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  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Zebra; Original edition (Sept. 1 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1420104454
  • ISBN-13: 978-1420104455
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.5 x 17.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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By B . Kats on Oct. 9 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
1 young inexperience girl. 20?
2 runs away from police chief uncle, who wants to force her to marry him.
3 hides in haunted castle.
4 meets good looking man, who doesn't eat with her.
5 he comes out only at night.
Dose this sound so much like every other book ?
It is not a real bad book, but their is so much out there that is better.
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By ShaylaM on April 30 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I couldn't put it down!!! I love Amanda Ashley's books! The worlds she creates are awesome! If you're a fan of supernatural novels you'll love this book!!
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My wife loves the series. Good seller and delivery service. Thanks.
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By Ellen Broome on Oct. 6 2014
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Excellent reading
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2 and 1/2 Oct. 18 2011
By romancecritic - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I deserve a medal for getting through the first one hundred or so pages of this book. Painful is an apt description. After that, the story gets better.

In short: To avoid her uncle's unwanted sexual advances, nineteen-year-old Elena runs away from home and situates herself in Wolfram Castle where she meets a "dark, enigmatic man" to whom, after a few days' acquaintance, she proposes a marriage of convenience, which he - unsurprisingly - immediately accepts. So, the journey to eternal bliss begins, filled with vampire duties and intrigues and a lecherous, problem-causing uncle.

The issues - and there are many:
Style - over repetition of phrases and unnecessary details litter this novel, distracting the reader from the main storyline. Here are the most glaring examples: Every other paragraph begins with or has one of the following prepositional phrases in it - "with a smile," "with a start," "with a sigh," "with a shrug," "with a shake" - lots of head shaking going on in this book. Also, "preternatural hearing," "preternatural sight," "preternatural strength" are annoyingly prevalent. Then there are the innumerable paragraphs devoted to detailing every aspect of all of Elena's gowns, purchases, breakfast settings, and so on. Amanda Ashley needs to learn how to incorporate variety into her writing and edit for conciseness, presenting her reader with a more smoothly flowing product.

The setting - present day Romania - brings up another issue. Elena's and her uncle's behavior and beliefs do not adhere to the time period. One is not of a "marriageable age" at nineteen in 2011; just as one cannot grow up not knowing anything about sex (as Elena) in the 21st century; and an uncle - even not blood related - cannot boldly propose and expect to marry his niece, even in Eastern Europe. Also, the use of "my lady wife," "my lord," and "husband" are terms fit for the 18th or 19th century, not today. If Amanda Ashley was trying to achieve something purposeful with these contradictions, it went right over my head.

The main characters are Drake and Elena. Elena is a very naïve, innocent sort of girl. It is her naïveté that leads to her rash actions - running away from home without a plan, proposing to Drake after a 2 day acquaintance. She is not a bad character, just nothing that impressed me. But in all fairness, she is only nineteen. Drake, on the other hand, is over 500-years-old - quiet the age difference that. He is honorable and duty-bound, a nice, serious man.

The relationship between the two had a precipitous jump not just to the altar, but to the
"I love you-s" as well. How and why Elena and Drake developed such strong feelings for one another, I could not tell. The sexual attraction wasn't palpable, and the sex scenes were a rated G affair.

I am giving this book 2 and ½ stars because it had some potential. If the author cleans up her style, adds a more mature heroine, and develops not just the sexual tension, but the "romance" aspect of her next book, it could be a good read.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Good enough Dec 27 2011
By lili - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
One thing I've always found annoying with vampire novels is how the hero (who is more often the vampire) seems to instantly fall in love and would die for the heroine, yada yada, even though he's lived for hundreds of years without being in a serious relationship. Also, the fact that he goes against some one who he was previously very loyal to is hard to take in. This does happen a lot in vampire genre, but usually the story is interesting enough or there is some sort of reason that makes the heroine special that i can use to push the annoyance to the side. This time, not so much.

It was a good read, and i did get some enjoyment out of it, but i couldn't figure what year it was in the book, so i couldn't get a handle on the heroine and the way she acted. The villains were very predictable, and there was just not enough time for me to absorb the culture of the vampires enough to get over my initial gah reaction.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Great book but... Oct. 13 2011
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I enjoyed this book. It was a great romance, very sweet. The one thing that drove me crazy was that this was to be set in modern times, yet the heroine was just so old fashioned in an annoying way. I found myself wanting to yell at her! It was not believable that a grown woman, even one with the life she had could be so outragously timid. I just had a hard time buying the modern times the author tried to pull off. If it weren't for the occational mention of high-tech devices, I would never know it was set in this age. The cleche virgin with the typical shyness is hard to swallow in this day and age. It was not refreshing to see an "untouched" woman in a modern story, if anything she seemed weak and a bit stupid. If anything the modern setting was a bad distraction from what was to be a great story.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Vamp/Mortal Love Story March 16 2012
By Sapphyria - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Elena is a teenager forced to live with her aunt, uncle, and cousin after the deaths of her parents. She is transplanted across the ocean from Colorado to Transylvania and away from everything that is familiar. And to top it off she has one of "those" uncles....After her aunt dies, Elena's cousin Jenica confides in her about the awful things her dad has done to her over the years; things that he has hinted that he wants to do to/with Elena, things that have become more apparent since Jenica ran off in the middle of the night with a local boy. After Elena's uncle (by marriage only-he makes sure to point out) indicates that he wants to marry Elena and suggests an engagement she flees, in the middle of the night, to a castle off in the distance. Here she discovers that it's not an empty, abandoned castle, but very much inhabited by an immensely good-looking man, named Drake, who allows her to stay but disappears during the day and for most of the night.

Elena then hatches a plan to ask Drake to marry her, thus preventing her uncle from forcing her to marry him. Drake heartily agrees to this arrangement and quickly arranges everything to happen the next evening. Unfortunately for Elena, Drake has a secret, lots of them actually. First and foremost--he's a vampire. While you would think the rest of the secrets would pale in comparison to the fact that Drake's a vampire, they actually are very important and life-threatening to both Drake and Elena.

Bound By Night is a really good vampire romance novel. I enjoyed Elena and Drake's story very much. I found Elena to be extremely naive, inexperienced, and just not on an even keel with the ways of the world--all things that can be blamed on her deranged uncle. The scenes that feature Elena and her uncle are creepy, disturbing, and written as good as that story angle could be. I felt Elena's fear, disgust, and helplessness each time he came into the picture or was even mentioned. Drake is a great hero and takes wonderful care of his human, Elena. There are some parts that happen at the Fortress (the home of Drake's coven) that almost had me in tears on multiple occasions....keeping in mind that I was at work, on my lunch break, at my desk so tears weren't an option.

The main story revolves around Elena and Drake but there are other side stories entwined within the pages of what I consider to be a well written vampire/mortal romance. I found the book to be a cross between a historical romance - location, some clothing choices, speech patterns - and modern day paranormal romance. The scenes containing intimacy were tastefully written and adult language was minor. Some of the scenes seemed rushed and choppy but not bad enough to prevent me from reading through it. I enjoyed "Bound By Night" and can't wait to read "Bound By Blood."
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A Light, Sweet, Enjoyable Paranormal Romance Jan. 12 2012
By Dark Faerie Tales - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Review Courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: A light, sweet, enjoyable paranormal romance with some suspense and lots of naïve humor to keep you entertained.

Opening Sentence: His favorite liar was in the remains of a castle that had been built only a few years before he had been turned.

The Review:

Bound by Night is the first book in Amanda Ashley's Bound Series. Drake is a 500 plus year old vampire who is weary with life and taking refugee in his favorite lair, Wolfram Castle. He discovers a human woman in the castle one night when he returns from a hunt. Elena Knightsbridge is a 19-year-old woman, who has run away from home and her cruel and perverted uncle. She had nowhere else to go, so she decided that she would stay at the old abandoned castle until she could decide what to do next. Neither would have guessed at the future that awaited them and the trials they would have to overcome to reach it.

Bound by Night confused me a little at first because it reads like a historical romance. It feels like, as an afterthought it was changed to be more modern by adding some slang and references to modern conveniences. The characters themselves suffer from this as they seem at odds with the tone of the writing and did not always live up to what I expected of them. Elena was extremely naïve and childlike, instead of how I would picture a 19-year-old woman in this day and age. Her actions and thoughts didn't flow with the supposed time period. Drake's character suffered as well seeming to drift between acting his age with the old world mannerisms he grew up with and then flipping and acting as if he were a teenage boy. It felt forced, like they weren't being true to themselves as they should have been. I would have enjoyed the story more had Ashley just left it as a historical and let the characters be who they were intended to be.

Drake defies his father and refuses to take his place on the council by marrying Elena and forsaking his arranged marriage. I was actually enticed by this part of the plot, learning more about the vampires and their politics, the rules of their hidden world. The second half of the book is completely apart from the first half as more characters are introduced as Elena and Drake are forced to face the consequences of their love. Their characters grow and you can see the love between them grow as well and it all seemed believable.

Elena's uncle was repulsive and several times throughout the book I wished he would just go away already. I understood his role in the plot as the catalyst for Elena running away. He was a serious pervert and actually molested and raped his own daughter. After she ran away and the plot moved forward with the vampire politics, he just kept popping back up and I was hoping that Drake would just kill him already so I wouldn't have to think about him anymore.

Bound by Night was a classic romance and despite the conflicting time period issues and the repulsion I felt for the uncle, I truly enjoyed it. It was a light and fluffy story that I could lose myself in for a few hours. There was torment, deception and some action to keep you interested and plenty of lovey dovey, gushy romance. I am looking forward to reading the second book in this series, Bound by Blood.

The Bound Series:

1. Bound by Night

2. Bound by Blood

FTC Advisory: Kensington Books provided me with a copy of Bound by Night. No goody bags, sponsorships, "material connections," or bribes were exchanged for my review. In addition, I don't receive affiliate fees for anything purchased via links from my site.

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