#13 in the Midnight Breed series: Published 7/30/15: 314 pages
I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Net Galley for an honest review
Carys Chase is accustomed to making her own rules and letting her heart lead the way–no matter what anyone else has to say about it. A rare Breed female and a daywalker as well, headstrong, beautiful Carys is one of the most powerful of her kind. She lives passionately and loves without limits, especially when it comes to the lethal cage-fighting Breed warrior called Rune.
Unbeatable in the ring, Rune exists in a brutal world of blood and bone and death. He’s made his share of enemies both in and out of the arena, and his secrets run as deep and turbulent as his past. A dangerous loner who has survived by his fists and fangs, Rune has never allowed anyone to get too close to him…until Carys. But when the bodies buried in his past rise up to threaten his present, Rune must choose between betraying Carys’s trust or putting her in the crosshairs of a battle neither of them can hope to win on their own.
This is one of the many established vampire series that I really enjoy. I’m afraid though that it has been a year and a half since I read book twelve and somehow I managed to miss a few novellas that were published along the way too. Resulting in a bit of a lost feeling while I read this book. I needed to go back and re-read my previous reviews (the reason I started reviewing in the first place…) to try to figure out what was happening and what I thought of different characters. If I had not waited and stayed caught up I believe I would have enjoyed this book much more. As it is though I still found it a good read that was chocked-full of action, danger, drama and romance.
This story brings together Carys and Rune a couple I was very interested in reading about in book 12 (according to my review…). I must say the chemistry between these two was still smoking and it the story held me captivated as Carys worked to break through that tough outer shell that Rune built up to survive. There were some sweet moments to go along with all the steam these two created between the sheets. I liked them both and found them a good match. Rune’s past was heartbreaking and Carys’s being a rare Breed female gave her some interesting qualities to set her apart from the other mates. I would have thought her to be tougher from the beginning, but I guess she needed this story to come into her own as a breed female.
If the story had just focused on the pairing of Carys and Rune I think I could have given it a higher rating. It was the side plots that left me confused and wondering what the hell was going on. This probably has too much to do with the missed novellas than anything else. I couldn’t place the bad-guy or the organization we were battling and a few of the breed mates were new to me too. I did remember the Atlanteans and found the one character that popped up in this story quite intriguing, but was disappointed that thread played such a minor part of this book. Oh well perhaps next time…
I enjoyed this book, not as much as I had hoped I would, but that happens sometimes in long run series. I’ll continue on with book #14 and hopefully I will be able to get my hands on some of the missed novellas so I have a better idea of just what the hell is going on for the next book. If you are a long time fan I recommend this book, but if like me you’ve skipped a few I would suggest going back and reading what you missed.