Title: Kiss of Midnight
Author: Lara Adrian
Page Count: 432 pages
Genre: paranormal romance
Copy for review was one I owned already
50 words or less: When Gabriele witnesses a murder, Lucan shows up on her doorstep, supposedly to investigate the crime. Except Lucan's a vampire warrior, the murderer is an evil dude, and Gabriele is about to plunge into a world that is way off the beaten path. Will true love conquer all?
I first heard about the Midnight Breeds series while I was looking for what to read next after I'd finished J.R. Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood series. There are a ton of people on Amazon who recommend this series to fans of Ward's books, and hey, Ward has the cover blurb on this book so it seems like a reliable recommendation. Now that I've finished this first installment in the series, I can substantiate that recommendation and take it a step further, as the similarities to the Black Dagger Brotherhood series are apparent pretty early on.
This is meant as a compliment, by the way; Kiss of Midnight takes all the fun elements of the BDB books and spins them in a new way, expanding on the elements I liked about Ward's series while discarding the elements I didn't care for.
As a lead couple, Gabriele and Lucan are a good fit. They compliment each other very well without one character overshadowing the other or hogging all the character development. Gabriele has some twists and turns in her history that lend themselves well to developing the rest of the series, and Lucan's grappling with his responsibilities and his own perceived failings balance the story nicely and help to build the conflict in a believable way.
The rest of the characters are three dimensional and interesting as well, and while it's obvious that they're introduced in order to feature in future installments in this series, I didn't mind the setup being shoehorned into this first book.
My only real complaint is the lack of a believable set of bad guys. Several plot twists make me think that there will be more light shed on the perpetual battle of good versus evil that's laid out in Kiss of Midnight, but as it stands now I thought the villians were the least convincing of the cast of characters. It's a minor complaint though, all things considered.
I have the rest of the series that's been published so far on my bookshelf and reading Kiss of Midnight goes a fair way in moving those books close to the top of the pile.
Overall Grade: A-
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