Book 96: Taken by Midnight by Lara Adrian (Rating 4 Wine Glasses)

Posted September 30, 2010 by Felicia S in 2010 Read / 0 Comments


From Goodreads: At the crossroads of death and desire, a woman tastes a pleasure no mortal is meant to survive . . .In the frozen Alaskan wilderness, former state trooper Jenna Darrow survives an unspeakable breach of body and soul. But with her narrow escape comes an even greater challenge. For strange changes are taking place within her, as she struggles to understand–and control–a new hunger. To do so, she will seek shelter in the Boston compound of the Order, an ancient race of vampire warriors whose very existence is shrouded in mystery. Perhaps the most mysterious of them all is Brock, a brooding, dark-eyed alpha male whose hands hold the power to comfort, heal . . . and arouse.

As she recovers under Brock’s care, Jenna finds herself drawn to the Order’s mission: to stop a ruthless enemy and its army of assassins from subjecting Earth to a reign of terror. Yet in spite of their resolve, a purely physical relationship without strings soon binds Brock and Jenna together with a desire fiercer than life and stronger than death itself–until a secret from Brock’s past and Jenna’s own mortality challenges their forbidden love to the ultimate trial by fire.

Publisher: Dell
Purchased: Bought on Amazon and from Virtual Signing

What I Loved: I loved how this book was a huge catalyst in pushing forward the story of the fight between Dragos and The Order.  Most of all though, I love the story of Brock and Jenna.  This is probably going down as my second favorite love story in the series.  Both of them had so much they needed to heal from past relationships and so much they had to handle in the present, that theirs was such a classic love story.  Could love conquer all?  She was not a breedmate only human, neither were interested in love, and most of all were the ramifications they were having to deal with based on what happened to Jenna at the end of the last book.  I won’t give anything away but their journey to each other was just a wonderful read!

What I Liked: We got to reconnect with all the Breed and their Breedmates. The book personified why I am a series reader, I love seeing what characters I care about are doing now.  This book also opened up a huge realm of possibilities on where the series can go from here: from what is happening to Jenna (the ramifications of the attack from the last book) to what happened at the end (which I won’t give away).  I am excited to see what happens next.

Complaints: I wasn’t a big fan of the abrupt end but I kind of see where there was no other choice.  I will be waiting for the next book!

Why I gave it a 4: I realize this book is one that mostly just pushes the story forward but to me it is one of the best love stories of the series.  Brock and Jenna are the reason this book is so good. Their story is well worth the read as well as the leaps forward the overall story takes.

Who I would recommend it too:  PNR readers.  However, I will say this.  If you haven’t read the rest of the series, you can read this one but you won’t get the richness of the bonds all the characters feel towards each other.  Lara does an excellent job of giving you the background story without hitting you over the head with it but you would be missing an excellent progression of story if you just skipped ahead to this book.  Read the series, it is well worth the time!

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