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Taken By Midnight
by Lara Adrian
Dell Books ~ 384 pages
Date of Publication - 9/28/2010
Mass Market Paperback
Kindle Edition; preordered
read 9/29 to 9/30
ABOUT THIS BOOKAT 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. (http://www.randomhouse.com/catalog/display.pperl?isbn=9780440245278)
Filled with super sexy alien and vampire-human hybrids, called Breed warriors in a protective group called the Order, and gorgeous women (human with anomalous DNA), danger, evil beings who want to rule Vampire and Humanity both, and intimacy fueled by love, Adrian's books always take you to another world.
Usually, our Breed Warriors somehow meet up with a Breedmate, one of the women with genetic anomalies that make their DNA and the warriors compatible; but this new entry into the series throws a monkey wrench not once in this case but twice and takes us to a new place. Brock is 100 year old, African-American Breed Warrior with the ability to absorb people's physical and emotional pain. He is shy of relationships. Jenna is a former Alaskan State trooper and widow who also lost a child. The Order had rescued her a few weeks earlier in Alaska from one of the oldest Vampires on the planet; one of the original aliens.
While another warrior on that mission had met his breed mate, her best friend, a human is injured to the point of coma and wakes up at the Order's underground facility to learn that her life is Alaska is over and that she already knows too much for the Order to just let her go. Also, it seems her encounter with the old Vampire is changing her body in ways no one understands. She is suddenly super strong, fast, understands other languages, etc. , Brock, the empathic Warrior has been keeping her pain at bay and, although she is just human falls in love with her and she with him. But, is she still just human? Fiercely independent, will she also fall in love with him and adapt to her new life?
The couple's relationship develops as the Order enters into a new phase in a battle with an EVIL Vampire. Not only does Brock save her a couple times but she saves him. They can't keep their hands off each other. But will the reemergence of someone from Brock's past get in the way?
Some times these series can be driven by a bottom-line formula that has sold the book in the past. To some degree we want that consistency in a series. But, Adrian is very skilled at both providing back-story and weaving it into the new story, and providing enough change so that each book feels different. Just when you think a formula is starting to develop, she switches it up. There are different implications to falling in love with a human than with a breed mate. And, while this book mostly occurs in Boston many books in the series offer a change in place, and usually boast a unique plot. There is a lot of bloody violence but not enough to make you cower. This novel started off a bit slow, or felt slow because a lot of it was taken up by Janna's medical and then emotional conditions.
Adrian is also able to maintain the consistency within her Vampire universe, and in her characters. No small feat!
If I used a rating system, I would give this 4.75 out of five, deducting a fraction due to the slow start. Highly recommended - but for mature readers only.
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