He watches her from across the crowded dance club, a sensual black-haired stranger who stirs Gabrielle Maxwell's deepest fantasies. But nothing about this night---or this man---is what it seems. For when Gabrielle witnesses a murder outside the club, reality shifts into something dark and deadly. In that shattering instant she is thrust into a realm she never knew existed---a realm where vampires stalk the shadows and a blood war is set to ignite. Lucan Thorne despises the violence carried out by his lawless brethren.
A vampire himself, Lucan is a Breed warrior, sworn to protect his kind---and the unwitting humans existing alongside them---from the mounting threat of the Rogues. Lucan cannot risk binding himself to a mortal woman, but when Gabrielle is targeted by his enemies, he has no choice but to bring her into the dark underworld he commands. Here, in the arms of the Breed's formidable leader, Gabrielle will confront an extraordinary destiny of danger, seduction, and the darkest pleasures of all.
©2007 Lara Adrian (P)2010 Tantor
Sorry, but I just don't like Hilary Huber's narration style. I think I would like the book better if someone else were performing it.
I liked the main characters a lot. Lucan was sexy and his reluctance to take Gabrielle as his mate was understandable if not frustrating. Gabrielle was a tough protagonist who offered just enough confidence and dominance to compliment her warrior mate.
The vampires were a bit modern for my more classical tastes (think LOTU and BDB without being too overblown) but it didn't stop me from enjoying the story. The plot pretty much existed to progress the relationship of the two main characters, but that's okay because it was a fun ride. The only thing I really didn't care for was the narration. Hillary Huber just seems to keep popping up in a bunch of fantasy romance novels and I always realize it too late. She sounds as if she's on a few too many painkillers and I feel like it detracts from the overall immersion into the story at times.
i love the story and was hoping someone else read the rest of the books but this lady reads them all and because of that I will not be listening to the rest of them at this time...the narrator is very mono-tone and dull to say the least....this is just my opinion ..I was really excited about this series since I read a review that Lara Adrian gave JR Ward a run for her money with this series...but even if Fred Berman who is an awesome narrator that also read JR Wards BDB series ...even if he read these the story has nothing on BDB...again my opinion....I think a male reader would be better for this series...I may consider listening to them at a later time if I have no others to listen to and I may even consider purchasing the kindle version if I only had time to sit and read...I'd love to experience the rest of the series but not if I have to listen to this lady read it....sorry...I try not to be negative but it is true...in my opinion....
Avid reader. Listen to audio books on long drive back and forth to work.
I read this book a number of years ago and enjoyed it and the others in the series very much. Since I drive around 3 to 4 hours a day going to and from work I love listening to audio books to make the drive more pleasant. I really enjoyed this story but found the narrator's voice just a bit too monotone. It took me awhile to get used to it and eventually the different characters fell into place as it began to sound more natural as the book she progressed.
I enjoyed the way the characters interact. The connection between the main charactes and how the dynamics of their relationship changed over the course of the story. The realization of their feelings when they were facing off against the cruel Gen 1 leader was very good.
It took me awhile to get used to her voice. At the beginning it was very bland, very blah almost as if she was one of those narrators in a documentary who try to keep everything on a even keel. As the story progressed you could sense a change in the tone, more emotion, showing here and there and it got better. I would have really enjoyed hearing much more feeling in the characters.
Not really. I enjoyed it in the hour and a half, two hour sessions but I think with the voice I would have become bored and tuned out if I had tried to listen to it all at once.
The series is good and I would recommend it to anyone wanting a great story with interesting characters and plot line. I intend to get the rest in audio books as finances permit.
The Writing of this book is great every detail is there, I was so into this book it was done in one night
the demonica series because its has the same kind of feel to it all but the breed mates
Really, a neanderthal 900 year old alien vampire? Sheesh, I didn't feel the *love* between this pair (Lucan & Gabrielle) as he'd just take her to bed & then bail on her. every. time. Yuck. Then the *Ah ha* moment of "Oh, I've been mean to her cause I wuuuuuv her." Sorry, I don't buy it.
The recording featured a reader with a beautiful voice who couldn't do a masculine voice to save her life. Her cast of males sounded like characters from a Cheech & Chong skit! Funny & strange when they weren't supposed to be either.
There was no camaraderie amongst the warriors either. Lucan was a jerk to his buddies, too. Couldn't like him at all. That said, I'll probably download book 2 as the rest of the guys in the cadre didn't act like Lucan (and had better not turn into him in the next book) and the *world* Lara Adrian sets up _is_ interesting, if a little generically executed.
STORY AND NARRATION.
DIFFERENT TAKE ON PARANORMAL VAMPIRE SERIES. ALTHOUGH I DO AGREE WITH REVIEWERS THAT SAY IT IS VERY SIMILAR TO WARDS BDB. I BELIEVE IT IS MUCH BETTER. I DID NOT LOOSE INTEREST AFTER THE 5TH BOOK. EVERY BOOKS IN THE SERIES IS GREAT.
ABSOLUTELY. IN FACT BUY THEM ALL BECAUSE THEY ARE ADDICTIVE AND YOU WILL WANT TO JUMP RIGHT INTO THE NEXT BOOK.
NARRATION IS EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING IN AUDIOBOOKS. A BAD NARRATOR CAN DESTROY A GOOD BOOK. HUBER IS FANTASIC WITH THIS GENRE. IF YOU LIKE PARANORMAL ROMANCE, WITH ALPHA STRONG PROTECTIVE MALE, AND INDEPENDENT STRONG FEMALE WITH STRONG SECONDARY CHARACTERS. LACED WITH ACTION AND HUMOR (NOT TO MENTION GREAT SEX SCENES) ALL DONE WITH GREAT NARRATION . THIS IS THE SERIES FOR YOU.
New to the audiobook thing, but I like it! I'm a huge Stephen King fan... Along with the spy/military type books by Brad Thor, Vince Flynn
A different twist on the vampire legend of how they began.
Could not put it down.
Not for young ears, very steamy. I loved it. I look forward to listening to the rest of the series.
An avid audible book listener!
If you have read or listened to any of the Carpathian vampire series by Christine Feehan, you will understand the whole 'breed mate' concept better. It starts off interestingly enough, slows down and then comes together quite nicely.
The series promises to be interesting enough to make you want more. Like the Brotherhood of the Black Dagger series, there are enough characters to follow in a series without have too many!
The narrator did a fine job with the voices.
I'm addicted to Audible. May need an intervention!
Enjoyed this very much. Looking forward to listening to the others in this series!
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