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Kiss of Midnight (Midnight Breed #1)

3.95 of 5 stars 3.95  ·  rating details  ·  42,429 ratings  ·  2,107 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 (Dirty H)
Oct 14, 2008 Nichole (Dirty H) rated it 4 of 5 stars
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~This City's Made Us Crazy & We Must Get Out
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 (Angels Weep For Goodreads)
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
Natasha ツ
Dec 13, 2012 Natasha ツ 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
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
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Jan 02, 2011 Leah rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
Emily May

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
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
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
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
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,
Apr 05, 2008 Kathrynn rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
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.
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
♥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
Lisa Kay
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★★★½☆ (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,
Ronda  Tutt
Everytime I read a new vampire series I learn something new about the characteristics of vampires and where they come from. I liked Lara Adrian's take on the vampires coming from another planet making them Alien Vampires that crashed upon earth and intertwined with society through out time for thousands of years.

As always the vampires are the most evocative, enticing, and erotic creatures I have ever read about. It was a good read and
I look forward to reading the next book in this series.
Suzanne the Mighty (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
I first found & fell in love with this series last year when I was given the first 2 books. Before I'd even finished the first book I had already ordered the rest of the series! Since Amazon have now confirmed that the latest release - Shades Of Midnight - is now on it's way to me I thought now would be an ideal time to re-read & review the series ready for when it arrives. It feels like I've been waiting forever for Shades to come out so I can't wait for it to get here.

Kiss of Midnight
Sarah Hipple
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
Lady Allison
Nov 11, 2010 Lady Allison rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Vamp warrior/Vamp romance fans
Recommended to Lady Allison by: Gokce ~Muslin Myst~
It took me a while to get into it, but after I did, I was hooked! Lara Adrian writes an intriguing world of Breedmates & vampire warriors with good doses of lust, love, & action. There were a couple scenes where I was so attached to the characters, I could hardly keep my eyes on the page I was turning them so fast, "Is she going to escape?! How do you fall out of a moving car?!" I really enjoyed this book & fully intend on reading the rest. Thank you to my fabulous GR friends who rec ...more
Bubbles  Hunty Honest & Direct Opinions
Mar 06, 2012 Bubbles Hunty Honest & Direct Opinions rated it 3 of 5 stars
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.
Oct 04, 2010 Jacqueline rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: No one really- bad plot, bad characters...bad book.
Recommended to Jacqueline by: Impulse Buy
Pages Survived: 131

This book was bad from page one to page one hundred thirty one. My first issue with this book is the fact that the author seems to write in a seemingly "easily distracted" manner. The scenes feel as though Adrian couldn't keep her characters or details concentrated. No single thought felt explored or "felt out," and the minute it was noted, another was addressed.

My second issue with this book is the fact that this is a romance novel. And yet, at no point did I feel the connec
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
I read this book with somewhat low expectations despite the fact that I heard it was a great read. Initially it reminded me of the BDB series by JR Ward with a mix of the Carpathians series and a few others. Despite that I think that Lara Adrian was able to establish her own world that I totally brought into. I think this was one of the better first in a series that I have read in a long time.

It was really interesting to have the original vampires be aliens and I thought it was explained well a
Kiss of Midnight (The Midnight Breed, Book 1) Boston is swarming with Rogues, vampires afflicted with Bloodlust, the constant craving for human blood and the kill that makes them heedless of the exposure they bring to their race. Such high numbers of Rogues is alarming to the Breeds, especially when a human woman witnesses six Rogues mercilessly tearing someone apart. She snaps pictures of them with her cell phone and flees the scene, never knowing how close she came to being followed. She would ...more
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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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Other Books in the Series

Midnight Breed (1 - 10 of 14 books)
  • Kiss of Crimson (Midnight Breed, #2)
  • 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)
  • Darker After Midnight (Midnight Breed, #10)
  • Edge of Dawn (Midnight Breed, #11)
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