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For the first time in more than four centuries, a vampire's loneliness is erased by the young and beautiful Analisa, who radiates warmth and goodness. Wandering to his tomb where he takes refuge by day, she does not suspect his eyes could mesmerize her and compel her to do his bidding. Reissue.

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For the first time in more than four centuries, a vampire's loneliness is erased by the young and beautiful Analisa, who radiates warmth and goodness. Wandering to his tomb where he takes refuge by day, she does not suspect his eyes could mesmerize her and compel her to do his bidding. Reissue.

30 review for Midnight Embrace

  1. 5 out of 5

    Heather *Awkward Queen and Unicorn Twin*

    I've decided to write a new blurb for this book. I promise it will be a billion times more exciting than the book itself! Spoilers ahead. But honestly, you know how this book ends. INNOCENCE She was so young and beautiful, fresh as a flower, bright as a ray of light, with the guileless eyes of a newborn babe... ANGST But he was a monster, a dark monster with no soul, and they could never be together... DEFILEMENT Her virginity was a temptation and a prize, one that he could never take because she was I've decided to write a new blurb for this book. I promise it will be a billion times more exciting than the book itself! Spoilers ahead. But honestly, you know how this book ends. INNOCENCE She was so young and beautiful, fresh as a flower, bright as a ray of light, with the guileless eyes of a newborn babe... ANGST But he was a monster, a dark monster with no soul, and they could never be together... DEFILEMENT Her virginity was a temptation and a prize, one that he could never take because she was much too pure for his demon peen... until one night when he fell victim to his overwhelming lust... JEALOUSY Despite their undeniable love, he threw her at the mercy of human courtship, and it tortured him to know another man wanted her... But whatever, they still slept together. BETRAYAL She killed to save his life, and he knew his darkness had touched her and she was no longer pure... HAPPINESS But then he meditated for several months and realized he was a stupid, wishy-washy idiot. At last, they could be together! THE END

  2. 4 out of 5

    ♥♥Mari♥♥

    This is the second of my two favorite Amanda Ashley novels. The plot and characters are equally mesmerizing, although this book has a different feel. However, the basic conflict is the same: a lonely, tortured vampire falls in love with a young girl who is all innocence and light. One could say that this is already a hackneyed story, but Ashley somehow turns what could merely be a formulaic plot into something fresh and exciting, thus pulling her readers into the tale, inexorably keeping them th This is the second of my two favorite Amanda Ashley novels. The plot and characters are equally mesmerizing, although this book has a different feel. However, the basic conflict is the same: a lonely, tortured vampire falls in love with a young girl who is all innocence and light. One could say that this is already a hackneyed story, but Ashley somehow turns what could merely be a formulaic plot into something fresh and exciting, thus pulling her readers into the tale, inexorably keeping them there, too, until the very end. It is precisely Ashley's ability to pull readers into her stories that I believe make her books so utterly addictive. The reader readily identifies with the heroine, and so, this somehow becomes the reader's story, as well. I can definitely affirm that this is what happened to me as I read. Analisa, an orphaned teenage girl, lies dying in a hospital. Then, one night, a mysterious stranger appears next to her bed, and gently orders her to drink something that restores her health. Dr. Martinson, her attending physician, refuses to believe her when she insists that a strange man has visited her hospital room. The good doctor can only marvel at her complete recovery. Released from the hospital a few days later, Analisa receives a note from someone named Alesandro de Avalone. This mysterious person invites her to spend an extended holiday at his residence, Blackbriar Hall. Analisa is taken completely by surprise at this, since she has never heard of this man. She makes her way to Blackbriar Hall, which is the typical dark, Gothic mansion. It's even raining as she arrives, accompanied by flashes of lightning followed by rolling thunder. Granted, this sounds quite stereotypical. Nevertheless, the reader is intrigued by the mystery of Alesandro de Avalone. What could possibly be his interest in this young orphan girl? Naturally, it turns out that he is the stranger who appeared in Analisa's hospital room. There are similarities with A Darker Dream at this point in the story; Analisa, like Rhianna, is given a tutor so that she might learn to read. In this book, the tutor turns out to be the housekeeper, Mrs. Thornfield, who has been with Lord de Avalone for years. Her name is obviously a nod to Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre, for the Gothic house in that novel was named, as any Bronte fan knows (and I count myself among them!), Thornfield Hall. Alesandro has a mortal enemy-- Rodrigo, another vampire. The struggle between these two vampires -- one saddened by his transformation, and intent on sparing human lives from himself, while the other one vengefully engages in murder -- is one of the things that make this novel so fascinating. Alesandro is as ethical and good as his nature permits him to be. Rodrigo revels in killing, in causing suffering, not only to his hapless victims, but to Alesandro as well. So here we have the eternal battle between good and evil. The love story between Analisa and Alesandro is sweet, beautiful, and tender. There are, however, some strong resemblances to Jane Eyre; not only in the atmosphere, but in the way the two leads relate to one another, although Analisa is definitely not anywhere as interesting a character as Jane Eyre. The same may be said of Alesandro, who cannot compare to Edward Rochester. Still, I do have a soft spot for him. I found the pacing perfect, the plotting excellent, and the conflict between the two vampires was very realistically depicted. I do think that Rodrigo was more of a cardboard villain, though. There is no miraculous ending to this novel, as there is with A Darker Dream. However, the conflicts in the story are resolved in a very satisfactory manner, and I found this to be a very enjoyable read! For more of my reviews, please visit my blog, A NIGHT’S DREAM OF BOOKS. http://anightsdreamofbooks.blogspot.com

  3. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    If you LOVED "A Darker Dream" then you will probably almost love this one better! I can't decide which one of the two I like more. I have re-read this one often too. This one has a stronger heroine, but there is a little something at the end that is upsetting, but then the VERY end is GREAT!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    This is going to sound kinda funny...but my mom found this book today under her bed...and I happened to be there and I was like "Hey, can I read that!?" In a bored voice she says, "It has vampires in it," I say..."so, I don't mind vampires..." where then she responds with..."Jess, its a romance novel!" Apparently my mom still thinks I'm a little kid and cannot handle reading about vampires...but worst of all is the romance part cause everyone knows it gets all heated and such. lol. Needless to sa This is going to sound kinda funny...but my mom found this book today under her bed...and I happened to be there and I was like "Hey, can I read that!?" In a bored voice she says, "It has vampires in it," I say..."so, I don't mind vampires..." where then she responds with..."Jess, its a romance novel!" Apparently my mom still thinks I'm a little kid and cannot handle reading about vampires...but worst of all is the romance part cause everyone knows it gets all heated and such. lol. Needless to say, I talked her into letting me borrow it. And so far its pretty dang good. Hope it stays that way... Very good book! I liked it! *smiles*

  5. 5 out of 5

    Chrisolu

    OMG this is my first Amanda Ashley book. I've read a handful of paranormal authors and I think Amanda Ashley just might be my favorite. Her novels are good without being overly dramatic. I just wish she would write the coupling of her characters with more "action".

  6. 5 out of 5

    Amber

    This book was the first book by Amanda Ashley that I have read years ago and the story was mezmerizing! It encoraged me to read other related books.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Mark

    Personally I felt Midnight Embrace by Amanda Ashley is a fantastic, appealing vampire novel, and I'm looking forward to reading more of the authors novels in the future.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jenika Ioffreda

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Summarization of the book: Vampire -hero troubled by the whole "life without sun-murders-sucking blood-dead by day" package. Heroine "pure, innocent, boring", in needs of help. The vampire-hero saves her. They fell in love. He tries to say "I am not the one for you, I am a monster, bla bla bla" but their love is so strong they can't be apart. Comes the evil character of the story, another vampire with a vendetta plans and who ,of course, targets the heroine. Vampire-hero kills vampire-evil. Vampire Summarization of the book: Vampire -hero troubled by the whole "life without sun-murders-sucking blood-dead by day" package. Heroine "pure, innocent, boring", in needs of help. The vampire-hero saves her. They fell in love. He tries to say "I am not the one for you, I am a monster, bla bla bla" but their love is so strong they can't be apart. Comes the evil character of the story, another vampire with a vendetta plans and who ,of course, targets the heroine. Vampire-hero kills vampire-evil. Vampire-hero agrees to make the pure heroine vampire too. End of story. The only reason why I give 2 stars instead of 1 is for the "gothic feeling" this story had that was quite pleasant... the rest sadly wasn't good. The story wasn't so bad but didn't really had much originality... and I really didn't understand the ending. If two vampires can't stay in the same place because they are very territorial...how Analisa and Alesandro can be together if he makes her a vampire too? She would need to go away as the ex house keeper did...

  9. 4 out of 5

    Ruth Violet

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. excellent story i loved it. its a gothic historical romance. and she is really good at writing those. love the characters of analisa and alesandro. and the romance,danger etc. and then when he told her he was a vampire and she kinda figured it out also. awesome. and his enemy rodrigo. kept propping up. til finally he was destroyed. alsandro left her. and then he came back at the end. HEA.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Tabs

    Find a formula and beat it to death. Poor girl has to live in a castle with a vampire. I already read one book by this author with the same premise, Bound by Night. I will keep on reading to confirm that Amanda Ashley is indeed a computer program.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Martha Walker

    love this author have not read a book i didnt like.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Julia

    I registered a book at BookCrossing.com! http://www.BookCrossing.com/journal/11490146

  13. 5 out of 5

    Ginger

    I had mixed feelings about this book. It dragged in places, the female character a young seventeen year old girl yes was naive and ignorant of the fact that her benefactor was a Vampire, but the author didn't give the storyline enough excitement and suspense or appeal. Alesandro was a fourhundred year old vampire but lacking in his strength and strategy to go after what he wanted namely Annalisa. Wasn't all bad he wanted her to decide and make her own decisions, it's just in my opinion it took t I had mixed feelings about this book. It dragged in places, the female character a young seventeen year old girl yes was naive and ignorant of the fact that her benefactor was a Vampire, but the author didn't give the storyline enough excitement and suspense or appeal. Alesandro was a fourhundred year old vampire but lacking in his strength and strategy to go after what he wanted namely Annalisa. Wasn't all bad he wanted her to decide and make her own decisions, it's just in my opinion it took to long for it to happen and got boring reading about all of Annalisas day in and day out happenings.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jill Champlin

    Is there an echo in here? The same thing was said over and over. I wanted to like it...but struggled to get through it. It read, for me, like a story written by someone new to writing. Not even close to Kenyon or Feehan. This author seems to play tee ball next to those major leaguers.

  15. 5 out of 5

    stephanie

    Its a Good read I liked the book just hated that it dragged on for so long and at the end she wants to change to a vampire and that's it...It definitely leaves your readers stunned that that is the end disappointed in many ways :(

  16. 5 out of 5

    Zoe Herold

    I liked it Liked the plot of this one more than the others. There were more antagonists and a lot more drama to be had.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Laramie

    Good read. But..... This book had a premature ending which I did not care for...at all!! Better editing was much needed. I will not be purchasing more books by this author.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Rose Hale

    Loved this story. A must read

  19. 4 out of 5

    Goofysmurf

    Not bad It would be a great book but in places it really felt like things were rushed or skipped. Id suggest reading this while waiting for something better.

  20. 5 out of 5

    EroticaAfterDark (Lilith)

    SAVE $3 Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU This historical vampire novel is either loved or hated. I guess we will have to figure out on our on to which group we belong.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Natalia

    Nope. Just nope. The story begins with a dying woman. But, seriously, it's hard to recognize. She's lying in a bed in a hospital, but it takes a while to understand, that it's a hospital - it could be a bed in her own house. Shouldn't there be some medical stuff? Like, I don't know, ECG? Drip? Something? Shouldn't there be a nurse? The woman is dying because of an epidemic (no name. What a surprise. If an author had named a disease, she would have done a research). And, again, there's no sign of Nope. Just nope. The story begins with a dying woman. But, seriously, it's hard to recognize. She's lying in a bed in a hospital, but it takes a while to understand, that it's a hospital - it could be a bed in her own house. Shouldn't there be some medical stuff? Like, I don't know, ECG? Drip? Something? Shouldn't there be a nurse? The woman is dying because of an epidemic (no name. What a surprise. If an author had named a disease, she would have done a research). And, again, there's no sign of this epidemic. The doctor walks around without any preventions. No msk on face, no gloves, no disinfectants. Next: she recovers, thanks to mysterious stranger (vampire, ofc - but no one knows about him). What does doctor do? He lets her go. Come on, she underwent an epidemic and overcame it! She should be examined thoroughly, maybe she hides something, that could prevent that epidemic in future? She leaves hospital, but it turns out, that she has no place to live - her family died, and her house was burnt. Erm...? Which year do we have? Because, you know, in XXI century the house would rather be fumigated... As soon as she leaves, the doctor (did he have any name...?) runs after her and gives her a letter. Okay, I dont't know how it looks like in USA, but in Poland it's unthinkable. Seriously, doctors are really busy, they don't run after their patients. I didn't read whole book, it's too stupid for me.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Vittoria

    I found this book an enjoyable reading but nothing special. So I gave it 3 stars, maybe 3 and 1/2. The plot isn't original. We have the tortured vampire who hates his status and the innocent girl who is a balm to his soul. Now, where have I heard that before? I think this book could have been so much more, but there's something that didn't call to me, I can't quite put a finger on it. The heroine was a bit static, boring. Reading for me it's like entering a new world, a fantasy. Suddenly I'm there I found this book an enjoyable reading but nothing special. So I gave it 3 stars, maybe 3 and 1/2. The plot isn't original. We have the tortured vampire who hates his status and the innocent girl who is a balm to his soul. Now, where have I heard that before? I think this book could have been so much more, but there's something that didn't call to me, I can't quite put a finger on it. The heroine was a bit static, boring. Reading for me it's like entering a new world, a fantasy. Suddenly I'm there, I breathe with the characters, I see through their eyes, I tap my feet in impatience or chew on my lip because I can't wait to see what will happen next. I feel the characters. And I love it. But Analisa, I didn't feel her. At least she wasn't a spineless excuse of a woman (thank God, because there's nothing that makes me put a book down faster than a doormat). The hero was slightly better, even if he was a bit too mushy for a 400 years vampire and repeated himself over and over again. I love a broody and anguished man, but I didn't feel his pain. Plus, his name was driving me mad. He should be Italian hence his name should be Alessandro, not Alesandro (I'm Italian, I should know). I even checked the origin of the name and variatons in other languages and didn't find it anywhere. I hate when they translate incorrectly. It hurt my eyes just to read it, let alone say it aloud.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Taylor

    This book was not really what I excpected....... It was ok but not the best vampire romance by far. Pros I really liked the dark vibe that the author pulled you in during the story. I also loved the villain prov of the story and the little chapters we got from him that were actually scary and gave you that Eerie feeling that I always enjoy reading in a dark historical romance book . I also really liked our main vampire of the story with his dark side that clings to the heroin that sweet and loving This book was not really what I excpected....... It was ok but not the best vampire romance by far. Pros I really liked the dark vibe that the author pulled you in during the story. I also loved the villain prov of the story and the little chapters we got from him that were actually scary and gave you that Eerie feeling that I always enjoy reading in a dark historical romance book . I also really liked our main vampire of the story with his dark side that clings to the heroin that sweet and loving and who very well represented humanity, beauty, and purity. Con As I said I really did like both the characters and their Romance between the two of them. The only problem was it was maybe that it was too predictable. Amanda Ashley's midnight embrace did not really set aside from all the other books in the genre . It's exactly what you expect in this type of story a villain vampire trying to sabotage the romance between the hero a vampire with regrets trying to find the best out of life and the heroin that is the image of goodness. Overall it's not a bad book the only problem is it's nothing new or original to the stories that I haven't already read. I recommend this if you do like vampire historical romance books just know that it doesn't offer any new take or new story line.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Paige

    MIDNIGHT EMBRACE was a good read. It didn’t wow me, but it was similar to what Amanda Ashley is known for and I like that I know I will enjoy her vampire tales. Ashley has a lot of different series and I’ve read multiple of them, so for me, when I pick up a book like this one that isn’t a romantic suspense or a shifter book, I know that the pace will be slow, the story following an obvious pattern and a happy ending. I expect that and I enjoy that. These really hit the spot for me because I love MIDNIGHT EMBRACE was a good read. It didn’t wow me, but it was similar to what Amanda Ashley is known for and I like that I know I will enjoy her vampire tales. Ashley has a lot of different series and I’ve read multiple of them, so for me, when I pick up a book like this one that isn’t a romantic suspense or a shifter book, I know that the pace will be slow, the story following an obvious pattern and a happy ending. I expect that and I enjoy that. These really hit the spot for me because I love the old, lonely vampire that fall for the beautiful mortal. ***Details*** Analisa grew up poor and was on death’s bed when Alesandrode Avallone saved her and gave her the run of his keep. Suddenly she had all the privileges that she never thought she would. Except for the odd dreams and the longing for Alesandrode, Analisa had nothing more to want. A doctor for the town, Alesandrode has been fighting his once best friend for 400 years, but when Analisa is brought into their war, Alesandrode knows he must end it before she is hurt. This ending left Analisa’s fate unknown, but I’m pretty sure losing the light to be with Alesandrode for eternity is a small price to pay.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I enjoyed this paranormal historical romance set in late 1800's England. Seventeen year old Analisa Matthews is alone in the world. Her family has died from disease, and she is on her way to the same fate in a hospital bed, until she is saved by a dark stranger, Alesandro, a 400 year old vampire who can't bear to see beautiful and kind Analisa suffer. As much as Analisa comes to love Alesandro and would love to spend eternity in his arms, she's not sure she's ready to become a vampire. There is I enjoyed this paranormal historical romance set in late 1800's England. Seventeen year old Analisa Matthews is alone in the world. Her family has died from disease, and she is on her way to the same fate in a hospital bed, until she is saved by a dark stranger, Alesandro, a 400 year old vampire who can't bear to see beautiful and kind Analisa suffer. As much as Analisa comes to love Alesandro and would love to spend eternity in his arms, she's not sure she's ready to become a vampire. There is also the matter of Alesandro's one time good friend, the vampire Rodrigo, now his enemy, bent on revenge, as he blames Alesandro for the death of his fiance. There is nothing Rodrigo would like more than to take Analisa away from Alesandro forever.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Saukerson

    Considering some people's reviews, I wasn't sure how the book would play out compared to A Darker Dream. yes, it was similar in many way, but if people can put that aside and read it for what it is (a love story), they will find it is seductive, heart-warming, and tender. It had me hooked from the first chapter. The only downfall I think was the repetitive words used to describe the characters. I can't begin to count how many times I ran across the words 'dark', 'tall', 'preternatural' and 'sedu Considering some people's reviews, I wasn't sure how the book would play out compared to A Darker Dream. yes, it was similar in many way, but if people can put that aside and read it for what it is (a love story), they will find it is seductive, heart-warming, and tender. It had me hooked from the first chapter. The only downfall I think was the repetitive words used to describe the characters. I can't begin to count how many times I ran across the words 'dark', 'tall', 'preternatural' and 'seductive'. However all that aside, I found it to be a good read. just be warned, there are some scenes that mat leave you aching, breathing heavily, and wanting more.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    A good read, I didn't hate it but this was probably the only time I will read it. Books that I really love I usally reread several times but I don't think this book will fall on that list. Of course that is just me, don't let me deter anyone from reading it because it is still a good book. It also doesn't have the normal love at first site bit that is so common now, which is a little refreshing. I wish there was a book 2 to this to see what would happen later on but unfortunately it is left to t A good read, I didn't hate it but this was probably the only time I will read it. Books that I really love I usally reread several times but I don't think this book will fall on that list. Of course that is just me, don't let me deter anyone from reading it because it is still a good book. It also doesn't have the normal love at first site bit that is so common now, which is a little refreshing. I wish there was a book 2 to this to see what would happen later on but unfortunately it is left to the imagination.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Regina Morris

    I'm a fan of Amanda Ashley and really enjoyed her other novels, but this book fell flat for me. It was well written, the setting was great, and even the story line was okay ... I just really didn't like the main female character. I know she was young and naive, but I kept wanting something more from her. The side characters were good and I found myself more interested in them. The romance seemed weak and I just didn't see a connection between the two lovers. I'll continue to read Amanda Ashley's I'm a fan of Amanda Ashley and really enjoyed her other novels, but this book fell flat for me. It was well written, the setting was great, and even the story line was okay ... I just really didn't like the main female character. I know she was young and naive, but I kept wanting something more from her. The side characters were good and I found myself more interested in them. The romance seemed weak and I just didn't see a connection between the two lovers. I'll continue to read Amanda Ashley's novels because I think she's a wonderful writer, but this book just missed it's mark for me.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Gloria

    So far the beginning is almost like Bram Stokers Dracula in so far as the trip to the castle. The wolf following the carriage and going to the grave at night becuase he was compelling her to. I think Dracula also wanted Mina to come to him willingly. I do, however, love a good vampire novel. Loved the name Alesandro de Avallone. Sounds so mysterious. Not to mention sexy. Okay it got good around chapter 13. I wanted to read about them walking down the isle. Would have really set it off. Other than So far the beginning is almost like Bram Stokers Dracula in so far as the trip to the castle. The wolf following the carriage and going to the grave at night becuase he was compelling her to. I think Dracula also wanted Mina to come to him willingly. I do, however, love a good vampire novel. Loved the name Alesandro de Avallone. Sounds so mysterious. Not to mention sexy. Okay it got good around chapter 13. I wanted to read about them walking down the isle. Would have really set it off. Other than that there is some really excellent writing in this book.

  30. 4 out of 5

    JoAnna

    very predictable plot. it has its moments that capture you and you can relate to analisa. most of the time it was alesandro trying to make up his mind about how to deal with his newfound love-a LOT of back and forth. it was a fun, easy read (not much sophisticated language or writting) but lacked intrigue. i would not read it again.

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