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Review: Darker After Midnight (Midnight Breed #10) by Lara Adrian

Review: Darker After Midnight (Midnight Breed #10) by Lara Adrian

by davincikittieJanuary 27, 2012


TLDR recap:

Facing his increasing blood addiction, ejection from the Order, and the escalating conflict with Dragos, Sterling Chase sacrificed himself to protect his brothers the only way he had left. Chase has systematically lost everything in life he held dear; if Drago’s minions, the human police, and bloodlust don’t kill him, his dark secrets just might. Darker After Midnight is a must-read!

Title: Darker After Midnight
Series: Midnight Breed #10
Author: Lara Adrian
Prominent Characters: Chase Sterling, Tavia Fairchild
Recommended reader age: 16+
Sexual content level: moderate

*** This review is SPOILER-FREE! Read on with confidence! ***


After a solemn, somber, heart-wrenching start, Darker After Midnight doesn’t waste any time getting down and dirty. In true Midnight Breed tradition, the story moves maddeningly from one plot segment to another, ratcheting up the tension and pace as everything begins to spiral toward the inevitable, unthinkable culmination of Dragos’ dark plans.

The Dragos story arch has been one big allusion to humanity’s own moral struggle with power, corruption, and scientific advancement, but Darker After Midnight subtly draws focus to the recent moral battles surrounding genetics and cell splicing. When the very thing you have fought against as being morally offlimits is realized in the creation of something that will enhance and rejuvenate the future of your entire race, how can you embrace it as a miracle? How can you not? Do the ends justify the means? Is it easier to accept the atrocities of the past when your vibrant, promising new future is standing right in front of you?

Tenacious, decisive, determined, and resourceful, Tavia Fairchild is just about perfect for Sterling Chase. Aaaaand that’s all I’m going to say about her. You’ll just have to read the book to know more. Trust me, it’s worth it. *wink*

Chase’s agonizing struggle with his slide into bloodlust combined with his self-flagellation over past mistakes feels raw and deeply personal. Alone for so long, even in the midst of colleagues, Chase’s shame, self-hate, and weary acceptance are intensely moving. Every new scenario is just one more kind of test, and watching him rise to each challenge, even though he sees it as weakness and inevitability, is humbling and touching. This is the revealing look inside the damaged and battered psyche of Sterling Chase that we’ve all been waiting for.


Memorable quotes:

Well, when you put it like that…

“You’re telling me that aliens and humans mated thousands of years ago and produced vampire babies?” She scoffed. “That’s ridiculous. Do you know how crazy that makes you sound?”


Nothing like a morning man…

“Mmm,” she moaned, her mouth curving as she lifted her heavy lids. “Good morning. You’re up early.”

“If you are anywhere near me, guaranteed, I’m always going to be up.”


Santa baby, hurry down the chimney tonight…

Chase grinned. “Santa Claus has already been here and everything. Want to see what he brought for you?”

She laughed. “Is it a big present?”

His eyes gleamed devilishly, lit with amber sparks. “Very big.”

“My God,” she panted. “Merry Christmas to me.”

“You should see what I do for birthdays.”


For everything else, there’s titanium…

Tavia had paid a visit to an area pawn shop earlier that day, spending half her remaining cash on the blade. So worth it, she thought, watching the Rogue drop to his knees as the metal made quick work of him.
Used titanium hunting knife: sixty-three dollars
Value: priceless


If you liked Darker After Midnight…

If you enjoyed Darker After Midnight, most definitely check out the Black Dagger Brotherhood series (starting with Dark Lover) by J. R. Ward.  Like the Breed warriors, the Brothers protect their people from their natural enemies, they fiercely love their women, and the storylines arc through multiple books, leaving you on the edge of your seat with anticipation and swooning over yummy alpha males.

Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark-Hunter series (starting with either Fantasy Lover or Night Pleasures) is also an excellent vampire-warrior series, with more than thirty succulent offerings of bookcrack to gorge yourself on.  Seriously, take the DH plunge – you won’t be sorry!  =)


Final thoughts:

Darker After Midnight may be the culmination novel of the Drago’s storyline, but the Midnight Breed series is far from over (yes, it wraps most things up nicely, and no, it is not a cliffhanger). Things just got a whole lot more epic. You won’t believe what happens; you’ll have to read it to believe it. This is the Midnight Breed novel you’ve been waiting for, and it doesn’t disappoint.

Rating: Darker After Midnight
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Sue "DaVinciKittie" Brown-Moore is a veteran romance blogger and reviewer and the primary voice for Sue has been shamelessly pimping book boyfriends since 2010 and has won several blogging awards with GraveTells. Sue is also a freelance Developmental Editor passionate about helping authors bring out the best in their stories. She loves reading romance, fantasy, and sci-fi and edits any genre she reads for pleasure. You can follow Sue's editing blog, with tips and tricks for authors, at
  • January 27, 2012 at 8:17 am

    I can’t wait to read this, I have read all the others and will be buying this as soon as I can.

  • Linda
    January 27, 2012 at 11:42 am

    Lara Adrian’s guys are incredible, and so far so are their women. I like strong ladies who deserve these alpha males. I’veread them all, and was really sorry to get caught up–it is such a long wait for the next book. She’s in my top 10 authors. Loved your review.

    • January 27, 2012 at 12:39 pm

      Thanks, Linda! I was lucky enough to get a hardcover signed advance copy of this via the Newsletter contest and I swear I felt like I’d won the lottery! I absolutely adored this book. I’ve been feeling Sterling Chase’s pain for a long time (as I’m sure all the other MB fans have been doing too!) and thought this story was just about perfect.

      I originally started reading MB because I was addicted to BDB and needed a fix, and it became an addiction all its own!

  • January 29, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    I pre-ordered mine from one of my book-clubs. It’s set to ship this next week. I’m so excited! 🙂

  • January 30, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    I’m about 3/4 done, it is an awesome book! Like your review says it’s definitely a true ‘breed’ book! Can’t wait to finish!!!!

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