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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
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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, a native of Seattle, Washington, has performed on stage, film, and television. She has lent her voice to television programs, radio and television commercials, video games, and audiobooks. Cynthia's most recognizable work is as the voice of Anita Blake in Laurell K. Hamilton's bestselling Vampire Hunter series.

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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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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9daa29b4) out of 5 stars 39 reviews
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d8bd54c) out of 5 stars Nightshade is a fast-paced, gripping Urban Fantasy filled with tension and intriguing characters. Feb. 1 2011
By Bookaholics Reviewer - Published on Amazon.com
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
HASH(0x9d8bd5a0) out of 5 stars Review from My Overstuffed Bookshelf July 23 2011
By A. Jacobs - Published on Amazon.com
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!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d8bd9d8) out of 5 stars Nightshade July 4 2011
By M. Whitmore - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
I'm not going to start off my review with my usual summary of the book. I'm just going to dive right into what I thought about Nightshade.

Jillian is an ordinary woman caught up in extraordinary circumstances. She was injected with poison and kidnapped by a man who looks like he would kill her without hesitation. From this perspective, I can understand why Jillian's attitude was pissy but it didn't make me like her at all. In the beginning, after Declan kidnaps her and they are on the road, her barrage of questions drove me batty. Declan is scarred, wears an eye-patch and shot a man in cold-blood out in public. I would think that after what she had been through in just that little bit of time, Jillian would cool the attitude and shut up. I found her personality annoying and unlikable.

There was nothing that I liked about the first 60% of the book. I liked Declan's character even when he's in his robot state. Declan is a dhampyr and to tamp down his vampire instincts, he injects himself with a serum every 3 hours. With the help of the serum, Declan is an emotional-less killing machine. He doesn't experience blood thirst, desire, anger...nothing. He heals like a vampire but because he's half human, his wounds leaves scars. His body is riddled with evidence of the battles he has fought. Jillian describes him as ugly and during an angry conversation she was having with Declan, she calls him an "ugly bastard." I really did not like her at that point because throughout the book, Declan has been protecting her and making sure she is safe. And this is how she repays him. Because of her stank attitude towards him throughout most of the book, I found their "romance" totally unbelievable and far-fetched.

Nightshade is described as a paranormal romance but I disagree. The "romance" between Declan and Jillian is non-existent. There was no romance build-up between the two. Throughout the first half of the book, Jillian pretty much hated him. Then out of the blue, she wanted him and they have sex. What? This completely threw me and I was tempted to put the book down. It felt like that part of the plot was thrown in so that the book would get the Paranormal Romance label. I wouldn't call this book an Urban Fantasy either because there's no world building whatsoever. I don't know how I would categorize it.

Thankfully, the last 100+ pages of the book were so much better than the first 200 pages. When Jillian was kidnapped and taken to the Vampire King, Matthias, Nightshade got more interesting. The introduction of Matthias and what happened from that point on is what saved the book for me. I'm sure that Matthias isn't the most favorite character because of some of his actions involving Jillian, but I liked reading about more there than just Declan and Jillian. These two alone did not carry the book enough to make it interesting. With the introduction of Matthias, we get interesting plot twists and deceptions that kept me guessing and engaged. Declan and Matthias were the only likable and interesting characters in Nightshade, in my opinion.

I don't know how I feel about Nightshade. I didn't hate it; I didn't love it. I will read the next book, Bloodlust, in hopes that the story gets better and that Jillian will develop more as a character. I have a hard time with it being categorized as a PNR because I don't think it is. A quick romp in the sack does not make it a PNR.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d8bd9c0) out of 5 stars Surprise! March 24 2011
By Pacey1927 - Published on Amazon.com
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
HASH(0x9d8bdd80) out of 5 stars Nightshade Feb. 11 2014
By Serenity - Published on Amazon.com
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.