I'll start off my review by saying that I've been eagerly awaiting Sterling Chase's story since I fell in love with him in Midnight Awakening (Book 3). When I found out that he will be the hero in the last book (#10) of the series, I thought I would just have to plow through the rest of the books and try to be patient.
I may have plowed through Midnight Rising (#4) and then I didn't even finish Veil of Midnight (#5). Copies of those books made it to Paperbackswap.com.
I'm lucky that the lure of Sterling Chase was just too strong, because I stuck with the series and I'm glad I did -- especially for #8, Taken by Midnight.
It sounds trite, but this book is the best book of the series. (IMHO) The chemistry between Jenna & Brock is right there at the start of the story. The romance in the book is strong. The sex is hot. The mystery still gets me turning the pages and there is some satisfying progress towards taking down the bad guy. The characters from the Order are present, so you see some of your favs. Sterling Chase is there too (yes!).
There is only one point where I was left hanging and that is the mystery of what's happening to Jenna. I hope that I see some resolution in one of the next books in the series.
This is excellent, a keeper, and those of you on the wait list -- well, you are not getting my copy. You may just have to go out and purchase your own. I have a feeling you will be waiting a long time for the next swap. This is too good to give up.
Great read. This is a direct sequel to Shades of Midnight where Jenna and Brock's story actually starts. The paranormal storyline continues the fight against Dragos that has been going on for several books now.
As usual, Lara Adrian does a superb job of balancing the action with the romance. The action is intense as the Order struggles to track down the missing Breedmates and destroy both Dragos and the plans he seems to have put in place. The chemistry between Brock and Jenna, who both have enough relationship issues to kill any normal romance, is simply overwhelming - to the characters and to the reader. Front and center in the romance is Jenna - she is NOT a breedmate [as the previous heroines have been] but a human victim of the Ancient. It seems the Ancient left a bit of himself inside her and that 'bit' is changing Jenna in ways no one can predict - especially her. Many of the changes have proven beneficial but this portion of the storyline is left unresolved - she is still a 'work in progress' at the end of the book.
As the Order lives and works together, we get glimpses into the lives of characters from earlier books; which is one of the great things about a well written series!
And speaking of order... Would I recommend reading these in order? A definite yes! Could you read them out of order? Yes, but you'd lose something of the depth and there is definitely a series-wide story arc. Could you read this one without reading any of the others? No. The storyline really begins in Shades of Midnight.
Great book. A keeper - and now I'm waiting [none too patiently] for Deeper Than Midnight...
1. A Kiss of Midnight (2007)
2. Kiss of Crimson (2007)
3. Midnight Awakening (2007)
4. Midnight Rising (2008)
5. Veil of Midnight (2008)
6. Ashes of Midnight (2009)
7. Shades of Midnight (2009)
8. Taken by Midnight (2010)
9. Deeper Than Midnight (2011)
I couldn't give it a complete 5 star rating because Adrian only teased us with Jenna's transformation after the attack by the Ancient. I didn't get nearly enough details as to what she may become. But other than that, it is a true Lara Adrian novel. You fall instantly in love with the couple of focus and can't help yourself but to race to the end of the book. The ending was a little weak for me, but I never want the books to end anyway. The story could go on for another couple 100 pages and I would be happy. Everyone of The Order make appearances, and I can't wait for Tess's baby to get here. The series base story is moving along at a great pace and there is just enough action mixed with romance to pull it all together. I am hanging by my fingernails to see what Dragos is up to next. Looks like Hunter is the next one up, that should be a very interesting story....I'll be stalking the mailbox waiting for my pre-order.
Once again Lara Adrian has immersed me inside the dark and dangerous world of the Order. I really enjoyed Jenna and Brock's story.