ARC Review: Defy the Dawn by Lara Adrian

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ARC Review: Defy the Dawn by Lara Adrian
Defy the Dawn

4.5 Stars

Book Info

Released: August 31st 2016
Series: Midnight Breed #14
Published by Lara Adrian, LLC
Pages: 350

Recommended Read!

“DEFY THE DAWN reminded me so much of the earlier books that I wanted to reread them all over again after reading this”
~ Under the Covers

The highly anticipated fourteenth book in the Midnight Breed series is finally here! DEFY THE DAWN was pushed back but now that I have read it, I can say that it was definitely worth the wait.

DEFY THE DAWN reminds me a lot of what I loved about the first few books in the series. There’s great action and suspense and there’s also a lot of complex worldbuilding and politics in play, but at the heart of it all, these books are epic romances.

I absolutely fell in love with the hero of this book. Zeal reminds me of the original heroes of this series. There’s just something about him that oozes sex appeal and Adrian only amplifies that with each scorching scene in this book. He’s the epitome of hotness, and I think he very well knows that, but what’s unique is that he’s also not what he seems. There’s a part of him that remains mysterious and for me, that only added to his allure.

The heroine was also one of my favorite things about this book. Brynne has his tough girl attitude but yet again, she has her own set of vulnerabilities as well. Zeal tempts her like no other and I can’t blame her for falling for him. However, I also felt that she held back a little too much. Maybe it was because I was already head over heels in love with Zeal already that I was rooting for him, but I almost wished Brynne gave in a little bit sooner. That being said though, I understand why she acted the way she did. It was much more believable and benefited the story a little bit more.

While I liked the recent books in the series, DEFY THE DAWN reminded me so much of the earlier books that I wanted to reread them all over again after reading this. The presence of the Order is much more prevalent in this book and I think that helped in making the loyal readers of this series happy. There’s also a little less angst and more focus on the romance and politics of the world. I absolutely loved this book and can’t wait to see what will happen next!




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About Lara Adrian

LARA ADRIAN is a New York Times and #1 international bestselling author with nearly 4 million books in print and digital worldwide and translations licensed in more than 20 countries. Her upcoming release is FOR 100 REASONS, the third book in a contemporary romance series that reviewers are calling "phenomenal" and "one of the hottest series of the year." Learn more about the author and her books at


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Glad she’s back to what people loved about this series

Under the Covers Book Blog

Yes! I loved this book!


I love Lara! This sounds awesome! Thanks, Annie!

Under the Covers Book Blog

She’s amazing!


Thanks for the review Annie


This series has always been one of my favorites and DEFY THE DAWN sounds like it will be another fabulous addition to it! Great review 🙂

Amy R

Thanks for the review, I’ll be checking this series out.