Apr 4: “Kiss of Midnight” by Lara Adrian, book 1 in the Midnight Breed series, a paranormal romance at 402 pages long. Blurb from book: He watches her from across the crowded dance club, a sensual black-haired stranger who stirs Gabrielle Maxwell’s deepest fantasies. But nothing about this night—or this man—is what it seems. For when Gabrielle witnesses a murder outside the club, reality shifts into something dark and deadly. In that shattering instant she is thrust into a realm she never knew existed—a realm where vampires stalk the shadows and a blood war is set to ignite. Lucan Thorne despises the violence carried out by his lawless brethren. A vampire himself, Lucan is a Breed warrior, sworn to protect his kind—and the unwitting humans existing alongside them—from the mounting threat of the Rogues. Lucan cannot risk binding himself to a mortal woman, but when Gabrielle is targeted by his enemies, he has no choice but to bring her into the dark underworld he commands. Here, in the arms of the Breed’s formidable leader, Gabrielle will confront an extraordinary destiny of danger, seduction, and the darkest pleasure of all… Well, it happened, damn it! I have fallen in love with another series (like I really needed to do that). This one currently has 12 books out, but is expected to end with #18. I like the fact that Lucan is an alpha hero, but he’s not an ass. In fact, I like him a lot. There’s a war going on that doesn’t end in this book, but there’s no cliff-hanger, which won me over right there. If you love wounded heroes and a hot couple (or if you love JR Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood books), then this is the book for you. I know it was for me!
Apr 5: “A Touch of Midnight” by Lara Adrian, book 0.5 in the Midnight Breed series, a paranormal romance novella at 124 pages long. Blurb from Goodreads:
Savannah Dupree is halfway
across the country from her Louisiana bayou
hometown, a freshman studying at on a full
scholarship. But academic excellence is only one of Boston
University ’s gifts. She possesses something
even more remarkable than her quick mind and insatiable curiosity for learning.
With a simple touch, Savannah
can see an object’s past—a skill that puts her life in danger, when her studies
bring her into contact with a centuries-old English sword and the secret hidden
within the blade’s history: the vicious murders of twin boys by a group of
fanged creatures borne of the worst kind of nightmare. In all his three hundred
years of living as one of the Breed, vampire warrior Gideon never dreamed he’d
see the blade again that spilled his young brothers’ lives ages ago on that
blood-soaked night in Savannah .
Ever since the boys’ deaths, Gideon’s been on a personal quest to rid the world
of Rogue vampires, but now he can’t help wondering if the brutal slayings of
his only kin was something more sinister—an act perpetrated by an unknown
enemy. An enemy who is apparently living in hiding somewhere in London . There’s one
certain way to prove Gideon’s suspicion, but it will mean using innocent,
gifted Savannah to help uncover the full truth—a truth that will shatter
everything she knows about herself and the world around her. And with danger
closing in from all sides, the passion that ignites between Gideon and Boston will tempt them
to risk their hearts and lives for a love that might just last an eternity…
This prequel novella to the first book was free and, of course, I couldn’t
resist getting it and reading it right away (that’s how much I loved the first
book). Enjoyed this just as much as the first one, so I’m sure I’ll enjoy them
all. I do plan on reading them in series order (even if they weren’t written
that way). Savannah
So… Who here is happy baseball season has started? The Reds won their first game (yay!) and I realized how much less stressful it was to watch than hockey. Don’t get me wrong. I love hockey. But lately, the Penguins have been nerve-racking to watch (well, maybe not watch—I don’t have the ability to watch all the games, but I do get updates on my phone). Man, if they would ONLY play the whole game like they do the first period, they’d have already clinched a playoff spot. It’s so frustrating. I certainly hope the Reds don’t frustrate me this season, too. I’m not sure I can handle that.