Series: Midnight Breed #12.5
Published by Evil Eye Concepts Inc on October 14, 2014
Genres: Paranormal Romance
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Once, they lived in secret alongside mankind. Now, emerged from the shadows, the Breed faces enemies on both sides—human and vampire alike. No one knows that better than Lazaro Archer, one of the eldest, most powerful of his kind. His beloved Breedmate and family massacred by a madman twenty years ago, Lazaro refuses to open his heart again.
Sworn to his duty as the leader of the Order’s command center in Italy, the last thing the hardened warrior wants is to be tasked with the rescue and safekeeping of an innocent woman in need of his protection. But when a covert mission takes a deadly wrong turn, Lazaro finds himself in the unlikely role of hero with a familiar, intriguing beauty he should not desire, but cannot resist.
Melena Walsh has never forgotten the dashing Breed male who saved her life as a child. But the chivalrous hero of her past is in hard contrast to the embittered, dangerous man on whom her safety now depends. And with an unwanted—yet undeniable—desire igniting between them, Melena fears that Lazaro’s protection may come at the price of her heart….
I was not sure how I was going to feel about Lazaro finding a new Breedmate. I know how deeply he loved his first Breedmate and family and how hard it has made him. I wanted him to have happiness, I just didn’t know how anyone was going to be able to break through his anger and pain. It was also a little weird for me thinking of how he was an adult when she was just a child. I know this is something in all my paranormal reads, it just felt different because they actually knew each other all this time.
Once Melena established herself as a grownup strong woman, I got over my apprehension and got into the whole love story between the two of them. Lazaro was a hard nut to crack. He was so drawn to her, but his devotion to his previous family and his dedication to the Order kept him teetering back and forth. He was in denial of these overwhelming feelings he was feeling for Melena and that left him with a big war within himself.
I really liked Melena and Lazaro. He deserved happiness after all he has survived, and Melena was patient to just the right point. She had prepared herself for whatever Lazaro was going to decide. Such a strong, independent woman. I like that in the female heroines.
Lazaro’s men were also fun to get to know. I’m hoping we get to see more of them in future books. Most of them were really accepting of Melena and were really witty and funny.