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Lara Adrian , Hillary Huber
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April 26 2010 Midnight Breed (Book 2)
He comes to her more dead than alive, a towering black-clad stranger riddled with bullets and rapidly losing blood. As she struggles to save him, veterinarian Tess Culver is unaware that the man calling himself Dante is no man at all but one of the Breed, vampire warriors engaged in a desperate battle. In a single erotically charged moment, Tess is plunged into his world—a shifting, shadowed place where bands of Rogue vampires stalk the night, cutting a swath of terror.

Haunted by visions of a dark future, Dante lives and fights like there is no tomorrow. Tess is a complication he does not need—but now, with his brethren under attack, he must shield Tess from a growing threat that includes Dante himself. For with one reckless, irresistible kiss, she has become an inextricable part of his underworld realm...and his touch awakens her to hidden gifts, desires, and hungers she never knew she possessed. Bonded by blood, Dante and Tess must work together to thwart deadly enemies, even as they discover a passion that transcends the boundaries of life itself.

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“Dark, edgy and passionate, an irresistible vampire romance.”—Chicago Tribune --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

About the Author

Lara Adrian is the author of the New York Times bestselling Midnight Breed series of vampire romance novels. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband. Visit her at laraadrian.com.

A multiple Audie Award finalist, an AudioFile Earphones Award winner, and one of AudioFile's Best Voices of 2010 and 2011, Hillary Huber has recorded close to two hundred titles. AudioFile magazine says, "Hillary Huber's narration is lyrical enough to be set to music."

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Now We're Dealing with the Full Deck! Sept. 2 2007
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Kiss of Midnight didn't wow me, but it did hook my interest through some unique plot elements. I liked the pacing of Ms. Adrian's writing and the world she'd created was just different enough for me to want to explore it more as well. By the end of this series' first book, I could smell a truly great story right around the corner.

Dante, a Breed vampire warrior, is gravely injured one night after discovering a disturbing new addition to the war against the Rogues, vampires that have given over to bloodlust and kill without restraint. He finds his way to the office of veterinary doctor Tess Culver, where he thinks he's found the perfect solution to his blood loss in the beautiful woman. Intending to only take what he needs and see her mind wiped of the incident, Dante's plans go horribly wrong afterwards, when he learns a horrifying fact about the good doctor. He wishes after that he'd never taken her blood, but once he has, he can't wipe her sweet taste from his mind. Driven by more than just Tess, Dante's visions of the future soon lead him to believe she is part of his destiny, whether he wants her to be or not. In turn, Dante's embrace awakens in Tess desires she never knew she possessed and special, secret talents of her own begin to make sense after the strange warrior's appearance in her life. As she becomes further involved with the mysterious man, she soon find herself in the middle of a war, and a passion she cannot resist.

Kiss of Crimson was the "start" to this series that I was waiting for. Characters--true, heartfelt characters--shine through in this one and that was the glue I was looking for. I clearly read a good, unique plot in Kiss of Midnight and saw that carried through very well in this one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Huh. The cheese, the cheese! Jan. 29 2011
By Hélène TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Oh my, oh cheesy. Frankly, for a second book I expected way better. I expected an author who was comfortable in the pace of her story and something that wasn't so cliche! The characters just relentlessly keep changing from hot to cold, blue to red, it's unbelievable. I can't believe that one of the most annoying character, who's been lying since the beginning, suddenly gets the "aw, I understand, you're ok in my book from now on" because he gave a heart-warming (not so well written) speech.

Talking of that character, in this book 2 characters are introduced that frankly made me roll my eyes all the time. Chase and Elise are such badly written characters I felt like striking myself for reading all their BS. Seriously, they are so insipid it's nauseating.

Sorry, I have nothing good to say about this book. I hoped it would get better from the first one, I was just plain wrong.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great continuation in an excellent series! May 30 2007
By The Ravenous Reader - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
If you enjoyed the first book in this series "Kiss of Midnight", then you will love this book as well. The concept behind the story is similiar to the first book (not highly original), but it delivers with it's characters and their chemistry. Dante and Tess make a great match - but I would have loved more development of their relationship...particularly at the end, which did feel a bit rushed. Lots of great action and romance.

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After a brutal attack that leaves him close to death, Dante, a Breed warrior, must bite Tess, a vetrinarian, in order to stay alive. Only afterwards, does he realize that she is a Breedmate and he has performed half of a bonding ritual that will tie them together for eternity. As Dante and Tess struggle to come to terms with the electric connection that pulls and ties them together, the Breed Warriors must battle a new threat - a drug, called Crimson, that turns vampires rouge.

Fans of JD Ward will enjoy this series. This book can be read on its own, but reading book 1 first will make this all the more enjoyable. Book 3, which is being written, features Tegan (and this book includes a sneak peak at a few pages). Can't wait!
20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Romance Junkies review of KISS OF CRIMSON! June 3 2007
By Natalie S - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Dante, a Breed vampire, is on the prowl looking for Rogues who have succumbed to blood lust and are dangerous to humans. Earlier in the year, he and his fellow Breeds brought down the lair of a master vampire. Now, however, the war has changed; carelessly using a new street drug, young vampires are swiftly turning into Rogues. It is on one such night that Dante comes face to face with a frothing vampire and has no choice but to eradicate the fledgling immediately. Too late, he realizes that he has been set up. One explosion later he finds himself crawling towards the veterinary clinic of Tess Culver.

Tess Culver has her own secrets she must keep hidden. While working late yet again, Tess rushes to the aid of a bloody stranger. As a human, she has no idea that this striking man is actually a Breed warrior. Furiously working on his physical damages, Tess feels an all-encompassing arousal like nothing she has ever experienced before. When she awakens to police swarming her clinic, Tess is dismayed that she fell asleep at her desk. Worse, she can't remember even walking into her office.

Dante is shocked to realize that he has unwittingly taken the first to step to bind Tess to him. While she bears the birthmark of a Breedmate, Dante is afraid to grasp what is right in his reach - Tess and a lifetime of happiness. Tess, in turn, is just as scared. The closer they become, the harder it is for them to deny their feelings. When a hidden evil threatens Tess, Dante will stop at nothing to keep her safe, even if it means making her his for all time.

Let me just state how very excited I am about this new series! Lara Adrian has created a unique Breed warrior conclave. In KISS OF CRIMSON, I was treated to Dante's story and, having met him in KISS OF MIDNIGHT, I couldn't help but be intrigued by his raw and intense presence, not to mention his body and looks. His description alone is enough to make a nun sweat! Dante's ability to foresee events in his life shaped the man he became. His reluctant feelings for Tess, while at first not desired, quickly became the primary focus of this alpha fighter. His capitulation was magnificent to watch. On the flip side, Tess is just as hesitant to trust and with good reason. Their passion for each other is blazing hot. Combine that with the sexual tension and searing passion, and there were times I thought I was melting. Lucky for me, I have an automatic ice machine that helped me survive!

KISS OF CRIMSON is a strong follow-up to the first book of this series, KISS OF MIDNIGHT. I am thrilled to say that I'm completely hooked and clamoring for the third installment. In the meantime I'll content myself with rereads. But please write fast, Ms. Adrian! Your skillful characterization and thrilling storyline has me drumming my fingers waiting for the next book.

I can't wait to recommend KISS OF CRIMSON to my friends and fellow book lovers. Please note that KISS OF CRIMSON releases in June 2007. While Dante's story is the second book of Lara Adrian's extraordinary new series, it is not necessary to read book one, KISS OF MIDNIGHT. I do highly recommend it, however, as I'd hate to see readers miss any piece of such a delightful series.
25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than the 1st! June 6 2007
By iheartjackbauer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
When Dante stumbled into the Veterinary clinic bleeding and barely conscious, he had no idea that he would be changing the course of his life. It wasn't until after Dante took life saving blood from Tess Culver that he realized that she was a prized Breedmate. Unknowingly, Dante broke a vow to himself never to mate in his lifetime. Having watched his parents die and having visions of his own death, Dante has no desire to inflict the pain of loss on himself or a mate. All it took was one rash act to change the course of his future.

Dr. Tess Culver has always been different. Hiding it so deep inside that she rarely thinks about it, Tess is happy helping animals and the owners who love them. When Dante appears in her life, Tess finds herself at a loss to explain the sudden and intense attraction. All she knows is that Dante makes her feel like no one else ever has.

Dante would love to do nothing more than claim Tess as his own, but there is a war on the streets of Boston. When the drug Crimson starts circulating between civilian vampires, it turns them into Rogues almost immediately. Against his wishes, Dante is paired up with a civilian named Sterling Chase. Together, Dante and Chase must work together to stop the manufacturing of the deadly drug. When it appears as though Tess is involved with the dealer of Crimson, Dante doesn't know what to think. All he does know is that he will protect his mate at all costs.

Lara Adrian is a thrilling new voice in the vampire romance genre. I highly recommend this series and can't wait until the next book is released.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting and enjoyable read June 26 2007
By Kyra_Athena - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is the first book I read by Ms. Adrian and I found it to be very refreshing. It is the second book in the series. I will admit to reading a lot of paranormal-witch-werewolf-vampire books so I am familiar with the genre. I have also read J.R. Ward's books so I am also accustomed to a group of honorable and heroic male vampire warriors who are out to get evil-out-of-control vampires. In this context, they also have lifemates, human women who are destined to become their immortal brides and who are also gifted with a unique talent.

Tess is a vet and a Breedmate who accidentally gives her blood to Dante, a vamp, while he is injured. There is a very dangerous drug out on the streets called Crimson which creates effects similar to meth or ecstasy in a normal human, but chemically induces Bloodlust and can make a Breed vampire turn Rogue (i.e. insane killer vamp). Turns out Tess' human former-chemist-now-animal-rescuer has unwittingly created this drug which he believes to be rather harmless. The Breed are tracking both Tess' boyfriend and his patron, trying to put an end to this drug which is not only destroying young Breed males, but is also giving the Breed some unwanted publicity.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Remarkable Job June 3 2007
By Desert - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I thoroughly enjoyed this book as much as the first, Midnight Kiss, if not more. Lara Adrain has done a remarkable job plotting out this series. The villians are the Rogues, vampires who have turned by there bloodlust and become addicted to blood. The Order Breed warriors who's job it is to stop them. And these warriors are hot and amazing.

The second book in the series, is Dante and Tess's story. The story line for these two is great. After fighting Rogues that leave him almost dead, he has to take blood from Tess in order to save his life. Then he finds out that she is a Breedmate. He wipes her memory of him but he can't forget about her. I especially like how Dante goes about trying to be with Tess after... the museum scene and his new acquisition named Harvard.

I would highly recommend this book and the previous one, Midnight Kiss for J R Ward fans or anyone who enjoys the vampire genre.
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