Midnight Embrace Mass Market Paperback – Aug 26 2002
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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!
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.Read more ›
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.
Most recent customer reviews
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 morePublished on June 16 2004 by Uni
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 morePublished on March 10 2004 by Elizabeth
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 morePublished on May 15 2002
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 morePublished on April 1 2002 by Anna Cook
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 morePublished on March 4 2002
...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 morePublished on March 3 2002
I, TOO, WAS THROWN INTO DEJA VU WHEN I STARTED THIS BOOK. I THOUGHT "I READ THIS BEFORE" BUT IT WAS NEWLY PUBLISHED!! IF YOU HAVEN'T READ ONE OF MS. Read morePublished on Feb. 28 2002 by Mona R. Anderson
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 morePublished on Feb. 25 2002 by Jennifer L. Irving