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Posted October 17, 2012
Awakened is the classic vampire-meets-human love story, modernized, with an unexpected (and gratifying) twist ending. Sandra Ross' voice is clear and passionate from the start, and she does an excellent job of weaving a story that is enthralling and downright addictive. Ross manages to craft a story that is at times thrilling and suspenseful, while maintaining a tone that is sexy and sensual throughout.
From the beginning of Awakened, Sandra Ross does a great job of getting the reader instantly on Chandler (the main protagonist)'s side. She receives a phone call from her friend, Lisette (a bit pushy and bossy for my liking), who tries to get Chandler to come out with her to a “vampire” nightclub. In the course of this conversation, we learn very quickly that Chandler is a no-nonsense, sensible woman who is still gun-shy coming off of a breakup that occurred over a year ago. Right away, I found myself liking Chandler. In this type of story, her strength and lack of silliness (compared to her foil, Lisette) is refreshing. Also, as trivial a detail as it might seem, I enjoyed that Ross named her heroine Chandler instead of saddling her with a typical vampire-heroine name (ie; Bella, Mina, Victoria, etc.). Throughout the rest of the story, I found it easy to relate to Chandler in almost every circumstance, which is a huge credit to Ross' ability to write a protagonist who has depth and real character.
Later on, when Chandler and Lisette arrive at the vampire club (the cleverly-named “Lilith's Lair”), Ross does a good job of giving the reader a false sense of security, in spite of an earlier appearance of a truly frightening golden-eyed lurker outside of Chandler's home) by making the vampire club slightly cheesy and innocuous-seeming. So, it comes as a surprise to the reader, later in the night at the vampire club, when Chandler comes face to face with a gorgeous, golden-eyed stranger named Lucien. Ross describes Lucien's beauty as other-wordly, and I believe her, as an otherwise sensible and level-headed Chandler suddenly becomes a gaping and stammering pool of lust upon meeting our vampire paramour. The chemistry between Lucien and Chandler is a bit of a slow-starter, but it quickly picks up as soon as they exit Lilith's Lair and are on the street together. Lucien, fittingly, seems to awaken something hungry and primal in Chandler, and what transpires between them in an alleyway just a few steps from the club is profoundly sensual, and sexy, and leaves the reader (namely me) aching for more. When their profoundly erotic encounter is cut short by a call to Lucien, I found myself feeling just as frustrated and robbed as Chandler.
As the story continues, the reader is treated to two more of these titillating, erotic scenes – one of which has an edge of danger to it that is both disturbing and thrilling. When the story finally reaches its climax (no pun intended), Ross gives the classic vampire-human model a delicious twist which only left me wanting more. While the end of Awakened is all kinds of satisfying, I found myself eager for the story to continue. Awakened is everything a vampire romance should be – dark and dangerous and intoxicatingly seductive, and I cannot wait for continuing stories about Lucian and Chandler.
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Posted October 17, 2012
Chandler is your ordinary obedient, sensual, and easy going type of girl. She is kind the girl that would rather stay home to take a relaxing bath while reading a book than go out into the nightlife to party. When it comes to love, she is always aware of herself and never gets into any trouble. However, is this really who she is? Does she have some sort of secret about herself? Well, of course there is! Otherwise, there wouldn’t be a story to tell. After a long day working on the computer, Chandler wants to relax at home, but she was invited to go clubbing by her best friend Lisette. At first, she didn’t want to go since she’s not the type that would actually go clubbing. I realized that the personalities of Chandler and Listette are complete opposites of each other. Chandler is more serious and mature, in contrast to Listette’s playful and silly personality. As they arrive at the club, Chandler instantly fell in love with a man named Lucien. Lucien is a tall, exceptionally handsome, and well built man with a slight and deep European accent. He is simply every woman’s Prince charming. Immediately once they met, sexual tensions begin to rise quickly and they began to kiss romantically. But wait! Chandler doesn’t behave like this, especially with a complete stranger. So what can exactly happen that will make her do something like this? I won’t spoil anything more plot lines so you’ll just have to find out for yourself! Awakened is an exceptional romance story about two absolutely engaging individuals and also has a unique twist ending. Sandra Ross was proficient in detailing each character that immediately got me hooked to them. The love scenes were well detailed and are very engaging for me to read. I absolutely enjoy it!
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Posted September 25, 2012
Posted December 6, 2012
Awakened will awaken the senses with the enchanting and very vivid details. Sandra Ross does an exemplary job at being able to create and convey a story that is so tantalizing and delicious; a person will just want to sink their teeth into it. Her characters are masterfully developed to leave a person finding him or herself being drawn right into the story.
Sandra Ross does a masterful job of writing this vampire thriller. The romance scenes are so detailed that it will leave the reader begging for more. The works that she writes are done in a way that they can make the reader feel like they are one of characters in her book. This book is about Chandler and Lucien, and their encounters. One of the best scenes is in chapter three with the encounter that had taken place while Chandler was sleeping. Lucien takes the covers off of her and pleases her without her ever waking up. Sandra Ross is able to draw her readers in to her books, which is the sign of a good author. She is able to make them feel as if they are one of her character, by creating characters that are very lifelike in personality and emotions. She even goes as far as to describe Lucien’s obsession for Chandler and how much was already suspected by Chandler, herself. This is a definite five star, must read book for anyone who is into stories about vampires or that likes reading good detailed romance novels.
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Posted November 16, 2012
When we become adults, we used to be the master of our own life, we used to believe in ourselves and to have a strict set of beliefs and principles. Nevertheless, it is an amazing experience, when something goes wrong and we begin doing really unexpected things. Unexpected for people who know us well, and for ourselves also.
“Awakened” by Sandra Ross is exactly about such situation. Chandler is a strong, come and thoughtful woman, who used to plan her life and to know what she can expect in five years or more. Her adventures begin with a usual club party. Her funny best friend, Listette, invites her and Listette’s character is also interesting – she’s funny and a bit crazy. Each of us has such “a bit crazy” friend.
Meeting Lucien, Chandler feels something changes inside her. He’s extremely handsome, strong and attentive. The passion between this two people explodes with unbelievable strength. Amazingly hot sexual scenes makes this book even more interesting. All the time Chandler feels like she changes in his arms, she even thinks that she becomes someone she doesn’t know. The story is very interesting, the plot is full of interesting details and the ending is quite unexpected. I’d recommend this intriguing reading.
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Posted November 4, 2013
Awakened was my first read from Sandra Ross and I found it was not nearly as dark as I had hoped it would be. It was a brief encounter with unadulterated passion and the deeper I got into this adorably antique love story, the more I realized that it wasn't the blood and gory type but rather the refreshingly sweet and heartwarming. Venturing close to the end I felt as perplexed as Chandler did when she tried to make sense of the magnetic pull that seemed to overwhelm her when she first encountered the incredibly handsome and alluring Lucian.
Chandler first appeared as ordinary and slightly introverted but at the insistence of her more outgoing and eccentric friend Lisette, the writer awakened her impulsive nature that she stifled within. Lucian's physical description was charming and delightfully attractive but it his background was unoriginal. For me he lacked mystery. I preferred Chandler's complexities to his. It was truly by chance that Chandler found herself enthralled by this compelling stranger.
There was a bit of humor in the beginning that really lightened and set an effortless tone for the story. But for me the story was too compact and the plot was not nearly as electrifying or stimulating as I would have liked. To Ross's credit the sex scenes were apt and teeming with the type of mouth watering literature that evoked feelings of arousal and mental stimulation in the reader as it did in the character it depicted. The twist at the end unfolded quite refreshingly. With just five chapters it all seemed to come together a little too quickly and I would have welcomed a continuation. All in all, it was an uncomplicated and easy read.
Posted February 1, 2013
Imagine on a night when you least expect it, you’ll find your one true love.
This happened to Chandler. One night, she hit a goth club called Lilith’s Lair on the insistence of her best friend. There she met a gorgeous but mysterious guy, Lucien, who seemed interested with her. Her life was never the same after then.
Awakened is a love story between the sexy violet-eyed Chandler and the yummy and extraordinary Lucien. In line of the hype of vampire love stories today, this surely fits the enthusiasm.
I’m not sure if I can classify this as thriller, though, as I am actually rooting out for the romance and I never felt the anticipation of suspense, anxiety or danger even if it is a vampire novel. The steamy scenes built my anticipation up, and the electricity between the characters sizzled. Their attraction to each other is already felt even from when they first met.
The guy has a good character build up and back story which made him loveable instead of scary. He is attractive, rich, and selfless plus he truly loves the woman – what more can you ask for?
It is a good love story – almost like fairy tale but instead of fairies, Awakened has vampires. Lucien is the prince charming and Chandler is the damsel-in-distress. To wake her long forgotten past, she needs a steamy and sexy prod from her two-hundred-year-old hero.
For me, the story has a very good premise, only that it wasn’t able to answer all the questions that sprung in my mind while I was reading it. It is like a part of a longer story that’s why the conflict is not actually that strong. But if you are looking for a short paranormal romance, it is one of my good bets.
Posted January 14, 2013
Awakened was my first read from Sandra Ross and I found it was not nearly as dark as I had hoped it would be. It was a brief encounter
with unadulterated passion and the deeper I got into this adorably antique love story, the more I realized that it wasn’t the blood and gory
type but rather the refreshingly sweet and heartwarming. Venturing close to the end I felt as perplexed as Chandler did when she tried to
make sense of the magnetic pull that seemed to overwhelm her when she first encountered the incredibly handsome and alluring Lucian.
Chandler first appeared as ordinary and slightly introverted but at the insistence of her more outgoing and eccentric friend Lisette, the
writer awakened her impulsive nature that she stifled within. Lucian’s physical description was charming and delightfully attractive but it
his background was unoriginal. For me he lacked mystery. I preferred Chandler’s complexities to his. It was truly by chance that Chandler
found herself enthralled by this compelling stranger.
There was a bit of humor in the beginning that really lightened and set an effortless tone for the story. But for me the story was too
compact and the plot was not nearly as electrifying or stimulating as I would have liked. To Ross’s credit the sex scenes were apt and
teeming with the type of mouth watering literature that evoked feelings of arousal and mental stimulation in the reader as it did in the
character it depicted. The twist at the end unfolded quite refreshingly. With just five chapters it all seemed to come together a little too
quickly and I would have welcomed a continuation. All in all, it was an uncomplicated and easy read.
Posted January 14, 2013
Awakened is a story that draws the reader in with the mundane life of the main character. You can relate to Chandler’s life, as her story could be that of anyone you know or you yourself. Everyone dreams of one day having that routine spiced up by magic. That happens for Chandler during a ladies’ night out.
Sandra’s wording can be a bit to the point, and the lead-in for the romance could have been drawn out a bit more. However, this quick read is a great way to escape your own daily routine. The adventure of trying something new and the resulting excitement of a new romance, coupled with a great twist involving a love that has spanned two centuries, is well-thought out and easy to follow.
The bedroom scenes, including the one that is far from the bedroom, will intrigue the reader, and the heat of the connection between Chandler and Lucien can be felt through the page. The reader won’t be disappointed with the end of this fanciful take on dreams come true.
Posted January 11, 2013
It's a tale of true love - the kind of old-fashioned love that endures all mixed with a delightful variety of innocent schoolgirl and
a bit of vampire. Sandra is so good at capturing intimate moments that it feels like she sucks you into the pages and
you wait there, suspended, until you discover what each new word will bring.
Chandler is normally rather demure and would much rather be basking in a bubble bath with a good book and a glass of wine
instead of prowling the town with her best friend Lisette. That is, until she meets Lucien and her senses are awakened.
Their chemistry is electric and Chandler finds herself thrown out of her comfort zone, in unfamiliar feelings and places, but
she doesn't care a bit - all she can think about is being wrapped up in Lucien.
The sex scenes are steamy and they intensify with each encounter. Chandler cannot understand the way she feels but she also
cannot deny it and she could never resist Lucien and his luscious lips… who knows what the rest of him would be like.
Lucien whisks Chandler away on a date – a private dinner at his estate and she finally finds out what she is really doing there –
something that she could never have even imagined
Posted January 5, 2013
If you enjoy a sexy vampire story, which I do, Awakened by Sandra Ross is a good pick. The erotic scenes are much better than most and the narrative flows really well, giving the reader a vivid sense of each scene. You can really imagine yourself in a nightclub in New Orleans, in a bedroom on a sultry evening, or in a limousine with a really handsome man handing you a glass of champagne.
For such a short story the characters, the hot-bodied vampire Lucien and his long-lost love Chandler, really stand out. Chandler is a woman, confusingly, but having an unusual name does add to her distinctiveness. Even Chandler's high-maintenance tagalong friend, Lisette, is very relatable - every woman has at least one friend whose phone calls you just don't have the energy to take sometimes.
Unfortunately, it is far too short - I really wanted to see what would happen next with Lucien and Chandler and it felt like the ending came far too soon. The story had vast potential that was barely tapped; the story of how the vampires had met was a sweet, yearning, romantic story taking place in the distant past. It could easily have been explored more fully with flashback scenes. And the story introduces a second vampire, the nightclub owner, without getting into her history or relationship with Lucien. Hopefully there will be more stories with these characters coming soon!
Posted December 8, 2012
The fate of Chandler’s entire life begins with the phone call of her best friend Lisette, who has been pressuring her into going to a new Goth club called Lilith’s Lair. Lisette was always changing personas and Chandler would much rather stay home and read a book. Still, Chandler’s nosey friend reminds her that she hasn’t dated anyone since James more than a year ago. Chandler gives in and puts on her blackest eyeliner and darkest clothes. Anyway, going out will give her an opportunity to show off the cool necklace she found at the antique store a few weeks ago. Even though she felt an eerie feeling come over her when she put the necklace on, she decided it was her imagination and wore it anyway.
At the club Chandler meets a gorgeous stranger named Lucieus, who hypnotizes her with his beauty and she finds herself lusting after him with great yearning and vigor. Chandler has no idea of how much power Lucieus has over her, she has never felt like this before. She finds herself being ravished in more ways than one. She finds herself wanted so badly to be seduced by him.
Chandler is in complete erotic bliss when she finds out that Lucieus isn’t a stranger after all as he could find her sweetest spots as if he had known her for centuries. Lucieus has a surprise for Chandler that will change the rest of her life.
Posted December 6, 2012
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Sandra Ross has created another sensational short read with `Awakened', a hot supernatural story about Chandler, a single, mostly happy, woman who is pestered into visiting a Goth club with her best friend.
Miss Sandra Ross's book is a casual light read suitable for intermissions or while waiting for an appointment. The plot of the story is an interesting tale intertwined with modern reality and age-old vampirism.
The storyline has been nicely been framed, with the different sequences flowing smoothly and detailed appropriately. The settings of New Orleans and the home next to the French Quarters fits in with the theme of the story. Ross has written a highly readable and thoroughly entertaining story.
Violet eyes, a somewhat pessimistic demeanour and an evident thirst for adventure; a small list of the complexities featured in Sandra Ross's protagonist 'Chandler'. As with other female leads created by Ross, 'Chandler' is independent and confident in her actions, yet she's quick to second guess herself or the others around her if she feels a line is being crossed. Ross writes with a similar pattern of "love at first sight" and I enjoy that. This story has a lot of mystery to it. I found myself wondering what was going to happen next, the minute that I thought I had figured out what was going to happen I really didn't. The storyline is about an ordinary working girl, Chandler, going out to a club with her friend Lisette where she meets a mysteriously handsome man, Lucien. The story takes off to another level from the point where she meets Lucien. She meets up with him again the next day when the intention of the story is revealed. This is a vampire story as revealed by the title and the plot revolves around the macabre loves of vampires. There she meets the incredibly handsome Lucien, and feels a connection, but is not sure how or why.
However staunch her character is, it is quickly overturned by the magical and fantastical events that twist our views on reality and create this erotically charged story of love.
This story doesn't focus on 'love at first sight' or perhaps a 'chance meeting' to develop the relationship of the two main characters, rather Sandra Ross imposes a narrative to the text that out-lasts the story itself, giving such a deeper meaning to the characters. I don't want to spoil any of the plot here, yet this device is so worth mentioning because it's a difficult thing to pull off in writing when you have only a short space. Because of the history that we learn is had between the characters, it makes re-reading this text more and more satisfying.
The love scenes are indeed hot, and the tension builds quickly, providing a satisfying conclusion when Chandler and Lucien finally get it together. I would have liked to see more explanation of the back story between the two lead characters, and I think it could have been stretched out into a longer book, offering more opportunities to explore Lucien's character. Lilith and Lucien's history could have been fleshed out, too, to offer a little more depth.
There is a nice smooth flow to the storyline as it moves from one sequence to another. Although each action is described in detail there seems to be an unintentional tendency to cross into mundane territory. The author describes each action in detail to satisfy light readers. Overall a good book to take for your next appointment.
Reading about vampires was never one of them. Until now.
I was pleasantly surprised.
This is Ross's greatest strength because it brings forth all too human expressions of doubt, fear, hope, insecurity, etc. as evidenced in both Chandler and Lucien's thought patterns. Ross makes such attributes stand out to the reader.
Despite this, the erotic scenes are captured with perfect detail. Each word builds upon the excitement, relieves any tension and sucks the reader into gazing further. The generous description of Chandler right at the start gives us a vivid imagination about her body, and what she's capable of doing with it. All in all this story serves it purpose professionally, and definitely leaves me wanting more.
When we become adults, we used to be the master of our own life, we used to believe in ourselves and to have a strict set of beliefs and principles.
The story is very interesting, the plot is full of interesting details and the ending is quite unexpected. I'd recommend this intriguing reading.
Ross writes with so much passion and intensity that you can almost feel yourself in the story. It's kind of hard for the reader not to be able to feel the same emotions that the characters display.
I am a definitely becoming a fan of Sandra Ross's book collection.
Posted November 15, 2012
Chandler is your average workaholic with a little bit of an overbearing friend in Lisette. However Lisette is the one that she's about to end up owing everything to. Chandler's living a rather normal life that anyone could relate to. She works, she has fun with her best friend and sometimes she lets her imagination and her emotions run away with her brain. Of course when Lisette convinces her to go out to a Goth club she thinks she's in for just another night out. She doesn't know that that night is going to change her entire world. Going all out and getting into the spirit of the night just seems like the right thing to do and so Chandler dresses up and goes out. That's when she meets him.
Lucien, the watcher, is definitely noteworthy with his amazing gold eyes. He is incredibly gorgeous and the type of man that any woman would want to pay attention to her. When he focuses in on Chandler she can't help but be amazed and shocked. Just reading the vivid description of him will make any woman want to meet him. He's captivating and intoxicating. He's also the man of Chandler's dreams in more ways than one.
The two have only just met but the chemistry between them is intense. In fact it's more than either of them can contain. Their instant attraction to one another is more than just a physical need for contact. It's something else. The raw desire in both of them is more than just steamy and it seems to simply come out of the page.
Vampire love stories have been done but not like this. You won't be able to put it down when you start reading those hot and blush-worthy scenes that the author writes so well. But the relationship between Chandler and Lucien isn't just about that desire and heat. What's between them is more than anyone would have expected and the author writes this with great skill and definite experience.
Posted November 14, 2012
I am not usually into vampire stories but I have to say that this was an interesting story. Ross writes with so much passion and intensity that you can almost feel yourself in the story. It’s kind of hard for the reader not to be able to feel the same emotions that the characters display.
Ross writes with a similar pattern of “love at first sight” and I enjoy that. This story has a lot of mystery to it. I found myself wondering what was going to happen next, the minute that I thought I had figured out what was going to happen I really didn’t.
One of the main characters, Chandler, reminded me of what a lot of young adult women probably go through when experiencing a break up. Chandler was still not really over a previous break-up and her friend wanted to get her out the house to have so fun. In return, she meets this handsome man “Lucien”.
Lucien was absolutely a charmer and was determined to have Chandler to himself. I loved that Lucien was persistent, some men can learn from him. With this story, Ross definitely leaves you wanting more, I actually hope that there is a sequel to this book because I would definitely read it. I still have a lot of wonders about certain parts of the story. Although, I hoped for a different ending, overall I really enjoyed the story. I am a definitely becoming a fan of Sandra Ross’s book collection.
Posted November 10, 2012
` Chandler considers herself average and just as normal as every woman she's ever met until she meets a sexy mysterious stranger at the Gothic nightclub, Lilith's Lair. She knows as soon as she meets him that this man is going to change her life forever. Chandler considers herself a home body, but her best friend has a very domineering personality, which is a good thing for the shy Chandler, or she would have never met the man of her dreams. The vampire Lucien is a very sensual and seductive creature that quickly gains both Chandler's affections and desires. He attracts her and arouses her as no man she has ever met before. After an unexpected kiss in an alley behind the club, Chandler leaves the club planning never to see him again. She thinks that Lucien brings out what she considers to be the worse in her(a.k.a. her sensual side). The scene in the alley leaves both Chandler and the reader craving more. Lucien does convince her to see him again. After limousine ride,romantic meal at Lucien's gorgeous home, and beautiful fireside small talk the sexy vampire reveals a secret about Chandler's unknown past to her.
Awakened is a steamy and suspenseful romance the leaves the reader wanting more. Ross does a great job at getting inside of the heads of her characters making them believable and real. Her character driven plots bring the events of the story to life. Awakened is a must read for any fan of the modern happily ever after vampire romance genre.
Posted November 10, 2012
For those who love vampire romance stories, they are going to find “Awakened” by Sandra Ross to be one of those stories in which they are going to be left with wanting more. Chandler is the main character, a woman who has been cursed, though she has no knowledge of this. Lucien is the vampire hunk who wants to make Chandler remember their hot and steamy past together. Though the plot of the story keeps you reading, it is really the passion the couple has for each other that keeps you turning the pages.
This is considered to be a graphic, erotica type of romance. Thus, it is not a romance for those who do not want to read intense details about their relationship. Ross is known for her ability to create an image in the readers mind, and “Awakened” does just that. It was book that comes highly recommended for readers who want a steamy read that awakens all senses. Though it does contain adult content, the plot is thick and entertaining as Chandler is awakened to what she really is, despite the fact she is a woman who would rather read an entertaining book locked inside her home. Lucien is the man who changes her and lets her be the sexual type of character many women wish they were more like.
Ross takes the vampire genre to a completely new level with this short novel, and for those who have read vampire fiction in the past; they are going to find this is quickly to become one of their favorite reads.
Posted November 9, 2012
Sandra Ross has created another sensational short read with ‘Awakened’, a hot supernatural story about Chandler, a single, mostly happy, woman who is pestered into visiting a Goth club with her best friend. There she meets the incredibly handsome Lucien, and feels a connection, but is not sure how or why. What she does know, is that every time she is near him or thinking of him she wants to immediately rip his clothes off and make passionate love to him, and he feels the same.
Lucien appears to know Chandler from somewhere in the past, but we don’t find out how until the end of the story, and the author spins a creative tale of lost love reunited with a healthy dose of hot, steamy sex thrown in. Without giving too much away, I will say that a certain bedroom scene involving a sleeping Chandler was very exciting, and a little creepy, but in a titillatingly hot way.
Lisette, as the best friend, is never really fleshed out, and is a little annoying in her insistence on interfering with Chandler’s love life. However, since it works out well in the end, she can be forgiven for being a little too pushy. She does get a mention toward the end of the story, and it is hinted at that she has been paired off with someone Lucien knows, so maybe we will get their story sometime in the future?
The entire story has a very gothic feel to it, although it is set in modern day New Orleans. There is the mysterious Lucien, living alone in a big old mansion at the edge of town, a vamipiric nightclub owner named Lilith, and the issue of Lucien knowing Chandler from somewhere long ago. It reminded me a little of the old gothic soap ‘Dark Shadows’, but with way more sex!
The love scenes are indeed hot, and the tension builds quickly, providing a satisfying conclusion when Chandler and Lucien finally get it together. I would have liked to see more explanation of the back story between the two lead characters, and I think it could have been stretched out into a longer book, offering more opportunities to explore Lucien’s character. Lilith and Lucien’s history could have been fleshed out, too, to offer a little more depth.
Over all, this was a great, hot, quick read that kept me wanting more. I couldn’t wait for the two lovers to finally get together, and I was dying to know just how they were connected in the past. Ross has spun a great little yarn about love transcending the ages, and one man’s determination to have the woman of his dreams, no matter what!
Posted October 26, 2012
There are certain literary styles that this forty-something male enjoys: the psychological drama and mystery by Jonathan Kellerman and Patricia Cornwell, and numerous non-fiction subjects such as world history, philosophy, religion, and so forth.
Reading about vampires was never one of them. Until now.
Having been bombarded on a quasi-regular basis with the trendy vampire-Goth genre---to wit, the "Twilight" saga and the ever-burgeoning expansion of vampire-themed literature found in bookstores and libraries---I decided to end my obstinate holdout against the Bella Swans and Edward Cullens of the literary world, and elected to peruse Sandra Ross's "Awakened: An Erotically Charged Vampire Thriller Story."
I was pleasantly surprised. In five short chapters, Ross manages to weave a fantastic, sexy tale of desire, intimacy, lust and emotion built upon a solid foundation of mutual attraction between the young woman Chandler and the mysterious Lothario named Lucien, whom Chandler encounters one evening at Lilith's Fair, a Goth club owned and managed by (strangely enough) a woman named Lilith(!).
Ross deftly uses vivid, active voice throughout the story, describing in detail Chandler's clothing and jewelry; Chandler's and Lucien's tete-a-tete in the alley outside the club; the various thoughts reverberating in Lucien's and Chandler's minds; and the exquisite emotional connection between both protagonists that culminate in a powerful erotic interlude in Chandler's bedroom.
Being able to develop a strong emotional connection between characters is a staple in any successful romantic/erotic story because it lends depth and credence to intimate and (at times) explicit scenes. This is Ross's greatest strength because it brings forth all-too-human expressions of doubt, fear, hope, insecurity, etc. as evidenced in both Chandler and Lucien's thought patterns. Ross makes such attributes stand out to the reader.
Ross has written a highly readable and thoroughly entertaining story.
Posted October 23, 2012
An exciting story with a nice twist. This is by far one of my favorite Sandra Ross books.
I have to say, I enjoyed reading through this story so much I was so sorry when it ended. What I loved most about it was the hot sex scene. I could almost wish I were Chandler, being ravaged by a handsome man like Lucien.
Lucien himself was described so well, I wanted him to walk out of the story and come into my life. As a matter of fact, all the main characters were well described. I was not left wondering about them. They were described so well that I could see them quite vividly in my head, which helped a lot since I wasn't left feeling as if I didn't get my money's worth.
The plot was not rigorous but it was intense enough to have me wondering what was going to happen next. In short, the plot was really good; making you want more as every chapter went by. I found myself reading faster and faster as the climax grew. I wanted to know what the mysterious stranger wanted and when I found out, I have to say, I was pleased.
Ross writes well. If you like a book that doesn't bore you with extreme conundrums or complex terminologies, then this is the book for you. The simplicity with which Ross writes brings her points across clearly. I had no problem following the story line from start to finish. That's a big deal for me, since I really hate when I am reading something and end up being more confused than I was before I read the text.
In short, if you want a good read, this book will be very refreshing.