In all his 400 years, Rayven never met a woman like Rhianna McLeod. She is a vision of light, of warmth, of everything he is not - nor can ever be. Doomed to live forever in darkness and solitude, he knows all too well the risk in getting close to her, yet he hungers for her with a fierce passion he swears he will never allow himself to feel.
Rhianna's father sold her to Rayven to put food on the table so she had no choice but to go with the dark stranger. To her surprise, he gives her everything she wants: the finest clothes, education, and the run of the castle - everything, that is, except his touch. For although she senses danger beneath the soft-spoken manner, although even Rayven himself warns her to stay away, she is drawn to this creature of the night, and loves him as she will no other.
Amanda Ashley is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. She is the winner of numerous awards, including a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award. She has published more than 40 novels in a 25 year writing career. Writing as both Amanda Ashley and MadelineBaker, she has been published by Signet, NAL, Dorchester, Kensington and Zebra Books.
©1997 Madeline Baker (P)2012 Audio Realms
"Amanda Ashley is a masterful storyteller. This novel is so rich in sensuality and imagery that readers will be entranced by this haunting tale of a vampire who finds love too late and the woman who may savehim from the darkness. This is one keeper...” (Romantic Times)
Love this author and I have enjoyed everyone of her books but this narrator attempts multiple accents which are horrible. The voice she imparts for the lead character invokes images of the hunch back of Noterdame not the sexy-masculine gorgeous leading men typical for this author. It is so distracting that the book is barely tolerable. It will help if you increase the speed to 1.5 x. But if you haven't purchased the audio version yet, skip it and get the written version.
Not based on the audio version
I wish I could give a good review for this book, but it's hard to tell if the book was good or not. The narrator was so awful that she ruined the book. I hope Ms Ashley never lets this narrator read one of her books again!!!
A decent narrator and a different book!
I will never buy another audiobook by this author or this narrator. Of my 400+ audiobooks, this is the worst!! I would give it 0 stars if possible.
The narrator could find a new profession and leave narrating to those who are at least moderately good at it. Her voice and interpretation were about as pleasurable as waking to a car alarm at 3am.
If Audible created a worst narrator and worst book of the year award - this one would win both categories.
A better narrator.
I haven't made it there yet. I'm still trying to force myself to go on.
Maybe, not with the same narrator. Sorry.
I've no idea.
Although the storyline is sweet, and the author appears to be very imaginative, the narrator leaves a bit more to be desired. I bought the audio version over 90 days ago and I'm only on chapter 13. I kept thinking, just hang in there, the narration will get better. At this point, I just want to get it over with. Sorry.
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