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Thursday, January 16, 2014

Throwback Thursday Review: Midnight Awakening by Lara Adrian

Throwback Thursday Reviews on the blog is dedicated to those oldies but goodies that you just can't help but talk about, in a review of course! Shed some light on some of your older favorites and hopefully you'll get someone hooked on a new book, series and/or author! If you've got an oldie but goodie, share it with me! There's no such thing as "Too Many Books!"

Format: Bound Copy (Purchased)
Release Date: November 27, 2007

With a dagger in her hand and vengeance on her mind, Darkhaven beauty Elise Chase prowls Boston’s streets in search of retribution against the Rogue vampires who took from her everything she cherished. Using an extraordinary psychic gift, she tracks her prey, well aware that the power she possesses is destroying her. She must learn to harness this gift, and for that she can turn to only one man—the deadliest of the Breed warriors, Tegan.

No stranger to loss, Tegan knows Elise’s pain. He knows fury, but when he slays his enemies it is with ice in his veins. He is perfect in his self-control, until Elise seeks his aid in her personal war. An unholy alliance is forged—a bond that will link them by blood and vow—and plunge them into a tempest of danger, desire, and the darkest passions of the heart. . . .

For me, this is the book to beat in the entire Midnight Breed series and I'm not joking. From the moment Tegan walked onto the pages of Kiss of Midnight I was dying to know more about him. Cold, determined and deadly, the blond warrior demanded my attention as a reader in the first two books and definitely didn't disappoint when he got his own book, Midnight Awakening.

As the third book in the series, Midnight Awakening takes the events of books one two and propels them forward, drawing readers further into the dark, dangerous and passionate world of the Order. These elite warrior vampires protect an unsuspecting human world from rogue vampires bent on enslaving them. Each warrior is special and I love each one but Tegan was and always will be, my favorite. He makes leader Lucan Thorne look like a tame house cat. Tegan seemed like he had a death wish, often taking on the most dangerous missions alone. Tegan was big, mean, dangerous and obviously in a lot of pain. That's what made him such an irresistable character for me. There was a lot of pain that motivated Tegan when otherwise he would have just given up and walked into the sun.

Which was why he just couldn't ignore Elise. When they first meet in a previous book, Tegan does notice her beauty but it's her pain that calls to Tegan and reaches a part of him that he had long buried. At first I thought Elise was a bit of a wimp when she first met Tegan and when I found out she was going to be the heroine in Midnight Awakening I was a little disappointed. I thought Tegan would meet a strong female that would challenge him even as she saved him. Little did I know that the Elise that first appeared in the series was not the same Elise that would become Tegan's love interest. Elise really impressed me in that she didn't just shrivel up and die with all that she had lost because honestly that's where I thought she was headed. Instead she took her pain and rage, channeled it, and became a force to be reckoned with. Though she's completely human, she was just as much of a warrior as Tegan, even taking down some of the Order's enemies. I loved this new, brutal and tough Elise!

The passion between Tegan and Elise is some of the hottest you'll ever find in the entire series and it's not surprising, Tegan is my definition of a true alpha male: He will go to any lengths to protect the woman he loves without stripping her of her rights and identity. He doesn't run rough shod over Elise and even admires the fact that she can take care of herself, he just doesn't want her to think she has to. Those two burn for each other in the most delicious way and more than once I had to stop and fan myself!

The bigger storyline is ever present in Midnight Awakening and temporarily takes the action from Boston, where the Order is located, into Germany, introducing another interesting male, Andreas Reichen and showing readers a glimpse of the pampered world of the vampire Darkhavens who believe the Order are nothing more than savages.

With the discoveries that are made in Midnight Awakening, the series just keeps pushing forward and the storyline gets more and more interesting. Still, Tegan and Elise are hard to beat and even as the series progresses, I find myself returning to their story and enjoying it like if it was the first time.

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  1. Oh I so need to do this meme. I have many novels I need and would love to review that are older reads. I use to be so hooked on this series. I remember the first time I met Tegan and fell for his character in Kiss Of Midnight #1. I am like you and was surprise and was disappointed that Elise was going to be his love interest and like you this was one of my favorite books in this series.
    I felt like I got to see Tegan the Alpha Male Hero tender side in his story. I have this whole collection sitting on my shelf even the newer ones debating if I want to give them to my mother since the newer ones are not doing it for me like the older novels did. But I seem to not be able to part them just yet. This is one series this year I want to dive back into from the beginning and relive all the good in it.

  2. For me, after book 4 were hits and misses. I was happy to meet Mira, Kellan and Nathan, I liked Hunter & Chase's stories and I really enjoyed Edge of Dawn. I love the direction Lara Adrian is taking the series. It's enough to provide fresh ideas without completely leaving behind the original storyline that readers loved. I do admit that I miss the original players: Lucan, Dante, Rio, Chase, Gideon and of course, Tegan.

  3. Ahh I need to get back to this series! I enjoyed book one but just lost track of the series. Tegan was one that caught my eye though. Alright good see if I can track down book 2. It's...somewhere in this house. lol

  4. I love this series can't wait for the next book in the series ;)


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