From Goodreads: At eighteen, Corinne Bishop was a beautiful, spirited young woman living a life of privilege as the adopted daughter of a wealthy family. Her world changed in an instant when she was stolen away and held prisoner by the malevolent vampire Dragos. After many years of captivity and torment, Corinne is rescued by the Order, a cadre of vampire warriors embroiled in a war against Dragos and his followers. Her innocence taken, Corinne has lost a piece of her heart as well–the one thing that gave her hope during her imprisonment, and the only thing that matters to her now that she is free.
Assigned to safeguard Corinne on her trip home is a formidable golden-eyed Breed male called Hunter. Once Dragos’s most deadly assassin, Hunter now works for the Order, and he’s hell-bent on making Dragos pay for his manifold sins. Bonded to Corinne by their mutual desire, Hunter will have to decide how far he’ll go to end Drago’s reign of evil–even if carrying out his mission means shattering Corinne’s tender heart.
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Overall Rating 4.25
Story Rating 4.00
Character Rating 4.50
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NOTE: The Midnight Breed series is my favorite series of all time. I love Lara Adrian’s writing and the stories that she has crafted. Hunter is a character I have been drawn to since he was introduced and was not disappointed in his story.
What I Loved: Hunter was everything I knew he could be in this story. From the moment he was introduced in the series, you knew he was different from the rest of the Order. He is more stoic, quiet, and singular which in a way made him more intriguing to me. I also knew this would be why I loved this book more than some of my friends that have read it. I wanted to see how he went from being singular to caring with all his heart, mind, body, and soul about someone else. The journey that he and Corinne took was slow and methodical which was exactly what was expected. Corinne was the perfect mate for Hunter because she was scarred, scared, and fighting to get back to normal after her ordeal. Their passion once it ignited was off the charts and healing to both of them. Oh I also love who said I love you first!
(There are things that I loved that would be considered spoilers so leaving them out.)
What I Liked: This book had a great balance of romance and action with most of the action coming from the other members of The Order. We got to see a lot of forward story in this book with Dragos, The Order, and the issues Chase (Harvard) is dealing with. While at times, I thought it overwhelmed Hunter/Corinne’s story at this point in the series I thought it was necessary. Since I love series and story arches it really worked for me.
Complaints: I could have used a little more time with Hunter/Corinne after the passion ignited but sometimes something has to give.
Why I gave it a 4.25: I finished this book in a day and half squeezing it in between work, working out, book club, and other obligations. I feel it was a great addition to the series.
(Lucan Quote because it made me giggle)
“Okay, forget I said it. You win.” Grabbing her close with one arm, he let his hand roam down to the curve of her behind. “How come you always win?”
“Because you know I’m right.” She moved in tighter, rising up on her toes until her mouth was brushing his. “And because—admit it, vampire—you wouldn’t have me any other way.”
Hunter had been hard to miss that night. With his chiseled, forbidding features and six-and-a-half-foot frame of bulky muscle, he was the kind of male who dominated any room he entered without even trying. While the hours after the rescue had been ripe with emotion for everyone involved, Hunter had been the quiet one, the one who kept to the periphery and merely carried out his tasks in stoic efficiency.
(Yes Lara Thank you for the Strange Fucking Trip)
Jesus, what a strange fucking trip it had been, Lucan thought to himself as he scanned the circle of faces assembled around the table. Most of those faces had been unknown to him just a year and a half ago, and now they were as familiar to him as blood kin.
(Love my Breed Geek)
Gideon’s eyes were sharp and determined over the rims of his light blue shades. “Layout is tight but workable. May have to go with a combo of hardwire and coax instead of wireless based on the material and thickness of the walls down here, but yeah … I can make it happen as soon as tomorrow night.”