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  • 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 Verified Purchase
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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15 of 17 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
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!
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Surprise! March 24 2011
By Pacey1927 - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
I have only read one Michelle Rowan book. It was an `ok' YA book. Therefore completely consider me floored by how much I enjoyed Rowen's urban fantasy novel, "Nightshade". I read this book fluidly and at every chance I had to sit down for even five minutes.

Nightshade manages the impressive feat of being a vampire tale that also feels completely original. And these vampires are the scariest I've read about since those appearing in the first few Anita Blake novels. To add to the regular vampires, whom in this world live underground and mostly out of the way of the human population) are dhampyrs, half breeds made from a human mother and a vampire father. For unknown reasons, some of these dhampyr babies are born as mostly appearing human, but others (and more frequently) are born as literal monsters.

Our heroine Jillian, is just a temporary office worker who seems to mostly be just drifting through her life, battling some bouts of occasion depression over her parents deaths, and basically trying to do the right thing and stay out of the way. Unfortunately she is in the wrong place and the wrong time one morning when she is held hostage in her office building and injected with a mysterious poison.

She is kidnapped immediately following the injection by a scarred scary man named Declan who opens her to the entire new world of these dhampyrs and vampires. And gradually she must come to terms with the fact that she is now walking, talking vampire poison.

This is just a very basic introduction and I won't go anymore into the plot because I don't want to spoil a single plot twist. And in "Nightshade" there are plenty of those twists! You never really know who to trust in this book, even the good guys can make you wonder if they are bad and vice versa. Jillian herself is a delight and as the reader, I really wanted her to have allies and survive every situation she gets thrown in.

The book has a little romance and a little humor thrown in too but the biggest strengths are the tale's well developed characters and incredibly detailed world. The premise of this story has much potential to be expanded on. There is a sequel in the works as well as a novella that sits between the two books, but I can see how the story could continue on well after that, should the author decide to continue the series. This book was good enough to make me want to pick up her previous "Immortality Bites", her other new Demon series (Eden), as well as her upcoming new YA series
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
By Novelsontherun - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I love me some urban fantasy and I know what to look for in a great urban fantasy book. I was having a little trouble with Nightshade as it fluctuated with me between really good and ok back up to really good. Having said that I have read book # 2, Bloodlust and I really enjoyed it.

My first thought with Nightshade was one of its male characters Declan, reminded me of the movie Blade's character, Blade, half human, half vampire, a Dhamphyr, who injects himself to curb his bloodlust and is a vampire assassin. Unfortunately it also curbs the sexual urges that a guy of his age, 28yrs old should be feeling. The poor lovey has never had any relations...* waggles eyebrows*. Never felt the urge to get his smexi on. This is thanks to the only father he has ever known, Carson Reyes who gets Declan to inject himself with serum every 3 hours on the dot. Declan is a scarred, one eyed, pirate patch wearing soldier who shows no emotion and is a killing machine.

Enter Jillian Conrad, 5ft 4", just your average Girl Friday in the office, until she decides to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. A nice stabbing of a deadly poison in her neck from Mr Anderson and her life turns topsy turvy.

Jillian and Declan are stuck with each other for half the book, each needing the other to stay alive until they get to Silver Ridge where a whole set of characters come into play.

I really like Noah Palmer, he talks too much, but he has a kind heart, but he talks too other words he is a good source of info for Jillian.

Dr Monica Gray and Carson are working to rid the world of vampires. They also have a bit of a mad scientist thing going on doing crazy experimenting.

Not everybody agrees with what they are doing.

Jillian winds up in Matthias' arms, King of the Vampires and enter the quite good twists.

It did take a while in this first instalment to get past the meet and greet and get the plot to take hold and be more than it was, but I did really enjoy the latter part of the book.

Michelle has given us a whole pile of betrayal, lust, bloodlust, lots of who is trust worthy and who did you think was trustworthy...well they weren't..ha! Serums, then new improved serums, pain and a one eyed cat named Molly...guess whose she belongs to?

I really LOVE Matthias' character, he is uber smexi and he can't help this thing he has for Jillian.

Declan's character grew on me as he was deliberately a flat , non emotional character, but when he showed more of himself, he came alive to the reader and you could look past what he originally showed us.

From Girl Friday to the tough fight to survive girl that Jillian became by the end of this book was worth the read.

There was a scene in this book that did make me cringe a little as I think you have to be careful when writing this type of scene as I thought it was too blasé, considering what happened to Jillian with everybody watching in the observation kind of didn't sit well with me. The characters were just too blasé about what happened. Then we just forget as we read on. I feel like Declan's character needed to follow up on it once his mind was back in the game, be furious or something. I have read this type of scene in other books and I thought it was handled better. It wasn't full on but I think it did tip over what is classified as too much non-consensual touchy.

I think what I am trying to say is, Jillian's character was just an office worker, not trained in being a tough kick ass chick who can roll with the punches, knows what she signed on for. Jillian didn't sign on for anything, she fell into it all and had to cope. She has so much thrown at her in this book and she handles it all very well. I would have liked to see her lose it a bit, then grow from what happened to her. Show that it did effect her and the characters important to her.

I enjoyed this first instalment enough to want to keep reading and Bloodlust had some great twists and more Matthias and Declan, add in Kristoff and you have one bang on party where anything goes.

I am looking forward to more books in this series just to see where Michelle takes the whole Declan, Matthias * waggles eyebrows* storyline with Jillian getting better and better.