Nightshade

Nightshade

by Michelle Rowen

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Jillian Conrad always believed vampires weren't real. But when she's attacked by a desperate scientist, and injected with a serum meant to be a deadly poison against the undead, she realizes it's all true. And when the scientist is shot dead in front of her, his secrets die with him.Declan Reyes hates vampires with all his heart—despite being half-vampire himself—and he knows the poison in Jillian's veins could finally destroy the vampire king and his subjects. The serum makes her blood irresistible to all vampires—including Declan. One taste means death.Driven by duty to protect her, Declan pulls Jillian into his secret world of blood and battle. But what will Jillian do when she realizes his strong craving for her may be a different kind of hunger?

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BN ID: 2940163607907
Publisher: Michelle Rowen
Publication date: 11/07/2019
Series: Nightshade
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 239,840
File size: 412 KB

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Nightshade 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 103 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In San Diego, Jillian Conrad works as an office temp at am investment firm. She is returning to work following a coffee break when a man accosts her; he injects her with a syringe containing serum. Half-vampire Declan Reyes shoots and kills Jill's assaulter. Jill is so sick she feels like she is going to die. Reyes informs her she has been inoculated with chemicals that make vampires covet her blood though it is also a toxic to the undead. Concerned about Jill's safety and wanting to insure no further public incident occurs; Reyes escorts the ailing woman to a hidden remote lab where purebred human collaborators including scientists work on killing a rogue vampire king. Declan and Jill become lovers during her moments when the nausea and headaches subside and she is not on call as bloody bait. This is an engaging romantic fantasy starring a bewildered ailing human and a hybrid in heat. The story line is fast-paced with an interesting underlying premise. However, the sex feels gratuitous as Jill is very sick; perhaps puking once or twice on his lower head would have brought realism to the lusty encounters. Still sub-genre readers will enjoy Michelle Rowen's entertaining thriller. Harriet Klausner
alyxandra More than 1 year ago
This was a truly captivating first novel!!!! It completely blew me away!!!! I officially have a new favorite author!!!
pacey1927 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have only read one Michelle Rowan book. It was an `ok¿ YA book. Therefore completely consider me floored by how much I enjoyed Rowen¿s urban fantasy novel, ¿Nightshade¿. I read this book fluidly and at every chance I had to sit down for even five minutes.Nightshade manages the impressive feat of being a vampire tale that also feels completely original. And these vampires are the scariest I¿ve read about since those appearing in the first few Anita Blake novels. To add to the regular vampires, whom in this world live underground and mostly out of the way of the human population) are dhampyrs, half breeds made from a human mother and a vampire father. For unknown reasons, some of these dhampyr babies are born as mostly appearing human, but others (and more frequently) are born as literal monsters.Our heroine Jillian, is just a temporary office worker who seems to mostly be just drifting through her life, battling some bouts of occasion depression over her parents deaths, and basically trying to do the right thing and stay out of the way. Unfortunately she is in the wrong place and the wrong time one morning when she is held hostage in her office building and injected with a mysterious poison.She is kidnapped immediately following the injection by a scarred scary man named Declan who opens her to the entire new world of these dhampyrs and vampires. And gradually she must come to terms with the fact that she is now walking, talking vampire poison.This is just a very basic introduction and I won¿t go anymore into the plot because I don¿t want to spoil a single plot twist. And in ¿Nightshade¿ there are plenty of those twists! You never really know who to trust in this book, even the good guys can make you wonder if they are bad and vice versa. Jillian herself is a delight and as the reader, I really wanted her to have allies and survive every situation she gets thrown in.The book has a little romance and a little humor thrown in too but the biggest strengths are the tale¿s well developed characters and incredibly detailed world. The premise of this story has much potential to be expanded on. There is a sequel in the works as well as a novella that sits between the two books, but I can see how the story could continue on well after that, should the author decide to continue the series. This book was good enough to make me want to pick up her previous ¿Immortality Bites¿, her other new Demon series (Eden), as well as her upcoming new YA series
DarkFaerieTales on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Quick & Dirty: This compelling, frightening, and well-written urban fantasy will have you begging for the next installment.Opening Sentence: Life as I knew it ended at half past eleven on a Tuesday morning.The Review:Jillian Conrad had a particularly bad day at the office. In the midst of a coffee run, she is caught between a gun wielding, dangerous looking Declan Reyes, and a stark raving mad scientist. The mad scientist injects Jillian with a deadly serum. Greatly displeased by this turn of events, Declan kills the scientist. Declan needed that serum to help destroy the undead kingdom. With no choice left but to flee the scene of the crime, Declan kidnaps Jillian because she now has the serum he needs coursing through her veins. This unlikely pair embarks on a deadly adventure to destroy the vampire king and unbeknownst to them, save each other in the process.This is the first novel I've read by Ms. Rowen, and I have to say - I'm hooked. I love her writing style, and ability to craft a captivating, fast-paced story. Ms. Rowen succeeds in blending a bit of romance into this unconventional story, making Nightshade an extremely satisfying read.While some of the treachery and betrayal was predictable, it didn't detract from my enjoyment of the story. Interesting secondary characters add depth to this captivating world. The vampire mythology and worldbuilding are fantastic. Ms. Rowen's take on Dhampyr's is particularly riveting.Jillian's character surprised me in many ways. She doesn't have any hidden talents or latent powers upon which to rely. Jillian only has her wits and determination to help her survive against a dark and dangerous backdrop where vampires and their enemies rule. Jillian is a strong female character that is forced to adapt quickly to deadly surroundings. She has a tough journey ahead of her, and I'm looking forward to seeing her grow into her role as heroine.Declan Reyes isn't your conventional urban fantasy heartthrob; handsome beyond all reason with very little physical flaws - yeah not so much. I love his complexity. Declan still manages to be sexy even with his imperfections.Overall, Nightshade is a thrilling urban fantasy. Pulse-pounding action and strong characters breathe life into the story, and will grab you from page one. Nightshade is a great start to a very promising new urban fantasy series. One taste is all it takes, and I can hardly wait for the second installment, Bloodlust, to hit shelves on July 5, 2011.Notable Scene:Terror coursed through me.But it was only the beginning. After inhaling my scent and sliding his cool, wet tongue over my throat for a few seconds, seconds during which I whimpered and clawed at him and tried to break free, I felt the sharp tips of his fangs press against my skin.Declan, please...help me...I wasn't sure if I said it aloud or only thought it. Either way, he didn't help. He didn't burst into the room to save me.And then I felt the pain.I screamed and kicked as the vampire pierced my skin and sank his fangs deep into my throat. The next moment it felt as if I'd been paralyzed. I couldn't move anymore, couldn't fight against him. But I could still feel everything.The pain was acute; deep and searing, like twin blades digging into my flesh. Then there was the equally horrible sound of slurping as he began to drink my blood. His hand, which had been stroking between my legs quickly moved to undo the top button of my pants and greedily slip inside.And I couldn't move. I couldn't beg for him to stop. At that moment, I couldn't even scream.The Nightshade Series:1. Nightshade2. BloodlustFTC Advisory: The author provided me with a copy of Nightshade. No goody bags, sponsorships, "material connections," or bribes were exchanged for my review. In addition, I don't receive affiliate fees for anything purchased via links from my site.
pollywannabook on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Review courtesy of All Things Urban FantasyConfession time: I¿m a huge fan of Martin Short. I love all those stupid comedies he made in the 80¿s including one starring Dennis Quaid and Meg Ryan called Innerspace. In the movie Martin gets accosted by a scientist exiting an elevator (who¿s being chased by an assassin) and injected with the contents of top secret experiment after which the assassin shoots the scientist and pursues Martin. Why am I telling you this? Because that¿s the exact same opening scene of NIGHSHADE, except instead of a micronized Dennis Quaid, Jillian is injected with a formula that makes her irresistible¿and deadly¿to vampires. My hands down favorite thing about NIGHSHADE was the surprising turn (or should I say turns?) that the romance took. The guys in this book do not start out as shiny and drool worthy¿they are monsters. Harsh, uncaring, debauched monsters. And I didn¿t see them coming. I kept waiting for the `real¿ love interest to show up and didn¿t even notice how the monsters snuck up on me until they were no longer monsters in my eyes. Hats off to Michele Rowen for the skillful turnabout that I bought completely. I wonder what it says about me that I preferred the monster side of Declan to the more human version. He acted a bit `neutered¿ for lack of a better word when he was off his vamp-suppressing meds. I also did not get how he went from almost attacking Jillian one minute because he couldn¿t control his desires to essentially having to be coerced through every single step of the first sexual encounter with her. She¿s supposed to be vampire heroin in every sense of the word and he had to be literally dragged to her bed protesting the whole time. I was expecting/hoping for something more there. The beginning of NIGHSHADE is excellent, the middle is a bit lackluster, but the ending was strong and nicely set up the future for this series. The good news is you don¿t have to wait even another day to read more about Jillian. Her story continues in the anthology PRIMAL that released on February 1st. The next full length Nightshade novel is called BLOODLUST and will be published on July 5, 2011. Off to read PRIMAL.Sexual Content: A couple moderately graphic sex scenes. References to rape.
ABookwormsHaven on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I started reading this book after finishing up another one, so it was later in the day and I thought I might be able to get halfway through before I had to go to bed that night. After a while I took a break to check the time and I was on page 220 out of 325. I had no idea I had gotten that far into the book. I was so sucked into all the action I hardly came up for air. You are thrown into fast paced action right from the beginning of this book so the pages just seem to fly by.Our main character, Jillian, is on a coffee run when she ends up in the middle of a fight between a scientist and a mystery man wielding a gun. Jillian ends up getting injected with serum the scientist is trying to protect and is thrust into a world she never wanted to be a part of. Dragging her kicking and screaming into that world would be Declan, a dhampir assassin who seems to be a cold hearted killer. However, things are not always what they appear to be in this world, especially Declan.Another reason I love this book? No fluff. Meaning, there is nothing there that is not necessary and adding to the story. I had just enough information to keep me from feeling lost, but not enough that I did not have to read more to be satisfied.The vampires in this story were another interesting element. They do have many common vampire characteristics, they drink blood, they are pretty hard to kill, but they can be out in sunlight. That is if they want their eyes burned out of their skulls, pretty picture right? The vampire mythology in Nightshade was very interesting and I enjoyed seeing a different element to the vamps in this world. It kept me intrigued and it differentiated Michelle¿s vampires from those in other worlds.My favorite thing about this book though was the relationship between the two main characters, Jillian and Declan. They start out as kidnapper and victim but of course, that does not last too long. I relished watching Jillian break down Declan¿s barriers and help him to see what kind of life he is really living. The chemistry between them is undeniable, even in the beginning, and watching them struggle through it was fantastic.Overall Nightshade is a fantastic first edition to the series! Michelle has done a wonderful job of weaving a story so full of mystery and intrigue the reader is left not knowing who to trust or what is going to happen next. I ate up every second of trying to discover the truth behind the lies and I am now completely in love with this world. At the end of the book you are left with just enough information that you can walk away happy, but not enough that you will be able to resist reading more when the next book, Bloodlust, hits the shelves later this year.
blodeuedd on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book just got better and better. First it was ok, then good, and that the end I did not want to let go of the people and the world.Jillian lives a normal life in a normal world, until the day a freaky professor injects her with poison and then she gets kidnaps by one scary looking guy. She is scared, but she is also tough, and I liked that about her. She had to adjust quickly as she learnt that there are evil vampires out there and she now cos of the serum is poison to them. The government has plans for her.Then there is Declan, the love interest of course. But he is one cold man, a half-vampire who does what he is told. But even in his bad moods I liked him. And then I liked him some more.The book kept surprising me too, things are not what they seem to be. And even the Good Guys can do bad things.The book has a romance building up, ok more lust and friendship at the beginning, but it's changing. There is some action, scary laboratories, and some crazy dhampyrs that would rip your throat off if they could. The book keeps building up this intense feeling and then, oh then it gets good. That is all I can say.PS. I liked the vampire king, lol. Lips sealed.Recommendation and final thoughts:I am getting my genres mixed again, but anyway this is not straight PNR, it's very UF too so let's call it a mix. There is some ass-kicking, and some romance, and it's a book I would recommend. I really wish I had book 2 next to me. I need more. It's a nice new world that will surprise you.
krau0098 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the first book in Rowen's Jillian Conrad series. There are going to be at least two books in this series; the 2nd will be titled Bloodlust and is scheduled for a July 2011 release date. I have read some of Michelle Rowen's series previously and enjoyed them. I really loved her Demon Princess series and was excited to read a new series by her that was aimed more at urban fantasy than romance. This was a very entertaining read, it was quick and fun.Jillian (Jill to her friends) is just trying to get some coffee and get back to work. She is grabbed by a man in an elevator and injected with something; next thing she knows she is being kidnapped by a large scarred man who is telling her she's been injected with a poison that normal hospitals won't be able to do anything about. Jill agrees (kind of) to go with him and ends up having her eyes opened to a world where vampires are real and are definitely not the nice guys.This book was a fast and fun read. Jillian is a wonderful character: she is practical, sarcastic, noisy, and surprisingly resilient given that she is an unsuspecting victim to all that is going on. The plot is solid and engaging if not completely original. The beginning of this book especially reminded me of Gena Showalter's Playing With Fire.Declan is an interesting character who is forced to take a serum to subdue his vampiric nature. As the male lead he is a bit on and off; at points he is endearing and at others not. Him and Jill have okay chemistry together, but it was never really something that blew me off my feet. I have definitely read about better female/male match-ups. That being said their relationship was okay, and they were fun to read about.There is quite a bit of action in this book, making it more of an urban fantasy/paranormal romance blend than straight up romance. Rowen's writing style is easy to read and the dialogue between characters is snappy and fun. The book wraps things up nicely while still leaving some things un-resolved for the next book.Overall a solid and fun read; equal parts urban fantasy and paranormal romance. Jillian is a wonderful character, as is Declan. The chemistry between the two could have been better but they were still a lot of fun to read about. I love Rowen's writing style it is so easy and fun to read. I will definitely be picking up Bloodlust when it comes out. Recommended for readers who like books about dhampirs, strong women caught in unsuspecting situations, and paranormal romance that tends toward urban fantasy.
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I loved the book. I couldn't put it down
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I couldn't put it down
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Novelsontherun More than 1 year ago
I love me some urban fantasy and I know what to look for in a great urban fantasy book. I was having a little trouble with Nightshade as it fluctuated with me between really good and ok back up to really good. Having said that I have read book # 2, Bloodlust and I really enjoyed it. My first thought with Nightshade was one of its male characters Declan, reminded me of the movie Blade’s character, Blade, half human, half vampire, a Dhamphyr, who injects himself to curb his bloodlust and is a vampire assassin. Unfortunately it also curbs the sexual urges that a guy of his age, 28yrs old should be feeling. The poor lovey has never had any relations...* waggles eyebrows*. Never felt the urge to get his smexi on. This is thanks to the only father he has ever known, Carson Reyes who gets Declan to inject himself with serum every 3 hours on the dot. Declan is a scarred, one eyed, pirate patch wearing soldier who shows no emotion and is a killing machine. Enter Jillian Conrad, 5ft 4”, just your average Girl Friday in the office, until she decides to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. A nice stabbing of a deadly poison in her neck from Mr Anderson and her life turns topsy turvy. Jillian and Declan are stuck with each other for half the book, each needing the other to stay alive until they get to Silver Ridge where a whole set of characters come into play. I really like Noah Palmer, he talks too much, but he has a kind heart, but he talks too much...in other words he is a good source of info for Jillian. Dr Monica Gray and Carson are working to rid the world of vampires. They also have a bit of a mad scientist thing going on doing crazy experimenting. Not everybody agrees with what they are doing. Jillian winds up in Matthias’ arms, King of the Vampires and enter the quite good twists. It did take a while in this first instalment to get past the meet and greet and get the plot to take hold and be more than it was, but I did really enjoy the latter part of the book. Michelle has given us a whole pile of betrayal, lust, bloodlust, lots of who is trust worthy and who did you think was trustworthy...well they weren’t..ha! Serums, then new improved serums, pain and a one eyed cat named Molly...guess whose she belongs to? I really LOVE Matthias’ character, he is uber smexi and he can’t help this thing he has for Jillian. Declan’s character grew on me as he was deliberately a flat , non emotional character, but when he showed more of himself, he came alive to the reader and you could look past what he originally showed us. From Girl Friday to the tough fight to survive girl that Jillian became by the end of this book was worth the read. There was a scene in this book that did make me cringe a little as I think you have to be careful when writing this type of scene as I thought it was too blasé, considering what happened to Jillian with everybody watching in the observation room...it kind of didn’t sit well with me. The characters were just too blasé about what happened. Then we just forget as we read on. I feel like Declan’s character needed to follow up on it once his mind was back in the game, be furious or something. I have read this type of scene in other books and I thought it was handled better. It wasn’t full on but I think it did tip over what is classified as too much non-consensual touchy. I think what I am trying to say is, Jillian’s character was just an office worker, not trained in being a tough kick ass chick who can roll with the punches, knows what she signed on for. Jillian didn’t sign on for anything, she fell into it all and had to cope. She has so much thrown at her in this book and she handles it all very well. I would have liked to see her lose it a bit, then grow from what happened to her. Show that it did effect her and the characters important to her. I enjoyed this first instalment enough to want to keep reading and Bloodlust had some great twists and more Matthias and Declan, add in Kristoff and you have one bang on party where anything goes. I am looking forward to more books in this series just to see where Michelle takes the whole Declan, Matthias * waggles eyebrows* storyline with Jillian getting better and better.
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Loved this series, great book! Looking Forward to more from Michelle Rowen
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