Amanda Ashley is a masterful storyteller. This novel is so rich in sensuality and imagery that readers will be entranced by this haunting tale of a vampire who finds love too late and the woman who may save him from the darkness. This is one keeper...”—Romantic Times
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About the Author
Amanda Ashley is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. She is the winner of numerous awards, including a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award. She has published more than 40 novels in a 25 year writing career. Writing as both Amanda Ashley and Madeline Baker, she has been published by Signet, NAL, Dorchester and Kensington.
I write paranormal romances for Zebra Books, and I love it. Most of my books are about vampires because, I admit, I'm fascinated by them. I also admit I don't like most vampire movies. I'm not really into blood and gore in living color on the screen, although I do love the movie, Dracula, starring Frank Langella. I just close my eyes from time to time.
I also write historical romances as Madeline Baker.
Rayven, a vampire of some 400 years' existence, sees a young girl being auctioned off so that her family will have money to buy food. Seeing the local gentry eyeing Rhianna up and planning to have her in their beds, he intervenes and buys her. But we soon discover that he has no intention of sleeping with her - he only wants to creep into her bedroom at dead of night and drink from her, hypnotising her so that she thinks she's dreaming.Rhianna and Rayven are drawn to each other, much as he tries to keep away from her and make her stay away from him. In the end, afraid that he will eventually hurt or kill her because his need for her seems to increase over time, he sends her away to Paris for three years. But when she comes back, she's determined to seek him out again and she gets his agreement to let her live with him for a year. And then she discovers that he's really a vampire... and her love for him mingles with fear.I ...agree ... that this book has problems. The angst on its own didn't bother me, although it was repetitive; every time we thought that Rayven had got over his 'I'm going to kill her if I don't let her go' fears, they resurged again, almost to a ludicrous level at one point in which Rayven almost kills himself. The period atmosphere wasn't right either; the characters did not behave like nineteenth-centuey English people, nor did they speak in a manner commensurate with the period. Dallon Montroy in particular (and what kind of a name is that for an English nobleman?!) did not fit at all with the period.What bothered me, too, was the part of the book where Rayven takes Rhianna to London for several weeks. They stay in a hotel - but where does Rayven spend the days? He's supposed to need complete darkness and privacy, and yet he'd never get that in a hotel-room.Read more ›
This is the first book I have bought by Amanda Ashley. I brought it home and began reading the first chapter...I could not put it down! Amanda Ashley has a talent for making a Vampire seem romantic and kind, even though these creatures are depicted as quite scary in history. This novel was deep and intense and not for the faint of heart. The book will transport you to the era and makes you imagine, even for a few hours or reading the book, that you are the heroine and you are actually living this story. Now, if that isn't a good book, what is? I have read the book 5 times since I bought it, and I picked it up off of my shelf this very day to read it for the sixth time. It is a must read for all of you super-natural romance readers.
Well after reading some of the reviews people gave for this book I started to disgree with them. Yes the book could have been a 100 pages shorter if the convo of "leave me now" and "no Iwont leave you I love you." Didnt occur so oftem, but it fit into the story... after all it is a romance novel people!This book was great. I just finished reading it for the 2nd time today and I loved it even more then I did the first day, and this book happened to be one I picked up at the super market while waiting in line. The hero is a lonley vampyer who meet a young woman who falls in love with. For the first time in four hundred years he feels love and needs it, but he can hardly control his hunger. This story brings a new light to vampyers and romance. Every romance lover needs to read this book. You senses will run wild.
This might be a simple love story, but it's a simple love story with a bite... There is no major plot, or looming danger. No twists and turns... If your looking for that you might want to try: I Burn For You by Susan Sizemore... However, if your in the mood for an endearing love story, this is the book to read. :-) I couldn't put it down... ....
This is the first book of Ashley's I have ever read but it will not be the last. I loved the fact that it was a simple love story often times in historical romances there has to be some sort of external mystery or other action taking place besides the love story. Ashley creates an endearing tale about a vampire in love with a human. There were instances where the characters became a little to repetitve but besides that i would give it five stars. I would encourange anyone who loves vampire novels or historical romance to read this book.
I really, really love vampire romance novels. Having cut my teeth, as it were, on Maggie Shayne's "Twilight" series, I expect my vampire romances to be quick-paced, passionate, emotional, and fun. This book was a huge disappointment. The premise was promising--a "Beauty and the Beast" reworking, complete with an intelligent herione and a brooding evil hero who really is a softie underneath his tortured facade. Unfortunately, Amanda Ashley forgot to add a plot or meaningful conflict to her book. I felt like I was in a time warp, reading the same scenes over and over again for a seemingly interminable 390 pages. "Oh, I love her so much, but I'm afraid I'll kill her if show her how I feel." "Oh, I love him so much--why won't he show me how he feels?" I believe a love story can be interesting without a villain, but only if the characters move their relationship forward in a meaningful way. This novel just went in circles with the we-love-each-other-but-we-don't-trust-ourselves-enough-to-have-each-other scene. Adding insult to injury, the author also felt the need to liberally intersperse her repetitive prose with some truly abominable poetry. The beginning and ending of the novel were imaginative and entertaining, but I won't be in a hurry to pick up another Amanda Ashley novel any time soon.