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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Zebra; Original edition (September 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1420104454
  • ISBN-13: 978-1420104455
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,124,875 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is one of Amanda Ashley's best books and easy read.
Sally Moed
The issues - and there are many: Style - over repetition of phrases and unnecessary details litter this novel, distracting the reader from the main storyline.
romancecritic
After the first very cheesy one hundred pages the story starts to pick up a little with the introduction of Drake's family and the vampire council.
Ellief

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By romancecritic on October 18, 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I deserve a medal for getting through the first one hundred or so pages of this book. Painful is an apt description. After that, the story gets better.

In short: To avoid her uncle's unwanted sexual advances, nineteen-year-old Elena runs away from home and situates herself in Wolfram Castle where she meets a "dark, enigmatic man" to whom, after a few days' acquaintance, she proposes a marriage of convenience, which he - unsurprisingly - immediately accepts. So, the journey to eternal bliss begins, filled with vampire duties and intrigues and a lecherous, problem-causing uncle.

The issues - and there are many:
Style - over repetition of phrases and unnecessary details litter this novel, distracting the reader from the main storyline. Here are the most glaring examples: Every other paragraph begins with or has one of the following prepositional phrases in it - "with a smile," "with a start," "with a sigh," "with a shrug," "with a shake" - lots of head shaking going on in this book. Also, "preternatural hearing," "preternatural sight," "preternatural strength" are annoyingly prevalent. Then there are the innumerable paragraphs devoted to detailing every aspect of all of Elena's gowns, purchases, breakfast settings, and so on. Amanda Ashley needs to learn how to incorporate variety into her writing and edit for conciseness, presenting her reader with a more smoothly flowing product.

The setting - present day Romania - brings up another issue. Elena's and her uncle's behavior and beliefs do not adhere to the time period.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ali B on October 13, 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I enjoyed this book. It was a great romance, very sweet. The one thing that drove me crazy was that this was to be set in modern times, yet the heroine was just so old fashioned in an annoying way. I found myself wanting to yell at her! It was not believable that a grown woman, even one with the life she had could be so outragously timid. I just had a hard time buying the modern times the author tried to pull off. If it weren't for the occational mention of high-tech devices, I would never know it was set in this age. The cleche virgin with the typical shyness is hard to swallow in this day and age. It was not refreshing to see an "untouched" woman in a modern story, if anything she seemed weak and a bit stupid. If anything the modern setting was a bad distraction from what was to be a great story.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By lili on December 27, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
One thing I've always found annoying with vampire novels is how the hero (who is more often the vampire) seems to instantly fall in love and would die for the heroine, yada yada, even though he's lived for hundreds of years without being in a serious relationship. Also, the fact that he goes against some one who he was previously very loyal to is hard to take in. This does happen a lot in vampire genre, but usually the story is interesting enough or there is some sort of reason that makes the heroine special that i can use to push the annoyance to the side. This time, not so much.

It was a good read, and i did get some enjoyment out of it, but i couldn't figure what year it was in the book, so i couldn't get a handle on the heroine and the way she acted. The villains were very predictable, and there was just not enough time for me to absorb the culture of the vampires enough to get over my initial gah reaction.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dark Faerie Tales on January 12, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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Quick & Dirty: A light, sweet, enjoyable paranormal romance with some suspense and lots of naïve humor to keep you entertained.

Opening Sentence: His favorite liar was in the remains of a castle that had been built only a few years before he had been turned.

The Review:

Bound by Night is the first book in Amanda Ashley's Bound Series. Drake is a 500 plus year old vampire who is weary with life and taking refugee in his favorite lair, Wolfram Castle. He discovers a human woman in the castle one night when he returns from a hunt. Elena Knightsbridge is a 19-year-old woman, who has run away from home and her cruel and perverted uncle. She had nowhere else to go, so she decided that she would stay at the old abandoned castle until she could decide what to do next. Neither would have guessed at the future that awaited them and the trials they would have to overcome to reach it.

Bound by Night confused me a little at first because it reads like a historical romance. It feels like, as an afterthought it was changed to be more modern by adding some slang and references to modern conveniences. The characters themselves suffer from this as they seem at odds with the tone of the writing and did not always live up to what I expected of them. Elena was extremely naïve and childlike, instead of how I would picture a 19-year-old woman in this day and age. Her actions and thoughts didn't flow with the supposed time period. Drake's character suffered as well seeming to drift between acting his age with the old world mannerisms he grew up with and then flipping and acting as if he were a teenage boy. It felt forced, like they weren't being true to themselves as they should have been.
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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.

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