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  • Series: Berkley Sensation
  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; Original edition (February 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425239829
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425239827
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.1 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #416,476 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Jill Conrad, a temp at a San Diego investment firm, is coming back from a coffee run when a man grabs her, injects her with a serum, and is shot dead by half-vampire Declan Reyes. Not only does she feel violently ill, she learns that the serum has just made her blood irresistible—and poisonous—to vampires. Reyes whisks Jill off to a remote lab where his human allies are plotting to kill a renegade vampire king. Schemes, secrets and betrayals pile up as Declan and Jill become allies and lovers, though it's hard to imagine that she feels well enough to have sex between suffering from nausea and headaches and being used as vampire bait. Readers may get frustrated as the protagonists are repeatedly imprisoned and otherwise restrained from taking real action, and many will be put off by Jill's repeated victimization. (Feb.)
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Jillian Conrad was an average, workaday girl. The biggest excitement in her life was making the Starbucks run for her office mates. In a twist of fate, she misses the elevator, and her life is turned upside down. Held hostage in a standoff and injected with poison, she winds up the unwilling companion to Declan, who killed the scientist who injected her. He promises he can get her to a man who can help her, since no ordinary hospital will do. The poison inside her isn�t meant for humans but for vampires, and she�s just become a pawn in a secret war. Rowen sinks her fangs into the reader and never lets go in this fast-paced series launch that blends sensual romance and urban fantasy with ease. There�s plenty of moral ambiguity, and the relationship is hot �n� bothered between Jill and Declan, though temptation lurks in the wings with the vampire king. Great treat for those who like J. R. Ward, Katie MacAlister�s Aisling Grey series, and Kelley Armstrong. --Nina C. Davis

More About the Author

Michelle Rowen writes paranormal romance, urban fantasy, and young adult fantasy. She has been on the Waldenbooks/Borders Group romance bestseller list and was the winner of the 2007 Holt Medallion for Best First Book and the 2009 Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award for Best Vampire Romance.

Please visit www.michellerowen.com to learn more about Michelle and her books.

Customer Reviews

Nightshade by Michelle Rowen Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy -Feb.
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You are thrown into fast paced action right from the beginning of this book so the pages just seem to fly by.
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Well developed characters, excellent world building and an original plot make this book an engrossing read!
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Nightshade by Michelle Rowen
Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy -Feb. 1st, 2011
4 ½ stars

Nightshade is a spellbinding Urban Fantasy that drew me in and never let me go. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it and am eager to read the next installment.

Jillian Conrad was bringing coffee to work when the elevator she was waiting for opens up to reveal a crazed scientist and a threatening gunman who wants a `formula.' The scientist grabs Jill as his hostage and when the gunman threatens the scientist for the formula, the scientist instead injects the only remaining prototype into Jilian's bloodstream and is immediately shot dead. Jillian becomes ill from the shot and the gunman, named Declan, grabs her before she can recover. He informs her that she has been poisoned and the only way to find an antidote is to come with him. Despite her pleas, he drags her with him.

Soon they are followed by minions of vampires. But Jillian doesn't believe in vampires or that Declan is half-vampire, half- human. That is until he is wounded and she sees the effect light has on him and his super healing abilities. Afraid and not knowing who to trust, she follows and helps Declan. In the process, she discovers a man who is much more than he appears. But will any relationship between them have a chance when she may be dying?

I loved this story. Declan is taking a drug to hold back his vampire half because he is afraid he may hurt someone with his violent vampire side. It makes him cold and unemotional, the perfect killing machine. Declan works for people who hate vampires and has learned that his vampire half is evil. But when he is off his meds, he becomes a different person, one with feelings and needs.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Serenity on February 11, 2014
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This book I have no words for at all. This book plainly sucked for me. The beginning was slow with little action going on and I only got until about half the book before giving up on it. This book was too slow and barely picked up and with each page I lost more and more interest. I give this book 1 star.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lizzy on August 23, 2011
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This novel had a great deal of promise that it failed to deliver on. It read like an outline of a novel rather than a finished product. Details and descriptors were completely lacking. Characters were flimsy two dimensional cut outs waiting for life to be breathed into them. The dialogue was clunky and needed to be trimmed down. Case in point: the heroine is on the floor potentially dying and the random research assistant rambles on for a paragraph on how he is curious, and gets into secret files, and he's nosy, and.... honestly it felt awkward as hell.

With so many independent authors releasing cheap lit through Kindle the product of publishing houses really needs to shine if they want us to shell out the $7.99. This novel was worthy of being published but needed 4 more rounds through a merciless editor before being let loose on the public. As it stood I had to force myself to finish. Force myself to care.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Jacobs VINE VOICE on July 23, 2011
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I have always been a big fan of author Michelle Rowen! I loved her feisty and fun Demon Princess series, but I also fell in love with her Immortality Bites series that was full of romance and quirky humor. When I noticed she was starting a new and darker series, I jumped on the fan band wagon and purchased a copy to read! The author did not disappoint even if the series is darker than her other books.

Jillian finds herself held captive during a stand off between Declan -- a vampire assassin -- and a scientist. When the scientist injects a poison called Nightshade into her neck, she doesn't realize she is now a pawn in a vampire war. Declan is not only a vampire assassin, but he is also half vampire himself. He takes a serum to keep his vampire side suppressed but it also makes him a cold robot of a man. When he takes Jillian with him to his compound, he realizes that her blood is different and she has an addictive scent to her now. The Nightshade that is poisoning her system is the ultimate weapon to destroy vampire's. They can't resist her blood, but it kills them within minutes of drinking it. Together, they have to find a way to cure Jillian of the poison, but they also have to fight their growing attraction.

I loved Declan and Jillian. She was strong and determined, but she also had a soft side. She didn't fall fast for Declan as most heroines of a book do. She couldn't stand him for a bit. Declan is horribly scarred and cold. He is not your typical and gorgeous hero. He has flaws, but ones that make him into the hero we want. He protects Jillian with everything he can and his only fault is trusting the wrong people. When they confront the King of the Vampires, I thought there was going to be a huge show down. What you get is not what you expect though.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By N. Hill on July 19, 2011
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This is my first book by Rowen and I have to admit it WILL NOT be my last. I purchased "Bloodlust" immediately after...I was dying to continue the story. Jill, the female lead in this story, underestimates her strength and soon learns that she is much stronger than she initially thought. Declan, the Dhampir who is a vampire assassin, coincidently learns that he is NOT as tough as he believes as he lays off the serum that devoids him of emotions, but simultaneously tames his beast. As Jill discovers herself and Declan struggles with feeling for the first time, this book is most definitely a page turner.
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