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Stroke of Midnight
Synopsis:Born to a noble Breed lineage steeped in exotic ritual and familial duty, vampire warrior Jehan walked away from the luxurious trappings of his upbringing in Morocco to join the Order’s command center in Rome.
But when a generations-old obligation calls Jehan home, the reluctant desert prince finds himself thrust into an unwanted handfasting with Seraphina, an unwilling beauty who’s as determined as he is to resist the antiquated pact between their families.
Yet as intent as they are to prove their incompatibility, neither can deny the attraction that ignites between them. And as Jehan and Seraphina fight to resist the calling of their blood, a deadly enemy seeks to end their uneasy truce before it even begins….
An Excerpt from Stroke of Midnight
For an instant, he felt a pang of loss for his absence all these years. It had been his choice to leave, his choice to make his own way in the world instead of being satisfied with the privileged, if stifling, one he’d been handed at birth. He’d yearned more for adventure than tradition, and supposed he always would.
“So, this handfast entails what, exactly?”
“A period of eight nights, spent together in seclusion. No visitors, no communication with the outside world in any form. Just the two of you, alone at the oasis retreat on the border of our lands and the Sanhajas’.”
“In other words, imprisonment for a week and a day with a female who may or may not be a willing party to this whole forced seduction ritual. Followed by what—a public blood bond encouraged at sword point?”
“Forced seduction? Public blood bond?” Marcel gaped at him as if he’d lost his mind. “The handfast is all about consent, Jehan. Touch Seraphina against her wishes and her family has the right to take your head. Drink her blood without her permission and no one would balk if the Sanhajas took out their revenge on the entire Mafakhir tribe. This is serious sh*t.”
Not to mention, archaic. Even though he had no plans to touch Seraphina Sanhaja or any other female who wasn’t of his own choosing, Jehan’s curiosity was piqued. “I thought the whole point of the pact was to seal the peace between our two families with a blood bond.”
“It is,” Marcel said. “But only if the handfast is successful.”
“There has to be a mutual agreement. There has to be love. If there’s no desire to bond as a mated couple at the end of the handfast, the couple is free to go their separate ways and the pact then moves on to the next pair in line.”
“So, there’s an out clause?” Jehan’s brows rose in surprise. “That’s the best news I’ve heard all night.”
Lara Adrian’s Midnight Breed series was the first vampire series I read after reading Twilight. I fell in love with her believable characters, her quick whit, and her sexy vampires! I’ve read every book in this series and can never get enough! Lara has a special way of making you feel like these are real people/vampires/breed mates and you kinda end up wanting to just become a part of their world!
In this sexy installment we get to follow Jehan as he’s brought home from his job at the Order’s head quarters to fulfill his family’s deep rooted legacy. He’s to meet the daughter of the once enemy family and finish a handfast ceremony in which by the end the hopes are that he will take her as a mate. Only problem is that he doesn’t have any desire to take a mate. He’s married to his job at the Order and he won’t let anything stop him from getting back to where he belongs.
but… What he doesn’t know is that Seraphina will not only change his mind but she will totally break all his normal rules… As they embark on not only a dangerous ride of the heart, they find danger lurking in corners that they weren’t aware existed. Now that Jehan has tracked one of the orders biggest enemies to his homeland, he had to choose between family and duty, or maybe he can truly have both.
If you haven’t read any of the books in the series you could pick up this one and enjoy the story for what it is. You can learn a little about the way the Breed operates and how lovingly they treat their breed mates. Oh and don’t forget their power protective instincts that make them the best partners, in and out of the bedroom. Lara steams up the sheets with this couple and as always she never disappoints! I love the Breed this series is probably my all time favorite, mostly because it feels so realistic. I give this one 5 starlet stars!