Review: Deeper Than Midnight by Lara Adrian (Midnight Breed #9)
June 28 2011
Mass Market Paperback
Yummy Man – Hunter
Kick Ass Chick – Corinne Bishop
From Goodreads –
At eighteen, Corinne Bishop was a beautiful, spirited young woman living a life of privilege as the adopted daughter of a wealthy family. Her world changed in an instant when she was stolen away and held prisoner by the malevolent vampire Dragos. After many years of captivity and torment, Corinne is rescued by the Order, a cadre of vampire warriors embroiled in a war against Dragos and his followers. Her innocence taken, Corinne has lost a piece of her heart as well—the one thing that gave her hope during her imprisonment, and the only thing that matters to her now that she is free.
Assigned to safeguard Corinne on her trip home is a formidable golden-eyed Breed male called Hunter. Once Dragos’s most deadly assassin, Hunter now works for the Order, and he’s hell-bent on making Dragos pay for his manifold sins. Bonded to Corinne by their mutual desire, Hunter will have to decide how far he’ll go to end Dragos’s reign of evil—even if carrying out his mission means shattering Corinne’s tender heart.
When I first found out that Deeper Then Midnight, the ninth book in Lara Adrian’s Midnight Breed series, was going to be Hunter’s book, I have to admit that I was very excited. Since meeting him in the fifth book, I have had very specific ideas of how I thought his HEA should go. Hunter is a born Gen One vampire assassin who has never known love or compassion. He was freed back in the fifth book and joined the Order to help fight the very man who made him what he is. He is not used to being around others and his mission is his everything. He wasn’t allowed to feel or to want. So you can see the potential this guy has as a romance book hero. Tons! I totally pictured him with a kick ass chick who was very independent and who would make Hunter work. She would bring his world completely upside down while showing him, not only what real love was, but what the world was about! Take him on adventures as well as showing him what a home really was. Maybe she would also have a big family, filled with brothers and sisters. That would also really throw Hunter out of his comfort zone.
Then I found out that his HEA would be Corinne, a Breedmate who was kidnapped by our villain almost 75 years ago. We meet her in the eighth book and she just seemed so weak and lost. I was nervous, worried even. But I should have known not to question Lara in this series. She has never made an awkward match and she certainly didn’t start with this one. Hunter and Corinne worked really well together. Their romance was subtle but it was tender and sweet. Even though it just sort of happened, it was still nice to read. Corinne turned out to be a stronger character than I had expected too.
The story arc for the series goes quite far in this installment. We really learn more about Dragos and boy is he ever a bastard! I really hate that guy and I want the Order to provide him with a slow and agonizing death. I know, not usually something I would say, but this guy totally deserves it. Read these books and you’ll see what I mean.
There are a few things that surprised me about this book though. I was surprised by how quickly Corinne ‘got over’ what happened to her while in Dragos’ care and became accepting of ‘playing’ with Hunter. I was also a little surprised that we didn’t find out more about Corinne and how she feels about the world around her as it is now. After all, she’s been in captivity for almost 75 years and a few things have changed in that time. I realize that she was focused on a particularly important task and that if Lara had gone into detail about her being out in the world it would have made one long arsed book, but still, I’m surprised. I was also surprised that there wasn’t more about Jenna. After the way the last book ended, I was expecting to learn a little more about Jenna’s ‘condition’. But again, long arsed book alert so probably not the best of ideas…
One thing I LOVED about this book was how we either see or learn about each and every main character from past books. Too many times in a long running series do our beloved lead characters fall into the background in future books and eventually almost fall away completely. I found Lara did an excellent job keeping us up to speed with what’s been going on. I was very thankful for that.
And as for the rest of the book and the story with Chase, I really can’t wait for his book now. The ending…whoa. We meet Chase’s HEA in this book and I think they’ll make a great match. And the blurb on Goodreads says “But even as she surrenders to her cravings, nothing can prepare her for the shattering truth of who—and what—she truly is.” and that makes me look forward to the next book all the more! Darker After Midnight is due out January 24th 2012.
Now even though I was concerned about the matching initially, it ended up being the best for both of these characters. Hunter admires Corinne’s strength and her will to survive and Corinne gives Hunter a feeling of home and the compassion he truly deserves. I really enjoyed this installment.
Giggle worthy quote
“’Hunter didn’t seem concerned,’ Gideon replied. ‘Said he had the situation under control.’
Lucan grunted, wry despite the weight of the discussion previously under way. ‘Where’ve I heard that line before? Famous last words from more than one of us over the course of the past year and a half.’
‘Yup.’ Gideon cocked a brow over the rims of his pale blue shades. ‘Usually followed not long afterward by a call from the field that the situation so assuredly under control has gone suddenly and totally FUBAR.’”
Books in the Midnight Breed series –
Kiss of Midnight
Kiss of Crimson
Veil of Midnight
Ashes of Midnight
Shades of Midnight
Taken by Midnight
Deeper Than Midnight
Darker After Midnight (2012)