Midnight Rising

Midnight Rising

Book 4 in the New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling Midnight Breed vampire romance seriesIn a world of shadows and dark, cosuming hungers, desire is the deadliest weapon...For journalist Dylan Alexander, it began with the discovery of a hidden tomb, thrusting her into the center of a gathering storm of violence and secrets. But nothing is as dangerous as the sc...

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Title:Midnight Rising
Author:Lara Adrian
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Midnight Rising Reviews

  • Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)

    I fell down the stairs because I was walking and reading this thing. They should add “HAZARD: So addicting, you may never put it down. (Watch your step!)” on the cover of these things! Despite my fall, I was able to save the page I was on, but failed to keep my coffee from spilling all over the floor. I spent precious reading time cleaning up at mess! But apart from my sore knee and the ruined carpet, I loved every moment of reading Midnight Rising!

    Rio’s story reminds of a modern retelling of B

    I fell down the stairs because I was walking and reading this thing. They should add “HAZARD: So addicting, you may never put it down. (Watch your step!)” on the cover of these things! Despite my fall, I was able to save the page I was on, but failed to keep my coffee from spilling all over the floor. I spent precious reading time cleaning up at mess! But apart from my sore knee and the ruined carpet, I loved every moment of reading Midnight Rising!

    Rio’s story reminds of a modern retelling of Beauty and the Beast. Rio’s life was turned upside down at an early age and because of Eva’s betrayal, he completely lost hope for himself. Scarred both physically and emotionally, Rio struggles with the temptation of ending his own life. He truly believes he can never love or trust another again.

    But through unexpected events, Rio finds himself getting caught up with a reporter named Dylan. Also suffering from her own personal demons, Dylan finds herself thrust into a world she knew nothing about. The loss that both these characters experience haunts them to the present day, but it is their unconditional love for one another that helps them through their dark times.

    What I love about Lara Adrian’s work is the fact that she incorporates the Breedmates into the Order’s mission. With Elise taking an active part in uncovering riddles in Midnight Awakening and now with Dylan’s unique abilities, the Order are getting the answers that they have been searching for. The women in this series are strong-willed and courageous and it’s great to see them be involved in the action!

    Rio’s story touched my heart. A story about loss and love that’s powerful and passionate but doesn’t totally disregard Rio’s past relationship with Eva. Adrian really handled this one well.

    Next up is Niko’s book, which I have been dying to read! This series just keeps getting better and better. I hope it doesn’t end.

  • Sophia Triad

    Breed warrior Rio

    Special ability: Able to kill with a touch

    Age: Around 150 years old

    Breed mate Dylan

    Special ability: Seeing and talking with dead breedmates

    Occupation: reporter, journalist

    Mark place: Top of spine, by the neck

    Settings: Czech Republic (Prague, Bohemian mountainside, Jisin), Berlin, Boston, New York

    This was one of my favourite book of the series. I really liked the chemistry between Rio and Dylan and their characters.

    Rio was such a heartbroken lonely person. Scarred inside an

    Breed warrior Rio

    Special ability: Able to kill with a touch

    Age: Around 150 years old

    Breed mate Dylan

    Special ability: Seeing and talking with dead breedmates

    Occupation: reporter, journalist

    Mark place: Top of spine, by the neck

    Settings: Czech Republic (Prague, Bohemian mountainside, Jisin), Berlin, Boston, New York

    This was one of my favourite book of the series. I really liked the chemistry between Rio and Dylan and their characters.

    Rio was such a heartbroken lonely person. Scarred inside and ouside. He was betrayed by his first breadmate Eva and his personality completely changed. From a easygoing, happy man in love, he became unstable and suicidal.

    Dylan found him in the cave where Ancient was buried. She was on holidays, he was about to blow himself to pieces. They worked it out.

    Dylan also was a great heroine. She was adventurous, strong minded and with a good sense of humour. And you really need theses attributes if you see ghosts all the time.

    Finally I particularly liked the names of the two characters. Rio's complete name is "Eleuterio de la Noche Atanacio" which is a mixture of greek and spanish words. It meens literally "the free man of the night who never dies". Dylan last name is also greek, "Alexander". He was the great greek general who tried to conquer Asia. I thing it was very clever this little game of the names.

  • DarienMoya

    ^^ MADRE DE DIOS, MUCHO CALIENTE!^^

    So book #4 of the Midnight Breed series, I enjoyed it but I had my issues with the flow of the story. Don’t get me wrong it was really good as to be expected of Lara Adrian but there was just something about the time span between the couple that left me going “hmmm”.

    So the Breed are warriors sworn to protect humans and civilian vamps from vampires gone rogue, which means they just cant stop from killing and sucking the human population dry. Things are about to

    ^^ MADRE DE DIOS, MUCHO CALIENTE!^^

    So book #4 of the Midnight Breed series, I enjoyed it but I had my issues with the flow of the story. Don’t get me wrong it was really good as to be expected of Lara Adrian but there was just something about the time span between the couple that left me going “hmmm”.

    So the Breed are warriors sworn to protect humans and civilian vamps from vampires gone rogue, which means they just cant stop from killing and sucking the human population dry. Things are about to spice up for the breed when a new evil has been introduced and they fear the worst; they just might be helpless to stop it.

    So we met Rio from the very first book

    when he was caught up in a bomb blast and almost lost his life, only to find out the one who orchestrated said blast was his Breedmate. Talk about the ultimate back stab. So disfigured and emotionally ruined Rio just wants to end his life and end the suffering that comes along with betrayal.

    Dylan is on vacation a trip she’s taking for her mom. Mom couldn’t make it so she went along instead. Dylan works for a tabloid magazine that writes articles about alien abductions and Big Foot spotting. Not the most credible magazine, so while on some mountain in Prague she see’s a ghost which leads her to a tomb, that leads her to Rio. So Dylan just saw something she was not to see and some crazy guy is hell bent on stopping her from reporting her findings. She cant help being drawn to this disfigured stranger and something’s telling her that he is more than he appears to be.

    So boom Rio says he is a vampire and the crescent moon birthmark she has says she is a Breedmate which means she has a special genetic make-up that makes her able to give birth to future Vamps, talk about crazy. Well the truth becomes clear in Rio’s fangs and the crazy way he puts her to sleep. The life she once knew becomes a world filled with things she never thought possible and decisions she never expected to make.

    Rio aka Eleuterio de la Noche Atanacio my translation “ hey sexy how about you drop those pants”. Is one messed up vamp but you cant help but to love him. He is one black out away from killing someone, and five scars ahead as being the sexiest warrior, Whooza he breaks your heart while you think dirty things about him.

    So the relationship between these two felt rushed. I think more time was needed for Rio to figure out his feelings and come to terms with what happened in the past. Plus with Dylan’s decision to remain in the human world, that came tumbling down too fast. I am glad things worked out but it seemed forced. Together I like them, but they don’t light my fire the way Tegan and Elise did but Rio is right up there with hot and hotter. The ending also felt short, I wanted more of a showdown between the Breed and the bad guys, all I got was a few heated words. Overall I enjoyed it and cant wait to dive into the others.

    On the PL(Pants Losing) scale a solid 4. Rio burns.

  • Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession

    This was my second time reading Midnight Rising, and to be honest I couldn't remember much about it going in. With the first 3 books I remembered a lot during this reread but this one not so much. So it was like reading it again for the first time. Now last time I gave this book a 5 Star rating. As I don't remember reading it and didn't write a review I don't know why I felt that way but this time I rated it a 4. Which was still really good, just not

    This was my second time reading Midnight Rising, and to be honest I couldn't remember much about it going in. With the first 3 books I remembered a lot during this reread but this one not so much. So it was like reading it again for the first time. Now last time I gave this book a 5 Star rating. As I don't remember reading it and didn't write a review I don't know why I felt that way but this time I rated it a 4. Which was still really good, just not perfect.

    I loved Rio in all the other books. My heart broke for him and I couldn't wait for his HEA. I loved him in this one too. However I didn't like his deep self pity. I hated his give up attitude. The fact that he planned to kill himself for about half the book bugged me. As a warrior I wanted him to fight hard not quit. Don't get me wrong I totally got he went through a lot and how bad he had been hurt. Still be bitter, angry, cold, but don't try to kill yourself. Dylan I really liked. I loved that she was a trash mag journalist. Normally in books the journalist are these hard hitting serious reporters, but it was fun how she wrote for a trash magazine about Elvis and Aliens. Dylan was sassy and loyal. I also liked that Rio's scars didn't bother her at all. Rio and Dylan were very cute together. I will say it was a little creepy that Eva was the one that sent Dylan Rio's way. I also thought it was a little creepy that Eva popped up to look in on Dylan and Rio. Like a ghost peep show. Did she watch when they fuck too? Just sayin'.

    I was glad Rio made peace with his past, but I'll pass on the ghost creeper. I loved Dylan's Breedmate power. The fact that she could see dead breedmates, normally wouldn't be a big deal, but the way it added to the plot made it cool. I liked were the plot was going with the Lost Ancient and all that's been going on with him. Dante and Tess are having a baby... I love that so hard! A really good read and I can't wait to see what happens next!

  • Lover of Romance

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    Rio, is still shattered from grief and pain and the loss of betrayal from his mate. He has fought long and hard against fighting evil, and will do anything to protect the men he fights with. An ancient evil has been released, and Rio is in the process of destroying the chamber and the evidence, and also to bury himself in the rubble. Journalist, Dylan Alexander, is traveling in Europe with friends, and working on a story. Dylan

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    Rio, is still shattered from grief and pain and the loss of betrayal from his mate. He has fought long and hard against fighting evil, and will do anything to protect the men he fights with. An ancient evil has been released, and Rio is in the process of destroying the chamber and the evidence, and also to bury himself in the rubble. Journalist, Dylan Alexander, is traveling in Europe with friends, and working on a story. Dylan has psychic abilities that are almost a curse, but this ability leads her to a hidden tomb with ancient writing and a sense of evil that permeates the room. She stumbles across a dangerous creature, a man that is scarred and full of pain and a being she can't resist no matter the danger. Rio and Dylan are drawn together, by danger and passion. Dylan is the key to finding the answers in the search for this ancient evil, but also in the disappearance of breeds. But there is an enemy, an enemy that is hunting for Dylan and only Rio will be strong enough to protect her.

    Rio is a Breed Warrior, and to many of their kind he isn't looked upon in favor. Rio is the most loyal and fierce of them all. Rio was mated, but his mate Eve betrayed him and his warrior brethren and Rio is bitter and angry and full of hatred. Rio is both scarred physically and emotionally. He hasn't had it easy, and the pain is almost overwhelming for Rio. He has demons that he has to face. Rio has the who "tortured hero" down pat. Rio has really been struggling and we have seen this in previous books. Its been heartbreaking to see his character and the way he struggles with the pain and grief. Rio is a character that you just reach towards, he has a past that haunts him even before Eve. He is just about ready to give up on living until he meets our heroine who is like a breath of fresh air for him. We see a slow change in Rio, see him have hope and seeing his character heal. I admired Rio for his strength of character, his loyalty and devotion to doing the right thing no matter how much it hurts.

    Dylan Alexander has a certain psychic ability. She can see ghosts of young women. Dylan has seen this since she was a little girl. They speak to her, but she can't communicate anything with them. Her father left them when she was young, and her mother is the only one in her family that has stayed with her, accepted her, and loved her unconditionally. Dylan is a journalist, but she was betrayed by a source and lost her job. Her current work isn't exactly what she has dreamed of writing about aliens and myths, but when she discovers a hidden tomb she knows she has something legit and really could make her career. Dylan was a different heroine that I was expecting. She is driven, but also compassionate and has such an open heart. I really connected with her character because she has such a down to earth personality that you instantly are drawn to. She is a fighter too and will do anything for her mother.

    Midnight Rising was such a wonderful story and ever since we see what Eve did to Rio in the previous books, I have been waiting for his story. Probably because Rio at first is such a carefree and fun loving warrior. Probably out of all of them, he is more lighthearted and fun. But then we see such a horrid change, where he is full of pain and hate. I have been so excited to see him get a happy ending and Dylan was everything and more that Rio needs. Midnight Rising follows a few months after Midnight Awakening ends. Rio has fallen off the map from his brethren, keeping secrets and keeping to himself. We also see a new and more dangerous evil that is in the works. And what is revealed in this book, was quite a shock and a new twist I was expecting. There is a thread left at the end of Midnight Rising that leaves us hanging just a bit but has a more "Happy For Now" type theme. Which I am okay with, because the ending feels more between a Happy For Now and a Happy Ever After type ending. Mostly due to the danger and the evil that is trying to undermine all the good these Warriors have been trying to accomplish. The actual romance between Rio and Dylan was so sweet at times, but quite a battle in other ways as well. At first their relationship is strained, but they have a connection with each other and that connection slowly builds in strength and in healing. Both Rio and Dylan help each other emotionally.

    Their physical relationship is quite intense and provocative and I loved seeing these two spark.

    What I truly enjoyed most was seeing Rio and Dylan work through the hurdles in their relationship. Now the side characters were a blast and my favorite was Niko. Niko is best friends with Rio, and we see a strain in their friendship, but Niko never loses faith in his faith and defends him quite passionately in one particular scene that probably won me over for Niko instantly. There is such depth of emotion in Midnight Rising, and I can't wait for more.

    I like the green gold and teal colors, with the scene of the city and the river. Has a more exotic feel to it.

    Midnight Rising is a passionate and enticing romance that digs deeper on darker emotions and how miraculous love can heal. It has a full range of danger, desire, emotion, and love. TRULY EXHILIARTING.

  • Stacie

    4 1/2 "I'll wait for you." Stars!

    I loved it. I do love me an emotionally damaged male; so Rio was right in my zone. And I liked Dylan too. She was very inquisitive!

    This one maaaay be my favorite So far. Maybe. Looking forward to Nikolai next! Happy reading!

  •  Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)

    I didn't like this book as much as Midnight Awakening. The main issue I had was Dylan flat out annoyed me in some scenes. Especially with her escape attempt. What was that about? She could have went along with Rio's plans to scrub her and then went about her life. I think it was just a plot point to drag out the story, frankly. My other issue was: Okay, this sounds really sexist, but her potty mouth was really bugging me. It seemed like the woman could not express herself without expletives and

    I didn't like this book as much as Midnight Awakening. The main issue I had was Dylan flat out annoyed me in some scenes. Especially with her escape attempt. What was that about? She could have went along with Rio's plans to scrub her and then went about her life. I think it was just a plot point to drag out the story, frankly. My other issue was: Okay, this sounds really sexist, but her potty mouth was really bugging me. It seemed like the woman could not express herself without expletives and oaths. I'm not overly found of foul-mouthed heroes (probably Sam from the Suz Brockmann books is one of the few notable exceptions), but a bad-mouthed woman really is like nails on a chalkboard. It's a small thing, but that didn't help to endear her to me. Also, she just seemed too abrasive at times. She was used to being a survivor and being tough. The whys were revealed and it made sense, but I never felt for her the way I wanted to. I feel I'm being too hard on her. She was a good person, and I admired her dedication to her mom, and her sense of loyalty. She had a good head on her shoulders, and she did the right thing when it came to the pictures and story about the hibernation chamber. But, she just rubbed me the wrong way.

    I really liked Rio. I felt bad for him for what he had lost. I think he had some self-pitying moments, but with his breedmate betraying him, I couldn't blame him too much. Overall, he was a good hero.

    The romance itself seemed a bit rushed. I wasn't sure I completely bought into Rio falling so hard and fast for Dylan. Probably needed about fifty more pages for me to feel that. However, I liked the way Eva's ghost manifested to try to make things right after what she did. That was a nice paranormal touch.

    My issue with this story is no fault of Lara Adrian's. It's me. I just like more going on in my paranormal romances. Compared to some of my other series (and it's wrong to compare, I know it), this series seems less vivid. I like the rich worldbuilding that I am treated to with some of the other paranormal faves. I'd be the first to admit that I'm not that keen on aliens as a plot device, and the whole alien vampires came to Earth and bred with special human women to form the Breed is just not floating my boat that much. I miss all the various paranormal species that interact with other. Heck, I'm a supernatural girl. I came out and said it, okay! Anyway, that's probably why I'm not in love with this series.

    But, for what it is, I think the intrigue was good, and the conspiracy behind the spectres that Dylan was seeing was pretty interesting and rather disturbing. I feel bad for those poor girls.

    As far as the story wrap-up, it was a little abrupt, but left some loose ends. I guess I'll have to see how this picks up in the next series. In the end, Midnight Rising was a good read, but it didn't set me on fire.

    Overall rating:

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  • Beanbag Love

    Yes, that gets thought a lot by our hero. Sadly, after a really good installment with Midnight Awakening, Lara Adrian slipped up a bit with Rio's story.

    I did like the leads, but there were some major, unnecessary logic blips that bugged me throughout.

    Yes, that gets thought a lot by our hero. Sadly, after a really good installment with Midnight Awakening, Lara Adrian slipped up a bit with Rio's story.

    I did like the leads, but there were some major, unnecessary logic blips that bugged me throughout.

    That said, I did like the couple's chemistry, and I'll move on to the next book. I thought it might have been the wrong choice for Adrian to do Rio's book so soon, actually. It felt rushed to me and I thought we could have seen Niko or Chase before we got to Rio. After I read on, maybe I'll see how it was important to do it this way, but right now I feel like there wasn't enough time from when the betrayal and injury occurred for him to be ready for a romance.

    I appreciated the emotion -- I did get choked up a few times -- but I got the icky feeling that

    At this point I'm rambling and I'll stop, but

    , Rio deserved better!

  • Stacia (the 2010 club)

    . I'm giving the extra half star for Rio. I kind of like that guy. His name bugged me all the way up until this book (for some reason I couldn't stop picturing a man dressed for Carnival) until I found out that it was short for a name which was harder to pronounce. Okay, I get it now. Kinda.

    I didn't think I'd be coming back to this series until I realized that I was having trouble attaching to anything after finishing a BDB series re-read. While the Breed aren't exactly the wit-laced b

    . I'm giving the extra half star for Rio. I kind of like that guy. His name bugged me all the way up until this book (for some reason I couldn't stop picturing a man dressed for Carnival) until I found out that it was short for a name which was harder to pronounce. Okay, I get it now. Kinda.

    I didn't think I'd be coming back to this series until I realized that I was having trouble attaching to anything after finishing a BDB series re-read. While the Breed aren't exactly the wit-laced bunch that the brothers are (this is the poor man's substitute for the bold personalities and crazy adventures of the BDB vamp world), the background and setup is so similar that I've found myself able to keep pace with these books (after a quick skim re-read of books 1 through 3) while I continue to wait for another series to grab me.

    I do wish that Rio's book had been pushed back further in the series. The readers should have gotten more time to see Rio sink further into despair before love pulled him back from the brink. His time of "in-between" was extremely short. He could have thrown himself back into work and sworn off love forever, becoming the hard-edged warrior that no one wanted to mess with (since Tegan got bumped from that role early enough).

    The strength in the series lies with the fantasy idea of being the unknowing woman who gets to fall magically into a (dark) fairy tale seemingly overnight. One day you're a boring administrative assistant (no, not really...I just made that up)...the next - *BOOM!* - you're the much desired breedmate of one of the hottest, strongest, most protective men on the planet. And you have powers...that might be good. It's a crapshoot. Either way - hot damn you've just won the lottery!

    If you're looking for character history, extensive and/or amusing main character interaction (outside of the couple), intriguing plot outside of the romance, etc. etc. etc. you will be out of luck. Outside of fighting together, these men don't have much screen time to hang out. I miss that much from BDB. I'm assuming that the new characters who were brought in to fight will be future love interests, but it's hard to get excited about upcoming books when I feel like the characters who are left are virtual strangers. We've gotten small glimpses of Niko, but not enough to keep me excited, and I'm already 25% into his book. What's going to happen when I get to the new kids? The only person left who I'm somewhat curious about is Chase...and maybe I might have a small interest in Reichen.

    Time will tell if the series picks up or slows down. If it picks up, I'll keep my ticket on the train. If not, I'll be getting off at the next station.

  • Jilly

    What a coincidence! I fell in love with my husband after he kidnapped me and held me in a mansion for days too! I mean, come on, how sexy is a disfigured kidnapper?

    Oh, it's definitely you, you sexy beast!

    So, Dylan, a girl, finds Rio, the scarred and psycho warrior, irresistible. She accidentally took photos of a vampire

    What a coincidence! I fell in love with my husband after he kidnapped me and held me in a mansion for days too! I mean, come on, how sexy is a disfigured kidnapper?

    Oh, it's definitely you, you sexy beast!

    So, Dylan, a girl, finds Rio, the scarred and psycho warrior, irresistible. She accidentally took photos of a vampire hidden secret of chambers and is now in a crap-load of trouble with the vamps. Rio, naturally, kidnaps her to try and stop her from publishing her story and photos for the trashy rag that she works for. This is the kind of "newspaper" that has headlines of alien babies and bigfoot every week. Is it really going to be a problem if they write a story about a secret vampire lair? Are they worried that people will actually believe it? Obviously, the vamps have never heard "the boy who cried wolf" story. Just sayin....

    And, of course, Dylan falls for her captor. It's Love - Stockholm Syndrome Style!

    True, dat!

    The side story going on is pretty interesting: alien vampire monster released and being bred to make more alien vampire monster babies.

    aww, he's going to kill us all with cuteness. Yes he is! Who's a cute little monster?

    So far, this is my least favorite book of the series because I found both characters unlikable. They weren't horrible, but just didn't have that special something that I look for in vampire/human love stories. I have higher hopes for the next one because it is about Niko, who is a blonde-hair, blue-eyed, gorgeous warrior. I like the sound of that! ;)

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