Sunday, May 20, 2012

Giveaway and Review of Caressed by Night By Amanda J. Greene

Welcome to my stop on Amanda Greene's tour!!  Today you are going to get to read my opinion of the book and get a chance to grab a copy of your own!!  Let's take a look at the book details:       

Dimitri Arsov, the last remaining pure vampire, was thought to be dead for the past four hundreds years. Now, he is back and has a score to settle with the traitor that had tried to kill him centuries ago. But as he waits for his prey to blindly step into his carefully laid trap, his overwhelming hunger for blood is triggered when he saves a beautiful art historian.

Kerstyn Ingmar’s life was normal and straight up boring until the night she is rescued by the dangerously sexy, powerfully mesmerizing, Dimitri. Unable to resist his diamond blue eyes and intense kisses, she is drawn into his world of darkness and closer to her impending doom.

While their desire consumes them, Dimitri is haunted by images of a bloody and deadly future. As his enemies draw near, he must find a way to save his mate from her destiny before fate destroys them both.

My Review:

This is book 2 in the series and I had absolutely no idea that this book wasn't a stand alone until after I finished it.  This book was chalked full of the mythology behind the creation of the this particular world of vampires, so I was in raptures all the way through.  This was a completely enchanting read!  I must say this pumped the life back into the vampire world!!

Dimitri is the last pure-blood vampire of the entire race as well as the oldest and most powerful.  Which of course makes him uber tall, muscled, and extremely sexy.  He is also cursed/blessed with the gift of foresight, a common bond he shares with one sect of witches.  Yes, there are witches and soon to be shape-shifters in this series as well.  Dimitri is one of the few blessed vampires because he has seen that his mate is well within reach.  The only problem is how to tell her the truth about what an who he is and still keep her.

Kerstyn was having the worst week of her life.  She gets fired from her job, comes home to her roommate that promptly kicks her out because of her boyfriend, and her car has just breathed its last breath.  Her luck abruptly does a turn around after she meets a friend for lunch.  She tells Kerstyn of a man who is renting some rooms and agrees to take her to meet him.  Kerstyn is immediately blow-away by the absolutely gorgeous tall man that answers the door to greet her. O yeah, her luck just flipped around!!

Dimitri knows this is his mate and is stunned by the response of his body.  It had been so long since he had sex just simply because his body no longer responded to it.  But boy was it making up for all that lost time now!   Dimitri and Kerstyn are thrown together and try to fan the flames of this red-hot instant attraction.  But Dimitri's re-birth into society is a well constructive play to draw out an old enemy.  But will this cost him his life?  Or the life of his mate?  This was a yummy and delightful spin on the vampire creation.  Hats off to Amanda for her creativity!!

Sneak Peek

She needed to think of anything other than her dream. As she sat on her bed, she formed a mental list of questions and those questions demanded answers. But she was not about to go hunt Dimitri down before getting her lust under control. Throwing herself at him and tackling him to the ground would not help her confusion though it would quell her newfound desire.

She had ditched her dress earlier and had slept in her bra and panties. Now, Kerstyn rummaged through the clothes still scattered on the floor where she had dropped them deciding that tomorrow she would put everything in its proper place. Finding a pair of flannel pajama pants and a tank top with a built-in bra, she slipped into her loungewear, found her pink, fuzzy slippers, and went in search of Dimitri.

Kerstyn recited her question list again in her head as she crossed the living room, passed through the kitchen, went down the hall, and stopped in front of Dimitri’s room. She raised her hand, preparing to knock when the delicately carved double doors were thrown open. Kerstyn jumped, her breath lodged in her throat.

Dimitri’s frame filled the doorway. Her eyes met his bare chest. Thin rivers of water dripped from his damp hair and rolled down his shoulders to his abdomen. He wore nothing but white workout shorts and a pair of super-sized, white running shoes.

She swallowed and forced her gaze to leave his pectorals and travel up his thick neck to his face.

“Can’t sleep either?” she squeaked.

He shrugged. The beast within him was restless, craving action. The swim had been no help, not with Kerstyn sitting on her balcony with the scent of her arousal floating on the breeze. Her hot gaze had been a caress firing his blood, triggering his need despite the cool water. He had hoped in vain a cold shower would help. Now, he prayed that a death-defying workout would do what the swim and shower could not—calm the beast.

“I was just heading to the gym.”

“Twenty-Four Hour Fitness?” she asked. She had no idea what time it was, but it was late…or was it early now? “You know, not all Twenty-Four Hour Fitness centers are open twenty-four hours.”

“I have a gym set up in the basement.”

She dropped her eyes to the floor and stepped back, giving him room to head down the hall.

“Tell me what you are thinking.” His voice was hard, rough, and felt like silk against her skin.

“Can’t you just read my mind?”

“I would rather you share your thoughts with me.”

She winced. Cross that question off the list.

“If you need more time―”

“I have questions.”

Dimitri slowly nodded and moved to the side allowing Kerstyn to slip past him. He closed the doors and, for a heartbeat, they stood in complete darkness. Then candles began to flicker, casting their soft glow about the room as a fire sprang to life in the large hearth.

Kerstyn jumped from the sudden change.

“Did you do that?” she asked, her voice a whisper.

“I can do many things.”

“You said that earlier.”



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4.5 Stars from Night Owl Reviews – A Night Owl Reviews Top Pick!

5 Howls from Bitten By Paranormal Romance

4 Roses from Romancing the Darkside

4.5 Stars from PRUF Reads


Amanda J. Greene is an erotic paranormal romance author. When she is not writing, she can be found playing the role of a full time university student, who works part time. She lives in Southern California with her very supportive, military husband and their sweet cocker spaniel.

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Psyche said...

Love At Stake Series.

Amanda J. Greene said...

Thank you so much for hosting by book on your blog and I'm thrilled you enjoyed Caressed by Night.
I would like to wish "good luck" everyone who enters the giveaway. I hope you all have/had a lovey weekend.

Unknown said...

I haven't read a complete vampire series yet, but I have some paranormal series that I am reading with vampires, wolves, witches, fae, everything. I have been hesitant as the Twilight sparkley ones turn me off. I am currently working through Lei Shaw's Destiny series. Loving the strong vampires. I also have Felicity Heaton on my kindle waiting for my summer break.

Lisa Cox said...

Hmmm, I think I'm stuck on the Black Dagger Brotherhood from JR Ward right now.

Linda said...

I hvn't read any full vampire series; but there is one book which I'd really like to read which is Laura Kaye's In the service of the king

LorettaLynn//Temprance said...

Alright i have too... The Black Dagger Brotherhood, by J.R. Ward and The Sookie StackHouse Novels AKA True Blood by Charlaine Harris..
There both really good, and i have others to, a very large list ;)
thanks for the giveaway.


laceyblossom said...

The Black Dagger Brotherhood!

wanda f said...

Argeneau Vampires from Lynsay Sands

Joanne said...

Black Dagger Brotherhood.


Vinci said...

Have not read one lately BUT this one sounds like a winner.

Dustykatt said...

I like Katie MacAlister's Dark Ones

andieleah said...

My fav vampire series is the Black Dagger Brotherhood

Shelley B said...

Im actually reading Lydia Dare's paranormal historicals right now. Thanks!

AmyS. said...

There are so many but right now my favorite is the Alexandra Jones series by Samantha Towle

Tina B said...

Favorite vampire series? Hmm...I would have to say Kresley Cole's IAD Series, but the series has many different creatures. :)
Congrats on your new release, Amanda!!
Thank you for the chance to read this one.

msmjb65 said...

Black Dagger Brotherhood
Thanks for the giveaway!
msmjb65 AT gmail DOT com

Unknown said...

WOW!! So many... Tina Folsom's Scanguar series is awesome, then there's the Anita Blake series, DBD series and Love at Stake series (love the humor in those!)

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Unknown said...

I love Christine Feehan's Dark series
Amanda Ashley's Vampire Books
Susan Squires and
Heather Graham's just to name a few.

Anonymous said...

My favorite series is Guardians of Eternity by Alexandra Ivy.

Brenda Demko said...

I have a couple of favorites. I like The BDB of course,
the Scanguards series, and on a different note,
I also really like the Chicagoland Vampire Series by Chloe Neill.

wyndwhisper said...

Hi Amanda,
congratulations on your book,i love the cover it's beautiful and it sounds like jus the sort of book i love to get lost in.

as for a series i'm not sure i have a "favorite" but i am reading several that are very good. the Vampire Wardens series by Lisa Renee Jones, Joey w. Hill is always wonderful and then Stacey Espino has book 1 out for her new series "marked -for Pleasure" Blood Bond book 1 in the series. im waiting for the next one on pins and needles. :D
Most of these are for the 18+ crowd and are erotic romance/paranormal. just a heads up so no one gets offended if they try one.

tammy ramey

crystalguidroz1 said...

Black Dagger me some Alpha Vamps
I have read both books in this series and they are fantastic! I cannot wait for more books in this series!

Arianne said...

I always say my favorite is Vampire Academy, and what do you know, the main guy in it is also named Dimitri.

DANIELA said...

The BDB series by JR Ward, Night Huntress series by Jeanniene Frost, Midnight Breed series by Lara Adrian.

Gale Nelson said...

that would have to be the black dagger brotherhood series

Leannessf said...

Used to be Sookie Stackhouse series, but now am leaning toward The Blood of Eden series by Julie Kagawa.


Denise Z said...

This is really hard, I think that with my current level of excite about next weeks release I am going to have to go with LKH's Anita Blake series.

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