Author: Shauna Aura Knight
Publisher: Shauna Aura Knight
Overall Rating 3.75
Ever since her parents died, Alexandra has lived- and suffered- with the gift of telepathy. Day in and day out, she has to deal with the various whispers of the thoughts of those around her, sometimes being an unwilling witness to their desires, be they dark or joyful.
Nathaniel has lived for a very, very long time- over a century, in fact, and the world of the undead and his ability to seduce those around him has lost luster. Not only that but his muse — that which sustained him when he was alive– has faded into the distant past. Now he finds himself questioning why he still exists, and whether anyone could love Nathan the man, or if the hollowness he feels when he feeds is a way of life.
When these two recluses meet, the passion is frantic and hot. Through days and nights of passion, the two join forces, not only in bed, but also in the streets of Chicago, helping a motley crew of paranormals to protect the city, and themselves from various things that go bump in the night, including fire wielding mages, fae creatures, and the ever-present threat of other vampires.
This book was a fun read. Truth be told, when I realized that it was a vampire romance book, I will admit that I didn’t have very high hopes. When I think of vampires, the eerily creepy Nosferatu/Count Orlok is what comes to my mind. So, wrapping my head around the idea of a dashing, seductive vampire… well let’s just say it’s a tall order for me. Especially when so many of the “vampire romances” that I read and review seem to fall into so many glaring cliches and or gaping plot holes.
Thankfully, A Fading Amaranth deftly avoids most of them. The story is surprisingly human in nature, and the characters are complex, showing both strength and vulnerabilities, stubbornness, and generosity. There is also a fair amount of miscommunication, which was quite fun to see– proving that even a telepath and a vampire can get it wrong sometimes.
And for those of you wondering– the sex scenes are not only white hot, but also tastefully done, and believable.
For me, there are a few difficulties with the story as a whole. There was a certain lack of focus in the story in the sense that there were too many antagonists for the heroes to deal with, and not enough focus on any one of them. Unlike the heroes, the villains of the story seemed to lack significant development, which made the threat of them somewhat unbelievable.
If you’re looking for an easy and engaging read, A Fading Amaranth is a good choice, and one that should be added to your collection.
0 Stars — Perfect for kindling or wasting space on your hard drive
1 Stars — Perfect gift for that person you can’t stand
2 Stars — Put it on your “to borrow” list
3 Stars — Buy it if you get a chance, worth a weekend read.
4 Stars — Definitely add to your library
5 Stars– Impulse Buy Approved.
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