Thursday, October 15, 2009

Midnight Awakening by Lara Adrian


Midnight Breed Series

Dell Books ~ 416 pages
ISBN: 978-0-553-58939-9
First Printing: December 2007

Available formats:
Mass Market Paperback
Bookclub Edition Hardcover

From the back cover:


With a dagger in her hand and vengeance on her mind, Darkhaven beauty Elise Chase prowls Boston's streets in search of retribution against the Rogue vampires who took from her everything she cherished. Using an extraordinary psychic gift, she tracks her prey, well aware that the power she possesses is destroying her. She must learn to harness this gift, and for that she can turn to only one man--the deadliest of the Breed warriors, Tegan.

No stranger to loss, Tegan knows Elise's pain. He knows fury, but when he slays his enemies it is with ice in his veins. He is perfect in his self-control, until Elise seeks his aid in her personal war. An unholy alliance is forged--a bond that will link them by blood and vow--and plunge them into a tempest of danger, desire, and the darkest passions of the heart . . .

My Thoughts:

I have to agree with Lea, this is most definitely my favorite of the series thus far. After reading the first two books of the series, Kiss of Midnight and Kiss of Crimson, I was really anticipating Tegan's story. Tegan is exactly what the description from the back cover says... A stone-cold warrior. He is the most feared, the most aloof, and to this point the most damaged (if you would call it that).

Tegan suffered the loss of his Breedmate five centuries ago. The loss so consumed him that he almost went Rogue. ***this is not a spoiler for this book, you find out about this in the first book*** Lucan saved him through a long struggle, but Tegan would not allow himself to feel or get close to anyone ever again. He blamed himself for Sorcha's death, as it was his responsibility to keep her safe from all dangers. Reading about Tegan in the previous books you get the sense that there is no emotion what so ever in Tegan. He is a warrior first and foremost. He is a loner.

So when his path crosses Elise's in Kiss of Crimson, he is shocked that he feels anything at all for this lovely Breedmate who has experienced so much. It is four months after Kiss Of Crimson that their paths intercept again. This time Elise is dealing out her own kind of vengeance, which is liable to get her killed. Tegan wants nothing to do with her, but yet for some reason he feels responsible for her wellfare. After a hellacious night he returns to Elise's apartment to check on her only to find that she is suffering from a severe migraine.

He soon finds out that he is not the only one interested in Elise's daily activities. He is now dragging Elise back to the Compound to keep her safe and to share some much needed information she has retrieved.

The emotional rollercoaster that Elise had been on drove her to some really dangerous actions. Her psychic abilities were no less of a danger for her. Knowing Tegan had similar capabilities, Elise basically throws herself on the little bit of mercy one might think to find in Tegan. When this didn't work she finagled her way to Berlin with him.

In Midnight Awakening you see that Tegan is not so emotionally detached as he would like to be especially when it comes to Elise. He tries hard to treat her callously to push her away, and at every turn she is still right there pulling him in deeper. I loved their story!!!

Now in my last little review of the Midnight Breed I mentioned how I was jonesing for Rio's story as well. He surprises us and makes a come back in Midnight Awakening. He is still very volatile but there is nothing that is going to keep him from fighting this war on the Rogues. So up next is Rio's story!

Rating: 5 stars


Leontine said...

Another series that sits on my shelves...waiting to be read. I hear good stuff about this series and from your review I am going to love Tegan!!

Heather D said...

Leontine, I loved Tegan from the start, even when he was portrayed as the distant loner that no one wanted to be around. I really enjoyed watching his protective and softer side come out. Elise is his perfect mate!

And if you are into the Tortured Hero, then I have a feeling that you will also like Rio. He went some pretty bad stuff in the first book. I think I am just as excited about his story as I was Tegans. And I just found out that there is not football practice tonight due to weather so it gives me more time to read!!

Anonymous said...

Hey Heather! Wonderful review. I haven't read any of Lara Adrian's books, but I have actually picked them up several times at the book store, yet, was unsure if they would be for me or not. I'll have to check out her website.

Heather D said...

Hey Barbara. My daughter's friend's mother actually loaned the first five books to me several months ago. I read the first one Kiss of Midnight shortly after she loaned them to me. I rated it a 4 on shelfari, but didn't write a review for some reason. I put this series aside to finish BDB. Then I was really worried about picking it back up. The Breed series definitely rivals BDB and JR Ward is actually quoted on the front covers. From looking at her website today she has about 10 in the series. Book 7 is due to be released in Dec.

Cecile said...

Girl you are rocking out these reviews!!!! Okay.. now my debit card is really hiding from me now!!
I am glad to see that you are really enjoying this series... and the intensity of this series and the passion that is there... wow!! Thank you for bring these to my attention. they are on my TBB list... they have just moved up!
I hope you had a great weekend!

Heather D said...

Thanks Cecile! We have had an Awesome weekend!!! Despite the freezing weather my son's football team won another game...22-0. We are now 4 and 1. Yay Warriors!! I am so enjoying the football season and am going to hate it when it ends!

Heather said...

One of my favorite series. As much as I love the men of BDB I have come to prefer this series.

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