A shimmering holiday gala lights up an ancient castle in the Scottish Highlands, but beautiful widowed Breedmate Danika MacConn feels alone in the crowd. Even among the friends and festivity of the Darkhaven celebration, she can’t forget her lost love, a fallen warrior of the Order. Her brief return to her mate’s homeland has become treacherous after rejecting the advances of a dangerous Edinburgh crime boss with a taste for blood sport. As Danika seeks to expose the vampire and his dark trade, she discovers an unexpected ally in his forbidding, enigmatic henchman, Brannoc, a man who exudes heat, danger, and dark menace—and seems somehow achingly familiar. Bran has his own reasons for wanting to keep Dani out of his employer’s business . . . and his own secrets he means to keep buried. The last thing he needs is to get tangled up with a woman who tempts the wildest part of his Breed nature—especially when that woman is Danika MacConn, the one woman capable of bringing him to his knees.Even though this story could be read as a stand alone, you will enjoy it so much more if you have indulged in the Midnight Breed series first. Ever since I cried while reading the first Breed book, KISS OF MIDNIGHT, I have been waiting for Danika to have her own story and a chance to find happiness once again. A great short story, Lara Adrian comes through with flying colors and delivers a well written passionate love story sprinkled with action and twists. Although the main plot takes place outside of the order’s realm, cameo appearances and past known names will catch your eye as well as some new characters I hope we will see more of in the future. Lara Adrian is a fantastic writer and all I can say is the next installment can’t get here soon enough for me. Book ten, DARKER AFTER MIDNIGHT, is planned for January,2012. Mark your calendars!
My Rating - 5