Darker After Midnight starts immediately where Deeper Than Midnight left off. Dragos has directed law enforcement to The Order causing them to have to regroup and move their headquarters to another location. The book opens with Lucan, Gideon and Tegan detonating explosives on their centuries old home. Sterling Chase gave The Order this opportunity by surrendering himself to the police at the end of Deeper Than Midnight. He walked out the front door, into sunlight and took responsibility for all the havoc Dragos had created that day. Chase was already on law enforcements radar for an attempt on Dragos’ life in the presence of a US Senator. The police were more than happy to take Chase in and pin the blame of the day’s disasters onto him.
For as many books as I can remember Chase has been fighting Bloodlust and the strong desire to go Rogue. Rogues are indiscriminate killing machines that only want blood. They do not care how they get it or who provides it; they just want it above all other things. Because Chase has been fighting this compulsion for so long he had no problem sacrificing himself for The Order. While he is in jail, Tavia Fairchild the Senator’s aide, comes in to identify him in a police lineup. Chase sees Tavia and has an immediate connection with her. He tries to warn her that the Senator is a Minion of Dragos but Tavia does not believe him and really does not know what he is talking about. Chase feels he must help Tavia so he breaks out of jail and eventually ends up kidnapping her.
All her life, Tavia Fairchild, has been under medical supervision for a long list of ailments. She takes a handful of pills each day to suppress nightmares and other symptoms of her disease. When she is kidnapped by Chase she is forced to spend several days without taking her medication. As her condition worsens both her and Chase realize something is different about her. Eventually when she attacks Chase and bites him, he realizes Tavia is the one thing they have never seen before. A female Breed, Gen One even. In order to protect Tavia, Chase must meet back up with The Order and face his past sins.
While all of this is going on, Dragos has decided it is time to launch the final stage of his revolution. He wants control of the world and is no longer willing to be inferior to humans. With the help of traitors inside the Enforcement Agency all captive Rogues are released upon the human population. It is up The Order to step in and save the humans and stop Dragos for good.
I am not sure if this is the last book of the Midnight Breed series. From the way it ended, it very well could be. This book was much better than the last. I had really issues with the heroine in Hunter’s book. Tavia is a much more worthy female. She is strong and sassy. She is willing to stay and fight whereas Corinne seemed to just want to cry. While reading about Chase and Tavia bond I really felt they were a good match. If the series continues I will be interested to see how Tavia changes and adapts to finding out she is Breed. There wasn’t much time spent on where they will go from here. That was the big question at the end of the book.
There is a possibility Ms. Adrian has set up a spinoff from this series. There have been some questions about the parents of the Breedmates in the past. With the help of Jenna and her dreams they are able to determine there is a possibility that each of the Breedmates have fathers that are from an old Atlantian race. The subject was just briefly touched upon however it seems like it could go somewhere in future books.
Overall, this was a pretty good book. It held my attention well and had a pretty fast pace. There was a lot of time spent on several different couples which was nice because we got to catch up on each of them. I would say this is a can’t miss if you are a follower of the series. It really ties up some loose ends from previous books. Final grade – B
Not real, she reminded herself. There was no need to answer him or even acknowledge his presence. Focusing wholly on untangling the laces from the pair of sneakers, she made a desperate attempt to ignore him.
It wasn’t working.
He was no hallucination. He was flesh and bone, six-and-a-half feet of muscled, nearly naked male.
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