison between the two series.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great Story Great Author
    I loved this book, so surprised at how much I liked it, so different, I bought it for my Kindle, (then bought the Hardcover) the seller of the hardcover
    was true to his word,... Read more
    Published 22 hours ago by Southern Light
    5.0 out of 5 stars Beginning of a great series
    Kiss of Midnight is very well written with an intriguing plot full of action, very well developed characters that you are sad to let go of and sexy scenes that leave you... Read more
    Published 2 days ago by KOrtego
    3.0 out of 5 stars Great Star to a Series
    3.5 Stars
    Lucan Thorne is an ancient “Breed” warrior vampire. For centuries he has fought against the Rogue vampires to keep not only vampire society a secret/safe, but to... Read more
    Published 3 days ago by Amanda J. Greene
    5.0 out of 5 stars Shockingly entangling...
    When I first picked up this book I couldn't get through the first chapter, spoiled by JR Ward and the BD, I started with the companion... Read more
    Published 9 days ago by Melissa Hixson
    5.0 out of 5 stars Good plot
    I like how it ties together however the ending felt very rushed. Not as in-depth or grabby as JR Ward but entertaining non the less
    Published 10 days ago by cory nauert
    4.0 out of 5 stars I love vampires
    I actually picked up this book because one of the reviews said it was similar to BDB.. Well it's not. The only similarities to me were there are vampires and women. Read more
    Published 13 days ago by Avid ReaderLa
    5.0 out of 5 stars Sensual and Thrilling.
    This book was great. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Can't wait to read the next one. Highly recommend this to everyone.
    Published 22 days ago by J J Lips
    5.0 out of 5 stars Second time...
    Just as good as the first. I loved the series, and this is my second time reading it. I was so sad when I hit the end and ran out of these books to read. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by KatyBAM22
    5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating
    I read several chapters over and over. Totally soaking in the primal images. My heart racing with pure want and the pleasure.
    Published 1 month ago by Lisa Gibbs
    4.0 out of 5 stars Drags you in
    The story moves very quickly. Without dedicating any time to reading, I was. Done with this faster than expected. I look forward to starting the next book of the series
    Published 1 month ago by Alicia Williams
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    no he doesnt die, and i believe the most recent book is about him
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    i hve not read this series yet but i loved the BDB. i cant wait till book eight so i hope this will give me a quick fix
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