Deeper Than Midnight (Midnight Breed Series #9)

Deeper Than Midnight (Midnight Breed Series #9)

by Lara Adrian

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ISBN-13: 9780440246114
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/28/2011
Series: Midnight Breed Series , #9
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 178,201
Product dimensions: 4.08(w) x 6.92(h) x 1.14(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 club was private, very much off the beaten path, and for damned good reason. Located at the far end of a narrow, ice-encrusted back alley of Boston’s Chinatown district, the place catered to an exclusive, if discriminating, crowd. The only humans permitted inside the old brick building were the stable of attractive young women—and a few pretty men—kept on hand to satisfy the late-night clientele’s every craving.
 
Concealed within the shadows of an arched vestibule at street level, the unmarked metal door gave no indication of what lay behind it, not that any local or tourist in their right mind would pause to wonder. The thick slab of steel was shielded by a tall iron grate. Outside the entrance, a big guard loomed like a gargoyle in a knit skullcap and black leather.
 
The male was Breed, as was the pair of warriors who emerged from the gloom of the alleyway. At the sound of their combat boots crunching in the snow and frozen filth of the pavement, the guard on watch lifted his head. Under a thick, bulbous nose, thin lips curled away from crooked teeth and the sharp tips of the vampire’s fangs. Eyes narrowed at the uninvited newcomers, he exhaled a low snarl, his warm breath steaming from his nostrils to plume into the brittle December night air.
 
Hunter registered a current of tension in his patrol partner’s movements as the two approached the vampire on guard. Sterling Chase had been twitchy ever since they’d left the Order’s compound for tonight’s mission. Now he walked at an aggressive pace, taking the lead, his fingers flexing and contracting where they rested none too subtly on the large-caliber semiautomatic pistol holstered on his weapons belt.
 
The guard took a step forward too, putting himself directly in their path. Large thighs spread, boots planted wide in warning on the pitted pavement as the vampire’s big head lowered. The eyes that had been narrowed on them before in question now went tighter with recognition as they hit and settled on Chase. “You gotta be kidding me. What the hell do you want out here on Enforcement Agency turf, warrior?”
 
“Taggart,” Chase said, more growl than greeting. “I see your career has been in no danger of improving since I quit the Agency. Reduced to playing doorman for the local sip-and-strip, eh? What’s next for you—security detail at the shopping mall?”
 
The agent pursed his lips around a ripe curse. “Takes some kind of balls to show your face, especially around here.”
 
Chase’s answering chuckle was neither threatened nor amused. “Try looking in a mirror sometime, then let’s talk about who’s got balls showing his face in public.”
 
“This place is off-limits to all but the Enforcement Agency,” the guard said, crossing beefy arms over a barrel chest. A barrel chest sporting the broad leather strap of a weapons holster, with still more hardware bristling around his waist. “The Order’s got no business here.”
 
“Yeah?” Chase grunted. “Tell that to Lucan Thorne. He’s the one who will have your ass if you don’t move it out of our way. Assuming the two of us standing here cooling our heels for no good reason don’t decide to remove you ourselves.”
 
Agent Taggart’s mouth had clamped shut at the mention of Lucan, the Order’s leader and one of the longest-lived, most formidable elders of the Breed nation. Now the wary gaze strayed from Chase to Hunter, who lingered behind his fellow warrior in measuring silence. Hunter had no quarrel with Taggart, but he had already calculated no less than five different ways to disable him—to kill him swiftly and surely, right where he stood—should the need arise.
It was what Hunter had been trained to do. Born and bred to be a weapon wielded by the merciless hand of the Order’s chief adversary, he was long accustomed to viewing the world in logical, unemotional terms.
 
He no longer served the villain called Dragos, but his deadly skills remained at the core of who, and what, he was. Hunter was lethal—unfailingly so—and in that instantaneous connection of his gaze and Taggart’s, he saw that grim understanding reflected in the other male’s eyes.
 
Agent Taggart blinked, then took a step back, removing himself from Hunter’s stare and clearing the path to the door of the club.
 
“I thought you might be willing to reconsider,” Chase said, as he and Hunter strode to the iron grate and entered the Enforcement Agency hangout.
 
The door must have been soundproof. Inside the dark club, loud music thumped in time with multicolored, spinning lights that lit a central stage made of mirrored glass. The only dancers were the trio of half-naked humans gyrating together in front of an audience of leering, hot-eyed vampires seated in booths and at tables on the floor below the stage.
 
Hunter watched the long-haired blonde in the center wind herself around a Lucite pole that climbed up from the floor of the stage to the ceiling. Swiveling her hips, she lifted one of her enormous, unnaturally round breasts up to meet her snakelike tongue. As she toyed with the pierced nipple, the other dancers, a tattooed woman with spiked purple hair and a dark-eyed young man who barely fit inside the shiny red vinyl pouch slung around his hips, moved to opposite sides of the mirrored stage and began their own solo routines.
 
The club reeked of stale perfume and sweat, but the musty tang couldn’t mask the trace scent of fresh human blood. Hunter followed the olfactory trail with his gaze. It led to a far corner booth, where a vampire in the standard-issue Enforcement Agency dark suit and white shirt fed judiciously from the pale throat of a naked, moaning woman sprawled across his lap. Still more Breed males drank from other human blood Hosts, while some in the vampire-run establishment seemed intent on satisfying more carnal needs.
 
Beside him near the door, Chase had gone as still as stone. A low, rumbling growl leaked from the back of his throat. Hunter spared the feeding and onstage spectacle little more than an assessing glance, but Chase’s gaze was fixed and hungry, as openly riveted as any of the other Breed males gathered there. Perhaps more so.
 
Hunter was far more interested in the handful of heads that were now turning their way within the crowd of Enforcement Agents. Their arrival had been noticed, and the simmering looks from every pair of eyes that landed on them now said the situation could get ugly very quickly.
 
No sooner had Hunter registered the possibility, one of the glaring vampires reclined on a nearby sofa got up to confront them. The male was large, as were his two companions who rose to join him as he cut a clean path through the crowd. All three were visibly armed beneath their finely cut, dark suits.
 
“Well, well. Look what the cat dragged in,” drawled the agent in the lead, a trace of the South in his slowly measured words and in his refined, almost delicate, features. “How many decades of service with the Agency, yet you never would have deigned to join any of us in a place like this.”
 
Chase’s mouth curved, barely concealing his elongated fangs. “You sound disappointed, Murdock. This shit was never my speed.”
 
“No, you always held yourself above temptation,” the vampire replied, his gaze as shrewd as his answering smile. “So careful. So rigidly disciplined, even in your appetites. But things change. People change, don’t they, Chase? If you see something you like in here, you need only say so. For old times’ sake, if nothing else, hmm?”
 
“We’ve come for information about an Agent named Freyne,” Hunter interjected when Chase’s reply seemed to take longer than necessary. “As soon as we have what we need, we’ll leave.”
 
“Is that so?” Murdock considered him with a curious tilt of his head. Hunter saw the vampire’s gaze drift subtly away from his face to note the dermaglyphs that tracked up the sides of his neck and around his nape. It took only a moment for the male to discern that Hunter’s elaborate pattern of skin markings indicated he was Gen One, a rarity among the Breed.
 
Hunter was nothing close to the ages of his fellow Gen One warriors, Lucan or Tegan. However, sired by one of the race’s Ancients, his blood was every bit as pure. Like his Gen One brethren, his strength and power was roughly that of ten later-generation vampires. It was his rearing as one of Dragos’s personal army of assassins—a secret upbringing known by the Order alone—that made him far more lethal than Murdock and these couple dozen Agents in the club combined.
 
Chase seemed to snap out of his distraction at last. “What can you tell us about Freyne?”
 
Murdock shrugged. “He’s dead. But then, I expect you already know that. Freyne and his unit were all killed last week while on a mission to retrieve a kidnapped Darkhaven youth.” He gave a slow shake of his head. “Quite the pity. Not only did the Agency lose several good men, but their mission objective proved less than satisfactory as well.”
 
“Less than satisfactory,” Chase scoffed. “Yeah, you could say that. From what the Order understands, the mission to rescue Kellan Archer was fucked six ways from Sunday. The boy, his father, and grandfather—hell, the entire Archer family—all of them wiped out in a single night.”
 
Hunter said nothing, letting Chase bait the hook as he saw fit. Most of what he charged was true. The night of the rescue attempt had been a blood-soaked one that had ended with too much death, the worst of it being dealt to the members of Kellan Archer’s family.
 

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"Evocative, enticing, erotic." —-J. D. Ward, author of Lover Mine

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Deeper Than Midnight (Midnight Breed Series #9) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 605 reviews.
theReader278 More than 1 year ago
I loved reading this wonderful book! It is a story that keeps you entertained for hours.
harstan More than 1 year ago
The vampire myth began when eight ancient outworlders came to earth and mated with those females who wore a Breed mark because they are capable of baring a Breed male offspring. In time, the sons turned against their evil and cruel sires, but one escaped their wrath and hid in hibernation. In the present, Dragos imprisoned him and forced him to copulate with Breedmates. The Children of that union were Gen X warriors, who were more powerful than most of the breed. Dragos puts a slave collar on these children as he trains them to be amoral ruthless killers. Dragos' enemy The Order liberates one of his killers Hunter who vows to kill his vicious jailer and his psychopathic brothers. The Order raid a compound and free Corrine Bishop held prisoner by their evil adversary for decades. When she and Hunter meet, there is an instant attraction, but neither can accept the soft feelings; he never knew love only hate and she had love tortured out of her. While fleeing from Dragos' henchmen, Corrine resolutely wants to find her son Nathan, but conceals this from her escort until they make love. Hunter believes Corrine is setting herself up for heartbreak and perhaps death because like him her son is a trained ruthless killer. She persuades him they should try. The ninth Midnight Breed romantic fantasy is a fantastic entry that is as great as its predecessors (see Taken by Midnight). The story is told from multiple viewpoints; readers will find especially refreshing and fascinating understanding how a breed feels when he enters the Bloodlust stage before he turns into a mindless Rogue who cares only about drinking human blood. The Adrian vampire mythos expands as series fans will appreciate the meaning of Home. Harriet Klausner
Yvette4 More than 1 year ago
If you haven't started this series yet, get on it! This book is all about Hunter (a bred assassin, forced by Dragos, his creator, to wreak havoc). If you're a fan of this series, you know that Hunter is now a warrior of the Order. I love this book because it picks up right after the last book left off. I won't say too much about the storyline, because I don't want to give away any of this magnificent story. There are so many wonderful characters to love and bond with in this series that it'll be hard for you to pick a favorite. For me, this book is one of my absolute favorites in this series. Lara Adrian, please, please write a little faster. Waiting until the next release in 2012 may just kill me!
Chenoa More than 1 year ago
I just absolutely love her Midnight Series. They are exciting and funny. These are the kind of novels you can read over and over and never tire of them.
Revac More than 1 year ago
I have to say that I was completely in love with Hunter's character ever since he was introduced, and I couldn't WAIT for his story. I was utterly disappointed when I read this book.  After waiting so long for this story and expecting something epic, the lackluster three-part story that was in this book left a lot to be desired. I felt like this should have been Chase's story part one, because that's what it felt like.  With Hunter's background, even Corrine's backstory, there should have been enough for them to cover most if not all of the events in this book.   As usual, the author is extremely insensitive to the amount of time it takes for her characters to get over the devastating and traumatic events that happened to them and with the way they 'fall in love' so quickly, just diminishes from the story. Hunter's love should have been amazing! He should have had someone who was full of life, with a lot to offer someone like him. Someone who would open him up and help him grow.  Corrine understandably could have been this person, except for the fact that she was a prisoner for over 70 years of her life, so you can't really expect that personality to stay intact. Even if she was to grow into that person again, at least give her sometime to get herself together before you just throw her emotionally unstable person onto Hunter. I'm EXTREMELY disappointed because I don't believe that Hunter got the attention he deserved in his own book.  I feel that the author was rushing his story, in order to set-up everything perfectly for Sterling Chase (who I'm not really a fan of and could care less what happens to).   This story does absolutely no justice to Hunter, with it's lackluster storyline and poor execution for everything Hunter. If Chase/Harvard is the character that you've been waiting for, then by all means, DTM is just a really long prologue for Harvard's up and coming book. ~Sorry Hunter, better luck next time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not giving Hunter his due time is a real let down.  If Adrian wanted to let us know what was going on with Chase she should have made the book longer.  Just a cameo here and there would have sufficed. The book was almost 3/4 over before Hunter even made any kind of physical connection with his mate.  After all he had to suffer and all his mate suffered it was disclosed is just a few sentences.  I believe we should have been on their personal journeys to recovery more often in this book.  They already shared a lot in common so the healing should have been the main focus and the bonding, both  mental and physical.  Think about it. Hunter has never touched a women.  This was down played if you ask me.  And what women after being raped and abused for 72 years is REALLY going to just fall into someones bed, mate or not.  I like Adrian's writing but sometimes it did seem like someone else was doing the writing.  When did Hunter develop a language with profanity?  One minute he is speaking without contractions and the next he is using slang.  The language changes alone should have at least been explained.  And Corrine never gave a second thought about her mother who had raised her even after finding out it was just her dad who betrayed her.  Her character was too cold and simple for my taste.  I like that she does accept Hunter and lets him in but the way it is done is just not believable.
BookLover78 More than 1 year ago
I love a book that leaves u feeling like a junkie in need of more. This series is a total addiction.
MissMotley More than 1 year ago
This is by far my favorite series and this is no exception! I was hooked from the first chapter. Sometimes series tend to get stale as they go on, but Lara really knows how to keep it fresh and exciting! I am already dying for the next installment...going to be a long wait until the Spring!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved Hunters story glad to see him happy.
TECombs More than 1 year ago
A great read, I don't want to give anything away. It has you hoping & wondering till the near end of the book. It brings two subjects from previous books together. I really enjoyed reading it!
PollyBennett More than 1 year ago
What an exciting series. Each addition is better than the last. Hunter's story did not disappoint. My favorite till I read the next one.
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RayeRC More than 1 year ago
Awesome and intriguing. I was left on a cliffhanger. What is going to happen to Chase and The Orders new compound? I have a nudging feeling that Chase's Breedmate is Ms. Fairchild, but lunatic Dragos was enticed also. I seriously doubt Dragos though,he is too far deranged and a fruitcake. We never know where author Lara Adrian will lead us next with The Order in this captivating, erotic Midnight Series. We must wait and endure to see the outcome...;-) 
Samantha57 More than 1 year ago
This was an incredible book. Although it did infact have its painfully slow moments, it had its intense moments as well. I also love how the author took her time with letting the characters chemistry grow instead of just rushing into the sex as she did in some of her previous books.
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angiefromwv More than 1 year ago
By the time I got to the last few chapters I couldn't put it down (especially the last few pages). This book includes Hunter finding his mate, Harvard battling his blood lust, and an increasing oncoming war with Dragos. The book let you know there was something huge coming from Dragos against the Order. I had my guess of what Dragos might have planned but I was way off and never saw it coming. What a HUGE cliff hanger!! Really good installment in the series, can't wait to get to the next one.
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Awesome series; this is one of the best so far!