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Embrace the Dark (The Blood Rose #1)

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Enter a world of blood-starved mastyr vampires and the rare women who can satisfy their deepest needs…

How can he resist his blood rose…
Gerrod, mastyr vampire of the Merhaine Realm, never thought to have his blood-needs satisfied by a mere human. But Abigail is no ordinary woman. She stuns him with her telepathy as well as the richness of her blood. However, her human DNA
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189 pages
Published July 1st 2012 by Spencerhill Associates, Ltd. (first published May 29th 2012)
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Dee
I am not sure what I think about this book. At times I liked it and then at others I didn’t. It just feels like something is missing, I know this is supposed to be a Novella, and I will admit that it is a long one, but I felt there was too much information given in such a short page allowance, it felt rushed! I didn’t really feel any romance between the H/h, I know that it is PNR which usually means that as soon as the H/h see each other sparks fly and sex between them is quick which would have ...more
Beth
Embrace the Dark starts off at a supernatural wedding. Abigail, human, just opened a bakery in the Merhaine Realm is attending this wedding as well as 100+ of other super natural beings. One of these beings is the Master Vampire Gerrod, he rules over this section of the Merhaine. Gerrod can seem to get this little human out of his head, its boarding on obsession. Abigail is extremely attracted to Gerrod but he pushes her away verbally every time she is near.

The wedding party is attacked by a lar
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Syahira Sharif
Jun 01, 2012 Syahira Sharif rated it did not like it
go to my blog to see my exact reaction in simpler words...

Embrace The Dark is a sensual vampire romance novella about a human, Abigail, who wanted to open a bakery in a supernatural realm where everyone loves her cupcakes. Its also a story of a mastyr vampire, Gerrod, who control the entire vampiric population and have castle and have to fight some red wraith stuff and fall in lust with the human whom he absolutely shouldn’t be in lust with because of the whole vampire community disapprove of ha
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Rebecca (everyday reader)
Abigail and Gerrod have been drawn to each other for over a year, but he is a Mastyr Vampire and she is a human. He is responsible for millions of lives with no one to take care of him so she decides to do it herself. There are things that she can do that other humans can't so they find out that she is a blood rose meaning she can feed and sustain a vampire like Gerrod. Lots of information passes, a mating happens, and life changing decisions are made. Good read!!
Emily
Mar 27, 2015 Emily rated it really liked it
Mastyr vampire, Gerrod was drawn to human Abigail. It went against everything he believed in, but the more time he spends with her the stronger the pull. There is something unusual about Abigail once she arrives in the Merhaine Realm and once the truth is uncovered, Abigail will be left with a choice that will change her path in life forever.

Provocative, I was completely entranced by this hypnotic story. I loved that there is this whole kingdom of creatures and they are a bit unexpected from wha
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Jen (Red Hot Books)
Jul 13, 2012 Jen (Red Hot Books) rated it liked it
Gerrod is a centuries-old mastyr vampire who puts the welfare of his people before his own. His responsibilities weigh heavy on him, but being a leader is who and what he is. In the past year, he has found himself drawn to Abigail, a human woman who is opening a bakery in the parallel realm in which he lives. He knows that attraction can lead nowhere, so he has never acknowledged his feelings. Until now.

At the wedding of mutual friends, Gerrod and Abigail touch for the first time, setting off a
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Dianne
Gerrod, mastyr vampire of the Merhaine Realm, is starved for more blood to maintain his strength and power. Abigail is a human who is opening a bakery in the Merhaine Realm, because even supernaturals love sweets! Too bad the citizens of the realm do NOT all like humans so much.

Abigail has a rare blood disorder, that started after she traveled to the Merhaine Realm, her body makes too much blood and she must donate to the blood banks regularly in her hometown of Flagstaff, Arizona. Both Gerrod a
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Iris (Paranormal Cravings Book Reviews)
Gerrod, mastyr vampire of the Merhaine Realm falls in love with Abigail a human. She stuns him with her telepathy as well as the richness of her blood. However, her human DNA makes her an unacceptable mate. Then she has to choose if she stays with him as his blood rose or does she want to go back to her old live.

It's a really difficult story because it has elements of a other time with the castles and the dresses and warrior leathers but meanwhile there ar also cars and phone's etc. That was rea
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Katie_la_geek
Jul 26, 2012 Katie_la_geek rated it did not like it
Shelves: adult, ebook-arc
For this review and more visit my blog

*I was provided with a free copy of this book in exchange for a review*

For the first time in a really long time I don’t really know what to say. This book has rendered me speechless and unfortunately I don’t mean that in a good way. I just didn’t like this book at all and even though it is short I couldn’t bring myself to finish it once I got to the half way stage.

I found this book difficult to understand from the outset. I felt that little effort had been
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Emiko Rei
Cover reaction:
Hell yeah!

Review:

When i saw the blurb of this book, i found the theme very interesting, Vampire Kingdom meets Rapunzel sort of style. which is why i chose this book. It's quite quirky. And the hot body of the cover guy doesn't hurt.

However, the interest of being quirky and original sometimes ended to disaster. As i don't like the characters, and how it's all warrior and princess dresses yet you have advance technology as well. OTT, it's like the film of modernized Hamlet. Less is sometime
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Maria Itliong
Dec 30, 2014 Maria Itliong rated it it was amazing
Shelves: re-read-books
I read this book from an e-book and I really love her stories. I have enjoyed reading her other books because it is amazing. Though I have to re read this book again.
Debi
Feb 07, 2016 Debi added it
"Embrace the Dark" By Caris Roane is an Astounding Piece of work. Caris has written a vibrant and spectacular story-line with a great plot. Caris had me pulled into the story from the start and she carried me all the way to the end. Her characters were vibrant and quite unique. I really loved this story and can't wait for the next one.
Mastyr Vampire Gerrod rules over the Realm of the Merhaine. As with all of the Mastyr Vampires they are in a continual blood starvation. With all of the energy it
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Denise Van plew
Jul 09, 2015 Denise Van plew rated it it was amazing
Boy did this one look intriguing so in I plunged. In the Merhaine Realm there is a wedding going on but trouble is on the horizon. Gerrod is a Mastyr Vampire and this was his realm of the Nine Realms of North America. But here is one that keeps tantalizing him beyond degree Abigail and it can not be because she is human. She can see it coming though the red dust an unusual thing for a human. The more you get into this story the more intriguing it becomes but also found myself thinking oh this is ...more
Nikki
Jul 03, 2015 Nikki rated it it was amazing
Embrace the dark is the story of one very reluctant vampire and the woman he... loves and just doesn't realize he does. Abigail drives Gerrod absolutely insane, she just won't leave his realm and well she's.... human! Everything about her seems to irritate him to no end, or does it? One night after a year of her coming around and 'hanging out' where she doesn't belong Abigail looks to Gerrod and tell's him to 'lighten up' and gives him a little push in more ways than one. One touch and Gerrod is ...more
Margaret
Mar 01, 2015 Margaret rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Enter a world of blood-starved mastyr vampires and the rare women who can satisfy their deepest needs… How can he resist his blood rose… Gerrod, mastyr vampire of the Merhaine Realm, never thought to have his blood-needs satisfied by a mere human. But Abigail is no ordinary woman. She stuns him with her telepathy as well as the richness of her blood. However, her human DNA makes her an unacceptable mate. Yet how can Gerrod turn her away when she alone has satisfied his blood-starvation for the

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Cheryl Sanders
Feb 10, 2015 Cheryl Sanders rated it it was amazing
There are nine realms that exist in a parallel plane to nine major cities in North America. Mastyr Vampire Gerrod, of the Merhaine Realm, couldn't figure out his attraction to the human, Abigail Kirkland. After some strange shared incidents, they seek the help of Vojalie, a very powerful fae. The information they find forces them to make some extremely difficult, life altering changes.

The only problem I had with reading this book, was that it was over too soon. What an amazing world this author
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Ruckasaurus Rex
Feb 01, 2015 Ruckasaurus Rex rated it really liked it
At an estimated 188 pages, this story is a little shorter and more on the novella side, but the author maintained this reader’s interest throughout the tale. I found the variations in the world that Caris Roane built for this series refreshing, and the remake on vampire power was interesting too. The typical buildup that you see between a male and female lead in a full-length book was handled nicely by summarizing an antagonistic courtship in the beginning pages. The summary nicely sidestepped a ...more
Christina Pettigrossi
Jan 14, 2015 Christina Pettigrossi rated it really liked it
*Copy gifted in exchange for an honest review*
I really liked this book. It could use a little more editing for some grammar, punctuation, and spelling. Also there are a couple places where a person will "stretch out on his body" but then the next sentence she is leaning down to kiss him even though she was already down. Nothing major and certainly not the worst I have seen by any means.
*some might consider what I am about to say a spoiler(slight one). I don't but I thought I should at least put
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Larena
Jan 07, 2015 Larena rated it it was amazing
Contemporary, Paranormal, Romance


Flagstaff, Arizona & Merhaine Realm

This is a world of blood-starved mastyr vampires and the rare women that can satisfy their deepest needs.

Gerrod, is the mastyr vampire of the Merhaine Realm. He never thought a human could satisfy his blood-needs. Abigail is not ordinary by any means. Gerrod is stunned by her telepathic ability not to mention the richness of her blood. Though her human DNA makes her unacceptable as a mate. Gerrod doesn’t know how to turn her
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Karen
Jan 03, 2015 Karen rated it liked it
Shelves: paranormal, vampires
Copy gifted in exchange for an honest review. I'm always sorta hesitant when it comes to reading books for reviews. I try not to do it often. I liked Caris Roane's Ascension series. So I thought I would give this a try.

The story starts off with a wedding. The author throws a lot of information at you all at once. It's almost to the point of overload. I'm like "stop no more". lol. I almost put it down because of the amount of information thrown at me about this new world. She made me think that
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Sharon Richmond
Jan 07, 2015 Sharon Richmond rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
I was gifted this copy of Embrace the Dark by Caris Roane for an honest review.
Enter the Merhaine Realm World of vampires, trolls, fae, etc. "Mastyr" Vampire Gerrod , ruler of the Merhaine Realm and because of his magic, he is always blood starved, which only can be sated by what they call the blood rose. Along comes Abigale, who is human, from the parallel world in Flagstaff, AZ. She plans to open a bakery in Merhaine and sell her cupcakes. She has what she calls sluggish blood, and needs to ha
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Merissa (Archaeolibrarian)
I received this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.

The Paranormal world finally became known to the 'normal' world 30 plus years previously and now humans and 'others' mingle. This is apparent as this story starts, with a wedding. The guests include both other and human, in this case, Abigail who is human and is there because she has made friends with the bride and groom through her cake shop.

Gerrod is the Mastyr Vampire in charge of that part of the realm. He feels a gr
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Ash P Reads
Jun 18, 2015 Ash P Reads rated it really liked it
Abigail and Gerrod are from 2 different worlds, separate realms, but are instantly drawn to each other. Mastyr vampire Gerrod of the Merhaine Realm, takes the responsibility of the well being of his people very seriously and he will not allow anything to distract him from his duties especially not a human girl and more especially when they all are under the constant threat of an Invictus attack.

But when an innocent touch off-sets skills within Abigail that should be impossible for a human to ac
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Tania
Jan 07, 2015 Tania rated it really liked it
Copy gifted in exchange for an honest review

I am actually rating this 4.5. The book starts off at a supernatural wedding with Gerrod watching Abigail and I so loved his reaction to her lol. I love it when the big macho vamp can't deal with his feelings for the little human or mate lol. He can't understand why he is s pulled to her until later when he finds out she is his blood rose. Abigail is human and finds out she has some traits that humans should not have one being that she can speak telepa
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Carrie
Jun 22, 2015 Carrie rated it really liked it
Shelves: calibre-library, 2015
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This book puts a spin on the typical vampire romance, throwing in fated mates, "mastyr" status, and the fabled "blood rose." There was a lot of sizzle and an equal amount of story all rolled in one solid read.

Gerrod is the mastyr vampire (you get over the spelling) of a Realm adjacent to our normal world. With an incredible amount of power comes a never ending hunger. No matter how much blood he consumes, he always craves more. Ther
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Lisa
Mar 28, 2015 Lisa rated it really liked it
Blood Rose Novella #1. I wasn't sure what to expect with this series, as I had just finished two of the Ascension series. I didn't care much for the Ascension series, but I enjoyed this first of the Blood Rose series. It had aspects of the Ascension series, but seemed like a gentler story. Both worlds are at war, but there was a tenderness and caring in Embrace the Dark, that I didn't feel in the other series.
There is a sweetness in the sacrifices that they are called on to make for each other.
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Crissy Greenawalt
Jan 02, 2015 Crissy Greenawalt rated it it was amazing
Embrace the Dark focuses on Master Vampire Gerrod of the Merhaine realm. Like most vampire Heroes he is sexy, powerful, and thinks himself above humans. Until fates tempts him with sassy little Abigail.... She may be human but you can't help but love her fierce spirit and strong will. Even fighting against the blood thirsty Invictus and surrounded by vampires, fae, elves, and trolls Abagail is strong and beautiful. The attraction between her and Gerrod cannot be denied however and the master wil ...more
Cindy
Feb 21, 2015 Cindy rated it really liked it
Parallel universe with sex. This is a realm type story with vampires, trolls, fae & elves. The realm exists next to the human world.

Gerrod is a Mastyr vampire, which means he's the chief of his territory. He's got some issues with blood. He's never satisfied & has basically been starving for 150 years.
Abigail is a human who is starting a business in the realm world. It turns out she's a blood rose who's the only one who can satisfy Gerrod's needs : blood, emotional & physical.

Thi
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Bella Doerres
Apr 08, 2015 Bella Doerres rated it it was amazing
Shelves:
Embrace the Dark The Blood rose Novella Series #1
By Caris Roane

Her destination became Merhaine, a realm located not far from Flagstaff. It seems that Abigail’s cupcakes were a hit not only in Flagstaff but in the magical Merhaine realm as well. Abigail is determined to open up her newest store in this new market. She hadn’t however counted on meeting the mysterious Mastyr Vampire Gerrod that rules the realm and she never anticipated how she would fall in love with him. You have to read this fir
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Lexee Toste
Dec 16, 2015 Lexee Toste rated it really liked it
This was an interesting and enjoyable read. It is a different vampire and paranormal story than I have read in the past, and I've a lot of them lol. It's a good different. The world that is created is new and different and definitely drew me. I really liked the way that the we are introduced and explained this world. Not everything is thrown at you at once but you don't feel like you are missing large parts of information either. The story flows smoothly and keeps your attention throughout. The ...more
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