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Nightshade (Berkley Sensation) Mass Market Paperback – February 1, 2011

4.1 out of 5 stars 39 customer reviews
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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
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Product Details

  • 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: 4.3 x 1 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,650,208 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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I'm not going to start off my review with my usual summary of the book. I'm just going to dive right into what I thought about Nightshade.

Jillian is an ordinary woman caught up in extraordinary circumstances. She was injected with poison and kidnapped by a man who looks like he would kill her without hesitation. From this perspective, I can understand why Jillian's attitude was pissy but it didn't make me like her at all. In the beginning, after Declan kidnaps her and they are on the road, her barrage of questions drove me batty. Declan is scarred, wears an eye-patch and shot a man in cold-blood out in public. I would think that after what she had been through in just that little bit of time, Jillian would cool the attitude and shut up. I found her personality annoying and unlikable.

There was nothing that I liked about the first 60% of the book. I liked Declan's character even when he's in his robot state. Declan is a dhampyr and to tamp down his vampire instincts, he injects himself with a serum every 3 hours. With the help of the serum, Declan is an emotional-less killing machine. He doesn't experience blood thirst, desire, anger...nothing. He heals like a vampire but because he's half human, his wounds leaves scars. His body is riddled with evidence of the battles he has fought. Jillian describes him as ugly and during an angry conversation she was having with Declan, she calls him an "ugly bastard." I really did not like her at that point because throughout the book, Declan has been protecting her and making sure she is safe. And this is how she repays him. Because of her stank attitude towards him throughout most of the book, I found their "romance" totally unbelievable and far-fetched.

Nightshade is described as a paranormal romance but I disagree.
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I have only read one Michelle Rowan book. It was an `ok' YA book. Therefore completely consider me floored by how much I enjoyed Rowen's urban fantasy novel, "Nightshade". I read this book fluidly and at every chance I had to sit down for even five minutes.

Nightshade manages the impressive feat of being a vampire tale that also feels completely original. And these vampires are the scariest I've read about since those appearing in the first few Anita Blake novels. To add to the regular vampires, whom in this world live underground and mostly out of the way of the human population) are dhampyrs, half breeds made from a human mother and a vampire father. For unknown reasons, some of these dhampyr babies are born as mostly appearing human, but others (and more frequently) are born as literal monsters.

Our heroine Jillian, is just a temporary office worker who seems to mostly be just drifting through her life, battling some bouts of occasion depression over her parents deaths, and basically trying to do the right thing and stay out of the way. Unfortunately she is in the wrong place and the wrong time one morning when she is held hostage in her office building and injected with a mysterious poison.

She is kidnapped immediately following the injection by a scarred scary man named Declan who opens her to the entire new world of these dhampyrs and vampires. And gradually she must come to terms with the fact that she is now walking, talking vampire poison.

This is just a very basic introduction and I won't go anymore into the plot because I don't want to spoil a single plot twist. And in "Nightshade" there are plenty of those twists! You never really know who to trust in this book, even the good guys can make you wonder if they are bad and vice versa.
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