Thursday, January 22, 2009

A Perfect 10: VEIL OF MIDNIGHT by Lara Adrian

A Perfect 10
Midnight Breed Series, Book 5
ISBN: 978-0-440-24449-3
January 2009
Paranormal Romance

Montreal, Canada - Present Day

Descended from an ancient, alien vampire line and dedicated to protecting both Breed vampires and humans, a group of warriors known as the Order are fighting an evil plan to upset the established social order. Using a powerful weapon, long thought extinguished, Rogue vampire Dragos is assassinating Gen One vampires at an alarming rate. The Gen Ones were responsible for killing off the original aliens who were a scourge on the human community, at times destroying entire towns and villages, and resulted in the Gen Ones creating rules and laws which protected both species.

Warrior Nikolai has been sent to Montreal by the Order to get Gen One Sergei Yakut to agree to be protected by the Order. But Yakut is confident that he doesn’t need help, having already survived one assassination attempt with the help of a couple of unique weapons. One is a young child, Mira, whose eyes hold the secrets of the future for anyone who gazes into them. The other is captive Breedmate Renata, whose gift is the ability to completely incapacitate a vampire with her mind.

The first meeting of Nikolai and Renata finds the warrior at the mercy of the female bodyguard. It is a contentious start to a relationship between two strong and loyal people that goes from bad to worse before they find a way to trust each other. Adrenaline junkie Nikolai lives for battle and prefers his isolation. Ice cold and fiercely independent from a young age, Renata trusts no one. She was brought into Yakut’s company to be hunted as prey with a group of other people. When her gift became active as Renata fought to survive, Yakut spared her to become a weapon for his protection. She has since assumed the role of caregiver to little Mira and can see no way the two of them will ever be free from Yakut. However, when Yakut’s compound is upended and Mira goes missing, the only hope Renata has of finding her is to ask Nikolai for help. Can she trust the warrior enough to ensure Mira’s safety? And can she trust herself to successfully fight the desperate attraction she feels for Nikolai?

Nikolai is equally fascinated with Renata, and he has seen into Mira’s eyes. Their futures are entwined, but first they must survive nearly impossible odds as an army begins to emerge from hiding. Nikolai is on his own for the most part, as the rest of the Order are in Boston and unaware of the danger he is facing. The threats include Alexei Yakut, Sergei’s son; the powerful Rogue, Dragos; and Edgar Fabien, head of the Montreal Darkhaven. VEIL OF MIDNIGHT reveals the scope of evil that is waiting to take on the Order, and it is far more immense that they could have imagined.

This story is chock full of intense action, riveting suspense, interesting and unique characters, and clever plotting. Superior writing and storytelling earn this book the RRT Perfect Ten rating and is guaranteed to keep readers on the edge of their seats to find out what comes next. Each tale in the Midnight Breed series is outstanding, and this one is no exception. If readers aren’t familiar with the series, it is recommended that you read them in order to experience the culmination of events that lead to this tale, though each book stands well on its own. I can’t wait for the next story and very highly recommend VEIL OF MIDNIGHT to fans and newbies alike.


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