Midnight Breed, Book 1
Synopsis : 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 pleasures of all …
Review : A paranormal romance quite nice but which doesn’t renew the genre
Unbeknownst to humans a war rages between the Breeds warriors and the Rogues. Breed warriors and Rogues are both vampires but the Rogues, unlike their counterparts of the Breed, have given up for the bloodthirsty which makes them monstrous and cruel. Lucan Thorne is a Breed warrior. He leads a small group of vampires warriors whose purpose is to protect their race and the humans of the threat of the Rogues. Lucan despises the Rogues and has always devoted his life to fight them. Nothing else mattered … until he meets Gabrielle Maxwell, a photographer. Soon, Lucan understands that this woman isn’t a human like any other and he can’t refrain himself to be attracted to her. Except that staying with her would means failing in his duty to always protect his people, not to mention the fact that she’s constantly in danger with him because in addition to fight against the Rogues, Lucan must also fight against himself. Indeed, the bloodlust is taking over him, threatening to turn him also into Rogue.
The story is captivating and it is quickly readable but it’s still deja vu. It looks a lot like The Black Dagger Brotherhood (JR Ward), or the Lords of the Underworld (Gena Showalter) and other series in the same kind. It’s a classical paranormal romance.
Like in all paranormal romances, the love story is a central point but the secondary characters (in this case the other warriors) are also present. This first volume aims to raise the plot and it presents the different characters we’ll find in the next books.
This series isn’t worth The Black Dagger Brotherhood and more importantly, it adds nothing new to the genre. However, it’s very entertaining. I therefore recommend it to fans of vampire warriors well muscled and all those who never get tired of reading paranormal romance.