Review: Darker After Midnight by Lara Adrian

Posted February 11, 2012 by Shari in Reviews / 4 Comments

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Review: Darker After Midnight by Lara Adrian
Darker After Midnight

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Series: Midnight Breed #10
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Dell
Released on January 24, 2012
Pages: 417
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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Darker After Midnight is the next installment in the Midnight Breed series by Lara Adrian. The story picks up where the last one ended. Sterling Chase is in police custody after saving the Order from discovery. He is one step away from bloodlust and knows his days are numbered. His respect and honor in shambles. His only goal is to take Dragos out with him. But to get to him he must go through a senator and his lovely assistant.

Tavia Fairchild identifies Sterling Chase as a shooter at a political party. Scared, but resolute, she picks Sterling from the line up  when he breaks free trying to warn her of danger. Whisked away, she tries to come to terms with her feeling, just thinking it is all part of her “illness”. But Sterling comes for her, wanting to protect her from the minions Dragos has injected into high places all across the human world.

Things spiral out of control, shocking secrets revealed, harsh decisions need to be made, cumulating into a shocking finish.

There is so much about this book that would be a spoiler if I said too much. While I was reading it I saw a tweet wondering if this was the end of the series and it kind of ruined the experience for me. It was just a wondering, because while Lara Adrian wraps up a lot of plot points, she leaves quite a few others dangling in front of us. This is either going to continue the series, or a new series will break out from it. Just know I don’t think in any way this is the last of the Breed we have heard.

Now onto a few things I didn’t like. I just didn’t feel the love between Sterling and Tavia. It felt a little pushed and pulled. As usually it is a quick love since it all happens in the course of a week. While I can buy the parts about being mates, this series doesn’t really pull that card as well as it should.  The last book about Hunter really disappointed me and this one was only a little above that. Each new book in the series rehashes a lot of older stories so the reader doesn’t really need to read the whole series if they just want the love story. But that does become redundant and takes from the lovers story. That is why I had a hard time with Hunter’s story. I really felt it was just an intro to Sterling Chase’s book.

The ending of this book left me feeling blah. It seemed like an overworked ending with nothing really new to it. After a week of falling in love, fighting the big bad, you are expected to think these two live happily ever after. I just wasn’t buying it.

While I didn’t really care for some of the plot points, it was a good story. Tavia was an interesting character and I really wish the author had delved more into psychic of Tavia. This was a big story twist that I felt fell flat. It was a stroke of brilliance and could have really made this an incredible book, but I felt it was mostly glossed over.

You see Lucan and his Breedmate again, seeing an intimate scene between them. Tegan and his Breedmate reveal a glad tiding. We meet most of all the Order and their own Breedmates again, some of them in small doses, some more.

Darker Than Midnight is an ok book, I just think it misses the point of who the story is supposed to be about and how to move their relationship forward beyond one week. While I would read it again, I just don’t feel the emotion behind the hero and heroine that makes me want them to win, to love and to be re-read. Hoping the next book, gets back to the basic of what the first few books were like.

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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Shari is the Delighted Reader. Married to her Prince Charming and mother to two Princesses and one Prince. When she is not slaving away as Cinderella she loves to get lost in the pages of a good book. Never without a reading device and a few good paperback books, because she never knows when she might get 5 minutes to read!

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Sophia Rose
9 years ago

I haven’t gotten this far in the series so I appreciate you not giving any spoilers. But I was also curious what you would say about the newest book. I’m sad that it left you a little flat, but it sounds like there is enough stuff going on to still be interesting.

Thanks for sharing your review!

9 years ago

Wow, this is the fist less than stellar review I’ve read about this book. Many reviewers mention how Chase is one of their favorite characters. For me, not so much, but I’m sure I’ll read this.