Friday, March 7, 2008

Review - Kiss of Midnight


Title: Kiss of Midnight
Author: Lara Adrian
Publishing Date: May 2007
Genre: Paranormal
Rating: C
Sensuality: Hot

Lucan Thorne is a vampire. He is also the leader of a group of vampires known as Breed warriors. They fight Rogue vampires, those vampires who have given into the bloodlust. Gabrielle Maxwell is outside a club and witnesses a brutal murder of a man to a group of Rogues. She takes their picture with her cell phone camera and runs to the police. Only the police don’t believe her. Lucan was also at this same club and he watches Gabrielle unwittingly become involved in his world. He cleans up the mess the Rogues left behind so that humans will remain unaware of vampires. He now has to get those pictures from Gabrielle.

I couldn’t get into this book. I couldn’t connect with the characters. I didn’t care what happened to Gabrielle or Lucan. It seemed like they were only skin deep. I think Adrian has potential though. Some of the things her characters thought or said were quite funny; but it wasn’t consistent. When the Breed warriors were having a conversation together, it was laughable, but not in a good way. Their “he-man” talk was more than a little over-the-top at times and seemed silly.

Kiss of Midnight
wasn’t neatly wrapped up at the end. Lucan and Gabrielle do get their happy ending, but the bad guy gets away. There is a bit of a cliffhanger at the end when the bad guy’s identity is revealed, yet left unresolved. There were many story arcs that will continue in the series. In some ways this book was more of a set up for things to come. I am interested enough to see what Adrian has next that I will be reading the next book. Let’s hope the second book is better than the first one.

Here is what others had to say:

Jace Scribbles
Lesley W's Book Nook
The Good, The Bad, The Unread
Rosario's Reading Journal



Jace said...

Jill, it's good that you're willing to give the rest of the books a try. :) I'm sorry that this one didn't quite work for you.

Lucan and Gabrielle do appear in the later books, and their characters do grow a little.

I hope the 2nd book will be a better read for you.

Jill D. said...

Hey Jace, no worries, everyone has different tastes. Here's to hoping the next one is better!

Brie said...

I have tried but cant seem to be able to get into Adrian's writing style. I know that her last book Midnight Awakening got great reviews, but I didn't like it very much. *Ducks the flying tomatoes.*

I really don't think this author is for me. :(

Jill D. said...

Brie, Have you read all three so far?

Don't feel bad, everybody has different tastes. Laura Lee Gurhke is a very popular author that I can't seem to get into. I am sure there will more too, as time goes on.

Brie said...

Jill, I tried Kiss of Crimson but never finished it. I only gave Midnight Awakening a try because of the good reviews, I was not impressed.

Actually, I feel the same way about Gurke as you do. I found her writing underwhelming.

I'll stop now, as I'm beginning to sound like a Negative Nelly. ;o

Christine said...

I love this series, but I've determined that its one of those series that readers either love or hate. Well, hate is a strong word... how about just can't get into. :)

Leane said...

Well said.