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Stroke of Midnight: A Midnight Breed Novella (1001 Dark Nights) Paperback – October 13, 2015
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From the Author
The Midnight Breed Series reading order:
A Touch of Midnight (prequel novella - free ebook)
Kiss of Midnight
Kiss of Crimson
Veil of Midnight
Ashes of Midnight
Shades of Midnight
Taken by Midnight
Deeper Than Midnight
A Taste of Midnight (novella, ebook only)
Darker After Midnight
The Midnight Breed Series Companion
Edge of Dawn
Marked by Midnight (novella)
Crave the Night
Tempted by Midnight (novella)
Bound to Darkness
Stroke of Midnight
Defy the Dawn (Aug 31, 2016)
Midnight Untamed (Oct 11, 2016)
...and more to come!
Also by Lara Adrian:
100 Series (Billionaire contemporary romance)
Phoenix Code Romantic Suspense Series (with Tina Folsom)
Cut and Run
Hide and Seek
Masters of Seduction Paranormal Romance Series
Merciless: House of Gravori
Priceless:House of Ebarron
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About the Author
LARA ADRIAN is a New York Times bestselling author of more than 25 novels, including the #1 international bestselling Midnight Breed vampire romance series with nearly 4 million books in print and digital worldwide. Visit her at LaraAdrian.com.
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Jehan is a member of the Order and spends his time searching for rogue vampires that are suffering from blood lust. It’s up to the Order, made up of vampire warriors, to keep the human population safe from the insanity that afflicts those with blood lust. He is stationed in Rome, but is originally from Morocco, where his family was once considered royalty, making Jehan a prince, albeit only if he lived back in ancient times. As the eldest son of his family, due to an ancient pact, he is supposed to mate with the eldest daughter of another prominent family, someone he has never met. Seraphina is an aide worker at refugee camps in the area. She doesn’t want to mate for eternity with someone she has never met anymore than Jehan does. However, both of them take one look at each other and there is a definite immediate attraction.
Since it is so short, I am not going to go any farther into the story. I liked the main characters, and as long as you don’t mind the inst-love element, then the romance was a good one. Very little of the Midnight Breed trademark action makes it into this read. A bit here and there, but nothing really intense. Instead, most of the book centers mostly on the romance, which wasn’t exactly what I am used to when reading one of these books.These books are usually part of the urban fantasy genre, but not so this one. So that was disappointing for me. But my main problem with this read is this, at 118 pages, this book actually doesn’t begin until 8% into the book and ended at 88%, making a full 20% of the novella pure filler. I actually finished the book and said out loud, rip-off! So no, I wasn’t really happy with this read, something I really thought I would never say about a Midnight Breed book. It needed more character development, and more action. It could have had another thirty to fifty pages, still been a novella, and given us a better and more complex story, in my opinion.
People not familiar with all of the other books in this authors world probably wouldn’t miss the action scenes and mystery usually involved, but those of us that have read them from the beginning might feel this read comes up a bit short. I still mostly enjoyed the read, and it did keep me reading(for a little over an hour), but I just felt it wasn’t up to par with this authors usual excellent work.
This story immediately follows "Bound to Darkness" and features the Breed warrior Jehan who was introduced in "Tempted by Midnight"
Jehan, a Breed warrior serving under Lazaro Archer in the Order's Rome command, gets an unfortunately expected visit from his father's emissary; expected for the past 366 days since his cousin and the man's Breedmate were killed in an accident. Regardless of how busy he and the order are in dealing with the rising threat of Opus Nostrum and the deadly new weapons and bloodlust-inducing drug they've started to unleash, Jehan has to return to his tribe's Moroccan homeland. According to a centuries-old treaty, the eldest unmated son of Jehan's family (him) must take a Breedmate from a neighboring tribe they'd once feuded with. Jehan doesn't plan to meekly fall in line with a (to him) outdated tradition and only plans to stay long enough to refuse in person. But that plan falls apart when he learns the rituals are ready to go and lack only his presence to begin, and once he catches sight of his intended mate: Seraphina. Being unwilling to claim her as his mate doesn't render Jehan blind, and he's instantly attracted. Sera is attracted to him as well, but just as determined to remain unmated: her aid work with refugees is paramount and she is instantly critical and derisive of Jehan's warrior life. But fires so quickly ignited between them just might prove to be too powerful to put out, and their vows to keep their hands off each other may not survive the mandatory 8-day isolation of the ritual.
Jehan is a breed warrior who has been living his own life for many years before getting his family’s summons. Through some archaic mindset, if his family and another do not have a living mated pair, the world will end. When the previously surviving pair perishes, he’s forced to step up to the plate. He fully expects to go through the motions and then leave, but finds himself quickly falling for the mysterious stranger.
Seraphina is just as reluctant, having never even known that side of her world. As a breedmate, she knows the dangers of falling for a breed male, so she’s been avoiding them while trying to save the world in her own way. These two are a perfect match, but it was fun to watch the quick courtship misunderstandings resolve themselves in sexy ways.
I really enjoyed Seraphina. She was doing what she needed for her family, with the intentions of walking away unscathed. She is part of an organization that helps the locals and has no intention of giving it up. Jehan is just as determined not to get entangled in this process and plans to walk away as well.
For a novella, Lara packed some great action and romance together. The love story develops despite the main characters fighting it. It works out great that Jehan is right where he needs to be to help Sera. Stroke of Midnight was a great, quick read that packed a lot. I’m glad we are able to fit this novella in where I don’t think it will affect the main storyline. This was a fun dip into the Midnight Breed world that can easily stand alone.