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
Once I started I could NOT hit pause. This was a great story. The NARRATOR GETS BIG props and HIGH 5's she totally made this a series that I will continue to buy and listen to AS LONG as SHE remains the narrator.
Lucan and Gabby opposites but lots of chemistry from the very beggining. I am just sorry I had not heard of Lara Adrians stories before. As they say "Better late than never". Ready for part 2! Happy listening, be ready to get sucked in.
The series is similar to the Black Dagger Brotherhood but not as intense. Adrian has kept a good balance between fantasy and romance in these books which, in my opinion, makes them more engaging then the BDB series. Enough romance to keep me caring about Lucan and Gabrielle's story, but enough action to keep their story interesting.
This book takes itself way too seriously. The male lead character is cold and angry. The author made up for his lack of depth and likability by describing in vivid, excruciating detail everything he and the female lead did in bed. Gross. I ended up fast forwarding through the sex just to finish the darn thing. I could not detect any reason for the stupendous (emphasis on the stupid) chemistry between the leads other than the author had decided to write a romantic vampire novel. I read some favorable reviews, and I can see how this book might appeal to some, but I like characters with less angst. I give the book one star and the narrator one star. Hillary Huber did a very good job (I'd give her more stars, but that would help the book). God knows how she suffered through reading all the sex scenes without laughing or opening a window for some fresh air.
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