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Shades Of Midnight: A Midnight Breed Novel

by Lara Adrian

Random House Publishing Group | December 29, 2009 | Mass Market Paperbound

Shades Of Midnight: A Midnight Breed Novel is rated 3.8 out of 5 by 10.
In a frozen wilderness steeped in darkness, the lines between good and evil, lover and enemy, are never black or white but drawn in Shades of Midnight.

Something inhuman is stalking the frigid Alaskan wilds, leaving unspeakable carnage in its wake. For bush pilot Alexandra Maguire, the killings stir memories of a horrific event she witnessed as a child and evoke in her the inexplicable sense of otherness she has long felt within herself but never fully understood . . . until a darkly seductive stranger with secrets of his own enters her world.

Sent from Boston on a mission to investigate the savage attacks and stop the slaughter, vampire warrior Kade has his own reasons for returning to the frigid, forbidding place of his birth. Haunted by a secret shame, Kade soon realizes the stunning truth of the threat he faces–a threat that will jeopardize the fragile bond he has formed with the courageous, determined young woman who arouses his deepest passions and most primal hungers. But in bringing Alex into his world of blood and darkness, Kade must confront both his own personal demons and the even greater evil that could destroy all he holds dear.

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 400 pages, 6.9 × 4.2 × 1.03 in

Published: December 29, 2009

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0440245265

ISBN - 13: 9780440245261

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Back on track I plowed through book #7 - and agree with other reviewers: it is hot in Alaska! I was worried that I wouldn't enjoy this book because it is about Kade, a character rarely mentioned in the previous 6 books, but one of the Order. Really enjoyed his character, and his interaction with Alexandra. Finally a heroine who can "rescue" herself! I moved straight into book #8 which picks up days after this book ends, and am hoping this means the series is back on the upswing!
Date published: 2013-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It's hot in Alaska Shades of Midnight is the 7th book in the Midnight Breed Series. This book follows the Breed warrior Kade and a bush pilot Alex. Something or someone has killed a family in a remote part of Alaska. Alex discovered the bodies while dropping off supplies to their place. The bodies were video taped and put over the internet. The Order needs to contain this situation fast and sends Alaskan born Kade to go contain the situation. Kade is a warrior who just joined the Order the year before. He has an ability to take over predator animals with his mind and struggles with that dark side of him and his nature. Alex is a very realistic heroine. She feels like the girl next door who's strong yet vulnerable. She (of course) is a breedmate who doesn't know about that side of the world. While Kade investigates the killings he works with Alex to get information. He finds himself extremely drawn to her. He also comes to the realization that something even more dangerous is loose in Alaska that some Rogues. Another great book from this series. I really loved these two characters and loved the tormented Kade. The glimpse into his family's darkheavens and his insecurities as a son and protector of his brother really made his character more believable and lovable. Love this book.
Date published: 2011-01-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Unsure at first This is book seven in The Midnight Breed series and at first I was usure about it because it started off alittle slow but I'm happy to say it picked up and I really enjoyed this book, I'm also very excited for the next book. Overall I thought this was a great addition to the series and I can't wait till the next one comes out. :0)
Date published: 2010-07-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ALASKAN VAMPIRES...WHO KNEW SHADES OF MIDNIGHT is book 7 from the Midnight Breed series which I’ve followed from the beginning and for the most part really enjoyed. You can pretty much count on yummy and tortured alpha male heroes, steamy romance and exciting action filled paranormal storylines. Adrian has built a great Vampire world here that always reminds me of a vanilla-fied version of Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood. Unlike Ward however each instalment continues to be either hit or miss for me and I’m never really sure going in which one I’m going to get. With this instalment we travel to the snow, cold and almost perpetual darkness of Harmony Alaska, focusing on newer Breed member Kade and his strong and independent breedmate to be, bush pilot Alexandra. I loved the setting here; with its remote settlements, small town characters, wolves, snow mobile action scenes and death deifying single engine flights. You could almost feel your breath freezing and the snow crunching beneath your boots. I think that this could easily be read as a stand alone too as it steps away from the previous story arcs and main breed characters. (They do make a small appearance however and Hunter in particular intrigued me) Lara Adrian has also given the rules to her vampire world and filled in an relative back story, so you won’t ever be lost. After a rather gruesome prologue we join Alexandra Maguire and her wolf dog Luna as they fly to one of the remote settlements on her supply route. What she comes across once she arrives is horrific. Someone or something has slaughtered the entire Tom family, reminding Alex of the unspeakable events from her childhood that’s kept her running and pretending ever since. Back in Boston at the Breed compound word of the attack has reached the ranks of the Order. Little known member Kade is sent to investigate, having been born and raised in Alaska he’s the logical choice and the only one truly comfortable in the cold. What the Order doesn’t know however is that Kade’s twin brother could be the one responsible for the murders. But if anyone remembers what happened at the end of ASHES OF MIDNIGHT you’ll also know that the Order has even bigger problems in the form of one roving and unrestrained Generation One warrior. So for me this was just an okay read. Nothing special or remarkable happened that added to the series as a whole, there were few surprises and the romance was quick, trouble free and lukewarm at best. I never really felt any connection to or between Kade and Alex and in the end came away not feeling much of anything with a romance and story that I’ll soon forget. Nonetheless I will continue to recommend this series and be looking for the next addition (TAKEN BY MIDNIGHT) as soon as it hit’s the shelves. Cheers! "Do you… do this often?" "Get naked with sexy Alaskan bush pilots in the middle of the frozen wilderness?" He paused for a minute "Nope, this was a first time for me"
Date published: 2010-05-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Slow to Start Off, but Exciting at the End When Alex Maguire discovers a family massacred in remote Alaska, it brings back painful and terrifying childhood memories. She knows that something dark is out there waiting to kill more people, but she’s afraid and doesn’t know who she can trust. Kade, born and raised in Alaska, arrives in the small town of Harmony to investigate the brutal murders, and Alex instinctually knows she can trust Kade with the truth. As Kade and Alex work together to find what is lurking in the darkness, Kade starts feeling affection and maybe even love for Alex creeping up on him. Can Kade risk bringing her into his world when there is so much danger as well as his own secrets waiting to catch up to him? Going into this novel, I knew a lot less about Kade than I had the other warriors going into their novels. As a result, I felt disconnected from Kade and I had a bit of a hard time really immersing myself in his story. Compared to the previous novels, I found the beginning of Shades of Midnight slow to grab my attention despite the fact that the novel starts off with a fairly brutal event. Both the continuing plot and the relationship plot in the novel started off slowly, progressed with moderate excitement during the middle, but exploded with thrilling twist and turns at the end. Based on the first 200 pages, the book only seemed worthy of 3 out of 5 stars, but the last 150 pages almost completely made up for what the beginning and middle lacked. The continuing plot progressed somewhat, but the ending of the book left me with a few suspicions and questions that I’m eager to explore further in the next installment. There were multiple little side plots going on in this book, which I found very interesting. Kade not only had the plot with Alex, but he also had a subplot involving his family. I appreciated the inclusion of the family aspect because it allowed me to develop an understanding and fondness for Kade that I lacked going into the book. Like I said before, Kade was a bit of a mystery going into this book for me because I Lara Adrian didn’t spend a lot of time developing a back-story or introducing Kade like she did with some of the previous warriors. While Kade was elusive at first, his past was explored probably more than any other warrior during the course of his novel. Kade’s family was introduced and his childhood was explored in quite a bit of detail. I was delighted to get so much insight into his character because he seemed a bit cold and flat at first. There is a lot more to him that meets the eye. Alex didn’t connect with me immediately either, but I warmed up to her quicker than I did Kade. She had a lot of baggage and secrets she carried around from her childhood, and she seemed quite lost and alone emotionally. Once she met Kade and started to open up a bit, I found her quite sweet and pleasant. There were some fairly steamy love scenes between the two, but I wouldn’t say they were the most memorable or highest heat of the series. Overall, I think they complemented one another well. Shades of Midnight had a lot of side characters due to the Alaskan setting. I found a lot of these new characters to be sort of stereotypical, but mildly amusing. I’d still say Shades of Midnight was the weakest of the series so far, but it’s a worthwhile read. Stick it out until the end and you’ll be rewarded. I’m looking forward to the release of the next novel in the series.
Date published: 2010-04-29
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not The Best "Breed" In The Bunch This was the 7th book in the Breed series. After running away from home to join the Order, Kade is forced to return to his Darkhaven in Alaska. There his must hunt the Ancient while facing his family and the dark secret that caused him to run. While struggling with his own mess, Kade meets up with bush pilot Alexandra Maguire, a woman with a secret past of her own. This story wasn’t as tightly woven as the others in the series. There was no real bad guy, just a lot of looking for the bad guy. And the whole "not feeling worthy enough to claim a breedmate" is getting extremely old. The next Breed book should be about one of the warriors getting some help to deal with their self esteem issues.
Date published: 2010-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read Shades of Midnight follows the story of the exotic and brooding Kade, who is sent on a mission home to Alaska to hunt down a possible rogue, and wouldn't you know, finds the love of his life in a beautiful young breed-mate! I found it a refreshing storyline from the usual midnight breed books, away from its usual setting in the city. Kade resolves old family conflicts; in the meantime, another (possibly more sympathetic?) side of the Ancient is revealed. I really enjoyed this book and look forward to the next one in the series.
Date published: 2010-02-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Good Read I find this book wasn’t as good as the others…though it was still exciting and passionate. I liked the setting of this book; I find lots of books are written in cities, and it was refreshing to be in an isolated area such as the Arctic. And it had a really good ending…I wish the next one was coming out sooner.
Date published: 2010-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enticing The books in this series just keep getting better, and the character's just pull you into the story and you can't put the book down. I counted down the days till this book was released and I was not dissappointed. I love how Kade, the breed male, is troubled with his talent and how it's a delicate balance for him and that he could easily succome to the wild call. Alexandra is a great character, she is strong and determined, yet her past greatly troubles her and wants to constantly run from it. That is until she meets Kade. They help each other with their weakness' and the attraction between them is sizzling. With murders, missions, deceit, family troubles, haunting past's, uncertain futures, and lust, this book will grab you and never let you go.
Date published: 2010-01-17
Rated 2 out of 5 by from s'okay This one was a bit of a disappointed. I've been following the Breed series which usually has some momentum and strength to the story but this one was like an intermission. The characters aren't too bad and the story was fair. There just wasn't the usual thriller suspense and quickness to it where you just couldn't put the book down. Yes, it clarified Kade's story and yes, he also finds his Breedmate but there just wasn't any spice to it. It was okay for a quick weekend read. I will hang in there and wait for Book 8, Brock's story.
Date published: 2010-01-04

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Shades Of Midnight: A Midnight Breed Novel

by Lara Adrian

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 400 pages, 6.9 × 4.2 × 1.03 in

Published: December 29, 2009

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0440245265

ISBN - 13: 9780440245261

About the Book

In a frozen wilderness steeped in darkness, the lines between good and evil, lover and enemy, are never black and white but drawn in shades of midnight. The sixth novel in Adrian's Midnight Breed series. Original.

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Chapter One Twenty-eight-hundred feet below the red single-engine de Havilland Beaver’s wings, the broad swath of the frozen Koyukuk River glistened under the morning moonlight like a ribbon of crushed diamonds. Alexandra Maguire followed the long stretch of ice-jammed, crystalline water north out of the small town of Harmony, the back of her plane loaded with supplies for the day’s delivery run to a handful of settlements nestled deep in the interior. Beside her in the passenger seat of the cockpit was Luna, the best copilot she’d ever had, aside from her dad, who had taught Alex everything she knew about flying. The gray-and-white wolf dog had been standing in for Hank Maguire for a couple of years now, when the Alzheimer’s had really started taking hold of him. Hard to believe he’d been gone for six months now, although Alex often felt she had been slowly losing him for a lot longer than that. At least the disease that ate away his mind and memories had also ended his pain, a small mercy to be sure. Now it was just Luna and her living in the old house in Harmony and making the supply runs to Hank’s small roster of clients in the bush. Luna sat erect next to Alex, her pointed ears perked forward, sharp blue eyes keeping a steady watch on the mountainous terrain of the Brooks Range, its dark, crouching bulk filling the northwest horizon. As they crossed the Arctic Circle, the dog fidgeted in the seat and let out a small, eager-sounding whi
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From the Publisher

In a frozen wilderness steeped in darkness, the lines between good and evil, lover and enemy, are never black or white but drawn in Shades of Midnight.

Something inhuman is stalking the frigid Alaskan wilds, leaving unspeakable carnage in its wake. For bush pilot Alexandra Maguire, the killings stir memories of a horrific event she witnessed as a child and evoke in her the inexplicable sense of otherness she has long felt within herself but never fully understood . . . until a darkly seductive stranger with secrets of his own enters her world.

Sent from Boston on a mission to investigate the savage attacks and stop the slaughter, vampire warrior Kade has his own reasons for returning to the frigid, forbidding place of his birth. Haunted by a secret shame, Kade soon realizes the stunning truth of the threat he faces–a threat that will jeopardize the fragile bond he has formed with the courageous, determined young woman who arouses his deepest passions and most primal hungers. But in bringing Alex into his world of blood and darkness, Kade must confront both his own personal demons and the even greater evil that could destroy all he holds dear.

From the Jacket

“Evocative, enticing, erotic.”—J. R. Ward, author of Lover Avenged

About the Author

Lara Adrian is the New York Times bestselling author of the Midnight Breed series, including Kiss of Midnight, Kiss of Crimson, Midnight Awakening, Midnight Rising, Veil of Midnight, and Ashes of Midnight. Her next novel in this seductive series will come from Dell Books in Fall 2010.

Editorial Reviews

“Evocative, enticing, erotic.”—J. R. Ward, author of Lover Avenged
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