Review: Crave The Night (Midnight Breed, #12) by Lara Adrian

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She’d captivated him with a kiss.
She’d challenged him, gentled him.
Now she owned him.

Oh Nathan, you swoony, swoony vampire!

I loved immersing myself back into the Midnight Breed world. This book picks up about a week after the ending of Edge of Dawn, and brings us the story of Nathan.

After being stolen from his mother at birth, Nathan was raised to be an assassin. An emotionless killing machine, he was trained and tortured as part of a cruel regime until he was rescued by his mother at the age of 13.  

Spoiler
 He is now grown, and as a Gen One Breed male, he is the strongest and fiercest warrior in the Order.

However, Nathan’s cold and tough temperament developed a severe crack in it when, during the events of Edge of Dawn, he shared a scorching but unexpected and impulsive kiss with breedmate Jordana.

Jordana is a member of the Darkhaven. As a breedmate, she has lived a privileged life and has been raised to be part of elite society, but secretly she is suffocating under the expectations placed upon her by her father, and the gilded circle that she is a part of. She, too, can’t forget the one moment where she disregarded her ‘proper’ upbringing and took what she wanted.

When The Order’s investigation into the mysterious owner of a downtown club brings Nathan and Jordana into each other’s lives again, the chemistry between them sizzles, and neither of them are able to resist the draw to each other.

The look in Jordana’s eyes haunted him, even now. As if she’d been silently pleading for him to rescue her . . . to claim her.

I love this relationship! Freaking love it! Nathan is such a robotic badass, the man is like the Terminator, but Jordana brings something out in him that he has never feel before, and I loved watching him open up to her and start to experience attraction and real emotion with her.

There was no turning back.
Now that he had let her in, no one was going to tell him to let her go.

Jordana has been a bit of a doormat – content to go along with the plans her father has made for her life, she when she finds the strength to pursue what things with Nathan, he helps her gain the confidence and the courage to claim her own life and take what she wants, and I loved that! And what she wants is him.

For now, she was right where she wanted to be— safe with the most dangerous man she would ever know.

And when they come together, they manage to give so much to each other, and it was fantastic to watch! The emotion levels are high as they fall for each other, and the hotness is off the charts! The elevator scene alone had me fanning myself (seriously… what is it about elevators?). There is a whole lot of sex in this book, and it ranges from hot and heavy to hot, gentle and sweet, and everything in between. Like his exterior, Nathan is hard and rough in the bedroom – he prefers dominant and impersonal sex and doesn’t like to be touched – and I loved watching him battle with himself about what he wants.

“I shouldn’t be your first. Then again, I don’t think I’ve got honor enough to stand aside and let you give yourself to anyone else. Not now.”

While being with Jordana brings about change in him, it’s not an instantaneous thing, and there’s a bit of give and take which is all kinds of hot. But, again, watching Jordana break down Nathan’s barriers, and seeing his tender side come out was really gorgeous. There is a bit of insta-love going on, but when we’re talking about paranormal beings, and bonds, this sort of thing is to be expected, so it didn’t bother me at all.

“I’m offering my bond because I love you. Because I need you, Jordana, and I don’t want to know what life without you will feel like ever again.”

There is a really strong focus on the romance – moreso than in the previous books of the series. The Order’s mission follows on from the last book, and it’s definitely still a part of the story, but it’s not as prominent as Nathan and Jordana coming together, although it all ties together really well.

I really enjoyed this book. It’s fast paced, with a bit of mystery and action mixed in with the romance, as well as some fantastic twists to the story. We get to see a little bit of the ‘old school’ Breed members (especially Chase, as the leader of the Boston Order), as well as the new recruits. I have no idea whose story is coming next, but I can’t wait for more.

4 stars.

 

For full series information, check out our Midnight Breed Series page.

 

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