Born of Darkness (Hunter Legacy #1) by Lara Adrian
Synopsis: Midnight Breed – Hunter Legacy Book 1
New York Times bestselling author Lara Adrian introduces the first novel in a thrilling new vampire romance series set in the darkly seductive Midnight Breed paranormal story world.
As a former assassin in the Hunter program, Asher is one of a small group of Gen One Breed vampires who survived the horrors of a madman’s laboratory and the cruelty of the training that made him one of the most lethal beings in existence. Now, twenty years after his escape from those hellish origins, Asher is a loner whose heart is as cold as his skills are merciless. But when he thwarts a killing under way in the middle of the desert outside Las Vegas, Asher meets a beautiful woman who draws him into a deadly game against powerful enemies—one that will test both his skills and his tarnished honor.
Naomi Fallon is used to getting out of dicey situations. Orphaned as a child after her mother’s murder, she didn’t survive twenty-six years on the street without using up most of her nine lives. But when her latest caper lands her in the Mojave against a Vegas gangster’s henchman, she’s certain her number is up.
Then he appears—immense, brutal, and far from human. Naomi’s never needed anyone’s help, least of all one of the Breed. But after one risk too many, only a man with Asher’s skills can keep her safe. Yet the solitary, seductively handsome vampire has enemies of his own, and a secret that will not only shatter her faith in him but her heart, proving what she’s feared all along—that trust is only an illusion and love may be the sharpest weapon of all.
Review: First in a new series that follows the genetically created Hunters from Dragos’ assassin project brings us Breed warriors who have only known cruelty, loneliness, death, and fear. Asher is a Breed male living out in the middle of the desert content with his quiet, lonely, yet peaceful life on his ranch. He doesn’t like going out where people reside and when he is heading home from just one of those supply trips and sees a kid getting manhandled by a trio of goons he really doesn’t want to get involved, but he does. What he doesn’t expect is a short spit-fire young woman who won’t stop talking and ends up being a Breedmate. He still wants nothing to do with her, but is honor bound to protect her. When she steals his truck in the middle of the day, he is hell bent to teach her a valuable lesson and save her from the casino boss she is stealing money from.
Naomi has known pain and sorrow and wants vengeance against the casino boss who murdered her mom. She also wants to keep helping the street kids her and her best friend having been helping for going on 18 years, ever since they met on the streets themselves when they were 8 years old. The audacity of the Breed male who thinks to send her off the a Dark Haven for her own good has another thing coming if he thinks she will just go meekly away.
Their story was intense, fast paced, entertaining, and very passionate. When Asher’s truth comes out about the role he played in the Hunter program, she has a hard time coming to terms with it all. I’m glad she got her vengeance and I am also glad Asher found himself a home and family. Enjoyed their story and look forward to more.