Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Indie/Self Published
Released on August 31, 2016
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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