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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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    Sheila Denver, CO, US 11-20-12
    Sheila Denver, CO, US 11-20-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Hopeful beginning for new series"
    What about Kirsten Potter’s performance did you like?

    I love the narrator and have looked for other titles just based on her narrations.


    Any additional comments?

    Wish the series spinoff had started with the characters known from the other series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Noirbear Rochester, NH, United States 11-19-12
    Noirbear Rochester, NH, United States 11-19-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Dwell in the land of Shadows"

    This is a great launch to the world of the Shadowdwellers. Jacquelyn does a superb job introducing us to this exotic dark vampirism culture. It’s always interesting introducing the struggle between religion and state. The strong females and males that take on governing this usual world are dynamic and fascinating. And with all that is going you are still drawn into the heat that Trace feels for Ashla. But more important is you want them to make it and you them to over come. Yes, this is hot and steamy, but more important it is good start to what we hope will be a great series. Kristen Potter does a great job with the narrations.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    melody Lakewood, washington, United States 11-06-12
    melody Lakewood, washington, United States 11-06-12 Member Since 2013
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    What did you love best about Ecstasy?

    great story love it when i read it. but listening is fantastic and very addicting ,I didn't stop listening for 2 days.

    i love the narrator she makes you know which person in the story it is she playing very good


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael 11-02-12
    Michael 11-02-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Great new series..."
    Would you listen to Ecstasy again? Why?

    Yes. All of Jacquelyn Frank's books are worth a second listen.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Ecstasy?

    I enjoyed the whole book... it'd be to hard to choose just one


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Again... I couldn't choose just one i loved the book so much i had a hard time not listening to the whole thing in one setting


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Get lost in the world of the shadowdwellers


    Any additional comments?

    A great start to another great series by Jacquelyn Frank

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cathie Linton, IN, United States 10-18-12
    Cathie Linton, IN, United States 10-18-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Be Brave, try this spin off series, I Loved it."

    Took a chance, and was ever so glad. Third in the series comes out this month cant wait. If you enjoyed nightwalkers, you will like this series, and narrator. I devoured the first 2 books, and I know I will listen to them again. Im so grateful for the honest reviews, I use them a lot to help choose my books.
    worth the money or credit, good narrator, good story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Frances FEDERAL WAY, WA, United States 09-21-12
    Frances FEDERAL WAY, WA, United States 09-21-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Another good series"
    What made the experience of listening to Ecstasy the most enjoyable?

    Once you get into story can't stop...JF captures the characters emotions that pulls you along.


    What other book might you compare Ecstasy to and why?

    JF other series "Nightwalker"...read those as well.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Ashla's power


    Any additional comments?

    Glad to start on this first book of this next series by JF...love, action & suspense, what more can i ask for...recommend highly...awaiting "Rapture" next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robin in Vermont Vermont 09-26-14
    Robin in Vermont Vermont 09-26-14 Member Since 2011

    Home is where my books are.

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    "What a treat!"

    I love the Nightwalker series and have listened to it at least twice. I've been needing a Jacquelyn Frank fix, and I wanted something new from her. I also love Kirsten Potter, so I thought, why not!

    I never expected to become so immersed in this fascinating and erotic look into a new (to me) Nightwalker species. The Shadowdwellers live their lives in darkness, but their eye sight is such that they see as well in the dark as we do in the light. It took me a minute to be able to visualize this world, but I imagined that their world is pretty much like ours, full of a light they can see very well by, while normal sources of light blinds and burns them.

    I especially loved the eastern flavor of their world -- the colors, fabrics, textures are brought to vivid life by JF, and the culture is gorgeous. Shadowdwellers are given advanced learning in sexual arts, (similar to tantric practices, or the karma sutra), from and early age, and they are taught by their priests. I loved the religion their society is based upon. It was so exotic and sensual that I wanted the story to go on and on.

    The political landscape is just complex enough, and the villains interesting and threatening enough to build suspense. I loved their use of swords and other weapons, poisons, assassins -- just amazing.

    If you haven't read these, give them a try. All three books in the series are amazing. My only regret is there are only three -- but they are fantastic, rich and full of memorable characters.

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    Trish R. JACKSONVILLE, FL, United States 02-10-14
    Trish R. JACKSONVILLE, FL, United States 02-10-14 Member Since 2014
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    Any additional comments?

    I returned this book because I had to go through soooo many pages without anyone saying anything. When I buy a book I want the players to be involved, verbally, and when they're not I'm not interested.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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