Kiss of Crimson (Midnight Breed Series #2)

Kiss of Crimson (Midnight Breed Series #2)

by Lara Adrian

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He comes to her more dead than alive, a towering black-clad stranger riddled with bullets and rapidly losing blood. As she struggles to save him, veterinarian Tess Culver is unaware that the man calling himself Dante is no man at all, but one of the Breed, vampire warriors engaged in a desperate battle. In a single erotically charged moment Tess is plunged into his world—a shifting, shadowed place where bands of Rogue vampires stalk the night, cutting a swath of terror.

Haunted by visions of a dark future, Dante lives and fights like there is no tomorrow. Tess is a complication he does not need—but now, with his brethren under attack, he must shield Tess from a growing threat that includes Dante himself. For with one reckless, irresistible kiss, she has become an inextricable part of his underworld realm…and his touch awakens her to hidden gifts, desires, and hungers she never knew she possessed. Bonded by blood, Dante and Tess must work together to thwart deadly enemies, even as they discover a passion that transcends the boundaries of life itself….

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ISBN-13: 9780553589382
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/29/2007
Series: Midnight Breed Series , #2
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 115,991
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.80(h) x 0.90(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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Kiss of Crimson

By Lara Adrian


Copyright © 2007 Lara Adrian
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780553589382

Chapter One

Dante smoothed his thumb over sweet female flesh, lingering at the carotid, where the human's pulse throbbed the strongest. His own pulse quickened too, responding to the rush of blood flowing beneath the surface of delicate white skin. Dante leaned his dark head in and kissed that tender spot, letting his tongue play over the fluttering race of the female's heartbeat.

"Tell me," he murmured against the warm skin, his voice a low growl amid the heaving beat of the club's music, "are you a good witch or a bad witch?"

The female squirmed in his lap, her fishnet-clad legs straddling him, black lace-up bustier pushing her breasts up under his chin like a buffet. She twirled her finger in her bright fuchsia wig, then let it trail down suggestively, past a Celtic cross tattoo and into her swelling cleavage.

"Oh, I'm a very, very bad witch."

Dante grunted. "My favorite."

He smiled into her drunken gaze, not bothering to hide his fangs. He was one of many vampires in the Boston dance club that Halloween night, although most of them were pretenders. Humans sporting plastic teeth, fake blood, and various ridiculous costumery. A few others--himself and a handful of males from one of the vampire nation's Darkhaven sanctuaries, hanging out near the dance floor--were thegenuine article.

Dante and the others were Breed, a far cry from the pale, gothic vampires of human folklore. Neither undead nor devil-spawned, Dante's kind were a hot-blooded hybrid mix of Homo sapiens and deadly otherworlder. The Breeds' forebears, a band of alien conquerors who crash-landed on Earth millennia past and who were now long-since extinct, had bred with human females and given their offspring the thirst--the primal need--for blood.

Those alien genes had given the Breed great strengths and shattering weaknesses too. Only the human side of the Breed, those qualities passed down by their mortal mothers, kept the race civilized and adhering to any kind of Order. Even then, a few of the Breed would succumb to their savage side and turn Rogue, a one-way street paved in blood and madness.

Dante despised that element of his kind, and as one of the warrior class, it was his duty to eradicate his Rogue brethren wherever he found them. As a male who enjoyed his pleasures, Dante wasn't sure what he preferred more: a warm, juicy female vein under his mouth, or the feel of titanium-edged steel in his hand as he sliced into his enemies and dispatched them to dust in the street.

"Can I touch them?" The pink-haired witch on his lap was staring at Dante's mouth with rapt fascination. "Dang, but those fangs look wicked real! I just have to feel them."

"Be careful," he warned as she brought her fingers to his lips. "I bite."

"Yeah?" She giggled, gaze widening. "I'll bet you do, sugar."

Dante sucked her finger into his mouth, contemplating the fastest way he could get the female horizontal. He needed to feed, but he was never opposed to a little sex in the process--prelude or chaser, didn't matter. It was all good as far as he was concerned.

Chaser, he decided on impulse, letting his fangs puncture the fleshy tip of her finger as she started to withdraw it. She gasped as he suckled from the small wound, refusing to let her leave him just yet. The small taste of blood inflamed him, sharpening his pupils to vertical slits in the middle of his gold-hued eyes. Hot need rushed through him, settling into the swelling bulge of his cock, which strained beneath the black leather of his pants.

The female moaned, closing her eyes as she arched catlike on his lap. Dante let go of her finger as he wrapped his hand around the back of her head and pulled her neck closer to him. Taking a Host in a public place wasn't exactly his style, but he was bored out of his skull and needed the diversion. Besides, he doubted anyone would notice tonight, when the club was rife with faux danger and open sensuality. As for the female on his lap, she would feel only pleasure as he took what he needed from her. Afterward, she'd remember none of it, her memory scrubbed of all recollection of him.

Dante came forward, tipping the female's head aside, mouth watering in hunger. He glanced past her and saw two Darkhaven vampires, part of the general Breed population, observing him from a few yards away. They looked like kids--current generation, no doubt. They whispered among themselves, clearly recognizing him as one of the warrior class and trying to decide whether or not to approach him.

Bugger off
, Dante thought in their direction as he parted his lips and prepared to open his Host's vein.But the vampire youths ignored his dark glare. The taller of the two, a blond male in desert camo pants, biker boots, and a black tee-shirt led the way. His companion, tricked out in baggy jeans, high-tops, and an oversize Lakers jersey, strutted along behind him.

"Shit." Dante didn't mind a small bit of indiscretion, but he sure as hell didn't need an up-close audience gawking at him while he fed.

"What's wrong?" his would-be Host whined when Dante pulled away from her.

"Nothing, sweetheart." He placed his palm against her forehead, wiping the past half hour from her mind. "Go on now and join your friends."

She obediently got up from his lap and walked away, fading into the press of bodies on the dance floor. The two Darkhaven vampires gave her only a passing look as they approached Dante's table.

"What's up, fellas." Dante tossed the greeting out with zero interest in chitchat.

"Hey." Blondie in fatigues nodded, striking a pose with his muscled arms crossed over his chest. Not a single visible dermaglyph on that young skin. Definitely current-generation Breed. Probably not even out of his twenties yet. "Sorry to interrupt, but we had to tell you, man--that was some kick-ass business you guys dealt the Rogues a few months ago. Everyone's still talking about the way the Order took out an entire colony of suckheads in one night. Blew that mofo sky-high. Freakin' awesome, man."

"Yeah," added his homeboy companion. "So, we was wonderin' . . . I mean, we heard the Order is looking for new recruits."

"Did you, now?"

Dante leaned back in his seat and exhaled a bored sigh. This was hardly the first time he'd been approached by Darkhaven vampires hoping to join up with the warriors. Since the raid on the Rogue lair housed in the old asylum that past summer, the once secretive cadre of Breed warriors had gained a lot of unwanted notoriety. Celebrity, even.

Frankly, it was annoying as hell.

Dante kicked his chair back from the table and stood.

"I'm not the guy to talk to about that," he told the hopefuls. "And anyway, recruitment into the Order is by invite only. Sorry.

"He strode away from them, relieved to feel the vibration of his cell phone going off in his jacket pocket. He dug out the device and clicked on to the incoming call from the Breed compound.


"How's it going?" It was Gideon, resident genius of the warrior class. "Any topside activity to report?"

"Not much. Things are pretty dead out here right now." Dante scanned the crowded club, noting that the two vampires had decided to move on. They were heading for the exit, taking a couple of costumed human females with them. "No Rogues in the vicinity at all so far. And doesn't that just suck ass? I'm itching for some action here, Gid."

"Well, try to cheer up," Gideon said, a grin in his voice. "The night's still young."

Dante chuckled. "Tell Lucan I spared him from another couple of wannabes looking to sign on. You know, I liked things a hell of a lot better when we were feared more than revered. Is he making any progress on the recruiting, or is our boy too caught up with that gorgeous Breedmate of his?"

"Yes to both," Gideon replied. "As to the recruiting, we've got a candidate coming in soon from New York, and Nikolai's got feelers out to some of his contacts in Detroit. We'll have to arrange some trial runs for the newbies--you know, take them through the paces before we commit."

"You mean, hand them their asses on a platter and see which ones come back looking for more?""Is there any other way?"

"Count me in," Dante drawled as he moved through the club toward the door.

He strolled out into the night, avoiding a group of human clubbers dressed like zombies in tattered clothes and death-warmed-over face paint. His acute hearing picked up hundreds of sounds--from general traffic noise to the shrieks and laughter of drunken Halloween partygoers clogging the streets and sidewalks.

He heard something else too.

Something that raised the hackles on his warrior senses to high alert.

"Gotta go," he told Gideon on the other end of the line. "I'm homing in on a suckhead. Guess the night's not a total waste, after all."

"Check back in after you smoke him."

"Right. Later." Dante clicked off the call and pocketed the cell phone.

He stole down a side alley, following the low grunt and stale, wafting stench of a prowling Rogue vampire as it stalked its prey. Like the other warriors of the Order, Dante had a deep contempt for members of the Breed who'd gone Rogue. Every vampire thirsted, every vampire had to feed--sometimes kill--in order to survive. But each and every one of them also knew that the line between necessity and gluttony was thin, just a few meager ounces of blood. If a vampire consumed too much, or fed his need too frequently, he ran the risk of addiction, of entering a permanent state of hunger known as Bloodlust. Lost to the disease, he would turn Rogue, becoming a violent junkie who would do anything for his next fix.

The savagery and indiscretion of the Rogues jeopardized all of the Breed to exposure to the human race, a threat that Dante and the rest of the Order would not abide. And there was a larger threat blooming as well: As of a few months ago, it had become apparent that the Rogues were organizing, their numbers increasing, tactics becoming orchestrated toward a goal that seemed nothing short of war. If they weren't stopped, and stopped soon, both humankind and Breed alike could find themselves at the center of a hellish, blood-soaked battle to rival even the worst Armageddon scenario.

For now, while the Order focused on locating the Rogues' new command post, the warriors' mission was simple. Hunt down and eliminate every Rogue possible. Exterminate them like the diseased vermin they were. It was a charge Dante relished, never more at home than when he was on the move, prowling the streets with weapons in hand, looking for a fight. It kept him alive, he was certain; even more, it kept the darkest of his demons at bay.

Dante rounded a corner, then crept into another narrow lane between a couple of old brick buildings. He heard a female scream somewhere ahead of him in the dark. Kicking it into high gear, he sped toward the sound.

And got there hardly a second too soon.

The Rogue had been stalking the two Darkhaven vampires and their female companions. It looked young, tricked out in basic goth garb beneath a long black trench coat. But young or not, it was big and it was strong, fierce with hunger. One of the women was held in a death grip, the Bloodlusting vampire already latched on to her throat while the would-be warriors stood by, shell-shocked and frozen.

Dante pulled a dagger from a sheath on his hip and let it fly. The blade struck hard, embedding between the Rogue's shoulders. The weapon was specially crafted of steel and titanium, the latter metal being extremely poisonous to the corrupted blood systems and organs of the Rogues. One kiss of that deadly blade and a Rogue vampire would start cooking from the inside out at record speed.

Except this one didn't.

It flung a savage look at Dante, its eyes glowing amber, fangs bloody as it hissed a vicious warning. But the Rogue weathered the dagger's assault, holding fast to its prey and swinging its head around to drink with even greater urgency.

What the hell?

Dante ran up on the feeding vampire with another blade in hand. He didn't waste a second, going for the neck this time, intending to cut it clean through. The blade sank in, slicing deep. But the suckhead spun out of the attack before Dante could finish it off. With a pained roar, it dropped the female and focused all of its fury on Dante.

"Get the humans out of here!" Dante shouted to the Darkhaven vampires as he yanked the woman out of the fray and shoved her toward the others. "Move it, now! Clean her up, scrub both their memories, and get them the fuck out of here!"

The two young males jolted into action. They grabbed the shrieking women and pulled them away from the scene while Dante considered the strangeness of what he'd just witnessed.

The vampire didn't disintegrate as it should have from the double dose of titanium Dante had delivered. It wasn't a Rogue, even though it had been hunting prey and feeding like the worst blood addict.

Dante stared into the transformed face, the extruded fangs and elliptical pupils swimming in irises awash in fiery color. A foul-smelling pink spittle crusted around the vampire's mouth, turning Dante's stomach with its stench.

Offended, he backed off, guessing the vampire to be about the same age as the two Darkhaven youths. A frigging kid. Ignoring the pulsing gash in its neck, the vampire reached back and removed Dante's dagger from its shoulder. It growled, nostrils flaring as though it would spring at any moment.

But then it ran.

The suckhead bolted away at a fast clip, the hem of its trench coat flapping behind like a sail as it headed deeper into the city on a zigzagging path. Dante didn't let up for a second. He followed it down one street after another, through alleyways and neighborhoods, then farther out, into the dockyards outside Boston proper, where empty factories and old industrial parks stood like bleak sentinels along the riverfront. The low throb of music pounded from one of the buildings, the heavy bass and intermittent flashes of strobe lights no doubt coming from a rave taking place somewhere nearby.

Ahead of him a few hundred feet, the vampire sped down a dock toward a rickety boathouse. Dead end. Spitting fury through its open jaws, the suckhead swung around and went on the offensive, roaring up on Dante like a lunatic. Fresh blood soaked the front of its clothing from the brutal assault on the human female. The vampire snapped and clawed at him, its large fangs dripping saliva, the gaping maw oozing more of the foul-smelling pinkish foam. Its amber eyes glowed with pure malice.


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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok if you are like me you got all swept up in this vampire-lovestory crap with everyone else on the planet! I liked this series ok until I read J.R. Wards Black Dagger brotherhood, which was simlar to Lara Adrian's books but have more depth. The characters in the Black Dagger Brotherhood are much more interesting. But I must say if you want to read a series that will rock your world, read Sherilyn Kennyons Dark Hunter books. Book 1 and 2 start off a little rocky but the rest of the series just gets better and better. Her creativity and back drop of the story is amazing, original and refreshing when you have read almost all the vamp books out there.
harstan More than 1 year ago
A millennium ago eight aliens crash landed on Earth and the only nutrient that could sustain their life is human blood. Some native females were able to mate with them and thus the male only vampire was born. The Breeds don¿t ever indulge in massive blood taking because it is highly addictive and they can go Rogue, a mindless monster straight out of Bram Stoker. The warrior Order finds and kills the Rogues and while Dante is out looking for them he is injured and ends up at Tess Culver¿s veterinary practice.------------ He takes blood from her before seeing the mark that proves she is a Breedmate, able to have vampire children and live eternally as long as she drinks blood from her mate. He erases her memories and tries to forget her but fails to do so. However, the warrior breeds have a new problem to deal with: the drug Crimson. When vampires take the drug, instead of getting high, it turns them into berserkers Tess is connected to the maker and distributor of it. Dante revisits Tess who has the gift of healing and falls in love with her. When he is fatally injured she miraculously heals him and when she almost dies at the hands of a rogue, he feeds her his blood cementing their bond until she realizes the truth about her beloved she runs hysterically into danger and away from the man she thought loved her.--------------- For background information and another exciting vampire thriller, the audience should read the prequel KISS OF MIDNIGHT. Lara Adrian is an excellent worldbuilder creating a vampire society living among but hidden from humans. The romance between the two protagonists is not steamy and so as they both discover what it means to live without fear. The thriller part in which breeds turn into terrorists from a drug that is supposed to give them a pleasant high is exciting and entertaining. Lara Adrian is the newest star writing vampire romantic tales.--------- Harriet Klausner
DComfort More than 1 year ago
I was a little weary going into this book based on some past reviews that I had read before reading the book. However, I must say that I enjoyed this book more than the first of the series. Ms. Adrian has done a great job at giving the book just the right amount of romance, thriller, mystery, surprises, and steamy love scenes (and boy oh boy are they steamy)! This book is based on Dante and Tess' relationship and how they come to meet and grow to fall in love. There are also other characters introduced (Chase, who I can't wait to see what happens with him), Elise and then we see some small appearances by the first loved Lucan and Gabrielle as well as a small bit with Rio and Tegan. I am excited about the possible connection between Tegan and Elise and am wondering where that story line is going to go. I would definitely recommend this book to those who enjoyed JR Wards Black Brotherhood Series and even Lynsay Sands series. More than 1 year ago
After finishing the last book in J.R. Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood series it was recommended to me by a B&N employee that I try the Midnight Breed Series by Lara Adrian and I am glad I did. I have loved each book in the series thus far and find them hard to put down. I recommend this to book to anyone who enjoys a great paranormal romance story.
LVB4H8T More than 1 year ago
After reading the first book in this series I was chomping at the bit to get my hands on Dante's story, and I must say, Lara Adrian did not disappoint! This was a thoroughly enjoyable read! Dark, moody, tormented heros, intelligent, capable, heroines with secrets of their own, hot, steamy love scenes, plenty of action, and an interesting plot. This book has it all! In all, A book worth reading! Now I need to get my hands on Tegans story! Who doesn't love the strong, silent, broody type? I can't wait!! This book is explosive with plotlines and twists and kept me begging for more. The female breedmates are left breathless and achy in all the right places. Fantastic books. I strongly recommend to any woman who loves a strong, alpha male, but prides herself on being a strong, healthy female who isn't afraid to admit she likes a good erotic romance novel now and again. I wish more erotics novels were this good.
ILgirl82 More than 1 year ago
I had seen these books and decided to give them a try. The first book really caught my attention, i like the way the author writes in that you get to read from a lot of characters perspective, so i was really excited to continue on with the others. Boy was i let down! Each book is about different characters but the same story pretty much, so you think your reading something new only to find out man meets woman, woman doesn't know he's a vampire, he tells her, she freaks out then they deal with the bad guy. I really wish she would of stuck with the story of Lucan and Gabrielle, the books would of been so much better.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another good book but a lot like the first one. I'm ready for something a little different now. Over 300 pages ...........................................................................
Paralisa More than 1 year ago
Love her work It's like JR Ward's style of work mixed with Sherrilyn Kenyon fun stuff. Sexy and Intriguing work. I highly recommend her work as well as the Authors mentioned, as well as Jeaniene Frost.
wolf-lover More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. I love the character Dante. The story was touching, repetitive in sorts of the first. I like these vampires as they have more of a human touch. They feel and love as humans do. They are possessive and make a girl wish for her own vampire from the "Orde." The introduction of Crimson a drug that makes vampires go Rouge is a new twist. I like that other vampires are introduced in also, so that the story is not all about the vampires in the Order only.
Ladyllatina More than 1 year ago
This is the second book for this series and I have to say that Dante is captivating. I read this book just as quickly as the first book. Wow! Lara Adrian really knows how to get you drawn into the world of the midnight breed. I love how these books that place in Massachusetts. I like being able to picture these things happening in familiar surroundings. Tess is just what Dante needs and he doesn't even know it. Their story takes you on a rollercoaster ride of emotions. I am looking forward to reading Midnight Awakening (book 3). These characters are so real and fabulously fantasty all in one. Great Read!! Highly Recommend!!
Sony12fan More than 1 year ago
Love this series, would read again! Read this series after the Black Dagger brotherhood. a Must read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Deserie.Comfort on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was a little weary going into this book based on some past reviews that I had read before reading the book. However, I must say that I enjoyed this book more than the first of the series. Ms. Adrian has done a great job at giving the book just the right amount of romance, thriller, mystery, surprises, and steamy love scenes (and boy oh boy are they steamy)! This book is based on Dante and Tess' relationship and how they come to meet and grow to fall in love. There are also other characters introduced (Chase, who I can't wait to see what happens with him), Elise and then we see some small appearances by the first loved Lucan and Gabrielle as well as a small bit with Rio and Tegan. I am excited about the possible connection between Tegan and Elise and am wondering where that story line is going to go. I would definitely recommend this book to those who enjoyed JR Wards Black Brotherhood Series and even Lynsay Sands series.
bhryk0 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I quite enjoyed this story, part of a series where the vampires are known as Breed Warriors (good vampires) and Rogues (bad vampires).Dante has been around for a few centuries, always fighting for the good of his people and man kind and he has never thought of taking a mate until he stumbles near death into Vet Surgeon, Tess Culver's clinic one night after he has been badly injured in a fight. He needs blood badly so he takes from Tess, he notices then that she has the markings of a breedmate (a human that can mate with his kind). Tess has always felt different than other people especially with her gift of healing, she is attracted to Dante but there is something about him she is not sure of. Dante is drawn to Tess in a way he never thought possible so he tracks her down so he can meet her again. He also finds out she is somehow connected to the investigation that he and his fellow Breed Warriors are conducting at present.One night Tess is attacked to near death but Dante comes to her rescue and he has to give her his blood so she can recover and this is the second part of the bonding between Breed Warrior and his Breedmate - and Tess does not know anything about it yet. She is at first shocked and disbelieving when Dante tells his story but like all good romance novels Dante wins Tess in the end.
dhampir05 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Dante, being part of the Order, was attacked and severely in need of blood when he crawled into a vet clinic and fed off of the gorgeous human, Tess. Only to find out that she was marked as a Breedmate. Now with a blood bond to the woman, Dante must protect her from all the Rogues out there and try to help the FBI Special Agent Chase find the missing Darkhaven children addicted the the drug, Crimson. All the while, Dante must ensure that his visions of a fiery death for himself do not come true until Tess is finally, willingly, his.Tess is spunky, and has her own secrets from Dante, but she has only one thing on her mind when he is around... and that is getting him into her bed...
chrissywest on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I¿m feeling kind of bitchy and sleep deprived today. When I reviewed Kiss of Midnight, the first in this series. I mentioned that it wouldn¿t be a good idea to start the book before bed. Perhaps I should have followed my own advice. I finished the book at about 3:30am.Kiss of Crimson is the second book in Lara Adrian¿s Midnight Breed series and follows on from Kiss of Midnight. The additional new characters Elise and Chase providing an interesting sub-plot. Just like in Kiss of Midnight there was tons of action and romance. It seems any review I read on this series, people are saying how it is similar or is a copy-cat of J.R. Ward¿s Brotherhood series. I haven¿t read J.R. Ward¿s series so I don¿t have an opinion on that. But so what if it does? I read anywhere from 130-160 books a year. Probably 75% of them are from a series. Do you know how many series are out there that compare to another?Book 3 in the series, Midnight Awakening, is about Breed Warrior Tegan. It should be an interesting one, as Tegan is pretty cranky. He¿ll be a hard one to tame.
Romonko on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the first book in the series (Kiss of Midnight) because it had lots of action and lots of electronic toys being used. This one didn't have much of either. The book is centered around Dante this time and it outlines his quest for the love of his life, a young veterinarian with strange healing powers. And that's about it. Add a club drug that is turning young vampires rogue and a whole lot of erotica, and that is it for the book. Disappointed.
thehistorychic on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was about Dante. He is one of my favorite characters and I really like Tess. The only thing that made this book less than 5 stars was the whole Vet Clinic going under subplot. I just didn't click with that but the rest was fantastic.
Chandra-of-Red on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
SYNOPSISEven the vampire-nation has a society setup. When "male" vampires aliens crash landed on earth centuries ago, their nature was violent and blood-thirsty. They killed for the blood that they craved but they also reproduced with human females.DARKHAVEN sanctuaries located in various places that are homes for the vampire nationGEN ONE - the First Generation of half human half vampires spawned on EarthBREEDS- Second Generation onward of half human half vampireBREEDMATES - human women that can mate with any vampire. They carry a birthmark that identifies them as such.the ORDER - a small group of warrior vampires bent on the destruction of the .....ROGUES vampires that have the same violent nature of the original vampires when they crashed landed and settled on earth centuries ago.MINIONS - human slaves to do the bidding of the Rogues Lara Adrian once again sets the plot. You are drawn into the plot of good vs evil and of love. Dante, a BREED and member of the ORDER is injured while fighting against the ROGUES. Unexpectedly, he meets his BREEDMATE. But someone is taking BREEDS and turning them into ROGUES.BEST PART: A woman has healing powersLEAST FAVORITE PART: Rio is still in the hospital and may never ever be the same.RECOMMENDATION: You will like this second book in the series if you enjoy reading about a society of vampires. Some good. Some evil. A vampire society that maintains a hierarchy while surrounded by humans. You will enjoy reading about a BREED vampire protecting a human female who has yet to understand that she is a BREEDMATE let alone what the vampire world is about.
littleflwers on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Ok well I decided to go ahead an read the next in the Midnight Breed Series. This is book 2 by Lara Adrian. I found the book to be ok. Guess this type of vampire is not my style. The plot was ok, the characters typical the ending fair. I already have the next in the series so I will go ahead and and finish it but .... I don't know that I will be reading much more from this author.
mcelhra on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Kiss of Crimson, book two in the Midnight Breed series, stars Breed warrior Dante. Dante and a new character Chase are in search of the person who created the street drug Crimson - it's turning nice vampires into Rogues. Dante, badly injured by a Rogue hopped up on Crimson, breaks into a veterinary clinic and feeds from the female veterinarian in order to heal his wounds from the attack. He doesn't realize until it's too late that the woman, Tess, bears the mark of a Breedmate. He has now inadvertently bonded himself to her forever. The chemistry between Tess and Dante wasn't as hot as between Lucan and Gabrielle in the first book but it was still pretty charged. So far I don't feel like the books in this series are formulaic. This book had plenty of twists to keep me guessing.
amf0001 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a silly series, but I'm still reading it. Dante is just like Lucan who is just like every other vampire, they have no real characters, they are all identical (except one or two who are even grimmer than the rest) Tess wasn't a bad heroine, and at least she didn't turn into a disney princess, cooing at eveything, that Gabrielle did in the previous book (she just became unbelievably sweet) I read it, I'll read the next one, but its more a comfort read than an addiction.
blingtastic on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
2nd book in the series. again similar plot lines as J.R. Ward but not as good. hot and will read again
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
But too preictable.