Midnight Awakening

Mass Market Paperback | November 27, 2007

byLara Adrian

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With a dagger in her hand and vengeance on her mind, Darkhaven beauty Elise Chase prowls Boston’s streets in search of retribution against the Rogue vampires who took from her everything she cherished. Using an extraordinary psychic gift, she tracks her prey, well aware that the power she possesses is destroying her. She must learn to harness this gift, and for that she can turn to only one man—the deadliest of the Breed warriors, Tegan.

No stranger to loss, Tegan knows Elise’s pain. He knows fury, but when he slays his enemies it is with ice in his veins. He is perfect in his self-control, until Elise seeks his aid in her personal war. An unholy alliance is forged—a bond that will link them by blood and vow—and plunge them into a tempest of danger, desire, and the darkest passions of the heart. . . .

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With a dagger in her hand and vengeance on her mind, Darkhaven beauty Elise Chase prowls Boston’s streets in search of retribution against the Rogue vampires who took from her everything she cherished. Using an extraordinary psychic gift, she tracks her prey, well aware that the power she possesses is destroying her. She must learn to ...

Lara Adrian is the New York Times bestselling author of the Midnight Breed series, including the novels Kiss of Midnight, Kiss of Crimson, Midnight Awakening, Midnight Rising, Veil of Midnight, Ashes of Midnight, Shades of Midnight, Taken by Midnight, Deeper than Midnight, Darker After Midnight, Edge of Dawn, Crave the Night, and the e...

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Format:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 7.01 × 5.04 × 1.09 inPublished:November 27, 2007Publisher:Random House Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Gaining momentum At book 3 this series is finally starting to stand alone, and the similarities between the Midnight Breed and the BDB are diminishing. That's a good thing! The romance in this book was a nice slow burn that kept you guessing; and the war grew more interesting and surprising. Looking forward to book 4!
Date published: 2013-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Ruthless Lover Midnight Awakening is the 3rd book in the Midnight Breed Series. This story follows Tegan, a Gen One vampire who is a dangerous and cold warrior. He has the gift of reading people's emotions with his touch. He is known to be the most scary and ruthless of the Breed warriors. We met Elise in the previous book she is the widower’s aristocrat Breedmate who watched her Rogue son get killed by her brother in law. She is no longer the proper reserved woman she used to be. she is on a mission and the mission is to avenge the death of her son. She is tracking and killing Minions because of her gift of hearing human thoughts. While killing a minion Tegan finds out what Elise is up to. He can't help but be drawn to her although he has no interest in being mated or involved with anyone, he can't help but want her. Together they work towards finding out the meaning of a journal and try to discover Merek's evil plans before it's too late. This couple is fantastic together. You can't say opposite's attract better than saying Tegan and Elise being together. They initially help each other out of necessity but inevitably form a bond with each other that has them both scared. They fight their attraction to each other and the sexual tension in this book is palpable. I love this series. It’s just keeps getting better and better.
Date published: 2010-11-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Better than I thought This is the third book in the Midnight Breed series and I thought it was really good, it was better than I thought it was going to be. I was unsure of how this book was going to turn out for me because I was unsure about the characters, but I'm happy to say it was great and I really enjoyed this book,it's characters and storyline. Overall this was a great book to a great series, I'm on to the next. :0)
Date published: 2010-07-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very hot Book three of the Midnight Breed series. Elise is the mother from the previous novel who's son was killed. Since then she has been avenging her son by killing minions, but when she gets in trouble she is rescued by Tegan, the one man who can block the psychic pain and the one she can't stop thinking about. I found this one in the series to be well told and very hot. 101/1000
Date published: 2010-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Blistering Heat and Thrilling Action! After seeing her son killed in front of her eyes, Elise Chase wants revenge on those responsible for her son turning Rogue. She uses her psychic ability to hunt down those involved, but she has never learned to manage her gift. Slowly, it will destroy her if she cannot find a way to control it, so Elise turns to Tegan for help. Tegan is a frightening Breed warrior who is cold and lethal, but underneath his emotionless façade, he understands the pain Elise feels over the loss of her son. Despite his initial refusal to help her, Tegan cannot deny that he feels something for Elise. Together they form a bond that will allow her to fight for the memory of her son, but will desire interfere? I’m still feeling the heat from Midnight Awakening, the third novel in Lara Adrian’s Midnight Breed series. The plot for this book was set up in the previous novel, Kiss of Crimson, resulting in a seamless transition from one book to the next. The characters had already been introduced, and the intensity between them was present immediately. It took very little time for the direction of the novel and the atmosphere between the many characters to be established, and suspense and excitement were built rapidly in the continuing inter-novel plot and the relationship plot. The last third of the novel had some thrilling revelations that upped my expectations for the whole series. I think there are some very promising events to come. Based on the previous novels, Tegan is portrayed as a detached man – vampire – who feels nothing for anyone, not even himself. We learn that he has endured great emotional pain in the past because of a shattering loss, and it appears that as a result he is incapable of emotion at all. Every paranormal series has a character like Tegan. You know, the damaged guy that everyone else thinks is a heartless, cruel, dangerous jerk, but there is that one woman who can reach him. Despite the fact that it’s all pretty formula and cliché, that type of character is usually my favorite. Tegan is no exception. I realize this probably says a lot about me and women in general, but let’s not turn this into an exploration of the female brain. Elise is a very determined character. I even want to say that she is strong despite her internal struggles and need for help. Sometimes it takes a lot of strength to ask for help when you need it, right? I really liked her, and I approved of her with Tegan. They fit together well. Tegan and Elise’s character development during the novel was just as satisfying as the twists in plot were! Plus, the intimate scenes were blisteringly hot! Midnight Awakening is the perfect addition to any paranormal junkie’s shelf, but I urge readers to read the series in the right order for maximum enjoyment!
Date published: 2010-03-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from They Weren't Lokking For love,But they Found It!! Welcome to the world of Breed warriors, a group of vampires who have sworn to protect the civilian race of vampires and humans from rogues who have lost their senses to the disease of bloodlust. Bloodlust is the equivalent of a human being addicted to drugs, and all that these rogue vamps can think of is the undying need to quench their thirst. It has started a war that seems to have no end. This is the 3rd book in the Breed series. This is about Tegan a Gen One( first generation vamp) the deadliest fighter and the coldest of the Breed warriors, no one can get to close to him, he hides behind his cold heart and an equally cold blade. The only thing that he lives for is the hunt and killing of rogues. It’s his past that has shaped him to the warrior he is now, knowing the disease of bloodlust firsthand and the pain of losing a loved one to the rogues. This is all about to change when he meets the beautiful and fragile Elise. Elise knows pain first hand being a Breedmate(human women who are mated to vamps and can bare them children). In recent years Elise has lost her husband and was in mourning and to make life worst she has lost her son to the rogues, who triggered his bloodlust (check 2nd book Kiss of Crimson). Since all that she loves was taken away, Elise feels she must do something to stop this war. Being gifted with psychic abilities she is able to listen in and find these rogues minions (humans who serve the rogues, no longer able to think for themselves). Since the lost of her son she has been playing a dangerous game of hunt, and has killed a few minions all by her lonesome, until her actions catches up to her. Then it’s Tegan to her rescue, let’s just say she got caught doing something she shouldn’t and he gets dragged into a partnership he doesn’t really want. So now they are on a mission to figure out what the rogues next move will be, because they have something very important that the leader of the rogues want and will stop at nothing to gain it. Tegan fears for Elise because the rogues now know who she is, he has no choice but to keep her close and that’s the last thing he wants. It has become harder to stay away from her and the need to sink his fangs into her neck only grows stronger, because once they share blood a bond will form that will become unbreakable. Only through death will it be broken. So the chase is on to stop a evil and when one door opens another closes and the Breed is finding that out firsthand. Now another evil might be upon them and will they be able to stop it in time. I love this series, its fast paced and exciting. The relationship between Tegan and Elise is sweet and sexy. Tege is the man, I love the aloof, I don’t need anyone kinda guy. Elise looks fragile and sweet but when she is needed she becomes a warrior too. A story about how a beauty tames the beast, and a love that heals. Miss Adrian writing is emotional and erotic, nothing like blood and sex to get your mojo going. I can’t wait to continue with the other books; I find that they are getting better with each novel. On the PL scale it’s a 3.5. Tegan oh Tegan you got me. An excellent read! 2010-003
Date published: 2010-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from excellent one of my favorites of the series. I loved tegan and elise. it's hard though to pick a favorite as all the books are so good and the characters are compelling.
Date published: 2009-09-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great addition to the series. Elise has one thing on her mind...vengeance. After losing everything she holds dear Elise prowls the streets using her extraordinary psychic gift hunting Rogues. But she needs help. Elise turns to the deadliest of all Breed warriors, the ice-cold Tegan. Tegan is captivated not only by her beauty but her courage and determination. Elise is physically weak and there is no way she will be able to continue on without the blood of Breed male. She disregards social norms and takes Tegan’s blood without the intention of a blood bond. Despite both of them looking the other way at love nothing can stop the fireworks. The more time they spend together and the more Elise takes Tegan into her body their desire for one another escalates and so begins what I think is the most exciting romantic pairing of the series. Elise has been the strongest Breedmate yet, the perfect match for Tegan. She breaks him down and he gives her the love of a man, a partner, that she has been missing her entire life. An exciting, page turning addition to the series. It just keeps getting better.
Date published: 2009-09-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loving it! I can't get enough of this series! This book is about the breed warrior Tegan who is the most distant of the warriors and Elise who is a breedmate who lost her mate and most recently her son. Elise is out for vengence for the death of her son and is killing minions, but one early evening everything changes when Tegan saves her life from some Rogues. He lets Elise use him for his blood to help her with her gift and that was to be the end of it, but Tegan and Elise find that it's not. Great book!
Date published: 2009-08-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Leaves you wanting more I absolutely loved this book. It had everything goin' on. It was a page turner for sure! It had romance, excitement, everything you could want in a book. It is one of those books that you don't want to end, but you can't stop reading. Looking forward to the next one, it has a lot to live up to.
Date published: 2009-07-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heart stopping series I was very impressed with these books and I would recommend them to anyone who is into fast paced books. I am waiting for the next book to come out.
Date published: 2009-04-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Original and enticing An amazing addition to the series no doubt. With far more action then Kiss of Crimson and a promise of further mayhem in the next with the coming battle of the war and the ancient Gen One. Tegan and Elise's story was sweet and non to son I think for the warrior with his icy heart. It was also great to see that he and Lucan finally settled things. A fantastic third novel by a great author. This series promises nothing more then great action and sweet romance. I have to admit though, the first, Kiss of Midnight and the romance Gabrielle and Lucan shared is still my favorite.
Date published: 2008-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent! I loved it! Out of the three novels, I can't decide which I liked more. If forced to choose, however, I'd have to say this one is my favourite... so far. More excellent actions scenes that have you holding your breath. More erotic sex scenes that leave you just as breathless as the characters... I'm so unbelievably happy for Tegan and Elise, happy that they found each other, happy that they found the love that was lacking. After all they'd been through, they so deserve each other. Maket gets what he deserves, but a twist in this one makes it far from over. My mistake was reading the excerpt for Midnight Rising. It isn't out until March 25th and already I'm too anxious! LOL!
Date published: 2008-01-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Midnight Awakening I just finished this book last night. I enjoyed it very much. It was a good read. The characters were interesting and the action steady. Kept me going until the end of the book.
Date published: 2008-01-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent The third book in this series delivers. This series is excellent so far, if you like JR Ward this is a must read . A new angle on the vampire genre, this series should be on the shelves of anyone who claims to be a fan of paranormal romance. Book four is on the way, if book three is any indication, it should be action packed. Keep them coming Lara!
Date published: 2007-12-13
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Black Dagger Brotherhood G-Rated A milder/tamer version of J.R. Ward's "Black Dagger Brotherhood" series. Good for a quick read.
Date published: 2007-12-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it ! I loved all 3 books , and was waiting impatiently for Tegan's & Elise story - did not dissappoint ! Good action , nice heroine ( not too meek) and Tegan had just the right touch of broodiness...... Can't wait until March for RIo's story ....
Date published: 2007-12-02

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Chapter OneShe walked among them undetected, just another afternoon rush-hour commuter trudging through the fresh February snowfall on her way to the train station. No one paid any mind at all to the petite female in the hooded oversized parka, her scarf concealing her face to just below her eyes, which watched the crowds of human pedestrians with keen interest. Too keen, she knew, but she couldn't help it.She was anxious being out among them, and impatient to find her prey.Her head rang with the pound of rock music blaring in through the tiny earbuds of a portable MP3 player. It wasn't hers. It had belonged to her teenage son-to Camden. Sweet Cam, who'd died just four months ago, a victim of the underworld war that Elise herself was now a part of as well. He was the reason she was here, prowling Boston's crowded streets with a dagger in her coat pocket and a titanium-edged blade strapped to her thigh.More than ever now, Camden was the reason she lived.His death could not go unavenged.Elise crossed at a traffic light and moved up the road toward the station. She could see people talking as she passed them, their lips moving silently, their words-more important, their thoughts-drowned out by the aggressive lyrics, screaming guitars, and pulsing throb of bass that filled her ears and vibrated in her bones. She didn't know precisely what she was listening to, nor did it matter. All she needed was the noise, played loud enough and long enough to get her into place for the hunt.She entered the building, just one more person in a river of moving humanity. Harsh light spilled down from fluorescent tubes in the ceiling. The odor of street filth and dampness and too many bodies assailed her nose through her scarf. Elise walked farther inside, coming to a slow pause in the center of the station. Forced to divide around her, the flowing crowd passed on either side, many bumping into her, jostling her in their haste to make the next train. More than one glared as they passed, mouthing obscenities over her abrupt halt in the middle of their path.God, how she despised all of this contact, but it was necessary. She took a steadying breath, then reached into her pocket and turned off the music. The din of the station rushed upon her like a wave, engulfing her with the racket of voices, shuffling feet, the traffic outside, and the metallic grate and rumble of the incoming train. But these noises were nothing compared to the others that swamped her now.Ugly thoughts, bad intentions, secret sins, open hatreds-all of it churned around her like a black tempest, human corruption seeking her out and hammering into her senses. It staggered her, as always, that first rush of ill wind nearly overwhelming her. Elise swayed on her feet. She fought the nausea that rose within her and tried her best to weather the psychic assault.-Such a bitch, I hope they fire her ass--Goddamn hick tourists, why don't you go back where you belong--Idiot! Outta my way, or I'll friggin' knock you flat--So what if she's my wife's sister? Not like she wasn't after me all this time-Elise's breath was coming faster with each second, a headache blooming in her temples. The voices in her mind blended into ceaseless, almost indistinguishable chatter, but she held on, bracing herself as the train arrived and its doors opened to let a new sea of people pour out onto the platform. They spilled around her, more voices added to the cacophony that was shredding her from the inside. -Panhandling losers ought to put the same effort into getting a damn job--I swear, he puts his hand on me one more time, I'ma kill the sumbitch--Run, cattle! Run back to your pens! Pathetic creatures, my Master is right, you do deserve to be enslaved-Elise's eyes snapped wide. Her blood turned to ice in her veins the instant the words registered in her mind. This was the one voice she waited to hear.The one she came here to hunt.She didn't know the name of her prey, or even what he looked like, but she knew what he was: a Minion. Like the others of his kind, he had been human once, but now he was something less than that. His humanity had been bled away by the one he called Master, a powerful vampire and the leader of the Rogues. It was because of them-the Rogues and the evil one guiding them in a growing war within the vampire race-that Elise's only son was dead.After being widowed five years ago, Camden was all she'd had left, all that mattered in her life. With his loss, she'd found a new purpose. An unwavering resolve. It was that resolve she leaned upon now, commanding her feet to move through the thick crowd, searching for the one she'd make pay for Camden's death this time.Her head spun with the continued bombardment of painful, ugly thoughts, but finally she managed to single out the Minion. He stalked ahead of her by several yards, his head covered by a black knit cap, his body draped in a tattered, faded green camouflage jacket. Animosity poured out of him like acid. His corruption was so total, Elise could taste it like bile in the back of her throat. And she had no choice but to stick close to him, waiting for her chance to make her move.The Minion exited the station and headed up the sidewalk at a fast clip. Elise followed, her fingers wrapped tightly around the dagger in her pocket. Outside with fewer people, the psychic blare had lessened, but the pain of overload in the station was still present, boring into her skull like a steel spike. Elise kept her eyes trained on her quarry, picking up her speed as he ducked into a business off the street. She came up to the glass door and peered past the painted FedEx logo to see the Minion waiting in line for the counter."Excuse me, miss," someone said from behind her, startling her with the sound of a true voice, and not the buzz of words that were still filling her head. "You going inside or what, lady?"The man behind her pushed open the door as he said it, holding it for her expectantly. She hadn't intended to go in, but now everyone was looking at her-the Minion included-and it would draw more attention to herself if she refused. Elise strode into the brightly lit business and immediately feigned interest in a display of shipping boxes in the front window.From her periphery, she watched as the Minion waited his turn in line. He was edgy and violent-minded, his thoughts berating the customers ahead of him. Finally he approached the counter, ignoring the clerk's greeting."Pickup for Raines."The attendant typed something into a computer, then hesitated a second. "Hang on." He headed to a back room, only to return a moment later shaking his head. "It hasn't arrived yet. Sorry 'bout that."Fury rolled off the Minion, tightening like a vise around Elise's temples. "What do you mean, 'it hasn't arrived'?""Most of New York got hit with a big snowstorm last night, so a lot of today's shipments have been delayed-""This shit's supposed to be guaranteed," the Minion snarled."Yeah, it is. You can get your money back, but you have to fill out a claim-""Fuck the claim, you moron! I need that package. Now!"My Master will have my ass if I don't turn up with this delivery, and if my ass goes in a sling, I'm going to come back here and rip your goddamn lungs out.Elise drew in her breath at the virulence of the unspoken threat. She knew the Minions lived only to serve the one who made them, but it was always a shock to hear the terrible depth of their allegiance. Nothing was sacred to their kind. Lives meant nothing, be they human or Breed. Minions were nearly as awful as the Rogues, the bloodthirsty, criminal faction of the vampire nation.The Minion leaned over the counter, fists braced on either side of him. "I need that package, asshole. I'm not leaving without it."The clerk backed away, his expression suddenly gone wary. He grabbed the phone. "Look, man, as I've explained to you, there's nothing more I can do for you on this. You're gonna have to come back tomorrow. Right now, you need to leave before I call the police."Useless piece of shit, the Minion growled inwardly. I'll come back tomorrow all right. Just you wait 'til I come back for you!"Is there a problem here, Joey?" An older man came out from the back, all business."I tried to tell him that his stuff ain't here yet on account of the storm, but he won't give it up. Like maybe I'm supposed to pull it out of my a-""Sir?" the manager said, cutting off his employee and pinning the Minion with a serious look. "I'm going to ask you politely to leave now. You need to go, or the police will be called to escort you out of here."The Minion growled something indistinguishable but nasty. He slammed his fist down on the countertop, then whirled around and started stalking away. As he neared the door where Elise stood, he swept over a floor display, sending rolls of tape and bubble packs scattering to the floor. Although Elise stepped back, the Minion was coming too hard toward her. He glared down at her with vacant, inhuman eyes."Get out of my way, cow!"She'd barely moved before he barreled past her and out the door, pushing so hard the glass panes rattled like they were going to shatter."Asshole," one of the patrons still in line muttered once the Minion had gone.Elise felt the wave of relief wash over the other customers at his departure. Part of her was relieved too, glad that no one met with harm. She wanted to wait for a while in the momentary calm in the store, but it was an indulgence she couldn't afford. The Minion was storming across the street now, and dusk was coming fast.She only had half an hour at best before darkness fell and the Rogues came out to feed. If what she did was dangerous in the daytime, at night it was nothing short of suicide. She could slay a Minion with stealth and steel-already had, in fact, more than once-but like any other human, female or not, she stood no chance against the blood-addicted strength of the Rogues.Girding herself for what she had to do, Elise slipped out the door and followed the Minion up the street. He was angry and walking brusquely, slamming into other pedestrians and snarling curses at them as he passed. A barrage of mental pain filled her head as more voices joined the din already clanging in her mind, but Elise kept pace with her target. She hung a few yards behind, her eyes trained on the pale green bulk of his jacket through the light flurry of fresh snow. He swung left around the corner of a building and into a narrow alley. Elise hurried now, desperate not to lose him.Midway down the side street, he yanked open a battered steel door and disappeared. She crept up to the windowless slab of metal, palms sweating despite the chill in the air. His violent thoughts filled her head-murderous thoughts, all the grisly things he would do out of deference to his Master.Elise reached into her pocket to withdraw her dagger. She held it close to her side, poised to strike, but concealed behind the long drape of her coat. With her free hand, she grasped the latch and pulled open the unlocked door. Snowflakes swirled ahead of her into the gloomy vestibule that reeked of mildew and old cigarette smoke. The Minion stood near a bank of mail slots, one shoulder leaning against the wall as he flipped open a cell phone like the ones they all carried-the Minions' direct line to their vampire Master."Shut the fucking door, bitch!" he snapped, soulless eyes glinting. His brows dropped into a scowl as Elise moved toward him with swift, deadly purpose. "What the hell is th-"She drove the dagger hard into his chest, knowing that the element of surprise was one of her best advantages. His anger hit her like a physical blow, pushing her backward. His corruption seeped into her mind like acid, burning her senses. Elise struggled through the psychic pain, coming back to strike him again with the blade, ignoring the sudden wet heat of his blood spilling onto her hand.The Minion sputtered, grasping out for her as he fell against her. His wound was mortal, so much blood she nearly lost her stomach at the sight and smell of it. Elise twisted out of the Minion's heavy lean and leaped out of the way as he fell to the floor. Her breath was sawing out of her lungs, her heart racing, her head splitting in agony as the mental barrage of his rage continued in her mind.The Minion thrashed and hissed as death overtook him. Then, finally, he stilled.Finally, there was silence.With trembling fingers, Elise retrieved the cell phone from where it lay at her feet and slipped it into her pocket. The slaying had drained her, the combined physical and psychic exertion almost too much to bear. Each time seemed to weigh more heavily on her, take longer for her to recover. She wondered if the day would come that she might slide so deep into the abyss that she'd not rebound at all. Probably, she guessed, but not today. And she would keep fighting so long as she had breath in her body and the pain of loss in her heart."For Camden," she whispered, staring down at the dead Minion as she clicked on the MP3 player in preparation of her return home. Music blared from the tiny earbuds, muting the gift that gave her the power to hear the darkest secrets of a human's soul.She'd heard enough for now.Her day's sober mission complete, Elise pivoted around and fled the carnage she'd wrought.Chapter TwoThe scent of blood carried on the thin, wintry breeze. It was faint, fresh, a coppery tickle in the nostrils of the vampire warrior who leaped soundlessly from the roof of one dusk-shadowed building to another. Snowflakes fell around him like floating white ash, blanketing the city that spread out beneath him some six stories down.Tegan crouched at the ledge and surveyed the tangle of bustling streets and alleyways. As one of the Order-a small cadre of Breed vampires engaged in war against their savage brethren, the Rogues-Tegan's primary nightly objective was dealing death to his enemies. It was something he did with a cold efficiency, a skill perfected during his more than seven centuries of existence. But down to his marrow, he was Breed, and there were none among his kind who could ignore the call of newly spilled human blood.

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“An adrenaline-fueled, sizzlingly sexy, darkly intense addition to Lara Adrian's addictively readable paranormal Breed series.”—Chicago Tribune