Favorite Lines: “She smiled a bit sadly as she watched the two of them embrace. But then she gave a slow nod to Dylan and gradually faded away.” (p.155 e-ARC)
Rio was betrayed by by his wife. In an attempt to protect him she took away his reason for living and almost killed him. Then in Midnight Awakening, Rio stayed behind the Order, in the Czech Republic, in order to destroy a cave where a dark evil slept, but months later the cave is still standing and Dylan Alexander walks in.
Dylan’s mom was dying, so she took time away from her tabloid job to travel her mom’s dream vacation with her mother’s friends. She began the vacation knowing she better return with a great story or consider herself fired, so when a ghostly apparition beckons her towards the entrance of a cave, she eventually follows.
Rio knew that he had to finish his mission and that meant searching out the strange woman who photographed the cave. It was vital that the information be contained or the vampire world would be exposed to humans. It isn’t until later that he discovers Dylan is a breedmate, one of the rare human women capable of procreating with the alien species, and the only woman for him.
Midnight Rising took me on a ride and I’m still waiting for it to end. Sounds cryptic, huh? The story was great and I had fun, but now I’ve got to wait until the fall to find out what happens with one of the story lines. I’m not disappointed, but I am left feeling like I’m hanging on the edge of a cliff while I wait to discover what will happen next. That says a lot about the story, but not much for the characters. The characters are just as important to a successful story so I’ve got to talk about Dylan and Rio.
Dylan is an interesting woman, with an interesting ability. She can see the dead. Not all the time and she only sees women. When this is explained it makes perfect sense, and even before that I never really questioned the way her ability worked. As explained in the other Midnight books, all breedmates have an ability that separates them from other humans. Her ability seems unimportant (well if you ignore the fact that it brings the two together) until the story is two thirds complete. Then it seems to explode. It means everything.
Rio is a damaged man, but don’t take his mental status as a vulnerability. He is dangerous and worth redeeming. He blames himself for his wife’s actions and it seems questionable how he will ever be able to love again. He does though, this is a romance, but it isn’t the stupid, brainless love. It’s a get to know you and we’ll accept each other’s flaws kind of love love. It’s a love that makes you root for Rio and even demand Rio get his happily ever after.