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Stealing Kathryn (Gatherers #2)

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Sandman. Angus. Morpheus. He is known by many names, except his true one, Adrian. When he departs his world, it is to enter the sacred space of sleep, and he is not there to sow sweet dreams. Adrian’s mission is to reap the dark energy of nightmares, work that has twisted his soul as well as his once-handsome face. Now, he lives only to await the day darkness finally overc ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 363 pages
Published April 27th 2010 by Zebra
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Sandy M
Jul 21, 2011 Sandy M rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paranormal
The first couple chapters of this book, I thought, “Uh-oh, for the first time I’m not going to like a Jacquelyn Frank book.” I was disappointed, to say the least. And also premature in my thoughts.

I actually should have known better, because I enjoy the worlds she creates with dreams, the human mind, and her characters. The way this book starts out with the hero and his mirror and how he kidnaps Kathryn wasn’t working for me. It made Adrian seem too bizarre and the story darker than I usually li
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Rita L.
3,5 Stars

This book took me forever to read. Although I end up really enjoying it, I just had a difficult time getting throught the first 50 pages. It was so confusing. Then it went smoothly but I just know that if I was really into it I would have finish it a long time ago, so for this only 3,5 stars.

Stealing Kathryn felt to me a little like the Beauty and the Beast tale. We have our main characters Adrian and Kathryn (of course). Adrian is a collector of energy throught human dreams, but only d
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Smokinhotbooks K.C.
May 05, 2010 Smokinhotbooks K.C. rated it liked it
Shelves: pnr
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How could I not read this book with a teaser like this..

You are so easy, he remarked. “Just a nibble on your neck and you’re ready to throw open your legs for me.”


And then I knew…I. Need. This. Book.

Adrian is the Freddy Kruger of the dream realm. He reaps dark energy off of human nightmares, feeding off of fear, darkness, and people’s deepest darkest desires to siphon energy to his people. Katheryn is an innocent; she doesn’t know she is encountering Adrian in her dreams…or
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Emily
Jul 26, 2010 Emily rated it really liked it
It's official; I take back many of the reservations I had about the Gatherer series. While Hunting Julian, the first book, didn't exactly ring my bell, this second book was a definite winner for me. Combine the vivid worldbuilding and unique setting of the first book with a clever reworking of the Beauty and the Beast story and introduce some characters that will make perfect leads for future books (but not so many that the story bogs down or the pacing suffers) and you've got a book that's lush ...more
Löki Gale
Nov 02, 2011 Löki Gale rated it really liked it
If you are into slightly dark and twisted paranormal romances, this book is definitely for you! When I first started Stealing Kathryn, I was kind of put off by the depiction of the main character...of course, that was before I realized this was a twisted re-telling of Beauty and the Beast.

I very much like Frank's writing style and I found her world creation and creativity intriguing. The story can stand alone; however, it is better if you read the first Gatherer's story as the characters from th
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Lexicon Aficionado
Oct 03, 2012 Lexicon Aficionado rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jacquelyn-frank
I loved the idea that good energy could shed away evil that one has been exposed to for decades. Love how the story progressed though I wish there would have been more interaction with people of Beneath. Really hope she would continue this series. Kathryn and Adrian are just a joy to read about. Always nice to see such tortured souls prevail in the end.
Sammie
It was pretty good ,there were some things that i would have done differently but over all it was a good read.

I love Adrian there is just something about him that makes you really feel for him ,at first you don't think that there is gonna be anything that you would like about him but once you learn more about him the more you see what a great guy he is.

I liked Kathryn but there were times where i was like grr ,but after you get to know her you start to like her ,it was funny to see her and Adria
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Paige
Jul 20, 2015 Paige rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2015-books
2.5

This was a tough one. It gets back on track and parallels to book 1 between Pages 50-80 if you can hang on the long.

I really thought I was going to DNF STEALING KATHRYN. The first 50 pages were so weird that only skimming reviews and flipping through the book and seeing some pretty juicy moments kept me going.

Adrian takes energy from nightmares. This has caused him to become a monster both on the inside and outside. He lives in exile with his twin sister who collects energy from happy drea
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Audra
Jun 21, 2010 Audra rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
I really love Jacquelyn Frank which is why I read the second in The Gatherers series when I really didn't like the first one. I'm glad I did. It wasn't awesome like her previous books (I think that has more to do with I'm not enchanted with this new world she created rather than her writing skills), but it was a much better read. Perhaps because when the two main characters - Kathryn and Adrian - fight there are good reasons for it.

Kathryn is a woman at the end of her rope as she cares for her
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Diana
Nov 28, 2014 Diana rated it it was amazing
I loved this book as I love all Jacquelyn Frank's books. This world she has built in Stealing Kathryn is incredibly different and so in keeping with her other books themes.

A dream walker steals nightmare emotions to fuel his world. . . but falls for the woman he stalks in her dreams. He decides he is keeping her. What happens is so much interesting it pulls me in. . . yup. . . like all her books do.

Fantastic read.
Jess
Jul 17, 2010 Jess rated it liked it
This is the second book in the Gatherer series, and although I liked it I didn't feel it was as good as the first book. It took me a little while to get into the book and I found myself putting it down quite frequently.

There was less world building which I didn't like because the world was the reason I really enjoyed the first book. That was what separated this series from others I have read before. This book seemed more like a futuristic re-telling of Beauty and the Beast. Also, the main female
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Charise
I like this better than the first one. Though it has a concept of Beauty and the Beast that makes it common, still, the emotions are there. And it's intensified with how Jacquelyn Frank constructed every single word in every single detail of the story.
Queen Bee
Oct 16, 2011 Queen Bee rated it really liked it
I loved this book. A play on beauty and the beast done quite spectacularly! I loved both Adrian and Kathryn equally. I enjoy the great sci-fi/fantasy aspect of Ms. Frank's writing. Adrian is a casualty of his sacrifice for the lives of his people. He has toiled so long in the nightmare realm that is has twisted him into a grotesque monster. The pinnacle of his madness is reached when he steals Kathryn from her family and plans to keep her lock-up in his room of plundered treasure. He sees her as ...more
Kim~Fantasy~
Feb 14, 2011 Kim~Fantasy~ rated it it was amazing
Ok this book was awesome...again Jacquelyn took me away! The love story is great and captured me! I love how hard Adrian tries to be better for his kindra, and I love the way she loves him even with his flaws! The secondary characters are great as well, I loved how Kine was when they all went out to dinner, and the way they all talk about the other Gardians! Seriously can't wait to read more on Shade. I will admit that I teared up in the last chapter!! I really enjoyed the dynamic of the love st ...more
Dorothy Shaw
Oct 30, 2010 Dorothy Shaw rated it really liked it
2nd in this new series from Jacquelyn Frank. I liked this one far better than the 1st in the series. I simply didn't care for the female MC in the 1st book. I liked all the characters in this book including some of the ones I met in the 1st one. Kathryn is absolutely darling and strong. Adrian gets more and more attractive, sexual and appealing as the story moves forward. Like all good romance there is a happy ending but the journey getting there is what interests me the most. Their journey was ...more
Sheena Roberts
Jan 23, 2015 Sheena Roberts rated it it was amazing
book was awesome through all there trials they came out stronger love kathryn determination and strength
Leticia
Pnr, I like Jaquelyn Frank. Not great mythology, but steamy and fast paced.
Ashley♥Alexis
3.5 stars.

I wanted to give this story 4 stars but I didnt really start to enjoy the book until the middle-ish end.
The crazy-ness that was Adrian was just too out there to even grasps. After the story kinda got fleshed out ( I didn't read book 1 so that could have been where some of my confusion came from) I really got into the story. I loved the world Jacquelyn Frank created. The romance was oh so great. I've even heard it compared to beauty and the beast and I believe in it's simplistic form
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Jessica Gomez
I read this book before I read book one. I did enjoy it, even though it went along with most romances. It did have that extra umph with it though. The plot of twins controlling good and bad dreams through a mirror was original.

Kathryn was pretty darn understand person if you ask me. But all in all she wanted out anyway.

The Beast as most call him, has always had some sort of soft spot. hence his treasure room.

Overall this review is short. I enjoyed it as much as her other books. recommend if you
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Jennifer
May 08, 2014 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
= ) I really enjoyed this book! Looking forward to more by this author.
Sarah
Jan 27, 2012 Sarah rated it really liked it
I love this series, the world building to me is new and unique, didn't find the story as good as the first one but then I loved it anyway. Adrian Starting out the way he did was a pleasant change and to be honest if he had stayed that way I very well may have stopped reading the book but I'm glad I continued. I love the way he maintained his viciousness though.

Overall loved the concept and would read the next in the series
Nicole
Apr 28, 2012 Nicole rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012


I enjoyed this one much more than the first book in the series, Hunting Julian. Although this book lacked a significant plot, the Beauty and the Beast themed romance was very sweet and endearing. Adrian was a great character who demonstrates believable growth throughout the book. Although you need to read the first in this series to truly understand the world, dont give up before reading this one because it really is better.
Evey
Jun 22, 2014 Evey rated it it was amazing
I loved it!!!
Alisa
Jul 29, 2010 Alisa rated it really liked it
Shelves: gatherers
I was very happy with this book. After Frank's Nightwalker series, I started to read the Shadowdwellers series and I didnt even finish it, I couldnt.. so I was hesitant about reading the Gatherer's series.. Hunting Julian was good but Syealing Kathryn was great. Dark dreams, energy sucking, and crazy love.. makes for a great Jacquelyn Frank book series. Cant wait for the next one.. LOVIN IT!!!
Stacie
Apr 29, 2010 Stacie added it
Adrian has the ability to enter human's dreams but he can only access nightmares. He does this to save his people because of the energies that he can harvest during these dreams. He meets Kathryn during one of this "visits" and brings her back to his realm. This is against his peoples' laws and he gets one week to prove that she is his mate or he will be executed.
Ada
Nov 30, 2011 Ada rated it really liked it
This book started out kind of slow for me but gradually picked up and became another fantastic Jacquelyn Frank read that I couldn't put down. I was happy to see the evolution of Adrian from his monster self and how it evoked empathy from the get-go rather than a distaste for what and who he was. Made for a wonderful hero who deserved his happy ending with Kathryn.
Yvonne
Apr 10, 2016 Yvonne rated it really liked it
Adrian is a perverted Sandman that likes to seduce women and scare the sh*t out of them in their nightmares. I thought he was a porno version of Freddy Kruger. LOL! He visits them in their dream state and feeds on their frightened energy.

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Mel King
May 04, 2010 Mel King rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This books was an amazing look at a old tale. Beauty and the beast in a dark fantasy world that leaves the reader hungry for more. I was tempted to call out from work to finish the book. The characters have current and important issues that will leave you not only rooting for these two misfits, but looking at your own life. This is a must read. :)
Jennie Bo Bennie
Jul 07, 2011 Jennie Bo Bennie rated it liked it
in the beginning I was really worried. it could have gone downhill fast. a few times-- I thought it was about to. luckily it turned out alright. I even like it better than the first. at least in this story I didn't want to kick either of the main characters in the face. (unlike asia, in the first book).
Katy
Jan 20, 2013 Katy rated it really liked it
This book was charming - kind of like an edgier Beauty and the Beast. I loved the growth and change the characters experienced. The book did take a little while to get into though. I guess the world was just hard to understand until it was all revealed - which it eventually was.
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