Paranormal Romance: a sub-genre that focuses on romance and includes elements beyond the range of scientific explanation, blending together themes from the genres of traditional fantasy, science fiction, or horror. Common hallmarks are romantic relationships between humans and vampires, shape shifters, ghosts, and other entities of a fantastic or otherworldly nature and can also include characters with psychic abilities.

Addict: (v) to habituate or abandon oneself to something compulsively or obsessively (see above)

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Book Review: Taken by Midnight by Lara Adrian

Taken by Midnight
Midnight Breed series
by Lara Adrian
Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: Dell; Original edition (September 28, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0440245273
ISBN-13: 978-0440245278
Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.

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.

3 Loveys

Taken by Midnight is a paranormal romantic suspense. Jenna has been altered by her encounter with the Ancient one and her outcome is uncertain. Brock is instantly protective of her but fears his capabilities to keep her safe because of his failure to protect the woman he loved over a century ago. Together they fight with the Order to stop the evil Dragos and his army of assassins from ultimately changing the world while struggling to keep their attraction from becoming too deep.
The novel started at a fast, interesting paced but slowed towards the middle. It is literally overflowing with suspense; what is Jenna turning into? What is Drago’s up to? And a few other twist and turns were thrown in. Jenna was a hard heroine for me to like, she is pretty tough and doesn’t have much of a soft side but fights for life everyday. Brock has the potential to be a great charter but really lacked depth, though he is a sweet guy who is dedicated to Jenna. Brock and Jenna together was intense, their attraction palpable, but their relationship was predictable. I think this all could have been turned around though if they were given the time they deserved in this novel but a lot of the plot was filler. Readers do receive a deeper look at the villain, Dragos and plenty of interactions with the series other characters.
I felt that the end of the novel did not wrap up Brock and Jenna’s story; I was left with several questions concerning their relationship and Jenna herself. It still remains a good read despite my problems with it and for new readers this novel can be read as a stand-alone. I am looking forward to the next installment in the Midnight Breeds series.


BLHmistress said...

Another one I have planned to read soon , I love Brock and when I found out he was getting a book I was estatic. Can't wait to read it and see what happens.

Paranormal Romance Addict said...

I do hope that you enjoy it dear.
I'm not sure if she is still offering this but during the release Lara Adrian was doing a virtual signing where you could purchase this book from her and she will sign it and send it to you. You might want to look at her website.

~Sara said...

I keep forgetting this book is out. I was super curious about what the ancient did to Jenna, and how that was going to play out. I need to get this. Thanks for putting it back on my radar.

Alison said...

This sounds like fun, but it's always too bad when good books just don't go the distance to becoming great. Is this a sequel?

Paranormal Romance Addict said...

Alison, it is part of the Midnight Breed series. Book #8

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