Reviewed by Heather C
Title: Crave the Night
Author: Lara Adrian
Series: Midnight Breed #12
Genre: M/F Paranormal Romance
Length: 288 Pages
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Release Date: August 5, 2014
Available at: Delacorte Press, Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: Born and raised to be an emotionless killing machine, Nathan is one of the most lethal Breed vampires in existence. A key member of the Order—an elite group of warriors charged with protecting both mortals and vampires—Nathan executes each mission with flawless precision and a total lack of mercy. Now he must pursue a powerful, hidden enemy. But Nathan’s hard discipline and training are no match for the fierce pull he feels toward a young woman he has no right to desire—a woman of wealth and high social standing who has long been promised to another Breed male, and who may also prove to be the key to rooting out Nathan’s elusive quarry.
Jordana lives a life of glittering privilege as a member of a prominent Breed family in Boston. Surrounded by fine things and fawning admirers, Jordana wants for nothing—until she crosses paths with a dark, intense warrior from the Order and finds herself swept into an impulsive, sizzling kiss that neither of them will forget. As much as she tries to deny her deep feelings for Nathan, Jordana cannot resist the craving to be near him, to break through his forbidding walls and see the man he truly is. But getting close to Nathan will thrust Jordana into a treacherous new world, forcing her to risk all she has and all she knows about herself and her past. And loving this seductive man could be the most dangerous temptation of all.
Crave the Night is book 12 of the Midnight Breeds series and picks up just a few days after Edge of Dawn.
It took me a few chapters to get myself reoriented with the new generation of characters, especially since I could hardly remember a thing about the previous book other than the shocking ending and the scene when Jordana kisses Nathan without his consent. So ever since then I’ve been anxious to get my hands on this book.
In case you can’t remember, Nathan was originally introduced in Deeper than Midnight (book 8) when he was rescued at the age of thirteen by his mother Corinne and his step-father Hunter. Nathan is a Gen-One Breed who was created to be an emotionless killing machine with the need to control everything in his life. Now, as a member of the Order, Nathan leads his team in the hunt for Cassian Gray, a man they believe to be inhuman and connected to the newly discovered Atlantean race. But Nathan can’t control himself where Jordana is concerned and the distractions start interfering with his mission…especially when Jordana becomes a key witness and must be questioned.
The Romance: I really liked Jordana and Nathan together: they had good chemistry and were totally HOT! At first I thought Jordana was a bit too delicate and naive for my tastes; she is the light to Nathan’s dark…oh, does he have some darkness inside hime! I was hoping that darkness would be explored a little further so I felt that Nathan’s “issues” were resolved a bit too easily. Plus, I really did get tired of the she-is-too-good-for-me-and-I-don’t-deserve-her repetitiveness. Oh, and word “petals” should NEVER be used to describe female genitalia.
The Mystery: While there wasn’t exactly one, single mystery here that needed to be solved, it was more a series of shocking revelations happening one after another. I had strong suspicions of a few things, others came as totally shocking “ah ha” moments that I never expected. I was a bit bothered that Nathan’s unique ability was never mentioned here…unless I just missed it altogether. I can’t even remember what he would have inherited from his mother.
The Characters: I already said earlier that I had difficulty keeping all the characters straight. Of course there is the new, young generation, but all the previous couples also get a shout out and some page time. Then there are all the Atlanteans. For now, I think I have it down, but I’m sure to forget by the time the next book releases which will more than likely be a year from now.
Whats next? Will it be Carys and Rune? I have no idea but I’m really liking the direction this series is heading.
Overall Impression: I Really Liked It
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*