Once featured in a horror movie, the crumbling Wolfram estate is said to be haunted by ghosts, witches, and worse. But Elena doesn't believe a word of it--until she spends the night and wakes up in the arms of a compelling stranger. Read more...
Once featured in a horror movie, the crumbling Wolfram estate is said to be haunted by ghosts, witches, and worse. But Elena doesn't believe a word of it--until she spends the night and wakes up in the arms of a compelling stranger. . .
Tall, dark, and disturbingly handsome, Drake is the most beautiful man Elena has ever seen. For centuries, he has lived alone, and Elena is the first woman to enter his lair--and survive. And Drake is the first man to touch her heart and soul. By the time she discovers who he really is--and what he craves--it's too late. Blood lust has turned to love, and Elena is deeply under Drake's spell. But forever comes at a price for each of them. . .
"Amanda Ashley is a master storyteller." --Christine Feehan
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"Vampire romance the way it's supposed to be written " --New York Times bestselling author Maggie Shayne
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2011-06-20
- Reviewer: Staff
Ashley (Everlasting Desire) launches a vampire romance series with a fresh approach that goes sadly awry. Orphaned teen Elena Knightsbridge, stuck in a "nothing little town in Transylvania," flees her abusive uncle, Tavian Dinescu, and hides in a nearby castle, only to find it occupied by Drake Sherrad, a 500-year-old vampire estranged from his supernatural family. As early chapters consciously imitate "Beauty and the Beast," Elena's every wish is satisfied, but she's improbably slow to pierce the mystery of Drake's nocturnal habits and lack of appetite. The focus shifts abruptly as Drake is summoned back to his father's fortress to take his place as heir to the Coven and wed his destined vampire bride. Despite a promising start, the tale stumbles over poorly thought out vampires with arbitrary nontraditional powers, fade-to-black love scenes, and a disturbingly passive female lead who is more victim than heroine. (Sept.)