Starvation gnawed at their bellies. They had not eaten in almost two days and their aunt sat at her over-decorated dining table taking bite after bite of the delicious spread set before her.
"Don't worry about them," Dorian whispered. "Look at me."
His voice was so enchanting, so soothing, and she did exactly as he asked. Their eyes locked and held as they twirled. The rumbling voices of their fellow guests faded into silence. Sweet music was all Victoria could hear and Dorian was all she could see. His eyes cast a spell upon her, one that she did not have the strength nor the desire to try to escape. She was his captive, locked in his embrace. She could no longer feel the floor beneath her feet, she was almost positive they were floating.
"Close your eyes."
His lips brushed her ear and his warm breath tickled her neck. She allowed her eyes to drift closed and surrendered. He brought her flush against his chest and sparks of desire electrified her body. Her mind swam with lustful yearnings as his arm tightened about her waist.
Before reading Caressed by Moonlight I had forgotten how much I love historical romance. Amanda J. Greene has returned my love for bodices and dancing while giving me so much more. I have a strong love for paranormal romance that has spice sprinkled throughout the entire story and Ms. Greene added the right amount of vampires with a strong sex appeal and an alpha male...how could resist! This book is definitely one of those stories that lacks nothing when it comes to the sizzling connection between the hero and heroine, Dorian and Victoria. I still can't stop thinking about the chemistry they shared on the dance floor. A little of that is shared in the teaser section above. I also found the unique paranormal world for Ms. Greene new series fabulous and thrilling to step into. Her vampires are as powerful as they are alluring and sexy. She has a great take on her world and her characters and allows the setting a place in her story instead of using it just a prop.
Layered with suspense, desire, and a sense of family in equal quantity there was not a moment in this story that didn't speak to me. The theme of family and loyalty was well balanced by the villain's need for revenge. Threaded together, it all made an exciting story that I couldn't put down and in fact finished in less than a day. The author took a vampire king and a mortal woman, threw them together and allowed their characters and surroundings to push them through finding their footing and their place at each others side. All secondary characters added a depth to the story I feel was spot on; not to much and definitely not to little. While the story is about Victoria and Dorian finding their way through needing one another, whether they want to accept it or not, it is also about Dorian regaining his control over his clan and territory. Their is blood shed and broken hearts as well as moments I thought all would be lost. When I came to the end and found that moment when all was not lost I smiled and sighed in relief only to be teased with a prologue of how the second book in the series will be started. I CAN"T WAIT!
Amanda J. Greene is a debut author that readers will take notice of and fast. She knows how to give readers what they want and exactly how they want it. She has a very smooth hand in delivering romance and passion while giving the right amount of suspense and thrills. She writes with great description and is destined to make the bestsellers list once readers find out just how talented she really is. I had to verify three times that she is in fact and Indie Author. Publishers would love this author!
Victoria is the best friend I never had and wanted! Strong determined and loyal to those she loves this heroine was perfect for this story. Stubborn and at times pushy she endeared me to her from page one. She is a character that did what had to be done and refused to leave her mate's side once she knew what she was facing. Come to think about it, even when she didn't know what she was facing she was still there willing to fight for what she believed in and darn determined to make sure she was never left out of the going-ons. I liked that. To many heroines are push overs allowing the hero to decide what is good for them. Victoria is not one of those! Dorian, he is definitely the kind of hero that would and did try to tell Victoria what to do. I loved watching him falling under the spell of love and his animalistic tendency to take Victoria by surprise each time he couldn't control the feelings inside him any more. Sexy, strong and powerful this vampire king stole my heart the moment he told Victoria to look into his eyes while they were dancing. A perfect gentleman yet daring and such a seducer. Two characters you loved watching fall in love!
This author, this story, this series, is a must read for all paranormal romance lovers! Amanda J. Greene is an author I will not forget! I am anxiously awaiting the second installment to this series aimed to come out in February 2012 titled, Caressed by Night.
Dorian Vlakhos is no ordinary aristocrat. He is a vampire king, who will do anything to save his clan from complete annihilation, before an ancient curse can claim his immortal life.
Penniless and orphaned, Victoria Kingston has nothing to bring to a marriage, yet she must shackle an unsuspecting gentleman into marriage by the end of the month or forfeit her rights as guardian of her younger sister. With the help of her dearest friend, Victoria begins her hunt, and vows to stay far away from the dark, mysterious, Prince Vlakhos.
After meeting the beautifully innocent Miss Kingston, Dorian had to have her. He would do absolutely anything to make Victoria his. One sweet stolen kiss would bring them together while a force, more powerful than any vampire would bind them for all eternity. But treachery, war, and death rule Dorian’s dark world and Victoria would be fortunate to survive.