This is the first in the Midnight series of Lara Adrian. I really enjoyed this book because Adrian put her own unique touches to "vampire society" and its origins which I found intriguing. I also liked the characters. The evil bad person in the middle to last third of the book sure surprised me ... didn't see that one coming until just before it was revealed. Yes, I would say that there is a lot that is comparable to J. R. Ward's books, but there is also enough differences to clearly distinguish each series. I agree that Lucan was maybe a little bit over the top in the tortured hero sense, but I still liked him. I found the same thing with Wrath in J. R. Ward's first book in her series, but I have absolutely loved the rest in her series. Directly comparing the two series' first novels, I actually liked Kiss of Midnight more than I did Dark Lover from Ward. I think if Adrian continues the series in the same vein as this first novel, it has the potential to be a really good series. I am looking forward to reading "Kiss of Crimson" next - Dante's story.