Posted by: Jennifer | December 30, 2008

Veil of Midnight – Lara Adrian

Adrian, Lara. Veil of Midnight. (New York: Dell, 2009). ISBN – 9780440244493.

Main Characters: Nikolai and Renata

Related Works: This is part of Lara Adrian’s Midnight Breeds’ series. Other books in the series are as follows:

  1. Kiss of Midnight– Lucan Thorne and Gabrielle Maxwell’s story
  2. Kiss of Crimson – Dante and Tess Culver’s story
  3. Midnight Awakening – Elise Chase and Tegan’s story
  4. Midnight Rising – Rio and Dylan Alexander’s story
  5. Veil of Midnight – Nikolai and Renata’s story
  6. Ashes of Midnight– Andreas Reichen and Claire Roth (to be published in May of 2009)

Description from the Book:

Bound by blood. Addicted to danger. They’ll enter the darkest – and most erotic – place of all.

A warrior trained in bullets and blades, Renata cannot be bested by any man – vampire or mortal. But her most powerful weapon is her extraordinary psychic ability – a gift both rare and deadly. Now a stranger threatens her hard-won independence – a golden-haired vampire who lures her into a realm of darkness . . . and pleasure beyond imagining.

A combat-loving adrenaline junkie, Nikolai dispenses his own justice to enemies of the Breed – and his latest quarry is a ruthless assassin. One woman stands in his way: the seductive, cool-as-ice bodyguard, Renata. But Renata’s powers are put to the test when a loved one, a child, is threatened and she’s forced to turn to Niko for help. As the two join forces, as desire fans the flames of a deeper hunger, Renata’s life is under siege by a man who offers the exquisite pleasure of a blood bond – and a passion that could save or doom them both forever . . .

My Thoughts:

In the latest installment of Lara Adrian’s Midnight Breed series, Nikolai travels to Montreal to talk to Sergei Yakut, a powerful and old Gen One vampire. Someone has been killing Gen One vampires, and the group that Nikolai works with, the Order, is trying to warn and protect the remaining Gen Ones. However, Sergei isn’t particularly interested in talking to Nikolai. Despite a recent assassination attempt, Sergei is confident that he can handle the situation alone – or with those vampires with whom he surrounds himself. While looking for Sergei, Nikolai ran afoul of Renata, one of Sergei’s bodyguards. He is definitely attracted to her, but believes her to be blood bonded with Sergei. Meanwhile, Sergei is an incredibly repulsive and sadistic vampire. Fortunately, his son, Alexei, is able to do away with Sergei pretty early on in the story. Of course, Lex is able to get Nikolai accused of Sergei’s murder with the help of some corrupt officers of the Enforcement Agency.

Despite their rather rocky start, Renata rescues Nikolai from the clutches of the Enforcement Agency. She needs his help to recover a child, Mira, that she had been caring for at Sergei’s compound. Mira has a unique ability in her eyes that allows people who look into her eyes to see their futures. Lex had sold Mira to the corrupt Fabien, and Renata will not stop until she gets the girl back. Along the way, Renata and Nikolai find that they cannot overcome their passion and desire for each other, and they fall in love.

I definitely enjoyed this book. However, it isn’t my favorite Breed book. While I thoroughly liked both Nikolai and Renata, I didn’t really feel the emotional connection between the two as I have in past books. Their romance did seem to happen very quickly. I was much more taken with the characters of Mira and the Gen One Hunter. I was also deeply caught up in Andreas Reichen’s storyline. I believe that the next book in the series, Ashes to Midnight, will be his story – and I am SO looking forward to it.

Read first December 30, 2008



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