Crave the Night

Lara Adrian
Crave the Night
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Random House Publishing Group
Release Date
August 2014
Book 12 of Midnight Breed
Paranormal Romance, Vamps & Shifters Romance

With the acclaimed Midnight Breed series, New York Times bestselling author Lara Adrian has written thrilling novels of electrifying romance and heart-pounding suspense—page-turners in which humans and vampires live tenuously side by side. In Crave the Night, Adrian brings the Breed and its world to the brink of war, where even the deepest passion can shatter into violence.

Born and raised to be an emotionless killing machine, Nathan is one of the most lethal Breed vampires in existence. A key member of the Order—an elite group of warriors charged with protecting both mortals and vampires—Nathan executes each mission with flawless precision and a total lack of mercy. Now he must pursue a powerful, hidden enemy. But Nathan's hard discipline and training are no match for the fierce pull he feels toward a young woman he has no right to desire—a woman of wealth and high social standing who has long been promised to another Breed male, and who may also prove to be the key to rooting out Nathan's elusive quarry.

Jordana lives a life of glittering privilege as a member of a prominent Breed family in Boston. Surrounded by fine things and fawning admirers, Jordana wants for nothing—until she crosses paths with a dark, intense warrior from the Order and finds herself swept into an impulsive, sizzling kiss that neither of them will forget. As much as she tries to deny her deep feelings for Nathan, Jordana cannot resist the craving to be near him, to break through his forbidding walls and see the man he truly is. But getting close to Nathan will thrust Jordana into a treacherous new world, forcing her to risk all she has and all she knows about herself and her past. And loving this seductive man could be the most dangerous temptation of all.

Book Review by debra taylor (reviewer)
Jul 30, 2014   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
108 people found the following review helpful
This book was absolutely awesome! The best of the best in paranormal romance novels. With CRAVE THE NIGHT, book #12 in the stellar Midnight Breed series, talented author Lara Adrian has by far surpassed anything even this loyal fan had expected. It just blew me away!

This is Nathan and Jordana's story, and I can't believe I'm saying this, but it is definitely my favorite book yet. Imagine that! I loved it even more than Darker After Midnight, which was Chase and Tavia's book. In my defense there were a lot of similarities, though, when it came to those revelations that changed the direction of this entire series. Of course, I can't let anything out of the bag, but this one took some unexpected turns throughout the story.

This book brought some big changes to the series. At the heart of it all was a mystery and deep abiding love. The kind of love that developed between Nathan and Jordana. It was a redemption of sorts for Nathan after everything he had endured. It heralded true empowering freedom to Jordana. Their love ushered in new allies and enemies as well. Nothing was as it seemed and many perceptions were changed as the story took a turn that was sad and tragic at times. It was emotional on so many levels. Finally, it's a Midnight Breed novel, so there was some violence and action.

With everything that this book brings into play, it is easily one of the best I've read. Really. As soon as the last page was flipped I immediately started reading it all over again. Just as I am sure it's one I'll be reading over and over countless times.

I will say that it was wonderful how most of the older generation showed up in this one, while I enjoyed meeting the newer ones as well. Can't wait to get into their stories as well.

This one is a 5 star book for sure! I'd give it more if I could. So I am calling CRAVE THE NIGHT a big winner for me!
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Book Review by BJ (reviewer)
Aug 05, 2014   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
109 people found the following review helpful
The Midnight Breed is a splendid example of a series that just keeps getting better with each new addition! It had been a long time since I last read this series, and after thoroughly devouring CRAVE THE NIGHT in a little over a day, I have to step back and wonder why I allowed myself to miss 9 books in between (the last book I read was Book 2, Kiss of Crimson). I will blame it on my general overload on, and then self-imposed hiatus from, paranormal romances. But why did I allow myself to miss Lara Adrian's heady combination of extremely hot and passionate, and pulse throbbing action/suspense, scenes for so long! I will have to remedy that faux pas by going back and catching up on this captivating series soon!

As you can glean from the above intro, although this is book 12 in the series, it can be read as a standalone, as each book centers around a different hero and heroine. All that said, prior characters do play a role in the later books, so if you plan to read a number of these, then they are best read in order from a character development and Midnight Breed world evolution perspective.

The Midnight Breed series takes place in a world where vampires and their half-human breed mates live alongside humans and other immortals. The Order breed vampire warriors play a crucial role in maintaining the peace and protecting humans and vampires. Nathan is amongst one of their strongest members. Raised as a hunter, and as a consequence having endured torture and brainwashing aimed at training the denial of his emotions, Nathan believes he is incapable of truly experiencing emotions and, in particular, loving a mate, even if his adoptive parents, who rescued him from his horrific childhood, have tried to cure him of this flaw.

Jordana is one of the Breed's most prominent socialites, having been raised by her adoptive father, a well respected, extremely rich businessman. It is well known in society that she is promised to her father's best friend and business partner, a vampire nearly three times her age; all that appears missing to seal their eternal lives together is the blood bond.

When Jordana meets Nathan, she can't deny her attraction to him and, on impulse, kisses him. Nathan knows he has no right to desire Jordana and is nowhere in her league, much less capable of giving her the love he deserves, but he can't deny his attraction to her.

Fate keeps Jordana and Nathan crossing paths. Then when Jordana becomes a crucial witness to an ongoing investigation that Nathan is in charge of, their true feelings for one another, and political inclinations, get tested.

But, as is frequently the case in the best suspenseful novels, nothing is quite as it seems, so be prepared for some incredible plot twists and big-screen worthy action moments, not to mention some intense, Dom-inspired, sexy scenes!

Ms. Adrian sure knows how to create some swoon-worthy, alpha heroes! Not only is Nathan a great example, but a number of the prior heroes get involved in the mix as they race to protect humans and vampires alike from a mysterious threat to their Midnight Breed world.

I highly recommend this book to lovers of paranormal romance. Even if it's been a little while since you've read one--like me--CRAVE THE NIGHT may just be the right fix to get you back in the paranormal romance mood!
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