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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Book Review: Midnight Reckoning (Dark Dynasties) by Kendra Leigh Castle

This is very engaging with strong protagonists.
  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Forever; Original edition (January 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609418387
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609418380
      Genre: Paranormal Romance
      My Rating: 4.5 of 5.0

Product Description 
Two separate worlds . . .
One passion that binds them

Wild and passionate by nature, Lyra Black is not just any werewolf. She's the future leader of the powerful pack of the Thorn-if she can stay alive long enough to inherit the title.

One of the Cait Sith bloodline of vampire cat-shifters, Jaden Harrison has no interest in the wars plaguing the world of night. But when he rescues Lyra from a violent attack, they're both captured by an insatiable desire that threatens to overwhelm them and bind them together for eternity . . . just as ancient enemies prepare to strike. And when they do, the Thorn and the Cait Sith-and Lyra and Jaden's love-may never recover from the deadly blow . . .

Lyra Black is the only child of her father, the Alpha leader of the Thorn werewolf pack. She is beautiful, smart and pretty much fearless. She is determined to participate in the Proving where the werewolves battle for the right to become the next Alpha of the pack.  The problem is that her father and friends refuse to train her to fight and she is seriously out “manned” by the bigger wolves, especially her cousin, Eric, who has a very nasty reputation. Even though there are concerns that Eric’s leadership would be repressive, it is the tradition of the pack that they conform to the leader.

Jaden is a powerful vampire cat-shifter who has recently been freed from a live of slavery. He met Lyra briefly once before and hasn’t been able to get her off his mind. He stumbles upon her and rescues her when she is attacked by a larger wolf. He is so intrigued that he decides to help train her to fight in ways that are suitable to her slight build - flexible and fast.  Although they are two different species and have no business wanting to be together the attraction is undeniable.  Jaden thinks that maybe he has found a woman who is strong enough for him.  But if Lyra dares to succumb she will be driven from her pack and lose everything she has ever loved.

As they struggle with fulfilling or losing their individual dreams, Jaden has to duck attacks from an old enemy. Meanwhile the pack doesn’t know that there is one among them who is leading them toward destruction.

These are both wonderfully strong characters caught in lonely lives. I was rooting for them all along hoping they could overcome the difficulties and be able to be together. There is plenty of action, emotional and romantic conflict, with sensual interaction leading to a sexy union. The writing is easy and there is underlying humor that makes the reading even better.  I’m sorry I missed the first book in the series and hope to pick that up as well as additional books by this author.

A couple of passages I liked:
"When you were a vampire, especially a lowly shape-shifting cat of a vampire, deadly kisses were sort of your stock and trade." p 2
"[Lyra had] been so worried about shaping her own destiny she'd nearly missed the best parts that fate had sent her."  p 331
Thank you to Forever Romance for the book to read and review.
This is set primarily in Silver Falls, NY for my Where Are You Reading Map.
I will add this to my ARC and New Author challenges.

Check out the Author mini-Interview and Giveaway post for a chance to win this book together with Firelight by Kristen Callihan - two great reads!


  1. This book sounds really good. I love action and romance. Especially with paranormal characters. My kind of book. Thanks for great review can't wait to read. Going on my TBR list.

  2. I like that you put your favorite lines from the book in your review. I've not seen that before.

  3. I love the review and the whole story line of a Werewolf and Vampire/cat shifter.This and Dark Awakening , book 1 are on my TRL. Thanks for your review.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com.

  4. Awesome review. Could they be another Romeo and Juliet?

    lag110 at mchsi dot com

  5. Some of the strongest characters I've met happen to lead lonely lives. This fact almost always makes me want to cheer them on and find a bit of happiness.

  6. I enjoyed this review. You gave a good summary without giving anything away but left me wanting more!

    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

  7. Thanks for sharing your views on this and I also really like the quotes you've shared! I've heard that this is a good series, so great to hear that this installment was so strong that it made you want to pick up the first book of the series.


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