I have a strange relationship with Lara Adrian books. For some reason, as I have bored people with before, her books don’t stay with me. I follow the series faithfully, read all of the books…and then promptly forget them. Not just get a bit fuzzy on the details. Forget them. Storyline, character names, the main couple – everything. When the next book comes around, I spend the first half trying to remember who everyone is, and what their story was. I do enjoy the books, but I just can’t seem to make them stick.
Except for Chase.
Sterling Chase, aka Harvard, has always stood out. Right from the first time he made an appearance, he made an impression. And while I forget everyone and everything else, Chase has always held my attention. Maybe it is because his story has been building over the course of almost 10 books, maybe it is because he has slowly been descending into his own hell, but my pick of the week is Chase’s story, Darker After Midnight.
In the dark of night, a blood war escalates within the hidden world of the Breed. After existing in secret for many long centuries, maintaining a fragile peace with the humans who walk beside them unaware, a single act of retaliation has put the entire vampire nation at risk of discovery. It falls to the Order—a cadre of Breed warriors pledged to protect their own and humankind alike—to stop Dragos, the power-mad vampire at the center of the conflict, before his push for domination can explode into catastrophe.
At the center of the Order’s quest is Sterling Chase, once a morally rigid enforcer of Breed law, now a warrior fallen from grace, whose biggest battle is the one he wages against his own savage nature. With addiction beckoning him toward eternal darkness, Chase’s path to redemption has never seemed more out of reach. But when his eyes meet those of Tavia Fairchild, a beautiful witness who identifies him at the scene of a mission gone terribly wrong, Chase finds himself drawn to the woman—and convinced she is something much more than she seems.
Pulled into a vortex of intrigue and danger she can neither resist nor understand, Tavia is uncertain whom to trust. And while everything sane and logical warns her against getting close to Chase, she cannot deny that the handsome, deeply haunted male stirs something primal and ravenous within her. But even as she surrenders to her cravings, nothing can prepare her for the shattering truth of who—and what—she truly is.
As the Order’s enemy mobilizes for the battle of the ages, Dragos and his Minions unleashing a hell on Earth like nothing ever seen before, Chase and Tavia are thrust into the heart of the violence. With time running out and the streets running red with the blood of innocent lives, both Breed and human, together Chase and Tavia must find a way to defeat Dragos once and for all—or die trying.
I am not sure on the state of the series after this. Lara Adrian’s site lists at least two more books to follow, but the publisher’s site seemed to infer that this is the final book. Then again, who gets published in hardcover for the last book of a series? Still not sure what is going on with that.