A Touch of Midnight by Lara Adrian
Midnight Breed 0.5
Published July 15, 2013
4 Bloody Fangs
"While not integral to the series, it will show fans a more in depth look into Gideon. (Pssst...and the eBook is free.)"
Savannah Dupree is halfway across the country from her Louisiana bayou hometown, a freshman studying at Boston University on a full scholarship. But academic excellence is only one of Savannah’s gifts. She possesses something even more remarkable than her quick mind and insatiable curiosity for learning. With a simple touch, Savannah can see an object’s past—a skill that puts her life in danger, when her studies bring her into contact with a centuries-old English sword and the secret hidden within the blade’s history: the vicious murders of twin boys by a group of fanged creatures borne of the worst kind of nightmare.
In all his three hundred years of living as one of the Breed, vampire warrior Gideon never dreamed he’d see the blade again that spilled his young brothers’ lives ages ago on that blood-soaked night in London. Ever since the boys’ deaths, Gideon’s been on a personal quest to rid the world of Rogue vampires, but now he can’t help wondering if the brutal slayings of his only kin was something more sinister—an act perpetrated by an unknown enemy. An enemy who is apparently living in hiding somewhere in Boston. There’s one certain way to prove Gideon’s suspicion, but it will mean using innocent, gifted Savannah to help uncover the full truth—a truth that will shatter everything she knows about herself and the world around her. And with danger closing in from all sides, the passion that ignites between Gideon and Savannah will tempt them to risk their hearts and lives for a love that might just last an eternity…
This novella, a prequel to the Midnight Breed series, was previously published in its entirety in The Midnight Breed Series Companion (May 2013). (Goodreads)
A Touch of Midnight truly only pertains to the story of Gideon and Savannah. Though it does take place before the series' began, the Order had already been formed. This novella does however give fans the story of how these lovers fell in love, how our tech savvy geek warrior ended up on virtual desk duty and that Savannah is more than just arm candy.
Savannah Dupree always knew she had gifts that most people did not possess. Being born and raised in New Orleans she just chalked it up to being no more than part of her Creole heritage. When she comes across a sword giving her conflicting images; some so horrifying they struck to her very core, and one of a man straight out of any woman's fantasy, she finds herself wanting to know more. With the brutal death of a friend, her compulsion with the past of that sword doesn't seem significant. Until she learns that very sword may have been the catalyst leading up to events that are not only way beyond her control, but also put her very life at risk.
Gideon had spent the better part of his life trying to not forget his past, but to kill as many bloodthirsty Rogues as possible to prevent more families from suffering the fate of his own. A plan he thought perfect until a captivating woman appears on the news describing not only a murder, but details of the very sword that shattered his life so many centuries ago.
Short, sweet, simple and while I wish there had been a few more brutal parts, it was still a good read. Not a very integral part of the series, so fans can skip this read and not be lost, but I say go for it. The story does not cost a thing in eBook format, links are above, and it make readers fall in love with Gid a whole lot more.