Crave the Night (Midnight Breed Series #12)

Crave the Night (Midnight Breed Series #12)

by Lara Adrian


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With the acclaimed Midnight Breed series, New York Times bestselling author Lara Adrian has written thrilling novels of electrifying romance and heart-pounding suspense—page-turners in which humans and vampires live tenuously side by side. In Crave the Night, Adrian brings the Breed and its world to the brink of war, where even the deepest passion can shatter into violence.
Born and raised to be an emotionless killing machine, Nathan is one of the most lethal Breed vampires in existence. A key member of the Order—an elite group of warriors charged with protecting both mortals and vampires—Nathan executes each mission with flawless precision and a total lack of mercy. Now he must pursue a powerful, hidden enemy. But Nathan’s hard discipline and training are no match for the fierce pull he feels toward a young woman he has no right to desire—a woman of wealth and high social standing who has long been promised to another Breed male, and who may also prove to be the key to rooting out Nathan’s elusive quarry.
Jordana lives a life of glittering privilege as a member of a prominent Breed family in Boston. Surrounded by fine things and fawning admirers, Jordana wants for nothing—until she crosses paths with a dark, intense warrior from the Order and finds herself swept into an impulsive, sizzling kiss that neither of them will forget. As much as she tries to deny her deep feelings for Nathan, Jordana cannot resist the craving to be near him, to break through his forbidding walls and see the man he truly is. But getting close to Nathan will thrust Jordana into a treacherous new world, forcing her to risk all she has and all she knows about herself and her past. And loving this seductive man could be the most dangerous temptation of all.

Praise for Crave the Night
“[A] thrilling and romantic read.”RT Book Reviews
“Stunning in its flawless execution . . . The sexual tension between Nathan and Jordana is off the charts and sizzles each of the pages.”Under the Covers
“Impossible to put down.”—Fresh Fiction
“Steamy and intense.”—Publishers Weekly

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780594597360
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/05/2014
Series: Midnight Breed Series , #12
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 365,835
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.60(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

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 DawnCrave the Night, and the eBook novella A Taste of Midnight.

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The undulating crowd packed onto the dance floor inside the throbbing Boston nightclub seemed to collectively sense that death had entered the building.
Nathan took only the barest notice of the sudden change in atmosphere. As one of the Breed, he’d long grown used to the reaction he had on humans.
As a warrior member of the Order and a first—generation Breed male—-the most powerful of his kind—-Nathan’s presence often put even other vampires on alert.
But it was the other part of his nature, the fact that he was born and raised a Hunter, one of a dark legion bred for killing and stripped of all emotion or attachment, which broadcast an unspoken, visceral terror into the room. He saw it in every pair of eyes that furtively glanced his way now through the swirling dance lights in the darkened club.
“They don’t look happy to see us,” quipped Rafe, one of three other Breed warriors who reported to Nathan as their squad captain.
“I doubt Cassian Gray will welcome the Order with open arms either.” This from Nathan’s lieutenant, Elijah, in the slow, laid—back Texas drawl that belied the vampire’s quick skill with any one of the blades or firearms bristling from his weapons belt.
From the other side of Eli, Jax, the third member of tonight’s patrol, quirked a slender black eyebrow over his almond—shaped eyes. “It’s not like we left on the best of terms last time.”
No, they hadn’t. The last time Nathan and his crew had stepped inside the former church that was now one of the city’s most popular—-and least reputable—-hot spots, it ended with the club’s proprietor, Cassian Gray, calling in an armed unit of the Joint Urban Security Taskforce Initiative Squad. The Order didn’t have time to deal with any public or political fallout from JUSTIS tonight.
And if Cass thought he could hide behind the palms he’d greased so well within that combined Breed and human police organization, he was wrong. Dead wrong, if that’s the way he wanted to play it.
The Order had recently come across intel indicating Cass might have other, unknown allies in his pocket. Allies who would make his law enforcement and criminal underworld connections seem like worthless puppets.
Tonight, Nathan and his squad had been tasked with bringing the mysterious club owner in to the Order’s Boston command center for questioning.
“Come on. Let’s go find the bastard.” Ignoring the sharp spike of adrenaline and anxious perspiration injected into the general mélange of stale liquor, smoke, and perfume that hung like a fog in the club, Nathan gestured for his team to follow him deeper inside. “Eli, you and Jax search the public rooms. Rafe and I will take the offices in back.”
With the two warriors heading off on his instructions, Rafe fell in alongside Nathan to cut a path through the crowds on their way to La Notte’s owner’s quarters. There was no security to stop them once they reached Cass’s office, suggesting the man was either working the floor of his club as he so enjoyed or not in the building at all.
Nathan hoped it was the former. If not, this unannounced visit was sure to get back to Cass one way or another, and the Order didn’t want to give the son of a bitch any cause for alarm. They wanted nothing to send him to ground before they could interrogate him about who—-or, rather, what—-he truly was.
Nathan stalked up to the black—painted steel door with the word PRIVATE scratched into it from the tip of a serrated blade. The dead bolt and secondary lock were no trouble at all for the power of his Breed mind. Nathan freed the bolt and the other tumbled open with little more than a second’s concentration.
He pushed the door wide and Rafe followed him into the darkened office. Neither of them needed artificial light; Breed eyesight was flawless, all the more so in the dark.
Nathan made a quick visual scan of the empty room and cursed. “He’s already gone.”
No sign of Cassian Gray at all. The desk was cleared of all papers and personal effects. No computer tablet lying conveniently in the open for them to confiscate. Nothing but a carefully vacated office.
If Nathan had to guess, he figured Cass had been gone for several hours at least. Maybe a full day or more.
“Dammit,” he gritted through clenched teeth.
Rafe meanwhile had broken into a cabinet of paper files and ledgers on the other side of the room. “Just a bunch of accounting records and supply receipts in here. Bar equipment, liquor invoices, band contracts for the club.” The blond vampire shot Nathan a wry look. “Where do you suppose Cass keeps the books for the real moneymaking parts of this operation? Nothing in here at all that mentions the fight arena downstairs or the gambling, pimping, and blood trading. Nothing in here about the other pursuits La Notte caters to either.”
Nathan grunted. Cass’s illegal and other unconventional activities provided in the restricted—access lower level of his club were no secret, but criminal or not, he was careful to protect the interests of himself and his clientele. The records for those parts of his business were surely kept somewhere far more secure than his office at the club.
No, Cassian Gray was a man who knew when and how to keep his secrets.
Rafe had now abandoned the file cabinets to move farther into the gloomy office space. “Hey, check it out,” he called over his shoulder to Nathan. “There’s another door over here.”
The warrior opened it and blew out a whistle. “You gotta see this, man.”
Nathan walked over to find a bedroom on the other side of the door. A king—size four—poster bed draped in black satin sheets dominated the room. The rails between the posters dripped with leather straps and an assortment of manacles and buckled restraints, a few bearing sharp metal spikes.
Rafe barked out a laugh. “Whoever Cassian Gray is, he’s one twisted fuck.”
Nathan stared at the accoutrements of sexual deviance and torture while his friend and comrade stepped inside to jingle one of the studded harnesses. “Leave it alone, Rafe. We’re wasting time. Cass isn’t here, obviously. Let’s go find the others and get out of here.”
As Rafe dropped the leather strap and they prepared to leave, Jax rushed in to meet them. His face was drawn and grave. “We’ve got a problem.”
“You find Cass?” Nathan asked.
Jax shook his head. “Apparently, we just missed him, if you can believe any of the club staff. The problem is Aric Chase. He’s downstairs at the cages. With Rune.”
“Jesus Christ,” Rafe hissed, coming up beside Nathan.
“Eli’s trying to break it up,” Jax said. “But Aric won’t stand down. Shit’s about to get ugly.”
Nathan growled a curse. “Is Carys here too?”
“Not tonight,” Rafe said. “She’s at the art museum with Jordana Gates. The two of them are hosting a patrons’ reception. They’ve been planning it for months.”
Nathan gave a tight nod, grateful for that small mercy. The last thing Carys Chase needed was to see her twin brother take a beating from the cage—fighting killer who’d recently begun sharing her bed.
If the Breed fighter and the daywalking female had shared anything else—-namely a blood bond—-Aric wouldn’t be the only member of the Chase family determined to kick Rune’s swarthy ass. Hell, Nathan would likely be willing to join that fight himself too.
He took off at a dead run, heading with Rafe and Jax for the cage arena in the lower level of La Notte. Shouts and roars and bloodthirsty applause thundered from the bowels of the former church.
And no sooner had he descended into the illegal sporting den than Nathan spotted Aric and Rune. They stood in front of the cages, Eli positioned in between them, mostly holding Aric back. Both Breed males were flashing fangs, eyes glowing bright amber in the dim light of the arena.
Nathan scowled at Jax. “What the fuck’s going on?”
“I’m not sure. It was already getting heated when Eli and I got down here.”
Another of La Notte’s fighters, a blond, long—haired Breed male named Syn, met Nathan’s hot glare from nearby as the din ratcheted up even higher among the spectators gathered in the arena. “Better rein in your baby warrior before Rune leaves him in bloodied shreds.”
“What’s Rune’s problem with Aric tonight?”
Syn smirked. “Rune’s problem?” He shook his head. “Rune was minding his own business, just taking a breather and enjoying some refreshment before tonight’s first match.”
The way Syn leaned on the word refreshment told Nathan that when Aric found him, Rune was likely feeding from one of the paid human blood Hosts employed by Cass to serve his fighters and VIP clientele.
“Your boy started talking shit,” Syn went on. “Started telling Rune the Order had its eye on him. That he’d better watch his step or he was gonna get ashed.”
Holy hell. Nathan acknowledged that this confrontation probably shouldn’t surprise him, but Aric’s personal dislike of the brutal cage fighter had nothing to do with Order business.
Not yet, anyway. If Aric and Carys’s father, Sterling Chase, ever found out his daughter had taken up with an unapologetic underworld player like Rune, Nathan had no doubt the Order as a whole would definitely have something to say about it.
Nathan, Rafe, and Jax pushed through the jeering crowd just in time to see Aric lunge past Elijah to grab hold of Rune. Aric body—slammed the big fighter into the nearby cage, fangs bared and eyes aglow with fury. He threw a couple of wild punches, each deftly avoided by Rune. Aric’s anger opened him wide for a punishing blow.
Rune didn’t hit back. He was glaring lethally, his savage face twisted in rage. But under his shaggy mane of dark brown hair, the undefeated fighter with more kills to his name than any other before him stayed his hand.
Nathan shoved past the onlookers so he and Rafe could peel Aric off Rune. No easy feat, that. Although just twenty years old, Aric was Gen One like Nathan. He was strong as hell and deadly powerful, especially now, when his whole body was electric with animosity toward his sister’s unsavory lover.
“What the fuck, man?” Rafe shouted at his friend. “You lost your mind, Aric? What are you doing down here?”
Aric continued to glower at Rune. He jabbed his finger at the deceptively cool fighter. “You keep to your own. Stay away from her. She’s better than this, better than you.”
Now Rune’s lips twisted slowly, into an ironic smile. “I tell her that all the time. She seems to think otherwise.”
As Rune spoke, one of La Notte’s blood Hosts sauntered over to drape her nearly naked body around him. She took Rune’s earlobe between her teeth, whispering something against his dark, stubble—shadowed cheek. Rune gave her thong—strung behind a meaningful swat and told her to wait for him in one of the nearby booths.
Aric went apeshit. Snarling and seething, he struggled to break loose of his comrade’s hold.
Nathan shot a hard look at Rafe. “Let’s get him out of here.”
“A wise move,” Syn agreed, as Nathan and his crew wrestled Aric away from the cages and out of Rune’s reach.
They hustled the furious vampire out of the club and back onto the street outside. He tried to lunge for the door, but Nathan and Rafe blocked him. He shook them off and rocked back on his bootheels.
“She has to know this can’t go on. Carys has to understand that asshole is beneath her. I can’t stand by and let her get hurt by gutter filth like Rune.” Aric cursed, low and savage. “Goddamn it, I won’t stand by.”
Then he bolted. Not for the club again, but out into the street.
“Shit,” Rafe muttered, raking a hand over his head. He glanced over at Nathan. “You know where he’s going.”
The museum reception. Nathan didn’t have to guess. But he hated like hell to acknowledge it. No more than he hated to acknowledge that he and his patrol squad were going to have to abandon tonight’s search for Cassian Gray and instead go after one of their own.
One of their own who was about to earn the wrath of his beloved sister, if Aric followed through on his threat to see Carys and Rune separated.
And going after Aric meant coming face-to-face with something else Nathan would rather avoid, especially under these circumstances.
Jordana Gates.
The beautiful, Darkhaven—raised female he’d been trying to bar from his thoughts for the past week—-ever since she’d pressed her mouth against his in an entirely unexpected, totally unforgettable kiss. A kiss that had unsettled him and, yes, enraged him.
Disturbed him on a level he was still struggling to comprehend.
“The art museum’s on Huntington Avenue,” Rafe said beside him.
Nathan’s reply was short, almost a growl. “I know where it is.”
He knew more than he had a right to about lovely Jordana Gates and the places she frequented. Primarily so he could take steps to avoid them.
But there could be no avoiding her now. Not with Aric charging off to defend his sister’s virtue.
Nathan rubbed his palm across his clenched jaw. “Fuck it. Let’s go.”
As reluctant as he was to follow the path where this night was heading, Nathan was the first to step off the curb and race for their destination.

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Crave the Night (Midnight Breed Series #12) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 61 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I feel that I've wasred $11.00, bad plot and NO action. I didn't feel a connection between Jordana and Nathan. The main characters were rather blah, Jordana had no personality and Nathan just spit out the f bomb in every conversation. I loved the original warriors and their mates but feel let down with this new generation. I may not purchase future books in the series (Sorry for typo in first sentence).
DaBee More than 1 year ago
I've been reading this series for a while and I must say I'm a little disappointed. The past books were filled with so much detail and the romance was a little more complex and/or thrilling. This felt more like a novella than an installment because it felt so hurried. Also, I'm not sure I like where the story is headed but i guess I'll wait and find out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have been reading Lara's breed series for years. Loving the series. But these last two books have just been okay. I think I am done with the series. I don't just don't like where its headed.
IAmy More than 1 year ago
I received this book from the publisher through Net Galley. I am such a big fan of Ms. Adrian’s Midnight Breed series that I literally screamed when I got the email that my request to review and ARC of this book was approved. Of course it was months before the release date and I wanted to hold off a bit before reading and reviewing it. Now I know the release date is still two months away, but my digital edition was set to expire so I needed to go ahead and get my reading on. I also figured a lot of other bloggers have read and reviewed the book, so I wouldn’t be the only one. I will be extra diligent in my efforts to keep this a spoiler free review. In book 11, Edge of Dawn, Ms Adrian totally reinvented this series, and in my opinion did an amazing job at it. She kept the feel of the series as well as the original cast of character, now in the background a bit, and brought them all 20 years into the future. She introduced us to a new generation of the breed and a new set of problems and bad guys to keep the series fresh and moving forward. Crave the night is book two in this reinvented addition to this long run series. It continues off where the last one ended and focuses on Nathan and Jordana’s story. I must confess it took me a bit to get into this book. It took me a bit to remember who the new bad guys were and what they did in the last book. I remembered Nathan right away having been introduced before the time jump. Jordana was a different story, I didn’t remember the kiss scene described in the synopsis and couldn’t place her right off-hand. I also didn’t really like her for the first half of the book. She just seemed weak to me, too concerned with doing what she should and not upsetting the society. For the first hundred pages or so I was more interested in Carys and Rune’s drama then Nathan and Jordana’s coming together. That of course changed as Jordana changed and grew. I could give you the exact moment, but not if I want to stay spoiler free… What worked for me in the book: There was plenty of action and character growth for both Jordana and Nathan as well as some pretty steamy scenes between the two. Old familiar faces come back for some brief visits. Nice set up for future books with the new set of characters, looking forward to Carys and Rune’s book. Some development and forward movement with the new set of bad guys and some more insight into the origins of Breedmates. I am really starting to get curious about who and what the history is with the Atlanteans. What didn’t work for me: I thought the resolution of the character Elliot was kind of weak. If he was such a big obstacle for Nathan and Jordana then I would have liked a little bit more closure on that front. Maybe a bit more drama, something… Also it did feel like a slow start to the book. Around page 100 or 120 it started to pick up, but the beginning just dragged for me. I really do think it was a mater of getting back into the world a bit though. I would have also liked to see a bit more of the old characters. Surly there is still interesting things going on in their lives. Bottom line it is a must read for fans of this series. If you are new and don’t want to go back to book one, pick up Edge of Dawn and start there in the new generation. The series is a great one for paranormal fans, especially if you also like J.R. Ward, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Alexandra Ivy, or Laura Wright.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nathan is a warrior twenty years freed from his past, but still held by it. Jordana makes you think pampered princess. What you find is a young woman with a backbone and innocence. A woman who heals a strong warrior with love. Read Nathan and Jordan and fall in love.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Never quite understand why all the breed males raise a fuss when a breed male falls for a breemate. They've all been there so you'd think they would be a little more understanding. Interesting where the story is gojng with the Atlanteans.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldnt wait for this book to come out...Im no prude,but I dont remember the F word being used so often. To me it looses its impact & is unecessary over &over. Im going to think twice before I buy Ms Adrians next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I sat and read this entire book in a day. It was absolute fire! The chemistry she created between them and the whole the story line expanded with the Atlanteans was awesome. Loved it!
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I have loved every last book in the Breed series
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These have to be cousins of the brotherhood!
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feather_lashes More than 1 year ago
Crave The Night is the twelfth installment in Lara Adrian's paranormal romance series titled: Midnight Breed. This is the first time I have read a book by Ms. Adrian and it is the first book I have read in this particular series. As noted on a fellow goodreads member's review, each book in this series can apparently be read as a standalone novel despite its series setup, so that's what I did. This new release was available at my library and I grabbed it. Plus, it was recommended on a literary map for fans of Karen Marie Moning (FYI: I am in fact an enthusiastic fan!). After reading, I have to agree and disagree with the "each installment can be read as a standalone" assessment. I agree because it was evident that the main characters' personal romance was new and fresh; however, it was also evident that there was some overall backstory I was unaware of that left me feeling a bit uninvolved in the first approximate thirty percent of the book. Obviously, when the romance began, it felt like a fresh experience so that was good. Once finishing the book, I felt knowledgable about the world and rules this series is based on, so that also was a plus and may support the "standalone" recommendation. Overall, I liked this book. It was far from a Karen Marie Moning experience in my opinion, but it was a good paranormal romance. I felt connected to the characters and even felt my heartstrings tug a little at their personal struggles. However, I did have some eyeroll moments at the writing within the heavy romance scenes and how the romance flowed in general. I mean, how many times can the story of the damaged, control-hungry man and the fragile virgin be told? And "sexy" phrases like, "Your petals are so swollen and ripe" weren't sexy to me...they just distracted me from the moment (however, I have to admit I've read scenes in other books that had me busting out laughing so this really wasn't bad at all LOL). There are positives and negatives in all books depending on the reader's perspective, and despite any negatives written in this review, I am in fact interested in checking out other books in this series and would recommend this series to fellow fans of vampire romances. Please note that my rating may very well have been higher if I had read this series in order as my excitement would likely have grown for the characters and the world in general, and I may have felt more invested overall. So with that in mind (and based only on my personal reading experience), I would encourage new readers to read this series in order.
PollyBennett More than 1 year ago
Wow! Nathan's book. You know it had to be good. It was great!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book in general was ok. But as typical of Adrian, the lovey, dovey mushy gushy nonsense gets too much. It's always the same. The guy is unattainable till he meets the girl...then he's professing his undying eternal never give up kinda love to someone he really has no clue about. The intense bond that is formed over such a short period of time is unrealistic. Now yes I know the general book is "unrealistic" bc it's about vamps and all that jazz. But hopefully you get what I mean. I think I'm done with the series.
Hfowler More than 1 year ago
Passionate, intense, and erotic, this latest installment in the Nightbreed series takes you on a roller coaster of emotional highs and emotional lows. The back and forth between the two main characters, as to 'does he like her or doesn't he like her' and 'am I worthy of her or not' leaves the reader guessing as to how and when the characters will finally open up and trust in their feelings and desires. There are plot twists and nice surprises, though others you can kind of figure out early on. The series is no longer one solely focused on humans vs. Breed or Breed vs. Breed, it now adds a whole new villain to the mix, Atlanteans, and not a lot is known about them yet. I enjoyed the story, and I enjoyed the characters. I liked seeing Nathan get his happy ending, especially after getting to know him way back when Hunter and Corinn get together and go rescue her son, and I'm glad Jordana broke away from what was expected of her and went for what she truly wanted. I look forward to seeing where Lara Adrian takes this new installment and the great love stories that she is capable of telling. She takes the reader on a great ride and I look forward to the next installment.
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