Friday, January 17, 2014

review: VEIL OF MIDNIGHT by Lara Adrian

Series: Midnight Breed #5
Random House: Dell
Released: December 30, 2008
Source: Library
Page Count: 355

Rating: Loved it!

A warrior trained in bullets and blades, Renata cannot be bested by any man - vampire or mortal. But her most powerful weapon is her extraordinary psychic ability - a gift both rare and deadly. Now a stranger threatens her hard-won independence - a golden-haired vampire who lures her into a realm of darkness . . . and pleasure beyond imagining.

A combat-loving adrenaline junkie, Nikolai dispenses his own justice to enemies of the Breed - and his latest quarry is a ruthless assassin. One woman stands in his way: the seductive, cool-as-ice bodyguard, Renata. But Renata's powers are put to the test when a loved one, a child, is threatened and she's forced to turn to Niko for help. As the two join forces, as desire fans the flames of a deeper hunger, Renata's life is under siege by a man who offers the exquisite pleasure of a blood bond - and a passion that could save or doom them both forever . . .

My Thoughts
First, I need to make it known that I take exception to the description given above. Renata is decidely NOT independent, as is demonstrated rather harshly in the book. Also, Renata is not exactly standing in Niko's way. She is being used through the bodyguard position she was forced into accepting. It bothers me when whoever writes these descriptions just sort of makes up their own story.

Moving on . . .

Niko and Renata are a delicious mix. They obviously mesh well together, and yes, there is a bit of insta-love, but they manage to make the timeline mostly believable. It's not quite as action-packed as some of the earlier books - Renata is injured, and the two need to take some time for her to recuperate, eating up a good chunk of the book. It was actually a nice change of pace to have the two main characters have some time to really bond and figure each other out instead of constantly running from one danger or another.

Mira was my favorite part, though. The young breedmate has the power to  show people the future in her eyes, yet using her gift is making her go blind. I hope she shows up in the later books, as I would love to see what her future holds!

I do wish that what happened with Andreas Reichen had not happened. That was tough to read, although it is easy to see that something is coming because Adrian focused so much on his relationship with Helene. Reichen will probably join the Order and star in the next novel.

Adrian manages to pull off some very dark storylines without delving into the depths of depravity like J.R. Ward. Some may enjoy that, but it is not something that I personally enjoy reading. The Midnight Breed series has struck a chord with me, and I am so happy that I finally picked up these fabulous books this year!

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