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Ecstasy: The Shadowdwellers Series #1 | [Jacquelyn Frank]

Ecstasy: The Shadowdwellers Series #1

Among the Shadowdwellers, Trace holds power that some are willing to kill for. Without a stranger's aid, one rival would surely have succeeded, but Trace's brush with death is less surprising to him than his reaction to the beautiful, fragile human who heals him. By rights, Trace should hardly even register Ashla's existence within the realm of Shadowscape, but instead he is drawn to everything about her-her innocence, her courage, and her lush, sensual heat.
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Publisher's Summary

Among the Shadowdwellers, Trace holds power that some are willing to kill for. Without a stranger's aid, one rival would surely have succeeded, but Trace's brush with death is less surprising to him than his reaction to the beautiful, fragile human who heals him. By rights, Trace should hardly even register Ashla's existence within the realm of Shadowscape, but instead he is drawn to everything about her-her innocence, her courage, and her lush, sensual heat. After a terrifying car crash, Ashla Townsend wakes up to find that the bustling New York she knew is now eerie and desolate. Just when she's convinced she's alone, Ashla is confronted by a dark warrior who draws her deeper into a world she never knew existed. The bond between Ashla and Trace is a mystery to both, but searching for answers will mean confronting long-hidden secrets, and uncovering a threat that could destroy everything Trace holds precious.

©2009 Jacquelyn Frank (P)2012 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"This romantic and strongly sexual story between complicated characters is made even richer by an intriguing secondary cast and efficient world-building that's familiar without being lazy." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Pamela L Sanders 01-19-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Cool Story"
    Would you listen to Ecstasy again? Why?

    I plan on listening to this again and again.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love the whole supernatural dwellers theme.


    Which character – as performed by Kirsten Potter – was your favorite?

    Ms Potter is one of my favorite narrators. She imparts a special touch to each of the characters.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    MARYANNE EDEN, UT, United States 10-01-14
    MARYANNE EDEN, UT, United States 10-01-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Loved this storyline!"

    This was a great story line. It grabbed me from the first chapter and delivered throughout the book. The characters were a delight. Great fun to learn about this new race, the world they lived in and the rules they lived by which were unique. The love story developed in a believable way with just enough angst so not to be annoying. The interaction between the characters given this new world and its rules were captivating. Although this follows the romance genre formula it was just different enough to make you believe it was not the typical romance genre formula. Despite all of the above, the plot was predictable, but like you would wish for an old friend, I was happy to see things work out as I had hoped.

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    William Ehrlich 10-01-14
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    "Really;start to this book to new world series :-("
    Would you try another book from Jacquelyn Frank and/or Kirsten Potter?

    I felt lost for the first 4 chapters! The books fast pace futuristic world was hard to get understand with more than 4 different spaces of time? After I got a good grasp of the futuristic world's it got good. I loved the intense pleasure and emotions the characters feel for each other!! Great ending....loved it


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    Juan Hernandez 11-16-13

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    "Interesting"
    Any additional comments?

    If you decide to get this book be prepared for a slow listen its not a bad book and is well written but just slow it does get better with the 2 other books in the series.

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    Taniea United States 09-14-13
    Taniea United States 09-14-13

    Reading is a must-have ESCAPE...

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    "Ingenious Extension into Nightwalker Community"

    Frank's creative addition to the paranormal community of Shadowdwellers (briefly introduced in her Nightwalker series) is a hit. The Shadowdweller plot line has several layers. There are multi-reality-scapes, individuals with special abilities, a monarchical system, a powerful/influential religious system, and a dark conspiracy incorporated into the plot. Though this combination may not sound doable, Frank nails it. The story begins curiously... Ashla's living situation, in and of itself, ensnares the reader. Then, she meets Trace in a most unexpected way. Frank takes the time to introduce us to the twin rulers (Malaya & Tristan), Trace's father (Magnus), Magnus' handmaiden, along with a myriad of other characters. Each installment into the Shadowdweller series draws focus on one of these initial characters --- set up similarly in the Nightwalker series.

    For paranormal enthusiasts, the Shadowdweller series is an excellent departure from the typical...namely wolves & vamps. The romance between Ashla & Trace is well described yet not overdone. I liked the series so much that I'm already halfway through Rapture, Book 2... which I dare say may even be better than Ecstasy.

    Kirsten Potter is an excellent narrator and her interpretation/delivery doesn't disappoint. All will enjoy!

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    Ms. Julie N.C. 09-11-13
    Ms. Julie N.C. 09-11-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Jacquelyn Frank is a must for your library!"

    After reading the entire Nightwalker Series I was needing more Jacquelyn Frank. She is honestly a genious ! I highly recommend both series-though one is not a pre-requisite for the other. Narrators are also chosen perfectly ! You will not be disapointed, and if you are, you may want to check your pulse....

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    Latonia Sterling Heights, MI, United States 03-16-13
    Latonia Sterling Heights, MI, United States 03-16-13
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    "Good, but not The Nightwalker Series"

    It was good, but it just took a little while to get into the story. It didn't capture your attention immediately the way the Nightwalkers did. I would have probably liked it better if I had not already listented to the Nightwalker Series. The narrator left a little to be desired after the awesome narration of Xe Sands in the Nightwalkers.

    All in all it was pretty good.

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    Amazon Customer ANAHEIM, CA, United States 03-11-13
    Amazon Customer ANAHEIM, CA, United States 03-11-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Good Book"

    A good read. This was my first book by Jaquelyn Frank and I went back for more by her.

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    Coooper Wasilla, AK, United States 03-04-13
    Coooper Wasilla, AK, United States 03-04-13 Member Since 2015
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    "ROMANCE, DRAMA, ECTASY"
    If you could sum up Ecstasy in three words, what would they be?

    Romantically, deliciously, dramatic.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the entire story, but loved watching Ashla grow strong and brave and watching Trace's relationship with her change.


    What does Kirsten Potter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She is a great narrator. Have listened to her in other book and think she does a wonderful job. Men's voices could be a little gruffer, but not really a complaint.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    The only complaint I had about the book was the ending. Without giving anything away and letting readers/listeners know it in no way detracts from the story, I would like to have had more of a "finish" to the main characters' story.

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    Michelle Frederick, CO, United States 02-26-13
    Michelle Frederick, CO, United States 02-26-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Back Button Needed"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Probably not. The book was all over the place.


    What could Jacquelyn Frank have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The story line was all over. I love her other books, but this one I had to keep going back because I felt like I missed something. But I didn't the story changed without explanation. It just seamed this was hastily written.


    What three words best describe Kirsten Potter’s voice?

    Pleasant.


    Do you think Ecstasy needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    The ending was left open, but unless I am desperate for a read, I won't read the next one.


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