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
The story itself probably isn't all that bad, honestly. But it's so hard to focus on it with the bad acting job. I am one of those people who tend to prefer giving others a chance, but this was too much for me. The reader continues on in a terrible monotone, gives everyone a valley girl accent and even goes so far as to give one of the MALE characters a valley girl accent. Ugh. This is my first ever audible, and to be honest, I'm not going to get any more. Audio books are entirely too expensive for this type of terrible acting. At these prices, they really could have hired a decent narrator. I could read this better with a head cold.
I was hoping this book would be good after reading all the good reviews, but its simply horrible and terrible narrator. Slow and boring waste of credit and my time! Nothing like J.R Ward, not even close a cheap imitation... Maybe if the speaker would be better this book would get two stars and not just one!
In my humble opinion, this particular book is a cross between Twilight and J.R. Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood series. It's not that it's BAD, as far as books go. It's just nothing special. I almost wish I could go back in time and NOT choose this book. But if you're looking for something with some predictable vampire violence and the standard romance novel combined, you'd probably enjoy this book.
but not nearly as good. I found I wasn't as drawn in by the storyline or the characters in this series as I was in the JR Ward series. It was a little boring and repetitive at times. I probably won't download any more of this series.
I have listen to all the BDB books. This is a "super bad imitation".
The Narrator, please listen to super stars like Will Patton, Jim Frangione or James Masters. You will improve with time.
Yes if you are looking for a series after reading the BDB this is the series for YOU. This is Just like that series, except their enemies are called Rogue Vampires who feed and kill humans. They are called The Order who kills the rogues. Their race started with alien, YES I said ALIEN world explores who crashed landed on earth. Their bodies was to advance for the food on earth and they found out they could live on the blood of humans. So all the Plaques was really the forefathers killing all of the humans. The first generation of breed vampires ( Vampire men born to human women) woman who bare the birthmark of a crest moon with a tear drop can be impregnated by the breed. Each book is about each warrior finding their breed mate. Yes it is just as Sexy as the BDB I promise you!
Finished this one and downloaded the 2nd in the same thought. Can't wait till the other books in the series become available in audiobook format.
If you like vampire romance this is a good story with interesting characters that grab you right from the 'git go'. The action and romance were great and the author really did a good job of sucking you into the story (no pun intended). If it had been a book in my hand I would not have put it down, but as it was an audiobook I couldn't find enough excuses to stay in the car to continue listening. I just downloaded the second book and can't wait to get started.
PNR is my prefered genre, but I also enjoy any lighthearted, funny, steamy stories. Listening to books helps me to do mindless housework.
I understand the use of cursing (and I do mean cursing and not profanity, I can deal w/ profanity), esp. in this type of story, but it was in excess!! I don't know if the author felt the need to have Lucan say "J.C." and "G.D." SO frequntly was to illustrate how disturbed and angry he was, but I thought it was quite clear in the way he treats Gabrielle throuout the 3/4 of story I actually made it through. I have listened to MANY audio books over the years and this is only the 2nd book I've stopped listening to before the end.
I wish I could say this was the only reason I stopped listening, but I also have issues w/ the story itself: not very original and consequently very predictable. The author had some original concepts about the origins of vampirism, but the story was almost exactly like "Bitten" by Kelly Armstrong with "Dark Lover" by J.R Ward thrown in.
I also have issues when an author fails to develop the emotional relationship before developing the intimate one.
I did give the book 2 stars instead of one only because even though the content wasn't very good, I didn't have issues w/ the way it was written.
The narrator did a decent job, she was middle of the road for me, not great, not terrible either.
Dunno why so many rated this so hightly both here and on Amazon, but this definatly was a NOT for me.
I enjoy reading series and very rarely read stand alone series. I mostly read romance and sci-fi & fantasy.
This is one of those series that you have to take a minute and think about. Do you really want to invest time, energy, and money/credits into. It took me along time to get the second book at the first one. I thought after reading the first on that it wasn't my kind of series. It seemed too unreal (Not as if vampires are real and all), but I was on the fence about this series.
I had to go back and reread the book. It was a good thing. I had missed some details that helped me understand the story more. Now I am addicted to the series and I am in a rush to get them all and devour them.
In this series you see the age old battle of good vs evil. And a battle to save, well the world what else? It is a fun and entertaining book, and the series is full of studly and muscle bound warriors who want to find their other half and protect her. Oh and save the world from rough vampires of course.
It is a good series and the narrator does a wonderful job with the story. She really makes the words come alive for you. It is in my top ten best series list, and one that I plan on rereading again and again.
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