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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Zebra; 1 edition (June 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1420121332
  • ISBN-13: 978-1420121339
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 4.2 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #348,839 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

Customer Reviews

Amanda Ashley is great,and writes very good Vampire novels.
Vic1958
I have read everything Amanda Ashley has written and this book was no disappointment.
Gina Zetmeir-Stephens
It felt like these elements were added just to make the story longer.
Dark Faerie Tales

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By tsteiner on May 29, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Skylynn knows pain and she is living it again right now.

She lost her parents at a very young age, but she had the love of her grandparents to comfort her. Then she lost her grandmother, but her grandfather was there for her, her touchstone. Life has been good up until a few months ago. Now her beloved brother is missing in action in Iraq and she just buried her grandfather. Her life is at a crossroads. Does she go back to her life in Chicago or stay at her grandfather's home and start a new life? Well for the time being she has a bit of time.

Kaiden Thorne has lived on the outside of his neighbor's life for years. Watching Paddy's grandchildren grow up has been a calming and an amazing experience. Through the years he grew very close to Paddy and they have had a very beneficial relationship. Kaiden may have left Vista Verde years ago, but he never lost contact with Paddy and he secretly watched over his granddaughter. Now Skylynn is all grown up and his feelings for her have grown all the more personal. But that isn't the only thing he needs from her. She is now the keeper of Paddy's secret; a secret that very well could ruin Kaiden and Skylynn's forever.

Skylynn has always had a secret crush on Kaiden and Kaiden has developed a burning lust for her. Circumstances have propelled these two together and things are about to get steamy. There is nothing in the way for them now, except Kaiden's hunger; a hunger so primal that it could killer her. But there may be something else in their way...an old enemy that has been lurking around the O'Brien house unbeknown to Kaiden. This is a man that will do anything to get his revenge on Kaiden, even turn his back on all he has ever known.

His Dark Embrace is a lovely sweet story.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By K. Opsahl on June 14, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Skylynn "Sky" returns home after her grandfather, who raised her and her missing brother Sam, passes away. Now she must settle the estate but while there she starts contemplating staying. She is surprised that the hot, mysterious neighbor Kaiden Thorne, has also returned home. Kaiden and her grandfather were close during Sky's childhood and she has always had a secret crush even if he mows his lawn in the dark. She starts to think back to the times that she would try to overhear what her grandfather and Kaiden were discussing in their many late night meetings in their basement lab.

Kaiden has found the secret formula to living life like a human and not being hindered by his vampiric nature. Now that formula is missing because it lived in the brain of his neighbor who passed away. Kaiden and Sky's grandfather had an unusual relationship. Kaiden allowed him to experiment on his person in return for being the beneficiary of the elixir that was created. Kaiden was always fond of Sky and now that she is a grown woman, temptation is going to be hard to resist. Circumstances throw these two together when an old enemy who use to be a vampire hunter and now is a newly turned vampire is after them on a quest to get his revenge on Kaiden. Kaiden must protect Sky if is the last thing he does, keeping his vow to Sky's grandfather.

His Dark Embrace is standard in terms of a vampire story and was what I expected when reading an Amanda Ashley book. I would categorize it as a sweet paranormal romance. I found it to be a quick, fun read without any heavy plot lines to tangle thru but with some nice twists thrown in to keep the reader interested.

(Book was received from publisher for an honest review)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gina Zetmeir-Stephens on August 9, 2012
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I have read everything Amanda Ashley has written and this book was no disappointment. I love the stories she writes, but I often wish she would write a series about one particular vampire. I love her character development.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on June 5, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
After leaving home for college eight years ago, Skylynn McNamara O'Brien never came back until now as she returns for her grandfather's funeral. As a teen she had a crush on the next door neighbor, the mysterious recluse Kaiden Thorne, who only came out at night to collect his mail and paper. Her older brother said he was a vampire, but her Granda told her there is not such creature.

She is shocked when she sees him for the first since he left home as he has not aged one iota in the eight years since she last saw him and as she muses from when she first saw him when she was five. One other thing that has not changed is Skylynn still thinks Kaiden is an ultra-hunk. Kaiden realizes Skylynn has aroused his bloodlust that he struggles to control. One biting bloody kiss later, both are in the heat of desire. However, she can either save him from the darkness or allow him to drown in the darkness.

His Dark Embrace is a warm engaging romantic urban fantasy starring two enticing protagonists. The fast-paced simplistic storyline grips the reader when the lead couple sees each other for the first time in almost a decade; their attraction could heat up New England for a winter or two. Fans who enjoy a straight forward vampire romance will appreciate Amanda Ashley's ardent page-turner.

Harriet Klausner
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Quick & Dirty: For fans of old school tame vampire romance. His Dark Embrace is a story that just doesn't seem to know where it wants to go and will leave readers struggling to find a plot.

Opening Sentence: When Skylynn O'Brien McNamara came home to bury her grandfather and settle his estate, she was surprised to see that the house across the street was still vacant.

The Review:

Skylynn McNamara is used to tragedy in her life. Her parents and grandmother died when she was young. Her brother is currently missing in action in Iraq and now she has returned back to her childhood home to bury her grandfather. Sky runs into Kaiden Thorne, her childhood crush and the man who lives across the street from her grandfather. Kaiden has also recently returned to town, looking the find the recipe that allows him to appear and feel human. Unfortunately Sky's grandfather has taken the recipe to the grave. Kaiden races to find the recipe before he reverts back to his vampiric self.

Sky enjoys the time her a Kaiden have gotten to know each other. She decides to leave her life, apartment in Chicago, a boyfriend she never really loved and her job at a lawyer's office to be with Kaiden. It doesn't take her long to see through Kaiden's ruse but does she love him enough to stay by his side.

I struggled through His Dark Embrace. The plot meander's from one point to another. Conflicts are added many chapters in just to prolong the storyline. The relationship part of the story could have ended the book at Chapter 20, while the main plot point of finding the recipe seems to be forgotten for the majority of the rest of the novel while dealing with a brother with amnesia to prolonged revenge from an old enemy.
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