Saturday, August 9, 2014

Crave the Night (Midnight Breed #12 - Nathan and Jordana) by Lara Adrian

I missed this series, I really did :) It's been a while since I finished the previous 11 books (and not that long ago that I read a short novella between the previous 11 and this one). I think it's incredible that Lara "re-invented" the series after the 10th book, moving the series 20 years forward, bringing new characters (the sons and daughters as well as more characters we haven't met) but also kept the characters that we came to love in the first 10 books. I'd love to see more of some of them (ATM Sterling Chase is the main character we get to read of). It's also really interesting the global plot line for the previous book, this one, and as it seems the next couple of books concerning the Atlantians. It's really an interesting concept that actually the Vampires today marry the Breedmates that are actually half Atlantians and half human so these two races live together, breed with one another in a sort of way even if there is no love shared between the two races (and right now they seem on the brink of war). 

In the previous book, Jordana kissed Nathan on a sort of impulse, leaving the two of them, well, surprised with both their reactions. This book starts about a week later. We get to learn a bit of Jordana, her interest in art and the kind of person she is - living on the safe side. On the other hand, Nathan has been raised as a Hunter, rescued by his mother Corine and her mate Hunter (also raised as a Hunter by Dragos) at the age of 13. He might be free from Dragos for the past 20 years, but in some ways he is still there. It was heart breaking hearing what he went through (keep your patience it takes him a while to confess exactly what he went through) but he can't hold himself from being attracted to Jordana. 

"Luck" has it that the one person the Order thinks might be connected to the bombing attempt in the previous book is murdered, and not only that, the last person who saw him was Jordana when he came to visit the art exhibition Jordana is in charge off. Jordana hasn't seen him before that night but she doesn't see him the way the order does, she met a very interesting educated man, not a criminal. While the order needs to talk to her and get her confession, Nathan gets distracted for the first time in his life, he can't bring Jordana in, he doesn't want her to go through all that, he wants to protect her even if it really doesn't make any sense that a beautiful rich girl from a respected and sheltered home will ever be with a killer, a hunter like himself. Yet, she IS attracted to him and as she keeps thinking about it, she realizes he understands her better than anyone else, he sees through the fact that she is sick of living this sheltered life. 

But as their connection strengthen something else happens that shatters her heart and trust making her question not only his feeling for her but the truths she believed about her life (as the adopted breedmate of a rich business man from Vancouver). A lot of dark secrets are reveled bringing them apart before they can be together. 

I loved both Nathan and Jordana. I especially loved the change that both went through in this book, it felt a little rushed for Nathan but nevertheless it was a beautiful change (and there is a really sweet moment with him and him mother in the end that really showed how much Jordana healed him). I must say, I really enjoy when a book gives as a dual POV of the main characters, I feel it especially now when I'm re-listening to "Night Huntress" which has only Cat's POV while the two outside books of "Night Huntress World" gives as a dual POV as in this one. This book couldn't have worked better with us learning what's in their hearts and not only what they chose to revel through words, mostly because of Nathan and how hard it is for him to express himself but also Jordana that might behave in a certain way, but her whole being feels different that how she acted her whole life. 

The next one in the series is a short novella of Lazro (Tempted By Midnight) but after that one? My guess is Rune (the cage fighter) and Carys Chase (daughter of Tavia and Sterling), there's a little bit of her and Rune in this book, but mostly of her as Jordana's best friend and new roommate. I think we hear Rune say about 1-2 sentences but sadly, that's all. I can feel there's going to be a really interesting story there. 

This one was definitely a pleasure to read.

Additional Details: Kindle Ebook, 288 pages, 6-8 August 2014 / On GoodReads
Gen One Breed, Corinne’s son, fathered by the Ancient who was held in captivity with Dragos. A Hunter (raised to be an assassin), Nathan was born in Dragos’s breeding laboratory thirteen years before Corinne was freed by the Order during the timeline of Taken by Midnight (Midnight Breed #8). Genetically, Nathan is the half-brother of his mother’s mate, Hunter, and is also related to Tavia Fairchild and the other, undiscovered Gen One females birthed in Dragos’s labs, who are each the product of DNA blending between the Ancient and unknown Breedmates. Has dermaglyphs from his head to his feet. Even as a boy, was expertly lethal because of his upbringing and training. During the timeline of Deeper Than Midnight (Midnight Breed #9), when Corinne and Hunter find Nathan in his Minion handler’s keeping in Georgia and find a way to free him of his UV collar, Nathan at first runs away. He returns to them the next night because he realizes he has nowhere to go. The couple takes him home to the Order’s relocated, temporary headquarters in Maine, where Nathan eventually becomes friends with Mira and Kellan. In the Edge of Dawn he is 33 years old, a Squad Captain in Boston where he operates on logic and strength yet is still remote, closed off and shuts out emotion (touch and tenderness put him on edge). He somehow overcomes his aversion to touch when he falls in love with Jordana and comes to trust her (putting his abused past behind). 
Hair: Jet Black Eyesgreenish-blue
Unique ability: Sonokinesis (like his mother Corine Bishop).

Jordana Gates
First introduced to the series in Edge of Dawn (Midnight Breed #11) as Carys Chase's best friend. When Nathan comes to her apartment to look for Carys she destructs him with a kiss (his first.. even if he is NO virgin). She is the adopted daughter of the wealthy businessman Martin Gates (moved together with him from Vancouver). In her book she discovers she is actually not a breedmate but Atlantian, daughter of Cassianus (AKA Cass / Cassian Gray the owner of the club "La Notte") and Soraya who was Queen Selene's only living daughter at the time. Soraya committed suicide since her mother didn't approve of her mating with Cassianus and so he run away with his daughter to the human world. There Martin Gates finds him hiding in his back yard, he takes them in and they became best friends ever since, Martin raising Jordana as his own, never telling her the secret of her upbringing and who her father really is and bond to a promise to Cass she is to me mated before her 25th birthday so her blood bond will make her untraced by the Atlantians (making sure she can live her life as she pleases, and not as her grandmother, the Queen, wishes).
Hair: Platinum blond  Eyes: ice-blue 
Breedmate mark: Inked on the inside of her left wrist Bloodscent: mix of exotic spice and crisp, delicate citrus
Unique ability: Still unknown.
Midnight Breed by Lara Adrian is one of my absolute favorite Paranormal Romance Series. Like many of the series in this genre, we have a group of vampire warriors who are in charge of defending their race. 

The Order mainly protect the general population (vampire AND humans) from rouge vampires. Vampires whose crave for blood have reached a point of no return meaning they can no longer control themselves and since there is nothing to be done about this situation these rouges vampires have to be put down. Besides obvious risk to the human population, rouges / rabid vampires also are a treat in the sense that vampires live in secret groups (called Darkhavens) there they can live their separate lives without probing human eyes. Naturally they are a part of the general population but the way they live, in a sort of community, helps them maintain their traditions and way of living. 

In the recent years, the Order became infamous. There is no respect for the members of the Order and moreover they are treated like "barbarians", the vampire population doesn't believe that they are even needed but boy oh boy they are wrong.. dark days are ahead.. 

In the beginning, years and years ago, a group of highly strong vampires crushed on Earth. They are the base of the vampire population nowadays. As is seems there are no female vampires, only males. The females that can reproduce with vampires are called "breedmates" and they can be distinguished by a certain mark (crescent moon with a drop) that each breedmate has somewhere on her body. Each breedmate also has a special (inhuman) ability which she transfers to her vampire son. Thus every vampire has a special ability passed to him from his human mother. Breedmates need to drink blood in order to enhance their special ability and sometimes so they can control it and it won't take over her life.  It takes time until the ancestry of the breedmates is explained, it adds another layer to the story and brings the Order with another adversary they weren't expecting. 

Each book has it's separate story in which each warrior finds himself a breedmate / compatible mate. As you can guess, the Order isn't notorious for no reason.. most of the warriors are somehow "damaged", preferring to live a life in the Order rather than build a life of their own. Finding their mate makes them deal with their past and free themselves from its bindings. Beside the personal plot line there is also a bigger plot line about the main villain progressing from the first book until the 10th. From the 11th book (till the final 18th installment) there is a very significant change following a progression in 20 years changing the whole setting of the series with different villains as well as introducing new characters to the series - some the sons and daughters from the first 10 installments and of course we get to meet the older version of the parents as well. 

The main issue I had with the series in the beginning was the similarities between it and the general setting of the Black Dagger Brotherhood by J.R. Ward. It only feels this way at the first, it takes a TOTALLY different direction plot-wise and character-wise which after reading enough of the two series I gotta say I MUCH prefer this one (I actually abandoned that one a while back..). 


When the whiffs of the end of this beloved series started to get suffocating Lara announced a Spin-Off called "Hunter Legacy". The series will consist of stand-alone novels of the "Last Boys" - the Gen One Hunters who were bred as weapons of war by Dragos and were freed by The Order round the middle of the series. 

0.5 A Touch of Midnight [Gideon & Savannah] (published 15 July 2013) ★★★★★
1. Kiss of Midnight [Lucan & Gabrielle] (published 1 May 2007) ★★★★
2. Kiss of Crimson [Dante & Tess] (published 29 May 2007) ★★★★★
3. Midnight Awakening [Tegan & Elise] (published 27 November 2007) ★★★★★
4. Midnight Rising [Rio & Dylan] (published 25 March 2008) ★★★★★
5. Veil of Midnight [Niko & Renata] (published 30 December 2008) ★★★★ 
6. Ashes of Midnight [Andreas Reichen & Claire] (published 26 May 2009) ★★★★★

7. Shades of Midnight [Cade & Alex] (published 29 December 2009) ★★★★  
8. Taken By Midnight [Brock & Jenna] (published 28 September 2010) ★★★★★
9. Deeper than Midnight [Hunter & Corrine] (published 28 June 2011) ★★★★★
9.5 A Taste of Midnight [Danika & Malcolm] (published 5 December 2011) ★★★★★
10. Darker after Midnight [Chase & Tavia] (published 24 January 2012) ★★★½ 
 --- The Midnight Breed Series Companion (Volume #1) (published 26 June 2013) ★★★★★

11. Edge of Dawn [Mira & Kellan] (published 21 February 2013) ★★★★★
11.5. Marked By Midnight [Mathias Rowan & Nova] (published 30 June 2014) ★★★★

12. Crave the Night [Nathan & Jordana] (published 5 August 2014) ★★★★★
12.5. Tempted by Midnight [Lazaro & Melena] (1001 Dark Nights #10) (published 14 October 2014) ★★★★★
13. Bound to Darkness [Carys & Rune] (published 30 July 2015) ★★★★
13.5 Stroke of Midnight [Jehan & Seraphina] (1001 Dark Nights #26) (published 13 October 2015) ★★★★★
14. Defy the Dawn [Zael & Brynne(published 1 June 2016) ★★★★★

14.5 Midnight Untamed [Ettore & Bella] (1001 Dark Nights #47) (published 11 October 2016) ★★★★
14.6 Midnight Unbound [Scythe & Chiara]
 (published 14 March 2017) ★★★★½
14.7 Midnight Unleashed [Trygg & Tamisia] (1001 Dark Nights #69) (published 10 October 2017) ★★★½ 
15. Claimed in Shadows [Aric Chase & Kaya Laurent] (published 23 January 2018) ★★★ 
16. Break the Day [Xander Raphael "Rafe" Malebranche & Devony Winters] (published 30 July 2019) ★★★★½ 
17. Fall of Night [Micah & Phaedra] (published 31 January 2021)) ★★★★½
18. King of Midnight [Darion Thorne & Selene the Atlantean Queen] (to be Published 31 March 2022)

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