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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio; Unabridged CD edition (June 30 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1452602956
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452602950
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 2.8 x 13.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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"Rowen sinks her fangs into the reader and never lets go in this fast-paced series launch that blends sensual romance and urban fantasy with ease." ---Booklist

About the Author

Michelle Rowen, the winner of the 2007 Hold Medallion for Best First Book, writes paranormal romance, urban fantasy, futuristic romantic suspense, and young adult fantasy.

Actress Cynthia Holloway has performed on stage, film, and television, and she is the voice of Anita Blake in the audiobook editions of Laurell K. Hamilton's bestselling vampire hunter series.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michelle on May 4 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I read the first chapter of this book on the author's website. She has the first two chapters up, but after reading the first, I was hooked and got right on Amazon to order it. I had never heard of Michelle Rowen before and stumbled across the books description while actually looking for another book with the same title I was told to read. W-O-W! I am so glad I ordered this book! I was so consumed right from the very beginning. I actually loved everything about this book. I can't even say anything bad about it... okay maybe one, I noticed maybe two grammatical errors... but really who cares, it was too good to worry about that. The main characters are hilarious; I love how moody and bitchy Declan is. He's one of those guys in real life you'd be scared to meet, hate to listen to him talk, and probably cringe just from a glance his way. But in a book, where I get to be the damsel in distress and can live in their world untouched? I couldn't help but totally fall for him... bitchy bad attitude and all. The main guy Declan, kind of me reminded me of Zadist in J.R. Wards Brotherhood series. He was tormented, scarred and had a really bad mean streak. The action also reminded me of Kelly Armstrong's Otherworld books, and I can't not mention the hot and steamy love scenes. Definitely not a book for YA readers, but everything a grown up woman could ask for. There were a lot of twists and turns in this book, some of them were jaw dropping and sad... while others I felt like cheering. Jillian, is scared out of her mind half the time, but shows how brave and kind she can be when put in situations where most would curl up in the corner and give up. I can't wait to read the next in this series Bloodlust coming July 5th 2011. If you're a fan of supernatural, adrenaline pumping, humorous and sexy reads...Read more ›
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Nightshade is a fast-paced, gripping Urban Fantasy filled with tension and intriguing characters. Feb. 1 2011
By Bookaholics Reviewer - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Nightshade by Michelle Rowen
Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy -Feb. 1st, 2011
4 ½ stars

Nightshade is a spellbinding Urban Fantasy that drew me in and never let me go. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it and am eager to read the next installment.

Jillian Conrad was bringing coffee to work when the elevator she was waiting for opens up to reveal a crazed scientist and a threatening gunman who wants a `formula.' The scientist grabs Jill as his hostage and when the gunman threatens the scientist for the formula, the scientist instead injects the only remaining prototype into Jilian's bloodstream and is immediately shot dead. Jillian becomes ill from the shot and the gunman, named Declan, grabs her before she can recover. He informs her that she has been poisoned and the only way to find an antidote is to come with him. Despite her pleas, he drags her with him.

Soon they are followed by minions of vampires. But Jillian doesn't believe in vampires or that Declan is half-vampire, half- human. That is until he is wounded and she sees the effect light has on him and his super healing abilities. Afraid and not knowing who to trust, she follows and helps Declan. In the process, she discovers a man who is much more than he appears. But will any relationship between them have a chance when she may be dying?

I loved this story. Declan is taking a drug to hold back his vampire half because he is afraid he may hurt someone with his violent vampire side. It makes him cold and unemotional, the perfect killing machine. Declan works for people who hate vampires and has learned that his vampire half is evil. But when he is off his meds, he becomes a different person, one with feelings and needs. Jillian is attracted to Declan's new personality but can she trust him? The suspense, twists, and turns are spine tingling. There is a lot a back stabbing as new and surprising secrets are revealed. Jillian is very resourceful and likeable. As she desperately searches for a cure, I, too, was caught in her struggles.

Nightshade is a fast-paced, gripping Urban Fantasy filled with tension and intriguing characters.

Reviewed by Steph from the Bookaholics Romance Book Club
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Nightshade Feb. 11 2014
By Serenity - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book I have no words for at all. This book plainly sucked for me. The beginning was slow with little action going on and I only got until about half the book before giving up on it. This book was too slow and barely picked up and with each page I lost more and more interest. I give this book 1 star.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The outline of a great book Aug. 23 2011
By Lizzy - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
This novel had a great deal of promise that it failed to deliver on. It read like an outline of a novel rather than a finished product. Details and descriptors were completely lacking. Characters were flimsy two dimensional cut outs waiting for life to be breathed into them. The dialogue was clunky and needed to be trimmed down. Case in point: the heroine is on the floor potentially dying and the random research assistant rambles on for a paragraph on how he is curious, and gets into secret files, and he's nosy, and.... honestly it felt awkward as hell.

With so many independent authors releasing cheap lit through Kindle the product of publishing houses really needs to shine if they want us to shell out the $7.99. This novel was worthy of being published but needed 4 more rounds through a merciless editor before being let loose on the public. As it stood I had to force myself to finish. Force myself to care.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Review from My Overstuffed Bookshelf July 23 2011
By A. Jacobs - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I have always been a big fan of author Michelle Rowen! I loved her feisty and fun Demon Princess series, but I also fell in love with her Immortality Bites series that was full of romance and quirky humor. When I noticed she was starting a new and darker series, I jumped on the fan band wagon and purchased a copy to read! The author did not disappoint even if the series is darker than her other books.

Jillian finds herself held captive during a stand off between Declan -- a vampire assassin -- and a scientist. When the scientist injects a poison called Nightshade into her neck, she doesn't realize she is now a pawn in a vampire war. Declan is not only a vampire assassin, but he is also half vampire himself. He takes a serum to keep his vampire side suppressed but it also makes him a cold robot of a man. When he takes Jillian with him to his compound, he realizes that her blood is different and she has an addictive scent to her now. The Nightshade that is poisoning her system is the ultimate weapon to destroy vampire's. They can't resist her blood, but it kills them within minutes of drinking it. Together, they have to find a way to cure Jillian of the poison, but they also have to fight their growing attraction.

I loved Declan and Jillian. She was strong and determined, but she also had a soft side. She didn't fall fast for Declan as most heroines of a book do. She couldn't stand him for a bit. Declan is horribly scarred and cold. He is not your typical and gorgeous hero. He has flaws, but ones that make him into the hero we want. He protects Jillian with everything he can and his only fault is trusting the wrong people. When they confront the King of the Vampires, I thought there was going to be a huge show down. What you get is not what you expect though. The author pulls the rug out from underneath you and leaves you not knowing who is the bad guy, the good guy, or who to cheer for! I loved the way it ended even if there were some tears in my eyes. It leaves you craving the next book in the series so we can see what will happen next, but it also leaves the reader satisfied at the conclusion of the book.

Another great series to add to my obsession with this authors writing! I can't wait until I get my hands on the next book in the series!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Page turner July 19 2011
By N. Hill - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
This is my first book by Rowen and I have to admit it WILL NOT be my last. I purchased "Bloodlust" immediately after...I was dying to continue the story. Jill, the female lead in this story, underestimates her strength and soon learns that she is much stronger than she initially thought. Declan, the Dhampir who is a vampire assassin, coincidently learns that he is NOT as tough as he believes as he lays off the serum that devoids him of emotions, but simultaneously tames his beast. As Jill discovers herself and Declan struggles with feeling for the first time, this book is most definitely a page turner.