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Sorry, but this is one dark and depressing Vampire story..... the images of tarantula sized spiders weaving webs around drugged people waiting to be viciously slaughtered and drunk from in 'the blood room' just didn't do it for me. Nor did the Master Vampire's manipulation and obsession over a ballet dancer - one who he was forever fantasizing about ripping into her throat, having sex and devouring her. There was never any chance of her being changed as it was forbidden and, because she had witnessed something awful, he always planned on murdering her.... nothing romantic there. And he tried to convince her he was human by lying and deceiving her whilst killing off her friends.
Told from dual POV's, the language was often too flowery, there was other slow nasty 'drainings' and murders, Vampires that could change into Werewolves, mild sex, confusing bits and weird supernatural happenings. Games where humans were put into tunnels and hunted by gleeful bloodthirsty drooling vampires until they were all brutally slaughtered. And not even a good narrator couldn't save this one for me.
Worth a credit? I got this on sale at $9.97 but even that was too much, I wouldn't recommend it or suggest listening to it if it was free.... so NO, IMO, not creditworthy.... and I'll be asking for a refund.
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Naima Haviland has written a dark paranormal story. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this story. Its the first book in this new series. The story is both paranormal romance and thriller, with parts of pure horror. Its also a really dark erotic story. Naima has created some likeable characters but Julian is a little insane at times. He's a master vampire that has loyalties of upholding vampire laws. He's found himself obsessed on a human woman, not to KILL her even though he is honor bound to do just that, kill her but he can't seam to do this.
This story is one rollercoaster ride between Julian and Natalie. Natalie finds she is sexually drawn to Julian. Natalie has problems with her memory about a certain event and can't remember any details about that time. She becomes fixated on recovering her memories.
Paul Heitsch has done another great job with connecting me to a story. I love listening to him as he tells a story. He makes it easy for me to understand the story. I especially love the way he makes each story he does apart of him. He puts a special touch on each story, like giving each character their own identifiable accent so you know who's speaking as you listen to him. I find it easy to bond with certain characters from Paul's performance. I find myself living the story in ways as I listen to him tell it. He really does a wonderful job and he's extremely talented. He has a special gift and it shows as you listen to him narrate a story. I highly recommend this story, especially if you like dark paranormal fantasy stories.