Posted by: Jennifer | May 28, 2009

Ashes of Midnight – Lara Adrian

Adrian, Lara. Ashes of Midnight. (New York: Dell, 2009). ISBN – 9780440244509.

Main Characters: Claire Roth and Andreas Reichen

Ashes of Midnight

Ashes of Midnight

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

Description from Book:

A woman driven by blood.

A man thirsting for vengeance.

A place where darkness and desire meet. . .

As night falls, Claire Roth flees, driven from her home by a fiery threat that seems to come from hell itself. Then, from out of the flames and ash, a vampire warrior emerges. He is Andreas Reichen, her onetime lover, now a stranger consumed by vengeance. Caught in the crossfire, Claire cannot escape his savage fury – or the hunger that plunges her into his world of eternal darkness and unending pleasure.

Nothing will stop Andreas from destroying the vampire responsible for slaughtering his Breed brethren . . . even if he must use his former lover as a pawn in his deadly mission. Blood-bonded to his treacherous adversary, Claire can lead Andreas to the enemy he seeks, but it is a journey fraught with danger – and deep, unbidden desires. For Claire is the one woman Andreas should not crave, and the only one he’s ever loved. A dangerous seduction begins – one that blurs the line between predator and prey, and stokes the flames of a white-hot passion that may   consume all in its path.

My Thoughts:

Wow is Andreas a big, seething fireball of vengeance in this book. His pyro abilities are amazingly scary. Can you imagine a person who can reign fire and heat down on everything he sees and touches – especially if that person has trouble controlling his power?

Andreas’s can’t control his fiery power because of his deep-seated need for vengeance after the brutal destruction of his Darkhaven compound. He knows that Wilhelm Roth, another vampire, is the one responsible for the genocide of his family – and he has been systematically killing those close to Roth. Now, he has his sights set on Roth – and to get to him, Andreas thinks to use Roth’s wife Claire.

Claire, however, doesn’t know where Wilhelm is. The two have lived separate lives for most of their marriage/blood-bond. Meanwhile, Andreas can’t control his feelings for Claire, who is the only woman he has ever loved. It was after his first pyro-attack that Andreas left Claire believing that he might hurt her.

Now, he has endangered Claire. Roth is quite ruthless. He is the one who is truly willing to use Claire in order to destroy Andreas. As such, Andreas cannot leave Claire to her own devices. She gets drawn into Andreas’ hunt for vengeance, and the Order’s hunt for the evil Drago.

I thought this a very fitting addition to Adrian’s Midnight Breed series. I really enjoyed Andreas and Claire – and their developing relationship. They were a very well-matched pair, despite the fact that Claire had made a major mistake by blood-bonding with Roth. But, of course, Andreas does take care of that pesky little problem.

Read first on May 28, 2009

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