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Wicked Nights (Castle of Dark Dreams #1)

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Welcome to the Castle of Dark Dreams, the yummiest attraction in an adult theme park where women take erotic role-playing to new heights with only the most dangerously tempting men. Okay, so they’re not quite human, but that’s a secret. Tonight, Eric, the castle’s resident vampire, will prove that he’s everything bad should be.

Talk-show host Donna Nolan—on the lookout for
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Published October 2nd 2007 by Berkley Books (first published April 5th 2005)
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Destinee Sutton
Nov 10, 2007 Destinee Sutton rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Why am I reading trashy vampire romance novels? Because it's totally the hottest trend in publishing right now. Duh.

But, man, I must have picked a bad one. This writing made me want to hold my nose.
Taylor
Mar 11, 2012 Taylor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes paranormal romance
Hmm... This book was tacky, but in a good way. It made me laugh, with Jessica and Sweetie Pie and Sparkle Stardust; I mean, how could you not laugh? It was actually a pretty good book all-in-all, the background for the characters was intriguing, the dialogue was witty and the Castle of Dark Dreams was an excellent setting for this paranormal romance. I would recomment this book to anyone who doesn't mind reading about sensual vampires (who unfortunatly have too long hair), strong minded women, a ...more
Laurie Garrison
I really like how Bangs writes her vampires they are able to read minds plus they can control quite a bit of other things with their with their minds if you know what I mean (blushing). This story has humor, demons, a talking cat that love opera (she is more than a cat), a ghost, a meddling candy store lady, two plants that lives and grows on sex, romance and a fun fantasy theme park. A good quick easy read.

Eric is a tall dark and dangerous vampire that loves chocolate and control. Donna is a t
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Coral Marcum thomas
Very entertaining, hot sex scenes but great humor and sarcasm!
Rhia
Sep 06, 2012 Rhia rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I feel bad rating a book 1 star but god it was awful, for me anyhow.
I didn't like Nina's style of writing, it just didn't flow right. The plot kept getting interrupted by unnecessary musings/descriptions/explanations. The interaction between the characters had potential but never really sparked my interest!
As for the characters themselves... ugh! I disliked them all. Maybe I'm picky but they just didn't have any depth or likeable qualities. And don't get me started on the names...

I feel so mean
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Jamie
Apr 07, 2011 Jamie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't even get past the prologue. Who the fuck is named "Sparkle"?

I only bought this because (a.) it was for sale at The Dollar Tree and (b.) the author's name is Nina Bangs. I mean, that's a joke, right?

So, between the back cover and the prologue, I'm thoroughly disturbed. What the fuck is an Adult Theme Park? Who greenlighted this manuscript?
Suvi
Aug 21, 2008 Suvi rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Almost gave this one 3 stars, but then decided against it. It was an ok book and even got good towards the end, but it just lacked something.. can't put my finger on it, but it didn't have that shazam effect on me that really good books have. It's an ok read though, and if you enjoy paranormal romance, you might be willing to give it a go.
Mary
Apr 16, 2012 Mary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
leave your intellect behind and just enjoy this story. I particularly love Sparkle Stardust! Great read for fun!
Summer
Aug 18, 2009 Summer marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I cannot get over the description saying this book takes place at an 'adult theme park' wtf?
♆ BookAddict  ✒ La Crimson Femme
This was the first of the "Wicked" series. It was a little goofy corny. I'm not sure I liked it completely. It was okay and a fast read.
Kitten Blue
Jul 05, 2011 Kitten Blue rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
Oh. My. God. I think Nina Bangs is my brain twin and possibly Tom Holt's somewhat more romantic doppelgänger, and I absolutely freaking LOVE her, even if she calls herself Nina Bangs, of all things!! ;P

I read a lot of funny books, so I won't go as far as to call this the funniest book I've ever read ... but it's definitely the most hilarious Paranormal Romance I have come across to date. Possibly the most ROFLMFAO one ever written. IN THE HISTORY OF PNR. I heart my crappy local book exchange, b
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Jessica
This book wasnt inherently bad...but it wasnt good by any means. I read the blurb that states the setting is an adult theme park. I being the naughty minded girl i am was thinking...well naughty minded girl thoughts. What it actually is is a castle where actors play out your fantasy but not really...only until the good part then you get
"rescued" by another actor. Boring. Really i shouldve known better and quit when i realized there was going to be a character named sparkle stardust (i kid you n
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Jennifer
More like 3.8 for me.

I LOVED a lot of it and I thought some of it was kinda "cheesy" The fantasy scenes for example. Hard to read and VERY cheesy.

The storyline was "OK", a bit "odd". The background on these characters was interesting and looking forward to reading more about them. LOVED Asmina! lol

Donna and Eric. He's NOT your typical vampire. He reminded me of a puppy actually. Really sweet and just wants to love someone who will love him back and know the REAL him, not the stigma that vamps h
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Christy
Jun 08, 2009 Christy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
THis is a story about 3 men who say they are brothers. One is a vampire, another is a love slave, another is a demon. The Castle they provide fantasies for is owned by a mysterious person. There is a wizard who is the lawyer and helps with the fanties keeping them on time. THis book is about the Vampire and him finding love. THere are several funny supporting characters, a sex crazed candy shop owner and a cast who is connected with Bast. It is a very fun read.
Naima Haviland
Mar 04, 2012 Naima Haviland rated it liked it
I enjoyed Nina Bangs' Wicked Nights. It's a contemporary vampire romance that is graphically erotic. It's fun, witty, irreverant, modern, and sometimes sweet. What it isn't is goth, dramatic, brooding. Wicked Nights doesn't take itself too seriously. I like the theme park/midnight radio premise; it's original. I reccommend reading it while eating candy. You'll look at chocolate covered cherries in a whole new way.
Amanda
Aug 26, 2009 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: vampire lovers
A wonderfully delishous tale about a late night radio talk show host airing in the Castle of Dreams. Donna meets a vampire going by the name of Eric Mcnair. Not only does donna meet creatures she has never dreamed existed, she has experienses of lust, love and Fantasys .I just really wished there were more love scenes. Don't get me wrong, there were plenty but I really love me some vampires.
Deanna Roberts
Aug 12, 2008 Deanna Roberts rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This belongs in my 'guilty pleasures' book list. Nina Bangs does a wonderful job of writing about a centuries old vampire and a young woman who happens to be a talk show host.

Lovely erotic passages and fun interaction. I enjoyed this book.
Deidre
Apr 19, 2010 Deidre rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was the 1st Nina Bangs book I have read and I was not that impressed. Granted some parts are pretty steamy and will about bring a blush to your face but for me the story just felt trashy :o( I have several more of her books on my tbr pile and I am hoping that this one is a fluke...
Nomagugu Chelsie
Trashy romance? Yes.
Depth? Nope.
Outrageous characters? Yep
Would I read it again? Absolutely

Not everything worth reading has to be sad or overly long. Sometimes short and sexed-up works just fine.

Love Nina Bangs!!
Bradley
May 20, 2012 Bradley rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I only liked the cat and wizard characters. The whole novel seemed overdone and the passion overblown. Plenty of sex, but it felt mindless. Mind the plants. So, this book is off to tour the world on eBay.
Amanda
Just didn't dig this series. Read it because a friend of mine did/does. It was super corny. Plants that thrive off of others having sex, etc. I know I read paranormal craziness, but this was too much for me.
Karen ~ Divhine
I did not enjoy this book. I had a hard time finishing it and probably will not read the rest of the series.
Krissy
Jun 15, 2011 Krissy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Best of the McNair brother series in my opinion
Kimberley
Apr 23, 2011 Kimberley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was the first book I read by her and I have to say it was awsome. Not just the steamy sex scenes and there was plenty, but the way the characters interacted with each other> totally awesome.
Ann-Charlotte
Jul 25, 2011 Ann-Charlotte rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A total waste of time! Continued only to see if it would get better - well, it didn't.
Carmen Pacheco
Aug 18, 2012 Carmen Pacheco rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's the best!!!!
Carol Anddrews
Jun 17, 2017 Carol Anddrews rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Where can I buy a ticket!!!
Elena
2.5*

This book took me forever to get through! I really liked the general idea, but I couldn't shake the feeling that something was constantly missing! Like i've been plopped in the middle of a world that wasn't explained or developed at all... I mean, starting with the basics - what is an adult theme park?! No one thought to explain this! Or, how does a "fantasy" work?! They act out a fantasy, but I don't see how this would work and why would it be amusing to anyone - it's described just like ac
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synopsis:
donna is a late night talk show host who has to respond to the crazy women calling in and claiming that they've been sexed by vampires at the castle of dark dreams. when she arrives at the adult fantasy land, donna does indeed meet a vampire in one of the fantasies played out daily. what she doesn't know is that the castle is an excuse to hide the true nature of the brothers who run the castle. eric doesn't need a nosy talk show person around his castle, but because the owner told him t
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Brenda (b)
It started off a bit slow and I seriously wondered if I was going to like it. But it turned around and surprised me. Eric and Donna made a great couple. I was interested in the glimpses that were given into Brynn and Conall and will read their stories too.

Wicked Nights is listed as the first of the Castle of Dark Dreams Trilogy. After finishing it, I checked out Nina Bang's website and I think it's also related to the MacKenzie Vampire Series (Eric is a vampire and a Mackenzie) - the excerpt for
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Talk about misspent youth. What did I do during those lazy summer days of childhood when I could’ve been honing my writing skills? Nothing. Okay, so I spent a lot of time dreaming I was a cowgirl with a trusty black stallion. Oh, and I read every Walter Farley horse novel. I was an only child so I relied on my imagination to supply the excitement in my life.

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