Review: Veil of Midnight by Lara Adrian

Posted February 17, 2009 by Casee in Reviews | 4 Comments

Bound by blood, addicted to danger, they’ll enter the darkest—and most erotic—place of all.

A warrior trained in bullets and blades, Renata cannot be bested by any man—vampire or mortal. But her most powerful weapon is her extraordinary psychic ability—a gift both rare and deadly. Now a stranger threatens her hard-won independence—a golden-haired vampire who lures her into a realm of darkness…and pleasure beyond imagining.

A combat-loving adrenaline junkie, Nikolai dispenses his own justice to enemies of the Breed—and his latest quarry is a ruthless assassin. One woman stands in his way: the seductive, cool-as-ice bodyguard, Renata. But Renata’s powers are put to the test when a loved one, a child, is threatened and she’s forced to turn to Niko for help. As the two join forces, as desire fans the flames of a deeper hunger, Renata’s life is under siege by a man who offers the exquisite pleasure of a blood bond—and a passion that could save or doom them both forever.…


I’ve been reading this series from the beginning. I liked the first book, but wasn’t exactly wow’ed by it. I really liked the second one and think that they’ve successively gotten better. Yeah, that stopped with this book. I didn’t really care for it. The hero was hot of course. It was the heroine I didn’t really care for. Not that I didn’t like her, she just wasn’t my cuppa.

Renata is a Breedmate, a woman that very valuable to the Breed race. Breedmates are human women that have a psychic gift that make them special and the ability to mate for life with a Breed. When she and a group of other human women are kidnapped by a powerful Gen One vampire, Renata exchanges her freedom for her life. Since she’s done that, she’s a virtual prisoner of Yakut’s. The only thing that keeps her from escaping is Mira, a child that Yakut uses to control her. When Nikolai comes to warn Yakut of the conspiracy to kill all Gen One vampires, Renata briefly hopes that he can help her and Mira escape from their hellish prison.

Nikolai is surprised by his attraction to her, especially considering that she seems to be the Breedmate of Yakut, whom he can barely tolerate. When he’s turned over to the Enforcement Agency, the last person he expects to come to his rescue is Renata. His illusions that she actually came for him are shattered when she explains that Mira has been kidnapped and she needs his help to get her back.

I didn’t really care for the romance between Nikolai and Renata. They mated b/c Renata wanted her wounds to heal faster. Even though there was attraction between them, I wasn’t really feeling the connection that Adrian has made so clear in the previous books. The most interesting part of this book for me was the continuation of the storyline and the attempt to destroy all the Gen One warriors. The furthering of the plot is really what kept me interested in the book.

I was especially intrigued by Hunter, a Gen One that was made in a lab specifically for the army that a psycho Breed is trying to make. I am really looking forward to seeing where this story goes.

3.5 out of 5.

This book is available from Dell. You can buy it here or here in e-format.

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4 responses to “Review: Veil of Midnight by Lara Adrian

  1. Interesting *g*. I loved Renata in this book and she actually stood out more than Nico did for me. But I do love this series and I’m anxious for the next one!

  2. I thought this was a kind of fascinating addition to this series. I see why you gave it the score you did, though I think I liked it a bit better than you. I totally agree on this Gen One guy, Hunter, though. Did that rock or what?

  3. I love Lara Adrian’s vampires. I think the world is fresh and interesting and I eagerly grabbed this one.

    But it was my least favorite of the series for the romance. Story ARC wise, I love the direction she’s taking us. I love how she’s shifted away from the baddies from the first three books and has given readers something broader to latch onto. I think her worldbuilding is so very strong.

    that said – Renata really pushed my buttons in a negative way. I did love Niko though and like you, Hunter fascinated me.

  4. I liked the first book, but wasn’t exactly wow’ed by it.

    That is exactly how I felt. I haven’t picked up book 2 but I have had lots of gentle suggestions that I should, so it is on my TBR list.

    I do have a question about Veil of Midnight if I may. If Renata is a Breedmate and they are rare, why has no one taken her before now? Does the mating have to be a conscious decision? I got the impression from the first book that a vampire could mate with any Breedmate versus a particular one… Thank you 🙂

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