Midnight Awakening (Midnight Breed, #3)Midnight Awakening by Lara Adrian
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Midnight Awakening, the third book in Lara Adrian’s Midnight Breed series and I think that the series has now hit its stride. The story itself picks up a few months after the events in the preceding Kiss of Crimson. As such it also concerns characters that have already been introduced to us previously; Elise Chase the sister-in-law of Sterling Chase and Tegan, one of the more extreme Breed warriors. Therefore any newcomers to the series should not start here else you’ll be floundering.

The first great thing I liked about Elise is that she is no stranger to the world of the Breed so that instantly eliminated any need for Tegan to hide that he’s not entirely human. The other benefit that this has is that it delves deeper into the dynamics of the Breed society in what is expected how people view each other.

The journey that Elise takes from being a sheltered breed mate in mourning in Kiss of Crimson to where she ends up by the end of Midnight Awakening is a remarkable. But the sayings “hell hath no fury like a woman…” and “the female is deadlier than the male” do come to mind.

Tegan is also interesting as a warrior who is still in mourning after losing his breed mate to the rogues over five hundred years previously. As such, we learn why he is the way has been in the books to date. His journey is no less interesting given that he has been set in his ways for so long.

His story actually turns out to be very relevant to current events so in addition to learning more about Breed society and the Dark Havens we also learn more about the history of the race and I’m always pleased when there is more back story. It’s not just filler either because given the turn of events in Midnight Awakening the history is also used to set up events for Midnight Rising.

That doesn’t mean that it ends on a cliff hanger because events definitely come to a…er…head. Ha! Never mind, just read it.

For those interesting in the action side, don’t worry on that score because there is just the right amount of both fight scenes and between the sheets whilst weaving the relationship story and solving a mystery.

My reviews tend to get shorter as series go on but without trying to spoil anything for newcomers to the series there’s not much that can be said. Midnight Awakening is a great addition to what is turning out to be an excellent series with a worthy couple that you will root for.

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