Narrator: Hillary Huber
Length: 6 hrs 41 mins
Series: Midnight Breed #17
Published by Lara Adrian LLC on January 31, 2021
Genres: Paranormal Romance
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Breed warrior Micah is one of the Order’s best, his reputation for cold justice and lethal skill rivaled only by that of his formidable father, Tegan. So, when a mission Micah’s leading in an off-limits area called the Deadlands goes terribly wrong, leaving him the sole survivor of an apparent Atlantean attack, he won’t rest until he has answers...and vengeance for his fallen team.
Phaedra thought it was only a dream, a hideous nightmare. Yet somehow, she had been transported from her life in Rome to a stretch of barren forest when it suddenly lit up with unearthly fire, obliterating everything in its path—including the fiercely handsome Breed warrior she’d encountered in the dream. Or so she believed, until their paths cross again and Phaedra finds herself, and her Atlantean people, at the center of Micah’s wrath.
With tensions between the Breed and the Atlanteans already edging toward war, and another powerful nemesis growing bolder by the day, uncovering the stunning truth about what happened in the Deadlands will force Micah and Phaedra to work together in an alliance forged by fate and an undeniable desire neither of them can resist.
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I was not surprised at the intensity of Micah, knowing he is Tegan’s son. He takes his responsibilities to the Order, as well as his fellow soldiers so seriously that when something happens to his whole team, he will not stop until he finds answers and avenges them. The whole incident is beyond what anyone could have predicted and becomes a true mystery to be solved.
Phaedra’s involvement is suspect. She is seen at the location, knows all about the incident and just happens to be Atlantean. Why should any of them believe her story?
Despite the suspicion between them, the pull is undeniable. This means we get the problem of one step forward, two steps back. The tension gets real and frustrating, making me want to throw the book at times. However, those intense feelings about a book tell you I was highly invested in the story. I didn’t feel the awkwardness I thought I would feel reading about a child of the original members of the Order, and I thoroughly enjoyed getting to interact with Tegan and the others. I love that tie-in.
That inclusion of the original Order members is big in this story and it takes their skills to figure out the mystery. I was so surprised at how the story played out! It was completely unexpected and one thing after another kept happening and I was sitting on the edge of my seat throughout the discovery phase and ending. I can’t wait to see the ending to this series (which is the next book due out in March 2022).