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Bound by Night (Bound #1)

3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  1,779 ratings  ·  164 reviews
A Vampire's Kiss Is Forever...

Once featured in a horror movie, the crumbling wolfram estate is said to be haunted by ghosts witches, and worse. But Elena doesn't believe a word of it - until she spends the night and wakes up in the arms of compelling stranger...

Tall, dark and disturbingly handsome, Drake is the most beautiful man Elena has ever seen. For centuries he has l
Mass Market Paperback, 340 pages
Published August 30th 2011 by Zebra (first published January 1st 2011)
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Amy Jacobs
Author Amanda Ashley has done it again. She has swept me back into the world of Vampire Romance in its true form. She takes the root of Vampire Paranormal Romance and puts it into a story to captivate the reader.

I loved the characters of Drake and Elena. While Elena was pure and innocent, Drake was her balance in danger and mystery. After living with her drunk Uncle, Elana flees to the castle called Wolfram Estate on the hill. She has heard numerous stories of it being haunted and abandoned, but
Nov 28, 2011 Jess rated it 1 of 5 stars
Shelves: dnf
DNF - Read to pg 138, this just isn't a story that appeals to me. There's no real depth to the characters or the story lines. Elena isn't the type of heroine that I like reading about. She's very naive and I just couldn't believe in her relationship with Drake.
Dana Alma
Amanda Ashley is a very good author with a wonderful imagination that has been able to capture me in the past. Bound by Night was not what I had hoped for. As I began to read the begining of the book, I found it hard to believe that Elena would stay living with her uncle in today's day and age. Even more unbelieveable for me was the fact that she would stay in an old abandoned castle,
that just happened to be furnished. There were times in the book that had the feel of a historical. I began to w
Bound By Night (Bound #1) by Amanda Ashley
Grade: D-
“ You’re teasing me.” “Not at all. You’re beauty puts the moon and the stars to shame.”

Elena Knightsbridge was just twelve years old when her parents died and she moved from Colorado to Romania to live with her aunt, uncle and cousin. Now seven years later, her aunt has passed away and her cousin has eloped with a young man from their village and Elena is all alone with her uncle. When her uncle declares that Elena must marry him she panics and
Just as the cover claims, this is the way a vampire romance is suppose to be, especially if you're not a fan of 3D sex scenes. Told from both their points of views, you get inside the heads of two very different people.

For young 19 year old Elena Knightsbridge, who lives with her uncle, she dreams of getting away from him. As she's grown older, his advances on her have also grown. When she fears he's coming for her the next night, she sneaks out and heads to the 'haunted' Wolfram Castle.

Tracey Smith
I have only read 2 other Amanda Ashley vampire books, so I cannot say that this is her best book but I can say it is the best of hers that I've personally read. I liked the characters, I could symphathize with each of them. I liked that Drake was not cold or cruel, but somewhat remorseful of his darker past. I enjoyed the love story as it grew and they fell in love, it progressed believeably and not overnight. I also thought the process of her discovering what he was and coming to terms with it ...more
Brutally Honest
Hmm...... this book had its issues, that's for sure, but in the end I gave it two stars because it did have some good points (aka, it had vampires).

Let's just say that the main issue I had was with the gratuitous sexual assault and near-rape scenes, and of a pregnant woman no less. There is no need to put that sh*t in books, especially not romance books! Because sexual assault is a serious issue, and romance writers invariably NEVER discuss it beyond using it as a cheap plot device! So sick of i
this book is horrible. I had to stop only 100 pagegs in. It had so much happen in the first 55 pages that had no detail, and was never explained or had effect on the current situation, it was unbelievable. If the author had taken the first 55 pages and used that for a complete storyline this could have been a romatic, dramatic, enjoyable story. As it is, I wont be reading any more of this book or author.
I bought this book because it was about vampires and the quote on the cover by Maggie Shayne "Vampire Romance the way it's supposed to be written."

It was a typical vampire romance and I rate it a solid 3.5 to 3.75 stars. It was enjoyable and for the most part I was engrossed in the story. For the most part it was very believable and I was drawn into the story by the characters of whom I grew to like very much.

This is the story of a young girl, Elena, who escapes her widowed uncle (by Marriage)
I just finished this book, it's the first of Miss Ashley's that I've read. I'd seen the book in quite a few stores and wanted to pick it up but it never quite happened. Then one day when I picked up a closing shift at my library I noticed it for sale on the donation sale shelf, "Uh 50 cents? I'll buy that! If it sucks it's new so I can always sell it on amazon for a good profit!" I thought. Well I'm definatly not gonna sell it! I absolutely loved the book! If I were to write a vampire novel, and ...more
I just couldn't finish this one. I had serious issues with this book. The first being that Elena's uncle and his pervy interest in her. Her cousin admitted to being raped by him, and he tells her he wants to marry her and for her to give him heirs. Now this story takes place in Romania, but Elena was raised in the US for most of her life. So even with her uncle being the police chief I can't believe she stayed there as long as she did.

I also had issues with Drake and him biting her the first ti
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I have no idea how to comment on this book, because really, there isn't much to go on about! I've just finished the book and I'm already writing the review! Which is a first. Usually I would be reeling from the emotional maelstrom (lol, a little exaggerating, but I have always felt a lot for books:D) after a novel, no matter my opinion of it. This one is more of a summer beach read where you'll lie on shore and breeze thru it,
Sep 21, 2013 Tanya rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: pnr, 2011
I'm not sure what to say about this book. It just wasn't much of anything. I picked it up because I read a good review on the second book and I have to read things in order. I don't know that I'll be continuing with the series. It seems like nothing happened in Bound by Night. But at the same time it was drily written story where every melodramatic thing that could happen did. But none of it was resolved with any intensity. It just all worked out. It was about a boring family of vampires where t ...more
Good start to the series. Although I listened to book 2 first, I wasn't bored nor did I ever feel like the same info was revisited. I'm actually glad I listened out of order so I recognized many of the characters.

Here in book 1 are not your typical sexy or humorous vampires. There are two species of vampires: born and turned. These are vampires virtually stuck in an almost medieval lifestyle where humans are nothing but sheep. Many are vicious. With the exception of the hero and a couple of his
What started off as campy fun turned into a mess of a plot. My biggest peeves:

- the vampire powers are poorly defined. Drake can sense anyone who comes to his castle... until Elena's uncle sneaks onto the property. Stuff like that.

- vampires can do anything. Super senses, change into animals, teleportation... they're a paranormal catch-all.

- instalove. Utter and complete. "Sure, I'll marry you even though we just met. I mean, your blood is so tasty! Of course marrying a mortal is against the rul
The Romantic Scientist
This one didn't work for me at all. My full review is here:
renee ruth
love it!!!! and it was a really cute idea to have the vamps shift to cats in the day. i want a vampkitty
I loved Amanda Ashley's other book, Beauty's Beast, and I loved this one too. Her writing style, her characters, everything.

The only shaky thing about this book was the fact that, while it took place contemporarily, it seemed like it was taking place multiple centuries ago - and honestly, I completely forgot that it was supposed to be a modern-day setting until one of the characters would say something about electricity or drive places in an expensive car. It almost felt like Ashley wanted the
More like a 3.5. It had a strange beginning, but it got better. I Enjoyed it.
... Not the greatest read but still somewhat enjoyable. The writing style is very detached, so while interesting it feels like you are just glazing over the story. I would have loved to read this story with in depth details and explanations about what was going on. Also the whole build up with her uncle could have been a lot more dramatic, some times drama is a bad thing but you didn't even have time to worry about her before she was rescued, both times. In the end I'll most likely read the seco ...more
This book is about a 21 year old female named Elena, Her male lover named Drake and her filthy Uncle. if you like vampires you will love this book and even if you don't you might be interred by this book because it has a lot of twist and turns, some mysterious things waiting to be unraveled, but beware of all readers must have discretion because there is some details about horrible things that Elena has gone thought. Over all i think it is a wonderful book even with those parts because it shows ...more
Dark Faerie Tales
Review Courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: A light, sweet, enjoyable paranormal romance with some suspense and lots of naïve humor to keep you entertained.

Opening Sentence: His favorite liar was in the remains of a castle that had been built only a few years before he had been turned.

The Review:

Bound by Night is the first book in Amanda Ashley’s Bound Series. Drake is a 500 plus year old vampire who is weary with life and taking refugee in his favorite lair, Wolfram Castle. He discov
All Things Urban Fantasy
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy

BOUND BY NIGHT never met a romance cliché it didn’t like. If you can think of one, I guarantee you it’s in this book. And yet, I still enjoyed it.

The plot in BOUND BY NIGHT is jammed packed. It begins as a classic romance with a young girl fleeing her home and accepting an offer from a mysterious man. They share a Beauty and the Beast type courtship, fall in love, and the book almost could have ended there. Instead, the story shifts to focus on the repe
Elizabeth Nesbit-comer
I just could not finish this book. Seriously, is it young adult because it reads that way? So I was trying to explain why I was reading this to my boss and then I just threw the book down and gave up. It sounded like this... "I don't know I thought it would be funny or gothic, but it's a vampire who I think turns into a cat during the day... but then he has a coffin in the closet..maybe it's his daytime cat protector... oh and then this girl shows up and asks him to have a platonic marriage wit ...more
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Deanna Against Censorship
The first part of the book did not grab me. It was not up to the author's previous works. I could not figure out why Drake would be attracted to Elena. I am glad I did not put the book down after the first third. I am one of those readers who must finish a book once I start it. The story became more. It drew me into a new world. This was a world that I wanted to see develop and change. I liked Drake from the start. Elena although too young grew on me. I saw her strength. Yes she felt fear, but s ...more
Taria Reed
I'm about 2hrs into the audiobook - and I must say that the constant pauses are annoying as hell. I don't know if it was bad editing or a narrator issue but I don't like it. I keep looking at my ipod thinking it froze or something.

back to the book......

About 3.5hrs into the audiobook - I almost feel as if this is a YA book with a glossed over hazy love scene. I like my romance a bit more.... adult.

I find it very annoying that their speech is very "old world" when they are suppose to be living in
3.5 Stars

Bound by Night is a sensual tale of old school vampire lore, filled with burning passion and the hurdles lovers will endure to keep it.

Elena Knightsbridge is a young woman who has had a hard life. After the death of her parents she is relocated to Romania to her Aunt’s home. Years later and after more loss in her life, she is isolated and trapped with her Uncle who has just proposed marriage to her. With nothing to her name, she does the only thing she can do to escape – RUN!

Drake Sherr
Elena is a teenager forced to live with her aunt, uncle, and cousin after the deaths of her parents. She is transplanted across the ocean from Colorado to Transylvania and away from everything that is familiar. And to top it off she has one of "those" uncles....After her aunt dies, Elena's cousin Jenica confides in her about the awful things her dad has done to her over the years; things that he has hinted that he wants to do to/with Elena, things that have become more apparent since Jenica ran ...more
Book Review Diva
“Bound By Night" by Amanda Ashley

Elena Knightsbridge lives with her uncle who is the most disgusting man, a pervert who looks at her as nothing more than sex object. She thought things couldn't get any worse since her cousin ran away from home. That is, until, her uncle tries in force himself on her, and threatens to marry her. She knows that if she doesn't get away that she will be forced to marry him, and possibly be killed. She has never had the courage to run away until this point. She has
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