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“Caris Roane powers into the paranormal romance genre with a sexy, cool, edgy, romantic fantasy that gleams like the dark wings and lethal allure of her Guardians of Ascension vampires. Prepare to be enthralled!” ―New York Times bestselling author Lara Adrian

“Roane's worldbuilding is complex and intriguing, and in addition to her compelling protagonists, she serves up a slew of secondary characters begging to be explored further. The Guardians of Ascension is a series with epic potential!” ―Romantic Times (4 1/2 stars)

Ascension is like wandering in a field of a creative and colorful dream. There are many interesting, formidable, terrifying, beautiful and unique images. They surround and envelop you in a story as old as time.” ―Barnes and Noble's Heart to Heart Romance Blog

“Incredibly creative, Ascension takes readers to another level as you learn about two earths, vampires, ancient warriors, and a new twist on love. I felt like I was on a roller coaster ride, climbing until I hit the very top only to come crashing down at lightning speed. Once you pick this book up, clear off your calendar because you won't be able to put it down. Best book I have read all year.” ―SingleTitles.com

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The great battle has finally arrived, where love will be tested…and a world will be won.
A BATTLE FOR THE AGES

As a vampire and a warrior, Leto Distra is deadly. But after years of being forced to drink dying blood, he is now part beast―a wild savage thing lurking beneath the surface. With war on the horizon, Leto is determined to help the Guardians of Ascension destroy the enemy who turned him into a monster. And there's only one woman who can help him.
A LOVE FOR ALL TIME

Grace Albion is certain that she's meant to be with Leto, but their future may be cut short by the impending battle. Now Grace must embrace her obsidian flame powers―and bind her powers with Leto's―if they're ever going to survive. With the fate of the world at stake, they must tap into powers they never knew they had…and unlock their deepest passions.

"Sexy, cool, edgy romantic fantasy…Prepare to be enthralled."

New York Times bestselling author Lara Adrian

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Product Details

  • Series: The Guardians of Ascension (Book 6)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks; Reprint edition (December 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250009952
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250009951
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #538,001 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Caris Roane is a New York Times bestselling author of paranormal romance fiction and loves every second of it. She began her career with Kensington Publishing writing Regency Romance as Valerie King. In 2005, Romantic Times Magazine honored her with a career achievement award. She's published thirty-two paranormal stories to-date, some self-published and some for St. Martin's Press. She lives in Phoenix, Arizona, loves gardening, enjoys the lizards and birds in her yard, but really doesn't like scorpions! To find out more about Caris Roane, visit her website at www.carisroane.com.

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By am on December 27, 2012
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I've read every book in this series and have enjoyed each of the characters stories. With this being the final installment I was so hoping for all the unknowns to be revealed in particular with Madame Endelle a character that I particularly enjoyed with her feisty nature and take no prisoners attitude. I have been sorely disappointed in this final installment with the focus seeming to be on the touchy feel relationship of the characters Grace and Leto. i understand this is a romance but I counted one or the other character saying "I love you" a total of 16 times in three pages. Overkill. The original storyline seems to have been lost and with it my attention. I had to put the book down three times before i could go back and finally finish it. To the author: if you ever feel the need to revisit please consider Madame Endelle and a book dedicated to her. She would have a backstory well worth reading. I gave this book three stars because when the storyline focused on the other characters it was a good bridge to getting through the more tedious parts.
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Leather Kilts, Super sexy winged warriors, bad guys, and breh's....God I love this series!!! I have read every book in this series and I swear each new one is better than the last. I have even designed Endelle outfits!!!!
I must take a moment to ask Ms. Roane...What about the last remaining warriors? Will they get books?
Love the entire redemption of not only Leto but Casimer as well. I loved the way the stories of Leto, Casimer, and Grace were so intertwined and required to not only survive but defeat the terrible Greave's. I just gotta say he has some bad times ahead of him in the pools, eeek.
And how about those Obsidian Flame gals and Endelles transformation?? Total badasserie !!
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Readers first meet Leto as one of Greave's death vampires. Leto even fights Alison in a spectacle event in Ascension. Leto has built Greave's one hell of huge army while he worked for him. As the series has progressed we discovered that Leto was working for someone else, and that someone is also taking orders from someone else. Readers discover so much about all of this. I loved Leto from the beginning. The hero that was once an unknown is always my favorite.

I was a bit nervous about Grace initially. She willingly moved into a convent. The World of Ascension books are highly sexed and very sensual. I wondered how Grace and her lifestyle would play into that. I was not disappointed. Grace may in fact be an ascended vampire, but she transforms more than any of the previous heroines. She is the final member of the obsidian flame triad.

I was blown away by Endelle. Something was done to her towards the end of Obsidian Flame. This affects her in so many ways. I've enjoyed Endelle from the very beginning. She is warrior rough and the leader of this breather of warriors that she directs in an attempt to protect all of Second Earth from the evil mechanisms of Greaves. Endelle is as tough as her warriors. I can't wait to read more of her.

I loved the fact that so many of the heroes and heroines from the previous books in the series had such large roles in Gates of Rapture. The Warriors of the Blood and the breh's of the mated ones pulled together to put up a tremendous fight against Greave's and his power mongering ways. They even had assistance from several unexpected fronts.

I was thoroughly pleased with the wrap-ups and revelations that were made in Gates of Rapture.
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Since discovering this author and her other characters, I have read all the other books relating to the blood warriors. I like the writing and the emotion and action that she puts into her characters. Look forward to reading other novellas from her.

Totally enjoyed all the books.
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This is one of the best vampire series romances out there today. Gates of Rapture didn’t disappoint me one bit, as a matter of fact, I enjoyed it more than any other. I loved the connection between the characters and I loved how the whole world was explained. This is a fast pace, fantasy romance, that will leave you thinking that this story has a neat,tied up ending, but don’t let things fool you.

I feel like a lot of people have this series confused with angels, but these are truly vampires, they just live in different dimensional worlds and have different ways of mating. Oh, and how I love the way these vampires mate… (Dragging mind out of gutter LOL). Anyhow, this story has a lot of action that will leave you on the edge of your seat. I loved how everything went down with Graves and the death vampires and how just about every character was a part of the whole scheme of things.

Leto and Grace are perfect together. To those that have read book 5, we were left with Grace leaving with Caimir, but we all knew she belonged with Leto. When Leto turns into the beast he keeps calling for her, and what do you think happens when she finally answers his call? Well you have to read the book to find out. All I can say is I wish I had a Leto too. Grace’s role in the story is wonderful. Once she finds out what she can do she will stop at nothing to do her best.

Casimir, has an awesome strong role in this story and I loved the direction the author took with him and his powers. I hope to read more about him and Patience one day.

I have to give Caris Ronae huge credit here. The publisher pulled the plug on this series way before it was intended. I felt Caris did an OUTSTANDING job delivering what looks like the closing of the series.
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