Review: Darker After Midnight by Lara Adrian + Giveaway

Darker After MidnightDarker 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

Favorite Quote

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.

Rating: B
Darker After Midnight by Lara Adrian
January 24th 2012 by Random House
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Giveaway

We have a shiny new hardcover copy of Dark After Midnight to giveaway.

To enter: Leave a comment on Jen’s review.

Open to: US and International entries. You have until end day Jan 27 to enter, winner will be announced soon after.

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Comments

  1. says

    Love, love, love Sterling Chase! This was one if not my favorite book in the series! So glad he finally got his well deserved HEA! Nice review Jen.

      • says

        I was disappointed with Hunter’s book as well after the build up for it. It was just mehhh so I was very happy Sterling’s book was back on track!

  2. says

    Thank you for your review! I haven’t read anything by Lara Adrian yet, but can’t wait to start. Thank you for the chance! :D

    fabgiada (at) gmail (dot) com

  3. Elizabeth R says

    I need to catch-up on my TBR list, this series sounds to good to leave on my shelf. Thanks for the giveaway!!
    rainie72(at)gmail(dot)com

  4. Andrea says

    I’m so happy to read that this book is an improvement over Hunter’s book. I was so looking forward to Hunter’s story and was disappointed by it. Now I can’t wait to read about Chase, which is surprising because he’s never been my favorite.

  5. says

    I’m glad to hear that Chase’s book is so much better than Hunter’s was! I’m also glad to hear Tavia is such a strong character, because Chase would be overwhelming for anyone else!

  6. Jenifer says

    I’ve been impatiently waiting for this book. For some reason I had it in my head it was going to be released on Jan 3, so imagine my disappointment when first thing on that day I go to buy and realize I have to wait 3 more weeks! I was rather disappointed with the last book, although it was mostly with the Hunter & Corrine parts. Just didn’t feel a connection with them like the other warriors/breedmates. This new twist with Tavia sounds cool and while he’s difficult at times, I’ve been waiting for Chase to find his own mate.

    I read in another review that Mira’s book was next, or that’s at least the impression she had.

  7. miki says

    i love this serie so i would be very happy to win this book

    thanks you for the great opportunity

    all the best

    isabelle(dot)frisch(at)gmail(dot)com

  8. Irene Jackson says

    I have enjoyed reading this series and can’t wait to get my hands on Chase’s book. Hope there are more books to come I enjoy all these characters so much.
    Would love to win a copy, thanks.

  9. Martha Lawson says

    I love, love this series and I can’t wait to read this one. Your review made it sound awesome. Please enter me for it.

  10. says

    Very informative review! This is the only one I have yet to read in this series and I was actually really anticipating Chase’s story. I appreciate your honesty and hopefully it’s not the last Breed book.

    yadkny@hotmail.com

  11. says

    I haven’t read it yet, so I’m really looking forward to Chase’s story. Like many other I was also a bit disappointed with Hunter’s story but more so by his mate. Glad to hear you liked this better and Tavia is a stronger female character. Thank you also for giving us the opportunity to win a HB copy :)

  12. Michelle W says

    I can’t wait to read this one. I love this series. I have always liked Chase. I hope this isn’t the last book, I might cry if so:(

  13. says

    I have the first… maybe 6 or 7? books in this series. I liked it earlier on, but felt like it got a bit lost, and repetitive. That said, I would like to give it a second chance, and if this is maybe the end of the series then perhaps now is a good time to pick up the rest of the books. And I love Chase, it would be good to see how his HFN/HEA goes.

    ~Ailsa

  14. June M. says

    I really need to get my hands on the rest of this series. I do have a few of the books but really need to get them all. Thank you for the review and the giveaway.

  15. Diane Sallans says

    I recently was introduced to this series – I’ve read the first three so far so I’ve met Lucan, Dante, Tegan, Gideon (don’t know why he didn’t get his own story) & Sterling (took a while for him to get his story – will enjoy reading it).

  16. Julie W says

    This may be the last book? How sad!! I definitely hope there is a spin off, though:) Thanks for the awesome review and giveaway!!

  17. Glittergirl says

    I’d love to win this book and complete the series I have collected. It’s too bad the publisher made it hardback with all the other books in the series being mass market paperback. I will have to wait to purchase it when it comes out in paperback next year. glittergirl54 at ymail dot com

  18. vivian baird says

    I am just now catching up on the series. I am on book 4 in the series. I would really like to win this book. I usually don’t win anything,but it would be nice to win this book.

  19. says

    I came into this series with the last book. Went straight out and bought the first two books after I read Hunters….I haven’t completely caught up but I do love this series!

  20. says

    This is a great series and I bet this installment will be just as good judging from your review. I love the character names, they are just perfect, not standard names.
    Thanks for the chance.
    bookdevoteereviews(at)hotmail(dot)com

  21. JenM says

    I stopped reading the series a couple of books back, but if it’s wrapping up, maybe it’s time to get back into it. Thanks for the review.

  22. Diane says

    I’ve read and enjoyed each book in the series and was disappointed this was the final book. I haven’t read it yet and would love to.
    I hope Ms. Lara Adrian has another series to bring us soon!!!

  23. says

    Awe, I think I must start Midnight Breed series this year! Great review as always, Jen! :D (I miss you at Goodreads, really)

  24. Tonya says

    This is an awesome series!!! Can’t wait to read this book!!! Luv Lara’s work!!! Thanks for the great giveaway!!! ;-)

  25. Mary Preston says

    DARKER AFTER MIDNIGHT looks amazing. I am looking forward to reading this.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

  26. Pamk says

    love this series and I’ve been waiting on Chase’s books for a long long time it seems.
    scrtsbpal at yahoo dot com

  27. Barbara Elness says

    I enjoyed the review and thought the idea of a spin off series was very interesting. Lara Adrian’s Breed books are always an auto buy for me, so I’m looking forward to reading Darker After Midnight.

    Barbed1951 at aol dot com

  28. maria pena says

    so ooking forward to reading this book, loved all the previous ones

    maria

    chilosa_2004 at yahoo dot com

  29. DANIELA says

    Hi
    I’ve enjoyed all the books in the series, even Hunter’s and can’t wait to see “Harvard” be happy.
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!!!

  30. Chelsea says

    I love this series, and so can’t wait to read this book! At the end of the last book my jaw dropped when Chase gave himself up and then I was like what the heck, what happens now??? Anyway, thanks for the chance to win! :)

  31. Annie @ UTC says

    With the way Hunter’s book ended with Chase, I’m really eager to read this one. But is it really going to be the final book of the series? I heard they are doing a 20 yr jump into the future so Mira can have a book next. Either way, I’ll be reading it.

    • says

      I am not sure if it really is the final book in the series. I cannot imagine her leaving the world because it is a pretty successful series. However, with the exception of Mira (who I heard she was going to write about) and the grandson (can’t remember his name) there are no other characters available. This story seemed to end in a place to where she could carry on with another series arc. The final conflict was well…final?

  32. says

    Not really reading the review, I am eagerly awaiting the paperback to reach my home. So don’t enter me in the contest. I just wanted to say I love this series, and all the enthusiastic reviews make it even harder to wait.

  33. Melinda says

    I’ve never been here before & I’ve never heard of this book/series but I would like to know more about it. I will also be returning to this site as it seems interesting with tons of stories that have been reviewed! Thanks to EL James for letting me know about this little treasure!!!! =)

  34. Christy says

    I have never read this series, but from this review I think I will give it a try. From the other bloggers here, I think I should get right on this and get the first of the series!

  35. Karen says

    Great review, thanks! I love this series and am very excited to read Chace’s story. Thank you also for the chance to win!

  36. Sherry Fowler says

    SOOOO lokking forward to this book! I really wanted to like Hunter’s but it was just a tad slow for me. Chase has been around since Tegan and Elise and really want his story to rock!!

  37. Megan G. says

    I’m very excited for this book. I actually liked Hunter’s book, so I am sure that I love this book.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  38. Chris Bails says

    This is a new author and series for me and would love to win and read this book. Have heard great things about this author, but have not had a chance to check out the author yet. I love to read and always looking for new authors to check out. Thanks for the giveaway and the chance to win.

  39. latisha depoortere says

    I can’t wait to read this book read all of the others! Thank you very much for the great review and what a great giveaway! I look forward to reading more of her books she is a great writer!
    Latisha D
    tishajean@ charter.net

  40. Cindi says

    What a great review! You touched on all the questions and comments I had after reading the last book (Hunter’s) and so now I am MOTIVATED!!! Would love to win it! Thanks!

  41. Stacy says

    Thank you for the opportunity to win this book! I’ve enjoyed the others in the series immensely!

  42. says

    I just started this series, I am only on the first book and I can not put it down..it is so good. I can’t wait to dive in to the next one.
    Great giveaway. Thanks!

  43. Kristin says

    I fully admit, I am WAY behind on this series. Winning this would give me ample motivation to catch up though! Great review!

  44. Carl says

    Holy Smoke! I just saw it was getting close to the end of this draw (pant,pant).
    Just in time, thanks for hosting.
    I’ve signed up for emails so I’ll never be late again.

  45. Catherine says

    I just sarted this series and omg I love it. I can’t wait to read the next one. Thanks for the review.

    Catherine

  46. Linda S. says

    For most of this series, Sterling Chase made me want to smack him upside the head, but the past couple of books I really got interested in his character. I’m looking forward to reading this one!

  47. says

    Hi Jen!
    I can’t believe I almost missed this awesome giveaway! I have been reading this series since the beginning … even started frequenting Lara’s website before the first book was published. I have been patiently waiting for Chase’s story for a loooong time and from your review, it sounds like a good one! Please enter me in the giveaway!
    Thanks for the chance! :)

  48. says

    Jen: Do you ever get disappointed when a series end? Or are you glad and ready to start on the next? Sometimes I can’t wait for a series to end so I can see what else the author has to offer. Then there are other times that I enjoy the series so much that I never want it to end.
    lareynolds0316@gmail.com

  49. StacieD says

    How on earth did I miss this giveaway until now? Better late than never. Thanks so much for the cool contest. I love Lara’s books.

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  1. […] Darker After Midnight by Lara Adrian-  Jen posted a great review on the latest installment of the Midnight Breed series here at Fiction Vixen.  Hero, Sterling Chase did not disappoint and his pairing with Tavia was smoking HOT!  The action took off with the first chapter and did not let up until the end.  I believe this is one if not the best book in the Midnight Breed series.  As I told Jen, I would reconsider breeding at my age with Sterling Chase!  So glad he got his well deserved happy ending with a fierce heroine! Fiction Vixen Review […]