Jun 18, 2013

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Review: The Midnight Breed Series Companion by Lara Adrian

midnightbreedseriescompanion4 star

Paranormal Romance
May 29 2013
eBook (available in print June 26 2013)
300 pages
LLC

Yummy Man – Gideon
Kick Ass Chick – Savannah

From Goodreads –
Part human, part otherworldly, the Breed has lived among humankind in secret for thousands of years . . . and now fans of the popular, best-selling Midnight Breed Series can delve deeper than ever before into this hidden, seductive race of vampires and the dark, thrilling universe they inhabit.

A book that’s been years in the making, the Midnight Breed Series Companion includes insider info on all of the novels, author notes on the creation of the story world and how the eleven-book (and counting!) series has evolved since its beginning as a contracted trilogy, a complete character guide, series trivia, questions from readers and more.

This special series companion also includes “A Touch of Midnight”–an all-new, never-before-published, original novella featuring Gideon and Savannah, which finally reveals the story of how this reader favorite couple met and fell in love, and answers many questions that fans have been curious about since the series began!

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The Midnight Breed Series Companion contains many fun elements that will definitely appeal to fans of Lara Adrian’s Midnight Breed series.

Firstly it contains character information.  I always like reading this sort of thing especially when it is about paranormal beings who are part of a ten plus book series.  Not that I can’t keep everyone straight but you, of course, see more of some character than others so getting a recap on everyone of importance in the series is a perk.  I also liked being reminded of their markings and talents.  Can’t tell you why really but I enjoyed reading about that…

Secondly, this tome contains passages where Lara tells us about where her idea for vampires came from.  I found this to be very interesting.  I mean, her vampires are human(ish)/alien hybrids!  You just know there is an interesting story there!

Thirdly, and probably most important to fans of the series, this book contains Gideon and Savannah’s story!  Woooooot!!!  For those of you who have no idea who I am talking about, let me quickly explain.  The Midnight Breed series is a paranormal romance series, meaning by the end of each installment, you will have witnessed a new hero and heroine hooking up and falling madly in love for happily ever after.  Back in book one we meet an already mated couple:  Gideon and Savannah.  Gideon is the sexy geek of the bunch and Savannah is almost like a mother hen.  You can’t help but adore these two yet in eleven books, we still have no clue how these two met!  Until now.

A Touch of Midnight is the short story that tells their story.  I had no idea Savannah was so young when she met Gideon!  Maybe that was mentioned in a previous book but if it was I had forgotten.  I always love it when a male warrior-type character loses his head over a female in a paranormal book.  I find it oddly charming and fun to witness.  Gideon’s reaction to Savannah is that sort of reaction but on the low key end, and it worked for him.  You also feel their chemistry instantly.  I did shake my head at how quickly they fell in love but this is a pnr and that happens more often than not.  Plus that didn’t bother me as much as it sometimes does and I think it’s because we have seen this couple years later and we know that their match was a true one.

Savannah is sweet and wonderful even when she was a young adult and I found it awesome how Lara showed us the beginnings of Gideon’s obsession with gadgets and computers.  There are so many little things in this story that made me smile either from knowing that it’s an introduction to something we’ll see more of in future telling or from finally finding out where Gideon comes from.  His past is very interesting and not like I expected.  I really did enjoy reading this story and feel I can go into the next installment to the series with a new appreciation for Gideon and Savannah.

There are also some really fun reader to character Q&As and also reader questions to Lara in the book.  Overall, as a fan of the series, I found The Midnight Breed Series Companion to be a fun book to read.  If you have not picked up any of the Midnight Breed books yes, you will not enjoy this.  This really is made for fans of the series.  It is a good series though and worth checking out.

4 stars

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