"Vampire romance with some twists"

Unnerved seeing the carnival vampire Alexi Kristov, Marisa trips as she leaves unknowing that her blood has awakened the monster. Hoping to quiet her nightmares, she returns the next day to find the carnival being dismantled because the owner was murdered by a vampire.

Gregori Chiavari introduces himself as a magician in town seeking an old friend. Alexi had murdered his family and Gregori accepted the 'dark gift' so he could avenge their death. Now he is the only one who can save Marisa although she also has Edward Ramsey, a vampire hunter wishing to protect her. The story has several "yes" and "no" relationship scenes then proceeds with some twists that include time-travel, undead monsters and a final showdown.

Marisa is an "old fashioned style" heroine whose persona may frustrate some. Grigori was a vampire who chose his fate and after all this time was ready for love. Alexi was an unredeemable villain you will love to hate. Although this was not my favorite books by Amanda Ashley [aka Madeline Baker] it was worth reading. There is a sequel you will also enjoy: AFTER SUNDOWN which is Edward's story.

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Reviewed by Cy Korte
Posted November 5, 2006



Bound by chains, the vampire had slept for 100 years, locked in pain and hunger, until the scent of one woman's blood recalled him to life.


Unnerved by the sight of the carnival's captive "vampire," she stumbled from the tent - into the arms of the most striking man she'd ever seen. Mesmerized by his supernatural embrace, she belived him when he swore all he desired to drink were her kisses.


Lost in darkness, Grigori finds new sustenance in the light of Marisa's love, and new purpose in his life. Only he can protect her from the evil that stalks the night. Grigori vows to show Marisa that not all the undead are monsters, and that somewhere between the black and white of damnation and desire lay infinite SHADES OF GRAY.

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Shades of Gray
by Amanda Ashley

Love Spell
January 1, 1998
Available: January 1, 1998
ISBN #0505522438
EAN #9780505522436
400 pages
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Other Books by
Amanda Ashley

Bound By Blood
Everlasting Desire
Everlasting Kiss
Immortal Sins
Night's Pleasure
Night's Master
Dead Perfect
Night's Touch
Dead Sexy
Desire After Dark
Night's Kiss
Stroke of Midnight
A Whisper of Eternity
Midnight Pleasures
After Sundown
Midnight Embrace
After Twilight
A Darker Dream
Deeper Than The Night
Embrace the Night

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