Crave the Night (Midnight Breed #12) by Lara Adrian
Synopsis: Born and raised to be an emotionless killing machine, Nathan is one of the most lethal Breed vampires in existence. A key member of the Order—an elite group of warriors charged with protecting both mortals and vampires—Nathan executes each mission with flawless precision and a total lack of mercy. Now he must pursue a powerful, hidden enemy. But Nathan’s hard discipline and training are no match for the fierce pull he feels toward a young woman he has no right to desire—a woman of wealth and high social standing who has long been promised to another Breed male, and who may also prove to be the key to rooting out Nathan’s elusive quarry.
Jordana lives a life of glittering privilege as a member of a prominent Breed family in Boston. Surrounded by fine things and fawning admirers, Jordana wants for nothing—until she crosses paths with a dark, intense warrior from the Order and finds herself swept into an impulsive, sizzling kiss that neither of them will forget. As much as she tries to deny her deep feelings for Nathan, Jordana cannot resist the craving to be near him, to break through his forbidding walls and see the man he truly is. But getting close to Nathan will thrust Jordana into a treacherous new world, forcing her to risk all she has and all she knows about herself and her past. And loving this seductive man could be the most dangerous temptation of all.
Review: Passionate, intense, and erotic, this latest installment in the Nightbreed series takes you on a roller coaster of emotional highs and emotional lows. The back and forth between the two main characters, as to ‘does he like her or doesn’t he like her’ and ‘am I worthy of her or not’ leaves the reader guessing as to how and when the characters will finally open up and trust in their feelings and desires. There are plot twists and nice surprises, though others you can kind of figure out early on. The series is no longer one solely focused on humans vs. Breed or Breed vs. Breed, it now adds a whole new villain to the mix, Atlanteans, and not a lot is known about them yet. I enjoyed the story, and I enjoyed the characters. I liked seeing Nathan get his happy ending, especially after getting to know him way back when Hunter and Corinn get together and go rescue her son, and I’m glad Jordana broke away from what was expected of her and went for what she truly wanted. I look forward to seeing where Lara Adrian takes this new installment and the great love stories that she is capable of telling. She takes the reader on a great ride and I look forward to the next installment.
Favorite Quote: This scene is so sweet and romantic. I loved it when Nathan finally opens up completely. I call this “Not Out of Duty”
When he spoke next, his voice was reverent and solemn, his hands on her the tenderest they’d ever been. “I will protect you with my life, Jordana. Always. And I’ll protect you with my blood bond, here and now, if it means men like the ones who came for you tonight will never find you again.”
That he would make such a promise moved her deeply. She loved him for that alone.
God help her, she loved Nathan for that and a thousand other reasons.
Jordana could hardly summon her breath as he gently stroked her cheek, his stormy gaze flecked with a galaxy of amber stars.
“Don’t think I’m offering this out of duty or anything half as noble. You know I’m a selfish bastard who demands things go his way. I don’t settle for anything less than what I want. And what I want right now, forever, is you.” His eyes glowed bright with tender emotion. He held her face in his hands, searching her gaze with an intensity that made her blood heat beneath her skin. “I’m offering my bond because I love you. Because I need you, Jordana, and I don’t want to know what life without you will feel like ever again.”