He watches her from across the crowded dance club, a sensual black-haired stranger who stirs Gabrielle Maxwell's deepest fantasies. But nothing about this night---or this man---is what it seems. For when Gabrielle witnesses a murder outside the club, reality shifts into something dark and deadly. In that shattering instant she is thrust into a realm she never knew existed---a realm where vampires stalk the shadows and a blood war is set to ignite. Lucan Thorne despises the violence carried out by his lawless brethren.
A vampire himself, Lucan is a Breed warrior, sworn to protect his kind---and the unwitting humans existing alongside them---from the mounting threat of the Rogues. Lucan cannot risk binding himself to a mortal woman, but when Gabrielle is targeted by his enemies, he has no choice but to bring her into the dark underworld he commands. Here, in the arms of the Breed's formidable leader, Gabrielle will confront an extraordinary destiny of danger, seduction, and the darkest pleasures of all.
©2007 Lara Adrian (P)2010 Tantor
I have a 45 minute commute to work and TRY to save my audio books for the drive. I couldn't, however, stop listening to this one! Great story... can't wait to start on the second book! Narrator did a great job as well. Worth the credit for sure!
This is is the first in the Midnight Breed series. Lara does a great job with laying the foundation of this urban fantasy world. A world that includes vampires called Breed warriors that fight to eliminate all vampires gone rogue to blood lust.
The story of Lucan and Gabrielle is a slow build but still full of suspense, betrayal, adventure and romance. Lucan battles his own personal demons and refuses to acknowledge his attraction to Gabrielle. She is thrown into his world and struggles with the new knowledge of her part in it. The chemistry between them jumps off the pages.
And in the middle of Lucan and Gabrielle’s story, the Breed warriors discover a new threat in their fight to eliminate the rogue vampires. All I can say is I like how Lara ended this story with just a glimpse into this new threat. This new villain will challenge the breed warriors. I did not anticipate this twist but I like it.
I listened to an audio version of this book. Hillary Huber narrates the story. I felt overall she did a good job. I did like the accents she used for the Breed warriors; the female character voices had more subtle changes but still no problem with following along with the story.
I am so glad I decided to start this series. I am hooked after one book. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a darker urban fantasy paranormal romance story. I was not disappointed with the audio version and I look forward to book #2.
I enjoyed the different take on vampire mythology in this book and the premise behind the story is intriguing. It's always a risk for romance novels, but I think the characters were a bit two dimensional instead of 3D, especially the vampires. Sometimes that can be overcome by a good narrator, and this performance just wasn't up to it. The pacing was wrong, and I had a hard time following the different characters because her voice wasn't consistent for each character. I'll probably avoid this narrator in the near future.
It took me quite a while to get through the first half of this book. If I sat down to listen, I fell asleep every time. The story was very slow to build and the narrator seemed to drone on without much distinction between characters. The 2nd part of the book was a bit better but still seemed very slow. I liked the concept well enough that I am going to give the 2nd book in the series a chance to see if perhaps it picks up. After reading all the reviews comparing this to the Blackdagger Brotherhood I decided to try this series. So far I am disappointed but will see how the next book goes.
Micky @My Book Habit
Although this was a good read I did not find myself on the edge of my seat or being unable to put this down. The plot was okay, but for me I felt like the characters fell flat and I could never really embrace them. I am an true vampire lover and I love a good romance like the next woman, but this left me wanting, but that may not be the Lara's fault. Over the last few years since vampires and werewolves have become all the rage, I find that many of them are missing the terror or suspense they used to have. THAT'S WHAT I AM LOOKING FOR and this did not provide it. However, aside from what I want it was a good book. I doubt that I would listen to anything else by Lara only because I want "more".
Oh, the narration by Hillary Huber was pretty good. I would look other projects she has worked on.
Hi, I am a voracious reader with a wide range of tastes.
Well if you like soft porn and a loose predictable plot then you will love this book. Bad character development. The only interesting thing was the take on the vampire origin. I would have stopped listening in the middle of book but I paid cash for this.
Really? I purchased this book because of the other reviews. Now, I couldn't help but compare this audio and narration to the Jeanne Frost novels. The narrator on this book, Hillary Huber has a low, melodic voice that soon became monotonous. All her sentences begin to sound the same. I believe if the narrator had put more passion and emotion into the characters rather than settling for those sexy, vamp voices throughout the book, the audio presentation would have sounded so much better.
The context of the Midnight breed series is fantastic but the narrator leaves much to be desired. Her voice is so flat and uninteresting it takes away from the storyline.
I am absolutely hooked on this series from this first book. Terrific plot and premise, and I love Lucan! Hillary Huber is excellent as the narrator---her wonderful throaty rendition is perfect for sultry females and sexy males especially. Sometimes if a female narrator has too high of a voice, when she plays the male roles it sounds silly. But Hillary does a terrific job with all the voices.
I'm already on the second book.
I just started listening to this book and I really like it. But I do not like the narrator's voice (sorry who ever you are) she makes it sound fake shall I say.
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