Audiobook Review: Edge of Darkness by Lara Adrian

Posted July 8, 2020 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 10 Comments

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This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Audiobook Review: Edge of Darkness by Lara Adrian
Edge of Darkness
Narrated by Roger Wayne

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Series: Hunter Legacy #3
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Tantor Audio
Released on March 17, 2020
Length: 6 hours 58 minutes
Source: Publisher
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The Delight

On a cold, stormy night at a diner along a lonely Maine road, a fiercely independent woman stands up to one of the local bullies and for the first time in months, a Breed male feels something inside him spark to life with respect and a bit of something else for the woman.  The latest Hunter to get his story and it has one of my favorite underdog heroine types, a protective alpha hero, some good action scenes, and a superb narrator.


Review

Edge of Darkness is the third Midnight Breed Hunter Legacy series.  These are all standalone stories in the Midnight Breed universe so they can be read alone or out of order.  I do suggest getting through the first season of the Midnight Breed series so references to characters and specifics to the Midnight Breed world will make more sense.

Leni Calhoun is the third generation of her family to run the diner and fix her grandma’s superb recipes.  She has never been out of Parrish Falls and has no intentions to leave- not while her sister who disappeared seven years before might return.  Her sister testified against one of the Parrishes for abusing her and in the middle of the trial period, she was never seen again.  Leni rears her nephew, who, sadly, shares Parrish blood, and keeps an eye on the bullying Parrish family who would take her nephew if they could.  And, they will try, but she’s stubborn and has a secret Breed Mate gift that will protect her.  She thinks she’s a force of nature until her blood starts sizzling at the sight of the breath-taking male who takes on a fight that was not his.

Knox has been drifting for months now after losing Abby.  He is determined never to feel again.  He wants to go back to how it was in the labs as a cold Hunter assassin before feelings made him feel more pain than his punishing trainers ever did.  But, in spite of this, he can’t stop from getting involved when a huge man tries to push the kind waitress around and then tries to kill her.  Leni says she has things handled and she won’t be pushed out of town or give up Riley.  Since he can’t talk her into leaving, then he will stay.  Stay when he is fighting attraction and feelings.  And, the Parrishes will rue the day they took on a Hunter.

Edge of Darkness jumps right into the conflict and then pauses to introduce the characters and their situations.  It is a fast read and I was in the middle before I even glanced up.  The story was developed, but didn’t spend time digging deeply.  It was to the point, but not stark.

I liked Leni and Knox from the beginning and found both of their backstories engaging.  They get off to a rough start after the initial meeting when Knox tries to pull back after he discovers she’s a Breed Mate and Leni was sensitive about anything she perceives as rejection so her hackles rise.  She’s used to being alone and so is he so there is a struggle to work together in the face of the threat.  They don’t wait long to do something about the attraction, but Knox pulls back again and sets off Leni, again.  Usually I get annoyed at the push-pull stuff, but this book moved along quickly so I didn’t have to put up with it for long.

The Parrishes turned out to be more than bullies so I was cheering Knox on when he went all lethal Hunter on them.  I was glad to get some good action scenes which is what I’ve always appreciated about the original series and these spin off stories- sizzling romance and adrenaline highs for action.

Roger Wayne continues to narrate the series for which I’m glad and he matched the tone and pace of the story as well as the characters, perfectly.  I enjoyed his voicing of Knox especially though he didn’t do bad with Leni and Riley.

All in all, this was abso-fab and I loved being back in the Midnight Breed world with Knox and Leni finally getting their chance after so much loneliness and sadness.  Those who want a quick, sexy, and exciting paranormal romance should give this one a go.

My thanks to Tantor Audio for the opportunity to listen to this book in exchange for an honest review.


Challenges Met

New Release #82
COYER Quarantine #51
Audio #51
Romance BINGO #12 bad boy

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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Nadene
4 months ago

This is an author I have been wanting to try, but can’t seem to get back around to doing so. This installment does sound like addition to the series. Great review.

Sophia Rose
4 months ago
Reply to  Nadene

Yes, the idea of starting her books from the beginning would be intimidating since it’s a longer series. 🙂 I’ve got a few like that, too, Nadene.

Melliane
4 months ago

This author is usually a hot or miss for me

Sophia Rose
4 months ago
Reply to  Melliane

I used to love everything she wrote, but I confess that a few of the more recent Midnight Breed books were only so-so for me. I’m impatient for the plot to progress quicker. 🙂

Carole Rae
4 months ago

abso-fab? YES! I am intrigued!

Sophia Rose
4 months ago
Reply to  Carole Rae

It just hit the spot, Carole! 🙂

Anne - Books of My Heart

I really enjoyed the base of this series. I listened to it all on audio from the library. Isn’t it Hilary Huber? I even bought my favorite one. But it’s been 4 years ago in the year before 2016 NOLAStorycon. I haven’t read the Legacy ones yet. I wonder how I would feel about a different narrator. Great review!

Sophia Rose
4 months ago

I loved most and at least liked the other few. I didn’t have to get used to a new narrator because I’ve only listened to one of the original series on audio. I do love Roger Wayne so that helps. Neat that you met her at NOLA Story Con.

Thanks, Anne!

Jen
Jen
4 months ago

I’m glad to see this spinoff series works. I still keep up with the MB series (season 2?) but never tried these. I do love this world and love that the author continues to publish the MB books!

Sophia Rose
4 months ago
Reply to  Jen

Yes, these are nice betweeners when you’re waiting for a new release in the MB series. 🙂