Thursday, January 17, 2013

Review: Taken by Midnight by Lara Adrian

Taken by Midnight (Midnight Breed #8) by Lara Adrian
Publication Date: January 1, 2010
Publisher: Dell
Number of Pages: 370
Format: Paperback
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At The Crossroads Of Death And Desire, A Woman Tastes A Pleasure No Mortal Is Meant To Survive.

In the frozen Alaskan wilderness, former state trooper Jenna Darrow survives an unspeakable breach of body and soul. But with her narrow escape comes an even greater challenge. For strange changes are taking place within her, as she struggles to understand—and control—a new hunger. To do so, she will seek shelter in the Boston compound of the Order, an ancient race of vampire warriors whose very existence is shrouded in mystery. Perhaps the most mysterious of them all is Brock, a brooding, dark-eyed alpha male whose hands hold the power to comfort, heal . . . and arouse.

As she recovers under Brock’s care, Jenna finds herself drawn to the Order’s mission: to stop a ruthless enemy and its army of assassins from subjecting Earth to a reign of terror. Yet in spite of their resolve, a purely physical relationship without strings soon binds Brock and Jenna together with a desire fiercer than life and stronger than death itself—until a secret from Brock’s past and Jenna’s own mortality challenges their forbidden love to the ultimate trial by fire.

The eighth installment of Adrian's Midnight Breed series picks up a few days after the previous ended. Jenna Darrow, ex cop and Alex's best friend, had been held hostage by the Ancient. She had seemed to mumbling nonsense until one of the Breed realized it was the old alien language of their sires. Days later she awakes in their Boston Compound. Scared and confused she immediately connects with Brock, whose presence has been with her everyday.

I initially thought the book was very slow in the beginning. And it was hard for me to get into. I found myself skimming through most of the book. I know this is paranormal romance and it happens quickly. But I feel like in this case I wish we saw the romance and interest a little bit later. Both Brock and Jenna are haunted by their pasts. Jenna has never fully recovered from the deaths of her little girl and her husbands four years ago. Not only does she still blame herself, she has never allowed her heart to heal. Brock hasn't been able to forget his love from long ago. He was suppose to guard the young Breedmate and keep her safe, but she had disappeared and her body had resurfaced three months later dead. When Lucan assigns Brock to make sure Jenna stays safe he refuses to let her out of the compound without him. Not to mention she stirs things up in his heart he thought he would never feel.

Towards the end was when it started to get interesting to me. Things were picking up. And I'm glad to see Jenna a strong female lead, which you don't find that often in PR books. But then the ending felt like a let down for me. Brock's past comes back, which honestly shouldn't of been a surprise. I really wished that we learned what the Ancient did to Jenna. I kind of suspect that she is turning into some variation of the Breed. I really loved the ending with Brock and Jenna traveling back to Alaska to visit the graves of her husband and daughter.

Overall this wasn't a bad book. A very interesting and refreshing take on the series with Jenna not being a Breedmate.

Rating: 3/5

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