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Kiss of Midnight by Lara Adrian
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Mar 11, 10

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Read in May, 2009

Gabrielle Maxwell makes a good living selling her photos as art, one night after a gallery opening, she decides to join her friends for a night out on the town. She quickly realizes she's not into the dark Goth scene at the downtown club they've ventured into and promptly makes her goodbyes. Things turn ugly however when she unwittingly falls upon a bizarre murder and barely escapes with her life. When she reports the crime to the cops they thinks she's crazy- even with the proof she has on her camera phone- although the photos were grainy at best.

Afraid she's becoming as insane as her birth mother, she eventually leaves the police station frustrated and confused, sure the cops will not follow up on her wild claims.

Imagine her surprise when a cop shows up days later claiming he's there to investigate. She has no reason to doubt him and willingly gives her phone over to the darkly handsome detective.

Lucan Thorne is not a who he seems, however. He's a Breed- a descendant of a group of aliens who landed on earth an age ago and wreaked havoc destroying the people who populated it by feeding on their blood. Long ago, after witnessing his father tear apart his mother in a surge of bloodlust, Lucan took it upon himself to reign in the unruly bunch descended from original bloodsuckers. It has been war ever since... and it's about to get nasty as a mysterious leader of the Rogues- Breeds given over to bloodlust- has surfaced and wants nothing more than to bring down the group of warrior Breeds who have given their lives to keep the Rogues in check.

In a strange twist, Gabrielle and her artwork are smack in the middle of the mess and Lucan finds himself oddly drawn to the beautiful artist. When he discovers she's a Breedmate, one of a handful of human women born to mate with the Breeds, he wants nothing more than to run from her- for her own good- but circumstances align to keep them together.

Will Gabrielle be willing to run to Lucan for safety if she knows what he truly is? Or will he go against his better judgment and reveal all to keep her by his side when he knows in his heart he is nothing but bad news for the unsuspecting woman.

As bizarre as the whole Aliens as Vampires thing sounds, it surprisingly works in Adrian's Midnight Breeds series. The characters are enticing with strong competent women and hot alpha men who sizzle with chemistry. She's done an excellent job of world building here and the plot-although a tad done before with all the tortured heroes destined for one woman who will become their salvation- is well defined with a hook that will keep you coming back for more!

Although I liked this one, I wasn't as enthused about it as some of the other PNR's out there right now, but I'm chocking that up to it being the the first in the series ... 4 out of 5 from me.
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