Kade's Dark Embrace

Immortals of New Orleans, Book 1
Narrated by: Ryan West
Series: Immortals of New Orleans, Book 1
Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
4 out of 5 stars (2,452 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

After a series of girls are ritualistically murdered on the cold streets of Philadelphia, seasoned detective, Sydney Willows, is forced to work with sexy, alpha vampire, Kade Issacson. While working the case, Sydney finds herself inexplicably drawn to Kade, fighting the passion she feels towards him.

Kade, determined to solve the case and mete out justice, is captivated by the independent, fiery detective. As he attempts to protect her from a very real murderer, Kade grows concerned that the beautiful, but very human detective, could easily end up dead should she tangle with supernatural forces that are beyond her control.

The investigation leads them into a dark and dangerous world, deep in the heart of New Orleans, where together, they search for the perpetrators of the Voodoo killings. Sydney soon becomes the target of the killer and ends up fighting for her life and love in the Big Easy. Will she eventually give into the intoxicating desire she feels for Kade if she makes it out alive? 

*Recently optioned for film by DreamStreet Entertainment*  

©2012 Kym Grosso (P)2014 Kym Grosso

Critic Reviews

"This is a fast paced read that had me hooked from the beginning. Ms. Grosso grabs your attention and doesn’t let go. Sex scenes are steamy and well written.... If you are looking for a great new series I hope you will consider Kade’s Dark Embrace, you will not be disappointed!” (Night Owl Reviews)
 

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Hours I can never get back!

So...I’m not sure how this has a 4 star rating. The story was terrible. I skipped through a quarter of it and still knew exactly what was going on. The characters are poorly written and developed. Kade is supposed to be this super old vampire, but has an extremely limited vocabulary/range. Sydney is supposed to be a modern feminist but instantly goes from independent woman to bending to the dominant rule of an overly controlling borderline misogynist.
I get that this is a vampire book, so realism is obviously not entirely expected, but a little bit of realism is nice. The whole thing was so unbelievably far fetched.
My last thing is that the narrator sounded exactly like the voice of the dude who narrates movie trailers. I kept waiting for him to say “coming this fall” or “critics are calling it the film of the year”...
Okay one more thing. The love scenes. Oh. My. God! That’s not a positive exclamation. Every. Single. One. Was exactly the same, with the exception that BJs and fingers were interchangeable. Sometimes it was both, but it was the same thing over and over with the WORST dialogue...the whole book had terrible dialogue, but it was especially bed during the love scenes.
I don’t know, maybe I missed something in the overall tone, but I thought it was through and through terrible.

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What is up with the narrator?

I get it it’s a “spy” book.... but he’s like a movie trailer voice and it’s okay for a 30 second spot. A whole book is too much. I guess my review doesn’t mean much because I stopped listening.

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HATE the heroine

Rest of the storyline and story telling was good the lead female was supposed to be tough and independent just came off as bitchy and stupid. He says don't go out alone you have no idea how dangerous this black magic is. She says oh yeah? Don't tell me what to do I'm a bad ass cop. She sneaks off alone and of course gets caught and hurt. Rinse repeat. And he falls madly in love with her. Why exactly? She is arrogant judge mental and rude and mostly irresponsible and rude.

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Women Can't Do Everything

Women Can't do everything. Neither can men. Or vampires.

This heroine gives feminists a bad name... it was painful to watch her go headlong into problem after problem. Why? Because she's a woman and a cop and she just HAS to prove herself. Even when faced with beings more powerful than her both physically and magically, she just plows right into trouble then yells at the man who has to bail her out.

Sigh. I'm too tired to write a review of this. It's just... not credit worthy. Sorry. She's just too annoying.

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Kade's Dark Embrace ~ Rocks!

This story rocked! It's a well-developed, faced paced, full of suspense, and had lots of smokin hot sex scenes that had me craving more.

The characters, a sexy mix of vampires, wolfs, and witches, were well developed and the attraction between Kade and Sydney was electrifying. Even though this story was about Kade and Sydney, we are introduced to other sexy immortals, and I can't wait to listen to their stories. No cliffhangers; however, it does set the stage for Luca's story.

Ryan West did an awesome job narrating and made the story even more enjoyable!

Kim Grosso is now in my top ten favorite authors!

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Loved It!

Sydney is a sassy spitfired detective from Philadelphia who has a mouth on her that would make any sailor proud! Kade is a sexy Alpha vampire from New Orleans who has made the trip to Philly to help investigate the murders.
When it becomes obvious that hints of magic are involved in the deaths, Kade soon realizes it is someone from his past. When Sydney gets attacked at her home, Kade takes her to his home in NOLA to keep her safe. Kade must enlist all of his allies to find Simone before too many more people have to die.

I absolutely loved hearing this on audio! It reminded me why I fell in love with The Immortals of New Orleans and Kym Grosso!

Ryan West did an amazing job narrating this! I am starting on Logan's book next and cannot wait to hear him on it!


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Hard to Swallow

The narrator is amazing but how he could read this and not question the story line is beyond me. The story is very cliched. Words and phrases we've heard so many times. The lead female in the story is supposed to be a cop and dumb as a box of rocks. I lost respect a few chapters in because a strong woman would be telling the lead male to shove off. I really had to stop when she put on pink shimmer lipstick. Yeah for middle School. There are some serious logistics that don't add up leaving you confused at times. I wish the author had paid more attention to the crimes and case work.

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Holy Hotness Batman!!!!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Not only would I recommend this audiobook I already have!! This book has everything a Paranorm reader is looking for. Vamps, Wolves, Witches an OMG hot sex.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Kade's Dark Embrace?

Id have to say my favorite part of this story is the first bar scene....I loved the way Sydney was able to blend right in an fight of an attacker and then the scene on the dance floor was very very hot.

Have you listened to any of Ryan West’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes...I really really liked his character voice's in this book compared to the last one of his audibles I listened to. He really did an amazing job with the different accents. His Luca accent is amazing!!!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Oh yes!! and I would have if I didn't have to sleep. This is my favorite thing about audiobooks I can still cook, clean, do laundry & walk the dogs all while enjoying the story.

Any additional comments?

Kym Grosso has done a very good thing for her readers by putting The Immortals of New Orleans on audio.....it doesnt get any hotter then having these stories read to you by a man with a very sexy voice. Well done Kym...very well done.

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4.5 star

Story: I love a good paranormal series. this checked my boxes! Action, Lust, mystery, and Love. I thought the story was good and would love to see where it goes from here.

Narration: I thought the narration on this was great. I give tons of credit to single narrators that do all voices. I thought they were done fabulously.

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Cheesy and not worth the credit

What could Kym Grosso have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

There's little character development and the writing was cheesy, repetitive, and overly fussy - dust doesn't need to scatter "ubiquitously." I found it distracting and grating and couldn't finish the book.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Ryan West?

The narrator sounded like he was trying too hard to be sultry. It was too over the top and sometimes sounded like a bad impression of Dirty Harry.

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  • samantha
  • 12-29-15

most enjoyable

really liked this book. about to buy the next one. story and narrator both excellent.

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  • Sharon Jones
  • 02-14-15

Wonderful

What did you like most about Kade's Dark Embrace?

I read the book and loved it, listing to it brought it to life. Kade was wonderful as was the narrator Ryan West.

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  • Kezzer
  • 01-28-15

Action Packed Vampire Advneture

What did you like most about Kade's Dark Embrace?

I loved the different twists and spins going through out the book it kept you hooked and wanting to know what was going to happen next !!!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Kade's Dark Embrace?

I just loved the whole story it was one of adventure, exploration of the unknown as well as battling evil that is around threatening their futures .

What does Ryan West bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I love the smoothness and flow of the way he told the book and also with him saying some of the names and other unusual names you get to hear it how the author want's to be said!! also much more imagination is used when describing some scenes

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No i wish i could but listened to it snippets while getting on with daily life !!

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  • Cliente Amazon
  • 04-24-19

good but could be better

the problem is that the plot is good , i like the character.. but they fall in love too quickly only one week . is too mutch of a short time to fall deeply in love.

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  • Natalie
  • 05-15-15

Just didn't do it for me.

I'm not sure if it was the narration or the book on a whole :-( but I found the female lead was annoying and that there was not enough detail in Kades background or in anything to be honest. I love my vampire/ werewolf/ supernatural goings on books but this just didn't cut it for me.

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  • anon
  • 03-13-18

hard work

Struggled with this one. the story was confusing.and weak characters annoying and narrator was too flamboyant for the content. sorry.

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