Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Indie/Self Published
Released on March 27, 218
So I didn’t know Lara Adrian had started a spin off series, but when Sophia Rose sent me a review, I knew I had to check it out! The Hunters have been freed and now we get their story. Asher is one moody hunter, but one with a good heart that captured me from the start. A little sassy, Naomi comes across as a little more immature. The story restores my faith in this world that I felt the older books had veered away from.
I have been a fan of the Midnight Breed series back before I had a Kindle and could only get paperbacks. Not to age myself, but I didn’t get my Kindle until I was pregnant with my son in 2008-2009. I guess that makes me at least a decade old fan of this series! When the Midnight Breed series ended and started up the next generation, I was pretty happy to reboot the series because the last few books left me wanting. The reboot hasn’t been my favorite though, so I went into this one with an open mind, but cautious.
At the end of the original Midnight Breed series, a group of Gen 1 Breed were freed after years of enslavement doing the bidding of one man. Trained Killers. Asher is no different. Raised to be the enforcer of the Hunters, he often put his brothers to death, a death he never took lightly. His freed brothers show disdain for the job he was given, never knowing the depths of how each kill wounded his soul forever.
When he was freed, he fled and roamed. Taken in by a grumpy older man who showed no fear of him, Asher had found his home. The weaving of the his life’s story is throughout the book. Hauntingly reminding us of the time before the big reveal when things were cruel and evil for these Gen 1 boys. Little glimpse of the past from time to time draw us in to wanting to hug Asher and show that we forgive him. They also show a home that Asher created with a human man. While Asher could have been cruel, he wasn’t and stayed closer to his true character than the one he was made to wear as a child.
We met Naomi and right off I get an impression of a young woman so bent on revenge she can’t see what she is doing to those around her. Orphaned at a young age, Naomi lived on the streets until she met her best friend. The two are brother and sister, but one has more common sense after he was in an accident that paralyzed him. Taking the settlement money, he opens a house for runaway kids to stay, get cleaned up, sleep and catch a good meal. Naomi cares just as much for these kids, but keeps risking it all for the revenge that has sat in her heart from childhood for the man who killed her mother.
When Asher save Naomi’s life, he is irritated by her, but at the same time won’t let the goons kill and bury her in the desert. Taking her in he quickly learns she is a breedmate and tries to hem her into a Safe Haven, but she won’t go quietly into the night. Now he has to re-evaluate his plan on how to keep her safe, even from himself.
It was nice to get away from the world where the Breed are always on defense from the threat introduced in the reboot. This was just a breed man learning to live quietly in a world that never really accepted his kind. Living each day in solitude and learning he needs more than himself. Forced back into the world he comes across a brother who shows him nothing but disdain and will be in the next book of this series. Naomi isn’t the typical breedmate, and I loved not having a hothouse flower turned ninja coming out in the story. She was real, forced to live life like any other human child who lose their parents. She makes mistakes, but she also loves fiercely.
While there are some events in this book that made me upset, there was also a lot of heart. Getting back to the roots of what the stories are about and letting the world deal with the wars was like a breath of fresh air in a series I was struggling to continue. I love this new spin off series and can’t wait for Cain’s story to arrive. Unfortunately it was delayed, or I would be reading it now!
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