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"A Highly Erotic Vampire Fantasy"

The Shadow Dwellers is a paranormal romance series in which the human world coexists with a preternatural one. The preternaturals consist of vampires, witches, and were-animals, who are governed by the Council of (five) Elders headed by the vampire Alexandre St. Juste. They are stories about friendship, loyalty, and betrayal, but most of all love.

What do five women friends of eclectic interests and experience discuss when they gather together? Men? Sex? Fantasies? You guessed it! All of the above, and one of these ladies is about to have her fantasies come true in a most unexpected way.

Vivian, Jennifer, Melanie, Ehrin, and Shai have gathered in a New York City restaurant to celebrate Shai's birthday. Consensus has it that Shai's love life had been seriously lacking. The ladies have already gifted her with a sexy outfit and naughty lingerie, but that isn't enough. They've also decided that she needs a lover.

Shai Jordan isn't at all certain she needs one at all. Her limited experiences hadn't left her too impressed with sex. Her childhood hadn't given her any reason to trust men either. Her father had abandoned his family when she was small, leaving them destitute. Her mother had turned to prostitution, and the endless stream of men parading through their house had done nothing to improve her opinion of men. Her mother had died brutally at the hands of her clients. The only man who had ever done her a good turn was the police officer who had gotten her off the streets and turned her life around.

When prompted for a favorite fantasy though, Shai has her friends sitting on the edge of their seats. She paints a tale of a dark stranger who enters her home at night and promises to do her every bidding. Her friends approve, but is this what she'd really wish for?

As if her mind had been read, a dark and handsome stranger appears in her field of vision. Has she conjured him up? He is the embodiment of her fantasy lover. Their eyes meet, and shy Shai looks away only to hear him greet her friend Jennifer. Shai sits rapt as Jen introduces her to her old friend Valentin. Steamy visions run through her head as Val expresses his enchantment at the introduction. At home later that night Shai falls asleep with those visions still dancing in her head. Her life would never be the same.

Just outside a sinister presence watches over her as she sleeps. The vampire bides his time. Soon he would come for her, as he had come for her mother so many years ago.

The following day Shai returns to her office at the Times to find a dozen blood red roses with no card. As she ponders the identity of the sender, she learns that another call girl has been ritually murdered. As with the others, the woman's head had been nearly severed off, the body drained of blood. The strange serial murders resemble the manner of her mother's death all those years ago. A crime that had never been solved. Shai is determined to find the killer.

Val comes to her that night, determined to fulfill her every erotic fantasy. Though normal shy, Shai believing she is only dreaming, decides to go for broke. He is everything she'd dreamed he'd be and more. Later she receives a call from an anonymous male who claims to know both her and the identity of the serial killer. He wants to meet with her alone. With the evidence that her late night encounter was not a dream staring her in the face, she wonders if the caller could be her dark lover. Could she afford not to find out?

The murders continue. The latest victims all have two things in common - They've all been drained of blood, and they all bear a striking resemblance to Shai. Would she be next? Could the killer be the man who had made her darkest fantasies come true, the man who has stolen her heart?

ONE WITH THE HUNGER is highly erotic as such fantasies tend to be. Val is an extremely sexy and inventive lover, but never doubt for a moment that there's a romance happening here. It's love at first site for both Shai and Val, and that's saying something when you've been around the block as many years as vampire Val has. Ms. Wilder wisely knows that a fantasy such as Shai's can only be fulfilled by a man who loves her with all his heart. Only a man who loves a woman as much as Val loves Shai, would take such care to put her pleasure before his own. Bravo!

Mikhail, the villain, is as sinister as they come. The fact that he is still out there somewhere will disturb your sleep and make you crave the next installment, RETRIBUTION. I look forward to learn what is in store for Shai's good friend and fellow journalist, Jennifer Beaumont.

Copyright © 2001
Review based on the LTD Books revised edition - August 1, 2001, ISBN #1553160703

Reviewed by Leslie Tramposch
Posted December 12, 2001

SUMMARY

Shai Jordan, fledgling New York journalist, is on the trail of a serial killer.

The excitement of her first big assignment turns into terror when she sees an uncanny resemblance between this string of murders and the death of her mother years beforeó the bodies have been drained of blood.

Now, in an eerie, sickening development, all the victims bear a disturbing resemblance to Shai, and all signs point to her as the next victim. But no one, not even the police, will believe her or protect her.

Out of the darkness comes a man who turns her blood to flame and incites her deepest, darkest desires. Her sensual lover who pulls her into a nighttime world of erotic abandon that threatens not just her career, but her life.

As evidence starts to build, Shai must determine whether her dark lover is her savior...or her killer.

Note: This title was previously published elsewhere, but has been revised and re-edited.

 

One With the Hunger
(Shadow Dwellers: Book 1)
by J. C. Wilder

Ellora's Cave
January 1, 2006
ISBN #1419904884
EAN #9781419904882
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Other Books by
J. C. Wilder

Winter's Daughter
Stone Hearts
Deep Waters
Sacrifice
The Power of Love
In the Gloaming
Winter's Daughter
Thief of Hearts
Paradox I
Paradox II
Paradox III
Temptation
Sins Of The Flesh
Atonement
Tempt not the Cat
Retribution
In Moonlight
Ellora's Cavemen: Tales from the Temple II
Dreamquest
The Shadow Dweller Series Volume III
The Shadow Dweller Series Volume II
The Shadow Dweller Series Volume I
Redemption


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