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. . . .
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11 . Excellent novel
Posted September 18, 2009 by Katrina , Palmer, AKThis book (and the entire series) is excellent. I couldn't put down any of the books until I had no more to read...and now I am impatiently waiting for the next one!
12 . The best book I have read in a long time.
Posted September 06, 2009 by RS , Florida,NYI could not put this book down, I have never been so swept away with a book until reading Kiss of Midnight. Absolutely wonderful. I am totally hooked on this series.
13 . Good Read!
Posted July 28, 2009 by Vanessa , Guam, USAIt's true, This series does not compare to J.R. Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood, but I appreciate the difference and I still find it interesting, I've downloaded the rest of the series after just completing book-1. While J.R. Ward hold's the top spot in my fav's, Lara is def. in the top 5 along with Shannon K Butcher and Kresley Cole to name a few!
14 . Great storyline even without hot romance
Posted July 10, 2009 by Amanda , Oklahoma CityThe storyline in this book is so good that I would've read it regardless of the romance aspect but it is a bonus! She describes everything so well that you can really see everything play out in your head. It only took me two weeks to track down the other books in the series and finish them! Now I can't wait until the next one comes out!
15 . Another great series
Posted June 05, 2009 by Leslie , Southeast TexasI really like finding a series that I can get into. I enjoyed this one and can't wait to read the others!
16 . A good flow.
Posted May 21, 2009 by T.Browder , LancasterThis book has a good flow to it. I actually liked it a lot. The characters were catching and the storyline kept going, no fits and stops. I finished it in one day.
17 . What a FIND!
Posted May 21, 2009 by Jacqueline , SeattleI really enjoyed this book. I was able to find the others in the series at the public library, but am thrilled to have this one as a part of my permanent collection! Very steamy.
18 . LOVED THE BOOK!!! You need to try it!
Posted May 10, 2009 by Tam , TulsaI had never heard of this author but decided to give the series a try. Yes, some of the build of the vampire characters is a mix of other book series but she creates enough difference to make it fun. The characters are great. Enough romantic tension, brooding masculinity, but never tipping too far one way or the other. Sometimes you can get tired of too much fighting or quick cave-ins. She makes the romance very realistic!!! I've read book one and two of this series and am hooked. I'm currently downloading book three and can't wait for her new one to come out later in 2009.
19 . It's not that good.
Posted May 03, 2009 by Samber , AustinI apologize to the author, but these books are just not that good. I can see how she had a decent idea, even if it is heavily influenced by J.R. Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood series. But they're awkwardly put together and as romances, they fizzle. She probably should have just stuck with BDB fanfiction. However, I recognize that someone thought she was good enough to publish, so maybe it's just me. But I believe that the readers of this kind of fiction don't necessarily need to be written down to - most of us are pretty well-educated, and would appreciate a higher quality of literature.
20 . Not bad at all..........
Posted November 16, 2008 by Cooper , HoustonI enjoyed this book. Yeah, it is a knock off of the Brotherhood series, but if you have to copy, copy well. I'm hooked!
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Excerpt from Kiss of Midnight by Lara Adrian
Remarkable. Just look at the use of light and shadow . . ."
"You see how this image hints at the sorrow of the place, yet manages to convey a promise of hope?"
". . . one of the youngest photographers to be included in the museum's new modern art collection."
Gabrielle Maxwell stood back from the group of exhibit attendees, nursing a flute of warm champagne as yet another crowd of faceless, nameless, Very Important People enthused over the two dozen black-and-white photographs displayed on the gallery walls. She glanced at the images from across the room, somewhat bemused. They were good photographs--a bit edgy, their subject matter being abandoned mills and desolate dockyards outside Boston--but she didn't quite get what everyone else was seeing in them.
Then again, she never did. Gabrielle merely took the photographs; she left their interpretation, and ultimately, their appreciation, up to others. An introvert by nature, it made her uncomfortable to be on the receiving end of this much praise and attention . . . but it did pay the bills. Quite nicely, at that. Tonight, it was also paying the bills for her friend Jamie, the owner of the funky little art gallery on Newbury Street, which, at ten minutes to closing, was still packed with prospective buyers.
Numb with the whole process of meeting and greeting, of smiling politely as everyone from moneyed Back Bay wives to multipierced, tattooed Goths tried to impress one another--and her--with analyses of her work, Gabrielle couldn't wait for the exhibit to end. She had been hiding in the shadows for the past hour, contemplating a stealth escape to the comfort of a warm shower and a soft pillow, both waiting at her apartment on the city's east side.
But she had promised a few of her friends--Jamie, Kendra, and Megan--that she would join them for dinner and drinks after the showing. As the last couple of stragglers made their purchases and left, Gabrielle found herself gathered up and swept into a cab before she had a chance to so much as think of begging off.
"What an awesome night!" Jamie's androgynous blond hair swung around his face as he leaned across the other two women to clutch Gabrielle's hand. "I've never had so much weekend traffic in the gallery--and tonight's sales receipts were amazing! Thank you so much for letting me host you."
Gabrielle smiled at her friend's excitement. "Of course. No need to thank me."
"You weren't too miserable, were you?"
"How could she be, with half of Boston falling at her feet?" gushed Kendra, before Gabrielle could answer for herself. "Was that the governor I saw you talking with over the canapes?"
Gabrielle nodded. "He's offered to commission some original works for his cottage on the Vineyard."
"Yeah," Gabrielle replied without much enthusiasm. She had a stack of business cards in her pocketbook--at least a year of steady work, if she wanted it--so why was she tempted to open the taxi window and scatter them all to the wind?
She let her gaze drift to the night outside the car, watching in queer detachment as lights and lives flickered past. The streets teemed with people: couples strolling hand in hand, groups of friends laughing and talking, all of them having a great time. They dined at cafe tables outside trendy bistros and paused to browse store window displays. Everywhere she looked, the city pulsed with color and life. Gabrielle absorbed it all with her artist's eye and, yet, felt nothing. This bustle of life--her life as well--seemed to be speeding by without her. More and more lately, she felt as if she were caught on a wheel that wouldn't stop spinning her around, trapping her in an endless cycle of passing time and little purpose.
"Is anything wrong, Gab?" Megan asked from beside her on the taxi's bench seat. "You seem quiet."