Magnus is a man of contradictions - a spiritual leader in a warrior's body. To him, laws are for enforcing and visions must be followed - even if that means freeing a beautiful slave and making her his reluctant handmaiden. Betrayed once before, Magnus can barely bring himself to trust another woman. Yet Daenaira's fiery innocence is drawing them both into a reckless inferno of desire. Daenaira grew up hearing tales of a fearsome priest who seemed more myth than reality. But Magnus is very real - every inch of him - and so is the treachery surrounding them. Beneath Sanctuary's calm surface, an enemy is scheming to unleash havoc on the Shadowdwellers, unless Magnus trusts in a union ordained by fate, and sealed by unending bliss.
©2009 Jacquelyn Frank (P)2012 Tantor
"The steamy passion Frank is known for takes on an educational edge as the abused heroine discovers her powers. The spicy sex is punctuated with deadly danger, making this one hot [listen]." (Romantic Times)
Action in the Sanctuary, Magnus and his reluctant handmaiden Dae are a force to be reckonned with. I like this book better then the first because of the combination of action, fighting and love that is intertwined. I think it gives us a better view of what the Shadowdwellers do and how they live. It also lets us see how darn sexy they are and why. The side stories are very good with interesting characters. Dae will be one of my favorite female characters from Jacquelyn and I have loved the narrator Kristen Potter from other audiobooks she's nice and smooth. I recommend this one if you don't get any others. But please note listeners it gets steamy and sexy and down right hot, so don't be offended. ENJOY!
I'm not a big erotica fan. And I think that is because most writers push the envelope beyond reality to unbelieve ability.
However, the first bathroom scene between Magnus the spiritual leader and Daenaira the handmaiden had me hollering out loud in a crowded area. Embarrassed much!
Daenaira is sexually innocent, but naturally curious, and has no idea the effect she is having on Magnus as she performs her duty of bathing him. I don't want to said too much and give it away, but Jacquelyn's description of the scene was nothing short of masterful.
To add the cherry on top it was delivered by one of the best narrator on Audible - Kristen Potter.
Unfortunately, Jacquelyn didn't take the time to develop the third book Pleasure as well as the first two. Pleasure is like two short stories, rushed, and not up to the standards she set for herself in Ecstasy & Rapture. Which is a shame; because I think I could have followed this series for a long time.
This is the absolute best book by Jacquelyn. The volcanic relationship between Dae and Magnus locks you in from the start, while being drawn into the chaos that is Sanctuary. The eroticism between the priest and his handmaiden is off the charts. The intriguing world of the Shadowdwellers will keep you wanting more. Kristen does a great job with the narration. Definitely worth the credit.
QUESTION : DOES LISTENING TO AUDIO BOOKS MAKE YOU SMARTER? If so, I'm. Freakin Genius!
The Shadowdwellers Series by Jacquelyn Frank has everything an avid lover of paranormal romance could ask for.
Ms. Frank paints a vivifying world of magic, wonder, and intrigue.
What can I say, I love these books. I found the stories interesting, the sex scenes hot, and the narrator, Ms. Kirsten Potter, to be a great talent.
I can recommend all three books in this series. I remain hopeful that a fourth book will be coming out in the future.
Jacquelyn Frank continues the main plot that she began in book 1, but the sub-plots get really interesting in this book. While the main characters "grow" into their true roles, both are strong willed and strong minded. Their path to each other is not as smooth as it starts out to be which makes this a great listen. While some minor story point from book 1 are anwsered here, many more are still to be anwsered. Which makes waiting for book 3 exciting. There are still so many questions and people to learn about that I can see this series going on for a while yet. I hope it does, because I really enjoy Ms. Frank's writing, I just hate the waiting for the next book. If you have not listened to Ms. Franks' other two series, give them a try while we all wait on book 3 in this series. I think you will enjoy them just as much as this series.
Spit of Fire
When the highest priest finds his match that puts him in his place which is he's not perfect & their world around them.
Dae, she's a fire cracker, love her!
Yes, i felt this story and my emotions were touch...both.
Oh Magnus & Dae are wonderful together...must read, more plots were reveal and some unreveal...can't wait for next book...sanctuary sex education class-where can i sign up? Lol
Love to read and get lost in my books! I started listening to audio books about a year ago (as I work-out) and love it- keeps me exercising. I then usually buy the good ones and read them all over again.
Erotic, Love Magnus!
In the first one in this series-I was disappointed with her performance HOWEVER- she was amazing in this one! She really brought these characters to life.
Loved this book- laughed and smiled at sly little Dae.
A must listen, good storyline, intrigued by the shadowdweller world-- want to hear the next book- Pleasure.
I have started listening to audibooks and I don't think I can ever READ a book again. It's now my new favorite addiction.
I wasn’t really sure if I wanted to purchase this book because of Ecstasy, the book before this in the series. It wasn’t that I didn’t like Ecstasy; it just dragged in places and didn’t get really good until half way through the book. But Rapture, ohh Rapture was excellent from the beginning. Daenaira is a strong, loyal, dedicated heroine that fights for everything that is right and just. Magnus is everything that I want my dominant men to be in a romance, strong, passionate, and willing to be vulnerable to their counterparts. The sex scenes in this book are tender and erotic at just the right moments, especially the first time Daenaira and Magnus came together. That scene was almost heartbreakingly beautiful to me. Love Love Loved it!!!!
My girl Kristen, as always did a fantastic job. She is definitely in my top five of favorite narrators.
Don't know; did not read the print version. However, I really enjoyed this segment of the series. I was really glad to hear that the lives of the characters from the first book are continued and a very integral part of this book.
New drama; new characters; new romance. Loved Daenaira's character especially.
Yes. I believe that Jacqueline Frank has an amazing imagination and in my humble opinion a magnificant novelist. Her characters are described through the drama, socialization of everyday life and the romance of each book. I like that the characters' personalities are so well defined and that they are all "human", even if they are "supernatural".
Nothing. I love Kirsten Potter's narration, she is truly talented. I hope that J.F. will continue to use her as narrator and not switch to someone I have grown accustomed to.
I love to read but with my busy schedule I barely get a chance to. However, audiobooks allow me to "read" while I manage my crazy life.
How do I review this book when I love everything about it?
I love this series and I hope Ms. Frank continues to write more stories in this series. The romance is beautiful because Frank pairs the perfect individuals with each other. Magnus and Daenaira are extremely strong individuals, both can not be swayed easily.
Magnus is devout in his faith and his duty as a penance priest and the Sanctuary is his life's work. There is a traitor in the midst of his religious home and it's his responsibility to flush out the evil lurking in the shadows or suffer greater loss. After losing his handmaiden, he is told he must take a new one.
Daenaira has had an unfortunate existence. After living for many years as the slave of her uncle and aunt she is sold into a life she has only heard stories about. She has never given in easily and has fought tooth and nail even if the result is a brutal beating. She is apprehensive about her new life and views it as a prettier prison.
Magnus and Daenaira clash and when they do it's beautiful. She brings him to his knees, forcing him to view his role amongst his people in a different light. She shows him the flaws in his teachings while he shows her compassion, love, acceptance, and passion. They are perfect together, complimenting each other in every way. Their interactions are on fire and their romance is smoking hot. I could not put this book down! There are also other characters that we meet in the book that I'm eager to find out what happens to them and hope they have books of their own
Narrator: Kirsten Potter
A great performance by Potter.
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