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Midnight Reckoning (Dark Dynasties #2)

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Two separate worlds ... One passion that binds them

Wild and passionate by nature, Lyra Black is not just any werewolf. She's the future leader of the powerful pack of the Thorn - if she can stay alive long enough to inherit the title.

One of the Cait Sith bloodline of vampire cat-shifters, Jaden Harrison has no interest in the wars plaguing the world of night. But when he
Kindle Edition, 334 pages
Published January 1st 2012 by Forever
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2.5 stars

God, this was a giant letdown after the awesome introduction we got in Dark Awakening. I don't know what it was, really. The whole book just felt off to me. The writing was stilted and not as polished. Several sentences and passages had me rereading because they didn't make sense. And the characters--though I liked Jaden, I didn't love any of them. Lyra was not my favorite heroine. I enjoy a strong female lead, but there is a fine line the author has to walk to make her strong and remai
Shari Kay
Mar 06, 2016 Shari Kay rated it liked it
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Jaden is finally free from decades of brutal servitude and is now part of a new dynasty, but he still feels lost; not sure where he belongs.

Lyra is a she-wolf that wants to be the next Alpha of her pack, but needs help because she is not strong enough to go against the brute strength of a male werewolf and win. She is fighting tradition by even trying.

After fate brings the two of them together for the second time, Jaden feels a pull toward Lyra that is hard to deny even between natural born
Oct 28, 2012 Wendy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pnr
Wow, another fantastic installment in this world of the vampire shifters! Action, heat and plenty of intrigue makes this another winner! Loved it!
Jen (Red Hot Books)
I'll just come out and say it: I love this series and I loved this book. You all know how I feel about sexy tortured heroes. Kendra Leigh Castle has created an entire race of them in her maligned and enslaved Cait Sith. They are lowblood vampires, who are also cat-shifters. The highblood Ptolemy vamps kept them as slaves and tortured them for centuries. But in Dark Awakening, they were finally freed. And now they have a chance to pursue the happiness they've been denied all these years.

Jaden isn
I loved Dark Awakening , the first book in this series, so I had very high hopes for this story. Castle didn't disappoint me with this sequel.

Betrayal, forbidden desire, shattered dreams and an unlikely romance come together to make this a not to be missed read. I couldn't put it down and was so involved in the story I was surprised to reach the end so soon. I definitely want to read more about the characters in, and visit, Castle's Dark Dynasties world again soon.

It is not necessary to have
Crystal ♥ RBtWBC
4.5 Stars

I love this new and exciting world that Kendra Leigh Castle has created with her Dark Dynasties series and the second novel in it, Midnight Reckoning, continues the thrilling journey into the dark world of vampire factions and bloodlines by adding werewolves into the mix now!

Since the Lilim reformed with his best friend Ty and wife Lily, taking in the Cait Sith's, Jaden Harrison has felt adrift – without purpose. Taking a walk to clear his head Jaden smells wolves and pursues the smell
Stephanie  G
Out for a walk to clear his head, Jaden heard a female in trouble. Of course he knew he needed to check it out and help the female from her would be suitors’ unwanted advances. But to his surprise it was Lyra, the sassy werewolf that stirred his interest the last time he seen her. He knew he needed to intervene, but also knew his help was not going to receive a warm welcome considering the foul way he treated her at their first meeting.

Lyra couldn't believe that this vampire cat-shifter dare thi
Jan 03, 2012 Helyce rated it really liked it
Previously review on

Lyra Black has had one goal in life-to become alpha, taking over for her father, for the very powerful pack of the Thorn. She’s lived it and breathed it and at the next full moon, she will participate in the Proving, a fight to the end where only the strongest will remain. Unfortunately, there are those who are against this, or who don’t believe that she can do it. They want her to find a strong mate instead. Someone worthy who can take on the pack with her at
Ms. Nikki
I'm just a girl growing up in a man's world.
Fighting and scrapping to get to the top.
They must not know me cuz I'll never stop.
Striving 'n' thriving to be all I can be.
Tryin' to hold me back with a heavy hand and sharp words.
Well, my words are really sharper, and my heart beats much stronger.
You make me wanna fight harder to break free and just be me.
Why can't you see that I'm not just a girl growin' up in a man's world?
I'm growing up to be ME.

by Nikki

I liked it even though it was a little tame/
Jaime Arkin
So... this book. Probably a 2.5 for me - rounding to 3 for GR purposes. It took me five days to read, and if you know me at all that is practically unheard of. I don't even know what to say because the book itself is pretty good, but I felt absolutely nothing... nothing for these two characters. I was so flipping excited to read about Jaden after the little taste we got of him in the first book (Dark Awakenings). And, to be honest, I liked him in this book... I just didn't care for Tyra all that ...more
Feb 10, 2012 Diayll rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Gena Showalter, Vampire and Werewolf Loves, Alpha Males
Originally Reviewed at:Mother/Gamer/Writer
Rating 5 out of 5 Controllers
Review Source:Publisher for Honest Review
Reviewed by:Me

A deliciously intriguing plot, a fantastic cast of characters and a steamy romance, makes Midnight Reckoning one hard book to put down. I was totally consumed by this story as soon as I read the first paragraph. And page after page Castle delivered exceptional world-building and characters I grew to adore. She has a way with words, and strings them together so eloquently
Jul 11, 2012 Charlotte rated it it was ok
I had some reservations about the writing and plot in the first one in the series, but I really liked the characters.
Unfortunately, in this sequel the same annoyances with writing and plot were still there, and I didn't like the heroine.

I wondered at the scenes the author chose to tell her story. I missed some scenes - of Jaden interacting with the town and the other werewolves, the relationship with Lyra's father, and Lyra's alpha-ness. I thought this needed to be showed, but instead I got othe
May 25, 2015 Amanda rated it liked it
Jaden is a Cait Sith like Tynan and when he comes across a werewolf named Lyra who he had met briefly before, his world gets turned upside down. With the Ptolemy after the werewolves now, it's up to Lyra and Jaden who is stuck in her world to help defend her pack. All the while dealing with a forbidden romance between vampire and werewolf.

Loved the action in this book and it was nice to see Tynan and Lily in this book as well.
Juliana Chen
Dec 19, 2011 Juliana Chen rated it it was amazing
At first.. Its kinda slow but wow.. Building in an awesome story until the end.

I love the humor between Jaden and Lyra, a crisp humor that makes me smile.

I just love the entire new dimension of paranormal world that Kendra Leigh Castle built for this series..
A Cat-Vamp! That's extraordinary, whom mated to a she-wolf.. Made my head spinning in a good way..

The end of the story, as sweet as it is, makes me really wondering, what will happen to the couple in the future (I wish I had my answer in
Jul 15, 2014 Margaret rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Two separate worlds . . .
One passion that binds them

Wild and passionate by nature, Lyra Black is not just any werewolf. She's the future leader of the powerful pack of the Thorn-if she can stay alive long enough to inherit the title.

One of the Cait Sith bloodline of vampire cat-shifters, Jaden Harrison has no interest in the wars plaguing the world of night. But when he rescues Lyra from a violent attack, they're both captured by an insatiable desire that threatens to overwhelm them and bind t

Michelle the Romance Witch
wow what a great continuation of this series. I was very surprised by just how naturally the plot seemed to flow together. I love when opposing sides unite in a big flashing love affair. Doesn't get any better.
Once again i was thrilled i found this series. Its super sexy and passionate with fun twists and turns. not to mention a fun whole new myth and legend to learn the in and outs of. can't wait for more!
Feb 17, 2012 Leyoh rated it really liked it
Ok, so this is not for the scholars amongst us, nor for those averse to sloppy love stories. Nor might I add for those of us who like a little more explanation to some quite out there supernatural jumps (werewolf-vampire mating consequences) but it was a heart warming as a heart shaped water bottle. These books are good fun and super sweet. Give me more!
Aug 18, 2015 Mei rated it liked it
Enjoyable semi-suspensful read. It is inevitable that Lyra and Jaden will be together but what price will they have to pay to do so? The world Castle has created in this series is intriguing but at first a bit difficult to sink in with all the many factions that exist. Probably because I started with book two (bad habit of mine) instead of reading Dark Awakening first. Not necessarily that I believe the books aren't stand alone, but for me at least, I think I would have understood the hierarchy ...more
Katya Orkide

I LOVED THIS BOOK!! Midnight Reckoning is as good as the first book, Dark Awakening. It is well written, with unpredictable twists to the story filled with love, humor, suspense, betrayals, vampire and werewolf battles. It covers the lives of vampires as well as werewolves. So whether you are a vamp or a were fan you'll definitely find something for you in this book.
As for the main couple of the story: it's amazing! There is a lot of heated tension and passion between the two because of their d
Feb 04, 2014 Theresa rated it it was amazing
This story is about Ty’s blood brother: Jaden, a Cait Sith vampire and Lyra, the only child of the Alpha of the Thorn werewolf pack. Lyra is the heir, but since she’s a ‘weaker’ female, she can't be Alpha of pack. So her Dad wants her to marry an appropriate male to be leader.

Lyra isn’t a typical wolf, but her family is and that’s what drives her crazy. She should have known that her pack wouldn’t be happy with her spending time with Jaden and been a lot more secretive about it. When it all co
Dark Faerie Tales
Jan 01, 2014 Dark Faerie Tales rated it really liked it
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Quick & Dirty: Another solid strong female character and a few twists made this novel an engaging read.

Opening Sentence: On a night when only the thinnest sliver of a crescent moon rode the sky, at a time when even the most adventurous humans had fallen into bed and succumbed to sleep, a solitary cat padded in and out of pooled shadow as he made his way across the deserted square in the middle of town.

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Midnight Reckoning is the second novel in th
Dec 05, 2014 Jeen rated it really liked it
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Mar 10, 2016 Christie rated it liked it
If you asked me when I first started blogging what my favorite genre was, I would have immediately replied paranormal romance. If you had asked me the same question a year into blogging, my answer would not have been the same. The similarities of characters and plots in this genre had caused me to stop reading it. Kendra Leigh Castle's, Midnight Reckoning, summoned a sweet sense of nostalgia and reminded me why I fell madly in love with Paranormal Romance a few years ago. She has paired multi-la ...more
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Jun 18, 2015 Sara rated it liked it
3 Stars

Midnight Reckoning by Kendra Leigh Castle is the second book in the Dark Dynasties series. It begins several months after the conclusion of book 1 and follows the story of Jaden Harrison, Cait Sith vampire, and Lyra Black, Alpha's daughter to the werewolf pack of Thorn. Since this world is quite complex, I wouldn't recommend this as a standalone; read Dark Awakening first!

I have mixed feelings about this one. I wanted to really LOVE it (and as it was, I did enjoy it) but it fell a little
Literary Cravings
Feb 04, 2012 Literary Cravings rated it it was amazing
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I didn't know what to expect with Midnight Reckoning but I was pleasantly surprised A werewolf and vampire falling in love? This story was filled with drama and excitement, two elements I love in a story. Would the characters capture my interest as well? A question that lead me to pick up the book to find out.


The story of how a werewolf and vampire go against their societies and culture to fall in love while surviving in the process real
Jan 14, 2012 Becky rated it really liked it
Jaden, a powerful Cait Sith bloodline of vampire cat-shape-shifters, has been battling to find his place in the vampire dynasties. When he rescues Lyra from a violent attack from a fellow werewolf pack member, he finds himself intriqued by the desire he feels for her. The concern he feels for her when he finds out she will be fighting for her right to follow in her father, the Alpha's, footsteps amazes both of them. Lyra is quite the spit-fire though and manages to try and drive him away at eve ...more
***original review posted at Romancing Rakes For The Love of Romance***

Confession: I did not finish the first book in this series but holy heck! Jaden's book caught me off guard. Ah, forbidden love. A tale as old as time...

Jaden Harrison saves Lyra Black from the advances of an unwanted suitor. Instead of Lyra falling at his feet thanking him, she runs away into the night leaving behind a talisman. Jaden picks it up and gets slightly obsessive about it. With the encouragement of his friend Ty, j
Midnight Reckoning, the second book in Castle's Dark Dynasty series, picks up a few months after the end of Dark Awakening, with the newly freed 'gutter blood' Jaden adjusting to his freedom - and trying to figure out what to do with the rest of his immortal life - when he happens onto a wolf shifter planning to improve his position in the world by forcing the werewolf 'princess' Lyra into a mating. Jaden's help gets here out of that sticky situation, but leave him unable to get her out of his m ...more
Jan 10, 2012 Jen rated it really liked it

My kindle died when I was at 52% of reading this - I was going crazy waiting for my replacement when I realized I had Kindle PC on my computer! DUH!

Glad I was able to finish this one! It was great! I loved the whole Vampire/cat thing :) How Awesome would that be!

We start off with Jaden (Love that name) taking a little stroll around town in his sleek cat form. Bigger than a house cat, but smaller than a bob cat. The night was quiet and he was enjoying his time. Until he heard the harsh words of
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