Bound to Darkness by Lara Adrian
Series: Midnight Breed #13
Published by Indie
Published on: July 30, 2015
Genres: Paranormal Romance
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Carys Chase is accustomed to making her own rules and letting her heart lead the way—no matter what anyone else has to say about it. A rare Breed female and a daywalker as well, headstrong, beautiful Carys is one of the most powerful of her kind. She lives passionately and loves without limits, especially when it comes to the lethal cage-fighting Breed warrior called Rune.
Unbeatable in the ring, Rune exists in a brutal world of blood and bone and death. He’s made his share of enemies both in and out of the arena, and his secrets run as deep and turbulent as his past. A dangerous loner who has survived by his fists and fangs, Rune has never allowed anyone to get too close to him…until Carys. But when the bodies buried in his past rise up to threaten his present, Rune must choose between betraying Carys’s trust or putting her in the crosshairs of a battle neither of them can hope to win on their own.
The Midnight Breed series is probably my favorite of all the many vampire series that I have read over the years. They are a bit similar to the Black Dagger Brotherhood books, and while I loved those, after finding these, they quickly outranked that series for me. I think part of it is that the back story for these vampires makes so much more sense to me. They are descended from an ancient alien race, a race with a thirst for violence and of course blood-and they didn’t care about humanity. They have evolved into a much more civilized race, and now have an Order of vampires that keep the peace among the Breed. Now that human’s know about the Breed, things have majorly changed for the race as a whole. Did I like the books prior to humanity being clued in, better than the ones that came after? Absolutely! But these books are still a good read, and are also getting more involved due to terrorists plots and lots of new villains to ramp up the action and suspense in these reads.
This time around Carys, daughter of Sterling Chase and his breedmate, Tavia, has already fallen in love with Breed male, Rune. That was unusual for me for the story to begin already in the middle of the relationship. In the previous book, Crave the Night, we do get to see some of their relationship so for those that read the whole series, I suppose that does count. Carys is a very rare type of breed mate-not only does she have the distinctive breed mate mark, but she is also Breed, and a day walker. as is her twin, Aric. Rune is a cage fighter in a dance club of very dubious reputation. He has never been beaten and has a very dark and scary past. A past he refuses to share with Carys, no matter how much he loves her. For that reason, he refuses to blood bond with her because she will get all his memories through the bond-something he can’t allow to happen.
Meanwhile, the Order is dealing with ongoing terrorists plots, revolving around the group called Opus Nostrum. And to top it all off, they have now been made aware of the presence of Atlantians on earth. The Atlantian queen is planning a war against the Breed, as well as humanity.
This series has always had a lot of action, as well as romance. In this installment, we don’t get near the amount of action that I am used to. Don’t get me wrong, of course there is violence and life and death moments, but nowhere near as much as there could have been. There’s more romance/sensual scenes, and Order business in conference rooms. I just wasn’t bowled over by this one as I have always been in the past. I did enjoy both of the main characters-they were very strong and likable-although Rune is pretty dangerous. Talk about alpha males! I also really enjoyed catching up with characters from the previous installments. I think the premise could have been a bit stronger, with more danger as a result. Maybe this series needs to go back more to it’s roots of on the street fighting, as the whole first part of the series was. Just a thought. What normally is a 5 star read for me, became a 4 star as a result-and that is still not a bad thing.
Recommended to adult Urban Fantasy and Paranormal romance readers.