Review: Defy the Dawn by Lara Adrian

Posted April 23, 2018 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 29 Comments

Review: Defy the Dawn by Lara Adrian
Defy the Dawn

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Series: Midnight Breed #14
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Indie/Self Published
Released on August 31, 2016
Pages: 228
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased

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The Delight

After the strong roles they played in the previous book, Bound to Darkness, and seeing the sparks between them, I was glad the mysterious Atlantean, Zael, and loner breed female, Brynn, got their story.  Each installment of the serious is an easy, pleasure for my Midnight Breed-loving heart.


Defy the Dawn is the fourteenth installment of a series that doesn’t work well standalone as the overall story path continues from what came before it.

The Order of Breed vampires face danger from two sides in their work to protect humans and their own people.  Opus Nostrum is a hidden terrorist organization attacking the Order and other peace-seeking organization.  Their agenda is still hidden, but their methods are insidious and lethal.   But more scary are the secret race of Atlanteans led by revenge-seeking Queen Selene.

I loved the action-packed excitement of these series when the battles are never easy for the Breed.  But the romances are just as exciting.  This book splits time between some battle scenes between the Order and Opus and between the romance.  I enjoyed the story, but also felt a little detached.  I think it was the push and pull in the romance as well as the feeling that the story felt like two halves that didn’t mesh as well as they could have.  Lucas and the rest of the Order are fighting Opus and then it flips to Brynne’s secrets and the romance.  And then the romance pair has their own isolated adventure for the last section.  Not bad things, but just felt disjointed to me so I felt a bit distant.

The romance doesn’t involve members of the Order or the newer generation which had me curious about the pair.  This one involves a breed female who came from the group experimented on by Dragos and discovers she is sister to Tavia, a heroine, from earlier in the series.  Brynne’s had a rough row to hoe and holds everyone at arm’s length ignoring all overtures from Tavia and her friends to get close because of her fear that they will reject her because of her big monstrous secret.  She tries to push Kael away and even says and does some ornery stuff to do it.  She knows where to jab because she has more interest and attraction in him than she wants to admit.  Kael is Atlantean, but he rebelled and left when he saw Selene doing things that were wrong.  He defended his friend Cass and protected his daughter, Jordana, and now has the work of building a relationship with his own newly discovered daughter, Dylan.  He’s fascinated by the prickly Brynne who he knows is attracted to him and hiding something big.  I loved how he didn’t put up with her issues and worked to prove that he didn’t care once he knew her ‘dreadful’ secret.  He accepted her no matter what, but it ends up being Brynne’s great fear that does the worst damage to her happiness.

Things are left in an ominous place as always- though no cliffhangers- and leaves me excited to see what is coming next for the vampires of the Order.  This is a wonderful long-lasting paranormal romance series and I can heartily recommend it to other PNR lovers.


Romance Roundabout #133 PNR
Mt. TBR #53


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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

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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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  • Ah good to know about reading in order for some of these. I read the first one ages ago (pre blog) and always meant to continue on but lost track of them. Glad it turned out well 🙂

    • Yeah, amazing how long running this series is. I was a little nervous when there was the big finale of the series arc a few books back, but the new arc is probably more exciting so I’m glad it’s still going.

  • RO

    I have a whole stack of Lara Adrian books on my shelf, and when I was reading about vampires, I adores the Midnight Breed. It’s been some time since I read her work, but good to know she’s still around and doing her thing. Hugs…RO

    • Oh yes, still kicking and has a spin off series for a slightly separate vampire group now. I’m looking forward to trying that after I get caught up on this series.

      Have a great day, Radiant Ro!

  • I am so behind! I have had this book on my Kindle since release date and have yet had the chance to crack it open! I was curious how the Opus storyline was going to continue on when the romance of the book was not really part of the war.

    • She tied it in right away with a bombing of Brynne’s old JUSTISS building and other government agencies around the world. It worked in how she got Brynne involved with the Order, but the romance was still its own separate thing b/c she wasn’t closely connected to the Order and neither was Kael.

  • Debbie Haupt

    Hey you, Happy Monday. This is a brand new series for me, how have I not seen this. Thanks Sophia Rose for the fantastic review.

    • Really? I love that I got to introduce you. Enjoy the rest of your Monday, Debbie! 🙂

  • I read the first four to this series pre-blogger days and loved them. No idea why I stopped. Glad you enjoyed getting their story.

    • LOL, I’ve got several series that I’ve started and left setting and I need to go back and finish. A couple, I’ve waited so long that I’ll probably have to start over b/c my memory is shot. LOL

  • Oh, this is a great series if you want vampires. Her worldbuilding is a little unique for her vampire origin stories. I think you’d enjoy these for the most part. 🙂

  • I haven’t tried a lot of her novels but I wasn’t a fan of a few and prefered others

    • Same here. I love the series overall and have some favorites, but there were a couple in the middle that barely kept my interest.

  • I have only read one of her books. I ma thinking of reading more of her books. Glad this one turned out good for you.

    • Neat! Hope you like them if you get the chance to keep reading more of her books, Nadene! It’s been a while, but I think the first five or six were my favorites and then a couple around ten or eleven. 🙂

  • I have read a few books by Lara Adrian and loved them. This sounds like a must read also! Great review!


    • Her series has stayed steady and strong. It’s always wonderful to get back into her Breed world. Thanks, Mary!

  • I’ve read most of these books. To be honest I only remember the Atlanean stuff the most because it’s been too long since I’d read it. I did enjoy it though. I do love this series.

    • Yeah. I get that. I had a few moments when I couldn’t remember what led up to the book since I waited so long since the last release. I have two more novellas and then the new release a month ago and then I’m caught up and can start the spin-off series.

      • A spin-off series? Hmm did I know about this? Vaguely maybe although I could be thinking of J.R. Ward.

        • Its based on the boys that were experimented on in the labs and turned into the ‘hunter’ Breed Vamps. They were rescued, but didn’t stay with the Order and went out on their own. Each one is getting his book now in the Hunter Legacy series. Born of Darkness is the first one.

  • I have not read this author before but this book sounds interesting and I am curious now. Great review!

    • Oh hey! Glad to introduce you to a new one, Cindy. 🙂

  • I liked this one too. I love this authors books.

    • She just keeps writing such a wonderful series. I’ve got a novella and the latest release to catch up on and then I’m jumping on the first in the spin-off Hunter Legacy series, too.

  • I need to go back to the beginning and start this series over. I am not sure where I left off but I loved the early books and have read a few of the more recent ones but felt like I was missing something…probably because I was. Great review!

    • I think it was book ten that ended the first story arc or season and book 11 began the next season several years later with the second generation grown up and a couple new threats out there. I could see how confusing it would be if you got some of each story arc. I’ve done that to myself a few times. LOL