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Friday, October 17, 2014

Tempted by Midnight (1001 Dark Nights, #10) (Midnight Breed #12.5 - Lazaro Archer & Melena) by Lara Adrian

I just LOVE this series. Every novel/la is just a JOY to read. I think Lara did an amazing job with the world building especially now that the setting is so different than it used to be in the beginning of the series. My only complaint about this short novella is the "instant-love" that I actually DO get since this IS Paranormal Romance and we are talking about the sort of bonding that happens to supernatural beings who has more to them than "regular humans". It would have buged me A LOT if it would have been a Contemporary Romance novella but it's not, so I wasn't THAT bothered :)

We met Lazaro Archer a few books back when he lost his whole family (minus Kellan) to Dragos when he was trying to eliminate all Gen One vampires. Ever since then he has become an ambassador and warrior in the Order, helping out in everything he can and basically losing himself to work trying not to think about his past and mostly the people in his past he was unable to save. Yet he DID save someone in the past, not his family but a kid who came to visit him with her family 20 years ago, the stubborn wild Melena. 

Melena Walsh was 7 years old when she almost drowned at the frozen lake because of a stupid dare-game. After being saved by Lazaro he became her hero but she never did see him again until now as her father's assistant in an ambassadorial job. Seeing him after all these years and finding she is attracted to him surprised her but also annoyed her since he seems immune to her charms. 

After dealing with quite an ordeal together she realizes he only SEEMS cold and detached he is just trying unsuccessfully to keep away from her for reasons that strikes her as un-heroic (meaning not what she would have expected from someone who saved her life more than once..). Lazaro does a few mistakes concerning Melena but in the end he naturally realizes that being away from her is NOT something he could live with. Question is - is it too late?

I LOVED this short novella. I'm happy for both Lazaro and Melena who deserve better than what life dished them. I enjoyed learning more about them, who they are, a little about their past and naturally about their characters / personality- I felt they are a great match. I can really see them as a couple working for the Order together. I also really enjoyed getting to know a few more characters from the embassy in Rome where Lazaro lives and as it seems one of them will be getting a short novella a year from now (also as a part of the 1001 Dark Nights). 

Can't wait for the next installment in the series!! :)

Additional Details: Kindle Ebook, 140 pages, 15-16 October 2014 / On GoodReads

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