Kiss of Crimson (The Midnight Breed, Book 2)

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He comes to her more dead than alive, a towering black-clad stranger riddled with bullets and rapidly losing blood. As she struggles to save him, veterinarian Tess Culver is unaware that the man calling himself Dante is no man at all, but one of the Breed, vampire warriors engaged in a desperate battle. In a single erotically charged moment Tess is plunged into his world°™a shifting, shadowed place where bands of Rogue vampires stalk the night, cutting a swath of terror.

Haunted by visions of a dark future, Dante lives and fights like there is no tomorrow. Tess is a complication he does not need°™but now, with his brethren under attack, he must shield Tess from a growing threat that includes Dante himself. For with one reckless, irresistible kiss, she has become an inextricable part of his underworld realm°≠and his touch awakens her to hidden gifts, desires, and hungers she never knew she possessed. Bonded by blood, Dante and Tess must work together to thwart deadly enemies, even as they discover a passion that transcends the boundaries of life itself°≠.

Customer Reviews:

  • Dangerous and Thrilling!!
    Book 2 centers around a drug called Crimsom being introduced into the Vamp world turning the average Vamp into a Bloodlusting Rogue. This is the Breed Warrior Dantes story and his love interest is a Veterinarian name Tess. Dante gets really hurt when he intercepts druged out Rogue Vamps. He whines up in the backroom of Tess's Veterinary Clinic, Tess tries to help him but Dante needs her blood to survive so he bites her and takes her blood after scrubbing her memory so she wont remember he sees she bares the mark!! Tess is a Breedmate!!!. I gave this book 4 stars because their was not enough sensual romance between Dante and Tess though out the entire book; like it was in the first book between Lucan and Gabrielle. If it had been more sensual romance this would be a 5 star book!!!...more info
    The series continues with Dante and Tess Culver. Very good second book and makes you want the next!!...more info
  • Book with the Hook!
    This is the book that really sealed it for me in this series. I love them ALL, but after reading Kiss of Crimson, I was definitely hooked. The way Dante and Tess meet was nerve-wracking and heart-pounding, not to mention interesting to watch how he tries to weave himself into her life thereafter. But really, it's the side characters and their roles with the Breed that kept me truly captivated. A deeper introduction to these characters show that their not just wallflowers, and that everyone has their own agenda. This book is explosive with plotlines and twists and kept me begging for more. ...more info
  • What a FANTASTIC series!
    I've LOVED all 4 books so far in this series. I cannot wait for the 5th book to come out. The "hero" of the book tends to be the "strong silent" type, with the twist of being a genetic "vampire". He's got his issues he's got to work through. But he's a fantastic guy. And the heroines are just as fabulous. They're HUMAN! They're not some charicature, some damsel in distress that must be rescued by the hero. These are strong, thinking, creative, powerful women in their own right. They're not afraid to be strong, they're a little afraid of the "unusual" gifts they each have, but once they learn to use that gift they realize it truly IS a gift. The women also tend to have their issues, they're not "perfect".... Again, they feel human because of their strengths and weaknesses. The characters seem like folks you could truly enjoy being around.

    Most especially I'm loving the fact that while the guys are strong, assertive types, they're not controling of the woman character. And yet, as strong and assertive as the women are themselves, they're not afraid to GIVE UP control to the hero, however temporarily, when they know that he may be better able to handle a situation. (Hey, the guys ARE vamps! They DO have a little more physical strength than even your strongest human woman!) And, when the woman gives that control to the guy characters, even temporarily, not once in any of these stories do you see the guy get off on having control over her, or abusing his power.

    Would that we had men like this in OUR world. Or, that they happened along a little more frequently.

    Fantastic books. I strongly recommend to any woman who loves a strong, alpha male, but prides herself on being a strong, healthy female who isn't afraid to admit she likes a good erotic romance novel now and again. I wish more erotics novels were this good....more info
  • Kiss of Crimson
    When reading this story for the first time-yes, I've read it more than once(its a great book)-I got pulled right into Tess and dante's lives. I loved Lara's use of twists. This is a story that can hit home with many people, since it covers the drug trade. The production, sale and use-the cause and effect. Its amazing how I can enjoy a wonderful romance and at the same time learn about the dangers of the illegal drug trade. If you want steamy-read this story. Trust me, its worth it...more info
  • Book Two--Midnight Breed Series!
    Tess Culver is a vet and she is totally unaware that her life is about to change when a stranger, bleeding all over her clinic, more dead than alive. Yet she is drawn to him and wants to help him. She has no idea just who the man is or what he is but when he plunges her into his world it's too fantastic to believe and filled with danger. But when Tess decides to run she runs to the wrong man. Only Dante can save her but will he be able to?

    Dante takes from Tess that which should only be offered when both parties understand what is at risk. She's a breedmate and he unwittingly takes from her vain. In doing so he's changed both of their lives and he can't say he's terribly sorry about it. But when the war between the rogues takes a turn for the worse and Tess is caught in the cross fire...will Dante be able to save the only woman he's ever loved.

    Once again Ms. Adrian added another story to her new series and this one is even better than the last. There is plenty of action, suspense, and romance here. She's taken the vampire legend and created something a little new and fresh. If you've read JR Ward you'll find this a good read. I look forward to the next in this series.

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  • pleeese
    I did not read the first book in this series, but I did not have any problems following the story line or plot, but that is probably because this book is so obviously a copy of J. R. Ward's Brotherhood series. She might as have well sat at her computer with Ward's book beside her and copied it directly. The warriors, the vampires gone bad, even the females with psychic gifts can all be taken from Ward's novels. The only difference is that Ward is a much better writer. Her characters have way more substance and her dialogue is not cliche' like Adrian's. Ward's world is much more realistic and believable even though it is fantasy. I can't imagine any reviewer who gave this book five stars has read the other series, and I recommend anyone who is reading mine to ignore the others and try Ward's series instead. This series would only be good enough as a filler while waiting for something better....more info
  • lLara Adrian-Midnight Awakening
    I have read 3 of the first BREED books, and love them. I do not like her term of "Breedmate". I think she could have just said mate. Otherwise her characters are quite interesting, as all the females seem to have different abilities healing, being able to touch an object and see who has used it etc....more info
  • Exciting ans Sexy, Alpha Male Vamps
    Great read! Sexy, exciting and the maybe runner-up to the BlackDaggerBrotherhood series. The Hero was HOT! Dante, 6'5", black hair, topaz eyes and a Vamp. His heroinne was strong willed and a little annoying (walking alone a night when she knows better) but I liked her daring. The book is fast paced and exciting. This is the second book in this Midnight series and liked it better than the first, but I love Lucan from the first book. Go get it!...more info
  • I smell a movie coming
    Not just a movie but a major motion picture. If the Twilight series made it to the big screen then Adrian and Ward should be Virtual shoe-in's. I love the visual pictures that are painted of the mail characters. Brute strentgh, rugged good looks, bodies chistled from concrete,and otherworldly powers to top it all off. The description of the sex scenes makes you salivate with the added umph of realism. The female breedmates are left breathless and achy in all the right places. ...more info
  • A lot better than the first one
    I enjoyed the second installment in the midnight breed series a lot more than the first one. I am however still finding it a little too much like the BDB....more info
  • If there is nothing else to read..
    I bought these two books simply because JR Ward was on the front.
    This series is a bad karoke version of the Black Dagger Brotherhood.
    Ehhhh, maybe thats too harsh.. I dont know. This isnt a horrible storyline. The sex scenes are ok. As I think a few other folks have said it will do you in a pinch while waiting for something you really like to be released. I dont think I would have minded the mediocre writing style so much if it were'nt such a bad imitation.
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  • Lara Adrian is amazing
    I liked this book the chemistry between the 2 main characters is very good. The book keeps you involved and your happy to see the healing and closure from past losses and a the new love that is taking placce....more info
  • Not quite as good as the first, but almost!
    After reading the first book in this series I was chomping at the bit to get my hands on Dante's story, and I must say, Lara Adrian did not disappoint! This was a thoroughly enjoyable read! Dark, moody, tormented heros, intelligent, capable, heroines with secrets of their own, hot, steamy love scenes, plenty of action, and an interesting plot. This book has it all! I did give it only four stars instead of five (would have given it four and a half if I could have) only because I felt the ending was a bit rushed. This book could have had another three or four chapters to it easily. I don't quite understand why she cut it off like that. I felt like Dante and Tess hadn't completely resolved everything yet and the author was busy concentrating on setting up her future books and just kind-of skimmed over it. But still, in all, A book worth reading! Now I need to get my hands on Tegans story! Who doesn't love the strong, silent, broody type? I can't wait!! ...more info
  • Kiss of Crimson by Lara Adrian
    Kiss of Crimson started right up on the action even though it takes place a few months after Lucan and Gabrielle in Book 1. Dante is out patrolling when he stumbles into a Rogue that doesn't react to titanium the way they normally do. The Rogue fights like an animal and Dante has a hard time taking him out when several other Rogues show up at the scene and blow up the dock. Dante barely escapes into the river and crawls upshore badly injured. He pulls himself into a vetrinary clinic needing to feed and finds Tess Culver alone. He tries to convince her that she's safe and she doesn't put up much of a fight through the feeding but stabs him with a syringe once he's closed the wound on her neck and he's realized that she has the mark of a Breedmate. The syringe knocks him out for a few minutes -- long enough for Tess to call a friend who gets worried and calls the police. Dante isn't out for long and has to scrub her memories so that he'll have time to properly explain things to her later. Obviously a beautiful start to a wonderful relationship

    Dante heads back to the compound thinking that there's no way his night could possibly get worse when an agent from the Darkhaven comes by with unexpected news about vanishing teenage vampires and a new drug on the club scene that causes Bloodlust in the teens that take it. Those teens eventually become Rogue which would allow for Lucan's brother Marek to practically manufacture Rogue soldiers for his cause. Agent Chase Sterling wants to help the Order stop whoever is dealing in this drug and bring back the missing teenagers and Lucan has assigned Dante to babysit him.

    The plot continues to complicate when Dante can't stop thinking about Tess and shows up at an art show just to see her. Tess has the gift of healing (even among the Breed) although before she met Dante she had sworn never to use her "curse" again. She uses her gift to heal a dog that Dante brought to her (to get closer to her, sneaky guy) and sort of helps Dante to fight off the death visions he's been having all his life. Also through a little digging Dante finds out that one of Tess' best friends is not only the dealer of the drug Crimson but also the man who created and pharms the drug. Agent Chase Sterling also has his own agenda and is looking for his nephew among the missing drug users to impress his widowed sister-in-law.

    Eventually Dante and Chase catch Tess' friend Ben (the drug dealer that Tess didn't really know about) but Chase lets him go and then Ben gets kidnapped by Marek's minions. Tess was walking by Ben's apartment and Rogues set upon her and nearly killed her with their feeding. Dante goes berserk and pretty much takes out all the Rogues present before deciding that only his blood can heal her. This would complete the Breedmate process something that Dante had been reluctant to do without explaining the ramifications to her or even asking her permission.

    Tess did go a little crazy when she realized what had happened and left the compound in broad daylight. Dante is felled by the same death vision he's had all his life but he realizes that it is not HIS death he sees, but Tess' and Dante realizes he can't just let her go to face her possible death. So Dante goes out in broad daylight with Agent Chase and Niko to save her and gets badly burned in the process. It's after this that Tess realizes that no matter what Dante inherently is he still loves her.

    The story is more complicated and dramatic than the first and even our heroine Tess seems to be a stronger character than Gabrielle ever was. Tess' whole history and her overcoming her demons automatically make her a more realistic and courageous woman.

    I believe the next one has to do with Tegan and Elise, which makes me wonder what is going to happen with Agent Chase (who had fancied Elise). I guess I'll have to read and see... ...more info
  • Excellent follow up
    "Kiss Of Crimson" is the follow up to "Kiss Of Midnight", a series very much in the Black Dagger Brotherhood mode, with vampires fighting foes, in this case renegade vampires, and trying to protect the humans amongst whom they live. The first book's similarities to J R Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood seemed rather over the top but this book was different, less like the BDB and more of its own story.

    Dante, the hero of this book, is one of the vampire warriors who fights against the Rogues. When he finds himself injured he has to take the blood of a young vet that he finds in her clinic - but after he's done this he realises she's one of the Breedmates and consequently he has, in some ways, bound himself to her. Things get more complicated when Tess Culver and Dante meet again and he realises that her ex-boyfriend is involved in the production of a new drug, Crimson, which seems to be having serious effects on the young male vampires of the Darkhavens. In fact it appears that Crimson is causing some of these young males to turn into Rogues.

    Dante and the other brothers are searching for the cause of the Crimson, along with Sterling Chase, a male member of the Darkhavens, but Dante finds his path tangled up with Tess Culver. However she's already had a frightening experience with a vampire and he's afraid of causing her more problems, especially as he knows she won't want him. But there's more to Tess than meets the eyes and her skills as a vet may have more behind them than just study and training.

    This book, although focusing on Dante and Tess, also gives us insights into Sterling Chase and his long-term love for his brother's widow, Elise. Elise is apparently the heroine of the next book in the series, "Midnight Awakening", and I hope that Chase will also appear in that book as he was an interesting new character.

    The writing style in this book was always enjoyable with great pacing, interesting locations and events and a rather touching romance between Dante and Tess. There were less scenes from the viewpoints of the Rogues or Minions, most of what we learned was either from Tess or Dante.

    This is a very enjoyable series, especially now that it appears to be parting ways from its rather close relationship to the Black Dagger Brotherhood and finding more of its own voice. Lara Adrian's writing is good and her characters are varied and interesting. Originality isn't necessarily her strong point but there aren't that many truly original stories in this genre. Fans of the Black Dagger Brotherhood should love this series too!...more info
  • Excellent read
    Good characterizations, lots of heat, well written, interesting story line, keeps you engaged from the beginning. Easily a one sitting read. Reminds me of Sherrilyn Kenyon books in the beginning of the series....more info
  • loved it!
    This book is the second book in a series and I loved it as much as the first one! If you are into paranormal romances, this author and this series is for you. The books are a delightful mix of humor, action, and romance. I can't wait for the next book!...more info
  • Wonderful Paranormal Romance series
    One night a man more dead than alive knocks at the door of Tess Culver's veterinary office. She does her best to save his life, but what she doesn't know is that he is not human, but one of the Midnight Breed Warriors.

    Dante is haunted by visions of his dark future and believes that he sees his own death, just like his mother had seen her own. He tries his best to ignore the feelings that suddenly arise in his heart when he meets Tess. Dante won't to give into these feelings, because he doesn't want to expose Tess to such horror. Will Tess be able to not only heal his body, but also his heart?

    Ms. Adrian delivers with KISS OF CRIMSON a fascinating and captivating paranormal romance that is a real keeper. She manages to create a spell-binding world, that draws her readers into the story and keep them glued to the pages.

    The whole concept of the Midnight Breed Warrior is so captivating and there is a special warrior for each reader's taste.

    Dante is the typical tortured hero who needs just the right woman to heal all of his wounds, the inner and the outer ones and Tess is the perfect woman for him. He just has to follow his heart. But that isn't easy for this hardened warrior, although he shows his softer side in the story.

    Tess is a strong heroine, who hasn't had an easy life so far and Dante is just the right person to brighten up her life.

    KISS OF CRIMSON is the second book of the Midnight Breeds series and this reviewer recommends reading Kiss of Midnight prior reading KISS OF CRIMSON. Not only to understand the story, but also because each book of this series is pure joy to read.

    Ms. Adrian is an author on which every paranormal fan should keep an eye on! This reviewer can highly recommend her books!

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  • Keeps you reading!
    This is the second and a very strong addition to this series. The only real downside to this storyline is its similarity to the Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J.R. Ward, if you want to call that a downside. There is a very similar feel between the two series, despite the technical details being different.

    However, many may consider that a good thing, as the Black Dagger Brotherhood is an *excellent* series, and this one is shaping up to be a close second.

    The heroes are strong, alpha male types - my favorite. The author is doing a good job of making them individuals, however. They are not all carbon copies of each other. Dante, our hero in this title, is as big, bad and studly as you could want, but still shows a sweet, sensitive side.

    The heroine is quite believable and likable as well. You can easily see why these two pair up and yet the conflict of discovering that a society of vampires has been hiding within your own for centuries is a credible one. She understandably has a little trouble coming to terms with entering such a society.

    A wonderful bonus to this series is that the author is building up the supporting characters as she goes along, many of which, I'm sure, will end up as heroes in their own novels. I'm particularly looking forward to reading how Rio gets himself straightened out.

    All in all, a very satisfying read. I'm looking forward to the next one in the series....more info
  • OK - I didn't stay up all night dying to finish it
    I'll be frank - after inhaling JR Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood series in a single sleepless week, this installment just doesn't cut it for me nor does it compel me to dig deeper into the series. The slanguage seems forced/unnatural. I'm not convinced Dante & Tess belong together. Reads like the author has ventured into a genre she isn't that familiar with. It's just ok. I got through it. But I think I'd buy a historical romance from this author before I'd try another vampire romance... Try these vampire romance titles instead (highly recommended).

    by Stephenie Meyer
    - Twilight (Twilight, Book 1)
    - New Moon (Twilight, Book 2)
    by J.R. Ward
    - Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 1)
    - Lover Eternal (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 2)
    - Lover Awakened (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 3)
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  • Carbon Copy of Vamp Romance books
    First, I didn't realize that this book was part 2 of a series. I saw it at the bookstore and purchased it. This was just bland. No other word. I don't find anything remotely romantic about living in a bunker with a bunch of other vampires, how could the heroine? I feel like the Romance genre is being overrun with crummy versions of vampire stories. This one is gettin sold on Marketplace right away....more info
  • Second in Midnight Breed Series
    Carrying on from where Kiss of Midnight left off. Kiss of Crimson follows Dante, as he and his fellow Breed Warriors search for the suppliers of a drug called Crimson. This drug has the unfortunate effect of triggering a vampires change into a Rogue. When Dante is injured whilst fighting Rogues, he feeds from Tess, who unbeknownst to him is a Breedmate. Having started the blood bond, he now finds himself drawn to her. But Tess is more closely linked to the distribution of Crimson than she knows, putting both herself, her friends and Dante in danger.

    I like that even though Dante and Tess are essentially fated to mate once he's fed from her, that they both don't immediately succumb to it. He fights it, knowing he's fed from a Breedmate, and she fights it because she doesn't understand it. Initially neither of them are particularly thrilled about the situation. It's handled in a very realistic way. There's no immediate jumping into bed together. Tess is understandably wary having just come out of a bad relationship with her ex-boyfriend Ben.

    The subplot of both the Crimson dealing, and new guy Chase and his unrequited love for Elise are smoothly intertwined into the main story. I find myself hoping that Chase will be getting his own story, as he's by far the most complex character introduced so far. He initially joined the Warriors with his own motives, and because of his error in judgment towards the end of the story, it's too late to rescue two people who might otherwise have been saved.

    My favourite bit of the story, is when Dante tells Tess he has a dog - which he doesn't - which he then spontaneously names Harvard - his nickname for Chase. Of course now he's told her he's got a dog, he has to get one. This so humanized him for me, the fact that this lie came out of his mouth, probably whilst his brain was going WHAT ARE YOU SAYING?

    There are other nice touches. When Dante and Tess are discussing the myth of Endymion and Selene at the museum, there's this whole other subtextual conversation going on. The dead pool the other Breed Warriors have going on how long it's going to take Dante before he cracks and kills Chase. It's these little things that raise this story above other vampire novels around at the moment.

    I'm still seeing some similarities here between the Black Dagger Brotherhood and Ukiah Oregon series. Rio - horrifically scarred and misogynistic confronts Tess (Z confronting Beth), and the Ukiah Oregon series has a drug called Invisible Red. Having said that I think the Midnight Breed series is slowly coming into its own. And I find myself impatiently looking forward to book 3 Midnight Awakening (Tegan's story).
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  • exciting vampire thriller
    A millennium ago eight aliens crash landed on Earth and the only nutrient that could sustain their life is human blood. Some native females were able to mate with them and thus the male only vampire was born. The Breeds don't ever indulge in massive blood taking because it is highly addictive and they can go Rogue, a mindless monster straight out of Bram Stoker. The warrior Order finds and kills the Rogues and while Dante is out looking for them he is injured and ends up at Tess Culver's veterinary practice.

    He takes blood from her before seeing the mark that proves she is a Breedmate, able to have vampire children and live eternally as long as she drinks blood from her mate. He erases her memories and tries to forget her but fails to do so. However, the warrior breeds have a new problem to deal with: the drug Crimson. When vampires take the drug, instead of getting high, it turns them into berserkers; Tess is connected to the maker and distributor of it. Dante revisits Tess who has the gift of healing and falls in love with her. When he is fatally injured she miraculously heals him and when she almost dies at the hands of a rogue, he feeds her his blood cementing their bond until she realizes the truth about her beloved; she runs hysterically into danger and away from the man she thought loved her.

    For background information and another exciting vampire thriller, the audience should read the prequel KISS OF MIDNIGHT. Lara Adrian is an excellent worldbuilder creating a vampire society living among but hidden from humans. The romance between the two protagonists is not steamy and so as they both discover what it means to live without fear. The thriller part in which breeds turn into terrorists from a drug that is supposed to give them a pleasant high is exciting and entertaining. Lara Adrian is the newest star writing vampire romantic tales.

    Harriet Klausner
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  • Great mystery with plenty of action and romance!
    The leader of the rogues has found a new and easy way to increase the number of rogues on the street. Dante and his warrior brothers are determined to eliminate the source of the new rogues-a drug called crimson. Along the way Dante meets and falls in love with a vet named Tess. Tess is tied to the crimson mystery in a way she doesn't even realize and it endangers everyone Dante cares about.

    This book is full of action, mystery, twists, and steamy romance. It didn't completely blow me away, and I skipped a bit of inner monologue here and there, making this a 4 star book for me. The mystery was much more interesting than the one in the first book, I really wanted to know who was behind everything, and I cared about the characters. It seems a bit like the classic case of someone not telling their lover the complete truth, the lover gets mad about it, then forgives them in a few seconds. That scenario bothered me a bit in this book, but it was believable due to the amount of danger the characters were in throughout. Also, I'm generally not a fan of series where each book is about a different character, but these are well written enough to keep my interest throughout. I am ultimately interested in the rogue leader, and can't wait until he has a bigger part to play. I would definitely recommend this book if you liked the first one, it lives up to it's predecessor and surpasses it. Great read! ...more info
  • Dante and Tess
    Honestly I started reading this series because I got the first book, Kiss of Midnight (The Midnight Breed, Book 1), free on Kindle - through my iphone. If you haven't read that book I suggest you start there. This is very similar to the Black Dagger Brotherhood series.

    There 2 main characters Dante and Tess Culver. Dante is one of "The Order's" vampire warriors. The warriors are charged with protecting humans and civilian vampires from Rogue vampires. The Rogues are vampires who have given themselves over to Bloodlust and become savage creatures. They are junkies who will do anything for their next fix of blood. Speaking of a fix...never mind I won't spoil it for you. Tess is a veterinarian, and one night while Dante is seriously injured by a Rogue Vampire their paths cross. Dante is shocked by the feelings that he has for Tess, but with his nightmares and the war he immersed in he knows that he must distance himself from her...for her sake and his.
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  • Exciting and enjoyable read
    This is the first book I read by Ms. Adrian and I found it to be very refreshing. It is the second book in the series. I will admit to reading a lot of paranormal-witch-werewolf-vampire books so I am familiar with the genre. I have also read J.R. Ward's books so I am also accustomed to a group of honorable and heroic male vampire warriors who are out to get evil-out-of-control vampires. In this context, they also have lifemates, human women who are destined to become their immortal brides and who are also gifted with a unique talent.

    Tess is a vet and a Breedmate who accidentally gives her blood to Dante, a vamp, while he is injured. There is a very dangerous drug out on the streets called Crimson which creates effects similar to meth or ecstasy in a normal human, but chemically induces Bloodlust and can make a Breed vampire turn Rogue (i.e. insane killer vamp). Turns out Tess' human former-chemist-now-animal-rescuer has unwittingly created this drug which he believes to be rather harmless. The Breed are tracking both Tess' boyfriend and his patron, trying to put an end to this drug which is not only destroying young Breed males, but is also giving the Breed some unwanted publicity. ...more info
  • Better Than The First!
    I never thought it possbile that the second book in the series could be better than the first since I loved it so much... and yet I thought it was twice as good! I really like how you do not necesarily have to read the books in chronological order to understand them, but if you do, you get a little more out of them. I would be very surprised if the next book surpasses this one, in my opinion, it doesn't get much better than this. Can't wait to read Midnight Awakening....more info
  • Now We're Dealing with the Full Deck!
    Kiss of Midnight didn't wow me, but it did hook my interest through some unique plot elements. I liked the pacing of Ms. Adrian's writing and the world she'd created was just different enough for me to want to explore it more as well. By the end of this series' first book, I could smell a truly great story right around the corner.

    Dante, a Breed vampire warrior, is gravely injured one night after discovering a disturbing new addition to the war against the Rogues, vampires that have given over to bloodlust and kill without restraint. He finds his way to the office of veterinary doctor Tess Culver, where he thinks he's found the perfect solution to his blood loss in the beautiful woman. Intending to only take what he needs and see her mind wiped of the incident, Dante's plans go horribly wrong afterwards, when he learns a horrifying fact about the good doctor. He wishes after that he'd never taken her blood, but once he has, he can't wipe her sweet taste from his mind. Driven by more than just Tess, Dante's visions of the future soon lead him to believe she is part of his destiny, whether he wants her to be or not. In turn, Dante's embrace awakens in Tess desires she never knew she possessed and special, secret talents of her own begin to make sense after the strange warrior's appearance in her life. As she becomes further involved with the mysterious man, she soon find herself in the middle of a war, and a passion she cannot resist.

    Kiss of Crimson was the "start" to this series that I was waiting for. Characters--true, heartfelt characters--shine through in this one and that was the glue I was looking for. I clearly read a good, unique plot in Kiss of Midnight and saw that carried through very well in this one. But Dante and Tess, they are where the magic lies in this installment. Dante's inner torment, his visions of the future, was a good solid conflict between him and Tess, but his passion for her kept the romantic angle flaring bright over and over throughout. Their first real romantic encounter, the sculpture show, was such an enigmatic insight to the sexy Dante and solidly hooked me into believing their romance would be rewarding to read. Tess was a heroine everyone wants--admirable, heroic in her own right and no dishrag. Like I suspect all of Adrian's heroines will have, she possesses her own talents that set her just apart enough from Dante that she ahs something to stand on her own with. And that's where Adrian deserves some definite applause, giving her heroines their own special voice amongst a rugged alpha group of vampires. Then, when hero and heroine begin to come together (and I speak of more than just the body, folks) what makes them both unique in turn makes them as a couple all that more special. Once again, a solid pacing of plot and revealing of more elements in the war, with plenty of great tidbits of secondary characters to keep me hooked for book three, Midnight Awakening, about Breed Warrior Tegan, which releases December '07. Great stuff, Ms. Adrian and looking forward to more....more info
  • Very good book
    The second book in the Breed series it's as interesting as the first.
    After being wounded fighting, Dante ends in Tess Culver's veterinary clinic. He urgently needs blood, so he decides to drink from the pretty doctor, but when he does it, he realizes she's a Breedmate. This distresses him, and although he erases her memory regarding their meeting, Dante couldn't leave her alone. He's drawn to Tess, and she also appears in one of his visions of the future. To complicate this more, it seems her ex-boyfriend is involved in the business of Crimson, a drug that induces Bloodlust in a Breed and can lead him to be Rogue.

    It's a story filled with action and a good love story.
    I liked a lot the two lead characters. Dante is a complex guy, tortured by his dark visions of the future, his yearning for Tess, the problem the Crimson is causing in the Breed population. Tess, same as Gabrielle, is a strong woman who complements Dante perfectly. Thank you Ms. Adrian, for having strong female characters who are important in such a masculine atmosphere as the Breeds'.
    Regarding the secondary characters, there's a very interesting new one, Sterling Chase. I hope he'll be in the next books, because I really liked him.
    The next instalment is Tegan and Elise's story, a very promising book after what happens in Kiss of Crimson :)
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  • Wonderful second book in this Breed Warrior Series
    This is the second book in the Midnight Breed series by Lara Adrian. In this next installment, we meet Tess Culver, a veterinarian and Dante, a Breed from an alien race who inhabited earth many millenniums ago. The alien race mated with humans and thus the Breed was born. Dante has been seriously injured in a fight against the Rogues. Rogues are vampires that have given into their blood lust and begin to kill humans indiscriminately. The Breed Warriors annihilate the Rouge vampires. A war is brewing between the Breed and the Rogues.

    Dante turns up in Tess's clinic, bloody and in need of human blood to survive. He takes what he wants but then is dealt a surprise when Tess injects him with a tranquilizer. This is just the beginning for Tess and Dante. Tess must come to terms with her hidden ability that she has run from all her life and Dante recognizes Tess as his Breed mate. Now that he has taken her blood, they are bonded. Now he must explain to her how they are forever bound together. In this second book, the action is plentiful. We are introduced to two new characters, Elise and her brother-in-law Chase Sterling, who, I believe, will play a major role in books to come.

    I enjoyed this book maybe a little bit more than the first book and the first book was also very good. There were a lot more tense situations and the romance was engaging. This new series is definitely worth reading.
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  • Hooked Me in the First Chapter
    The story line:

    He comes to her more dead than alive, a towering black-clad stranger riddled with bullets and rapidly losing blood. As she struggles to save him, veterinarian Tess Culver is unaware that the man calling himself Dante is no man at all, but one of the Breed, vampire warriors engaged in a desperate battle. In a single erotically charged moment Tess is plunged into his world--a shifting, shadowed place where bands of Rogue vampires stalk the night, cutting a swath of terror.
    Haunted by visions of a dark future, Dante lives and fights like there is no tomorrow. Tess is a complication he does not need--but now, with his brethren under attack, he must shield Tess from a growing threat that includes Dante himself. For with one reckless, irresistible kiss, she has become an inextricable part of his underworld realm . . . and his touch awakens her to hidden gifts, desires, and hungers she never knew she possessed. Bonded by blood, Dante and Tess must work together to thwart deadly enemies, even as they discover a passion that transcends the boundaries of life itself . . . .


    This is the first ADRAIN nevel I picked up and I was hooked in the first chapter. Since then I've recommended the series to several girlfriends with the same result. This book in particular is great, Dante is highly intriguing. Tess is highly likable. As always in Adrian's books there are twist you don't see coming, and as the book goes on you are on the edge of your seat. If the tension and story line between Dante and Tess is not interesting enough - which is certainly is - there are side stories that have you wanting more. Chase a civilian Vampire is obsessed with his dead brothers x-wife who's son has gone missing, Chase takes it on himself to bring the boy back to his mother, in the mean time Tegan who was introduced in the first Breed novel weaves in and out of the story line catching your attention (the 3rd Novel is about him and its great!). The minute I finished this book I went out and got the last two that night - can't wait for the others.
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  • Great Book
    I read this book first even though it was the second one in the set. I have to say, Lara Adrian is a great writer, very detailed, makes you feel like you are in the room with each character. I read this book in 2 days and in a weeks time I've read the remaining books. Can't wait until book 6 "Ashes of Midnight" is released. ...more info
  • Love those Vampires
    Another GREAT book by Lara Adrian. Almost missed Thanksgiving dinner because it was so good. Sexy, dark, WOW. Don't miss the Midnight Breeds second book!!!!...more info
    The chacters were a big let down. I wanted more suspense and a less predictable charcters and romance build up....more info


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