The Midnight Breed series has been one of my favorites since I picked up the first book in the series Kiss of Midnight. Like many readers, I have been anxiously awaiting Chase's story for quite some time. After watching him struggle so much in the earlier stories, I wanted to see him find the redemption and happiness that he deserved. I was not disappointed.
In Darker After Midnight we get an entirely new perspective into Chase's psyche. Not only has he been struggling with Blood Lust far longer than anyone realized, but we are also introduced to the fact that he has spent a lifetime feeling inadequate and unworthy due to family dynamics. Chase was a compelling character who managed to be very intense and dark at times but also extremely vulnerable. He so badly wanted to feel love and acceptance, but saw himself as such a failure that he was unworthy of it which meant he is constantly pushing those who want to give him those things away.
I like the introduction of female breeds and look forward to the future story lines involving these women. I hope there are some kick ass women to join Renata on the front lines with the men. I was thankful that this book provided us glimpses in to the rest of the order and their families as well. The plot surrounding Gabrielle and Lucan was very emotional and I appreciate that even though Lucan has found his HEA, that Lara Adrian continues to force her characters to develop further and face hurdles personally and not just as part of the larger story.
My only complaint would be in how the book ended. I am sure a part of it is that this was to the be last book in the series, but it was frustrating to have a book feel like it was wrapping up the series when you know that isn't the case. I also really struggled with how the Epilogue was handled. In Chapter 44 there was so much that you knew needed to be sorted out with both Tavia and Chase and then suddenly in the Epilogue it is six months later and we get a very short description that essentially tells us that yes it was bad, but now it is all better. Given how much focus was put on Chase's struggle with Blood Lust and the fact that Tavia ended up having to fight that same battle I do wish that we had gotten to see more of that time.
I am intrigued to see where this story goes how that the Breeds are exposed to the world and the order has a very visible role.