Rating: 4.50 stars
Publisher: Ramdom House Publishing Group (February 21st 2013)
Synopsis: Twenty years after the terror of First Dawn—when mankind learned that vampires lived secretly among them—the threat of violence reigns as the two species struggle to coexist. The only group preserving the fragile harmony is the Order, an elite cadre of Breed warriors dedicated to protecting humans and vampires alike. And in this precarious world of torn loyalties and shattered trust, Mira, a fiery squad captain, finds that every fight bears an intensely personal cost.
Raised among the Order, Mira has always believed in the warrior’s code of swift—and even lethal—justice. But the one thing she desires more than the Order’s hard-won acceptance is Kellan Archer, a sexy but troubled Breed fighter. In love with him since childhood, Mira once broke through his tough exterior during an unexpected night of rapture, but the next day he mysteriously disappeared, never to return.
Kellan didn’t think he would ever see Mira again—or have to confront the truth of why he left. After abandoning the Order years ago, he now leads a band of human rebels intent on carrying out their own vigilante rule of law. Yet a high-profile kidnapping assignment brings him face-to-face with the past he sought to avoid, and the striking woman he has tried desperately to forget. And as tensions mount and the risk of bloodshed grows, Kellan and Mira must take sides—between the competing missions that dominate their lives, and the electrifying passion that claims their hearts.
Review: The story takes place 20 years after the Breed made themselves known to the humans. Although a part of the Midnight Breed series it can also be read as a stand alone. Edge of Dawn tells Kellan and Mira’s story.
Kellan Archer, a Breed who came to the Order following the loss of his family, has been Mira’s friend since the moment she set her eyes on him and welcomed him to the fold. Although he tried to keep to himself, Mira always found a way to get to him. His love and admiration for her went deeper than that of a friend, but after just one night in her arms he disappears to prevent her suffering. However, distance and years apart could never stop him from wanting her.
Mira has grown up into a warrior. She has been a part of the Order family after being rescued by Niko and Renata and made part of their Breed family. Now, 20 years later, she is a warrior of the Order. Strong and independent she has been made Captain of her team – her only weakness Kellan Archer. One of her best friends since her childhood, Kellan has always had her heart and even years after laying eyes on him, she still yearns for his touch and his presence.
I’ve read all the previous books on the Midnight Breed series and was wondering how the author was going to continue the series and make it work. I have to say that she has done it quite well. With her usual talent for world building and characterization, Lara Adrian introduces us the new set of Order warriors and their enemy.
The writing was everything I have come to expect from Lara Adrian. However, there were times where I found the narration to be repetitive. Kellan’s remorse was truly palpable but I did not need to be reminded of it time and time again. That goes for Mira’s need for Kellan or her feeling about the night they shared before his disappearance. Again, I could feel how much she loved him and how the events left her suffering and unable to move on, but it didn’t need to be expressed so many times for me to understand it. It was exasperating!
Having said that, I admit that I enjoyed reading this book from start to finish. I liked that the author took the time to express Kellan’s feelings in a way that truly revealed the way he felt about Mira and their situation. His remorse, lust and love were truly palpable and helped me connect to him fully. The same could be said about Mira’s emotions, but what I admired the most was her absolute determination to be with Kellan regardless of outcome. It was admirable how truly devoted she was to Kellan.
Edge of Dawn brings to the forefront an engaging plot line, emotionally driven interactions and a passionate friends to lovers romance. There are a lot of twists and turns, sizzling-hot love scenes and the introduction of a new enemy to the Order, but those details I will keep to myself because they are too juicy for me to give away. You’ll just have to read and find out for yourself. I’m sure you’ll enjoy them as much as I did.
I am already looking forward to the next book in the series. No pressure Lara Adrian, none at all.
I received this title from Random House through NetGalley in exchange of my honest opinion.
- Early Review: Edge of Dawn by Lara Adrian @Lara_Adrian (readingdiva.com)