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Since time began, there have been Nightwalkers - the races of the night who live in the shadows of the moonlight. Love with humans is absolutely forbidden, and one man makes certain to uphold this ancient law: Jacob, the Enforcer.

For 700 years, he has resisted temptation. But not tonight... Jacob knows the excuses his people give when the madness overtakes them and they fall prey to their lust for humans. He's heard every one and still brought the trespassers to justice. Immune to forbidden desires, uncontrollable hungers, or the curse of the moon, his control is total... until the moment he sees Isabella on a shadowy New York City street. Saving her life wasn't in his plans. Nor were the overwhelming feelings she arouses in him. But the moment he holds her in his arms and feels the soft explosion of her body against his, everything changes. Their attraction is undeniable, volatile, and completely against the law. Suddenly everything Jacob has ever believed is inflamed by the heat of desire. Bring on the night.

©2006 Jacquelyn Frank (P)2011 Tantor

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  • Mary
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • 12-21-11

Wonderful!

I loved the book so much that I wrote the narrator and told her what an excellent job she did protraying the characters. I know there is more out there to read in this series, and am eagerly anticipating it.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Terrible....just terrible

Let's start with the positive: The narration is good. It isn't the narrator's fault that the story is so bad. However, that the ONLY positive thing I can say. I almost never fail to finish a book, but I don't think i can survive this one. I generally enjoy books from the more butt-kicking side of the paranormal genre, but I also enjoy romance novels from time to time as long as there's a good story. The premise of this isn't bad but the execution is just TOO much. There is absolutely zero character development. Bella just falls out of a window into the arms of a demon and is pretty much instantaneously in love. I was so bored with the story that I kept zoning out as I listened and didn't even care to rewind to catch up.

I bought this one a 2 for 1 credit special so I really hope the other book is better so I don't have to feel that I completely wasted my credit.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Teresa
  • NAMPA, ID, United States
  • 10-23-14

A light PNR romance.

Overall I liked this book, but there was some inconsistency that were glaringly obvious that annoyed me a bit. Such as Jacobs age. First he's 2 century's, then 400 years, then 6 century's, and on the summary it says 700 years, only towards the end did he settle on 600 years. But despite stupid details like that I really did enjoy the story. I was surprised that this book was quite funny. There was some action but mostly this is a romance. I do like the world that Jacquelyn Franks has built and I think there is lots of possibility for the series. I will give the author the benefit of being a new author for all the holes in this story, such as Bella just up an leaving her life without a thought. I mean did she have a job, friends, sister, or even bills?

I have decided that I'm not a huge fan of Xe Sands, I have listened to many things read by her before and have the belief that I would have enjoyed the book better if someone else had read it. I don't understand why editors pick women to narrate a male part, when the books point of view is mostly from the male, or vice versa. Although this book is from both Jacob and Bella's point of views. This story is good enough that even with the mediocre narrator I am going to listen to the next book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Lilian
  • Seattle WA United States
  • 10-11-14

JACOB can enforce me ANY time!!

It's hard to write a review without giving away THE moments! The moments when you know the book had you sinking lower in its quicksand with no escape at the end but to grasp for the next book!

I had this title in my wishlist for weeks... being sort-of new to the paranormal series... I was heavy into wolves... Then the 3rd book in the Alpha and Omega was so blah.. I figure is was time to go back to my usual books. After reading 2 different series with cliffhangers and months to wait to get my answers I decided to troll audible for an entire series! I wanted a series that starts and book after book, little by little I would get wrapped in a good listen that would take my mind off everything else for a few hours a day and has a darn ending!!. So I picked this Night-walkers series, crossed my fingers Franks was good and Sands was a better narrator....

P.s. Frank is FANTASTIC and Sands was INCREDIBLE!!!

The first few chapters require some patience...It is after all the beginning.... Oh boy, when Jacob caught Bella I knew I was done for! At first i was thinking, hmmm "demon + human, how on earth am I going to connect with this" Let me say, whatever you think...throw it out the window!!!! In my opinion there is no boring part anywhere in this book...

Jacob 'the enforcer' is well an old supernatural. His powers ranking 2nd in his race. He has led a secluded life since he is the most feared and hated demon of his race. His job is simple keep all demons in line in order to keep the human race safe. His race is civilized and old but they have one weakness...the beast within them. For the most part each demon is in control, except twice a year when many struggle and even fall back to their savage natures. Jacob's job is to make sure each demon keeps control..and for those caught...he has to issue punishment and hence why he is who he is.

Bella is a librarian, living a quite life and craving for something...One night, as she has done many times before, she was looking to the moon when this beautiful, well dressed man walks down her road. She doesn't live in the best part of town and tries to warn him away. For some reason she is drawn to him but can't figure it out.

When Bella slips and Jacob acts to save her...Yikes!....from that touch and every step or words exchanges after that take everything they both know and tosses it upside down. Franks takes us through the introduction, the danger, the futile fight Bella and Jacob try to keep away from each other, the unfolding of the past, the prediction of the future, more danger, more danger, additional lovable characters, the vile race that is unfortunately part of it all.... AND AT THE END.....Well, lets just say my advice is simple.....just download the entire series now.... You will not want to read any other book until you get to the end of this series!

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Who knew demons were so HOT?!?!?!?!

Would you listen to Jacob again? Why?

Yes, the story is well written and keeps you engaged.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Isabella, with her irrevant attitude and wicked sense of humor.

What about Xe Sands’s performance did you like?

She brings the banter between Jacob and Bella to a fever pitch with her timing and exceqution.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Lots of little sections made me want to cry, while others made me laugh out loud.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Distractingly unoriginal

Would you try another book from Jacquelyn Frank and/or Xe Sands?

Would I try another one? Sure. My issues with this book don't mean other books will have the same problems.

What was most disappointing about Jacquelyn Frank’s story?

The hero and heroine's name seem an unabashed Twilight fan-fiction reference. However, the distracting thing for me was how the cultural, genetic and "romantic" mores of ElfQuest by Wendy Pini seem to have been thoroughly plundered for this novel. Switch demons and druids for elves and their mating and courtship behaviors are verbatim from that series, a series started in 1977 and highly influential amongst fantasy fans around the world. I would have preferred an honest stab at creating something totally new and perhaps falling short of expectations than taking someone else's famous creations and harvesting it for your own book.

What aspect of Xe Sands’s performance would you have changed?

Some mispronunciations (calling mores as in cultural mores, pronounced more-ay "mores" like 'may I have some more'). Also the limitations of having to do males voices preventing more inflection in the reading. Sentences we are told are yelled or shouted are spoken in the same volume as things that are whispered. I don't want a narrator screaming in my ear, but there should be more inflection. Also, the story indicates the heroine is from New York with characters commenting on her Brooklyn sounding accent and there was zero attempt at that though the demon-folk were given a generic "exotic" accent of some kind.However, I think she is an adequate narrator and seeing her listed as a books narrator for anything in this genre would not scare me off from reading it.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Absolutely not. Trite, predictable, written as someone thinks people should talk instead of how people actually do talk.

Any additional comments?

Embarrassingly derivative.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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A little less talk and a lot more action

The storyline was interesting but proceeded slowly. This may be because it was the first book in the series and the Author was setting the storyline and introducing all the future characters. But it got tedious when the main characters had to discuss their feelings, thoughts and actions to the point of stalling the story. When they droned on and on the main female character started to sound childish and the male pompous. The narrator did a fine job on the voices for the secondary characters but the voice for Jacob was like gravel and Bella was high pitch and whinny. Several times I almost gave up, but the secondary characters sound more interesting and give me hope that the other books won't be so plodding.

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  • M
  • 06-01-13

Mixed emotions about this book

What did you love best about Jacob?

Once I could get into it, I was really interested in the whole "race war" that had happened in the past to leave the nightwalker world as it is now. The entire idea was interesting and I enjoyed how they folded in humans and non-humans into the story

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

It took me a while to adjust to Xe Sands. I almost couldn't listen at first because she does that bedroom voice thing that female narrators do in romance novels that makes me want to punch her in the face. She does it most/ worse with Isabella. I'm not sure if I would have found the character as annoying if I'd just read it instead of listening, but it was bad. I don't like that character at all, and I'm afraid it's a lot to do with how Xe Sands narrated her. I think I'm weird like that because everyone else seems to think she's just so amazing, but just throwing it out there, in case I'm not alone in this.

Any additional comments?

I picked up the next book in the series because a) I was intrigued enough and b) I wouldn't be hearing Sands do Bella voice as much. Bad idea. Lena's voice took on Bella's breathiness and the story fell painfully plat on it's own face. I actually returned it to Audible that's how much of a letdown it was, and that was after 4 hours of listening. So keep that in mind if you are looking for a new series, and think this might be it for you.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Jacob...Loved it!

I am now a fan of narrator Xe Sands and Jacquelyn Frank. These two are a great pairing. this book was great from beginning to end. I am a bit addicted to these paranormal romances with all their intensity, drama and "heightened" EVERYTHING basically! This is the first in the Nightwalkers series and I hope the others are equally as good. The lead male in this one, Jacob, is such a great character as is the lead female Isabella. Sand's voice, OMG, so wonderful, both her male and female characterizations were awesome, and with the accents she gave the demons, I was truly a fan. This story brought to life a world of demons, humans, and love and had me riveted from chapter one!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Finished, But Just Barely

Interesting story line, with some goofy elements you would expect in a fluff book. What made this book hard to finish was the performance of Xe Sands. Most of the voices were tolerable but the main character was girly beyond what I could tolerate. I might try this series in print for beach reading and just skip the audio versions.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful