Taken by Midnight: A Midnight Breed Novel Mass Market Paperback – Sep 28 2010
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“Evocative, enticing, erotic.”
—J. R. Ward, bestselling author of Lover Avenged
About the Author
Lara Adrian is the New York Times bestselling author of the Midnight Breed series, including the novels Kiss of Midnight, Kiss of Crimson, Midnight Awakening, Midnight Rising, Veil of Midnight, Ashes of Midnight, Shades of Midnight, Taken by Midnight, Deeper than Midnight, Darker After Midnight, Edge of Dawn, Crave the Night, and the eBook novella A Taste of Midnight.See all Product Description
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Brock is one of the vampire warriors who are known as the Breed. Each warrior has one special gift and Brock's is to take away pain. He has been with Jenna since the night they located the ancient in her house and destroyed him. No one is quite sure what happened to Jenna, but Brock knows the pain she has gone through intimately as he has been taking it from her. Now she is awake and they have discovered that something strange is happening to her DNA. The time Brock has spent with Jenna gave him a closer relationship then he has allowed with any woman in many years.
Jenna sees major changes in her physical body as the hours go by and while scared, she comes to see that trusting the warriors is her only chance to discover exactly what was done to her. Brock and Jenna both feel the intensity of the passion that seems to hover around them and it only takes one spark to become much more than feelings. The danger that always surrounds the Breeds, and their Breedmates, soon includes Jenna, a fact that scares Brock to some point. Knowing she has to help Brock and the others, Jenna puts her own investigation talents to work. This leads to completing a mission the Breedmates have been working towards for months but at the same time, it might just rip Brock away from Jenna for the rest of eternity.
When your past suddenly becomes an option for the future, which loses the love--past or current? Brock and Jenna both find this answer in Taken By Midnight. I was so happy to see that Jenna seemed to come out of that horrible night okay until I continued to read and saw the truth. I always thought that Brock was one of the quiet warriors but he had me hands down as I watched him not only lend his strength to Jenna when she needed it, but also helped her be able to find the ability to believe in her own strength. There were several times that I was cheering for both Jenna and Brock and other times when I wanted to shake them. For me that just meant it was an excellent book. I loved that Jenna was the most unusual heroine in this series. While she is not a true Breedmate, I found her to be something much more and the relationship between her and Brock to be stronger for it.
Taken By Midnight captivates and holds you hostage through its strong emotions and stronger passions. I couldn't put it down and I bet you won't be able to either. To say its Joyfully Recommended isn't quite enough, but it's the highest recommendation I can give Jenna and Brock's story.
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Jenna lost her family in a car accident years ago and has lived with the grief since. She is attacked in the last book and her determination to survive pulled her though it. I admired her character a lot for her intelligence, stubbornness and ability to keep picking herself up and moving forward no matter what cards she is dealt. Like most she has her moments of self doubt but nothing that made me dislike her character. Brock is one of the newer members of the Order, which is an elite group of ancient vampire warriors. He is a skilled fighter with a likable personality and selfless in his act of taking pain from others onto himself. He also carries baggage from his past that helps him relate to Jenna. These two click right away and you know a physical relationship between them just won't do. They make each other stronger and help each other move on from their past tragedies.
The ancient who let Jenna live didn't part without leaving a part of him in her. Unexplained changes are happening to Jenna that give her abilities no mortal should have. I thought this was an interesting twist and glad that she wasn't just another breedmate, women born with a special birthmark that makes them the only ones who can mate with breed males. I did wish that more time would have been spent on examining her new skills. I felt they were talked about then written off too quickly. I hope that more light is shined on this in future books because the whole thing really had my curiosity going.
The Order has been after Dragos for some time. He is responsible for horrific crimes against his own people that includes hiding the last ancient and kidnapping breedmates to create his own army of assassins. Though the main focus is Jenna and Brock's relationship, there is some new light shed on the situation. Dragos will not stop or run and hide from the Order just because they have managed to ruin his plans. He has yet unseen plans in the works that will prove to make him harder to find and stop for the Order. Some questions are answered and even more are left hanging. I've come to expect that from this series. I enjoyed the ending but did feel it was tidied up a bit too nicely.
Taken By Midnight is the latest in Lara Adrian's Midnight Breed series which is one of my favorites. This book did feel like it was a stepping stone to something bigger plot wise but it should not be skipped. Jenna and Brock's relationship alone is worth the read and there was a twist or two that I found interesting. The Midnight Breed series is a great balance of suspense, danger, unbreakable bonds and steamy love scenes. Taken By Midnight is all this while adding it's own spin to a series that is a must read for fans of paranormal romance.
Also, I thought some of the dialogue between all the characters was really formulaic. Plus, I kept waiting for the reveal on what the heck Jenna had become. Did I miss it? Anyway, I of course want to read the next in the series, but I gotta say, so far this is my least favorite book of the series.
Purchased: Bought on Amazon and from Virtual Signing
What I Loved: I loved how this book was a huge catalyst in pushing forward the story of the fight between Dragos and The Order. Most of all though, I love the story of Brock and Jenna. This is probably going down as my second favorite love story in the series. Both of them had so much they needed to heal from past relationships and so much they had to handle in the present, that theirs was such a classic love story. Could love conquer all? She was not a breedmate only human, neither were interested in love, and most of all were the ramifications they were having to deal with based on what happened to Jenna at the end of the last book. I won't give anything away but their journey to each other was just a wonderful read!
What I Liked: We got to reconnect with all the Breed and their Breedmates. The book personified why I am a series reader, I love seeing what characters I care about are doing now. This book also opened up a huge realm of possibilities on where the series can go from here: from what is happening to Jenna (the ramifications of the attack from the last book) to what happened at the end (which I won't give away). I am excited to see what happens next.
Complaints: I wasn't a big fan of the abrupt end but I kind of see where there was no other choice. I will be waiting for the next book!
Why I gave it a 4: I realize this book is one that mostly just pushes the story forward but to me it is one of the best love stories of the series. Brock and Jenna are the reason this book is so good. Their story is well worth the read as well as the leaps forward the overall story takes.
Who I would recommend it too: PNR readers. However, I will say this. If you haven't read the rest of the series, you can read this one but you won't get the richness of the bonds all the characters feel towards each other. Lara does an excellent job of giving you the background story without hitting you over the head with it but you would be missing an excellent progression of story if you just skipped ahead to this book. Read the series, it is well worth the time!
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