Audio Book Review: Claimed in Shadows by Lara Adrian

Posted May 17, 2018 by Sophia Rose in Audio Book, Reviews / 24 Comments

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Audio Book Review: Claimed in Shadows by Lara Adrian
Claimed in Shadows
Narrated by Hillary Huber

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Series: Midnight Breed #15
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Tantor Audio
Released on March 30, 2018
Format: Audiobook
Source: Publisher

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The Delight

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.

Review

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.

Challenges

Romance Roundabout #167 PNR
New Release #84
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About Lara Adrian

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 have called Lara’s books “addictively readable” (Chicago Tribune), “extraordinary” (Fresh Fiction), “strikingly original” (Booklist), and “one of the best vampire series on the market” (Romantic Times).

Writing as TINA ST. JOHN, her historical romances have won numerous awards including the National Readers Choice; Romantic Times Magazine Reviewer’s Choice; Booksellers Best; and many others. She was twice named a Finalist in Romance Writers of America’s RITA Awards, for Best Historical Romance (White Lion’s Lady) and Best Paranormal Romance (Heart of the Hunter). More recently, the German translation of Heart of the Hunter debuted on Der Spiegel bestseller list.

With an ancestry stretching back to the Mayflower and the court of King Henry VIII, the author lives with her husband in New England, where she is working on her next novel. Visit Lara’s website and sign up for new release announcements at http://bit.ly/LaraAdrianNews

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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  • Debbie Haupt

    holy cow book 15. Sorry it felt off pace but I’m glad you warmed up to Aric. Thanks for sharing Sophia Rose

    • Yeah! I’ve actually been reading this series since book three was a new release so I barely noticed that it was getting up there in the digits.
      I think it’s been three books now where the bad guys are blowing stuff up like evil little terrorists do and I’m just ready for the good guys to move on all that. I do enjoy the romances so its not too hard an issue with the pacing. 🙂

  • I tried a few books by the author, well like 3 books, for now there is only one series that I like

    • I haven’t tried her contemporary books. For some reason, I just wasn’t in the mood at the moment. I’ve read a few of her older historicals and liked them. She used to write under another name for those, I thin, but I can’t remember the details.

  • I haven’t read this one yet but I’m a big fan of her books and this one sounds good to me.

    • This was one series I got in on in the beginning so I’ve tried hard to stay current with the releases. What through me off was all the novellas. I’m pretty much caught up on them with the exception of the very last novella that released before this book. I’m definitely a series fan. 🙂

  • Northwomn

    I listened to the first 10-12 and then stopped, right before NOLA Storycon. I like Hilary Huber. Someday I’ll get to this one I think. Good review. Anne – Books of My Heart

    • Oh, that’s not too far behind. It’s so hard to stay on top of all the series we’re following. I had dropped behind by one novel-length, but also had several of the novellas so that is what I most recently caught up on. I’m glad you enjoy Hilary. This was my first time and I’ll definitely seek out more of her work.

  • Shari Delighted Read

    I am behind in this series. Mostly because she is indie now and finding out about releases became hard to find. I just finished a novella and I have no idea where it is at in the series and what’s going on with the Atlantans. Maybe it’s because the aeries has gone on to long, but I don’t feel a connection with this series any more.

    • Oh, if it mentions the Atlanteans then its after book 12. I have one more novella to catch up on, Trygg’s story. It falls just before book 15, here.
      I know what you mean about wanting a bit more to happen. I’ve been impatient for the last few books. I’m going to try her spin off series about the hunters and see how I like it.

      • Shari Delighted Read

        That’s the book I just finished. Trygg’s and Sia (Tamsia). Very short but I have no clue what has happened since the last book I read which I think was the female Breed and the fighter Breed.

        • Ah! She was a side character who came up in the very end in the 14th book. I was curious what happened to her so I guess that’s good that she gets a story. And, Trygg was the only Breed left at the Rome HQ without a story so that ties things up nicely.

          Oh, yes, you were maybe on 13 then? That was Aric (in this one)’s twin.

  • I really need to pick this series up. I devoured the first four and just got sidetracked with life. I have not listened to Hillary Huber

    • Yep, I’ve got a few series that are stalled out for me like this. I did the same thing with Iron Druid. I need to get busy and finish.
      Hillary Huber is pretty good though, I felt Aric’s voice was too young for him and all the other Breed males sounded similar save one with a Russian accent. So, nothing too bad. 🙂

  • Great review. I do agree that this series is better read in order because of the small details that build up in the series.Sorry to hear that this book didn’t quite meet up to expectations although it still sounds like a solid read.

    • Thanks, Renee!
      It has a good build all the way through the first arc and continues that connected feeling with the characters into the second arc so in order is definitely the way to go.

      Yeah, it wasn’t bad, but it didn’t have what some of the previous books did for me. It took a long time to get to the heart of the story it felt like. Yeah, I’ll just look forward to the next one. 🙂

  • I have read some of the series but am way behind. I have read some of the newer books with mixed results. I haven’t had the chance to listen to this narrator before.

    • I was totally in to about the first ten and then it got iffy for me. I’ve loved some and felt meh about others. I enjoyed trying the series in audio for the first time. 🙂

  • I know exactly what you mean. The books in this part of the series has been lacking for me as well. I haven’t read this one yet, but Aric’s parents book is still a favorite for me. I usually read these but the last one I tried is kinda a DNF for me as of now but someday I hope to go back to it.

    • I have been slightly disappointed and catch myself drifting and having to re-read spots or just skim at times for a few of them now. Reading a packet of the novellas helped a little, but yeah, I miss the sparkle of earlier books.

      Oh yeah, Sterling and Tavia’s book was one of the strongest in the series for me.

      I’m hoping to get the first book in the spin-off shortly and crossing my fingers that maybe there will be some of the old pizzazz in that one.

  • Oh Huber! I love her. She narrates the Kathy Hogan Trocheck cozy mystery series I listen too. Curious about her male voices because I thought she nailed them in that series. Weird how that is.

    Frustrating when something is just off with a book and you don’t quite fall in with it entirely even if there are good elements.

    • Her male voices weren’t bad, but with the exception of Aric and Niko, I had a hard time knowing who was talking. Mind you, there were a lot of male voices. LOL

      Yes, I think if I waited a year between releases then I might not have noticed, but I decided to get caught up for this one and read a handful of novellas and the last novel and this one. I like how she writes and love her couples so its not a huge hardship.

  • I can’t believe she is up to #15. WOW. Only 3 & 1/2 stars, not as good as I had hoped but I know a lot of people love this series. =)

    Mary

    • Wow, right? She’s just started a spin-off series, too, and this one will keep going.

      Yeah, I love the series, but this one was on the meh side for me. It happens now and then with a series book.