22 October 2015

Stroke of Midnight - Tour & Review

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Review & Excerpt Tour

by Lara Adrian

STROKE OF MIDNIGHT is a Midnight Breed Series Novella brought to you by 1001 Dark Nights. Be sure to grab your copy of this sexy novella today!


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About STROKE OF MIDNIGHT: A Midnight Breed Series Novella

Born to a noble Breed lineage steeped in exotic ritual and familial duty, vampire warrior Jehan walked away from the luxurious trappings of his upbringing in Morocco to join the Order’s command center in Rome.

But when a generations-old obligation calls Jehan home, the reluctant desert prince finds himself thrust into an unwanted handfasting with Seraphina, an unwilling beauty who’s as determined as he is to resist the antiquated pact between their families.

Yet as intent as they are to prove their incompatibility, neither can deny the attraction that ignites between them. And as Jehan and Seraphina fight to resist the calling of their blood, a deadly enemy seeks to end their uneasy truce before it even begins….
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I received a copy in exchange for an honest review!

What I say: I'm a big fan of Lara Adrian's Midnight Breed series and I always look forward to a new 1001 Dark Nights instalment, so I jumped at the chance to read Stroke of Midnight.

*Note* Potential series spoilers - For this review I'm going to presume you're familiar with the series, but here's a non-spoilery as possible overview (skip it if you don't want to know anything about previous books/world-building): The Breed are otherworldly vampires, who have been outed to humans for 20 years (the early books are set when vampires are still secret). This 'outing' has caused many issues and problems for the Breed and the controlling 'Order' because not everybody is pleased by the emergence of these fierce warriors. There's a lot of conflict in the series with Rogue vampires, unhappy humans and of course a lot of hot, broody guys finding their Breedmate. Breedmates are women who are slightly different from average human women, and they are able to umm...breed with these guys, becoming their immortal life partners.

Onto the book: I really enjoyed this novella. I loved the setting - Adrian's descriptions of Morocco really helped me feel as though I was there feeling the drama and tension with them. I could easily picture their sensuous hideaway, but could also envision the desert and the corruption.  Oh please lets give Jehan and Sera their own full length book.

Jehan and Seraphina find themselves the unwilling participants in their former funding families attempts at continuing peace. Imagine if the Capulets and Montagues decided they'd call a truce by having an arranged marriage between Romeo and Juliet, who didn't want the marriage or each other and throw in super strength and special abilities...

4 Stars in my Sky!

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Seraphina Sanhaja was, in a word, extraordinary.
Framed by a mane of cascading brown curls, a pair of long-lashed eyes the color of rich sandalwood flecked with gold lifted to meet Jehan’s arrested gaze. Her face was heart-shaped and delicate, an exotic artistry of fine bones and smooth, sun-kissed olive skin that glowed with rising pink color as she stared at him.
How this stunning woman had managed to get past the age of twenty without some other Breed male locking her into a blood bond, Jehan couldn’t even imagine.
His pulse stirred at the sight of her, sending heat into his veins. Even though he wasn’t in the market for a mate, as a hot-blooded Breed male, it was impossible to deny his body’s intense reaction to the female. He drew in a slow breath, his acute senses taking in the cinnamon-sweet scent of her and the subtle uptick of her heartbeat as he held her in his unblinking gaze.
For a moment, he was sorry he didn’t have any use for tribal laws or ancient pacts that would put Seraphina Sanhaja in his company—better yet, in his bed—for the next eight nights.
Her sister tugged her forward on a light giggle. “Isn’t this exciting?”
Where Leila crackled with unbridled enthusiasm, Seraphina was nearly impossible to read. Her lush lips pursed a bit as she made a silent study of him, her expression carefully schooled, inscrutable.
Standing before him, she was reticent and aloof.
Assessing and...unimpressed?
Jehan’s brows lifted. He didn’t want to admit the jab his ego took at her apparent lack of interest in him. With his thick, shoulder-length dark hair, tawny skin and light blue eyes, he’d never been at a loss for female attention.
Oh, hell. What did he care if she didn’t like what she saw? The week ahead was going to pass a hell of a lot faster if he didn’t have to spend it with a blushing, eyelash-batting Breedmate who couldn’t wait to surrender her carotid to him.

Author Spotlight: 

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Lara Adrian is the New York Times, USA Today and #1 internationally bestselling author of the Midnight Breed vampire romance series and seven award-winning, historical romances, previously released under the pen name Tina St. John.

Lara’s Midnight Breed series is available in hardcover, mass market paperback and e-book through Random House, and in limited edition through Doubleday Book Club, Rhapsody Book Club, Book of The Month, and the Science Fiction Book Club. Unabridged audio editions are available through Tantor Media, Random House Audio, Amazon, iTunes, etc. Lara’s new releases regularly appear on all of the key bestseller lists including including theNew York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, Indiebound, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, etc. There are more than 2 million copies of the Midnight Breed novels in print in the United States.

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