MIDNIGHT AWAKENING, book three of The Midnight Breed Series, features Elise Chase, a widowed Darkhaven female, and Tegan, the deadliest warrior of the Order.
Breedmate widow Elise Chase moved out of the Darkhaven enclave after the death of her son Camden. Vowing that he will not have died in vain, Elise uses her gift of hearing people's thoughts in order to stalk and prey upon the Minions of Rogue vampires. She has one focus in mind. Vengeance. She wants to avenge the death of her son and if she has to kill to do it, then she will kill. And for months she does so with outstanding precision until one night her gift's sensory overload is almost too much and Elise is seen leaving the scene of her latest kill. As if her night couldn't get any worse, she runs into a spitting and voracious Rogue bent on her destruction. Her unlikely savior just happens to be the deadliest vampire the Order has to offer. Later, once the battle is over and Elise is once again trying to drown out the thoughts of others, she comes face to face with Tegan and asks him to help her weed out and focus on those thoughts that will help her with her mission. Tegan does the one thing that Elise begs him not to; he refuses.
Tegan, a Gen One vampire, is the toughest and most deadly of the Order. Nightly he battles ruthlessly in the conflict against Rogue vampires and it is on one such night that he sees a small figure leaving the scene of a crime. Stalking the figure's scent, Tegan is led to an alley fight in which he realizes that the woman fighting for her life against a Rogue is none other than Elise Chase, a beautiful Darkhaven widow. Tegan orders Elise home where he follows her once cleanup is complete. Wanting to know why she is no longer within the safety of the Darkhaven, Tegan is surprised when Elise asks for his help to learn self control in dealing with her psychic gifts but not surprised enough to refuse. That is, until he realizes that the gift she possesses is slowly killing her inside.
The two unlikely lovers form an alliance. Each is committed to annihilating the Rogues that prey upon human and vampire alike. So committed in fact that they don't realize how much each will depend on the other for friendship, passion, and the ultimate - love.
Having been hooked on Lara Adrian's writing and this series since the release of Kiss of Midnight, I have been craving MIDNIGHT AWAKENING tremendously. Elise, the stunningly beautiful widow of a Darkhaven vampire, was pampered most of her life and told that vampires of the Order were the worst of vigilantes. I loved how her mind changed when she got to know the warrior that was Tegan. Most importantly, I found her character refreshing. While often times I was scared for her, I knew that Tegan would keep her safe. Ms. Adrian's series just gets better and better with Tegan now as my favorite of the vampire warriors. I found him to be quite realistic. Distrustful of commitment because of his past, Tegan vowed that Elise would mean nothing to him. That is one vow that I liked seeing this hero break. And break it he did - tenfold and quite sensually.
MIDNIGHT AWAKENING was exactly what I hoped it would be and then so much more. I was thrilled to see past heroes and heroines from the two previous books as well as a look at upcoming heroes. Tons of questions were answered and just when I thought I knew where the book would lead, Lara Adrian threw me for a loop and stumped me with the storyline. Intrigued, and without a doubt completely hooked, I am lying in wait for Midnight Rising, the next installment of this series. April 2008 can't get here quick enough.
MIDNIGHT AWAKENING releases from Bantam Dell on November 27, 2007. May I suggest running, not walking to the nearest bookstore and grabbing this book right off the shelf. You will be instantly addicted - I know I was.