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(The Niteclif Evolutions #1)

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  239 ratings  ·  28 reviews

When Fate makes you her bitch, accept it and adapt. Or die.

The Niteclif Evolutions, Book 1

Looking back on the wish she made on Midsummer’s Eve, Maddy Niteclif should have been more specific. She only wanted to escape the shadowy nightmares that plagued her nights, not to be thrust into a completely altered reality.

If a strangely familiar, sexy dragon-shifter named Bahl

Kindle Edition, 262 pages
Published October 18th 2011 by Samhain Publishing Ltd.
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Jul 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal
This books has it all: paranormal, Fae, shapeshifing dragons, vampires, seers, Atlanteans, witches - nothing is missing! :)

It's fun and very fast pacing.

I slightly disliked the heroine, but all the rest was great!

it has a HUGE cliffhanger at the end! So now I'm thinking that I'll be waiting for the rest of the book to come out! :)
May 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Reread 01/11/2017
Originally read 01/02/2013 4 stars
Madeleine "Maddy" Niteclif needs a change. Where better to start anew than England. Upon her arrival, she feels a strong pull to head straight to Stonehenge. Once there, she makes a wish for "a changed reality".

That night, she quickly learns that wish or no wish, a changed reality is exactly what she's gotten. Turns out, she's a third generation Niteclif, descendant of Sherlock, and she's required to "... accept [her legacy] by age of thirty and pick up the mantle of service for minimum of ten
This will be all over the place but I can't bother to organize it better.
Also this is a negative, sometimes snarky reward in which I’m really rude towards the heroine (Maddy), so if you don’t like it don’t read it.
More or less from the beginning of the book I found myself disliking Maddy to the point of nitpicking faults. Like say the opening line in which she calls herself sleep deprived yet still insists on driving. Also it's perfectly normal to convince herself she was suffering from sleep-de
Apr 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
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What if you found out your great-grandfather really was Sherlock Holmes? And that you're supposed to take up his legacy of sleuthing? For most people, it might sound like a dream come true. For Madeleine "Maddy" Niteclif, it's only one of a series of surprising revelations that the world she thought she knew will never be the same. Her journey into paranormal investigations makes for one compelling story.

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Nov 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
It was a fun, easy read, and I would have enjoyed it even more if Maddy's emotions got toned down a bit. I really wanted to smack her a couple of times and say "Over dramatic much?".

Denise Tompkins certainly doesn't suffer from the lack of imagination. The world she's created is incredibly interesting and sort of co-existing with ours. Everything is possible there - dragons, Fae, vampires, selkies... any kind of magical creatures.

Madelaine decides she needs a change in her life after her parents
Nov 15, 2011 rated it liked it
After losing her parents suddenly, Maddy has decided to run away to the UK. As soon as she gets there though, strange things start happening. Maddy soon discovers she is the Niteclif, a sort of supernatural detective for fairies, sprites, vampires, dragons, and the like. She's immediately involved in her first case, which naturally turns out to be way more involved that she thought it would be. Add to this two men vying for her, and Maddy has her hands full for sure. She will have to learn to na ...more
Jaidis Shaw
Oct 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
The Niteclif Evolutions: Legacy by Denise Tompkins is an action-packed book that kept me turning the pages. After the loss of her parents, Maddy needs to make a new start. She decides to head off to London with no real plan in place other than to see the stone circles that she keeps visiting in her dreams. After her arrival and an innocent wish, Maddy is thrust into a strange new world that leaves her little choice as to her future. Not only is she unsure about how she will follow in her family' ...more
Nov 07, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2012
The first novel in the Niteclif Evolutions series, this UF/PNR was ultimately quite hard to rate. On the one hand, I really liked the concept and the protagonist as well as the writing (if you ignore the few but pretty annoying spelling and grammar mistakes that ended up in the published work); on the other hand the romance really didn't work for me ((view spoiler) ...more
Feb 03, 2013 rated it liked it
Likes it so much going straight into the next one!
If one day you find out that the supernatural world really exists, i.e., dragons, witches & wizards and the like then what would be your reaction be? Me? I would be a little skeptical at first but if given solid proof…….well no questions asked I’d be jumping with joy but let’s see how this is dealt with in Denise Tompkins’ debut novel The Niteclif Evolution #1 Legacy .

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When Fate makes you her bitch, accept it and adapt. Or die. The Niteclif Evolutions, Book
Wendy *Sebella Blue* Mitchell
Having recently lost both parents, Madeleine Niteclif was searching for connections and for some unknown reason she felt a compulsion to travel to the United Kingdom and visit the famed stone circle of Stonehenge. It’s in this famed and mystical circle that her life takes a turn towards the magical. She is thrust into a world of dragons, fairies, vampires and other supposed mythical beings. She is also told that she is to be the supreme law of this supernatural world. It is her duty as the Nitec ...more
Don't usually write reviews but i have to vent my feelings. Mostly from the beginning i really disliked the protogonist of this book. It's not really her fault, but rather that of the author. I find it really annoying when as a reader we don't get to know the character before a massive change in their personality (or maybe i just dislike this book so much i'm making excuses :P). I can't even remember the protogonist's name (okay i just remembered it's Maddy but still the point is that i was seve ...more
Maddy (Madeline) Niteclif and Bay (Bahlin The Dragon) are two of the hottest characters I have encountered in too long a time. These two give me that kind of feel good that I only get from ‘Cat and Bones’ and ‘Kate and Curran’. The energy of this series will make fantasy / romance fans tingle.

Maddy is heartbroken after the death of her parents. She goes to the Green Isles for reasons she doesn’t fully understand. She wants to find Stonehenge. It’s an obsession. While tired and lost, she finds a
GENRE: Paranormal Romance
THEME: Dragons, Fae, and Vampires
RECEIVED: Reviewing for Nurture Book Tour

I’m a big fan of paranormal stories with a mix of supernaturals and Denise Tompkins writes a unique story doing just that. Legacy is the first novel in the Niteclif Evolution series, filled with mystery, adventure, and lots of sizzling romance.

Legacy follows Maddy Niteclif, one day she gets sudden urge to drop everything a start a new life somewhere els
Nancy Lee Badger
Oct 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: genre-fantasy
This debut novel by Denise Tompkins caught me by surprise. The world Maddy stumbles into is actually the London we know today, yet the magical creatures live and move unnoticed among the humans. Maddy notices, and finds herself falling for the handsome hunk who guides her toward her legacy. The cover first caught my eye…standing stones, and a dragon? Then I fell in love with Bahlin, the handsome hunk with something extra. The storyline has romance and murder, hot sex and grisly family dynamics. ...more
Traci Wallace
Jun 28, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: already-own
I went into this book knowing from other reviews that the first book is the weakest in the trilogy. Since the series sounded promising and fresh in a not so fresh genre I decided to give it a go. I was in the middle with the plot, pacing and characters all through the book but I persevered and read the whole thing, immediately starting the second, and from just 20% into Wrath I can tell you it does improve. I plan on writing a more in-depth review for the whole series when I am done with the tri ...more
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May 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Most of you know by now that I’m a sucker for Paranormal and Urban Fantasy Books, so it should not surprise you I read them any chance I get.
This book surprised me, it was different than I thought it would be, but in a good way.
I loved the twist with Sherlock Holmes, the whole murder mystery tied in with some paranormal. We get to meet a variety of supernatural beings, Fae, Vampires, Shifters, dragon or otherwise and much more but all that is ties into a newat little twist with the original Sher
Tamra LeValley
Mar 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
First thing I want to say is that I absolutely loved this book and am looking forward to Wrath. I loved the premise of Sherlock Holmes and the supernatural. Some of the sentence structures were hard to follow and at times ,when I was immersed in one of Maddy's current dilemmas, a word would be used that I had to look up which made me stop reading and lose that NEED to continue reading. These two things did not happen often but it did make me realize that simple sentence structure and word use is ...more
Jun 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Wow! This book is off to great start with this new series. Maddy is a detective in the supernatural world, direct descendent from Sherlock Holmes. She just lost her parents and was compelled to come to the Emerald Isle. Maddy is trying to deal with her grief, a whole new world she never new existed and what is means for her to be the Nightcliff. Maddy's partner is A dragon and she is very attracted to him. Maddy is called to the fareie mounds because several beings have gone missing.
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Apr 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book was amazing. It had everything that I like in it. Fae. Dragons. Love. Magical creatures. Mystery. And a touch of Sherlock Holmes history. Great job to the author for bringing Maddy and Bahlin to life.
Jul 03, 2012 rated it it was ok
I have to say that I am kind of disappointed by how this book has gone. To me it really seems screwed up. I mean seriously? I hope the second book improves greatly or this won't be much of a series at all.
Jan 19, 2013 rated it liked it
3.5 stars - good series. This was a slower read for me. Just didn't flip my switch.
Sep 12, 2011 rated it liked it
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Did Not Finish......

The name dropping of Laurell K Hamilton several times within 2 chapters and the overdone scottish brogue of one of the characters just did me in.
May 07, 2015 rated it liked it
Definitely the weakest book in the series, but captivating enough to make you continue and you should continue...
Oct 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Fun read
Jul 15, 2012 rated it liked it
Not without its flaws but still a compulsively readable start to a series.
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“You’ve seen the goods, handled the package and helped me make the delivery, Maddy. Don’t you think the time for shyness has passed?” 0 likes
“This is going to be a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants experiment in which I either succeed or fail. The only thing I can ensure is that, with any action I take, one of the two outcomes is guaranteed.” Bahlin” 0 likes
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