"an enchanting paranormal romance with amazing characters, spectacular world-building,.."

Magnus, the head priest of Sanctuary, sends for Daenaira to be his Handmaiden. A Handmaiden is considered to be a priest's other-half, and Magnus has been having visions about Daenaira being his chosen Handmaiden. Unfortunately, after the betrayal and death of his former Handmaiden, whom he saw in more of a sisterly than wifely role, Magnus has trouble trusting another woman. Daenaira, who has been kept as a slave by her aunt and uncle and abused badly, also has trust issues. To add to the turmoil in Magnus and Daenaira's lives there are enemies within Sanctuary and in the ruling bodies of the Shadowdwellers.

RAPTURE is an enchanting, paranormal romance with amazing characters, spectacular world-building, and hot love scenes. I became involved with the characters from the Shadowdweller world in the first book, ECSTASY, and Ms. Frank, like a virtuoso, keeps the tension at a high point. I really grew to care about the characters and with each book my anticipation is heightened. Magnus feels that he must be as perfect as possible and the responsibility for Sanctuary weighs heavily on him. This makes him seem remote and unapproachable. Daenaira is just the person who he needs to shake up his world and be his true partner. He just needs to let her in. To me, Daenaira is one of the most admirable heroines that I have read lately. Because she has survived the abuse of her aunt and uncle and come out stronger, Daenaira is a true warrior, mentally and physically.

All in all, RAPTURE makes a great addition to the Shadowdweller series, and I am greatly looking forward to the next book in the series.

Reviewed by Marlene Breakfield
Posted July 8, 2009


The Shadowdwellers live in a realm of darkness and sensuality, where order is prized and sin must be punished. Yet for Magnus, the head priest of Sanctuary, salvation rests with the one woman who will entice him into breaking his every rule…


Magnus is a man of contradictions—a spiritual leader in a deadly warrior’s body. Rules and order are for enforcing and visions must be followed—even if that means freeing a beautiful slave and making her his reluctant handmaiden. But she isn’t the only unenthusiastic partner. Betrayed once before, Magnus can barely bring himself to trust another woman. Yet everything about Daenaira’s fiery innocence compels him time and again to cross every line he’s ever drawn for himself.

Daenaira grew up hearing tales of the fearsome priest named Magnus. But no one can convince her that men of honor truly exist. She soon learns that Magnus is very real—every inch of him—and so is the treachery that surrounds them. Beneath Sanctuary’s calm surface, an enemy is scheming to unleash havoc on the Shadowdwellers, unless Magnus trusts in a union ordained by fate, and sealed by unending bliss…

Genre: Paranormal Romance; Fantasy

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(The Shadowdwellers: Book 2)
by Jacquelyn Frank

Kensington Publishing (Zebra)
June 1, 2009
Available: June 30, 2009
ISBN #1420104233
EAN #9781420104233
354 pages
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Drink of Me
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