Saturday, December 6, 2014


Series:  Midnight Breed #0.5
Author:  Lara Adrian
Publish Date:   07.15.13
Publisher:  Lara Adrian, LLC
Category /Genre:  Paranormal Romance, Contemporary
Recommended for:  18+ due to sexual content
Received from:  Amazon purchase
Date completed: 12.01.14
Goodreads link: A Touch of Midnight

Description from the publisher:
Savannah Dupree is halfway across the country from her Louisiana bayou hometown, a freshman studying at Boston University on a full scholarship. But academic excellence is only one of Savannah’s gifts. She possesses something even more remarkable than her quick mind and insatiable curiosity for learning. With a simple touch, Savannah can see an object’s past—a skill that puts her life in danger, when her studies bring her into contact with a centuries-old English sword and the secret hidden within the blade’s history: the vicious murders of twin boys by a group of fanged creatures borne of the worst kind of nightmare.

In all his three hundred years of living as one of the Breed, vampire warrior Gideon never dreamed he’d see the blade again that spilled his young brothers’ lives ages ago on that blood-soaked night in London. Ever since the boys’ deaths, Gideon’s been on a personal quest to rid the world of Rogue vampires, but now he can’t help wondering if the brutal slayings of his only kin was something more sinister—an act perpetrated by an unknown enemy. An enemy who is apparently living in hiding somewhere in Boston. There’s one certain way to prove Gideon’s suspicion, but it will mean using innocent, gifted Savannah to help uncover the full truth—a truth that will shatter everything she knows about herself and the world around her. And with danger closing in from all sides, the passion that ignites between Gideon and Savannah will tempt them to risk their hearts and lives for a love that might just last an eternity…

This novella, a prequel to the Midnight Breed series, was previously published in its entirety in The Midnight Breed Series Companion (May 2013).

This is a prequel novella to the Midnight Breed series.  It can be read without having read the books that had been released previously, a true prequel.

  Boston University freshman, Savannah Dupree, has long
kept hidden a gift of clairvoyance.  She can touch an object and see something of its history.  When she comes into contact with a very old sword, she sees the horrific murder of twin boys, centuries ago.  When the sword is stolen from the University, she becomes the target of the its most recent owner.  She has also come to the attention of Gideon, a three-hundred-year old vampire warrior of the Breed.  He has already tracked and eliminated the Rogues who killed his brothers with his sword and then stole it ages ago.  Now, the sword has reappeared, half a world away in Boston.  Gideon plans to use Savannah’s knowledge to track the sword, but once he meets her, he knows that he will need to introduce her into the world of the Breed.  Protecting the innocent girl becomes his focus while uncovering the truth of the sword’s ownership.

I had not read any of the previous books, and found it easy to follow who was who.  This is a very well-written prequel to a series that already had twelve stories released when it was first published.  Lara Adrian did an excellent job of writing it as a prequel that would draw in new readers.  I never felt lost.  I would be interested to know how those who were already fans felt about this throwback in time.

I am in love with Gideon.  Even more than Gideon, I love Savannah.  After meeting Gideon’s brothers-in-arms, I would love to read their stories and the stories of their Breedmates.

Grammar/editing:  A – near perfect

Midnight Breed Series:
          A Touch of Midnight

  1.  Kiss of Midnight
  2. Kiss of Crimson
  3. Midnight Awakening
  4. Midnight Rising
  5. Veil of Midnight
  6. Ashes of Midnight
  7. Shades of Midnight
  8. Taken by Midnight
  9. Deeper Than Midnight

           A Taste of Midnight
           10.  Darker After Midnight
           11.  Edge of Dawn
          Marked by Midnight
           12.  Crave the Night
           13.  Bound to Darkness
Other Books from Lara Adrian:
           ·         Night Drake
           ·         The Midnight Breed Series Companion
           ·         Lord of Vengeance
Dragon Chalice Series:

  1. Heart of the Hunter
  2. Heart of the Flame
  3. Heart of the Dove

Warrior Trilogy:

  1. White Lion’s Lady
  2. Black Lion’s Bride
  3. Lady of Valor

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