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Kiss of Midnight: A Midnight Breed Novel (The Midnight Breed Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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- Book 1 of 16 in The Midnight Breed Series
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- File Size : 2085 KB
- Publisher : Dell (May 1, 2007)
- Print Length : 434 pages
- Publication Date : May 1, 2007
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- ASIN : B000QCQ8XK
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- Language: : English
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- Best Sellers Rank: #43,142 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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So Lucian and Gabrielle. I loved the couple. This book is a great introduction to the series. I have read a couple other vampire related books and they all seem to have a different take on vampire life. I happen to love this one. The Breedmates, females who are born with a tear drop falling on a crescent moon are born to breed with vampires. Breedmates are all born with special paranormal abilities that they pass on to their offspring. The original vampires were ravaging aliens that preyed on humans and bred with Breedmates. The Order which Lucan stated hundreds of years ago was started by first generation vampires born of Breedmates. The Order declared war on their fathers and set out to extinguish them all. The Order lives harmoniously amongst humans. Unfortunately, there are vampires that turn Rogue after they become addicted to blood which then becomes bloodlust.
The Order's entire mission is to rid the world of the Rogue population but they noticed an increase in their numbers. Gabrielle is an artist, a photographer by trade. She unknowingly has an eye for spotting Rogue and Vampire hot spots. After a successful showing at her best friend's gallery they convince her to go with them to a new night club. There is where she locks eyes with Lucian for the first time. The night club is not her scene and when she makes her escape she unwittingly witnesses a group of Rogues feeding and killing a human. She manages to take pictures of the attach but no one believes her because there is no evidence. Lucian is drawn to Gabrielle and the rest is history as they say. I don't want to give any spoilers but it is a great read.
The characterization is three dimensional. All the characters are very well written. The book is flawlessly written and flows wonderfully, that is the case for all the books in the series. Usually in a series I get bored but this series is enthralling. The author's imagery is out of this world (pun intended). It is great to be able to get lost in a book(s) again.
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The best friend said "Oh my God", the human cried "Oh my God".
I wondered why everyone in this book had the same speech pattern - on repeat.
I wished the dialogue was more colourful, nuanced and with more depth.
There are SO many similarities that I can't even begin writing down. To name a few, living in a compound, the whole mate for life thing, the first book (aka, this one) following the very troubled leader, the humans being the target, them being the protectors against rogues of their own race and for me the most obvious, the troubled one that does their own thing and literally hates everyone else. (If you have read BDB you know exactly who I am talking about)
In saying that, there is also a good few differences to make the story not identical and although it is at some points like reading a rip off, it is a really enjoyable book and it definitely had me wanting to read the rest of the series.
I found all the characters really easy to like. Lucan was definitely a joy to read about and I really loved Gabby! Her attitude was bearable unlike some females which turn out to be annoying in Vampire Romances.
The plot wasn't really my cup of tea but I found myself enjoying it anyway. When it comes to romances, I normally prefer books with a gentle build up and loads of UST but in this they seem to get at it pretty quickly and left me asking what the rest of the book was going to be about but Lara Adrian was able to make the plot really enjoyable and it held enough interest that I couldn't put the book down. It was a good balance between romance/personal friendship and action to not be unbearably cheesy and didn't have any chicle or fanciful language to really put me off.
All in all, I really enjoyed this book and can't wait to read the rest of the series.
Lucan is Gen One Breed which means he was fathered by one of the aliens. He is the founder of the warriors who protect both humans and the Breed from Rogues (vampires who have given in to bloodlust & are consumed with the desire for blood, sex and destruction). All of the Breed are susceptible to Bloodlust but the older they are and the closer they are to their alien ancestors the more likely they are to succumb. I really love Lucan as a character & the fact that he is having to fight his tendencies towards Bloodlust and is terrified of turning into what he most despises gives him a vulnerability that made me like him even more. Gabrielle is also a very likeable character - until she witnesses a violent murder by Rogues she has lead a normal life & has no idea that the Breed exist let alone the fact that she is a Breedmate.
Apart from Lucan & Gabrielle there is a good cast of other characters - from Gabrielle's human friends who were very likeable to the other Breed Warriors who will be the main characters in future books in the series. The book leaves you looking forward to coming back & finding out more about them.
There are a lot of comparisons between this series & JR Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood but although there are similarities there are more than enough differences to allow you to enjoy both worlds. I find Lara's books have stronger storylines & more romance than the BDB books. I read the Midnight Breed books before I discovered the BDB & although I like both I prefer the Midnight Breed warriors & I definitely prefer the Breedmates from this series.
I wouldn't recommend this series for under 18's as the books are very erotic in places but that doesn't take away from the rest of the story - it just adds extra spice. Although you could pick up any of the books in the series individually & enjoy the story between the Warrior & Breedmate I highly recommend you start with this one & then read the other books in order as there is a background story going on throughout the series that would be hard to follow if you read them out of order.
The basis of the story was good but it just didn't 'take off' for me I'm afraid. There was always something missing to give it that special can't put down feeling.
I usually can't wait to order the next instalment of the storyline but with this one I didn't feel that. I will read the 2nd one to see if the characters become more likeable. You always know when you are reading a book if you like and believe the characters. After this book you didn't really feel you knew all the characters that were part of the main story. Lucan and Gabrielle are likeable and I'm hoping in the 2nd book that you become a part of their lives. Maybe some humour would have helped aswell.
Its always hard to pinpoint what it is that makes you love a book and what it is that makes you think well that wasn't great! We all like different stuff aswell.
All I can do is compare this novelist to J R Rain and H T Night whose books I love. Then you have the masters of the vampires, Charlaine Harris and Stephanie Meyers.
I love the Kindle for discovering new authors and I will read Laras 2nd book in this series in the hope that the story expands and takes off more.
The story starts out very dramatically and I was completely drawn in. Lucan is as you would expect as a vampire warrior; gruff, short fused, fighting his own personal demons. Gabrielle is a human with a troubled history and is disturbed by a vampire attack that she witnesses. Lucan pretends to be investigating the case in order to find out what she knows. Once he sees the breedmate birthmark however, everything changes and his ability to resist her starts to weaken.
There's definite potential here. I like the style of the story. There's plenty of action and enough sizzle between the main characters to hold your interest. The dialogue does veer towards the cheesy side at times, but there's enough here to make me want to read the next story. These series usually improve after the introductory one.
I would say that if you are a fan of JR Ward or Gena Showalter, you will see some similarities here, but you will probably enjoy it regardless. However, you will notice that the romance side of things here lacks the passion that those two authors are so good at.
NB- the Kindle edition is well-formatted and doesn't have any typos or errors.
Worth a read.