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Midnight Awakening (The Midnight Breed, Book 3)
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With a dagger in her hand and vengeance on her mind, Darkhaven beauty Elise Chase prowls Boston¡¯s streets in search of retribution against the Rogue vampires who took from her everything she cherished. Using an extraordinary psychic gift, she tracks her prey, well aware that the power she possesses is destroying her. She must learn to harness this gift, and for that she can turn to only one man¡ªthe deadliest of the Breed warriors, Tegan.

No stranger to loss, Tegan knows Elise¡¯s pain. He knows fury, but when he slays his enemies it is with ice in his veins. He is perfect in his self-control, until Elise seeks his aid in her personal war. An unholy alliance is forged¡ªa bond that will link them by blood and vow¡ªand plunge them into a tempest of danger, desire, and the darkest passions of the heart. . . .

Customer Reviews:

  • worth the wait!!
    I loved this story. Teagan and Elise were one of my favorite couples.
    I wanted the story to go on forever. If you love J.R. Ward you will like these books. My only complaint is the books aren't published fast enough.
    It had been so long since Kiss of Midnight. I kinda forgot the storyline. Can't wait for Midnight Rising....more info
  • Lara Adrian is now my auto-buy list
    Another great addition to the series! If you love J.R. Ward, Lara Adrian will be very similar ... but perhaps a bit of a breath of fresh air as she manages to avoid the sometimes "ick" factor taste of some of Ward's too sexually/emotionally crippled male heroes....more info
  • Absolutely Delightful Read
    I have been following this author since the first book and Tegan has to be one of my favorite characters. The lone, stoic, fighter who gets the job done but gives no quarter to emotion. He has totally closed himself down and lives only for justice and vengence.

    Tegan lost his breedmate to the Rogues, 500 yrs ago and still he can't forgive them or himself. He feels he should have been there to protect her. The only way he exists is to focus totally on fighting the Rogues who threaten his people. Not that his people really appreciate the men of the Order.

    Elise Chase has come to the place Tegan is, her son got hooked on the drug, Crimson, and turned Rogue, he was killed by her brother-in-law right in front of her. Four months later she has left the Darkhaven and is hunting minions with her psychic power. Although she is not able to shut out the many minds pierceing her brain she continues to fight for justice and vengence.

    Tegan finds her being attacked by Rogues, he saves her and follows her home where he discovers she is hunting and killing minions by herself. A minion is a human totally belonging to a master vampire. Elise has stumbled on a rare book desperately wanted by Marik, the leader of the Rogues. Rescueing her from the Rogues one more time Tegan takes her to the Order. Everyone is trying to understand the old diary she has found.

    All of the people we have met before are here in the story. And all are trying to decifer the verse in the book. More secrets are revealed and Elise demands Tegan help her in the battle by sharing his blood with her. The blood bond between mates in not to be used in this way and there will be a price for her and Tegan.

    I loved this one it reminded me of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, I could not put it down and I recommend it highly. I have already pre-ordered the next book in the series. Lots of action, romance and a challanging plot. You do not have to read them in order, each book stands alone, but they are better and you understand more about the main characters if you read them in order....more info
  • This great vampire series continues
    "Midnight Awakening" is the third in Lara Adrian's Vampire Breed series and it's another great read. Comparisons with J R Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood books continue, especially as this third book is about the emotionally damaged and loner vampire who finds his match in a damaged woman who no longer feels her place is in the society of her peers (rather like Z and Bella in Lover Awakened). However this story also has many differences, particularly in the locations in which it is set. Most of the action in this book takes place in Berlin and it's clear the author has some familiarity with the city, although I felt there were occasional lapses when the locals seemed to speak English automatically. However overall the change of setting made it an interesting book.

    The hero of this book is Tegan, one of the Gen One vampires who are oldest and strongest but also the most liable to go 'rogue' and become bloodlusting dangerous vampires that have to be killed. He connected briefly with Elise, a vampire widow and sister-in-law to Sterling Chase, in the last book. In this book they find themselves meeting again unexpectedly and Tegan is shocked by the situation into which Elise has moved. She has vowed vengeance against the Rogues who killed her son and goes out at night attacking them; Tegan eventually has to take her to the warriors' mansion for her own safety, and it's at that point where they find themselves beginning to connect. When Elise has to come with him to Berlin to follow a lead, their relationship becomes more complex.

    Much of the romance aspect of this book sees the characters alternately wanting to be together and wanting to stay apart to protect themselves from the fragility that love can bring. This sometimes felt a little repetitive, especially as various misunderstandings were occasionally engineered that were resolved a page or so later. We were introduced to a new character, a German man named Andreas Reichen, who may well feature in a future book as he was an intriguing person. However the bulk of the story follows the interactions between Tegan and Elise with the other warriors and their mates very much in the background.

    The plot moved along reasonably in this story although towards the end it felt perhaps a little rushed. In some ways the 'baddie' was finished off rather easily but this was just to open the story up to the extra layer, the new 'baddie' who is rather badder than the old one! Elise's vengeance also seemed to subside as the book went along and it was unclear by the end whether she'd given it up, handed it over to Tegan or just forgotten about it. Although the story clearly continues, this particular episode finished in an acceptable manner and I found myself looking forward to the continuation of this interesting series. It's not groundbreaking stuff but it's still a good read....more info
  • Maybe the Best Yet
    I was delighted with this book. The characters evolved and didn't just end up together, the end. Both Tegan and Elise learned from the new hands life had dealt them and played very well off each other. They did the sort of maddeningly stupid, stubborn stuff that you do when you fall in love instead of go searching for it.

    Elise is a smart, strong female character and Tegan is equally a frustrating but intriguing lead. The pair head out from Rogue beleaguered Boston to use the contacts in Germany to solve the war with Marek and a mystery that's as old as the vampire Order itself.

    Readers of the series will be very surprised where the ending of the book takes them and how the bad guys our heroes of the Order battle will evolve. This may have been my favorite story in the series yet!...more info
  • As good as books 1 and 2....
    This book is just as fantastic as books 1 and 2 in the series. I do have to admit that I liked Dante (book 2) and Tegan (book 3) a bit better than I liked Lucan, all in all. They're more my "type". But, these are fabulous books.

    To Lara Adrian: Keep up the great work!!!! I hope you continue with the series till you've covered ALL the guy's love-livs, including Sterling, and Brock and Kent....more info
  • Great Series
    This is by far my favorite! It's modern day but you don't get lost in that. It has all of the action, suspense and romance to keep you guesing what happens next. ...more info
  • My favourite so far
    Wow, what a book!
    After the death of her son, Camden, Elise Chase leaves Darkhaven and goes to live in the city, hunting Rogues and minions for revenge and justice. Tegan sees her one night while she is attacked, but he can't convince her to leave her new "mission". When she manages to get an old diary coveted by Marek, Tegan takes her to the Order.
    A clue about the diary's author points to Berlin, where Tegan is going to go to get information. Elise decides to accompany him, because being the widow of an important Darkhaven Breed, she has connections to the Enforcement Agency, which can be useful to Tegan.

    Elise is a strong and intelligent heroine, but she also has a soft and vulnerable side. Both Elise and Tegan have suffered a lot, and their pain has changed them. They aren't interested in love, but they found themselves drawn to each other. Lara Adrian develops very well their relationship, without rushing it.
    In the book there are also nice scenes with the other Breeds. I especially liked the interaction between the females, Sterling (he's becoming one of my favourite characters!) and a new interesting Breed, Andreas Reichen.
    Regarding the worldbuilding, there's a good development, very promising for the next books. I really like the direction the series are taking, and I'm very interested in the next book, although I don't think Rio is ready for his HEA.
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  • Best Book in the Series
    The story line:
    HE HAS RESISTED TEMPTATION FOR CENTURIES, A STONE-COLD WARRIOR WHOSE FROZEN HEART REFUSES TO THAW--UNTIL HER . . . .
    With a dagger in her hand and vengeance on her mind, Darkhaven beauty Elise Chase prowls Boston's streets in search of retribution against the Rogue vampires who took from her everything she cherished. Using an extraordinary psychic gift, she tracks her prey, well aware that the power she possesses is destroying her. She must learn to harness this gift, and for that she can turn to only one man--the deadliest of the Breed warriors, Tegan.
    No stranger to loss, Tegan knows Elise's pain. He knows fury, but when he slays his enemies it is with ice in his veins. He is perfect in his self-control, until Elise seeks his aid in her personal war. An unholy alliance is forged--a bond that will link them by blood and vow--and plunge them into a tempest of danger, desire, and the darkest passions of the heart . . . .


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    The 3rd book in the Breed saga is the best so far. Tegan was intriguing from the start, in the first novel, and in the second Lara Adrian left you wanting more when it came to him. So I was delighted to read this novel when I found out about Tegan being the main character. Lara Adrian did not disappoint either, Tegan is outrageously sexy and horribly complicated. Her heroine Elise matches Tegan's intensity, both characters are well written. This novel is so detailed and the story line is suspenseful. This book is so much more then just a Vampire Romance novel, it's a good piece of literature and was great fun to read.
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  • Best of the Breeds
    I have read all four of the Midnight Breed books that are out so far, but out of order, and think that this is the very best of the bunch. They are all good, but Tegan is just such a luscious damaged hero! And Elise is so cool and spunky, despite her own painful past. Adrian did an excellent job of developing the attraction between these two wounded souls who have no interest in falling in love. And she shows enough of the other Breeds to stay connected with their stories, without neglecting her principal pair. This one goes on my keeper shelf, and I look forward to what LA offers readers next....more info
  • A refreshing change!
    The paranormal genre is full of stereotypes and cliches. While this book is about a vampire warrior meeting his mate, it does include a few refreshing changes which made the book that much more enjoyable for me. I'm not going to refer to the plot because other reviewers have done a great job of summarizing it, but I can mention the things I particularly liked. I loved the characterization, which allowed Tegan to be strong but vulnerable, and Elise to be vulnerable yet strong - it really worked. Also, I really enjoyed seeing the two characters come together, build a relationship and fall in love instead of the 'mate-bond-attraction' forces at work. Elise and Tegan both had to move past their losses and put their faith in each other and their relationship. Kudos to Lara Adrian for creating a vampire universe that's a little different from the same-old same-old and for writing a story that was a pleasure to read. ...more info
  • Fun, engaging series for Vamp romancers!
    I'll admit the reason I got started on the Midnight Breed series is b/c of the similarities with the BDB series. And it really delivers in that sense without being too similar, not to say this series cannot stand alone! Adrian writes intriguing characters that easily draw me in and the plotlines continue with interesting twists. I love the men in her series, warriors, Breed, recruits and even the antagonist. *spoiler* Only issue I have with this particular book is what others have stated: I LOVED Marek. I thought his twist to the plot was great. I thought he was a great, convicted guy-I-love-to-hate character and was really excited to read more about him, perhaps of his past and why he turned, etc. So the climax at the end with him... just didn't play out the way I had hoped for such a vibrant character. I still loved the book, this was just my bit of disappointment. Ah well, on to Midnight Rising! ...more info
  • Great Series
    This is by far my favorite! It's modern day but you don't get lost in that. It has all of the action, suspense and romance to keep you guesing what happens next. ...more info
  • As good as books 1 and 2....
    This book is just as fantastic as books 1 and 2 in the series. I do have to admit that I liked Dante (book 2) and Tegan (book 3) a bit better than I liked Lucan, all in all. They're more my "type". But, these are fabulous books.

    To Lara Adrian: Keep up the great work!!!! I hope you continue with the series till you've covered ALL the guy's love-livs, including Sterling, and Brock and Kent....more info
  • Midnight Awakening
    Really great book. One of my favorite paranormal romance authors! Right up there with Sherrilyn Kenyon and J.R. Ward. Unique and new vampire twist....more info
  • exciting vampire saga
    Vampires who find their Breedmate, recognizable by a certain mark somewhere on their body, can have children. Their bond is a lifelong commitment and the woman doesn't age as long as her mate is still alive. The Breed are a peaceable society and most of them live in the Darkhavens, which are underground and surrounded by the best security systems in existence. The Rogues have given in to their blood lust and have no care for human life because their craving is too strong.

    The Rogues and the minions (Renfields) are controlled by Merek, the brother of Lucan who is in charge of the Order. Its mission is to kill the rogues while its counterpoint the Enforcement Agency believes in rehabilitation and looks upon the order as barbarous.

    Elise lost her husband in the war against the Rogues and her son to the Bloodlust that made him go Rogue. She lives to kill them and nobody interferes with her until Tegan, a powerful agent in the Order, discovers what she is doing. Centuries of staying apart from his brethren are gone when he realizes how courageous Elise is. Though he tries to stop her, she puts herself in the middle of a war zone and he ends up giving her his blood to strengthen her. He avoids thinking about his feelings for her as they both concentrate on figuring out what plan Merek is working on. He finds Elise is a valuable helper and as the danger mounts he finds he cannot hide his feelings from her and himself any longer.

    Lara Adrian has created a whole vampire culture that is separate from humanity and makes it feel vulnerable. Her latest and most exciting work will appeal to fans of Laurell K. Hamilton as her vampires have heart and care about each other and the humans who they could easily dominate as the Rogues want to do. Both Elise and Tegan have suffered great losses so when love comes knocking on their door, she is eager to embrace it while he fears getting hurt again. Both protagonists are complex likeable characters who endear themselves to the reader.

    Harriet Klausner
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  • Surprisingly good.
    After reading the first few books, I was, of course, completely intrigued with Tegan. Who wouldn't be completely in love with the strong Alpha who'd gone through complete and utter torment and survived it as the most fierce warrior?
    However, after learning about Elise-- I actually put off reading this book when I first read who the chosen heroine was going to be. Elise, seemed like such a bland and boring character; and I couldn't see myself liking her after reading the second book.
    I was SO wrong. I absolutely fell in love with this story. This book completely surprised me; instead of being the book that broke the series, like so many other series have as they continued on to 3rd, or 4th books, this book ended up being my favorite out of the series so far. The clash of Elise's volatile vigilance and fierce longing for justice and the depths she take, absolutely drag the woman out of the bland existence she had before-- and end up giving her the depth of a mate suited for such a complicated and cold male as Tegan. They even each other, compliment each other; and make for an absolutely delicious read. I'm so glad the author didn't fall victim to slow and fluffy writing as other writers have as their series grow; I have great hopes that she will continue with her avid imagination and distinctly succulent world of vamps in her future books....more info
  • Waiting in vain
    I have one criticism for this whole series of books by Lara Adrian. She does not allow her characters to reach their full potential. Or maybe I should say they aren't allowed to release their inner caveman. The story overall is good and I enjoyed it, but it was safe. I was constantly waiting for Tegan to break loose and be the butt kickin' warrior he had bottled up for so long. I am anxiously waiting for the next book in the series and hopefully not in vain. ...more info
  • Lara Adrian Midnight Breed
    After blazing through the Twilight Series by Stepanie Meyer (which I enjoyed) I was looking for something a bit more mature. Lara Adrian is the Stepanie Meyer for the older generation. Her Midnight Breed series is romantic, exciting, and sexy. She goes into detail on the relationships between the breed vampires and their human mates. I have enjoyed reading all of her books thus far and I can't waite for the release of her new books. For the guys who want action with their vamps these guys are kick butt no nonsense guys with all the cool guns and blades. The fights with the rouge vampires will please those seeking the take no prisoners tough guy stuff. They even have the computer tech guys who blazes through any type of computer security to get what they are looking for. The breedmates (females) are cool too. They all have a talent and they are not your wimpy human female. I highly recomend this book. If you go to Laura Adrian's website you could see litte video clips on some of the books in the series. Oh, and did I mention how hot the guys are?...more info
  • I'm HOOKED!
    I'm so glad that I gave this author another try. I didn't particularly care for Kiss of Midnight (the first in the series) and I was positively bored with Kiss of Crimson (No. 2) but Lara Adrian has made a definite fan out of me with her latest, Midnight Awakening.

    Elise Chase is a Breedmate, a human woman whose DNA is compatible with the alien race of vampires known as the Breed. A recent widow and childless mother, Elise has abandoned her life of privilege in the Breed Darkhavens. She embarks on a journey of revenge by secretly joining an age old war against the blood addicted Rogues of their race. This path of death and destruction leads into a head on collision with the warrior Tegan.

    Tegan is a Gen One warrior and a member of the Order, a band of vampires with a mission to destroy the bloodlusting Rogues of their race. Gen One means that he is a part of the first generation of vampires born to human woman by the alien beings. Tegan is one of the three remaining Gen One vampires in the Breed and is not only very powerful but also extremely volatile. He is also punishing himself for the death of his Breedmate who was brutally raped and abused by Rogue vampires five hundred years earlier. By blaming himself for her death, Tegan has lived the last five centuries as a cold and unmerciful killer who has written off friendship and love. But his heart of ice is soon melted by the warrior angel, Elise.

    Elise developed into a surprisingly strong heroine. I applauded her tenacity and her wit against such a formidable and unfeeling warrior like Tegan. Whatever fear she may have had for him in the beginning was completely overcome. Her plight for vengeance was also remarkable and enjoyable to read. She tackled Tegan's icy heart in much same way as her as her need for justice against the senseless deaths of her husband and son.

    Tegan's path towards love and acceptance was beautiful. His love for Elise was pure and I liked how he acknowledged it to himself more than a hundred pages or so away from the ending. In most novels, it seems as though once the hero realizes that he is in love with the heroine, he tries to put extreme distance between them. Tegan didn't do that and that made me fall for him.

    I truly loved this novel and hope that other readers that have decided to quit Ms. Adrian due to her two previous efforts will give her latest novel a try. I look forward to Rio's story which is due for release in Spring 2008....more info
  • 3 1/2 stars..an okay read. had so much potenial.
    Ok I was waiting for Tegan's story so I guess that could explain my dissapointment. Elise was a solid character, I liked her. She had such strength and depth. Tegan was so wounded and sexy. Dark and dangerous.

    I wanted this love story to scorch me, it fell short. The action was good, the plot good. But I almost forgot to finish the book ya know. Like this was easily forgettable.

    I will read Rio's story. I want Rio to find his heart again....more info
  • Oh Yeah!
    I loved the 1st, was pleased with the 2nd, but this 3rd book stole my heart and blow me away!!! I loved it!...more info