Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Shades of Midnight by Lara Adrian


Title:  Shades of Midnight
AuthorLara Adrian
My Rating: A

Genre: Paranormal Suspense
Series: Midnight Breeds #7
Main Characters: Kade & Alex
Release Date: December 2009
ISBN
978-0440245261
Publisher: Random House
Links to Purchase:
Amazon- $7.99
Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
In a frozen wilderness steeped in darkness, the lines between good and evil, lover and enemy, are never black or white but drawn in Shades of Midnight.
Something inhuman is stalking the frigid Alaskan wilds, leaving unspeakable carnage in its wake. For bush pilot Alexandra Maguire, the killings stir memories of a horrific event she witnessed as a child and evoke in her the inexplicable sense of otherness she has long felt within herself but never fully understood . . . until a darkly seductive stranger with secrets of his own enters her world.
Sent from Boston on a mission to investigate the savage attacks and stop the slaughter, vampire warrior Kade has his own reasons for returning to the frigid, forbidding place of his birth. Haunted by a secret shame, Kade soon realizes the stunning truth of the threat he faces–a threat that will jeopardize the fragile bond he has formed with the courageous, determined young woman who arouses his deepest passions and most primal hungers. But in bringing Alex into his world of blood and darkness, Kade must confront both his own personal demons and the even greater evil that could destroy all he holds dear.

My Review:
I complained about the different feel to the last Midnight Breeds book, but this one I loved. I loved the totally different feel to it. I loved the different seeing and the fact that there was very little of the Order in this book. Maybe that was because I liked Kade & Alex and their story so much. Maybe it was the Alaskan wilderness setting. I don't know, but this book really worked for me.

Alaska is home for Kade, but he is not happy about going back there. He left a year ago with plans to never really return to his twin or family's darkhaven. He's having to deal with that mental anguish and real issues to do with his twin, Seth, while at the same time he is falling for Alex and trying to deal with the Order's mission. All of these are separate issues which converge to create a really emotional, suspense-packed book.

Alex is dealing with her own issues and finding out that Kade is something "other" is certainly not making life any less complicated.

Things I loved about this book:
*Alex is a bush pilot and a damn good one- priceless scene when she landed the warrior's on the edge of the mountain. It's fun to see these huge tough guys rattled.
*Kade & Brock's bromance- love these two together and am so excited that Brock's book is next.
*through so many of these books, they've really focused on the Breedmates' gifts, but Kade has an amazingly cool gift with his ability to connect with animals. So perfect for the Alaskan wilderness setting.

One of the other things that made this book really work for me was the thoroughly modern feel to it. All of the Midnight Breeds books have taken place in modern times, but so many of them have Old-World undertones because of the ages of the Breed males or the traditions and locations where the books take place. With Kade being one of the newer members of the Order and so much of the book taking place in Alaska, it gave the whole book a very contemporary feel. I loved that.

I loved both Kade & Alex's characters so much. I am excited because they are best friends to Brock & Jenny (h/h of the next book,) which hopefully means that we will get to see a lot more of them.

1 comment:

Julie said...

I thought Kade was yum. That is all. :)