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Review: Taken By Midnight

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Taken By Midnight
Author: Lara Adrian
Release Date: September 28, 2010
Publisher: Dell Books
Midnight Breed Series Book #8
ISBN: #978-0-440-24527-8
Genre: paranormal romance
Format(s): mass market paperback, e-book
I received a copy of this book from the author for the purposes of an honest review.

From GoodReads:

     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.

What I’m talking about:

     Taken by Midnight picks up immediately where the seventh installment, Shades of Midnight, ends. After surviving a horrific abduction by one of the evil (and thought to be extinct) alien Ancients that spawned the Breed race, Jenna is rushed to the Order’s compound in Boston for protection and observation. There she sleeps for 5 days – but while unconscious speaks an alien language.  After Jenna wakes, she feels good – too good – and wants to go back to her home in Alaska. The fact that there are “vampires” in the world (and she is being cared for by these creatures), is unsettling to Jenna and she just wants to forget it all.  Unfortunately, she learns that the Ancient implanted some sort of alien device in her and it’s changing her body in ways she cannot comprehend.
     In addition, Jenna is frighted and horrified to realize that she is drawn to one of the “vampires,” Brock. She wonders if her feelings are true or a by-product of her internal metamorphosis. This is where Taken by Midnight finds its heart. Both Brock and Jenna are frighted by their mutual and growing attraction.  They each struggle with the confusing emotions that voice themselves from within. There were times when I was yelling at Brock not to be an ass, but then he’d turn around and do something so touching, so sweet. At one point I was actually nervous for him as he decided to take a chance and open up to Jenna.  He is a fierce warrior and valiant protector, but allows himself the risk of being hurt by Jenna.  Their story is an ideal mix of raw emotion and hot sex.  Jenna is independent, yet strong enough to realize it is okay to be scared by what is happening to her and admit she may need help. Her internal struggle to maintain complete control or to let loose and allow someone to care for her creates a wonderful story.
     But back to the action… This tale is well-balanced between the blossoming romance and the bad-guy-busting activity. Those that are familiar with the Midnight Breed series will enjoy the new twists and recognizable bad guys in this story. Fresh questions are raised, but there is closure on other long-standing issues.  This story provides a view into life at the Order’s compound and keeps the reader up-to-date on all the happenings within the group. This book is an ideal amalgamation of the past seven novels, blending past stories and current affairs. I also enjoyed seeing more of angst-ridden, Chase, aka Harvard. I know his story is coming (but not soon enough), and it will be explosive. New to the series? Ms. Adrian provides enough background for you to jump right in.
     I really cannot complain about this story. There were a couple of things I either missed, or were missing – like someone explaining what a blood-bond is to Jenna… It was mentioned to her, but never explained as far as I can recall.  And at one point, the Breedmates were having a frank and graphic discussion about bad guy, Dragos, and the Ancient that captured Jenna, but neglected to remember that a young girl was sitting at the table with them. Sure, Mira has seen a lot for her tender age, but it was like they just forgot she was there.
     But in the end, these minor points were just that – minor. This story is an on-the-edge-of-your-seat kind of exciting and the romance between Jenna and Brock is well-developed and sizzling. I honestly was not ready for the book to end when it did. I want to learn more about what is happening to Jenna and what it not only means for the Order, but how it will impact her relationship with Brock.

My Rating:

Loved it – enthusiastically recommend

  • I really enjoy this series. At first I thought the whole alien aspect might be odd, but then I noticed it just makes it very unique. Sounds like this is going to be a great addition. Great review!

  • I didn’t read your review because I plan on reading it next week! I’m so jealous that you got to read it before the rest of us. You lucky duck!

  • I am so happy you liked this, and that it’s a good “amalgamation” of the previous books. and this: “Their story is an ideal mix of raw emotion and hot sex”
    Yay! I didn’t read the last two, but I’m going to pick back up with this one, for sure.

    Last I saw the ancient, he was in captivity by Dragos. I totally thought he might end up like King Kong, scary but not totally evil. Guess not!!

  • I’m with Marq, totally envious that you got to read it and I have to wait! I’m thrilled by your review, as well. The Midnight Breed is one of my all time favorite vampire series and I’m delighted to know Lara Adrian didn’t disappoint. It sounds like you had a great time reading about Jenna and Brock. That cliff-hanger at the end of Shades of Midnight was just enough to make me eager for the next book. I’m hoping there are some good scenes with Hunter!
    Now, just to wait impatiently for my own chance to read it.

  • This is definitely a series that, for me, has gotten better with each book. Can’t wait to read this one!!

  • Fab review!! I’m so pleased you enjoyed this one & I can’t wait to read it. In fact – guess what I’m about to start reading? LOL

  • Great review and I want to read this one even more!

    I love this series and was eagerly awaiting Brock’s story!

  • Thanks for the review! I’ve read the second chapter sneak peek that Lara Adrian sends to those who subscrib to her updates and I am looking forward to it. I’m glad to hear we will get to “visit” with the other Breedmates / members of the Order because (color me shamefaced) I have problems remembering the names and descriptions of the “past” characters.

  • Nice review..although I haven’t read this series yet it makes me want to pick it up – nice the story is this strong through book 7

  • Nice review, and I can’t wait to read this one! I love this series!

  • Awesome review Jen! I waited to read until today because I was in the middle of reading this book when you posted. Again I basically agree with you on everything!
    I adore this series!

  • Just to let you know I finally posted my review! I’ve included a link to your review too :o)

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