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Midnight Embrace [Mass Market Paperback]

Amanda Ashley
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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2.0 out of 5 stars Okay, but not okay Sept. 5 2003
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Comparing it to A Darker Dream Oct. 3 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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2.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable, but pretty forgettable July 8 2002
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars engaging vampire romance March 1 2002
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Vampire Light but not less filling...
An enjoyable light read if you like a change from the hardcore blood and guts vamp stories. For the most part predictable, it was still interesting enough to keep me turning the... Read more
Published on June 16 2004 by Uni
3.0 out of 5 stars Light Vampire Romance
I collect vampire/lycanthorpe books and have quite a collection. Because of this, I have quite a few Amanda Ashley novels. All of her novels are very light reads. Read more
Published on March 10 2004 by Elizabeth
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read...
I have waited quite a while for a new Amanda Ashley book to be released. I have been hooked from the beginning. Midnight Embrace was a very good read, I enjoyed it thoroughly. Read more
Published on May 15 2002 by "rilana-k"
5.0 out of 5 stars Midnight Embrace
The story of Alesandro de Avallone and Analisa Matthews is a delight. This book kept me up until I finished all of it. And as usual I was not disappointed. Ms. Read more
Published on April 1 2002 by Anna Cook
1.0 out of 5 stars Well - that stunk!
That was my first thought after finishing the latest Amanda Ashley vamphire offering. If there is anything I hate, it is a dim-witted heroine. Read more
Published on March 4 2002
3.0 out of 5 stars Not her best, but a good read.
...I was ...disappointed in the fact that the hero broke a solemn promise to our heroine. The fact that he did so because he thought it was for her own good doesn't asuage my... Read more
Published on March 3 2002
3.0 out of 5 stars HAVEN'T WE DONE THIS BEFORE?
Published on Feb. 28 2002 by Mona R. Anderson
4.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected, but in a good way!
This was my first book by Amanda Ashley, and it will not be my last. Midnight Embrace features Alesandro, a 400 year old vampire, and his mortal beloved, Analisa. Read more
Published on Feb. 25 2002 by Jennifer L. Irving
2.0 out of 5 stars A Review of A Darker Dream-er... Midnight Embrace
Deja Vu! When I finished Midnight Embrace I felt as if I had been in a time warp because this book is basically a rewrite of A Darker Dream with elements from some of Ashley's... Read more
Published on Feb. 24 2002 by L. J Lewis
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