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
Lara Adrian's captivating Vampire mythology is completely unique. She has taken one or two of the "Hollywood" elements, but oh my goodness, the rest of her Vampire world is unlike anything I have read before and I cannot get enough of the richly detailed backstory that is flawlessly woven into the main story. The exposition is paced perfectly - giving enough detail to be relevant and intriguing, adding more suspense and mystery to the novel as the plot progresses.
We are immediately swept up into the story by Hillary Huber's sultry voice. Her pacing and timing are perfect and she is wonderful at breathing life into the characters. Each male has a distinct personality which she brings to life with clever and competent use of different accents and varying timbre, making it easy to listen and envision the story as it happens. Not a lot of female narrators can pull off the smoldering Alpha-Male characters without sounding androgynous and awkward. Hillary's portrayal of Lucan is just plain sexy. She adds color and character to each male in the book - breathing just the right amount of passion, restraint, desire, anger, self-loathing and acidic hatred into each character. Her female voices are decent, but they all seemed to sound the same to my ears. If Hillary continues narrating the series, the only thing that I would view as an area of development would be for to give the female characters a bit more of a range and flavor, as she does so amazingly with the male characters.
I love this book. I have listened to it three times. Great plot with just the right amount of action, suspense and hot sensuality! I can't wait until Kiss of Crimson comes out on audio. The narrator was excellent!
I have been asking Audible to put this series on audio for almost a year now and thank you Audible for making this available. I loved this book series and think the audio version was just as thrilling. The narrator did a wonderful job with the characters. I'm happy they started with book one. Sometimes they start with the most recent book and work their way through the series. I can't wait for the rest of the books to come out!
I have read the whole series and was curious if an audio version would measure up. I loved it! The narrator did a wonderful job. I hope we will see the rest of the series on Audible soon.
I know I like an Author when I google to see what else they've written. This was a great debut and I can't wait for the rest of the series to become available on Audible.
Hillary Huber, you rock! What an amazing example of how an audio book should be done! The story was compelling and complex and through it all she gave each and every character a solid (and unique) voice and personality. Her male characters were amazing! Even when 4 or 5 of them were having a conversation, I never had a problem telling them apart. Her female characters - the same. Using only her beautiful voice (and obvious acting skills) Hillary captivated me from beginning to end. Not to mention that any woman who can read very descriptive sex scenes (like the ones in Kiss of Midnight) without having even so much as a waver in her voice - well, suffice to say, she is GOOD!
Lara, please write more books! The story was so good and the characters so well developed - I can hardly wait for the next one!
I've always been a avid reader so now I'm a avid listener. I prefer the paranormal genre but I do like to switch things up. It's boring if you don't have variety. Of course I do love the romance and the hotter the better. Also, you can't beat a good thriller filled with suspense and a ending you can't even guess at until the very end.
I love audio much better.
I liked the new twist on vampires and how they came into existence. I read this years ago and I enjoyed this series.
If you like vampire stories then I think you would like this. Keep in mind this is the first book of a series. In my opinion it's not as good as the JR Wards Brotherhood series, but it does remind me of that series.
And to think, I almost didn't spend my husband's credits on this one because of the cheesy silhouetted gravestones on the cover. It ended up being one of my favorite listens. I liked the narrator too, so happy she didn't give Lucan a fake dracula accent.
I thought this book had just the right amount of intensity. I like stories where the man can not help himself. He feels drawn to the woman over and over despite his best intentions. The narrator does a decent job with the female voices and she makes an effort to make the words come alive, but the males voices come across unfeeling. I enjoyed listening to the story and finished it in 2 days. The concept for how vampires were made makes a lot more sense than the original story and makes wanting to become a vampire easier....smile. Good story....looking forward to listening to more from this author.
Mid 30's lady looking for sometimes intriguing, sometimes pragmatic fiction & nonfiction while being terrorized by her dictator cat, Shirley Mao.
I've been looking for good audio books after BDB series and found this almost on par. It was entertaining and worth the credit.
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