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Caressed by Moonlight (Rulers of Darkness #1)

3.79  ·  Rating Details  ·  706 Ratings  ·  157 Reviews
Dorian Vlakhos is no ordinary aristocrat. He is a vampire king, who will do anything to save his clan from complete annihilation, before an ancient curse can claim his immortal life.

Penniless and orphaned, Victoria Kingston has nothing to bring to a marriage, yet she must shackle an unsuspecting gentleman into marriage by the end of the month or forfeit her rights as guard
Kindle Edition, 272 pages
Published November 29th 2010 by Amazon Digital Services
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Aug 31, 2011 Katie(babs) added it
Shelves: dnf-award
DNFed by page 50. Poorly executed and not well edited. The over the top cliched evil aunt was ridiculous and the throwing out of vampire made up myths did nothing to keep me interested.

The attraction between the heroine who must marry within a month and the dark, brooding-light vampire hero fell flat.
Feb 03, 2016 Tracey rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-copy, pnr, vampire

Victoria and her sister are orphans and penniless, forced to move to their aunt's house - the aunt that despised their mother!

Upon arrival it's made clear Victoria isn't welcome, at 22 she reminds her aunt of her mum, but the aunt intends to keep her little sister. She's then thrown an ultimatum marry within a month or never see your sister again. Victoria isn't used to the coming out ball's, she's lived in the country away from all that social must do!

Dorian has left his home country hoping to
It's not *that* dark...

Victoria Kingston's early life hasn't been easy. Following the death and her mother and suicide of her father, it's up to her to take care of her younger sister. With no money and choice, they are forced to move to London to stay with a resentful aunt. Giving her an impossible ultimatum to marry a random suitor by the end of the month, Victoria tries her best to find a suitable gentlemen, or she surely will lose guardianship of her sister forever.

Crossing paths with Dori
Jun 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
"The little kitten has claws," Dorian said intrigued. "I like that."~Dorian Vlakhos

I am so in love with this book. I will admit, the cover gave me pause. I'm just glad I did'nt allow me to miss out on such an amazing book. I have found yet another "sex in motion" type of male lead in Dorian Vlakhos. He is perfectly written, perfect within his flaws. He is a cursed Vampire King who is on a mission to save his people. Around town, however, he's known as the aristocrat with a very naughty reputati
Wendy *Sebella Blue* Mitchell
Normally I tend to stay away from Regency romances because the heroines are under such societal restrictions, it just makes my blood boil and the old left eye twitch. Victoria proved to be a wonderful exception. Although she understood the need for a possible loveless marriage, she went about it in a very intelligent and practical manner. She was no whimpering miss. Victoria took a lot of HARD knocks and handled them with grace, dignity and intelligence. I greatly admired her resilience and her ...more
Oct 03, 2011 Alisha rated it liked it
Shelves: tour-book
Quick Take: Despite feeling like the language (mostly the dialogue) was something of an odd fit, I did enjoy this historical romance's main characters and premise.

When I first read the premise for this book, I knew I had to read it. It's just the type of romantic dilemma that I find engaging: does one marry for love or for money...and are both possible? The book did not disappoint, as I was kept engaged throughout. But the three paragraphs noted in the book description are only part of th
Heather Book Savvy Babe
Review also on my blog
3.5 of 5 stars
I commend the author, Amanda J Greene for her work, Caressed By Moonlight. This is great work for a debut novel. Caressed by Moonlight combines historical romance with paranormal, for a new spin on a vampire romance novel. The story is set in Regency England, with the main character, Dorian, visiting London to throw off hunters, witches, who seek to kill Dorian’s clan. Victoria is a lovely heroine, literally and figuratively.
Jul 09, 2011 Natalia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Book Description:
Dorian Vlakhos is no ordinary aristocrat. He is a vampire king, who will do anything to save his clan from complete annihilation, before an ancient curse can claim his immortal life.

Penniless and orphaned, Victoria Kingston has nothing to bring to a marriage, yet she must shackle an unsuspecting gentleman into marriage by the end of the month or forfeit her rights as guardian of her younger sister. With the help of her dearest friend, Victoria begins her hunt, and vows to stay f
Mar 26, 2012 Jenne rated it it was amazing
This was such a good book! Victoria has lost both of her parents and had to sell everything to take care of her fathers debts. She shows up at her hated aunts house with her little sister. Her aunt gives her a month to be married or shell be kicked out and won't be able to ever see her sister again. Her friend Lana starts taking her to balls to introduce her to a potential husband. Victoria meets prince Dorian who is a actually a vampire king. Witches are killing off Dorian's clan and he's come ...more
Juana "Darkness" Duran
I loved this book and the difficulties the characters have to face. Victoria and her little sister have been settled into there aunts house. And right away the aunt makes Victoria her place in her house, which is lower than a spec of dust. Soon though the aunt and Vicky make a deal: if she can get a husband for the end of the month Victoria gets to keep her sister; if she can't then the aunt gets to keep her and she wont be able to see her ever. So Victoria and her friend go husband hunting. The ...more
Dec 02, 2012 Twigs1704 rated it liked it
Shelves: bbpr-review-2013
Really liked this book and the start of a new series. I didn't connect with the characters like I was hoping to but I still enjoyed it a lot. Victoria just plain got on my nerves. Just when I thought I couldn't stand her anymore, the table is turned and Dorian is the one being dense. There isn't a dull moment while reading this and a few parts that made me laugh out loud.
Apr 18, 2015 Marinda rated it it was amazing
Broke and homeless due to the death of their parents 22 year old Victoria Kingston and her little sister Margaret are forced to leave their country home. They go to live with their father's sister Nelly. Since Tori looks like her mother and Nelly hated her mother she hates Tori. She gives Tori one month to get married or else she's homeless again and will never see Margaret ever again. Prince Dorian Vlakhos of the Malonas clan has come to London to try to get the hunters attacking his clan to fo ...more
Feb 22, 2015 Jessica rated it really liked it
I really liked the premise of this book. I will say there was a little more graphic romance/sexual nature to the book than I like, but if I keep that part out of my review, I still liked the story.
I found Dorian & Victoria to have good depth of character and grew as people in the course of the story. I also really enjoyed the fact that Victoria wasn't a ditsy little girl who just whined about her situation, but actually did something about it.
This was a little bit like a Cinderella story for
Jan 27, 2016 Kristina rated it really liked it
As a fan of both Paranormal Romance and Historical Romance, it is always a delight to find the two genres melded into one story. I enjoyed the author's other series, but Caressed by Moonlight is something special. It's a captivating and sensual tale of a vampire king and a young woman he didn't know he needed.

I was a fan of this story from the very beginning. The plot is very intriguing and I loved watching how it played out. Who knew a quick marriage to a dark and handsome stranger (with fangs!
Aug 17, 2011 Rebecca rated it it was amazing

Every now and then you come across a book that is the first in the series and it’s so good you want to kick yourself for reading it. Not because it wasn’t good, because you think to yourself well damn now I have to wait a whole year to read about these characters again. Caressed by Moonlight is one of those books for me.

Amanda J. Greene has created a world in Caressed by Moonlight that you can really sink your teeth into. Set in 1814 England for most of the book, I honestly could envision all o
Mar 22, 2012 Anna rated it liked it
Shelves: review-books
Victoria has nothing left in this world but her little sister Margaret. Unfortunately, their guardian, Aunt Nelly, is threatening to take even that away from her. Aunt Nelly despises Victoria and tells her that unless she is able to find and marry a rich man by the end of the month, Margaret will be taken from her. So Victoria begins her search, only to find that she is frustrated. She meets Prince Dorian who seems to want her, but she wants nothing to do with him. One night Aunt Nelly sees the ...more
This is the first book in the Masters of Darkness series by Amanda Greene. It is indeed an impressive work for a new author and first book. The story is a paranormal adult romance with vampires as the primary characters but not the only supernatural beings. We also have shifters and witches.
The story begins with our heroine, Victoria Kingston. Her parents have died and left her without enough money to raise her sister. She turns to an aunt that lives in London with the hope she would provide fo
Eli Yanti
Aug 11, 2012 Eli Yanti rated it it was amazing

Her voice brushed chills down his spine. He was afraid to turn around, to look upon her. His muscles clenched as he stood perfectly still.

“Yes?” he asked, his throat dry. His cold heart tightened as he listened to her cross the floor. She stood behind him, he could feel her, smell her, taste her. She placed a warm, small, thin hand on his shoulder and he shuddered.

Victoria came up to her tiptoes; leaned against his hard back, and lightly whispered, “Make love to me.”

A tremor of exciteme
Aug 23, 2011 Niina rated it it was amazing
Amazing debut by Amanda J. Greene! Supernatural Romance readers will find a new vampire to swoon over, Dorian Vlakhos, the King of the Mylonas Clan!

1814. Victoria and her little sister Margaret arrive in London after their mother died of illness and their father took his own life after losing his wife. They are homeless and penniless, and in the mercy of their Aunt who despises Victoria and her mother - which is why she has her own terms for their stay, Margaret will stay with her and Victoria h
Lori {Romancing the Dark Side}
Romancing the Dark Side Review:

Two worlds collide for a sizzling historical romance with a paranormal twist!

Victorian Kingston is a young woman who has become orphaned and left with a younger sister in her care. When she moves in with her spinster aunt, Victoria is given one month to find a suitable husband if she is to see her sister Margaret again. She enlists the help of her good friend Lana in her quest for a husband, who introduces her to fancy balls and London society. It's there where s
Feb 12, 2012 Sabrina rated it it was amazing
Amanda J. Greene has written a book that took my breath away. I loved this book so much and could not put it down. The characters are well written and pull you into their world. This is my first historical romance (set in 1814 England) it has paranormal in it and Amanda makes the vampires her own with a great twist.

Victoria is left orphaned and penniless with her little sister. They have to go to England to live with their aunt who detests Victoria and gives her an ultimatum to wed in 30 days o
Aug 22, 2011 Sparklybearsy rated it really liked it
rated 4.5 out of 5

Not really a fan of historical books, i went into reading Caressed by Moonlight with some trepidation. The fact that its hero was vampire swayed me. And am i glad it did sway me, because the debut novel from Amanda J Greene is a wonderful piece of work. Caressed by Moonlight, the first book in the Rulers of Darkness series centres around Victoria, who having lost both parents, penniless and with a young sister to care for is told by a crabby old aunt that if she wishes to cont
V.A. Dold
Feb 07, 2012 V.A. Dold rated it it was amazing
Caressed by Moonlight is Amanda J. Greene’s first novel. It is also the first in a series called Rulers of Darkness. I love reading new authors and finding a new series to fall in love with. This first book sent me on a rollercoaster of emotions. I found myself on the edge of my seat at times, angry at the bad guys at others, weeping like a baby, and of course I fell helplessly in love with Dorian the hero.
I have a love for paranormal romance that has action sprinkled throughout the entire stor
Talina Perkins
Dec 30, 2012 Talina Perkins rated it really liked it
(4.5 star - Top Pick, review written by Talina Perkins for Night Owl Reviews)

Before reading Caressed by Moonlight I had forgotten how much I love historical romance. Amanda J. Greene has returned my love for bodices and dancing while giving me so much more. I have a strong love for paranormal romance that has spice sprinkled throughout the entire story and Ms. Greene added the right amount of vampires with a strong sex appeal and an alpha could resist! This book is definitely one
Jen - At Random
May 19, 2011 Jen - At Random rated it it was amazing
This was all sorts of awesomeness! I'm working on a review...

And here it is...

I had originally read an excerpt from Caressed By Moonlight (see below for the excerpt) and just based on that I knew I wanted to read this book. I hadn't previously read any historical romance books, but I knew I would like it.

Well it turns out I didn't like it.....I loved it!! I was completely engrossed in the story and read it in a day! This book is historical paranormal romance but there's also some edge of your se
Sep 28, 2011 Lissette rated it it was amazing
Orphaned and left penniless after she ends up having to sell everything she owns to cover her father’s debts, Victoria Kingston finds herself traveling to London with her little sister in tow. She ends up on her aunt’s doorstep, detested by the very woman because of the fact that she resembles the woman whom, by her standards, bewitched her brother and caused him to leave everything he’d ever known behind.

Her aunt makes it clear that she’s not welcome, but she’s more than willing to take her sis
Paranormal Reads
Feb 14, 2012 Paranormal Reads rated it it was amazing
Amanda J. Greene has written a book that took my breath away. I loved this book so much and could not put it down. The characters are well written and pull you into their world. This is my first historical romance (set in 1814 England) it has paranormal in it and Amanda makes the vampires her own with a great twist.

Victoria is left orphaned and penniless with her little sister. They have to go to England to live with their aunt who detests Victoria and gives her an ultimatum to wed in 30 days o
Jun 23, 2011 Kelly rated it it was amazing
This one was fun. You get to mingle the intricacies of a historical romance (those poor girls back then had a lot of rules to follow, you know) with the fun, sometimes brutal, nearly always sexy paranormal romance genre. Vampires in high society! I love it.

I really liked how single minded Victoria was. She knew what she had to do to keep her sister safe and she set out to do it. Yes, it was distasteful to her to be so mercenary but she couldn't walk away and leave her sister in her Aunt's grasp.
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“Dorian panted, dropping his head to her shoulder, he
whispered, his voice gruff, “Will you be mine for all eternity?”
“The little kitten has claws", Dorian said intrigued. "I like that."

~Dorian Vlakhos”
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