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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Book Review: Midnight Unleashed (Midnight Breed #15.5) by Lara Adrian + excerpt

Midnight Unleashed (Midnight Breed #15.5)
by Lara Adrian
October 10th 2017
173 pages
1001 Dark Nights
Return to New York Times and #1 international bestselling author Lara Adrian’s “addictively readable” (Chicago Tribune) Midnight Breed vampire romance series with a pulse-pounding novella of paranormal seduction and dangerous thrills, where an icy immortal beauty and a lethal Gen One Hunter must confront a powerful enemy while struggling to deny the irresistible calling of their blood.

No matter if it’s a full-length novel or a novella, the Midnight Breed series shows no signs of slowing down.

Midnight Unleashed picks up the newer Atlantean plot with Tamisia, the exiled Atlantean witnessing the brutal murder of a young woman. The murder draws in Breed male Trygg and soon he and Sia are investigating and being drawn into a red hot fling in the process.

I don’t read paranormal romance all that often and very few authors can keep my attention like Lara Adrian can. Midnight Unleashed packs a lot of punch in such a short time but what punch it was. Trygg and Sia make an unlikely couple, they’re each from different species that technically despise each other so you have a little bit of a Romeo and Juliet feel but with fangs, magic, and way more blood. These two didn’t want to be attracted to each other but too bad for them, they are and they made a solid couple and partnership while they tracked down their mutual enemy. The pacing is fast but not unbelievable and the action more than makes up for the short page time.

I’ve said this before, I love the introduction of the Atlantean race into the series, they offer a real challenge to the Breed as well as provide some important explanations when it comes to the very special women most of the Breed have chosen as mates. But while Midnight Unleashed doesn’t delve into that plot, it does offer a glimpse of the Breed/Atlantean conflict that should gain interest from readers who are unfamiliar with Adrian’s work. If this is your first book by Adrian, it can be read as a standalone BUT I would highly suggest that you start at the beginning of the series in order to understand where the Breed started and how they came to live in the current world they’re in. Besides, why would you want to miss out on meeting and finding your favorite Breed male??

Sheep Rating: 4 Sheep

While he’d sure as hell rather be surrounded by his tech equipment at the command center, Trygg couldn’t find much to object to as he followed Sia up an exterior staircase to a private third-floor entrance of the house. As irritated as he was after her power play in the car just now—not to mention her earlier act of defiance that had rattled him more than he cared to admit, even to himself—it was hard to think about much else except the rhythmic sway of her hips as she mounted the old iron steps.

Very hard.

Her long, elegant spine and firm backside were a temptation that stoked a growing heat inside him as he stalked up the climb behind her. Everything male in him burned with desire. Everything Breed in him hungered for her too. If she chanced a look over her shoulder, it would be damn close to impossible to hide the amber lighting his irises or the press of his sharp fangs as they filled his mouth.

Letting her win just now was a mistake he already regretted, but that’s where her control was going to end. He’d go inside as she insisted and they’d do a cursory look through the rest of the items they’d brought with them. He would point out something or other so she’d have a bone to chew on, then he’d take everything back to the command center and dig into the meat of the scant evidence alone.

The way he preferred to operate.

He scowled at her when they reached the top of the stairs. “Is this the way you sneak in all the men you bring home with you?”

“Only the surly ones.” Her blonde brow arched over her long-lashed eyes. “And to answer the question you really want to ask, I’ve never brought anyone up here before.”

He didn’t want to ask that, so why did her answer give him such a healthy stab of satisfaction?

About the Author:
LARA ADRIAN is a New York Times and #1 international bestselling author with nearly 4 million books in print and digital worldwide and translations licensed in more than 20 countries. Her upcoming release is FOR 100 REASONS, the third book in a contemporary romance series that reviewers are calling "phenomenal" and "one of the hottest series of the year." Learn more about the author and her books at

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