Midnight Untamed by Lara Adrian review and excerpt

Synopsis

The mission was supposed to be simple. Infiltrate an enemy’s stronghold outside Rome and eliminate its leader. For a Breed warrior as lethal as Ettore Selvaggio, AKA “Savage”, stealth assassinations are only one of his many cold-hearted specialties. But the last thing Savage expects to find behind enemy lines—in his target’s bed—is a woman he once adored.

It’s been years since Savage last saw beautiful Arabella Genova. Years he’s strived to banish to his past, along with the fierce desire he once felt toward Bella . . . and the irresistible calling of her blood that stirs in him even now, despite the fact that she belongs to another male.

But when fate throws Savage and Bella together again in a race for their lives, will his long-lost love prove to be the one woman he can’t live without, or the perfect weapon to destroy him?

*I received a free copy of this book from a book promoter in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.*

Savage turned onto a narrow two-lane and headed for the Genova family vineyard even before Bella pointed to give him directions. He had been born in the same southern province of Italy, and, like her, he had spent the better part of his youth traipsing around the volcanic soil foothills of the region’s imposing Mount Vulture.

Unlike Bella, however, he had no family of his own. Whoever his parents were, they’d been gone from his life soon after he was born. Abandoned when he was just a baby, he’d been raised in one Darkhaven orphanage after another until he was old enough to take care of himself.

He thought he’d found something close to family when he met Bella’s brother, Consalvo, at university and the two became fast friends. He had regarded Sal like a brother, helped work the vineyard with the family as if it was his own.

For a long time, he had actually believed he’d found someplace to belong.

He had belonged…until his desire for Arabella had been found out and he’d been informed by her father that he was no longer welcome there.

Not good enough for his daughter.

Bella deserved something better.
Hell, Savage wouldn’t argue that, even now.

But as he glanced over at her and watched her lovely face turn ashen with dread on their approach to the long gravel drive that led to the homestead at the base of the mountain, he felt a wave of possessiveness—and protectiveness—he could not deny.

And he felt guilt too.

For leaving her the way he had, for letting her think he didn’t care.

For not being present to ensure that she never knew a moment of pain or heartache or fear.

All the things he could see playing across her features now.

Because of him.

She sucked in a sharp breath when she spotted the ominous-looking, empty black sedan parked halfway up the drive to the rambling villa. “Oh, no. Ettore, we’re too late.”

He clamped his molars tight, holding back the curse that leaped to his tongue. She was right. It didn’t look good.

“Midnight Untamed” is a sexy, quick, exciting read! This is a must-read if you like vampire romance stories!

Vito Massioni is a drug distributor associated with terror group Opus Nostrum. Savage is part of a team set to destroy Massioni’s villa with him in it. Before Savage (Ettore) sets off the detonator, he is surprised to find a familiar blonde woman is in the house with Massioni.

When Savage goes into the house to save or confront Bella, she recognizes him as well. He and she used to be in love as teenagers. Although she responds positively to seeing him, she’s not willing to be rescued because if Vito dies, her family will die as well. She can’t take that chance.

Savage doesn’t know this, though, and he rescues her anyway by using his ability to put her to sleep. Once he finds out why Bella didn’t want to see Vito be killed, he vows to help her protect her family.

As they try to do so, they must deal with the feelings they still have for one another, particularly the desire they feel when they think about the one night they shared together years earlier.

“Midnight Untamed” contains an exciting and fast-paced blend of romance and action. It never slowed down or became dull.

The novella was written in a way that was easy to read, while still being detailed enough for the reader to learn about the characters and settings. I was impressed with how much Lara Adrian was able to pack into a such a short book. It proves how important it is to not waste words and choose carefully what you include or don’t include in a story.

I loved the fact that Savage and Bella had history. There wasn’t insta-love. They had never stopped loving one another, despite the circumstances that had forced them apart.

I also loved that Savage is strong and a good leader, but not bossy or aggressive with Bella.

Bella is also strong. She’s a great heroine who can defend herself.

We don’t learn much about Bella’s sister-in-law, but that is okay. I have a feeling we will see more of her in another book.

I thought Vito was a believable and terrifying villain.

“Midnight Untamed” is an excellent addition to the Midnight Breed series. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it (despite it containing my “her sex” pet peeve).

If you have never read any of the Midnight Breed series, you can read “Midnight Untamed” as a standalone. It’s a great story either way. I strongly suggest this novella to anyone who enjoys paranormal romance mixed with romantic suspense, especially to people who enjoy a different take on vampires.

Lara Adrian is the New York Times, USA Today and #1 internationally bestselling author of the Midnight Breed vampire romance series and seven award-winning, historical romances, previously released under the pen name Tina St. John.

Lara’s Midnight Breed series is available in hardcover, mass market paperback and e-book through Random House, and in limited edition through Doubleday Book Club, Rhapsody Book Club, Book of The Month, and the Science Fiction Book Club. Unabridged audio editions are available through Tantor Media, Random House Audio, Amazon, iTunes, etc. Lara’s new releases regularly appear on all of the key bestseller lists including the New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, Indiebound, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, etc. There are more than 2 million copies of the Midnight Breed novels in print in the United States.

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