Monday, May 2, 2011

Midnight Rising by Lara Adrian

Title:   Midnight Rising
Author: Lara Adrian
My Rating: B+

Genre: Paranormal Suspense
Series: Midnight Breeds #4
Main Characters: Dylan Alexander & Rio
Release Date: March 2008
ISBN0440244447 or 
Publisher: Dell
Links to Purchase:
Amazon- $7.99
Borders- $7.99
Sexual Intensity: spicy

Story Overview:
In a world of shadows and dark, cosuming hungers, desire is the deadliest weapon...

For journalist Dylan Alexander, it began with the discovery of a hidden tomb, thrusting her into the center of a gathering storm of violence and secrets. But nothing is as dangerous as the scarred, lethally seductive man who rises from the shadows to draw her into his world of dark desire and endless night.

Fueled by pain and rage over a shattering betrayal, the warrior Rio has pledged his life to the war against the Rogues. He will let nothing stand in his way—least of all a mortal woman with the power to expose the entire vampire race. For an ancient evil has been awakened, and a stunning darkness is on the rise. Suddenly Dylan is powerless to resist Rio’s touch, even as she uncovers a shocking link to her own past. And now she must choose: Leave Rio’s midnight realm, or risk it all for the man who has shown her true passion and the infinite pleasures of the heart. . . .

My Review:
Dylan sees dead people...specifically, the ghosts of dead young women. It's one of these ghosts that leads Dylan to Rio. Rio is a physically and emotionally scarred warrior from the Order. His Breedmate, Eva, committed the ultimate betrayal that left him scarred. He has lost all hope and is on the verge of committing suicide. It's Eva's ghost that leads Dylan to the cave where Rio is at and sets them on a journey to finding each other and love.

This is #4 in the Midnight Breeds series. Rio was hurt in book #1 and I have looked forward to his story ever since. He is extremely emotionally scarred, verging on psychosis at times, but that doesn't stop him from wanting to protect Dylan...and when he discovers that she carries a Breedmate's marking, then he knows that he has to protect her.

This book fell just a tiny bit short for me in the emotions from Rio. Having suffered this huge, debilitating loss that came as a result of trusting and loving Eva, I found it hard to believe that he wasn't MUCH more resistant to issuing that kind of love and trust again. There was some token resistance on his part, but it seemed lacking the emotional punch that this story could have held. All the right elements were there for a novel that could leave me crying (which I love), but there just wasn't the follow-through.

Nevertheless, it was a really good book. Tons of suspense and action all the way through. The scenes with Rio and Dylan are fantastic. There is also a scene between Nic and Rio where Nic confronts Rio about his attempt at suicide which is sooo good. It sets up a great lead-in for Nic's story, which I am pretty sure is book #5 in this series. 

I am still LOVING this series...well worth the investment of time and money to read! Trust me....


Felicia the Geeky Blogger said...

All of the books in this series are worth the read! Ok I am biased as I love them. That being said some of them are stronger than other (aka as in any series) but the overall story keeps you hooked!

Julie said...

Yeah...I found Rio's quick 'open heart' was a little odd, but you are so right in saying that this is a great series. Vampires but very differently done.

Christi Snow said...

Overall, the entire series is phenomenal! I think that the alien twist to the vampire origins is interesting and pretty creative.

Felicia- you are so right and I think ones like this one would actually rate higher if they were stand alone novels, but instead I compare them to the others in the series, and rate them accordingly. Although this B+ is probably a MUCH BETTER novel than some of the other books that I give B+'s to...simply because I am comparing it to the others in the series. Does that make sense?

thanks for the feedback, girls! smiles...