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3.57  ·  Rating Details  ·  386 Ratings  ·  40 Reviews
Sophie never believed she was special. Avoiding a violent ex, she can't remember the last time she truly felt safe. Then vampires murder her best friend and Sophie is kidnapped by a dangerously sexy shape-shifter. Zach insists that Sophie is a Shaman--someone with a rare gift for taming his savage side--and he needs her to help him save his pack. Now, with a malevolent ene ...more
Paperback, Harlequin Nocturne #106, 280 pages
Published January 18th 2011 by Harlequin (first published January 1st 2011)
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Feb 06, 2011 Skyla rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
Oh, Weasel-Boy. I <3 you.

I was a grinning, squealing, girly mess by the end of the book; thankfully I read it in the privacy of my own home, or I might've had to eat a baby just to get my evil street cred back. I liked reading a Lili book where I could trust my heart wouldn't be broken at the end. Loads of fun and the scene involving soap opera watching had me in fits of giggles. Sophie's past was heartbreaking (I nodded more than once--some things were phrased the very same way I've said thi
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I never thought there would be a day that I'd rate a Ms. Saintcrow book as I hated it. I did. Maybe it is because she published it under the Harlequin line. I'm not sure. I've read other Harlequin and liked them. The concept of this story was good. The world that we are in is interesting too. What killed this for me were the characters.

Never underestimate the power of annoying characters. They can completely destroy the book for a reader. I loathed Julia. She's the spoiled little shit in
Feb 07, 2011 Jean rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone looking for good, non-wolf/big cat, were stories
I picked up this book because it was by one of my favorite authors. I'm not sure what I expected out of it, other then knowing that anything by Lilith Saintcrow is a going to be a good read. This was my first time dipping my toes into the Nocturne imprint and I wasn't sure what to expect, besides sex. Which there was a surprising lack of. (Okay, that's purely my old Harlequin prejudices rearing their ugly head again. These reactions take time to correct.)

This book really blew me away. It's relat
Apr 08, 2015 Courtney rated it it was amazing
I wasn't sure how I was going to like this book. I love Lilith Saintcrow and if you don't follow her on twitter I recommend that you should. I've never read a harlequin novel before but to think that this was #106 really made me quite happy. (It means I'll actually have stuff to read over summer vacation!)

It was an interesting take on both werewolves and vampires and it was worth the couple of bucks I paid for it. I'd recommend it to anyone who likes paranormal romances. Saintcrow does a good j
Sep 12, 2014 Mara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pnr
A "lighter" Saintcrow, but still worth reading.

re-read on 9/12/2014: I would give it three stars now. The heroine is a domestic violence victim, and too much of a scarey cat for me. I can't decide whether to kill her or not. But Saintcrow is a great author to me, and I end up loving this book against myself.
Fabiola Chenet
Sep 08, 2011 Fabiola Chenet rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Vraiment super! Un gros coup de coeur. Un bon suspense, pas de scène hot mais l'auteur a réussi à m'entraîner dans son histoire. Très captivant, le meilleur de la collection que j'ai lu jusqu'à présent. Je crois que je tenterai l'auteur chez Milady...
Debbie Heaton
Feb 12, 2011 Debbie Heaton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is Lilith Saintcrow's debut Nocturne book and it she gave a whole new twist to the "werewolf" legend. I felt immersed in timeless passion for love and life. I'm hooked and sincerely hope that there will be a follow-up.
Jedi Kitty
This was not a very memorable story. Lots of familiar elements, and less exciting than other Saintcrow books. I like/love a lot of things about Saintcrow's books, but sometimes her writing quirks and tropes go overboard and annoy me. Her characters tend to not communicate well, and she writes some very ambiguous yet angsty romances. I like the angst, but it needs to be balanced with true emotion that you can cheer for. It was hard to cheer for Zach or Sophie. Both have bigger worries than what t ...more
Very similar in tone to The Demon's Librarian which I quite liked but didn't love. Sophie has a lot more baggage than Chess did, so that gave this a bit more depth. Again, it reads like it could be the start of a series but alas, it is not. It's not anywhere near as romantical as one might expect, given that's it's a Harlequin imprint, but I quite liked it.
Jan 31, 2011 Andrea rated it really liked it
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Oct 29, 2013 Angie rated it liked it
Here is another romance novel that is low on the romance and high on the paranormal action. Sophie has just come out of a very abusive marriage and is hiding from her ex-husband. She is persuaded by her best friend to go out to a bar one night when her friend is killed by a vampire and Sophie is kidnapped by a shape-shifter, who of course becomes her lover - well, not until after the book ends (we assume). There is a lot of violence and action so it makes it a fast read. The disappointment is in ...more
Feb 09, 2016 Artemisa rated it really liked it
lots of cliches in the story, we have the shifters vs vampires, the mates at first sight, the Stockholm syndrome, and the nice shaman plot twist.
not very original, but interesting enough for me to want to see more of this world.
Feb 05, 2011 Samantha rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook-own, 2011
I really enjoy this author's YA series, Strange Angels, and I've enjoyed the first book in her Dante Valentine series, but this one was just…not good. The characters had no chemistry imo and most of the time we were confronted with their inner dialogues which went in circles. It should have been sizzling, but I never felt that from them, even at the end, probably because I didn't really feel like I knew either of them. The conflict, which had potential, was never fully realized and the bad guys ...more
Jul 18, 2011 Denise rated it liked it
Shelves: 6-dec-2010-2011
2.5 stars. I was definitely not impressed with this book. I never connected to the characters. I wasn't endeared to Zach and his family, and I found Sophie to be horribly whiny and insecure. I understand that she's had lots of issues, but it took over half the book until she got somewhat of a backbone.

To me the author explained the obvious over and over again. The things that needed in-depth explanation were neglected. It took me a while to figure out if we were dealing with vamps, shifters, or
Lilith Saintcrow is one of my favorite authors, but I didn't like this book. It's was too slow paced and I didn't like the characters, or their lack of depth.
Jul 02, 2015 Misti rated it liked it
It was a good story and premise, it felt like the author didn't really like the characters. It was weird, world building had some flaws.
Missy Ann
Feb 10, 2011 Missy Ann rated it liked it
3.5 Stars, it's likely that I'll re-read this book someday.

Light on the romancy aspect. And for those looking to avoid the explicit sexoring this is a good choice. Which is why I'd recommend it as a bridge book for those whose are starting to age out or are becoming bored with YA.

Love the world building and the tough heroine. She's been through hell and has managed to pull herself out of it. Awesome. LOVE THIS.

Bonus, if you hate the sexy suave vampire - you'll like this world. Vicious ugly bl
Sep 14, 2012 Claudia rated it really liked it
I had this book on my shelf for a long time and was not sure if I should or should not read it ... in the end I read it because I love Lilith Saintcrow (although not all of her books ... but if she takes you in, you are caught)

for this book, I liked the main characters and I really liked the fact that they were not the super heros and they made mistakes
the love story was kind of light but always there ... actually I would have liked to see more of them together.

I know this is not meant as a seri
Feb 27, 2012 Sandra rated it it was ok
Not a big fan of the hero. I don't understand why she would choose him. He kidnapped and terrorised her, then after she escaped he tracked her down and basically told her she had no choice about living with his faimly as they needed her. To him, her needs and wants were irrelevant. So what if he saved her life, it was probably only because he needed her for his family. Yes he was a step up from her abusive, murderous ex husband but that doesn't make him a good choice.
Jan 30, 2011 Amy rated it it was ok
I just couldn't relate to the characters at all and I found the story to be a bit choppy. I often found myself re-reading a sentence or paragraphs just to try to make sense of it. I love Lilith's Strange Angels series, so that is what prompted me to pick up this book, but I just did not enjoy it. I pushed myself to read this one, and it took me a ridiculous amount of time to finish it considering it's low page count.
May 13, 2011 Rebecca rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
All I can say is take it for what it is worth--I have never really read a harlequin romance novel before but I love Saintcrow so I gave it a go. It was a super fast read--just a couple hours tops. Not really any sex even--so maybe I had a wrong impression of those types of books? I assumed it would be porn and it wasn't. Much the better for it. Perfect to read on a flight--from cover to cover--enjoyable, light.
Jul 13, 2011 WillowBe rated it it was ok
My biggest problem with this book was the lack of culmination of their relationship. With a harlequin, the action ends at the presumed HEA.I also wished there was more smexiness in the book, but again- Harlequin paranormal. The book reminded me a bit of Selene but without the intensely sensual and sexual love scens. *Sigh* I wish she'd finally do that book on Selen and Nikolai. They are my favorites!
Feb 16, 2011 Daffodil rated it it was ok
I wanted to like it. The ideas/concept was interesting and Saintcrow did a wonderful job with the world building. She usually does. The beginning sequence felt ... scattered and messy. I know we were seeing the fight through Sophie's eyes, but it was confusing to read. I admired Sophie's strength, but I was on the fence about Zach.
Oct 18, 2014 Darcy rated it did not like it
I really wanted to like this one, but just didn't. It seemed like the characters didn't like each other, and this was the ones that were supposed to be friends. Sophie was like a little mouse, scared of her own shadow, which from her history makes sense. But after 50 pages I just wasn't interested and gave it up. This one just isn't for me.
Jan 29, 2012 Danielle rated it really liked it
I was disappointed to learn that this was a stand-alone book. I'm hoping that Lili might want to revisit this world since there's so much potential in this "world". I was really impressed how she was able to keep the mystery of just WHAT was going on for so long as it increased the reader's empathy with the main female character.
Aug 14, 2011 Amelia-Irene rated it liked it
This got a little confusing a couple of times, but along with shape shifters this book also deals with domestic abuse. This was a different perspective on paranormal beings and has a hierarchy to the paranormal beings which most don't have. I thought that it was interesting perspective on that point.
This is the 1st Harlequin novel that I have been able to read without wanting to gag. It wasn't stupid nor pretentious at all. As a matter of fact, it was well written & well thought out. Well worth the time to read it & the moolah to buy it (if your local library doesn't have it)..
Shell C
Oct 20, 2012 Shell C rated it liked it
Taken turned out to be a very readable Paranormal Romance. Not taking itself too seriously, the Hero was not your average Were and the heroine was pleasantly believable. The twists and turns in the narrative kept it interesting until the inevitable happy ending.
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Lilith Saintcrow was born in New Mexico, bounced around the world as an Air Force brat, and fell in love with writing when she was ten years old. She lives in Vancouver, Washington, in a house full of stray cats and children.
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