Author: Lara Adrian
Rating: 4.25 out of 5 Stars
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Format: E-Book Print
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Release Date: February 26, 2013
Recommended Reading: 18+ (Explicit language, Sexual Situations)
Received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
****THERE ARE NO SPOILERS****
THE GIST: If you love futuristic, action packed vampire romances with steamy love scenes, Edge of Dawn delivers. If you don’t, you might want to reconsider because this book was pretty darn good. It has the perfect balance of each of the above listed elements without being hokey. In fact, it read like an action film and I loved almost every page of it. Don’t fret if you haven’t read any of the 10 prequels because it is a standalone book, but trust me, if you haven’t read the others going in, you will want to coming out.
SYNOPSIS: In this pulse-pounding and thrillingly sensual novel, New York Timesbestselling author Lara Adrian returns to the mesmerizing world of the Midnight Breed, following new characters into a dark future where an uneasy peace can unravel into war—and a great betrayal can mask an all-consuming love.
Twenty years after the terror of First Dawn—when mankind learned that vampires lived secretly among them—the threat of violence reigns as the two species struggle to coexist. The only group preserving the fragile harmony is the Order, an elite cadre of Breed warriors dedicated to protecting humans and vampires alike. And in this precarious world of torn loyalties and shattered trust, Mira, a fiery squad captain, finds that every fight bears an intensely personal cost.
Raised among the Order, Mira has always believed in the warrior’s code of swift—and even lethal—justice. But the one thing she desires more than the Order’s hard-won acceptance is Kellan Archer, a sexy but troubled Breed fighter. In love with him since childhood, Mira once broke through his tough exterior during an unexpected night of rapture, but the next day he mysteriously disappeared, never to return.
Kellan didn’t think he would ever see Mira again—or have to confront the truth of why he left. After abandoning the Order years ago, he now leads a band of human rebels intent on carrying out their own vigilante rule of law. Yet a high-profile kidnapping assignment brings him face-to-face with the past he sought to avoid, and the striking woman he has tried desperately to forget. And as tensions mount and the risk of bloodshed grows, Kellan and Mira must take sides—between the competing missions that dominate their lives, and the electrifying passion that claims their hearts.
Lara Adrian is the New York Times bestselling author of the Midnight Breed series, including Kiss of Midnight, Kiss of Crimson, Midnight Awakening, Midnight Rising, Veil of Midnight, and Ashes of Midnight. (NETGALLEY)
THE LOWDOWN: How is it I am just hearing about this book – I mean come on, it’s number eleven in a series about a group of vampires who protect a futuristic society where vampires and humans live side by side. Admittedly, if I had heard about it, I probably would have snickered and pushed it aside, but only because it’s not my usual genre. Oh, but it is now. No more eye rolling from this girl.
From the very first page I became actively engaged. The book threw me smack dab in the middle of a wild world, with dynamic characters, plenty of sex, lots of action and rich scenery. It opens like an action film that kept tempting me to read it with that affected voice you hear during those mind-numbing Michael Bay trailers. But this book isn’t corny. It has heart and a good message wrapped neatly inside the pages without hitting you over the head. It is also sexy and explicit, but it works. The narrative is fast paced and action packed, without making the reader feel rushed.
The best part was the characterization. The female was strong and clever, while the man was dominant yet gentle. The passion builds and sucks you into their drama. My heart stopped with theirs and when bad things happen, I struggled for breath. There are bloody fights, evil government conspiracies, lot’s of alpha-male vampire hybrids, magic and romance. A perfect balance and a mass market recipe for a good read. It doesn’t need to be Anna Karenina, it just needs to have a bunch of solid characters, clear and concise themes and a strong writer. This book had it all, plus it’s sexy. Win-win really.
But it wasn’t all perfection, there were some moments that felt a little rushed, or too perfectly wrapped up. I didn’t feel there was enough explanation in certain sections and I would have loved a little more time with some of the peripheral characters. But I didn’t read the other novels, so I can’t complain too much. Apparently, each one is dedicated to different characters and storylines.
Check it out and then get your Goodreads ready, because all 10 prequels will be added short thereafter. Check out Edge of Dawn, I can’t promise literature, but I can promise an ass-kicking good read.
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