24 August 2013

Blast from the Past Review: Taken by Midnight by Lara Adrian

Midnight Breed #8


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 say: Taken by Midnight picks up right where Shades of Midnight left off. Jenna is recovering from whatever the Ancient did to her and is currently speaking a lost Ancient Breed language. The Order take Jenna back to Boston with them to learn more about her condition and how it could influence the Breed.

Brock is extremely protective of Jenna (if you've forgotten she's Alex's human best friend and not a Breedmate), which I found equally sweet and annoying. It was actually really sad when Lara Adrian revealed more about Brock's past and explained his protectiveness - nothing like survivors guilt or the high expectations people place on themselves to create notions of failure.

Jenna isn't a Breedmate and so she cannot share a blood bond with Brock and also faces the unsettling idea that she'll grow old whilst he won't - Or will she? Adrian comes up with an awesome twist in terms of Jenna's fate.

What I also really enjoyed about Taken By Midnight was the positive representation Adrian provides of interracial relationships. Brock informs Jenna that skin colour doesn't matter to the Breed in the way it does to humans (at least how it did in the past), BUT he mentions past problems he faced by being a black male seen socialising with a white woman (Breedmate Corinne) in the 1920s.

A great instalment in the Midnight Breed series, with an extremely important ending!

4.5 Stars in my Sky!

My fav non-spoilery quotes:
  • He didn't need to be thinking about the woman, naked or otherwise. Except now that he'd gone there, he could think of damned little else.
  • "You know, for an old man, you have amazing stamina."
  • "I could give a damn, if you're human, cyborg, alien, or some mixed-up combination of all three."

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