Deeper Than Midnight by Lara Adrian
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
TBR Challenge 2011-- general. this book has been on my TBR list since Oct 2010.
While Corinne wasn't a strong character, overall the story was excellent. Dragos is less cardboard and more 3-dimensional, and a much more interesting villain now than in previous books. Hunter becomes more sympathetic as Adrian develops his background and the reader gets to see inside his thoughts. The background stories going on involving the other members of the Order round out the book and make it one of the most interesting reads in the series as far as story complexity. Perhaps the most satisfying storyline involved Sterling Chase, who is sliding toward rogue. As he struggles with his darker nature, Chase becomes a fascinating character, giving the reader opportunity to contemplate such weighty topics as addiction and friendship and honor.
Corinne, unfortunately, remains a flat character. Adrian, who often writes emotionally satisfying "tortured" males, seems less consistent with her female leads. While some of her heroines have been strong and interesting, others have been boring and several downright forgettable. Corinne's suffering during her captivity in Dragos lab fails to capture the reader's sympathy. Part of the problem is Adrian never adequately explains why the women were tortured. The reasons Dragos wanted the breedmates is clear, but their torture made little sense given the rest of the details. While the reader watches Hunter's feelings for Corinne grow, we don't see a corresponding explanation for Corinne's attachment to Hunter. Overall, the romance felt somewhat forced. It was fine, but not what made this book so satisfying. What made it satisfying, and what has me waiting impatiently for the next installment, were the well-written action plot about the vampire factions, the continuing stories of characters from previous books, and Chase's decent into bloodlust.
I can't wait!
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