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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Deeper Than Midnight

Deeper Than Midnight, by author Laura Adrian, is the 9th book in her Midnight Breed series. I was really looking forward to dark and sexy Hunter finally getting his chance to shine, and while this book was decent overall it severely lacked some of the lusty chemistry you got in previous books.

Storyline:
DELIVERED FROM THE DARKNESS, A WOMAN FINDS HERSELF PLUNGED INTO A PASSION THAT IS DEEPER THAN MIDNIGHT.

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 Dragos’s reign of evil—even if carrying out his mission means shattering Corinne’s tender heart.


Corinne's character was almost an absolute dud at times, I was a bit surprised to see her teamed up with Hunter in this story but the book does gradually pick up. While she won't be one of my favorite characters overall, I didn't think she was awful. She's just not really a good match for Hunter in my opinion. Hunter is a dark and deadly vampire, a quiet man that carries a big stick (trust me he has no problems shoving said stick through your heart should you look at him wrong). Trained to be an assassin from birth and a brutal killer he has sort of found himself over the past few books. Hunter remains in my heart but I was REALLY hoping for a better storyline here.

Corinne is finally able to reunite with her family after years of being locked away and tested on by the evil and ever elusive vampire Dragos. After learning some shocking family secrets her world is flipped upside down and she struggles to reconcile with the new environment around her. While being locked away as a slave Corinne was forced to carry a child which was taken from her at birth, her new mission (should she choose to accept it) is to track down her son and save him from the baddies. But of course the gal needs some muscle, and so enters Hunter. The plot of the story follows Corinne and Hunter as they try and track down the illegal operations that might be housing her boy.

I do want to point out that while I like getting updates on the rest of the Breed from previous books, I did feel that a lot of this story is dedicated to Chase. I like his character but what I would have loved even more was character build up between Hunter and Corinne. Deeper Than Midnight almost feels like a filler book leading up to the next story, I want to read about the characters in THIS book. Save what's coming next for the next book, a little bit of mystery of the up and coming is fine but not pages and pages of information that would be better of in its own novel. Things seemed to fall too easily into place towards the ending, and the gushy mushy happily ever after was a bit taxing. That said, aside from the lack luster romance and almost unrealistic relationship between Hunter and overall meh feeling of Corinne, this book is a decent read and if nothing else will bring you closer to book 10.

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KD

3 comments:

  1. Not my favorite book in the series but not horrible either. That ending.....can't wait for Chase's book!

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  2. I agree with you about the Chase parts. I understand that there needed to be some "set-up" for his book, but I felt like his parts dominated this book. Still an enjoyable read though :-)

    ~Amber Hughes

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  3. Thanks ladies, this one was a little tuff to review. I DO like this series and while the book overall was ho-hum I did like parts of it. Just wished that Hunter could have gotten his day to shine.

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