Taken by Midnight by Lara Adrian

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From Amazon.com:

In the frozen Alaskan wilderness, former state trooper Jenna Darrow survives an unspeakable breach of body and soul. But with her narrow escape comes an even greater challenge. For strange changes are taking place within her, as she struggles to understand—and control—a new hunger. To do so, she will seek shelter in the Boston compound of the Order, an ancient race of vampire warriors whose very existence is shrouded in mystery. Perhaps the most mysterious of them all is Brock, a brooding, dark-eyed alpha male whose hands hold the power to comfort, heal . . . and arouse.

As she recovers under Brock’s care, Jenna finds herself drawn to the Order’s mission: to stop a ruthless enemy and its army of assassins from subjecting Earth to a reign of terror. Yet in spite of their resolve, a purely physical relationship without strings soon binds Brock and Jenna together with a desire fiercer than life and stronger than death itself—until a secret from Brock’s past and Jenna’s own mortality challenges their forbidden love to the ultimate trial by fire.

In the eighth book to Lara Adrian’s series about alien vampires falling in love with Breedmates (humans who have specific characteristics to mate with these alien-vampires), TAKEN BY MIDNIGHT is the story of Brock, a breed warrior with the gift of removing pain, and Jenna, a human who finds herself experiencing bodily changes as a result of being attacked by the Ancient warrior in SHADES OF MIDNIGHT (Book 7). As Brock is assigned the task of healing Jenna’s wounds, the two find themselves connecting on a level that neither expected, nor particularly wanted.

While I enjoyed reading the story, I thought the plot was more of a stepping stone to further expand on the upcoming storylines in future books. Nonetheless, I enjoyed reading the gradual relationship development between Brock and Jenna. Too often, the hero and heroine meet and fall in love/lust within the first few pages of the book. In TAKEN BY MIDNIGHT, Adrian explores Jenna’s despair with losing her family, confusion over the changes in her body, and her growing feelings towards Brock. Given their past experiences, these two are very reluctant to start a relationship with one another, but once they do, sparks fly. I was disappointed, however, by the slight twist in the story towards the end – I’m not going to spoil what the “twist” is, but I thought it was a misunderstanding that could have been easily resolved with honest communication between the hero and heroine. Nonetheless, fans of the series will enjoy this book.

3 out of 5 stars

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