Six weeks ago, Tamisia (Sia) was banished from the Atlantean colony where she helped rule as council member; trusting the wrong man earned her a lifetime on Earth. Now she finds meaning in helping run a shelter for women and children in Rome, with fellow Atlantean Pheaedra. But when a deadly Breed Order operation causes the death of one under her care, Sia decides to take action.
Trygg, a dangers Gen One Hunter assassin who prefers to work solo, is obsessed with bring down the human responsible for distributing the deadly Red Dragon drug. When his mission crosses paths with the beautiful Sia, his emotions start getting in the way of his job. As much as he tries to avoid her, Trygg seems destined to tangle with the Atlantean.
Sia, who was introduced in Defy the Dawn (Midnight Breed #14), put her love and trust in Elyon, who was a traitor and still loyal to the evil Atlantean Queen. This resulted in the deaths of two Atlanteans and the colony was quick to blame Sia, banishing her and placing her under the protection of the Breed leader, Lazlo. Trygg also has trust issues, first from his youth as a Hunter under Dragos, and then when he was used by another who he thought loved him. This makes a relationship difficult to say the least - with two people both weary of the world and unable to trust one another. Yet, they cannot fight attraction and their mutual backgrounds seem to draw them closer rather than push them apart.
Midnight Unleashed is another good Midnight Breed novella that carries the same basic romantic premise as so many before it. It starts with a main couple who can’t stand one another. He’s rough and alpha, she’s tough yet feminine and tender. They are attracted but don’t like that they are. And then, in a matter of days, all hesitation melts away and they just know they are meant to be.
“It was as if she’d been waiting for this all her long life. Waiting for this man to awaken her and make her feel truly alive.”
They are in love - the kind that will last an eternity. If you are good with the basic premise than I highly recommend Midnight Unleashed, and the series in general.
The bottom line is that I liked Sia. I liked Trygg. I think I would have enjoyed their story more had it been longer; more fleshed out. They had sex once and spent like less than three days together, and they are in love. My issue is a personal taste one, and that is I just can’t get into the quick to love stories anymore. It’s not that they are even some pre-destined pair. They just fall head over heels immediately, and know they will spend an immortal life together. Forever. I don’t fault the author; it’s actually well done, albeit short. I found the hunt for the bad guy an interesting story, but was a bit disappointed with the conclusion. Note: while this story is listed as book #15.5, book #15: Claimed in Shadows, has not yet been released.
In the end, I enjoyed reading Midnight Unleashed, but on a personal note, I have hit my max on the “quick to fall in love” stories. A novella is a short space, and trying to create a forever relationship in such a short time can be challenging. Ms. Adrian continues to move the entire Midnight Breed series forward, and I look forward to the next full-length romance.
My Rating: B- Liked It, but I had a few small issues
Review copy provided by Inkslinger Blog Tour
Originally posted at That's What I'm Talking About