Deeper than Midnight is the 9th book in the Midnight Breed Series. I am assuming that if you are reading this review is because you are familiar with Lara Adrian and the series so let’s skip all the basic stuff and go directly to the review.
This story is about Hunter and Corinne Bishop, the Breedmate who was saved from Dragos’ Lab in the 7th book. I was dying to read Hunter’s book; I mean, how someone raised -in a lab- to be an assassin and who is an emotionless bastard could be a romance hero? And let’s not forget that he did live most of his life doing exactly that: killing without a conscience. So, I really was looking forward to reading how the author would deal with Hunter’s past and how she would make him fall for our heroine. I am sorry to say that Ms. Adrian let me down. In previous books we saw some progress with Hunter’s lack of emotions and his relationship with Mira was beautiful and it made me like him, so why the hell is he so flat in his own book? He goes from “I feel like I should protect Corinne” to “I lust after Corinne” and “I Love Corinne” without any real interaction between them. I am going to say it now: this book was a huge disappointment in the romance department, so don’t get your hopes up.
Corinne is even more unbelievable; here we have a woman who was abducted 75 years ago. During all those years she was beaten, raped, tortured and experimented with. Now, mere days after her rescue, she is a willing participant in a relationship with a man that resembles those who tortured her. Not only that, she wants to have sex and falls in love with him. You’ll have to forgive me but that is just plain impossible. Oh, and don’t forget that the only thing that kept her alive all those years, and still keeps her strong is out there and she has decided to find it, so she is supposed to be focusing on that: finding her rock, but she still has time to fall for Hunter, not that Hunter isn’t hot mind you, but come on! It’s just too unbelievable.
On the other hand we have a secondary character that completely steals the show: Sterling Chase. We met him some books ago and since then I am sure that we are all expecting to read his story. Now he is going through some serious and troublesome things. He is deep into a spiral of self-destruction that will definitely end up with his death. The book is more about him and his issues than about Hunter and Corinne. This is kind of annoying but it sure makes the reading more enjoyable (since the romance wasn't engaging). Deeper than Midnight is not lacking in action and suspense, that’s for sure.
In sum, if you expect this book to be heavy on the romance you will be disappointed; fans of the series will miss the deep connection between mates that we read in previous instalments. It has good action though, and the cliff-hanger ending will make you crave for the next book. The background story with Dragos has me rooting for this series, but the romance not so much.
Review by Marie
At eighteen, Corinne Bishop was a beautiful, spirited young woman living a life of privilege as the adopted daughter of a wealthy family. Her world changed in an instant when she was stolen away and held prisoner by the malevolent vampire Dragos. After many years of captivity and torment, Corinne is rescued by the Order, a cadre of vampire warriors embroiled in a war against Dragos and his followers. Her innocence taken, Corinne has lost a piece of her heart as well – the one thing that gave her hope during her imprisonment, and the only thing that matters to her now that she is free.Assigned to safeguard Corinne on her trip home is a formidable golden-eyed Breed male called Hunter. Once Dragos’s most deadly assassin, Hunter now works for the Order, and he’s hell-bent on making Dragos pay for his manifold sins. Bonded to Corinne by their mutual desire, Hunter will have to decide how far he’ll go to end Dragos’s reign of evil – even if carrying out his mission means shattering Corinne’s tender heart.
Mass Market Edition June 28th, 2011