I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Caressed by Moonlight by Amanda J. Greene
Series: Rulers of Darkness #1
Published by Amanda Greene on 2012-02-01
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Dorian Vlakhos is no ordinary aristocrat. He is a vampire, 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, Dorian 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.
What an awesome introduction to the Rulers of Darkness series by the self-published author, Amanda J. Greene. She does an excellent job of world building and character development.
Caressed by Moonlight is a mix of historical and erotic paranormal romance. The setting is in the 1800s, London, where all it takes is a rumor to destroy a lady’s reputation in society. The lady in question is Victoria, the heroine of Caressed by Moonlight. She is left to take care of her younger sister Margaret after the death of their parents.
Victoria is forced to leave the country after selling all of the family’s belongings to pay off her late father’s debts. The sisters go to London in hopes that their bitch of an aunt will take them in.
Aunt Nelly can’t stand Victoria because of past reasons so she tells her the only way she will ever be able to see Margaret again is to wed within a month.
Victoria turns to an old friend for help in seeking out a suitable husband in such a short time so that she can take Margaret away from their loathsome aunt.
While husband hunting at many social events, Victoria meets Dorian. He is a well-known playboy Prince from a foreign country. But as the two get to know each other, his true nature is revealed.
Victoria is sucked out of her normal world and thrown into the world of vampires, witches and shifters in this very well written novel.
Now I’m not much for historical books but that was not a problem for me while reading Caressed by Moonlight. Some period novels can have such BLAH dialogue that I lose interest in the story. But Ms. Greene did a great job of balancing the 1800s lingo.
I highly recommend this read to anyone that like the paranormal genre, strong heroines and sexy vampires. Also must share the fact that I was in the middle of reading a very well-known author which will remain nameless, when I started Caressed by Moonlight and I quickly put down Dead Reckoning (oops) I mean the book I was reading to finish up Ms. Greene’s master a piece.
After 17 years I've finally finished my BA in English (no I do not want to be a teacher). Before majoring in English I would not have touched anything labeled "classic", but I have enjoyed a few along the way in my college career.
While I hated to read growing up, I am now an avid book reader and audiobook listener. I love rejecting reality one book at a time. I only read fiction within my favorite (at least to date) genres which include: most romance (paranormal, contemporary, D/s, BDSM, M/M)Urban Fantasy, and a few YA (mostly PNR or UF from favorite adult authors, but I'm slowly stepping out of my comfort zone after enjoying a few contemporary YA novels in adolescent literature class I took).