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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)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #653,355 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 Amazon.com
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
Great book but... Oct. 13 2011
By Ali B - Published on Amazon.com
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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Good enough Dec 27 2011
By lili - Published on Amazon.com
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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A Light, Sweet, Enjoyable Paranormal Romance Jan. 12 2012
By Dark Faerie Tales - Published on Amazon.com
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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Review has been posted at Heather's Musings Nov. 26 2011
By Heather Brewer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Bound by Night by Amanda Ashley
* I received a copy of this book from Kensington in exchange for an honest review*

Elena has been living with her aunt and uncle for the last seven years, ever since her parents were killed in a car accident. Life has been hard but at least her aunt and cousin made it bearable. Her cousin has run off and Elena is now alone with her uncle. He has been making passes at her for awhile but now things are even worse. He is determined to marry her and make her his but the thought is repulsive to Elena. The night she ran away was the beginning of the rest of her life.

Lord Drake Sherrad is growing tired of his life. His father has been pressuring him to return to the fortress and take his rightful place on the council and fulfill his marriage obligation to the family. He just wants to live his life in peace at his favorite residence, Wolfram estate. He never anticipated that the beautiful woman asleep on his couch would turn his life upside down.

Elena has had a hard life but she is still a strong person. She is afraid of the prospect of being on her own but she is more terrified of her uncle. Wolfram estate and Drake become her sanctuary until she realizes what Drake is. She is devastated when their marriage is annulled by his father but soon realizes that Drake and his brother's have a bigger plan in place.

The story takes place in Transylvania and is full of romance. Drake and Elena are good together and seem to fill a void in each other. They love each other deeply and Drake would do anything in the world to keep her safe and happy. I felt sorry for Liliana, she truly loved her husband but their marriage didn't provide her with what she truly needed, Rodin's love.
The story may have been set in modern time but the settings seem to be lost in the past. The castle didn't have any modern conveniences and most of the furniture had been there for years. Even though the fortress had every modern convenience you could imagine, Rodin, King of the fortress, still believed in the old ways and laws of their people and refused to move forward. Both Elena and Drake helped move the castle and the fortress into the future.

Overall I enjoyed this story and can't wait to read Kaitlyn's story. I give Bound By Night 4 Flaming Hearts.

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