Published in: 2007
Edition read: E-book
Book #: Book 1 in the Midnight Breed Series
He watches her from across the crowded dance club, a sensual black-haired stranger who stirs Gabrielle Maxwell’s deepest fantasies. But nothing about this night–or this man–is what it seems. For when Gabrielle witnesses a murder outside the club, reality shifts into something dark and deadly. In that shattering instant she is thrust into a realm she never knew existed–a realm where vampires stalk the shadows and a blood war is set to ignite.
Lucan Thorne despises the violence carried out by his lawless brethren. A vampire himself, Lucan is a Breed warrior, sworn to protect his kind–and the unwitting humans existing alongside them–from the mounting threat of the Rogues. Lucan cannot risk binding himself to a mortal woman, but when Gabrielle is targeted by his enemies, he has no choice but to bring her into the dark underworld he commands.
Here, in the arms of the Breed’s formidable leader, Gabrielle will confront an extraordinary destiny of danger, seduction, and the darkest pleasures of all. . . .
I’d read one of this series a few years back, book 5 or something, and recalled thinking it just another paranormal vampire romance book. Well, book 1 is definitely where I should have started. It is just another vampire romance book, but it’s a pretty good one, and I like the sound of the series.
Lucan is a rather hot, dominating, lethal dose of vampire male, and he has all the typical markings the vampire men in these kinds of books has. Gabrielle is the sweet innocent little female who gets caught up with him, again, very typical for these kinds of books. The storyline isn’t standout, the characters aren’t standout, the idea isn’t all that original. What it does have is a decent author writing with a style that keeps you entertained, and keeps the story fresh in the oversaturated paranormal romance genre.
I found myself caring whether these two would end up together (well, of course they would in the end, but even so) and I didn’t hate the characters (like I have in some of these books) so really, win-win.
Kiss of Midnight rating: 7/10. Solid first book in the series, has set the scene for the other 12 (or more?) books to come. I look forward to learning about the rest of the group and how they meet their breedmates.
Would I re-read it? I would class this as a holiday-beach read, and I would definitely give it another read through in the future. Nothing quite like a nice easy smutty paranormal romance when you’re relaxing!
Who would I recommend it to? Fans of paranormal romance and vampire books. It is rather explicit, so 18+ only.
Author’s website: http://www.laraadrian.com/midnight.php
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/kiss-of-midnight-lara-adrian/1100297176?ean=9780553589375