Monday, January 20, 2014

review: ASHES OF MIDNIGHT by Lara Adrian

Series: Midnight Breed #6
Random House: Dell
Released: May 26, 2009
Source: Library
Page Count: 368

Rating: Really liked it

As night falls, Claire Roth flees, driven from her home by a fiery threat that seems to come from hell itself. Then, from out of the flames and ash, a vampire warrior emerges. He is Andreas Reichen, her onetime lover, now a stranger consumed by vengeance. Caught in the cross fire, Claire cannot escape his savage fury - of the hunger that plunges her into his world of eternal darkness and unending pleasure.

Nothing will stop Andreas from destroying the vampire responsible for slaughtering his Breed brethren . . . even if he must use his former lover as a pawn in his deadly mission. Blood-bonded to his treacherous adversary, Claire can lead Andreas to the enemy he seeks, but it is a journey fraught with danger - and deep, unbidden desires. For Claire is the one woman Andreas should not crave, and the only one he's ever loved. A dangerous seduction begins - one that blurs the lines between predator and prey, and strokes the flames of a white-hot passion that may consume all in its path . . .

My Thoughts
Poor Andreas. He's been put through the wringer lately. In Veil of Midnight, we learned that Andreas's Darkhaven had been wiped out by someone who had turned his beloved Helene into a Minion. The story continues in Ashes of Midnight, when Andreas returns home only to find the bloodbath that destroyed his kin. Not unjustly, Andreas wants justice - and revenge - on the man responsible for destroying everything he loved: Wilhelm Roth.

This was a good story that, like all of the Midnight Breed books, had its ups and downs. Overall, I thought that it was quite interesting. Andreas's power is not one that I would have expected, and we get to watch him eventually learn to how to control it. (Come on, it's a romance, you know it's not going to overcome him, then we wouldn't get a happily ever after!) I am curious to see what is in store next for Andreas and Claire and their post-book mandate. Will we get updates on them? I hope so!

I do wish that Adrian would give characters some breathing room between the horrible things that happen to them and finding their happily ever afters. She did this with Rio, too, and it annoyed me, and that was an even greater timeframe (betrayal in book 1, HEA one year later in book 4). It felt a bit strained to me that Andreas would fall so hard for Claire - yes, even though he had had a relationship with her 30 years earlier - after losing his longtime lover just three months before and that Claire, being a generally good person, would actually cheat on her husband - even if he is entirely worthless - to be with Andreas. I wish they had waited until after defeating Wilhelm to follow through with the blood bond, even if it was useful to their investigation. I realize that Wilhelm didn't love Claire and that she realized this long before she saw Andreas again, but what can I say, it's just a personal preference.

Mira doesn't show up much in Ashes of Midnight, which was a tad disappointing. I want to watch her grow up just like Savannah from Kelley Armstrong's Women of the Otherworld series. That would make me incredibly happy.

This installment ends on a bit of a cliffhanger regarding the overall story arc of Dragos and the big bad alien. It's a good thing that I already nabbed the next book from the library!

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