Midnight Awakening (Midnight Breed Series #3)

Midnight Awakening (Midnight Breed Series #3)

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by Lara Adrian

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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

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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. . . .

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"An adrenaline-fueled, sizzlingly sexy, darkly intense addition to Lara Adrian's addictively readable paranormal Breed series." —Chicago Tribune

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Random House Publishing Group
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Midnight Breed Series, #3
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5.04(w) x 7.01(h) x 1.09(d)

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Chapter One

She walked among them undetected, just another afternoon rush-hour commuter trudging through the fresh February snowfall on her way to the train station. No one paid any mind at all to the petite female in the hooded oversized parka, her scarf concealing her face to just below her eyes, which watched the crowds of human pedestrians with keen interest. Too keen, she knew, but she couldn't help it.

She was anxious being out among them, and impatient to find her prey.

Her head rang with the pound of rock music blaring in through the tiny earbuds of a portable MP3 player. It wasn't hers. It had belonged to her teenage son-to Camden. Sweet Cam, who'd died just four months ago, a victim of the underworld war that Elise herself was now a part of as well. He was the reason she was here, prowling Boston's crowded streets with a dagger in her coat pocket and a titanium-edged blade strapped to her thigh.

More than ever now, Camden was the reason she lived.

His death could not go unavenged.

Elise crossed at a traffic light and moved up the road toward the station. She could see people talking as she passed them, their lips moving silently, their words-more important, their thoughts-drowned out by the aggressive lyrics, screaming guitars, and pulsing throb of bass that filled her ears and vibrated in her bones. She didn't know precisely what she was listening to, nor did it matter. All she needed was the noise, played loud enough and long enough to get her into place for the hunt.

She entered the building, just one more person in a river of moving humanity. Harsh light spilled down from fluorescent tubes in the ceiling. The odor of street filth and dampness and too many bodies assailed her nose through her scarf. Elise walked farther inside, coming to a slow pause in the center of the station. Forced to divide around her, the flowing crowd passed on either side, many bumping into her, jostling her in their haste to make the next train. More than one glared as they passed, mouthing obscenities over her abrupt halt in the middle of their path.

God, how she despised all of this contact, but it was necessary. She took a steadying breath, then reached into her pocket and turned off the music. The din of the station rushed upon her like a wave, engulfing her with the racket of voices, shuffling feet, the traffic outside, and the metallic grate and rumble of the incoming train. But these noises were nothing compared to the others that swamped her now.

Ugly thoughts, bad intentions, secret sins, open hatreds-all of it churned around her like a black tempest, human corruption seeking her out and hammering into her senses. It staggered her, as always, that first rush of ill wind nearly overwhelming her. Elise swayed on her feet. She fought the nausea that rose within her and tried her best to weather the psychic assault.

-Such a bitch, I hope they fire her ass-

-Goddamn hick tourists, why don't you go back where you belong-

-Idiot! Outta my way, or I'll friggin' knock you flat-

-So what if she's my wife's sister? Not like she wasn't after me all this time-

Elise's breath was coming faster with each second, a headache blooming in her temples. The voices in her mind blended into ceaseless, almost indistinguishable chatter, but she held on, bracing herself as the train arrived and its doors opened to let a new sea of people pour out onto the platform. They spilled around her, more voices added to the cacophony that was shredding her from the inside.

-Panhandling losers ought to put the same effort into getting a damn job-

-I swear, he puts his hand on me one more time, I'ma kill the sumbitch-

-Run, cattle! Run back to your pens! Pathetic creatures, my Master is right, you do deserve to be enslaved-

Elise's eyes snapped wide. Her blood turned to ice in her veins the instant the words registered in her mind. This was the one voice she waited to hear.

The one she came here to hunt.

She didn't know the name of her prey, or even what he looked like, but she knew what he was: a Minion. Like the others of his kind, he had been human once, but now he was something less than that. His humanity had been bled away by the one he called Master, a powerful vampire and the leader of the Rogues. It was because of them-the Rogues and the evil one guiding them in a growing war within the vampire race-that Elise's only son was dead.

After being widowed five years ago, Camden was all she'd had left, all that mattered in her life. With his loss, she'd found a new purpose. An unwavering resolve. It was that resolve she leaned upon now, commanding her feet to move through the thick crowd, searching for the one she'd make pay for Camden's death this time.

Her head spun with the continued bombardment of painful, ugly thoughts, but finally she managed to single out the Minion. He stalked ahead of her by several yards, his head covered by a black knit cap, his body draped in a tattered, faded green camouflage jacket. Animosity poured out of him like acid. His corruption was so total, Elise could taste it like bile in the back of her throat. And she had no choice but to stick close to him, waiting for her chance to make her move.

The Minion exited the station and headed up the sidewalk at a fast clip. Elise followed, her fingers wrapped tightly around the dagger in her pocket. Outside with fewer people, the psychic blare had lessened, but the pain of overload in the station was still present, boring into her skull like a steel spike. Elise kept her eyes trained on her quarry, picking up her speed as he ducked into a business off the street. She came up to the glass door and peered past the painted FedEx logo to see the

Minion waiting in line for the counter.

"Excuse me, miss," someone said from behind her, startling her with the sound of a true voice, and not the buzz of words that were still filling her head. "You going inside or what, lady?"

The man behind her pushed open the door as he said it, holding it for her expectantly. She hadn't intended to go in, but now everyone was looking at her-the Minion included-and it would draw more attention to herself if she refused. Elise strode into the brightly lit business and immediately feigned interest in a display of shipping boxes in the front window.

From her periphery, she watched as the Minion waited his turn in line. He was edgy and violent-minded, his thoughts berating the customers ahead of him. Finally he approached the counter, ignoring the clerk's greeting.

"Pickup for Raines."

The attendant typed something into a computer, then hesitated a second. "Hang on." He headed to a back room, only to return a moment later shaking his head. "It hasn't arrived yet. Sorry 'bout that."

Fury rolled off the Minion, tightening like a vise around Elise's temples. "What do you mean, 'it hasn't arrived'?"

"Most of New York got hit with a big snowstorm last night, so a lot of today's shipments have been delayed-"

"This shit's supposed to be guaranteed," the Minion snarled.

"Yeah, it is. You can get your money back, but you have to fill out a claim-"

"Fuck the claim, you moron! I need that package. Now!"

My Master will have my ass if I don't turn up with this delivery, and if my ass goes in a sling, I'm going to come back here and rip your goddamn lungs out.

Elise drew in her breath at the virulence of the unspoken threat. She knew the Minions lived only to serve the one who made them, but it was always a shock to hear the terrible depth of their allegiance. Nothing was sacred to their kind. Lives meant nothing, be they human or Breed. Minions were nearly as awful as the Rogues, the bloodthirsty, criminal faction of the vampire nation.
The Minion leaned over the counter, fists braced on either side of him. "I need that package, asshole. I'm not leaving without it."

The clerk backed away, his expression suddenly gone wary. He grabbed the phone. "Look, man, as I've explained to you, there's nothing more I can do for you on this. You're gonna have to come back tomorrow. Right now, you need to leave before I call the police."

Useless piece of shit, the Minion growled inwardly. I'll come back tomorrow all right. Just you wait 'til I come back for you!

"Is there a problem here, Joey?" An older man came out from the back, all business.

"I tried to tell him that his stuff ain't here yet on account of the storm, but he won't give it up. Like maybe I'm supposed to pull it out of my a-"

"Sir?" the manager said, cutting off his employee and pinning the Minion with a serious look. "I'm going to ask you politely to leave now. You need to go, or the police will be called to escort you out of here."

The Minion growled something indistinguishable but nasty. He slammed his fist down on the countertop, then whirled around and started stalking away. As he neared the door where Elise stood, he swept over a floor display, sending rolls of tape and bubble packs scattering to the floor. Although Elise stepped back, the Minion was coming too hard toward her. He glared down at her with vacant, inhuman eyes.

"Get out of my way, cow!"

She'd barely moved before he barreled past her and out the door, pushing so hard the glass panes rattled like they were going to shatter.

"Asshole," one of the patrons still in line muttered once the Minion had gone.

Elise felt the wave of relief wash over the other customers at his departure. Part of her was relieved too, glad that no one met with harm. She wanted to wait for a while in the momentary calm in the store, but it was an indulgence she couldn't afford. The Minion was storming across the street now, and dusk was coming fast.

She only had half an hour at best before darkness fell and the Rogues came out to feed. If what she did was dangerous in the daytime, at night it was nothing short of suicide. She could slay a Minion with stealth and steel-already had, in fact, more than once-but like any other human, female or not, she stood no chance against the blood-addicted strength of the Rogues.

Girding herself for what she had to do, Elise slipped out the door and followed the Minion up the street. He was angry and walking brusquely, slamming into other pedestrians and snarling curses at them as he passed. A barrage of mental pain filled her head as more voices joined the din already clanging in her mind, but Elise kept pace with her target. She hung a few yards behind, her eyes trained on the pale green bulk of his jacket through the light flurry of fresh snow. He swung left around the corner of a building and into a narrow alley. Elise hurried now, desperate not to lose him.
Midway down the side street, he yanked open a battered steel door and disappeared. She crept up to the windowless slab of metal, palms sweating despite the chill in the air. His violent thoughts filled her head-murderous thoughts, all the grisly things he would do out of deference to his Master.
Elise reached into her pocket to withdraw her dagger. She held it close to her side, poised to strike, but concealed behind the long drape of her coat. With her free hand, she grasped the latch and pulled open the unlocked door. Snowflakes swirled ahead of her into the gloomy vestibule that reeked of mildew and old cigarette smoke. The Minion stood near a bank of mail slots, one shoulder leaning against the wall as he flipped open a cell phone like the ones they all carried-the Minions' direct line to their vampire Master.

"Shut the fucking door, bitch!" he snapped, soulless eyes glinting. His brows dropped into a scowl as Elise moved toward him with swift, deadly purpose. "What the hell is th-"

She drove the dagger hard into his chest, knowing that the element of surprise was one of her best advantages. His anger hit her like a physical blow, pushing her backward. His corruption seeped into her mind like acid, burning her senses. Elise struggled through the psychic pain, coming back to strike him again with the blade, ignoring the sudden wet heat of his blood spilling onto her hand.

The Minion sputtered, grasping out for her as he fell against her. His wound was mortal, so much blood she nearly lost her stomach at the sight and smell of it. Elise twisted out of the Minion's heavy lean and leaped out of the way as he fell to the floor. Her breath was sawing out of her lungs, her heart racing, her head splitting in agony as the mental barrage of his rage continued in her mind.
The Minion thrashed and hissed as death overtook him. Then, finally, he stilled.

Finally, there was silence.

With trembling fingers, Elise retrieved the cell phone from where it lay at her feet and slipped it into her pocket. The slaying had drained her, the combined physical and psychic exertion almost too much to bear. Each time seemed to weigh more heavily on her, take longer for her to recover. She wondered if the day would come that she might slide so deep into the abyss that she'd not rebound at all. Probably, she guessed, but not today. And she would keep fighting so long as she had breath in her body and the pain of loss in her heart.

"For Camden," she whispered, staring down at the dead Minion as she clicked on the MP3 player in preparation of her return home. Music blared from the tiny earbuds, muting the gift that gave her the power to hear the darkest secrets of a human's soul.

She'd heard enough for now.

Her day's sober mission complete, Elise pivoted around and fled the carnage she'd wrought.

Chapter Two

The scent of blood carried on the thin, wintry breeze. It was faint, fresh, a coppery tickle in the nostrils of the vampire warrior who leaped soundlessly from the roof of one dusk-shadowed building to another. Snowflakes fell around him like floating white ash, blanketing the city that spread out beneath him some six stories down.

Tegan crouched at the ledge and surveyed the tangle of bustling streets and alleyways. As one of the Order-a small cadre of Breed vampires engaged in war against their savage brethren, the Rogues-Tegan's primary nightly objective was dealing death to his enemies. It was something he did with a cold efficiency, a skill perfected during his more than seven centuries of existence. But down to his marrow, he was Breed, and there were none among his kind who could ignore the call of newly spilled human blood.

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Midnight Awakening (Midnight Breed Series #3) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 636 reviews.
Mary Felgenhauer More than 1 year ago
Tegan is my Zsadist. Enough said.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read all four of the Midnight Breed books that are out so far, but out of order, and think that this is the very best of the bunch. They are all good, but Tegan is just such a luscious damaged hero! And Elise is so cool and spunky, despite her own painful past. Adrian did an excellent job of developing the attraction between these two wounded souls who have no interest in falling in love. And she shows enough of the other Breeds to stay connected with their stories, without neglecting her principal pair. This one goes on my keeper shelf, and I look forward to what LA offers readers next.
Eternal--Love78 More than 1 year ago
Elise Chase, the one woman who has tamed & clouded the mind of the savage & ravenous beast, Tegan. The most ferocious & deadliest warrior of all the members of the Order. Who has been as COLD as ICE to anyone he has come in contact with for well over five centuries. Until Elise enters Tegan's life, the direct element they both have in common is the loss of thier mates. However, Elise's loss also involves the death of her ONLY son, Camden. Who was tragically taken away four months ago by the Rogue induce drug Crimson. Tegan's loyality is always first to the Order; however, when Elise is out after dark, (on her own vengeful purpose, to take out as many Minions as possible), & about to be attacked by a Rogue. Tegan being out on patrol already, leaps in & saves Elise. Dramatically altering his life as he knows it. After days & nights of giving Elise HOT/COLD symbols, she's just about had it. With the sexual intamate moments they've shared, to the mere moments Tegan was about to open his heart to her, then instantly removing & tightly securing it before anyone would notice. Elise is sent into a tailspin of emotions & confusion. Losing herself within the web she & Tegan has cast. Extracting her one & only purpose from her mind, to revenge Camden's death. Tegan's revelation on his irrefutable necessity came to light upon discovering that Elise was about to be killed & taken away from his grasp by another male. Tegan confronts Elise in her bedroom after he has bared witness to a kiss she received by the other male. Tegan loses control of the layers of wall he has constructed over his heart for all of these years. Once those thick boulders come crashing down, so does the ability & tight hold he has on his emotions, lustful desires, & yearnful attraction towards Elise. Staking his claim within her & sealing their irrevocable fate forever. Lara Adrian writing of the Breed Series is an undeniable sexually gratifiying romance, action, suspense/thiller. To claim which one of the books is my favorite would be an understatement. Each one depicts it's own scenario to a common valor of humankind. With it's Breed Warriors of the Order & Breedmates to possess pure acclaimed attributions to one another is much to be desired for. This series is beyond excellence, and I cannot wait to come to it's conculsion to the fate of the Breed. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED DESERVES WELL BEYOND THE 5 STAR RATING!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I started reading these books really just to pass the time until my BDB books came out but now i am hooked on a new set of "brothers". I loved this book from cover to cover!
Haylie_Hannah More than 1 year ago
This story started out with Elise Chase, a Breedmate of Darkhaven, getting revenge on the Rogue vampires for killing her mate and her son. She began this lonely mission with the thought that she really had nothing else to lose since she had already lost everything she treasured. In one incident where she was about to be attacked by three Rogue vampires, she was rescued by Tegan, the most dangerous of the Breed warriors. From then on, their lives seemed to be intertwined even though Tegan tried his best to have nothing to do with her. He had always worked alone and never thought to have a partner. However, after Elise provided Tegan with an important book that Marek, the leader of the Rogues, was trying to get his hands on, Tegan was forced to work with her on deciphering the meaning behind the texts. The more Tegan worked with Elise, the more she proved to be useful and helpful to him. He tried to fight his feelings for her throughout almost 2/3 of the book but eventually lost. In the end, Elise and Tegan were given a second chance at love-a love that both never thought could be possible-and both grabbed on to it with eagerness. Overall, the story was very beautiful. It was fast-paced from the beginning to end and I couldn't put it down. It was heart breaking to see how hard Tegan tried to push Elise away at first. His reason for doing so was because he didn't want to care (or afraid to care) for another woman again after he has lost his Breedmate Sorcha centuries ago. However, he learned fast enough that when it came down to love, when you couldn't fight it, join it.
Smurf97 More than 1 year ago
Elise & Tegan story is so moving.....he fights with everything in him to keep from falling in love with her. Elise only wants to focus on the pain of losing her soon. The both realize that they need each other and love can heal all the hurts of the heart. Just purchased book #4 in this series and can't wait to read it and others in this series.
ILuvMyNook More than 1 year ago
I just finished book 3 of this series and even though I enjoyed book's 1 & 2, I LOVED book 3! This series just keeps getting better and better with each book! I can't wait to see what book 4 is going to be like! Highly Recommend not only this book, but this series!
Sailon More than 1 year ago
Elise, a breedmate, is mouring the lost of her husband when a new rave drug, crimson, turns her son Camden into a Rouge vampire. Camden as a rouge has become a threat to every living creature. Camden is killed by his uncle. He was attempting to attack his mother Elise so she witness the act first hand. This changes Elise's life forever. No longer sheltered from the war the rages between the breed and the rouges, Elise takes an active roll in the fight to rid the world of crimson and the rouge vampires she blames for her sons death. Tegan is a breed Order warrior vampire, who devoted to removing all rouge vampires from the world. Tourmented by his failure to protect his breedmate 5 centuries early has given up on all feeling and emotion and has sault a life a revenge. Tegan finds Elise fighting for her life when she is caught off guard by a rouge attack. He swoops in and saves her only realizes that she has been single handily destroying minions, day time servants of the rouges. Elise's single minded revenge touches an emotional cord Tegan has not felt in over 400 years. Confilicting emotions arrise in the most feared warrior and the Elise. The imformaton Elise uncovers threatens to destory the Breeds if Tegan and Elise together can not work together and connect the abstract imformation she found. Don't you just hate when half way through the story line you figure out the plot. With Midnight Awakening this was not the case. I found this book a non-stop thrill ride. Midnight Awakening provided twists and turns with and ending that I did not expect!
harstan More than 1 year ago
Vampires who find their Breedmate, recognizable by a certain mark somewhere on their body, can have children. Their bond is a lifelong commitment and the woman doesn¿t age as long as her mate is still alive. The Breed are a peaceable society and most of them live in the Darkhavens, which are underground and surrounded by the best security systems in existence. The Rogues have given in to their blood lust and have no care for human life because their craving is too strong.----------- The Rogues and the minions (Renfields) are controlled by Merek, the brother of Lucan who is in charge of the Order. Its mission is to kill the rogues while its counterpoint the Enforcement Agency believes in rehabilitation and looks upon the order as barbarous.-------------- Elise lost her husband in the war against the Rogues and her son to the Bloodlust that made him go Rogue. She lives to kill them and nobody interferes with her until Tegan, a powerful agent in the Order, discovers what she is doing. Centuries of staying apart from his brethren are gone when he realizes how courageous Elise is. Though he tries to stop her, she puts herself in the middle of a war zone and he ends up giving her his blood to strengthen her. He avoids thinking about his feelings for her as they both concentrate on figuring out what plan Merek is working on. He finds Elise is a valuable helper and as the danger mounts he finds he cannot hide his feelings from her and himself any longer.---------------- Lara Adrian has created a whole vampire culture that is separate from humanity and makes it feel vulnerable. Her latest and most exciting work will appeal to fans of Laurell K. Hamilton as her vampires have heart and care about each other and the humans who they could easily dominate as the Rogues want to do. Both Elise and Tegan have suffered great losses so when love comes knocking on their door, she is eager to embrace it while he fears getting hurt again. Both protagonists are complex likeable characters who endear themselves to the reader.------------ Harriet Klausner
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PollyBennett 8 months ago
To date, my favorite of the series. The plot is never ending, and it was nice to get to know a little more about the breed. Andreas Reichen and his world was interesting. Our heroine Elise was perfect for Tegan.
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Love the Midnight Breed Series! I hope they never end.
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AMR0406 More than 1 year ago
Tegan, Tegan, Tegan. This warrior scared the crap out of me in the first couple Midnight Breed Series books. I wasn't sure I liked him. However, after reading Midnight Awakening, he is now one of my favorites. Each book in this series is an adventure and this one excellent. I was not a fan of Elise after my first encounter with her. I couldn't imagine how I thought she and Tegan would be the couple of this book, but it happened and I loved every minute of it. In Midnight Awakening, Elise is on the prowl. She wants to avenge her son's death and nothing will stop her. Not even Tegan, a very dangerous warrior that found out what she was up to. Tegan doesn't want to care about Elise or her plan, but he can't seem to help himself. New information is found that could potentially lead the Order to crazy villain Marek and they all act on it. Tegan and Elise are headed overseas to Berlin and that's when the real fun begins between Tegan and Elise. I thoroughly enjoyed the dynamics to Tegan and Elise's relationship and how the two of them came to be mates. That is the best part of each book for me. Tegan and Elise both showed us that people can change. They can move on in life and find true love again. What really worked for me this time was that they both had a similar past, so they understood hurt and pain the other one has experienced and still might from time to time, but they have the same goals for the future. They were an exciting couple to read about. If you like paranormal romance and haven't checked out this series, give it s try!
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smbcSB More than 1 year ago
You will not be disappointed with Lara Adrian's Midnight Breed Series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it, although Tegan being wishy washy can get frustrating.
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Had been waiting for Tegan's book and I was not disappointed. Great book.
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DyeAnneDM More than 1 year ago
great story; keep them coming.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The midnight breed series is a fun fast past and sexy read. Each book builds on the series with new characters and plot twists. Currently on book seven, great summer reads or for mothers day.