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A Vampire's Promise

(Vampire's Promise #1)

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Trust Your Instincts

Rowan Harper is nothing but a smart-mouthed bookstore clerk with a crappy love life on the night she walks into Rosie's Bar. Most of the drama in her life is borrowed from her best friend's adventures. But when she meets Gabriel--tall and movie star gorgeous--everything changes. Never mind that she turns down the drink he offers, or that he brims wi

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Kindle Edition, 272 pages
Published June 5th 2014 by eKensington (first published June 1st 2014)
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Heather *Undercover Goth Queen*
Well, I tried. I don't like the tone of this book. I didn't like lines like this:

This was a car, for God's sake! Talk about being ridiculous. But it was nice to know the Viking had a "she" in his life that weighed a hell of a lot more than I did.


Or this:

I'm sensible enough to see myself for what I am, which means I'm not that bad to look at. A C-cup may be a little on the generous side, and I wish my legs weren't quite so long, but thankfully, I've never relied on my looks to keep a guy i
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Mara
May 10, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: pnr, arc
This is a joint review for A Vampire's Promise and A Vampire's Soul, as the two books are actually part one and part two of the same story.

So my first thought is a warning: be aware that you need both books if you want a complete story, as neither is a stand alone one. I say it first as many reviews might end on the negative side when the reader is taken by surprise at the lack of ending of A Vampire's Promise.

This reviewer isn't a happy camper with this trend in publishing, but I knew it sinc
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SN the Viking
Apr 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Vamp lovers, UF lovers
Rowan lives a super boring life, living in a secluded spot all alone. She works in a bookstore, read lots of books, is still a virgin and she so wants to change that BADLY, has no family and are living vicariously thru her recklessly and outgoing BFF Lacee. Who are having an affair with the married chef of police, and that is how Rowan gets into this new adventure in her life.


Gabriel tall blond hair super star looking Viking I was sold, when he was from Norway too I went to heaven. He is the po
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Iris (InstagramREADS)
Apr 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved it! Amazing new Paranormal Romance.

Don't let the cover scare you off! This is an amazing book and great introduction of an page-turning paranormal series. Cant wait to read the second book.

5 star with a FAT PLUS!
Meigan
Apr 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
First off, don't be swayed by the cover. It isn't really indicative of the actual story. The cover makes the book seem like it's going to be a sex-fest; heroine gets swept away by half-naked hulkster, where they while their time away making endless love. Not so, my friends. At least not all the time.

If I may be honest, I put this book off for quite some time because of the cover. I know that's shallow and completely unfair, but there you have it. So you can imagine my surprise when I started re
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Lover of Romance
I received a ARC copy in exchange for a honest review.

Rowan, works in a local bookstore, and unlike her best friend, who draws men like bees to honey, she hasn't had much luck in the men department. Rowan is still a virgin, and not because she wouldn't love to have a lover or two, but she has never met anyone that she wanted to share that part of herself with. When she comes to the local bar, to satisfy her friend, she meets a man that tilts her world with just one look. Rowan is blown away wi
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L
Apr 16, 2014 rated it liked it
A page-turning paranormal romance with a sprinkling of enchanting mystery

This rather visually bland book is a misleading reflection of the surprisingly wonderful content within, and so I would in this instance not pre-judge this! Any assumptions I had regarding this story were dissolved, as C S Smith’s well-crafted narrative {that’s beautifully woven} took me completely by surprise. It is such a rare event when I encounter something such as this; an undeniably gripping story of inspired ideas an
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A Voracious Reader (a.k.a. Carol)
Book source ~ NetGalley

Rowan Harper is a human who works in a bookstore. No, this does not redeem her for being so damn stupid. I want to fire her. She shouldn’t be allowed around books. That’s a pleasure and a privilege she doesn’t deserve. What a fucking twat.

Gabriel is a mysterious guy who rolls into Rowan’s life and she lets him. He knows things. He’s hot. He has money. He’s hot. He only comes out only at night. He’s gorgeous. His body has every woman slobbering and dripping from between the
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Sheila Melo
"The world as I knew it came to a screeching halt and tumbled off its axis.  And I knew, no matter whatever else happened to me in the rest of my life, something had just changed.  It was one of those pivotal moments that happen once in a lifetime.  One that said nothing was ever going to be the same."

FINAL DECISION:  A first book that takes too long to get to the big reveal -- that unfortunately is not a secret because of the title of the book -- but has promise for the series.  I want to know
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Jillian (NetGalley Addict)
*Kensington Books via NetGalley provided me with a complimentary review copy of this book.
---Review contains spoilers---

Rowan has a boring love life and vicariously lives through her best friend, everything changes when she goes to pick up said friend from a bar and meets Gabriel. He's gorgeous and he wants her, can Rowan be with a man she only has at night and has so many secrets?

The beginning of this book was great, you have a woman meeting a mysterious man at a bar who is unbelievably hot, t
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Monique
Apr 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed Rowan and Gabriel's story. It was a satisfying read: Funny (Rowan's first-person narrative is sometimes hilarious), mysterious, and also horrifying at the end. I like the author's writing style. The ending stumped me somewhat, however (I would have preferred one, stand-alone book, to its conclusion, instead of a cliff-hanger).
But...I'll admit that I'm sucked into the story, and will be purchasing book 2. (I got the first book as a Kindle freebie).

I bumped this from four stars t
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Lizbeth Gabriel
Jun 02, 2015 rated it it was ok
I have a digital mountain of books on my kindle. Often I have no idea what the book is about because I don’t see the cover or don’t remember the title. This was one of those cases.

I liked several things about a Vampire’s Promise. The first was the fact I was under the impression I was reading a contemporary romance book. The heroine remains unsuspecting of the supernatural nature of the hero until the end. It was a welcome change from the other Paranormal Romance books where the heroine knows al
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Lorna
Jun 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
4.5 rounded up to 5
Can you say book hangover? That’s exactly what I have right now after reading this book. After finishing another book at 4 a.m. today, I decided to start this book with every intention of reading just a few pages before bed. Two hours later I made myself go to bed. I was able to finish it this evening. I could not put it down. I received this book from Net Galley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Rowan is a single bookstore clerk, whose idea of a fun Friday night is wat
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What did I just read?

An ARC was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.


It's been a long time since I've read a vampire novel. I received a copy of this book and thought, oh well, time to get back to the PNR world. Boy, was that the worst choice.

I admit, this book could be intriguing and it certainly is hot. But to a girl who knows TWILIGHT, NEW MOON, ECLIPSE AND BREAKING DAWN like the back of her hand... man, this was a riot. The resemblance of some scenes, the familiarity of their fe
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♡ Sassy ~ Amy ♡
WARNING!! Written in 'First Person' & First book in continuing series with dead stop cliff hangers!

I will complain in a minute about what bugged me, but this author was so good in her writing & this book, that I was totally torn.

Rowan meets Gabriel at a bar... He asks her on a date & during that later date she meets his "friends". Not until the end of the book does she realize he is a vampire, but it is hinted to, as it is written in first person, so you already know by the blurb that he is, bu
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Eva
Sep 05, 2016 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: NOBODY
Don't buy unless you like 50 Shades of Gray or secretly have fantasies about cheating your husband. Super cheesy, badly written. I shoul've known from the cover.
I will hide the spoilers. (But read it anyway since it shows how bad this book is.)
So here are my goodreads status updates while I was reading this.
23.0% "I don't like the writing style where they write like they are texting. For example "Honestly. Shit." or "Okaaay." Feels like I'm reading a Wattpad story."
15.0% "WHY isn't there any mar
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Douglas Meeks
Jun 05, 2014 rated it liked it
Let us start with the characters of Rowan and Gabriel, the author drags out the slow burn romance for the whole book, never allows Gabriel to share what he will and she never questions what he won't.

Obviously from the title we all know what he is but this story was so full of tiny details and pages upon pages of sexual activity (sex used as filler) that everything we really wanted to know got pushed onto the last few pages and a teaser for the next book. I should say this is NOT a technique I wo
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Kimberly
May 10, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
Review featured on www.books-n-kisses.com

2.5 Hearts I had a hard time with this story. First the writing is off. Not sure exactly how but it is written in first person which is odd for this kind of book but the conversations are not the way anyone would really talk and there is so much commentary that the story is over done.

Also there is no connection between Gabriel and Rowan. Gabriel seems set in old times even though he is so many years old wouldn’t he have kept current? And Rowan is clueles
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Sylvia
A Vampire's Promise is a fun and enticing read with a twist. Rowan Harper is sweet and sassy charming character who has few friends and very routine life. The most snarky fun is when she debates with her "inner bitch". Her wild and crazy friend Laycee tries to bring Rowan out of the mundane. Until one night, Rowan is meets Laycee at Rosie's bar because her friend needs a ride and Rowan encounters Gabriel WhatsHisName. All the woman in the bar are bewitched by Gabriel, but Gabriel WithNoLastName ...more
 Spanxmcb (Yovanka)
This was an enjoyable read very reminiscent of Life Blood from the Cora's Choice series by V.M. Black. Although predictable plot devices, the set up is a bit different. Rowan is funny and sarcastic and reactionary. Although given how long it takes her to pick up on some things, I wonder how well read she's really supposed to be!

It's a minor annoyance and Rowan fully admits on more than one occasion that she operates with her head in the proverbial sand. One disappointment is that Smith relies on
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Jenifer Kleine
Apr 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-favs, netgalley
OK first off I am one of those people who is more apt to read a book based on the cover. In the past it has totally bitten me in the ass more then once. I thought the cover on this was a little cheesy, but couldn't pass up a vampire romance, and per the author she didn't have a say in the matter. With that being said I totally loved this book. Nothing better then a good vampire romance to get your panties in a twist. The chemistry between Rowan and Gabriel was crazy. I liked Rowans sharp witted ...more
Jennifer
Feb 27, 2016 rated it it was ok
Well....it is really good at the ending and leaves you hanging. I like the story so far but A Vampire Promise does what I hate most in books just set you up for the next one, as it is it isn't a novel alone, it is just the opener book for what is to come in the next one. When I get into a book I want to go for a ride from the middle to the end, but this book has no end. You got to know about the characters and start to care about them and the story starts getting good and then drops you, umm no ...more
Donna Was A Scandal
Apr 18, 2014 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

very good story, very concise world building, entertaining twist but honestly the cliffhanger did me in - I realized there would have to be a big one around the 90% mark and I was so enthralled in the story I didn't realized how little time I had left in the book - definitely read this one, but have part two at the ready so you don't miss a beat.
Debrac2014
Mar 01, 2016 rated it liked it
This story started out well, but Rowan was clueless about Gabriel until the end! Author dragged the story out too long for me to enjoy! Cliffhanger ending!
Cinzia
Jun 29, 2014 rated it really liked it


Trust Your Instincts

Rowan Harper is nothing but a smart-mouthed bookstore clerk with a crappy love life on the night she walks into Rosie's Bar. Most of the drama in her life is borrowed from her best friend's adventures. But when she meets Gabriel--tall and movie star gorgeous--everything changes. Never mind that she turns down the drink he offers, or that he brims with secrets she can't begin to guess at. He ignites a desire in her she never suspected--and shows a fascination with her she can'
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Kristi Foster
Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a fantastic book! I couldn't put it down. The characters were well thought out. The story flowed easily. There was suspense, love, lust all rolled into one. I'm currently reading the next book because I just had to see what happens next.
Lisa Caudill
Jan 20, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: sorry-i-read-it
59% of the book was some teenage like angst of an unknown guy while she at 25 hasn't lost her virginity...They spent time together but no details on the convos...very shallow characters...very frustrating to say the least
Nancy Konsitzke
Jun 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Very good

I really enjoyed this book very much, I can not wait to read the rest of the series, vampire excitement.
Melbie
Dec 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: vampires, paranormal
Entertaining read but not a book to get excited about, in my humble view.
Christine
Apr 18, 2019 rated it it was ok
There was some enjoyable humor, but the virginity stuff is just weird and it ends with a cliffhanger, which is not what I signed up for... pretty annoyed. Not going to read book two.
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“The world as I knew it came to a screeching halt and tumbled off its axis. And I knew, no matter whatever else happened to me in the rest of my life, something had just changed. It was one of those pivotal moments that happen once in a lifetime. One that said nothing was ever going to be the same.” 4 likes
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