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Set in 1843 Scotland or Ireland (and written in 1997) this is the story of Rayven a 400 yr old wealthy, moody, grumpy Vampire who, on a whim while gambling one night, bought a 15 yr old girl from her Father and took her back to his Castle so he would always have a supply of warm tasty blood. But, as he got to know the naive innocent Rhianna, he could feel his demonic side wanting more from her than just a few drops of blood and this shocked and disgusted him. So eventually he sent her away to a Convent to get educated.... but, four years later, he wasn't expecting the 19 yr old siren who pushed her way back into his life and, even though he tried over and over again, she refused to leave him. And, once again, he constantly battled his nature, kept secrets and was ravaged with guilt because he couldn't give her the life she deserved.... and feared he would drink her dry.
Rhianna loved Rayven and couldn't understand why he was so conflicted.... he was obviously attracted to her, got demanding and jealous but was always trying to push her away too. She didn't know what he was or why he didn't have friends... his only companion was the mysterious elderly Butler. In the end they settled on Rhianna staying at the Castle for 1 year.... but that year was going to be fraught with tension and challenges.
I usually love Amanda Ashley but because this book was written a long time ago it did feel quite dated and there was A LOT of repetitions of theme - "I want her but can't have her because I'm a beast so I'll push her away". I also didn't like the narrator's voices for any of the characters, but especially the Hero's, so I lost the connection with them because of it and the listen just seemed to drag on for days.... I ended up hoping someone would just put them out of their miseries (or mine) by putting a stake through his lifeless heart. Multiple POV's but mainly the H and H's, no sexy scenes but there was a sweet HEA.
Worth a credit? No - it's under $5 so it's a cheap listen but I did regret the time I spent listening to it.
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What did you love best about A Darker Dream?
I liked how it was a historical. I also liked how the lonely vampire had enough compassion to save a girl in a bad situation
What other book might you compare A Darker Dream to and why?
I just can't get over the way they are reselling this title
What aspect of Christine Padovan’s performance would you have changed?
Her performance is ok, a little slow and precise for my taste but not bad
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
No, I really liked it the first time I listened-enough to listen in one sitting, but not again
Any additional comments?
I started listening but it sounded so familiar, sure enough I had bought this one already. I'm not sure what happened with audible but taking a book I purchased away then offering it for sale is disappointing
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