With a dagger in her hand and vengeance on her mind, Darkhaven beauty Elise Chase prowls Boston’s streets in search of retribution against the Rogue vampires who took from her everything she cherished. Using an extraordinary psychic gift, she tracks her prey, well aware that the power she possesses is destroying her. She must learn to harness this gift, and for that she can turn to only one man – the deadliest of the Breed warriors, Tegan.
No stranger to loss, Tegan knows Elise’s pain. He knows fury, but when he slays his enemies it is with ice in his veins. He is perfect in his self-control, until Elise seeks his aid in her personal war. An unholy alliance is forged – a bond that will link them by blood and vow – and plunge them into a tempest of danger, desire and the darkest passions of the heart…
This is the third instalment of the Midnight Breed series, and it is the best of the lot.
The plot thickens. Elise, who lost her only son to the Rogues in the last instalment, leaves the safety of the Darkhavens sanctuary to carry out a one-woman vendetta against the enemies and their human henchmen, the Minions. Like all other Breedmates, Elise possesses a special power – she’s a psychic – which helps her in her deadly mission. But all that killing and psychic onslaught have taken a toll on her, and it is on one of his prowls that Tegan finds Elise on the verge of collapse. Not only that, she is being hunted down by the Rogues. He brings her back to the warriors’ compound to keep her safe.
Elsewhere, the enemies are up to no good. Their leader is frantically looking for a journal that Elise took, which are now in the warriors’ safekeeping. The journal contains cryptic clues that take Tegan and a determined Elise all the way to Berlin. Later, the warriors end up in Prague. Yes, our warriors are going places. *grin* Sufficient to say that the plot expands quickly but coherently, so it is very easy to follow the story. There is a bigger threat awaiting the warriors … a long-kept secret that leaves them on the edge.
Tegan, for me, is a gorgeous hero. He is vividly and believably portrayed. His aloofness, his icy self-control, his torment, his unwilling attraction to Elise, and his eventual surrender to her – these are well written and I care a lot for this character.
I never thought I would say this, but I liked Elise. Despite feeling no particular fondness for her in the last book, I have to say she’s a worthy heroine and my favourite one so far. She’s so calm and stoic, not to mention intelligent. She plays a huge role in helping the warriors vanquish the enemies. I totally bought it when Tegan falls for her hook, line and sinker.
Now, the secondary characters. Sterling Chase, Elise’s brother-in-law, is now a bona fide Breed warrior, both in status and in mannerism. He has the “future hero” stamp on him. There are two more new recruits, Brock and Kade, whom I’m sure we will see more of in the later books. The other warriors and their Breedmates all make an appearance here. Rio, the scarred, damaged and betrayed warrior, is slowly but surely recovering … and the sophisticated laid-back warrior that he was is forever gone.
I’m anticipating Rio’s book with much eagerness.
4.5 out of 5. I really like it. It's fantastic, a keeper. Sensuality rating: Warm +