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Edge of Dawn
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Edge of Dawn, book #11 in the Midnight Breed series, can be considered a reboot as it opens 20 years following the events of the previous 10 books and focuses on the children of the original warriors.

Fast forwarding into the future is usually a big no-no for me but in this case it works. Adrian has reinvented her initial world by reinforcing basic concepts and adding innovative tenets, such as a governing body comprised of both human and Breed members, rebel groups fighting against the new order, and a powerful, otherworldly enemy bent on destroying the Breed. It is also nice to catch up on the "old guard" and to see where their lives have taken them.

Unfortunately, the rest of the book is disappointing. The plot revolving around a conspiracy to annihilate the Order with UV technology takes a back seat to the romance, which wouldn't necessarily be a bad thing if the romance between Mira and Kellen hadn't fallen completely flat.

Mira has grown into a hard and not particularly likable woman, and it is impossible not to mourn the loss of the sweet girl from the earlier books. Kellan is an unremarkable hero and the explanation for his disappearance is completely illogical if Mira's visions are inevitable, then why would he bother faking his death. Their chemistry never manages to compensate for the flaws in their personalities.

In contrast, the secondary characters are much more appealing. Lucan's son, Dare, is very intriguing in his attempts to emerge from his father's shadow. Corinne's stoic son, Nathan, never allows his emotions free reign until he apparently meets his match. Chase and Tavia's children have obviously inherited some of their father's recklessness and there are several other Breed offspring of interest who will probably flesh out additional books in the series.

While this particular installment has its problems, Adrian's world building is fantastic and the premise of a new conflict between the Breed and the Atlanteans is original and exciting. I look forward to seeing what the Midnight Breed has install for us next. ( )
  Lauren2013 | Nov 19, 2016 |
Lost in grief even after 8 long years, the heroine still mourns the death of the man whom she loved when he was killed by rogues in a fire. The whole left behind inside of her is vast and the rage and desire for revenge still burns. It urges her to deny the training she's been given, to go against her better judgement and defy orders in order to kill a human who she believes is responsible. Such behavior sees her punished. She's taken from active duty and stripped of her captain title and put instead on a mission to escort an eccentric scientist to a convention. But she never gets the chance to truly hate her assignment because upon arrival she witnesses a van fleeing the house and knows that the scientist has been kidnapped. She pursues and in the mayhem, she is injured and taken prisoner by the rogues as well. Before she's knocked out by drugs after she punches her kidnappers in the nose, she envisions her lovers face but thinks it's just a dream. Then she wakes up and realizes that no, it was real and the man she's grieved all theses years is alive and well and working with their enemy. The hero never wanted to cause this woman as much pain as he has. Though he's denied the desire to bond with her, that didn't stop him from loving her deeply for as long as he could remember. Since they were kids and even more when they were grown up and he could love her body. But he made the mistake of looking in her eyes after they made love and in them he saw the future. He's tried and convicted for treason and murder. As such, when the almost dies in the fire all those years ago, he decides to remain dead. And to take up as a rogue and fight the creators of a UV weapon being used on his kind. The hero and heroine can't stop the love and passion that exists between them even though the hero knows he's undeserving of a mate such as she. And despite the heroine wanting to hate him for all the pain he's put her through and keeps putting her through now that he's betrayed the Order and leading the rogues. Despite everything that stands between them, it's obvious and plainly evident that the love they feel for each other can't be denied and they reconnect, wanting to experience life for whatever little time they have. But the visions seen in the heroines eyes are always true and now they must fight to prove this time the vision is wrong. I enjoyed this book a lot. I loved the hero and heroine both as their own characters and together as a couple. I didn't however like the fact that the heroine went from this badass warrior in the beginning to a vulnerable woman by the end. Just because she went blind for a spell, she's a warrior she should not be stumbling around. I also still have no idea why the hero went rogue. I mean, he saw a vision of himself being tried to treason and decided, hey, why fight it? Let's just betrayed by family and everyone I love? I didn't completely understand why he couldn't just go to Lucan. BUT, that being said I thought the chemistry between the characters was off the chain and the possessiveness the hero had towards the female who should now be his enemy was awesome. The sex scenes were hot and frequent but there was always a thread of true love in them so it's wasn't porno-ish. Over all I thought this was a great book but not a homerun. ( )
  Eden00 | May 14, 2016 |
I'm not really sure what I was expecting with this time jump in the series. I did like at first how the author handled Mira and Kellan's story. Overall it was good. I'm not sure how I like this new big bad. It almost seems so contrived to help continue the story and handle the time jump. The verdict is still out on if the rest of the "new" series will be any good. Right now I'm still willing to give it a shot. ( )
  msphotogirl | Oct 19, 2015 |
4.5 stars. ( )
  TexasBookLover7 | Jun 16, 2015 |
This was one of my least favorite books in this series. It didn't hang together for me with the rest of the series. The best part was the end - a surprising twist that gives the series a new life and direction. I will continue to stick with the story just to see how this plays out. ( )
  jazzyereader | Nov 1, 2014 |
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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. Mira, a fiery squad captain, is torn between her dedication the Order's mission and her attraction to Kellan, the leader of a band of rebel humans.… (more)

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