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Midnight Rising

by Lara Adrian

Random House Publishing Group | March 25, 2008 | Mass Market Paperbound

Midnight Rising is rated 3.9444 out of 5 by 18.
In a world of shadows and dark, cosuming hungers, desire is the deadliest weapon...

For journalist Dylan Alexander, it began with the discovery of a hidden tomb, thrusting her into the center of a gathering storm of violence and secrets. But nothing is as dangerous as the scarred, lethally seductive man who rises from the shadows to draw her into his world of dark desire and endless night.

Fueled by pain and rage over a shattering betrayal, the warrior Rio has pledged his life to the war against the Rogues. He will let nothing stand in his way—least of all a mortal woman with the power to expose the entire vampire race. For an ancient evil has been awakened, and a stunning darkness is on the rise. Suddenly Dylan is powerless to resist Rio’s touch, even as she uncovers a shocking link to her own past. And now she must choose: Leave Rio’s midnight realm, or risk it all for the man who has shown her true passion and the infinite pleasures of the heart. . . .

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 384 pages, 6.84 × 4.15 × 1 in

Published: March 25, 2008

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0440244447

ISBN - 13: 9780440244448

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fast and furious I read this book in 2 days and was thoroughly enthralled throughout. The female lead, Dylan, is less needy than any of the mates describe in the series so far, and that is refreshing. The vampire, Rio, is more broken than any of the Breed we've read about in this series to date, and that too is engaging. I liked this pairing, and their romance which was steamy as we've come to expect from this author. The war also took an interesting twist, and we were left with enough questions in the end that I'm on to book 5 immediately!
Date published: 2013-02-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Broken Breed Midnight Rising is the 4th book in fantastic Midnight Breed Series. This book we follow Rio, the warrior who was betrayed by his mate and scarred in an explosion because of her. Rio has been trying to recover but unable to because of black out and flashbacks which has him wanting to die. He gets severe bouts of rage and physical pain from the trauma. He cannot live this way and when he is assigned to blast a crypt with the secrets of the Breed, he wants to blast it with himself inside. Dylan Alexander is a journalist. While hiking in the Czech mountains, she is drawn to a cave in a mountain but a ghost of a female. Dylan has an extraordinary gift of seeing the dead. When entering the cave she discovers tribal art work that no one has ever seen. She believes it will be her big break with the paper. While in the cave she discovers Rio and with her pictures, she can destroy the Breed secrecy and have the biggest news story of a lifetime. Rio must contain the problem of Dylan and her exposing the breed. While attempting to "contain" the problem he kidnaps her. Rio is on edge of losing control and Dylan soon gives him reason to live. Rio is scarred and half crazy and with his physical scars and head injury he is not at all interested in a relationship with anyone but finds himself opening up and fighting his own demons while falling in love with Dylan. This was a great read. This series is fantastic and I cannot wait to read more.
Date published: 2010-11-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The betrayed one gets back in the game This is book 4 in the Midnight Breed series and I'm loving this series, I have really enjoyed all the books so far and this was no acception. I thought the book was great I was a bit worried that I wouldn't like it because I thought Rio would be to broody but he's a great characters and I also loved Dylan as well. Overall this was a great book just like the others and I look forward to the rest of the series. :0)
Date published: 2010-07-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lots of Steamy Romantic Tension Book four in the Midnight Breed series. I have been looking forward to Rio's story and this book does not disappoint, very good with lots of steamy romantic tension. I also like how Ms. Adrian layers the books (like J. R. Ward) so the story isn't just about the two main characters and she sets up the next and future books nicely. 102/1000
Date published: 2010-06-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Madre de Dios, Mucho Caliente!! So book #4 of the Midnight Breed series, I enjoyed it but I had my issues with the flow of the story. Don’t get me wrong it was really good as to be expected of Lara Adrian but there was just something about the time span between the couple that left me going “hmmm”. So the Breed are warriors sworn to protect humans and civilian vamps from vampires gone rogue, which means they just cant stop from killing and sucking the human population dry. Things are about to spice up for the breed when a new evil has been introduced and they fear the worst; they just might be helpless to stop it. So we met Rio from the very first book Kiss Of Midnight when he was caught up in a bomb blast and almost lost his life, only to find out the one who orchestrated said blast was his Breedmate. Talk about the ultimate back stab. So disfigured and emotionally ruined Rio just wants to end his life and end the suffering that comes along with betrayal. Dylan is on vacation a trip she’s taking for her mom. Mom couldn’t make it so she went along instead. Dylan works for a tabloid magazine that writes articles about alien abductions and Big Foot spotting. Not the most credible magazine, so while on some mountain in Prague she see’s a ghost which leads her to a tomb, that leads her to Rio. So Dylan just saw something she was not to see and some crazy guy is hell bent on stopping her from reporting her findings. She cant help being drawn to this disfigured stranger and something’s telling her that he is more than he appears to be. So boom Rio says he is a vampire and the crescent moon birthmark she has says she is a Breedmate which means she has a special genetic make-up that makes her able to give birth to future Vamps, talk about crazy. Well the truth becomes clear in Rio’s fangs and the crazy way he puts her to sleep. The life she once knew becomes a world filled with things she never thought possible and decisions she never expected to make. Rio aka Eleuterio de la Noche Atanacio my translation “ hey sexy how about you drop those pants”. Is one messed up vamp but you cant help but to love him. He is one black out away from killing someone, and five scars ahead as being the sexiest warrior, Whooza he breaks your heart while you think dirty things about him. So the relationship between these two felt rushed. I think more time was needed for Rio to figure out his feelings and come to terms with what happened in the past. Plus with Dylan’s decision to remain in the human world, that came tumbling down too fast. I am glad things worked out but it seemed forced. Together I like them, but they don’t light my fire the way Tegan and Elise did but Rio is right up there with hot and hotter. The ending also fell short, I wanted more of a showdown between the Breed and the bad guys, all I got was a few heated words. Overall I enjoyed it and cant wait to dive into the others. On the PL(Pants Losing) scale a solid 4. Rio burns. 2010-027
Date published: 2010-04-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Intoxicating & Addictive When Dylan Alexander discovers what appears to be a tomb deep within a cave, she knows that as a journalist this could be a big story for her. What she doesn’t know is that by walking into that cave she has entered a world of vampire warriors and deadly Rogues. Within that cave is Rio, a vampire scarred by an explosion that nearly killed him and also by the pain of betrayal. Rio must bring Dylan into his world, but he cannot risk trusting her when she has the power to expose the vampire race. The problem is that passion cannot be contained for long. Lara Adrian delivers a sensational fourth novel in the Midnight Breed series with this one! It’s hot vampires at their best! Immediately I was pulled into the story because Rio was introduced in subplots during the other novels in the series, and I was curious about where Adrian would take him. The direction of the continuing inter-novel plot was fabulous and unexpected. I was just as interested in the “big” plot as I was the relationship plot between Rio and Dylan, and I couldn’t tear myself away from it at all. The setting of the novel bounced around throughout the novel which kept it very exciting and suspenseful, and allowed some international characters to be revisited. Themes of trust, redemption, and purpose play a big part in the story. Rio was introduced at the beginning of the series as a very different character than he is at the start of Midnight Rising. At the beginning of this novel, Rio is a very broken, damaged man. He’s feral, miserable, and hurt beyond describing. As the novel progresses, Rio develops and changes. I enjoyed seeing Rio’s growth because he is the type of character that the reader can get really attached to. Dylan is a down to earth, relatable character. Of all the female characters in the series so far, Dylan was the easiest for me to connect with because her and her family were facing a sensitive and emotional situation that is similar to something I’ve experienced. The novel is still a light, steamy vampire read, but I though Adrian did a good of writing Dylan facing that situation. The heat and intensity between Rio and Dylan built quickly and was thoroughly satisfying to read. There were many teaser scenes in the novel where the passion was building then got interrupted, but when the moment was right, the results were blazing and feverish! If you are looking for a hot, intoxicating read, Midnight Rising delivers. It also has a very “warm and fuzzy” feel when you realize that the characters saved each others in more ways than one.
Date published: 2010-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from excellent first of the midnight breed series. was hooked from the beginning. characters are dark and at first your not sure if you like them. once got started could not put down. read all six of the books and they keep getting better.
Date published: 2009-09-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Another great addition... After being betrayed by his former Breedmate and suffering a horrible accident, Breed Warrior Rio is looking to end his life. But his accidental encounter with Dylan Alexander changes his plans. Dylan, a tabloid journalist, stumbles upon secret Breed information and Rio is forced to take her hostage in order to secure the situation. Despite being his hostage, Dylan is drawn to Rio, mentally, emotionally and physically. Rio, after believing that he would never let a woman get close to him, finds himself fantasising about what it would be like to have Dylan in his life. As their story unfolds, both end up being the rock that the other needs. Rio suffers from severe physical breakdowns and Dylan is struggling with the imminent death of her mother. Rio is a physical and emotional wreck, a liability to himself and the warriors but Dylan brings him back from the brink of insanity with her unconditional love. Dylan is afraid of love and her special gift but the trust that Rio has in her opens up her heart and her mind, allowing her to be comfortable with who she is. At this point in the series the overall story is getting more intense. Keep in mind that in the background, the Warriors are hunting Dragos, the one responsible for possibly hiding an ancient with the ability to destroy everything around them. Great read. Exciting and fast-paced with great love scenes, intimate and touching.
Date published: 2009-09-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Rio was injured physically and mentally from an explosion and also betrayed by his mate. He doesn't have anything left to live for and wants to end his life. Little does he know that Dylan is about to change his life and make it worth living again. It's a great story of how Rio is brought back from the very edge of despair and finds the greatest love of his life.
Date published: 2009-08-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Addition Midnight Rising is a really great book. The books in this series just get better and better. Once this book gets going, you won't put it down. If you like paranormal romance books, you definitely have to read this series. Lara Adrian is now one of my favorite authors.
Date published: 2009-07-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great read Absolutely love the series. Each book is better than the previous
Date published: 2009-05-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun and romantic, but nothing to serious For me this novel fell in with Kiss of Crimson. No real point to the story at large-save for the breeding part-just another warrior finding love. That being said, I thoroughly enjoyed the novel and being able to see Rio on his feet again. Although, it took me a considerable amount of time to get into this one the way that it started. Just past boring, in my opinion. But with a need to protect the Order, Rio rose up and the book became interesting. I can't wait for Niko's story in Veil of Midnight. And part of me is kind of hoping for another story on Lucan and Gabrielle-although I know that will never happen.
Date published: 2008-11-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Another winner in this series I haven’t got caught up in the whole JR Ward and BDB phenomenon, But I have in this lesser known (and lesser appreciated I think) vampire series. What I like about this series over the BDB series is the heroines are much stronger – they seem to be on a more equal footing with the heroes and I think the world building is more consistent, something I’ve said before about the previous books. The strong bond behind The Breed is just as strong I think. This book is Rio’s story. Near the end of the first book he was badly injured in an explosion and it turned out he and his fellow band of warriors were betrayed by his breed mate. Scarred both inside and out, he feels he is no longer any use as a Warrior and after his final mission, blowing up a cave that once held one of the monsters they were all descended from, he was going to seal himself inside the cave. But before he can do that, our heroine, finds him hiding out in the cave and proceeds to take pictures. She plans on doing an article for a rag type newspaper. She’s a journalist but at the time, this is the only kind of work she can find. As this could reveal things that are not to be known about the Breed, Rio has no choice but to ditch his suicide plans and follow her and take her captive. But much to his dismay, she is a breed mate, one of the few humans that can mate with Breeds and as such is to be treated with care and reverence. Because Rio is so damaged, he has trouble controlling himself at times and suffers breakdowns. When Heather witnesses one she is terrified. But she gradually begins to see beneath the surface to the tender, kind and honourable man underneath. I was fortunate to read the first four books of this series in a relatively short period of time but alas now I have a longer wait for the next one. But I have a feeling it will be worth it as so far I have quite enjoyed each and every one of these books.
Date published: 2008-07-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from *yawn* Honestly, I read Dante and Tess' story, and was hoping that this book would be far more interesting. It wasn't. The heroine was predictable, she wasn't that well developed. Again, the story started off interesting at first, but then tapered off into predictability. Again, if you don't have to buy this, don't. It's a good read if you want to occupy yourself at your doctor's office, but that's about it. Halfway through the book I lost interest in finishing it, though I did over a course of a couple of days.
Date published: 2008-05-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing! Midnight Rising had a good story line and intriguing characters. This book is fast paced and a constant page turner till the end. I found it every bit as good as the last three and I am looking forward to the next book. If you like sexy, dangerous and very masculine men; and smart, witty, beautiful women, add some vampires to the mix and you have a very explosive story.
Date published: 2008-04-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from VERY NICE STORY ...LOVED IT !! Yes, Rio's & Dylan's story follows the previous books and adds some new characters, liked the plot, enjoyed the love scenes and the flow of the story ( no it's not like the Brotherhood series by J.R.Ward) , but still a very enjoyable afternoon .... looking forward to the next one
Date published: 2008-03-26
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Entertaining but... Unfortunately, Midnight Rising does not live up to my expectations, such as a thoughtful demonstration in plot and character development grounded in Adrian's earlier Midnight Breed novels. An entertaining and fun read when there is little else to do.
Date published: 2008-03-25
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Make That Mild A calorie-free version of J.R. Ward's Black Dagger series. Not as edgy but good for a quick light read.
Date published: 2008-03-24

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Midnight Rising

by Lara Adrian

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 384 pages, 6.84 × 4.15 × 1 in

Published: March 25, 2008

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0440244447

ISBN - 13: 9780440244448

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Fueled by pain and rage over a shattering betrayal, the warrior Rio has pledged his life to the war against the Rogues. He will let nothing stand in his way--least of all a mortal woman with the power to expose the entire vampire race. Original.

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Chapter One The woman looked completely out of place in her pristine white blouse and tailored ivory pants. Long, coffee-dark hair cascaded over her shoulders in thick waves, not a single strand disturbed by the moist haze that hung in the air of the forest. She was wearing tall elegant heels, which hadn''t seemed to keep her from climbing up a wooded path that had the other hikers around her huffing in the humid July heat. At the crest of the steep incline, she waited in the shade of a bulky, moss-covered rock formation, unblinking as half a dozen tourists passed her by, some of them snapping pictures of the overlook beyond. They didn''t notice her. But then, most people couldn''t see the dead. Dylan Alexander didn''t want to see her either. She hadn''t encountered a dead woman since she was twelve years old. That she would see one now, twenty years later and in the middle of the Czech Republic, was more than a little startling. She tried to ignore the apparition, but as Dylan and her three traveling companions made their way up the path, the woman''s dark eyes found her and rooted on her. You see me. Dylan pretended not to hear the static-filled whisper that came from the ghost''s unmoving lips. She didn''t want to acknowledge the connection. She''d gone so long without one of these weird encounters that she''d all but forgotten what it was like. Dylan had never understood her strange ability to see the dead. She''d never been able to trust it or control it. She could stand
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In a world of shadows and dark, cosuming hungers, desire is the deadliest weapon...

For journalist Dylan Alexander, it began with the discovery of a hidden tomb, thrusting her into the center of a gathering storm of violence and secrets. But nothing is as dangerous as the scarred, lethally seductive man who rises from the shadows to draw her into his world of dark desire and endless night.

Fueled by pain and rage over a shattering betrayal, the warrior Rio has pledged his life to the war against the Rogues. He will let nothing stand in his way—least of all a mortal woman with the power to expose the entire vampire race. For an ancient evil has been awakened, and a stunning darkness is on the rise. Suddenly Dylan is powerless to resist Rio’s touch, even as she uncovers a shocking link to her own past. And now she must choose: Leave Rio’s midnight realm, or risk it all for the man who has shown her true passion and the infinite pleasures of the heart. . . .

About the Author

Lara Adrian lives in New Hampshire with her husband where she is at work on the next novel in her sexy vampire series featuring the Midnight Breed.

Editorial Reviews

“Evocative, enticing, erotic… enter Lara Adrian’s world and be enchanted!” —J. R. Ward, author of Lover Unbound