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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: TOR; Regular Print/Single Titl edition (November 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001UC8Z4A
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 4.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,976,793 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jenna Black is your typical writer. Which means she's an "experience junkie." She got her BA in physical anthropology and French from Duke University.

Once upon a time, she dreamed she would be the next Jane Goodall, camping in the bush making fabulous discoveries about primate behavior. Then, during her senior year at Duke, she did some actual research in the field and made this shocking discovery: primates spend something like 80% of their time doing such exciting things as sleeping and eating.

Concluding that this discovery was her life's work in the field of primatology, she then moved on to such varied pastimes as grooming dogs and writing technical documentation. She is now a full-time writer and lives in North Carolina with her husband and two dogs.

Customer Reviews

There wasn't enough character development for me.
Needless to say, I can hardly wait to read Secret's In The Shadow's and her third book in this series when it comes out in August.
Lynda Groce
Grabs you from the very beginning and doesn't let you go until the very end.
Vivi Anna

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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful By iheartjackbauer on November 13, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Carolyn Mathers has come far since she was abandoned by her financee, three days before her wedding. Leaving the police force, Carolyn opened her own P.I. firm in hopes of finding out what happened to Gray James. When Gray appears out of the blue out of three years, Carolyn is determined to get answers. She soon finds out that Gray is just as determined not to give them.

In a vampire world where there are "good" and "bad" vampires, Jenna Black creates the character of Gray James as one who doesn't belong to either faction. With a vampire serial killer on the loose, Gray is immediately under suspicion by the "good" vampires. With Carolyn now demanding answers, Gray has no choice but to tell her the truth.

In a time where there are paranormal authors like JR Ward and Sherrilyn Kenyon, you really have to stand out when it comes to the vampire genre. Jenna Black didn't grab me. I could care less what happened and only finished the book because I don't like leaving books unfinished. While I felt bad for Gray, he was just a so-so hero. The secondary vampire character of Jules was better received, but even he was kind of blah. He was so determined to bring Gray down and the reader wasn't told why until 3/4 of the way through the book. The plot was lukewarm at best and the way the vampire world was created was nothing extrodinary.
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There are two kinds of vampires: Killers who kill humans and Guardians who drink sheep's blood and protect humans by killing Killers. Carolyn's fiancé Gray was turned into a vampire just before their wedding 3 years ago. He left her to protect her. Gray doesn't kill humans but he hasn't officially joined the Guardians. She has been wondering why he left and mourning the loss ever since. She sees him one night and starts following him to learn what happened. A Killer is killing humans and framing Gray for it. If the Guardian's think Gray is killing humans, they will kill Gray. Carolyn is a private detective and investigates the killings.

There is some romance here, but it's not typical. We don't see the couple meeting and developing a relationship. We enter the story after the relationship ended. We then watch the couple interact and wonder if they will reconnect or stay separate. The main story is good guys being framed and trying to solve the mystery of who is the bad guy and what to do about it. There wasn't enough character development for me. The characters were typical and predictable. There was nothing special in the dialogue, no witty remarks or interesting ideas. I wanted to be more surprised or delighted to give it more stars. Although, I was impressed with Carolyn's investigative work regarding the killer's identity.

Story length: 296 pages. Swearing language: strong. Sexual language: strong. Number of sex scenes: 3. Total number of sex scene pages: 12. Setting: current day Philadelphia, Pa. Copyright: 2006. Genre: paranormal romance.
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Carolyn is an ex cop who currently runs her own PI business with her best friend, Hannah. Three years ago Carolyn's fiancé, Gray, was last seen leaving his bachelor party with one of the strippers. He was never seen again. Carolyn has spent the last three years trying to get over a man she deeply loved. Not knowing what happened to him has never given her the closure she needed to fully move on.

Then one night she is in her parking lot about to be attacked when Gray comes out of nowhere to rescue her. You can imagine the multiple emotions and thoughts that run through Carolyn, and Jenna Black does an excellent job expressing them. Carolyn finally hopes to get some answers, unfortunately Gray isn't feeling talkative. He is keeping secrets in order to protect her. As quickly as he resurfaced in Carolyn's life, he is now trying to leave her, again. Carolyn isn't ready to let him go. Soon Gray is forced to face her and their past whether he wants to or not.

Jenna Black has created a world where the Vampires that roam it are divided into two categories; those that kill for food, known as Killers, and those that drink lambs blood. There are a group of the good guy Vampires known as the Guardians that protect the city by hunting the Killers.

This is an excellent start to the series, although at times I felt it dragged a bit; Gray's alpha male, I must protect my woman by denying myself attitude, started wearing thin. I have started this series backwards. I read the third book,
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Fathom on November 6, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Three years ago, Carolyn's fiance disappeared at his bachelor party. Carolyn, has always been consumed by what could have happened to him. She quits her job as a cop and opens up a PI business. One night when she is finally ready to go on her first date after coming to terms w/ her fiance's disappearance, she comes face to face w/ someone from her past. The story begins wher her utter determination in unraveling the truth behind Gray's disappearnce w/o an explanation. In the meantime, someone is murdering and raping human loved ones of the Watcher's vampire council, when the killings escalate to the vampires themeselves, Carolyn gets unwittingly involved to find the killer and help Gray from being framed.

This book didn't protray vampires in the usual romanticized version. Here vampires are not allowed to drink from humans, and are only allowed to drink lamb's blood mixed w/ milk. To drink from humans, makes a vampire addicted and a killer. The Guardian's council was created to keep an eye on newly turned vampires from drinking human blood, and to police others who are.

While the premise of the story is interesting, the characters are kind of annoying. The heroine is understandablly obsessed w/ trying to find the truth, all the other characters didn't seem to be all that intelligent. But the constant blame game w/o proof made me question how these vampires could have lived this long w/o being more intelligent.

The lost love between Carolyn and Gray was kind of bitter sweet, and her support of him was admirable. However, the hero in this story was not a strong alpha character, which is ok in some storylines but I don't think it worked very well. The execution of the romantic angle worked much better than the actual murder mysteries.
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