Savannah Dupree is halfway across the country from her Louisiana bayou hometown, a freshman studying at Boston University on a full scholarship. But academic excellence is only one of Savannah’s gifts. She possesses something even more remarkable than her quick mind and insatiable curiosity for learning. With a simple touch, Savannah can see an object’s past—a skill that puts her life in danger, when her studies bring her into contact with a centuries-old English sword and the secret hidden within the blade’s history: the vicious murders of twin boys by a group of fanged creatures borne of the worst kind of nightmare.
In all his three hundred years of living as one of the Breed, vampire warrior Gideon never dreamed he’d see the blade again that spilled his young brothers’ lives ages ago on that blood-soaked night in London. Ever since the boys’ deaths, Gideon’s been on a personal quest to rid the world of Rogue vampires, but now he can’t help wondering if the brutal slayings of his only kin was something more sinister—an act perpetrated by an unknown enemy. An enemy who is apparently living in hiding somewhere in Boston. There’s one certain way to prove Gideon’s suspicion, but it will mean using innocent, gifted Savannah to help uncover the full truth—a truth that will shatter everything she knows about herself and the world around her. And with danger closing in from all sides, the passion that ignites between Gideon and Savannah will tempt them to risk their hearts and lives for a love that might just last an eternity…
For those, like myself who started the Midnight Breed series with the first full-length novel, Savannah and Gideon have always been in the picture, always been a solid unit and, always been fan favorites. In all honesty – and totally out of character for me given my love of backstory – I never really questioned the beginning of Savannah and Gideon. They are so much a part of the very fabric of the Midnight Breed series that I never considered where they came from. Thank goodness Lara Adrian was apparently questioned by someone because the story of Savannah and Gideon is one that needed to be told.
Savannah Dupree has a gift that has set her apart from everyone her entire life. Any physical contact with an item will immediately give Savannah the history of the object and though she has always considered this gift to be something of a curse, it will in fact be the key to her future happiness. As an art history student (YAY!!!! A character working in my field J) Savannah can easily touch an item an know its story but she enjoys the study and the research. As a means of furthering her education and experience, Savannah and her roommate have taken on an internship with one of their professors in which they are to catalogue and fully examine a cache of goods donated to the university. The work is slow and tedious but Savannah loves the work especially when she comes across a beautifully wrought sword stashed in one of the back rooms. Though she would normally never touch an item with her bare hands, Savannah touches the sword and the brief glimpses of its history that she is afforded is as confusing as it is disturbing. In the coming days, Savannah tries to forget the glimpse of history that she received by touching the sword but as events begin to spiral out of control, Savannah understands that she has become caught up in something far greater than she ever could have conceived of.
Gideon has spent the last couple of centuries working in the service of the Breed. As a vampire with exceptional speed, strength and, intelligence, Gideon has always been an asset in the field. He has pledged his life to protecting both the Breed and humans and for centuries he has done so with unwavering commitment. Savannah Dupree is something and someone Gideon never planned for and from the moment he sees her on TV, he is drawn to her. Her association with the sword, the fallout from the murder of her roommate, the tracking of her by Rogues are all interesting to be sure but it is her intelligence, her beauty and, her status as a Breed mate that is truly intriguing. Though Gideon knows getting involved with Savannah is a very bad idea, he can’t seem to stop himself from seeing her. As with every Breed book, Savannah and Gideon’s HEA is a hard road that involves, Rogue attacks, a lot of denial and, some serious, life-threatening injuries.
The Bottom Line: I can’t believe I never questioned the backstory of Savannah and Gideon!! I have always liked both characters, particularly Gideon and his geeky awesomeness but now that I know how they came to be, I think I may like them even more. Gideon’s backstory and how he became the backbone of the Order is intimately tied to his feelings for Savannah. Savannah’s presence within the compound and her ability to make the others feel welcome and safe is tied to her love for Gideon and her desire protect those who have loved and accepted her unconditionally. At the end of the day, Savannah and Gideon remain two of my favorite Breed characters and I am so glad their story has been written.
He watches her from across the crowded dance club, a sensual black-haired stranger who stirs Gabrielle Maxwell’s deepest fantasies. But nothing about this night—or this man—is what it seems. For when Gabrielle witnesses a murder outside the club, reality shifts into something dark and deadly. In that shattering instant she is thrust into a realm she never knew existed—a realm where vampires stalk the shadows and a blood war is set to ignite.
Lucan Thorne despises the violence carried out by his lawless brethren. A vampire himself, Lucan is a Breed warrior, sworn to protect his kind—and the unwitting humans existing alongside them—from the mounting threat of the Rogues. Lucan cannot risk binding himself to a mortal woman, but when Gabrielle is targeted by his enemies, he has no choice but to bring her into the dark underworld he commands.
Here, in the arms of the Breed’s formidable leader, Gabrielle will confront an extraordinary destiny of danger, seduction, and the darkest pleasures of all. . . .
The Midnight Breed series is one of the first on-going vampire series I read when I discovered the paranormal genre and now that I have started a re-read of the series, I am being reminded of why I fell in love with genre years ago.
Kiss of Midnight is the first full-length novel of the Midnight Breed series and it starts the series off in a big, bad way. Lucan Thorne is a Gen One member of the Breed and one of the oldest vampires currently walking the Earth. Lucan’s father was one of the cruelest of his kind and in the throes of Bloodlust he killed Lucan’s mother. In that moment a warrior was born and for centuries Lucan and the few other men who have pledged themselves to Lucan and his cause, have protected the Breed from those among them who have succumbed to Bloodlust. Over the centuries Lucan and the Order have become a well-oiled machine and though their numbers are small have managed to keep the Rogue population in check and the human population oblivious to their presence.
Gabrielle Maxwell is a successful photographer and with her small group of friends, she has a decent life. She is successful in her career but not quite so in her personal life. As an infant, Gabrielle was abandoned by her mother who later killed herself while institutionalized. After several foster homes and returns to the foster care system one home finally stuck but even the Maxwell’s couldn’t make Gabrielle feel totally accepted. Unbeknownst to Gabrielle, she is a Breed mate and her lack of fitting in is a direct result of her not having found the people she belongs with just yet. One awful night will bring everything into focus (HA!! I crack myself up!!) for Gabrielle and introduce her to a world she never knew existed.
After a very successful gallery showing, Gabrielle and her friends stop into the hot new night club for a few drinks and some dancing. Though Gabrielle enjoys her friends she despises the large, noisy space and opts out earlier than her companions. Once outside, Gabrielle stumbles upon a vicious attack and though she is terrified she knows she has to report the crime and in a moment of clarity, she snaps several pictures with her cell phone. Gabrielle has the best of intentions but the event she captures on her cell is fuzzy at best and when the cops arrive, there is zero evidence of the crime she reported. Fearful she is going crazy like her biological mother did, Gabrielle is beyond relieved when “Detective” Lucan Thorne shows up on her doorstep to follow-up on her report.
In short order both Gabrielle and Lucan realize they are in way over their respective heads. The danger is high, the lust and like are even higher and, if the indications are correct, the Rogues are organizing and threatening everyone and everything the Order has fought to protect. Bringing Gabrielle into the fold is as dangerous for her as it is for Lucan but as events play out both realize they cannot be without the other and they are strong by each other’s side.
The Bottom Line: Kiss of Midnight is a fine start to what turns into a very long and involved paranormal series. I like it when an author begins a series with the leader rather than putting him or her off until well into the series and that is exactly what Adrian does with this read. Lucan Thorne is so dark and jaded after nearly a thousand years of life and Gabrielle reminds him of what truly living can be like. Gabrielle is fierce and though she is totally scared shitless by the world she has stumbled into she isn’t going to let that fear keep her away from the man she loves. In addition to the love story, Adrian establishes, with the unusual organization of the Rogues and the emergence of another Gen One, the long-term arc for the series. In all, Miss of Midnight pulled me in years ago and it did so again when I picked up for the re-read. Onward and upward, dear reader, book two awaits 🙂