ARC Crave the Night by Lara Adrian – 4 Stars

 

Crave the Night

Click on the cover art, thanks to Goodreads, to visit the book’s page there.

Book #12 in the Midnight Breed Series, release date August 5, 2014

I received this book from the publisher through Net Galley, and I am so going to buy my own copy.

Book Synopsis:

Born and raised to be an emotionless killing machine, Nathan is one of the most lethal Breed vampires in existence. A key member of the Order—an elite group of warriors charged with protecting both mortals and vampires—Nathan executes each mission with flawless precision and a total lack of mercy. Now he must pursue a powerful, hidden enemy. But Nathan’s hard discipline and training are no match for the fierce pull he feels toward a young woman he has no right to desire—a woman of wealth and high social standing who has long been promised to another Breed male, and who may also prove to be the key to rooting out Nathan’s elusive quarry.

Jordana lives a life of glittering privilege as a member of a prominent Breed family in Boston. Surrounded by fine things and fawning admirers, Jordana wants for nothing—until she crosses paths with a dark, intense warrior from the Order and finds herself swept into an impulsive, sizzling kiss that neither of them will forget. As much as she tries to deny her deep feelings for Nathan, Jordana cannot resist the craving to be near him, to break through his forbidding walls and see the man he truly is. But getting close to Nathan will thrust Jordana into a treacherous new world, forcing her to risk all she has and all she knows about herself and her past. And loving this seductive man could be the most dangerous temptation of all.

My Review:

I am such a big fan of Ms. Adrian’s Midnight Breed series that I literally screamed when I got the email that my request to review and ARC of this book was approved.  Of course it was months before the release date and I wanted to hold off a bit before reading and reviewing it.  Now I know the release date is still two months away, but my digital edition was set to expire so I needed to go ahead and get my reading on.  I also figured a lot of other bloggers have read and reviewed the book, so I wouldn’t be the only one.  I will be extra diligent in my efforts to keep this a spoiler free review.

In book 11, Edge of Dawn, Ms Adrian totally reinvented this series, and in my opinion did an amazing  job at it.  She kept the feel of the series as well as the original cast of character, now in the background a bit, and brought them all 20 years into the future.  She introduced us to a new generation of the breed and a new set of problems and bad guys to keep the series fresh and moving forward.  Crave the night is book two in this reinvented addition to this long run series.  It continues off where the last one ended and focuses on Nathan and Jordana’s story.

I must confess it took me a bit to get into this book.  It took me a bit to remember who the new bad guys were and what they did in the last book.  I remembered Nathan right away having been introduced before the time jump.  Jordana was a different story, I didn’t remember the kiss scene described in the synopsis and couldn’t place her right off-hand.  I also didn’t really like her for the first half of the book.  She just seemed weak to me, too concerned with doing what she should and not upsetting the society.  For the first hundred pages or so I was more interested in Carys and Rune’s drama then Nathan and Jordana’s coming together.   That of course changed as Jordana changed and grew.  I could give you the exact moment, but not if I want to stay spoiler free…

What worked for me in the book: There was plenty of action and character growth for both Jordana and Nathan as well as some pretty steamy scenes between the two.  Old familiar faces come back for some brief visits.  Nice set up for future books with the new set of characters, looking forward to Carys and Rune’s book.  Some development and forward movement with the new set of bad guys and some more insight into the origins of Breedmates.  I am really starting to get curious about who and what the history is with the Atlanteans.

What didn’t work for me:  I thought the resolution of the character Elliot was kind of weak.  If he was such a big obstacle for Nathan and Jordana then I would have liked a little bit more closure on that front. Maybe a bit more drama, something…  Also it did feel like a slow start to the book.  Around page 100 or 120 it started to pick up, but the beginning just dragged for me.   I really do think it was a mater of getting back into the world a bit though.  I would have also liked to see a bit more of the old characters.  Surly there is still interesting things going on in their lives.

Bottom line it is a must read for fans of this series.  If you are new and don’t want to go back to book one, pick up Edge of Dawn and start there in the new generation.  The series is a great one for paranormal fans, especially if you also like J.R. Ward, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Alexandra Ivy, or Laura Wright.

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