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Shades of Midnight: (The Midnight Breed, Book 7) [Mass Market Paperback] Unknown Binding – 2010
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Claire Roth, mate of a German Darkhaven leader/Enforcement Agency officer, is stunned when she learns that an old lover, Order ally Andreas Reichen, actually survived the destruction of his darkhaven three months earlier. She's equally stunned by Andreas' accusation that her mate, Wilhelm Roth, was responsible for the attack. Taken captive by Andreas, Claire struggles to discern the truth of what has happened...and fights to keep herself from succumbing to the fire that her old lover can so easily stir up in them both.
*Andreas Reichen is a character who made brief appearances in a couple of earlier Breed novels, so it's nice to see him starring in his own book. His talent, pyrokenesis, is a new one to the Breed mythos. This is the first time--I think--where we see a Breed male on the verge of being consumed by his psychic talent.
The pace of the book is fairly fast and the story keeps up and while some of the goings on are a stretch in the believability department (ie, the amount of dead and mutilated piling up), I am glad that Ms. Adrian did not leave them untied, even if it was to only be accomplished with a group rate mind scrub and a few desolate wilderness ravines.
One thing I do wish to see is that the sex stay spiced up. Missionary is always nice I am sure that these century's old vampires must have knowledge of the kama sutra. Also, the Ancient. I hold out hope that he is finding his humanity while chilling under tons of snow and ice (which I don't see containing him cuz he ran around the entire book buck naked). And I hope they give Brock a worthy mate and not just throw him together with Jenna cuz she's available. I don't think there can be that many breedmates in a town of 100 people.
So a good read and a great way to get through a couple of days. I am looking forward to her next effort.
So the plot is thin and just gets thinner IMO. Adrian's vampires have this blood bond and by partaking the Vampires can basically sense every nuance of emotion that their mates feels. In addition, the human breedmates can also feel the same emotions of their mates as well as experience life virtually eternally. What made this book SORT OF CREEPY was that Claire was not mated to Andreas and she is constantly getting her groove on knowing that her mate is sensing every emotion, every feeling every orgasm. Then there was a time when her mate Roth to let her know how displeased he was with her finding her inner KamaSutra did some stuff to send a bit of pain her way via a mental jolt. SO NOT FUN! I think Ms. Adrian wanted you to feel that these 2 long lost loves deserved this time but I just couldn't help wishing that either Andreas kept his gun in his holster or that Roth died earlier in the book to make their sexual pairing a little less greezy. Then after all this searching and driving and peeping and dreamwalking, Roth goes out pretty much like a punk in the most anti-climactic "I've got you now" scenes. In addition to these weak threads, is our heroine Claire.
I COULD NOT STAND HER... After Renata this spineless woman was so non-descript and wimpy, I could not get a feel for her or develop a liking for here. Granted I guess it helps if all types of women make up the breedmates but at least in other stories the heroines came in to their own. With Claire, I just sort of wished she went back to her music and that Renata had a hot sister somewhere who would catch Andreas's eye. Also big on the ick factor was the getting busy in the chapel. Not my cup of tea. I think some things have got to remain sacred and defiling and altar with "the act" is just one of them so -30 points for that one.
I hate it when authors are inconsistent. You know riding these waves where one or a few books are hot and then a few more are hot messes and this is what I am finding with Ms. Adrian. So like an idiot I downloaded Shades of Midnight and Ashes of Midnight strictly on the basis of the strength of Veil of midnight so I am stuck with it. But I along with other reviewers on Amazon feel safe in loudly proclaiming that this was NOT the best book in the series.