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Kiss of Midnight (Midnight Breed #1)

3.94  ·  Rating Details  ·  48,369 Ratings  ·  2,338 Reviews
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 re ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 402 pages
Published May 1st 2007 by Dell (first published 2007)
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Nichole (Dirrty H)
Oct 14, 2008 Nichole (Dirrty H) rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: BDB fans
This is the first book in Lara Adrian's Black Dagger Bro- oops, I mean Midnight Breed series.
The series is about a group of huge, badass (but good) vampires who live together in a compound and fight evil vampires in order to protect their really old fashioned, hoity toity race. They wear leather and carry really hard core weapons, and go on patrol every night to kill the enemy. When they find their mate, they share blood to stay alive. I don't know how I got that mixed up with JR Ward's series.
LethalLovely~Maybe I've Always Been More Comfortable in Chaos
My Thoughts:

This novel was remarkably unremarkable. Don't get me wrong, it didn't suck but I'm not exactly about to clean out the Lara Adrian section at the local bookstore. The set up is pretty generic, like Adrian got tips from "Vampire Romance 101". You've got the big baddies (Rogues) & the group of men fighting to annihilate the big baddies. There personalities are even generic(at least on the surface). There's the leader, the badass, the geek, the smartass, & the suicidal loner. The
I really enjoyed this book. Yes, it’s a blatant rip off of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, and while reading it I felt like I was cheating on my beloved Brothers, but I had been warned about that beforehand and because I was prepared for it, it probably didn’t bother me as much as it would of if I was going in blind. Plus I’m such a massive fan of the BDB that I’m guaranteed to love anything that even slightly resembles it! Although I did roll my eyes in disgust when the heroine referred to the he ...more
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
Good book and very imaginative storyline. Adrian really developed a unique concept of vampirism and vampire society. Although the warriors remind me of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, they are not carbon copies, and the Midnight Breed series is claiming its own place in the paranormal romance genre. I love warriors, and these guys are definitely creme de la creme. One thing that bothered me was the casual indifference about humans being killed by the Rogues. The Breed warriors did protect humans, ...more
Dec 13, 2012 Natasha marked it as to-read
This is one way to get people to read your book
Anzu The Great Destroyer
A poorly executed BDB.

I had my eyes on this for a long time and I said “Heh! Why not try it now? Seems like it’s pretty popular so it might be good.” So I gave it a try aaaand it wasn’t what I expected it to be…

The intro was pretty good; I thought Lucan was a really nice character. He was acting all ninja assassin, slicing through bad guys and being all mysterious and stuff. I like these things so it got my hopes up. And then the story began. *yawns*

Introduction blah blah blah introduction *yawn
If you like Black Dagger Brotherhood, have I got the book for you! This one....Yeah, you probably figured that out.

The similarities are eerie. Well, maybe not eerie, but it's almost Halloween so I think everything is eerie right now. My dog's capacity for shedding every season of the year is eerie. So is my capacity for eating chocolate... mmmm, Halloween = candy.

So, we have a race of vampires, and the focus is on this small group of warriors. They are a close group - a brotherhood if you will
Jun 13, 2010 Rissa rated it it was ok
I decided to give kiss of midnight a chance after reading a few reviews that compared it to JR Wards "Black Dagger Brotherhood series". So in the beginning this book was already doomed, since i am admittedly an avid reader of The BDB Series. Even if that wasn't a factor in my decision, i still would of found this book to drag on more than it should have. Don't get me wrong, I'll still move on to the next book in the series but unfortunately it will not be a priority. Let me just say..... This se ...more
Emily May
Apr 26, 2011 Emily May rated it it was ok
Shelves: pnr, paranormal-uf, 2011

On the surface, this book is everything you would expect from a good urban fantasy / paranormal romance novel. It has a quirky heroine, good and evil vampires, and quite a lot of smut. But again I feel like this book is nothing but the combined works of J.R.Ward, Sherrilyn Kenyon and Kresley Cole. It wasn't bad but I got nothing out of it, the story wasn't particularly different or clever and the characters were reincarnations of a thousand others that have graced the urban fantasy scene.

Also, a
Erin (Paperbackstash) *Proud Book Hoarder*

I don’t have the best track record with Paranormal Romance novels – this is why.

It’s not a horrible story or anything, and if Paranormal Romance is your gig, you should enjoy it. For me, though, the reasons I don’t care for the genre shined through, spoiling the better possibilities the book contained.

Gabrielle and Lucian are struck by instalove and instalust to a degree – it’s one of those ‘ in the stars ‘ things. Like the Carpathian novels sort of, but to a less obsessive degree, when the vam
Mar 03, 2008 Ann rated it liked it
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Jan 02, 2011 Leah rated it really liked it
Recommended to Leah by: Allison Gambini, Annie, Laurie 'Highland Hussy', Sam
I've heard many different things about this series. Some have said that it's great while others have vehemently disagreed. I've heard that this is too much like J.R. Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood series while others think that it's not like BDB at all. These differing opinions both came from people that I trust and who have the same taste in books as me. So I was a little hesitant to read this, least of all buy it; so I borrowed it from a friend. I'll probably go out and buy it for myself tomo ...more
At the risk of been torn to shreds by the BDB fan's, I much preferred this book.

I will definitely be continuing on with this series.

There are definite similarities between this & BDB without a doubt. (she even called her man her "dark lover" at one stage!)
But if like me you hated the silly names, despised the Lessers and thought the slang & carry on of the brothers was a bit cringey then this is the series for you.
You still get the great elements you expect from PNR. An alpha male, a s
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
Kiss of Midnight is the first book I've read by Lara Adrian. I found that the first book of the Midnight Breed series was interesting. I couldn't help but think that there are some similarities to the BDB. However, Adrian is capable of holding her own. Her writing just flows so beautifully. It seems almost effortless.

I will admit that I thought that the first part of the book was kind of slow. I was interested in knowing what would happen to Lucan and Gabby but it seemed to take a long time for
Lover of Romance
This review was originally posted on Addicted To Romance My Review

Gabrielle Maxwell, is a photographer of gothic and abandoned buildings and is starting to increase in popularity. She is not used to the attention. On a night of celebration, she and her friends go to an infamous club that is becoming all the rage. From the first moment she enters, she feels uncomfortable and has an uneasy feeling. Her friends seem to be enjoying it all, but all Gabrielle can think about is the peace and quiet of
Opening Line:"Her baby wouldn't stop crying."

So this was a reread for me, if I was reading it now for the first time I would give it four stars however I remember being blown away the first time I read it, (until Ward rocked my world that is) so I'll leave it at 5

Still a good paranormal but I had a tough time differentiating between this and the BDB, the similarities are just too glaring. Its very strange to me that Kiss Of Midnight and Dark Lover both came out around the same time and are so,
Anna Serene
I'm thinking....

Alright. I'm done thinking. I'm going to give this 3.5 stars because I thought it was better than a shrug "Yeah, I liked it" sort of way, but not quite an "oh my god this was great!" sort of way. It's in the middle. I had some issues with it. Most of it had to do with how quickly it all happened. I generally like some more time to elapse before declarations of love are said. The story seemed to be a mix between BDB and the Demonica series: one I didn't like, and the other I LOVE.
Lisa Kay
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(This is a review of the audiobook.) When the opportunity to do this one as a “buddy read” came up, I thought I’d give it another shot. Especially since I was in a better frame of mind than last time. I also want to pick this series back up and thought I’d “refresh” my memory. So I did a “re-read via audio.” Hillary Huber does alright on this one, but nothing spectacular. She has a wonderful voice, an excellent tone, and does a nice job on the international accents; however, at t
Oct 06, 2010 AH rated it really liked it
This was my first exposure to the Midnight Breeds series by Lara Adrian. I was delighted with Kiss of Midnight, the first book in the series. It was hot, it was steamy, and it was exciting. It was a little reminiscent of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, but it held its own special type of originality.

Lara Adrian builds a world where vampires exist amongst humans. Set in Boston, Adrian creates a vampire lore complete with an original origin story, vampire rituals, and vampire laws. In Adrian’s world
Gokce ~Muslin Myst~
I've had this in my "to-read" shelf for a while now, but bummped it to first place for my sis who insisted I read this and she promised I'd like it and she was right.

This is the first book in the series which is about good vampires, or Breeds as I understand it, who fight against other vampires-gone-bad with bloodlust, or Rogues as they're called.

This first one takes Lucan, -an excellent choice of name, very sexy- the leader of our warrior Breeds who has dedicated himself to the war against the
Apr 05, 2008 Kathrynn rated it really liked it
Recommended to Kathrynn by: Christel
I enjoyed this paranormal romance centered in Boston, Massachusetts. Yes, there are some similarities in J.R. Ward's Black Dagger series and, I thought, in Christine Feehan's Carpathian series as well (going Rogue). But, I found enough differences that I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The main characters progressed well in their bid for character evolvement and I thought the author wrote a good, entertaining story. It captured and held my attention. There is betrayal, death, suspense, action, fun ...more
Miss Kim
Jun 25, 2009 Miss Kim rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paranormal, 2008
I loved this book! I've never read any vampire stuff, and I wasn't sure if I would like it. After reading so many reviews about this series, I decided to give it a try. I was not disappointed. I couldn't put it down. I loved Lucan and Gabrielle's story. Oh, and woooo - some hot sex scenes, let me tell you! I can't wait to pick up the next one.
Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)
I read this as I have seen Lara Adrians book in all the bookshops and heard that it had a similar vibe as the Black Dagger Brotherhood. However although I wasn't exactly disappointed I didn't think it was anywhere as good as say "Dark Lover" by J R Ward.

This book was about Lucan Thorne the leader of the Breed warriors who protect humanity and other members of the Breed from Rogues, who are members of the Breed that have descended in to bloodlust and are deranged, constantly hungry psychopaths. T
Passably good, fairly entertaining.

I’m sure other readers would have more flattering things to say about this new paranormal series (well, new for me anyway); but coming on the heels of The Black Dagger Brotherhood, The Dark-Hunters, and even the Dark Carpathians series, not to mention a few more other vampire-romance titles dizzyingly vying for space on bookshelves by up-and-coming authors and even from established ones who have succumbed to the popularity of the genre (like Medeiros, Dodd, and
Sarah Hipple
Oct 30, 2012 Sarah Hipple rated it did not like it
According to my Kindle, I am 10% of the way through this book, and I just don't think I can continue reading it. I got through some slightly hokey vampire moments, but I think that one has a certain forgiveness for that sort of thing in this genre. But at the 10% mark, I lost all respect for the heroine, and that I can't forgive. She is supposed to be a professional photographer of some local acclaim (local being Boston, by the way, so we aren't talking small potatoes), however, when the hero go ...more
May 15, 2009 Katie(babs) rated it did not like it
This first book in the Midnight Breed series had a promising premise, but Adrian really missed the mark. I have a feeling that she was trying to live up to the hype of JR Ward's phenomenal Brotherhood vampire series, but she really falls short. I would also say she was trying to appeal to those fans and perhaps give an overall "Thank You" to Ward, but there are too many similarities and that's where it ends.

There is no chemistry between our two main characters, their passion falls flat and the
Sep 30, 2015 Delta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of PNR/Sci-fi action-adventure
First read in November 2014.
Second in September 2015.

Kiss of Midnight is an engaging vampire-action-adventure book with a little romance. I was somewhat disappointed the first time I read it that the hero is not into the heroine for most of the book, but the story is worth the read. The warrior vampires remind me a little of Black Dagger Brotherhood, but the Breed warriors are less cartoonish. If you enjoy paranormal-action-adventure with romance, you will likely enjoy Lara Adrian's Midnig
Bubbles  Hunty Honest & Direct Opinions
Mar 06, 2012 Bubbles Hunty Honest & Direct Opinions rated it liked it
Recommended to Bubbles Hunty by: Heather C
Shelves: m-f, t-s-t-l
Oh man first 35% or so was so boring.

The sex got really repetitive. It's like that's all there was and it was the same scene with a new location.

But last half had some interesting parts even of they were drowned out by more sex and over the top sappy dialog. I like sappy but this was way too sappy at the end for me.
Nanci Loves2Read**Warning**IWasASailor⚓️MyMouthisDirty
I read this book because of all the great reviews but it was just ok for me.

It started off good. I was like wow! This is some Blade shit! (You know the cheesy Wesley Snipes movie). I was really liking the action and my hopes were high.

But they were shattered because until about the last ten chapters, I was crazy bored with the book.

However, after the betrayal, I couldn't put the book down it was finally going somewhere. I totally thought it was someone else.

But the main orchestrator for the rou
♥Laddie♥ (Lee Lee)
Just when I had all but given up on paranormal, I was told about Miss Lara Adrian and her Midnight Breeds novels. Even after they were recommended to me it took me a couple of weeks to get around to this book. I should have jumped on this wagon sooner.

Why I loved this book:

1.) The badass vamps. For all authors who are trying to write badass vampires, this is the book to reference. These characters were not hardcore because of the way they spoke or what they wore. They were hardcore because they
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LARA ADRIAN is a New York Times and #1 internationally best-selling author with nearly 4 million books in print and digital worldwide and translations licensed to more than 20 countries. Her books have been named among Amazon’s Top Ten Romances of the Year, and have also been nominated by readers multiple times as finalists for the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Romance of the Year. Reviewers hav ...more
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Midnight Breed (1 - 10 of 14 books)
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  • Midnight Awakening (Midnight Breed, #3)
  • Midnight Rising (Midnight Breed, #4)
  • Veil of Midnight (Midnight Breed, #5)
  • Ashes of Midnight (Midnight Breed, #6)
  • Shades of Midnight (Midnight Breed, #7)
  • Taken by Midnight (Midnight Breed, #8)
  • Deeper Than Midnight (Midnight Breed, #9)
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