Midnight Rising

Mass Market Paperback | March 25, 2008

byLara Adrian

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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. . . .

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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 dra...

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:384 pages, 6.84 × 4.15 × 1 inPublished:March 25, 2008Publisher:Random House Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by from ;) I am so happy for Rio!!!!! I love it!!!!!
Date published: 2014-02-17
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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Chapter OneThe 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 in the middle of a cemetery and see nothing, then suddenly find herself up close and personal with one of the departed, as she was here in the mountains about an hour outside Prague.The ghosts were always female. Generally youthful-looking and vibrant, like the one who stared at her now with an unmistakable desperation in her exotic, deep brown gaze.You must hear me.The statement was tinged with a rich, Hispanic accent, the tone pleading."Hey, Dylan. Come here and let me get a picture of you next to this rock."The sound of a true, earthly voice jolted Dylan's attention away from the beautiful dead woman standing in the nearby arch of weathered sandstone. Janet, a friend of Dylan's mother, Sharon, dug into her backpack and pulled out a camera. The summer tour to Europe was Sharon's idea; it would have been her last great adventure, but the cancer came back in March and the final round of chemotherapy several weeks ago had left her too weak to travel. More recently, Sharon had been in and out of the hospital with pneumonia, and at her insistence Dylan had taken the trip in her place."Gotcha," Janet said, clicking off a shot of Dylan and the towering pillars of rock in the wooded valley below. "Your mom sure would love this place, honey. Isn't it breathtaking?"Dylan nodded. "We'll e-mail her the pictures tonight when we get back to the hotel."She led her group away from the rock, eager to leave the whispering, otherworldly presence behind. They walked down a sloping ridge, into a stand of thin-trunked pines growing in tight formation. Russet leaves and conifer needles from seasons past crushed on the damp path underfoot. It had rained that morning, topped off with a sweltering heat that kept many of the area's tourists away.The forest was quiet, peaceful . . . except for the awareness of ghostly eyes following Dylan's every step deeper into the woods."I'm so glad your boss let you have the time off to come with us," added one of the women from behind her on the path. "I know how hard you work at the paper, making up all those stories—""She doesn't make them up, Marie," Janet chided gently. "There's got to be some truth in Dylan's articles or they couldn't print them. Isn't that right, honey?"Dylan scoffed. "Well, considering that our front page usually runs at least one alien abduction or demonic possession account, we don't tend to let facts get in the way of a good story. We publish entertainment pieces, not hard-hitting journalism.""Your mom says you're going to be a famous reporter one day," Marie said. "A budding Woodward or Bernstein, that's what she says.""That's right," Janet put in. "You know, she showed me an article you wrote during your first newspaper job fresh out of college—you were covering some nasty murder case upstate. You remember, don't you, honey?""Yeah," Dylan said, navigating them toward another massive cluster of soaring sandstone towers that rose out of the trees. "I remember. But that was a long time ago.""Well, no matter what you do, I know that your mom is very proud of you," Marie said. "You've brought a lot of joy into her life."Dylan nodded, struggling to find her voice. "Thanks."Both Janet and Marie worked with her mother at the runaway center in Brooklyn. Nancy, the other member of their travel group, had been Sharon's best friend since high school. All three of the women had become like extended family to Dylan in the past few months. Three extra pairs of comforting arms, which she was really going to need if she ever lost her mom.In her heart, Dylan knew it was more a matter of when than if.For so long, it had been just the two of them. Her father had been absent since Dylan was a kid, not that he'd been much of a father when he was present. Her two older brothers were gone too, one of them dead in a car accident, the other having cut all family ties when he joined the service years ago. Dylan and her mom had been left to pick up the pieces, and so they had, each there to lift the other one up when she was down, or to celebrate even the smallest triumphs.Dylan couldn't bear to think of how empty her life would be without her mom.Nancy came up and gave Dylan a warm, if sad, smile. "It means the world to Sharon that you would experience the trip for her. You're living it for her, you know?""I know. I wouldn't have missed it for anything."Dylan hadn't told her travel companions—or her mother—that taking off for two weeks on such short notice was probably going to cost her her job. Part of her didn't really care. She hated working for the cut-rate tabloid anyway. She'd attempted to sell her boss on the idea that she was sure to return from Europe with some decent material—maybe a Bohemian Bigfoot story, or a Dracula sighting out of Romania.But selling bullshit to a guy who peddled it for a living was no easy task. Her boss had been pretty clear about his expectations: if Dylan left on this trip, she'd better come back with something big, or she didn't need to come back at all."Whooee, it's hot up here," Janet said, sweeping her baseball cap off her short silver curls and running her palm over her brow. "Am I the only wimp in this crowd, or would anyone else like to rest for a little bit?""I could use a break," Nancy agreed.She shrugged off her backpack and set it down on the ground beneath a tall pine tree. Marie joined them, moving off the path and taking a long pull from her water bottle.Dylan wasn't the least bit tired. She wanted to keep moving. The most impressive climbs and rock formations were still ahead of them. They had only scheduled one day for this part of the trip, and Dylan wanted to cover as much ground as she could.And then there was the matter of the beautiful dead woman who now stood ahead of them on the path. She stared at Dylan, her energy fading in and out of visible form.See me.Dylan glanced away. Janet, Marie, and Nancy were seated on the ground, nibbling on protein bars and trail mix."Want some?" Janet asked, holding out a plastic zipper bag of dried fruit, nuts, and seeds.Dylan shook her head. "I'm too antsy to rest or eat right now. If you don't mind, I think I'm going to take a quick look around on my own while you all hang out here. I'll come right back.""Sure, honey. Your legs are younger than ours after all. Just be careful.""I will. Be back soon."Dylan avoided the spot where the dead woman's image flickered up ahead. Instead, she cut off the established trail and onto the densely wooded hillside. She walked for a few minutes, simply enjoying the tranquillity of the place. There was an ancient, wildly mysterious quality to the jutting peaks of sandstone and basalt. Dylan paused to take pictures, hoping she could capture some of the beauty for her mother to enjoy.Hear me.At first Dylan didn't see the woman, only heard the broken-static sound of her spectral voice. But then, a flash of white caught her eye. She was farther up the incline, standing on a ridge of stone halfway up one of the steep crags.Follow me."Bad idea," Dylan murmured, eyeing the tricky slope. The grade was fierce, the path uncertain at best. And even though the view from up there was probably spectacular, she really had no desire to join her ghostly new friend on the Other Side.Please . . . help him.Help him?"Help who?" she asked, knowing the spirit couldn't hear her.They never could. Communication with her kind was always a one-way street. They simply appeared when they wished, and said what they wished—if they spoke at all. Then, when it became too hard for them to hold their visible form, they just faded away.Help him.The woman in white started going transparent up on the mountainside. Dylan shielded her eyes from the hazy light pouring down through the trees, trying to keep her in sight. With a bit of apprehension, she began the trudge upward, using the tight growth of pines and beech to help her over the roughest of the terrain.By the time she clambered up onto the ridge where the apparition had been standing, the woman was gone. Dylan carefully walked the ledge of rock, and found that it was wider than it appeared from below. The sandstone was weathered dark from the elements, dark enough that a deep vertical slit in the rock had been invisible to her until now.It was from within that narrow wedge of lightless space that Dylan heard the detached, ghostly whisper once again.Save him.She looked around her and saw only wilderness and rock. There was no one up here. Now, not even a trace of the ethereal figure who lured her this far up the mountain alone.Dylan turned her head to look into the gloom of the rock's crevice. She put her hand into the space and felt cool, damp air skate over her skin.Inside that deep black cleft, it was still and quiet.As quiet as a tomb.If Dylan was the type to believe in creepy folklore monsters, she might have imagined one could live in a hidden spot like this. But she didn't believe in monsters, never had. Aside from seeing the occasional dead person, who'd never caused her any harm, Dylan was about as practical—even cynical—as could be.It was the reporter in her that made her curious to know what she might truly find inside the rock. Assuming you could trust the word of a dead woman, who did she think needed help? Was someone injured in there? Could someone have gotten lost way up here on this steep crag?Dylan grabbed a small flashlight from an outer pocket of her backpack. She shined it into the opening, noticing just then that there were vague chisel marks around and within the crevice, as if someone had worked to widen it. Although not any time recently, based on the weathered edges of the tool's marks."Hello?" she called into the darkness. "Is anyone in here?"Nothing but silence answered.Dylan pulled off her backpack and carried it in one hand, her other hand wrapped around the slim barrel of her flashlight. Walking forward she could barely fit through the crevice; anyone larger than her would have been forced to go in sideways.The tight squeeze only lasted a short distance before the space angled around and began to open up. Suddenly she was inside the thick rock of the mountain, her light beam bouncing off smooth, rounded walls. It was a cave—an empty one, except for some bats rustling out of a disturbed sleep overhead.And from the look of it, the space was mostly man-made. The ceiling rose at least twenty feet over Dylan's head. Interesting symbols were painted on each wall of the small cavern. They looked like some odd sort of hieroglyphics: a cross between bold tribal markings and interlocking, gracefully geometric patterns.Dylan walked closer to one of the walls, mesmerized by the beauty of the strange artwork. She panned the small beam of her flashlight to the right, breathless to find the elaborate decoration continuing all around her. She took a step toward the center of the cave. The toe of her hiking boot knocked into something on the earthen floor. Whatever it was clattered hollowly as it rolled away. Dylan swept her light over the ground and gasped.Oh, shit.It was a skull. White bone glowed against the darkness, the human head staring up at her with sightless, vacant sockets.If this was the him the dead woman wanted Dylan to help out, it looked like she got there about a hundred years too late.Dylan moved the light farther into the gloom, unsure what she was searching for, but too fascinated to leave just yet. The beam skidded over another set of bones—Jesus, more aged human remains scattered on the floor of the cave.Goose bumps prickled on Dylan's arms from a draft that seemed to rise out of nowhere.And that's when she saw it.A large rectangular block of stone sat on the other side of the darkness. More markings like the ones covering the walls were painted onto the carved bulk of the object.Dylan didn't have to move closer to realize that she was looking at a crypt. A thick slab had been placed over the top of the tomb. It was moved aside, skewed slightly off the stone crypt as if pushed away by incredibly strong hands.Was someone—or something—laid to rest in there?Dylan had to know.She crept forward, flashlight gripped in suddenly perspiring fingers. A few paces away now, Dylan angled the beam into the opening of the tomb.It was empty.

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