Bound to Darkness by Lara Adrian #Review

Posted January 25, 2016 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 18 Comments

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

Bound to Darkness by Lara Adrian #Review
Bound to Darkness

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Series: Midnight Breed #13
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Indie/Self Published
Released on July 20, 2015
Pages: 275
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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I have been waiting for this story since I encountered Carys and Rune earlier in the series.  While I love each installment that comes out, there are some that I anticipate more than others.  This is definitely one of them.  Carys is a rare Vampire Breed female who can day walk and she is the daughter of one of formidable, Sterling Chase, one of her people’s leaders.  And Carys is in love with rough underground fighter, Rune, who is a mystery.

This is part of an ongoing series and should be read in order so that the series storylines and even the ongoing inter-personal storylines make sense.  And, for this particular book, it would be best to makes sure to read the novella, Marked by Midnight, even if the reader normally skips the novellas because that one has a direct bearing on parts of this story.

The story opens with the Breed working to keep the uneasy peace with the humans even while trying to find out more about this newly revealed race, the Atlanteans, who pose a dangerous threat alongside the shadow organization that would annihilate them as well.  All the older generation of warriors and many of the younger ones work to gain intel and protect their own, but things are getting desperate and they need to hunt down their enemies who are developing powerful weapons and drugs to use against them.

Against this backdrop, Carys is focused on Rune.  Her family disapproves of her moving out on her own and ignoring all, but what she wants.  She hates hurting them, but knows they will never accept the male she has chosen and then there is the fact that Rune will not give her anything more.  He will not take her as a mate.  He has a hidden past and she is certain that this is what is coming between them so she will take what she can get, for now.  What is he hiding and why does he feel that it will destroy everything when it comes out?  To save everything she cares for, Carys will have to come into her own as the unique Breed Female that she is.

Rune does have a torturous past and knows after what he has done and where he comes from that he cannot have Carys.  In fact, he knows the day will come when he will need to break things off even if it will crush him to do it.  But she doesn’t know- can’t know- and a mating would reveal everything to her.  Then his past finally catches up to him and Carys is caught in the crossfire.  He will do whatever it takes to keep her safe even if it means going back to what he left behind.

This was a riveting story.  There is so much going on.  There is the ongoing battle behind the scenes of the Breed vs. the secret organization that would destroy them and grab for world power along with the emerging threat of the other alien race as they seek a way to put them in check.  And then for Carys, she rejects her connections believing that she can’t have Rune and her heritage at the same time even as her family struggles with her unique place as a Breed female.  Carys is on precarious ground with Rune because of his secrets and need to hold her at arm’s length.  And then Rune has a past that makes his present circumstances as a cage fighter seem like nothing.

The pacing was fast, but steady.  I enjoyed the balance of character driven and action driven scenes.  Carys and Rune are explosive together, but their circumstances are interesting, too.  The twist that comes when Rune’s secret is out just ramped up the tension to high.  Carys is pushed to trust in Rune right about the time things look really bad.

The inclusion of many recognizable characters and their ongoing presence is a big part of what I love about this series.  The author is tackling the younger generation in the romances, but the development of the relationships include development of older to younger as well.  Love that extra connection and the reunion feeling I have with each time the group comes together as a team to stop a dangerous threat.

There was some forward progression with the overall series arc and I look forward to seeing where things go particularly with the intro to the next pair to get their story.

I can easily recommend this series to Paranormal Romance fans who love action-packed, gritty, passionate and intrigue-filled stories.

I received this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

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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6 years ago

#13? That’s a lot of books to catch up on. I don’t think this one is for me. Well, it may be because I love vampires, but I will have to put it on hold. Great review!

Sophia Rose
6 years ago
Reply to  Lekeisha

Seeing double digits for a series that I haven’t even started intimidates me, too. They’re a great vampire series so I hope you get the chance to start the series at some point.

Debbie Haupt
Debbie Haupt
6 years ago

it looks like a good one Sophia Rose but #13, gah, ok Its on my wish list 🙂

Sophia Rose
6 years ago
Reply to  Debbie Haupt

Yes, I was just saying to Lekeisha that it is intimidating to encounter an interesting series and see it is already in double digits. And unfortunately this one like many can’t do well out of order.
Hope you get the chance, Debbie!

Mary Kirkland
6 years ago

I’ve been loving this series and I lover her vampires.

Sophia Rose
6 years ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

Me, too! It’s so hard to have a unique twist on vampires, but she does and I love all the scary action with the romance.

Stephanie Faris
6 years ago

Sounds like a great one. And I always realize through your blog how many bestselling authors I’ve never heard of! I’m so out of touch with grown-up books!


Sophia Rose
6 years ago

Holy moly, yes, there are a ton of authors out there. I add new to me writers to my list constantly. For me, I need to expand into some more YA authors.

Braine TS
6 years ago

Oh lord, this sounds angsty but in a good way. The cameos are good too, I love it when previous MC’s stops by and visit.

Sophia Rose
6 years ago
Reply to  Braine TS

The fun part about Lara Adrian’s books is that there is so much action and intrigue blended in that even the angsty stuff doesn’t have time to really get going. 🙂 I love that the older generation who were the MCs for the first part of the series are still heavily involved even with their children’s generation.

Carole's Random Life
6 years ago

I just read this one. I haven’t read all of the books in the series but I did read the last book. I did feel like I was missing something with this book. It sounds like I should have read the novella. I do hope to go back and finish reading this series….in order!

Sophia Rose
6 years ago

Oh, I think you will really get into them starting from the beginning, Carole. All the older adult vampires and their mates in this one were the heroes and heroines of the earlier books. Love seeing that she is tackling a new generation, but still keeping it tied together.
And usually the novellas aren’t so connected to the novels, but for this one, it is the case.
Hope you get the chance to go back. 🙂

Red Iza
6 years ago

That’s funny, I just saw a review of the same on Carole’s blog, so I can see how reading the series in order can make a difference. I’ve got book #1, so I’ll finally read it one day ! Great review, Sophia, as usual 🙂

Sophia Rose
6 years ago
Reply to  Red Iza

Yes, I was chuckling about that, too, when I read her review thoughts. Makes all the difference in the world to get the whole series arc. Hope you like Adrian’s vampires. She has some nice twists to the usual background.

Lover Of Romance
6 years ago

This is such a fun series!! I am loving what Adrian has done with it. I will remember to read the novella for this one.

Sophia Rose
6 years ago

I like how she wrote a strong series and had a great story arc and then found a way to go with a new generation and story arc while keeping it all connected. And yes, there are parts of this one that depend on the reader getting that novella. I skipped a few novellas here and there before going back for a few w/o it causing too much trouble, but I’m glad I got this one in order.

5 years ago

I have loved this series from book one. Especially the older generation books. I did really like this one as well and I am happy to find someone else that loves this series like I do 🙂

Sophia Rose
5 years ago
Reply to  Lorna

Oh yay! High Five Fellow Fan. 🙂 I still need to catch up a few of the novellas, but this is one of the series that I’ve really loved over the years.