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

Lara Adrian
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (472 customer reviews)

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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. . . .

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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)
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 (ebook novella)
Book 10: Darker After Midnight
The Midnight Breed Series Companion
Book 11: Edge of Dawn
Book 11.5: Marked by Midnight (on sale Jun 30, 2014)
Book 12: Crave the Night (on sale Aug 5, 2014)
Book 12.5: Tempted by Midnight (on sale Oct 14, 2014)
...and more to come!

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Product Details

  • File Size: 550 KB
  • Print Length: 434 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0553589377
  • Publisher: Dell (May 1, 2007)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000QCQ8XK
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,661 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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160 of 161 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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231 of 236 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fresh new vampire series May 14, 2007
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 87 people found the following review helpful
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Great series, great writing
Love this series. Compares to Black Dagger Brotherhood. Re-reading on Audible.
Published 5 days ago by Dean's machine
5.0 out of 5 stars delicious
I'm a huge fan of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. I was looking for another series similar to it bc I just can't get enough of the Same. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Avid reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Best vampire series out there......
I recommend the midnight breed series to everyone. This is the best series ever! I have read every one of Lara Adrian's books. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad for me
Didn't like this ,my daughter's thing read a little in to it and as soon as I knew it was vampires I read just a few pages more ,t got worse ,it was my daughter's pick had to rate... Read more
Published 17 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Lucan's story
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Don't know why it's taken me so long to start this series.
Loved the interaction with Lucan and Gab. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars vampire series
Second book or book 1 just as good as the first. The interaction of the characters has you want ing to get to the next book to see whose story will be told next. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Sue
5.0 out of 5 stars Flawless Writing
This book was a great start to an amazing series. Lara Adrian's imagination shows in her ability to expertly craft a story that grabs you from page one and keeps you hooked until... Read more
Published 26 days ago by Kat
5.0 out of 5 stars It all begins here for a Unique group of Paranormal Warriors and their...
IT all starts here paranormal romance genre fans! There are 11 novels in the series and I promise you will get hooked here and want to hear the whole tale; so, just make the leap... Read more
Published 27 days ago by Avid Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow
I loved this book. I couldn't put it down. It had action and love and of course sex. Great vampire book.
Published 28 days ago by Eve Strejc
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful read. This series is fantastic
Wonderful read. This series is fantastic. Cannot get enough. Sexy and dark. Highly recommended
Published 28 days ago by julie minton
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Enjoy the following FREE reads from Lara Adrian for a limited time!
* A TOUCH OF MIDNIGHT (Midnight Breed vampire romance series: Book 0.5)
* HEART OF THE HUNTER (Dragon Chalice series: Book 1)
* WHITE LION'S LADY (Warrior Trilogy: Book 1)

Lara Adrian is the New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of more than twenty novels, including the Midnight Breed vampire romance series. Watch for the Phoenix Code Romantic Suspense series (CUT AND RUN, November 17, 2014) and the Masters of Seduction Paranormal Romance series (available now).

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I have all 5 of her books in this series and cant wait for the others to come out. I like the books and enjoy
Jan 18, 2009 by Becky Capehart |  See all 19 posts
When did Rio die?
no he doesnt die, and i believe the most recent book is about him
Mar 30, 2012 by Truthandnothingbut |  See all 3 posts
I Saw A Book, But Forgot The Name, Can Anyone Guess??
I think this might be the Morganville Vampires Series by Rachel Caine.
Aug 5, 2010 by Boreas |  See all 3 posts
Question about Eva, Rio's mate in Lara Adrians book
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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