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review 2017-06-22 19:03
Review: Midnight Unbound (Midnight Breed #14.6) by Lara Adrian
Midnight Unbound - Lara Adrian

The new generation of Breeds are not doing it for me. These novellas are really starting to get ridiculous in terms of pacing and an actual plotline.

 

This was a continuation of events in Midnight Untamed (#14.5). Chiara, our dim-witted heroine, is in danger from people who want her as a Breedmate and in payment for her dead shitty ex-husband's debts. We have one plot moppet, which shows up just for one scene in the beginning and then in the epilogue. Scythe, a Hunter-type of Breed, is tasked with protecting Chiara back in her home and luring the bad guys so they can be dealt with once and for all. Scythe cares deeply about his boner; it takes up about a third of the book, all the feelings he has about his boner. Boner, Boner, Boner. Chiara is also mad with horniness that comes from being sans kid duty, in mortal danger, and cooped up with a virile walking boner Breed. The bad guys finally come out to play in the second to last chapter and are dealt with in about 5 pages. Also within those 5 pages, Chiara figures out her power (that is part of the basic world building of the MB series from the original set of books).

 

This was just bad in world building (vineyard in Italy, but it could be a farm in the middle of Iowa for all the descriptions), the Rome office of the Order can't be bothered to help out (which goes against the original Order members' pledge), and I didn't find an iota of chemistry between Chiara and Scythe, although there was ample chemistry between Scythe and his boner.

 

Overall, a very weak effort in the MB series.

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Read for COYER Summer Reading List 2017

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text 2017-06-01 09:25
RT Booklover's Convention 2017 - Day Four
Tiny Pretty Things - Dhonielle Clayton,Sona Charaipotra
The Midnight Breed Series Companion - Lara Adrian
Bring Me Back - Karen Booth
Barefoot Bay: Shoulder to Lean On (Kindle Worlds Novella) - Morgan Malone
Killer Countdown (Man on a Mission) - Amelia Autin
Midnight in Legend, TN: Small Town Romance in the Great Smoky Mountains (The McClains of Legend, Tennessee Book 1) - Magdalena Scott
Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs - Molly Harper
Ready to Were: Shift Happens Series Book One - Robyn Peterman
Hungry Like the Wolf - Paige Tyler
Delicate Freakn' Flower - Eve Langlais

Day One

Day Two

Day Three

 

Woke up on Friday morning thinking this convention is too long. I think if I go in the future I will just do the weekend pass and not the full convention because boy howdy was I tired. Not jet-lagged, just tired from being around so many people. I did breakfast but skipped the early morning author signing. First panel I went to was completely chosen at random - Path of Responsible Representation hosted by YA authors Dhonielle Clayton and Sona Charaipotra (they write as a team the YA series Tiny Pretty Things). I liked this panel because the writers gave concrete examples of what to look for and what to avoid in works with diverse characters.

 

The next panel was The Worlds of Regency and Georgian Romance with authors Valerie Bowman, Anna Bradley, Eileen Dryer, Elizabeth Hoyt, and Julia Quinn. I was not impressed this panel or the questions. The panel kept going off on different tangents that had nothing to do with the topic. I left a little early to get in line for the next author signing event, but I don't think I missed anything worthwhile. A quote from Julia Quinn sums this panel up - "Who wouldn't want to marry a duke?" Real deep there (sarcasm font).

 

I then went to the 1001 Dark Nights Sparkler. I had one goal going into this event - meet Lara Adrian and get her to sign my personal copy of The Midnight Breeds Series Companion. She did and was lovely - and surprised to see someone having a companion book. I got a pic with her too. Day made 10x over. The organizers wanted the attendees to talk with each author there and ask them an "either/or" question, then fill out a card for a chance to win something. I didn't care about winning whatever prize because, once again, the room was too small for the amount of people inside. I left soon after meeting Lara and went for lunch.

 

Next author panel I went to was Seasoned Romance, Vintage Love with Karen Booth and Morgan Malone. Another diversity panel, but this one was about older characters and ageism. This trend of having older characters is making a small, but noticeable comeback thanks to self-publishing. The idea of older characters also work with other diverse characterizations such as race, sexuality, and religion (for example, a m/m featuring 40 year old men). There is a FB group called Seasoned Romance that connects authors with readers. Also, the FB group made a GR List of romances with older characters (heads up: there is a lot of Kristen Ashley's books on this list). They were giving away free books from authors in the FB group; I picked out Killer Countdown (Man on a Mission #6) by Amelia Autin and Midnight in Legend, TN (The McClains of Legend, Tennessee #1/ Ladies of Legend #1.2) by Magdalena Scott. I really enjoyed the conversation.

 

Last author panel for me was Shifters Between the Sheets with authors Molly Harper, Paige Tyler, Robyn Peterman, and Eve Langlais. I wanted to go to at least one paranormal panel, and this one was fun and funny; the ladies are not only fans of the subgenre but of each other's works. The questions were basic, but the answers were varied and experiences were talked about; each author came to writing books and paranormal genre from very different backgrounds. It was a great way to end the last day of panels.

 

I started to go to the Avon signing event, took one look at a line that was snaked five times around the door to the event, and said to myself "hell no" and went up to my room to relax. Soon I went out for dinner and when I came back, Twitter and the RT app were lit up with many unhappy attendees. Turns out the Avon event started 35-40 minutes late and some people were in line for a hour or more before the scheduled time. Again, there were also complaints of overcrowding and someone almost fainted. I'm so glad I skipped the event.

 

I went to the late night party, Magnolias and Moonshine, but didn't stay long. There was just nothing there to hold my interest. I did a quick turn about the room and then left. If you ever go to RT, feel free to skip the evening parties - they are more work than reward.

 

 

 

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review 2017-01-30 23:07
Review: Bengal’s Quest (Breeds #30) by Lora Leigh
Bengal's Quest (A Breed Novel) - Lora Leigh

Review originally featured at Angel's Guilty Pleasures

 

Bengal's Quest 

 Breeds #30  
 Lora Leigh  
 Erotic Paranormal Romance - Adult 18+  
 Berkley  
 June 23rd 2015  
 eBook/Paperback  
 352  
 Bought  
 

 

New York Times bestselling author Lora Leigh tells a story of two Breeds who are united by animal desires, only to find it’s vengeance that stirs the mating heat… 

 

He was a shadow, ever shifting and insinuating, able to blend in everywhere and anywhere. The elusive ideal conceived and created by the Genetics Council, he went by just as many names as he had identities—the last one being Gideon. 
 
Now calling himself Graeme, he hides in plain sight, terrifyingly close to his goal. A rogue Bengal Breed, he has loyalties to no one but himself. And he has a need for vengeance that surges hot and swift through his veins.
 
Graeme plans to exact an extreme and ruthless vendetta against those who wronged him—Breed and human alike. All will suffer his wrath: those who created him, those who pretended to love him, and those who betrayed him.
 
That includes the one at the center of it all: a seductive, enigmatic woman helpless against the man whose desire is just as desperate as his need to destroy.
 
And he’s on her scent…

 

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Bengal’s Quest is book thirty in the Breeds series by Lora Leigh.

 

I will point out that this is not a standalone nor a good place to start. Their are key elements, storylines, and continuing things in play in a Bengal’s Quest. You might be able to get away with starting at Stygian’s Honor for this storyline. The opening prologue helped me recall some events, but it’s not enough for a newcomer to the series.

 

Cat has been in hiding and now that she is exposed, she is finally living her life. She was born human, but due to an illness she was genetically altered into a Breed to save her life. She suffered just like other Breeds and once she escaped she found herself in a position where she had to pose as Claire Martinez to hid from the Genetic Council and the Breed who swore to kill her.

 

Years ago, Gideon saved a little girl more then once that he called his own. During his last heroic rescue of her, he found himself hurt and she saved him with a blood transfusion, due to that he he swore to kill her. He hurt her emotionally to protect her from the Mating Heat that was starting to consuming him. Now that Cat is a women, he knows it’s time to claim her as his mate.

 

Confusing? Bengal’s Quest was a bit confusing and well this storyline has been a bit confusing from the start. The storyline spans at least three books maybe more. We get a vague description of transferring spirits and souls into other bodies. Which this concept has been odd and unusual from the moment it was introduced. I never fully understood what was going on with this spirit/soul storyline, until the end of Bengal’s Quest. Even at the end I was still feeling a little like I was missing something in this area. It’s not complete and I don’t know what’s going to happen or if we will get answers. This isn’t the first time the author has gone down one path and then changed her mind and never finished.

 

The romance between Cat and Gideon was mediocre. I never really connected to either, though I did like that Cat was strong-willed and that she put effort into reaching both Gideon the “monster” and Graeme the alpha. It just felt like the same romance was happening again.

 

Bengal’s Quest also offered too much and didn’t focus enough on long-standing characters. Ms. Leigh continues to expand her world, rather than focus on the characters she has. We are introduced to several potential future storylines that just got in the way and mad things more confusing. For example we have Cat’s friend, Khi (what is up their?), adding more new Breeds, and what possibly happened or will happen to Claire’s spirit. Finally, the story was riddled with repetitive dialogue and inner-monologue.

 

I will say it was nice to return to the Breed series after stepping away from it for a time, but I felt like it was the same, rinse wash repeat, and doesn’t have that spark that attracted me to the series to begin with. I’m sure I’ll continue on, but it’s not at the top of my list.

 

Rated: 3 Stars

 

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review 2016-10-24 17:42
Review: Defy the Dawn by Lara Adrian
Defy the Dawn: A Midnight Breed Novel (The Midnight Breed Series Book 14) - Lara Adrian

Picking up immediately after the conclusion of Bound to Darkness, Defy the Dawn shares the story of Brynne, a day-walking, Breed female who was created by a madman, and Zael, an Atlantean defector who has formed a loose alliance with the Order. After losing her job for secretly helping the Order (last book), Brynne agrees to work with the Order as they go after Opus Nostrum, the terrorist group out to cause mayhem and chaos all over the globe. Meanwhile, Zael can no longer contain his desire for and admiration of Brynne, but his womanize past may keep Brynne at a distance.

 

Defy the Dawn is the first book that features a romance between two characters with relatively no ties to the original Breeds or the offspring of the Order. I state this upfront because I believe this is part of the reason why I had a difficult time connecting to the romance and story in general. While I found the book exciting and action-packed, I struggled to stay focused on the storyline and had little investment in the outcome. And frankly, there was little progression in the overall plot involving Opus Nostrum or the fight with the Atlantean Queen. 

 

Brynne and Zael shared a passionate romance, filled with that desperate need to be with one another all the time. Yet, Brynne has a secret which keeps her at a distance from everyone. Even once Zael finds out the her hidden horror (and accepts her regardless), Brynne continues to use it as a reason to stay apart. Their romance was most enjoyable during the scenes when the pair were together, sharing and enjoying their feelings, but I got frustrated when they would pull apart and say things were a mistake.

 

I also struggled with the ending of the story, which felt too easy. You know those times when you threaten to punish your child, but then you don’t follow through? It felt like that. Additionally, two new characters were briefly introduced in the last few chapters of the book, and I just have a gut feeling that it was a set up for the next romance. I could be wrong, but it added to the disconnect - thinking that the next book may be about two characters about whom I know nothing.

 

Overall, Defy the Dawn is a solid story and sexy romance. There is lots of action and passion. It's just... I have fallen out of interest with this series (and PNR in general). I can't connect with the overall story any longer, and I am struggling to connect to these new characters when my old favorites are still around.

 

My Rating:  B-  Liked It, but had a few small issues

Originally posted at That's What I'm Talking About

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review 2016-10-14 00:01
Review: Midnight Untamed by Lara Adrian
Midnight Untamed: A Midnight Breed Novella - Lara Adrian

Ettore “Savage” Selvaggio is a member of the European Order and is about to take out the infamous Breed drug dealer, Massioni, when he sees a woman from his past inside the house he’s set to blow up. Arabella “Bella” Genova has a talent for looking into the future and is forced to help Massioni or risk the lives of the only family she has left. It's been ten years since Savage and Bella last saw each other, on the night he left her and broke her heart. 

 

Midnight Untamed is another entertaining, standalone novella set in the Midnight Breed world. While the story fits within the overall plot and timeline of the series, one can read and enjoy it without knowledge of the greater picture. 

 

Having a shared history is a big plus for Savage and Bella, making their reunion and extremely fast romance work within the limits of the novella. Additionally, the pair is open and honest from the start, both about why she’s with Massioni and why he left her all those years ago. This gets high marks from me. Ms. Adrian could have easily created one misunderstanding after another, yet instead of tossing hurdles in their path, she draws them closer through forthright sharing.

 

Overall, Midnight Untamed is a solid, enjoyable standalone tale set in the dark paranormal series. It’s a somewhat predicable PNR with an alpha male and quick bonding, but that works for the story and within the Midnight Breed universe. It’s an entertaining, quick read that is easy to follow, regardless if you are a veteran or new-to-the-series reader. 

 

My Rating:  B, Liked It

review copy provided by Inkslinger tours

Originally posted at That's What I'm Talking About

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