Midnight Awakening by Lara Adrian

Midnight Awakening

With a dagger in her hand and vengeance on her mind, Darkhaven beauty Elise Chase prowls Boston’s streets in search of retribution against the Rogue vampires who took from her everything she cherished. Using an extraordinary psychic gift, she tracks her prey, well aware that the power she possesses is destroying her. She must learn to harness this gift, and for that she ca...

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Midnight Awakening Reviews

  •  Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)

    This is one of those reviews where I have to eat my words. I have to say that I really grew to like Elise. I didn't think I would care for her as a heroine after the last book in the series, Kiss of Crimson. But I found that I liked and respected her. She has lost a lot, but rose like a phoenix from the ashes. She made herself strong, even though she was raised like a delicate flower in the Chase family, told what to think, how to act, and what she should do with her life.

    Elise suffers terribly

    This is one of those reviews where I have to eat my words. I have to say that I really grew to like Elise. I didn't think I would care for her as a heroine after the last book in the series, Kiss of Crimson. But I found that I liked and respected her. She has lost a lot, but rose like a phoenix from the ashes. She made herself strong, even though she was raised like a delicate flower in the Chase family, told what to think, how to act, and what she should do with her life.

    Elise suffers terribly when she is around humans, because her inborn psychic ability makes her hear their most violent, ugly, and dark thoughts. Despite this, she goes out to hunt and kill Minions, which are the souless humans that have almost been bled dry by the vampires who have given themselves over to Bloodlust, called Rogues. Some might view this behavior as TSTL, but I felt that a woman who lost her son to the evils of vampires and their minions would want to wreak vengeance on her enemies. So she didn't come off that way to me.

    I liked Tegan a lot. I hate to compare books, but I must say that I don't connect with him as a tortured hero as intensely that I have with some of the other heroes in various other paranormal series that I have read and loved. Having said that, he definitely held his own in this book as a formidable warrior with a tortured past, but capable of complete tenderness and gentleness with Elise. I think that is what made me like him, was the way the took care of Elise, and showed her respect. He did tell her she was risking her life, and had some things to say about that in a very non-political way, but I think he showed respect for her need to do something in the war against the rogue vampires. I also loved that he was celibate for several centuries after the loss of his breedmate. That's devotion! I read one book where a hero who was supposed to be so in love with his lost love that he couldn't even wait less than five years before sleeping with some other women.

    I was curious why Ms. Adrian paired Tegan with Elise before I read this book, but it totally made sense when I read it. On the surface, they seem different, as Elise is a pampered, delicate Breedmate who is a society maven in the Darkhaven (communities in which the vampire civilians and their breedmates live), and Tegan is a fierce, rough warrior, seen as a conscienceless killer by many. Yet they have a connection and can understand each other because of the losses they have suffered and how those losses changed their lives and their personalities. There is a strong bond between Tegan and Elise that is emotional and sexual, that Ms. Adrian does a great job of building on. I liked that there wasn't the instant sex scene, but the tension builds between them until it explodes like C-4 in the love scenes that occur later in the book.

    I feel this series is building very well. It has an interesting world, but, I admit I like a paranormal romance with more creatures in it a little more. This one just has the offspring of the alien vampires that came to earth millenia ago, went on a bloodthirsty rampage, and sired offspring on human women. Having said that, I think Ms. Adrian really does a good job with this storyline and reveals more layers with each book.

    The battles in this book are intense and violent. There is always the chance that these warriors could die or get wounded. The stakes are very high and you hold your breath waiting to see what's going to happen next. The villain Marek is a completely despicable, morally bankrupt piece of work, and you want him taken down by the Breed.

    This book kind of wraps up one storyline but leaves things open for the start of another one. I definitely need to keep reading to see what's going to happen after this book. Also because I am intrigued with the characters of Rio, Andreas Richen, Sterling Chase, Niko, and the new recruit brethren Kade and Brock, and I want to see who they get paired up with.

    Another plus of this series is that there is some ethnic diversity. This is another big reason I keep reading these books. I will get off my soapbox in a moment. I promise. I just have to say it's nice to see people of different ethnicities in the paranormal romances. Just saying. (Climbing off the soapbox now).

    If you are looking to read a well-written book with formidable warriors, intense action, and a great romance, and you're a fan of vampires, I'd recommend the Midnight Breed series to add to your to be read pile.

  • Zeek

    After my disappointment with the last book I read in Adrain's Breedmate series, I wasn't sure if I wanted to go on. However, Tegan's character intrigued me from the get go so I couldn't let his book go unread.

    Elise Chase suffered remarkable loss in recent years. The loss of her beloved mate hurt her tremendously- but it was the loss of their son that devastated her. Determined to avenge his death, she transforms herself from a sheltered aristocrat to an emotionless hunter who will stop at nothin

    After my disappointment with the last book I read in Adrain's Breedmate series, I wasn't sure if I wanted to go on. However, Tegan's character intrigued me from the get go so I couldn't let his book go unread.

    Elise Chase suffered remarkable loss in recent years. The loss of her beloved mate hurt her tremendously- but it was the loss of their son that devastated her. Determined to avenge his death, she transforms herself from a sheltered aristocrat to an emotionless hunter who will stop at nothing to see the Breed responsible for killing her son dead - even if it means destroying her sanity to do so.

    Tegan knows deep loss as well and something about Elise pulls at his heart- a heart he thought long dead. When he finds her laid low from her debilitating gift he decides to give her a hand in controlling it.

    Meanwhile, passion stirs between them and though she awakens something in him, he tries to stay far from it- and her. Until they are both drawn into a web of intrigue that leads them to the other side of the world and to the very center of the struggle between the rogue vampires out to destroy humankind and the group of warriors who have given their lives to stop them.

    Something dark and sinister is arising and its far worse than the evil Breed they once considered their arch-nemesis.

    Tegan is the kind of sexy brooding hero that we've come to love in paranormal romance, and Elise's transformation makes this novel a winner. They're coming together is passionate and steamy but I think I enjoyed the intrigue just as much in this one!

    Although still not as favored as some of the other paranormal romance series out there- I enjoyed Midnight Awakening and am now anxious to get to the rest of the series!

  • Crista

    Wow.....just WOW!

    Until now, if anyone asked, I would have said that Lara Adrien's Midnight Breed series was good but not great. I would've said that it paled in comparison to Ward's BDB. I would've said that it wasn't anything really special. Now, I stand corrected. Midnight Awakening was something really special and I couldn't put it down!

    What made this book different from the previous two was the incredible off the charts chemistry between Tegan and Elise. The previous books waited too long to

    Wow.....just WOW!

    Until now, if anyone asked, I would have said that Lara Adrien's Midnight Breed series was good but not great. I would've said that it paled in comparison to Ward's BDB. I would've said that it wasn't anything really special. Now, I stand corrected. Midnight Awakening was something really special and I couldn't put it down!

    What made this book different from the previous two was the incredible off the charts chemistry between Tegan and Elise. The previous books waited too long to develop the chemistry between the leads and I felt very disconnected to the characters. Not so with these two!

    I wasn't a fan of Elise in the previous book, but I definitely became a huge fan from the first chapter of this book. She was an incredible character. Fierce, determined, tough, honest, and committed to all the men in her life (past and present!). I loved how she was portrayed and was cheering for her from the first page on.

    Although I became a fan of Elise....I fell in love with the character of Tegan. He hit all my "soft spots" and all my "hot spots"! I loved that he was such a loner and so removed from all connection with others, and how that gradually started to change as his love for Elise grew and grew. I loved his ruthlessness. I loved his tenderness. I loved his intensity. Everything about him...worked for me. I guess I can safely add him to the list of fictional characters that I wish were real!

    This is a very violent series and the war is not over. Many new characters are being introduced and I can't wait for Rio's story. This book is a keeper and is my favorite of the series...by far!

  • Alisha

    I'm glad to note that thus far, I've enjoyed each Midnight Breed book more than the last. Granted, I've only finished three installments now, but the direction of the trend is a very promising one. In this story we're treated to a closer look at Tegan, the most closed and inaccessible of the Breed warriors. Up to now he's seemed s

    I'm glad to note that thus far, I've enjoyed each Midnight Breed book more than the last. Granted, I've only finished three installments now, but the direction of the trend is a very promising one. In this story we're treated to a closer look at Tegan, the most closed and inaccessible of the Breed warriors. Up to now he's seemed stone-cold and emotionless, observations that are only solidified by the fact that his emotion-affected

    --tattoo-like markings that the Breed are born with--are always at an innocuous, neutral shade.

    I for one didn't think much of Tegan in the first two books. It seemed almost as though he was intentionally painted into the proverbial wordwork. ^_^ I was pleased that his core-personality does not change, but that greater understanding of his motivations was gained. His nominal pairing with Elise didn't seem to make sense before I picked up this book, but I was made a believer by the end, that's for sure. He's now my favorite of the Order warriors.

    The plot moved at a wonderfully steady-yet-engaging pace, and I went through the whole book eager to read what was to follow. The romance is admittedly slow-going, but I felt it was actually better that way, as the characters' (considerable) emotional turmoil was given fair treatment. The entire "regular" cast was involved in the main plot line in some way, though the narrative perspective stayed mostly with the two leads. It worked out well, and I felt like I was getting the best of both worlds: an intimate glimpse at Tegan and Elise as they slowly came together, and meaningful portrayals of the other members of the Order. Not to mention a broadened scope of the overall series. I dug it all. ^_^

    Now, this book can technically be read stand-alone with minimal confusion. But I would highly recommend that newcomers read book two (

    ) before jumping into this book. Doing so will provide greater context and a deeper emotional understanding of the heroine, Elise Chase.

    This book only further solidifies my affinity for this series. I see that Rio is up next as lead hero, and I couldn't be more excited. Yay, Breed!

  • AJ

    It has the perfect mix of romance, action, and the paranormal world to make this a really brilliant read for me.

    Holy hell, Tegan, indeed!!! The third bo

    It has the perfect mix of romance, action, and the paranormal world to make this a really brilliant read for me.

    Holy hell, Tegan, indeed!!! The third book in the Midnight Breed series gives us the story of the brutal, cold and closed off Gen-one warrior who finds his life turned upside down by Elise, introduced in the previous book when her son went missing and turned rogue. Well she’s back, and hell bent on avenging her son’s death. When Tegan discovers what she is up to, he feels strangely drawn to protect her and the two of them form an unlikely, unwanted (at least on Tegan’s part) and somewhat shocking alliance in order to uncover an age-old secret and stop the bad guy.

    God, I love Tegan and Elise together! They seem to be such an unexpected pairing – the big, violent, tough guy, and the well-bred, sheltered socialite, and at the beginning of the book they seem to have a serious dislike of each other, but there is something between them that they have both felt for a while, but have ignored. With both of them struggling with grief from their pasts, things progress slowly and cautiously between them. As they both start to recognise what they are feeling, Elise opens up and follows her feelings, while Tegan tries hard to keep her at bay – aggressively at first, but it doesn’t take long for him to start to melt. Their coming together was very natural and beautifully paced, with some serious steam and gorgeous swoony moments.

    … and…

    Seeing the big, tough guy fall, and fall hard, was awesome.

    HOLY FREAKING SWOON!

    The Order has a few new recruits, including Sterling Chase, now officially on board, and we see a bit more of the Butch/Vishous relationship developing between him and Dante (OK, that’s the only BDB comparison I’m going to make – just because it’s so freaking obvious!). And we get introduced to Andreas, an old friend of Tegan’s who I note gets his own book later in the series – very exciting.

    I want to give a shout out to the women in this series. They are all very strong, independent women who hook up with hugely Alpha vampires, but they still maintain an equal partnership with their guys. They’re not really a focus of the story, but as breedmates (genetically able to be mated with a vampire), they each have an individual gift that allows them to contribute to the action, and I love that they are so involved.

    With a storyline that takes us from Boston to Berlin and Prague, there is lots of action and intrigue in addition to the swoony romance. There is also a nail-biting climax that had me swearing loudly and frantically flipping pages, and leaves us with a clue to where the series goes from here – and it looks really good!

    This sneaky little series has taken me by surprise and firmly entrenched itself into my list of favourite PNRs. Must have more!!!

  • Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession

    This book is about Tegan and Elise who have both loss so much and working together they fall in love. I love the bad boys what can i say nothing is sexier than a bad boy in love.. I think it is so funny tegan getting jealous over reichen

  • Jilly

    If I were a vampire, I would totally want to go around killing assholes. It would be awesome to cure society's ills every time I wanted a snack. Maybe I'd even make some sort of spandex suit with a giant V on the front and be some sort of superhero vigilante. That would be sweet.

    And, have you ever noticed how wealthy vampires in all these books seem to be? They live in mansions, drive cars that cost more than my house, wear designer everything... and yet they don't have jobs. What the hell?

    But,

    If I were a vampire, I would totally want to go around killing assholes. It would be awesome to cure society's ills every time I wanted a snack. Maybe I'd even make some sort of spandex suit with a giant V on the front and be some sort of superhero vigilante. That would be sweet.

    And, have you ever noticed how wealthy vampires in all these books seem to be? They live in mansions, drive cars that cost more than my house, wear designer everything... and yet they don't have jobs. What the hell?

    But, with my luck, I would end up one of those vampires from Sookie Stackhouse and get stuck living in some shitty trailer park working the night shift at Walmart.

    If you don't know about Shane, the Walmart employee, you need to check it out. He's my hero!

    Anyway, these vampires are the rich kind. And, they don't kill for sport. Boring!

    In this book, we have Tegan, a totally badass warrior who lost his wife hundreds of years ago and is an emotionless hardened killer. He really is my favorite of all of the guys. Something about his cold, unsympathetic heart really makes me swoon.

    Tegan gets involved with Elise, a lady who lost her husband and son and is on a mission to kill as many minions as she can as revenge.

    Sorry, guys, you are too played out. Time for you to die.

    They get thrown together because Elise stumbles upon information that will help the

    order figure out what the bad guys are up to. Bad guys always have nefarious schemes that include lots of paperwork and clues for the good guys to find. It's convenient, really. (ever heard of going paperless, guys?)

    I like both of the main characters, and the story is still good fun. I'm looking forward to the next book.

  • Sophia Triad

    Breed warrior Tegan

    Special ability: Gen one warrior, Second in command,

    Senses truth and emotions through touch

    Age: 700 years old

    Breed mate Elise

    Special ability: Hearing ugly thoughts of Rogues, Minios, Humans

    Occupation: Darkhaven resident for more than 100 years. No occupation obtained.

    Mark place: Right thigh, inner side.

    Settings: Boston, Berlin, Prague

    Tegan had a devastating loss centuries ago. His wife turned into minion and she was killed. Elise had a devastating loss recently. Her son

    Breed warrior Tegan

    Special ability: Gen one warrior, Second in command,

    Senses truth and emotions through touch

    Age: 700 years old

    Breed mate Elise

    Special ability: Hearing ugly thoughts of Rogues, Minios, Humans

    Occupation: Darkhaven resident for more than 100 years. No occupation obtained.

    Mark place: Right thigh, inner side.

    Settings: Boston, Berlin, Prague

    Tegan had a devastating loss centuries ago. His wife turned into minion and she was killed. Elise had a devastating loss recently. Her son was killed from Crimson drug. These two sad souls will find a common ground and they will try to be together.

    To be honest Elise did not really convince me at the beginning as Tegan mate. I did not expect it and I was not exactly happy for it. Firstly, because of her Chase lost his job and changed his life while he was secretly in love with her. Thus, I expected them to end up together. Secondly she seemed a bit weak heroine for someone like Tegan. I wanted something more for him.

    Anyway, I somehow was a little more convinced in the end for her suitability but I still consider her the weakest breedmate of the series.

  • Elise ✘ a.k.a Ryder's Pet ✘

    A lot.

    I had struggles with

    with the characters, specially

    (how old is she?). Though she was cool, stubborn, naive and loyal, I still felt like I was on the

    when it comes it Elise. Still not over the fact that she has the same as me.

    (more than seven centuries of existence) w

    A lot.

    I had struggles with

    with the characters, specially

    (how old is she?). Though she was cool, stubborn, naive and loyal, I still felt like I was on the

    when it comes it Elise. Still not over the fact that she has the same as me.

    (more than seven centuries of existence) was sexy, cold, crude and a

    . I like that, though even with him, I felt on the outside. Also, I had that insane feeling of

    . I mean, sure, they met a few months back, but didn't

    , but when they finally do get...personal (?), it only lasted like a couple of days, or a week before

    entered the picture. Overall, this book reminded me of

    , still good, but

    for me, unfortunately.

    : - (Adult) Paranormal Romance

    : - Series, Book Three

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    - Tegan

    - Unsure.

    - Unsure.

    - No.

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  • Milica's Bookshelf

    Tegan je zaista najupečatljiviji muški lik ovog serijala. ♥


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