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Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Tantor Audio
Released on March 30, 2018
Another of the new kids on the Midnight Breed block is getting his story. This time its sometimes arrogant, Aric Chase, son of Sterling and Tavia- a previous couple in the series, who gets his story. I haven’t exactly liked Aric up until now so I was curious to see if the author would change my mind while delivering another of her action packed stories.
Claimed in Shadows is book fifteen in the Midnight Breed series. In a pinch, I suppose someone could read this out of order, but the series works best read to get them one after the other. If you don’t want to go all the way back to the beginning, I suppose you could get away with starting at Edge of Dawn for this second season of the series.
Aric is one of the second generation of the series. I’ve practically seen him and his sister and the other younger group grow up and now its their turn to become members of the order. Aric’s been something of a pain in the rear through his sister’s story and at other times so I was ambivalent about this one going in. It turned out that I was actually okay with him. He turned out to have a sweet and kind side especially when it came to Kaya, the heroine of the book.
Now, Kaya was a sharp-edged driven heroine. She’s tough and yet oh so vulnerable. She’s a street kid who grew up hard and has latched onto The Order with everything she has to claim them as her surrogate family. Mira is her idol and best friend and Nikolai and his breedmate and Kellan and the others in the Montreal Head Quarters are hers and she doesn’t want to lose them so she’s keeping her dangerous secrets.
Unfortunately, someone else within the Order itself is handing over the playbook to the evil Opus Nostrum group so the Order can’t seem to get ahead. I figured out who the traitor was early on and kept impatiently waiting for the rest of them to catch up.
I liked Kaya and Aric together even though they had to get past her pushing him away and being so scared to connect. As much as I wanted her to get past her issues, I totally got them because of her past.
Truth is, I felt like this one was off pace for me. There were exciting moments and the build of the romance, but at the same time, there was something missing. The intensity in the players, I guess. Things weren’t bad in fact they were good, but just need some oomph if that makes sense. And, maybe I felt like they were chasing their tails for the series plot. For a few books now, there hasn’t been much forward progress and they are back on their heels, reacting more than taking action, a lot. I think my favorite part was reconnecting with the older characters from the series. This I loved.
The narrator, Hillary Huber, was new to me. I thought she was pretty good with one caveat. Her male voices were either squeaky teenager for Aric or gravely for the others though she did rock Niko’s Russian. I thought she was great on the ladies and the accents since she had to do Montreal and French Canadian with Kaya. Her timing and hitting the emotions of the book were great. I’d definitely listen to other stuff she narrates.
All in all, it was moderately engaging. I do like this series and anticipate each installment and I want to see them take down the evil Opus Nostrum and their crowd. Vampire fans who haven’t gotten the chance should definitely give the Midnight Breed series a go.
My thanks to Tantor Audio for the opportunity to listen to this book in exchange for an honest review.
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