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Midnight Rising by Lara Adrian
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Feb 10, 2012

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Read from February 10 to 13, 2012

MIDNIGHT RISING is exactly what you expect from a MIDNIGHT BREED book - passion, love, the fight of Good vs. Evil. A sinister, sexy love story tethering on the edge between lovely and tacky. Beautiful bodies of larger-than-life characters that end up rolling in the sheets and having unbelievable sex.

BUT it is also a tender, fulfilling 'Beauty and the Beast' version that speaks to many females' basic needs: A strong, protective man who's immortaly in love with his woman. Rio and Dylan are yet another couple of archetypical lovers who are the heroes in a tale told a million times over, and something inside us just doesn't get tired of hearing it again.

The shift to a world paralleling our reality, a world of darkness, yet dangerously appealing, adds to the attraction of the tale.

Lara Adrian has found a simple formula and keeps riding it with incredible success. As much as one feels the need to look at her simplistic vampire novels with a bit of literary disdain, one has to give her that: the old story of a love thriving in the midst of an ancient battle, in a dark, erotic underworld speaks to the hopeless romantics in us, and it does so with shameless passion.

MIDNIGHT BREED, centering on the suicidal, maimed Rio, is one of the more intriguing in the series, with a torn, broken character in the spotlight. And Dylan is not a 'damsel in distress' and may keep the feminists from crying in agony at the overall macho-ness of the series. A machoness, mind you, that can be damn appealing...

A quick, entertaining read for fans of the 'paranormal romance' genre. Foreseeable and formulaic, yes - but sometimes, that's exactly what you need.

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