27 June 2011

ARC Guest Review: Lara Adrian - Deeper Than Midnight

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Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
Publisher: Dell; Original edition (June 28, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0440246113
ISBN-13: 978-0440246114
Book #9 in Midnight Breeds series
Received an e-Arc from author for review.

Cover Summary:
DELIVERED FROM THE DARKNESS, A WOMAN FINDS HERSELF PLUNGED INTO A PASSION THAT IS DEEPER THAN MIDNIGHT.

At eighteen, Corinne Bishop was a beautiful, spirited young woman living a life of privilege as the adopted daughter of a wealthy family. Her world changed in an instant when she was stolen away and held prisoner by the malevolent vampire Dragos. After many years of captivity and torment, Corinne is rescued by the Order, a cadre of vampire warriors embroiled in a war against Dragos and his followers. Her innocence taken, Corinne has lost a piece of her heart as well—the one thing that gave her hope during her imprisonment, and the only thing that matters to her now that she is free.

Assigned to safeguard Corinne on her trip home is a formidable golden-eyed Breed male called Hunter. Once Dragos’s most deadly assassin, Hunter now works for the Order, and he’s hell-bent on making Dragos pay for his manifold sins. Bonded to Corinne by their mutual desire, Hunter will have to decide how far he’ll go to end Dragos’s reign of evil—even if carrying out his mission means shattering Corinne’s tender heart.

As I haven't read my first book in this series I have asked Marquetta from Love To Read For Fun to review it. She can be found at: her blog - goodreads - twitter - facebook .

Here is what she had to say about Deeper Than Midnight:

Deeper Than Midnight is the 9th book in the Midnight Breed series. Fans of the series have been waiting for Hunter’s book ever since he escaped Dragos’ clutches and joined the Order.

Deeper than Midnight takes place exactly where Taken by Midnight left off. A few weeks have passed since the rescue of the Breedmates that were imprisoned by Dragos. The Breedmates have been returned home to their families except for Corinne. She wants Brock, who was her bodyguard when she lived at her family’s Darkhaven before she was kidnapped, to accompany her back home to Detroit. Unfortunately, Brock and Jenna are stranded in Alaska and cannot get back to Corinne in time. Hunter is given the task of making sure Corinne arrives home safely. In the meantime, Hunter and Chase are out patrolling and run into some trouble with Agent Murdock of the Enforcement Agency at a local vamp hangout. Chase’s behavior and attitude is quickly getting worse and his violence and anger reared its ugly head when Chase and Hunter were attacked. Angry and bloodied, Chase’s thirst can no longer be quenched. He is a man on the edge. He knows once he crosses that line, there is no going back. And he’s not sure that he doesn’t want to cross that line.

After reading Taken by Midnight, I couldn’t wait for the release of Hunter’s book. Hunter is a character who’s been through a lot and is still figuring things out as a member of the Order. His past is still a mystery. He doesn’t say much; he does what he is told. It seems like the only person who can reach him is Mira, the little girl. So I knew that the woman who would be the object of Hunter’s romantic interest and eventual Breedmate had to be someone really special. Unfortunately, I don’t think there was anything that special about Corinne.

We were briefly introduced to Corinne at the end of the previous book. In Deeper than Midnight, we find out what Corinne was subjected to while she was imprisoned by Dragos. It wasn’t pretty. Corinne suffered abuse, both sexual and physical. She still carries the physical scars as a constant reminder. Because of the torment that Corinne suffered at Dragos’s hand, I found it a little shocking that she was so quick to become physical with Hunter. Even a simple kiss seemed like they were moving too fast. I would think that someone who suffered so horribly would be gun-shy about any kind of physical contact.

As for Hunter, we learn a little about his time as one of Dragos’s hunters and what he endured. Again, not too much light is shed on this to get a clear and full picture of what Hunter went through. The one thing that fascinated me about Hunter in the romantic aspect is that he has no experience with intimacy. No kissing, no holding hands, nothing. So when Hunter and Corinne finally become physical whether it is a kiss or something more, Hunter was really skilled. I found this somewhat unbelievable considering he was raised and trained to be a killer, with “human” contact and emotions being denied from him. So how did he become this gentle and skilled lover without any experience? I also didn’t “feel” their relationship develop hence making the romance between them unbelievable. I felt like Corrine and Hunter were together out of convenience and not due to a deep-seeded connection.

Even though Deeper than Midnight is Hunter’s story, Chase made the book for me. For every two or three chapters dedicated Hunter or the side characters, 1 or 2 chapters featured Chase and Chase alone. At one point, I thought to myself, “I thought this was Hunter’s book. Why is Chase’s storyline so prominent?” At first it bothered me, but as the book progressed, I started looking forward to Chase because the romance between Hunter and Corinne wasn’t working for me.

Deeper than Midnight didn’t wow me like I thought it would. Maybe my expectations were too high but I expected a lot more from Hunter and his storyline. I felt like the romance was rushed because so much of the book was focused on Chase and the other characters. I felt the ending was abrupt. When Deeper than Midnight ended, I kept hitting the next button because it didn’t feel like the story should be over. I don’t want to say it was a cliffhanger but it sure felt like it.

I still love the Midnight Breed series and will continue reading the series. With the way the book ended, I am anxious to find out Chase’s fate. Deeper than Midnight would have been a better book for me if more of the story was focused on Hunter and Corinne, and not everyone else.

Rating: 3.5/5

Favorite quote:
“You are the finest thing I’ve ever touched. I want to be careful with you. I worry that you’ll break under my rough hands”

6 comments:

  1. I see on your sidebar that you're reading Inside Out...OMG I love that series. I hope you like it. It's one of my favorite series. :D

    ~Nixie
    ~~https://www.nixiesrealm.blogspot.com

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  2. Great review! I think you've picked out what my concerns have been about this book. So at least I'm now aware of them, I had thought of this book as a filler just to get you to Chase's book because it would seem a bit random just dropping you into Chase's book after his behaviour changed. Did you feel Deeper Than Midnight was a more of a filler than the previous books?

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  3. Nice review!
    I have been wanting to try her books for quite some time now..and I shall..one day ;)

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  4. I thought this was a great review Marq! I also had a hard time with this book and felt the same way you did when it came to Hunter and his storyline. Chase made the book for me as well and while I understand that his book is next, I thought that more should have been devoted to Hunter and Corrine.

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  5. I love this series, can't wait to read the book myself, so I am just skimming the review this time!

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  6. Hunter is my favorite character from the Midnight Breed series so naturally i was excited and couldnt wait for his story to come out. But after reading it i was, well upset actually. To me Hunter didnt seem the same, like his character was too changed or something that i felt like i was reading about somebody else. i felt like everything was rushed between Hunter and Corinne. This book did feel like a filler leading to Chase's story so i was like well this might as well be Chase's book then.

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