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Midnight Embrace Mass Market Paperback – Aug 26 2002


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 378 pages
  • Publisher: Dorchester Lovespell; First THUS edition (Aug. 26 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0505524686
  • ISBN-13: 978-0505524683
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 10.7 x 2.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 91 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #699,331 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Amanda Ashley is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. She is the winner of numerous awards, including a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award. She has published more than 40 novels in a 25 year writing career. Writing as both Amanda Ashley and Madeline Baker, she has been published by Signet, NAL, Dorchester and Kensington.

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By A Customer on Sept. 5 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
It's nice that some romance novels have a different plot than just a hot and heavy romance. Midnight Embrace has a hero (Alesandro, a vampire), a heroine (Analisa, a mortal), and a villain (Rodrigo, a rival vampire). But these characters and the plot don't seem to be as strong as it could be.
Rodrigo has been hunting Alesandro for four hundred years (and you can never forget the four hundred years; Ashley says it too often, as well as other things). He's angry at Alesandro because he drove his own sister (whom Rodrigo was in love with) to insanity, then death. This is a little bit difficult to swallow. Four hundred years?! You'd think Alesandro would be dead.
I'm not quite sure how Analisa loves Alesandro. Just because he took her in, is my guess. Now she loves his body and feels unsafe without him. I really don't understand where her love comes from. Alesandro's love for her is a bit far-fetched, too. Her blood is the sweetest he's ever tasted to date, and it calls to him. He finds himself falling in love with her. But Ashley never goes into it any deeper than that. WHY does he love her and vice versa? We never know.
The one thing I have to fault Amanda Ashley for is her repeatitive useage of words. Example: "Tall, broad-shouldered, and dark", the description of Alesandro is overused WAY too much, even tot the end. "Four hundred years" and "four centuries" is used WAY too much, again, to the end. The servants ask too many of the same questions that you may have read three or so pages earlier. Other pages will go by and you'll read the same phrase again and again and again. It's not a very successful interest-keeper to the reader; rather, it comes on as deathly annoying. It certainly didn't float my boat smoothly.
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I liked A Darker Dream OK, but all of the things that annoyed me about that book were better in this one. One thing I enjoyed about Midnight Embrace was that Analisa had a stronger personality and stood her ground a little more than Rhianna of A.D.D. She was never afraid of Alasandro or of telling him what was on her mind. M.E. also wasn't as repetitive or wishy-washy as A.D.D. I liked that this book had a villian for Alasandro to contend with, and not just him constantly at war with himself as was Rayven in A.D.D.
I have read 3 Ashley vampire romances so far and really like her writing style and characters. However, there are too many similarities between all her books. I wish she would branch out into new situations, time periods, conflicts, etc. The base plots always seem the same - vampire takes in fair young girl who was otherwise destitute and they fall in love. Then comes the pages upon pages of - I love her but I'm afraid I'll hurt her, she has to leave, I love her but she can't have a normal life with me, she has to leave, I want her to meet other people and get married, she has to leave, etc, etc, etc. I love the vampire romance subgenre and Ashley's stlyle so I'll keep reading, but a little variation would be nice!
All in all, this book is well written with good character development. Give it a try!
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Analisa, close to death from an epidemic, is saved by some means she doesn't understand. Swept from her hospital bed to a grand gentleman's house and given every luxury she could want, she wonders why the house's owner, Lord Allesandro de Avallone (Lord Allesandro or Lord Avallone? Ashley seems to think that these titles are the same, though they are not) has given her all this. And why Allesandro avoids her, seeing her only for a few minutes at night and is never around during the day.
And then one night when she's caught in the forest in a rainstorm, she stumbles on his secret lair, finding him close to death after an attack from another vampire. Without giving her any indication of what's going on, he feeds from her in order to live. And from then on, she knows that he is a vampire.
And from then on, this book is pretty much like A Darker Dream, though with the addition of an evil vampire villain and a housekeeper instead of a butler who knows Allesandro's secret. The housekeeper is in love with him - a rival for Analisa? Well, not really, though Ashley tries to make it appear so at one point. But other elements are indeed the same: the vast luxuries, Allesandro's frequent attempts to send Analisa away or to abandon her himself, his frequent attacks of conscience when he is driven by the need to feed on her, his demand that she at least once stay by his side when he sleeps during the day, and so on.
Well, Ashley writes Gothic vampire novels, so it shouldn't really be surprising that there are similarities - though even still, neither this nor A Darker Dream match up to Embrace The Night.
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Analisa Mathews knows that it is just a matter of a short time before she joins her family in death. The disease has left her weak and the ailing woman welcomes her demise until the strange doctor visits her and gives her a concoction. Her regular physician Dr. Martinson is shocked to see Analisa begin to recover her health. To Analisa's surprise Martinson cannot even see her enigmatic medical visitor that she observes in plain sight.

After leaving the hospital fully and miraculously recovered, Analisa learns the identity of her benefactor, Lord Alesandro de Avallone. She moves into his castle based on his note that she is welcome there while he is away. Analisa soon perceives the true identity of her benevolent host and falls in love with him in spite of knowing he is a vampire. He returns her feelings, but has placed her in danger from a deadly enemy.

Though the good vs. evil is over-pronounced, fans of vampire romances will want to read MIDNIGHT EMBRACE. The story line contains two wonderful lead protagonists and an enlightening support cast especially Alesandro's servants that enable the audience to better understand the era and the starring duet. Amanda Ashley provides her fans with an enticing supernatural love story.

Harriet Klausner
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