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The Vampire's Cursed Kiss

Shadowvale, Book 2
Narrated by: B. J. Harrison
Series: Shadowvale Series, Book 2
Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
Categories: Romance, Paranormal
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Shadowvale isn’t your typical small town America. The sun never shines, the gates decide who enters, magic abounds, and every resident bears some kind of curse.

Vampire Constantin Thibodeaux was cured of his sun "allergy" when he moved to Shadowvale. Now he runs the local bookstore, which is really just a sideline to filling his own library. Books, unlike people, are far more forgiving of his prickly nature. But he doesn’t care if people don’t like him. He is who he is. And he’s happy. Well, he’s content. Okay, he’s…fine.

Sprite and all around party girl Andromeda Merriweather loves her carefree life - or at least she did until her sister cursed her into a magical time out. Thankfully, she’s just been set free by a totally hot, but kind of grumpy vampire. Too bad this handsome grouch now holds the key to her freedom, something she’ll only get if he agrees to abide by the rules of her curse.

Constantin isn’t interested in the terms and conditions Andromeda gives him, until he needs her to be his temporary girlfriend to shut his brother up. Then, Constantin agrees. But what happens after a surprisingly fun evening creates brand new problems for both of them. Sure, two opposites can attract, but will that attraction last? Or are they both too cursed to give love a chance?
 

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1st Kristen Painter book I didn't like

May contains spoilers:

I usually love Kristen Painter for a light hearted romance I can listen to with my kids in the room, but some of the themes in this book rubbed me wrong. I don't like the message that women have to sacrifice part of who they are to be loved by a man. I don't like how easily the female MC was willing to forgive her love interest after he was so horrible to her. I don't like that she was so desperate to have his love and forgiveness for a perceived slight that wasn't even really a result of her actions. I'm also not sure why Painter introduced the mysterious book in this story that erases curses or why a guardian of said book would be blabbing to a stranger about it. Why were Andy and Cassy wandering around looking for the book when neither has a curse? So much of this book missed the mark. By the end, I felt like Andy needed an intervention so she didn't marry Constantine.

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Excellent sequel!

I've listened to hundreds of audible books, but never felt compelled to leave a review. But there's a first for everything! I love everything about Kristen Painter's books! I love light-hearted romance with no blatant sexual content and not having to worry about objectionable language ...and the paranormal just adds a little more interest! Once again, I was not disappointed. I listened to this book almost straight! I enjoyed the plot, thought it was realistic to real life (as much as a fantasy book can be), and, as always, loved the narration. After reading some of the less favorable reviews, I wondered if I would enjoy it as much as the others. However, after finishing, I was happy and sad. Happy about the book, and sad that it was ending ...and that there wasn't another sequel immediately awaiting me! Thanks again Kristen!

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Drops Off About Halfway

This second volume in the Shadowvale series starts very promising focusing on the grumpier vampire brother, Constantin Thibodeaux, and cursed to a book sprite, Andromeda Merriweather. The book begins with promise and engaging story with enough mystery around Andromeda and character surrounding Constantin to draw me in and see how the slightly mismatched pair draw each other out and help one another grow. Constantin becoming more confident and outgoing while Andromeda becomes more empathetic and giving. I felt their relationship develop at a nice pace and enjoyed witnessing some of the dynamics within the community and cheer for the two exploring both their enjoyment with each other, their fear around their own vulnerability in hoping for a relationship, and their hunt to undo the curse. But as the curse is addressed the "conflict" that then happens to try and interrupt the couple's relationship feels forced and over dramatized in a way that fell flat and meant the pace of the story began to crawl. While some of the conflict felt very contrived sudden and quick resolutions in other areas of the characters lives felt far too easy and tidy. There is also the issue of making issues an emergency that clearly wouldn't be just to get the characters into certain scenarios. I also feel conflicted when magical characters are both very powerful and yet simultaneously unable to magic themselves out of practical situations. The story was in keeping with Kristen Painter's books, and BJ Harrison is phenomenal as always but I did not enjoy this one as much as the first. Typical of Painter there is not cussing, the romance never escalates beyond the PG level, and you get a happy ending. I did enjoy the beginnings of this story and aspects of the character dynamics but it dropped off in the second half.

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Not up to Ms. Painter's normal standards...

When you are telling the characters in the book to just steak themselves and be done with it. There's a problem.

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LOVE

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE THIS SERIES! EVERYTHING KRISTEN PAINTER WRITES IS AMAZING!! SO MUCH FUN!!

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Nice Book

The main male character was pretty immature but if he wasn't that way the book would have been a lot shorter. I am still looking forward to her next book.

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Loved it!!!

This was a wonderful book with it's unforgettable characters. It's was great love story with Oh No's thrown in. You're going to truly enjoy this book!

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Charming. Lite.

Laugh out loud funny in places. Charming. Lite. Not a disappointment which is challenging to find in its genre. Nothing brutal or unrelentingly dark in spite of supernatural themes. Very enjoyable.

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Fantastic New series from Kristen

I absolutely love this new series by Kristen Painter. New town, new inhabitants & all kinds of great secrets.

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A Left at the Door review of The Vampire's Cursed

The Vampire's Cursed Kiss is the second in the Shadowvale series by Kristen Painter. I recommend you first read The Trouble With Witches before reading this book as you may feel like you're missing something by starting with this book.

Constantin and Andromeda are complete opposites on paper, and their romance is one that is entertaining. Add to the mix Constantin's brother Val and you have an epically fun read.

I enjoyed learning more about Shadowvale and the residents of the town. I loved that Constantin is a bibliophile, there aren't enough of those for us fellow bibliophiles out there.

B.J. Harrison does an amazing job bringing the characters to life.

I was able to get into the book a lot quicker than I was the previous book, and hope to see more Shadowvale books soon.

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  • Diana Morawski
  • 11-15-19

enticing and original, romantic and bewitching!

I don't think I have had the pleasure to read a book that's caught my attention so quickly in a very long time. The first book grabbed me within the first two chapters if anything it was within the first two paragraphs. the way the author captures the environments and the characters was top-notch. I have found it very difficult to find cozy mysteries about witchcraft and after a long search I feel I have finally found a series that I cannot wait to read the next release. please keep writing!!!

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  • Janice
  • 11-10-19

Entertaining

Liked the book loved the first book better. Book seemed to jump felt l missed a chapter , but when l went back l hadn’t
The story was enjoyable but the last few chapters annoyed me slightly
I have bought the third book so will see how it goes

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  • S. Lacey
  • 08-11-19

Brilliant!!

I really enjoyed this book! Constantin and Andromeda were perfect for each other, they made each other a better person!! I look forward to more in this series!

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  • Teddy
  • 07-10-19

Disappointly heavy handed romance

Tthe romance element is overdone and heavy-handed, overwhelming the rest of the story. This author's works usually strike a far better balance, taking a more subtle approach with the romance element that makes it at least bearable, but seems to have missed that path with this particular story.

As usual, the B. J. Harrison's narration was very good.