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When artist Brie Lark left her vampire ex and her straitjacket of a hometown to breathe free in New York City, she promised herself two things: she’d never go back to Meiers Corner, and no more vampires. The last thing she expected—or wanted—was to be sent back home on an assignment. But her boss at the FBI needs her undercover on a murder case, working with a black-haired ...more
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Published September 25th 2017 by Entangled Publishing (Select Otherworld)
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aria [dear darling reader]
Final Rating: 3.75 stars

At first I was a bit worried I wasn't going to enjoy this, but surprise, I did ended up liking it - including the characters who I didn't really warm up to until second quarter of the book or so.

Full review to follow.

Many thanks to Entalngled Pub for this review copy in Exchange for an honest review.
Elaine
Investigations by the FBI usually make great thrillers but when you add in that the Special Agent in this story is also an ancient, powerful vampire you have the recipe for a brilliant paranormal thriller and that is certainly the case in this story! The Agent concerned is Seb Rikare and he's heading to Meiers Corner, which used to be the home town of Brie Lark, an artist who also works for the FBI. She's reluctant to return to Meiers Corner after her relationship with a different vampire broke ...more
Siobhan
Sep 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
When I saw the synopsis of Night’s Caress, I knew I needed to read this one. It sounded like something I would love, offering some of my favourite things – namely the FBI and vampires. Of course, I was excited to dive in.

Despite being the first book in The Ancients series, I did not realise this series is actually a spinoff of the Biting Love series. Due to this, there were quite a few things throughout the book that did not resonate with me as strongly as I would have liked. This book works per
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Elizabeth Neal
Oct 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Brie, an artist, escaped her ex and hometown and ran to New York City. Her promises to herself? She wasn't going back to Meiers Corners and she was done with vampires, her ex ruining the whole species for her. However, Brie's boss at her bill paying job, the FBI, has other plans. So, back home she goes, undercover, hoping to solve a murder case. Another self promise is in jeopardy due to the mutual attraction between Brie and her new partner.

Seb, an ancient vampire and FBI agent, has closed hims
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Coral
Sep 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
ARC received from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a fair review

Plot: 4/5
Characterisation: 3/5
Prose: 3/5
How much I enjoyed it: 4/5

The first book in the series but I'm assuming that its an offshoot of another series by the author judging from the way it was written and quite a few fan service to other couples and characters. However, they are kept to a minimum and newbies to the world would not find it hard to catch up on who is who.

Seb needed an in to Meiers Corner where coming in alo
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books are love
Sep 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Received in exchange for a honest review.

This was sensual, twisty and plain hot. Seb Rikare wowza. that vampire is just pure wow. He locks his heart up tight though due to an ex that really crushed him. but it wasn’t because of love he was crushed. He was more crushed due to her not loving him which I find incredulous. Yes he could seem cold but that man underneath the exterior is sweet, kind, caring, attentive and tender. He treats Brie with respect and understanding. He doesn’t push himself on
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The Word Nerd Reviews Blog
Sep 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-reviews
Mary Hughes is a new author for me and I’m very happy I was given the opportunity to review her latest work. I discovered about half way through Night’s Caress (Ancients #1) that it is a spin-off from her series Biting Love. However, there is no need to have read this series first; Night’s Caress works perfectly well on its own and does not rely on the reader having any previous knowledge. I enjoyed it immensely and had no problems falling into that world, but the characters introduced were so i ...more
Les Romantiques
Sep 17, 2017 rated it it was ok
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Reviewed by Rinou
Review Copy from the Publisher

In this first volume of The Ancients series, the author introduces us to Brie, who’s working as a civil support but wants to join the FBI as a forensic artist, when she must go back to her native area to be the cover forSeb, a vampire FBI agent investigating a succession of murders by exsanguinations.

My main problem with this novel comes from the author’s style. She decided to write the chapters with Seb’s
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Nikki Brooks
Sep 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was my first read by this author and it won't be my last!

Whilst I hadn't read the series this is an offshoot of -Biting Love- I didn't feel lost at not knowing all the characters from previous books. This is definitely Seb and Brie's story.

Brie is a small town woman who fled a wastrel ex and joined the FBI. But wouldn't you know it that only male who stokes her interest is another Vamp, just like duh-wreck (love that nickname!). She tries to dodge him at every turn but when she is "requeste
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Lisa Richards
Oct 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The only complaint I had on this wonderful new series was the alternate POVs. It is told equally in 1st person by Brie and then third person from Seb's perspective. And as much as I hated the jar out of reading bliss each time this happened, I'm still giving it five stars. I love, love, love this type of paranormal romance. Of all the romances I read, and there are bookoos of them, this is my go to all time favorite read. I love the vampire world building by the author and loved both Brie and Se ...more
Rinou
L'héroïne passe son temps à fantasmer sur le héros et à se dire que les vampires ne sont pas fiables parce que son ex vampire l'a trompée. Le héros refuse de ressentir des sentiments parce que sa femme (à l'époque des pharaons) ne l'aimait pas. L'histoire met du temps à démarrer mais l'intrigue est intéressante, le couple beaucoup moins malheureusement.

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Petula
Sep 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
FBI special agent Seb Rikare is an ancient vampire and investigating a string of murders that look like vampire kills. This is bad because he has to hide the cause from the humans and stop war from breaking out between the vampire clans.
Brie Lark is an artist who works for the FBI as a civilian. She is asked to take Seb to her home town. A place she couldn't wait to get away from.
This story is almost non stop action. Some of the fights are really gory as you would expect from vampires. Our bra
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Bec_BookMagicReviews

Going back to her hometown was something Brie Lark swore she'd never do, but there's no way Brie can pass up helping FBI Special Agent Seb Rikare with his investigation into a series of murders. However, he's a vampire and Brie swore never to give another vampire a chance not after what her ex did. But the further into the investigation the pair get, the higher the risk of Brie getting hurt unless Seb can protect her. Will the pair be able to survive the danger closing in on them to achieve thei
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Julie

I haven't read anything by this author before, and looking on her site I noticed this might be a spin off from a former series, this doesn't detract in any way from the book, but it did make me want to read the other series after this one.

FBI special agent Seb Rikare is an ancient vampire and investigating a string of murders that look like vampire kills.
Seb is your typical vampire, tall and brooding. In his life before coming a vampire, he had a wife, but it wasn't a love match and he suffere
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Gigi staub
Sep 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
When artist Brie Lark left her vampire ex and her straitjacket of a hometown to breathe free in New York City, she promised herself two things: she’d never go back to Meiers Corner, and no more vampires. The last thing she expected—or wanted—was to be sent back home on an assignment. But her boss at the FBI needs her undercover on a murder case, working with a black-haired, black-eyed giant god of a man who’s her idea of perfection, except for one thing—he’s a vampire.

FBI Special Agent Seb Rikar
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Jeannie Zelos
Sep 27, 2017 rated it it was ok
Night's Caress, Mary Hughes

Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews

Genre: Sci-fi and Fantasy, Romance

Looking up info on this book I remembered  I'd read several of Mary's Biting Love series, and as its an Entangled publication I was pretty sure I'd like this. Sadly though its a fail, I just couldn't get into the story and DNF. 

I didn't feel anything more than Lust between Brie and Seb, and got irritated at her constant references to her V-guy ex ( and I really, really hated that phrase!!) I didn't
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Carmella Siciliano
Sep 26, 2017 rated it liked it
I received a copy of this e-book and am voluntarily leaving an honest review.

Brie couldn't wait to get out of Meier's Falls, leaving behind small town ways and an ex-boyfriend who happened to be a vampire. She goes to NY City and before she knows it her job has assigned her to work with Seb on a case that could start a vampire war. Murders are happening and they seem to lead bck to Brie's home town. She doesn't want to work with him as she feels he is cold and arrogant but extremely sexy and als
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Sara
Sep 24, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars!

A paranormal romance about the uncanny partnership between an ancient, alpha vampire and sassy female who is his reluctant partner.

Mary Hughes has written an immersive novel that makes you feel as though you are right in Meiers Corners yourself. Very well-developed scenery. Unfortunately, I did not feel the characters were given as much due. Seb is difficult to warm up to. Brie is better, but it still took me some time. Then there is the way the book was written - Seb's part was writte
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Gladys
Dec 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Night's Caress (The Ancients) Book #1 by Mary Hughes is a highly entertaining and engaging book. I found the storyline interesting and the characters complex. A plot that is full of mystery, lust, pain, loss, passion and romance snags your attention and keeps it. A beautiful love story of fated mates that fight their attraction and emotions as they have both been hurt before. Seb, an ancient vampire, comes across as deeply cold and detached. As his history is revealed and you see the pain that h ...more
D.E.
Sep 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Seriously, is there anything better than agreeing to review a book from an author you don’t know and discovering the book totally rocks? I can’t even remember why I agreed to review Night’s Caress. I do enjoy fantasy books now and again, but only if there is a real story to be told. And man, is there a story to be told here.

The story was complicated, exciting, and just a bit scary. There were lots of twists and turns with regards to the murders as well as the love story. The murder/mystery did
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Books 2 Blog
Jan 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Night’s caress is the third book in the series but can be read as a standalone. This is my first book by this author and I most certainly enjoyed it . The story is action packed, it has a great storyline and has awesome steamy scenes. Brie is running from her past . She has very carefully reconstructed her life. She is still heartbroken by her vampire ex. Her vow is to never go out with another vampire again. Fate isn't going to let that happen though. We meet seb who is a gorgeous fbi agent and ...more
Tina
Apr 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Night's Caress is the first book in The Ancients series by author Mary Hughes. I found this to be a super sweet read. I adored this one.
Seb is an ancient vampire. Hardened by losing someone close to him. He has the power of suggestion.
He is tracking a serial killer who also happens to be a vampire. He prefers not to tamper with people’s minds unless he absolutely has too.
Brie has moved to NY to escape the memory of her vampire ex. When she has to go undercover as Seb’s lover to help catch a kill
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Tracey
Sep 30, 2017 rated it really liked it

*This ARC was received in exchange for an honest review*
This is the story of Brie Lark who works at the FBI, when she is asked to do an undercover assignment on a murder case, but it is in her home town. Brie had left there because of her ex Derek who just happened to be a vampire and she had sworn off any more vampires.
Her assignment is to work with FBI Special Agent Seb Rikare, one problem he is also a vampire and she has tried to keep her distance from him for a while now as she has been attr
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Keri
Aug 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
It's been while since I've visited Meiers Corner and honestly I couldn't remember Brie...that being said it didn't take me long to fall into the story and enjoy it immensely. We get to see some of our fav MC couples and get an epic vamp battle, plus some scorching moments between Brie and Seb. If you haven't read any of the series to now you may be lost to some of the nuances to this wacky world but you'll love it I'm sure, and for series lovers..it's a must read!
This was a complimentary advanc
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Mellena
Sep 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. It had some fun uniqueness going for it along with some well used mythical ideals; though some of those even had their own twist. The characters were entertaining and made me laugh at their dialogue. Seb is a soul injured man. He is broken and he doesn't even know it. Brie is a free spirited kind of woman and just what he needs to heal his very old wounds and bring him back to life. If only they can both stay alive to do it. This plot was so fun and suspenseful. I can ...more
Laurie Beemer
Sep 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Simply awesome. I always loved to read books with romance but it is even better when the romance has a paranormal twist. Hot and sexy vampire Seb meets once small town girl and know FBI agent Brie and sparks fly. This book had some amazingly hot scenes that made it feel like it was 100 degrees in here. What happens when the person that is most off limits to you is the person you decide you want? Because of past experience Brie has sworn of dating vampires but what happens when here partner a hot ...more
Donna
Sep 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Night's Caress is a vampire/romantic suspense by new to me author Mary Hughes. Night's Caress reads like it is part of a series but I had no problems reading it standalone. If you like your vampires big and brawny and a bit judgmental you will love Seb Rikare. It took me a whole lot longer to warm up to him than it did for our heroine Brie Lark. But the further I read the further I got caught up in the action and love. There is a fight scene that had me yelling out loud! It may be the first I’ve ...more
Katherine Yearwood
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: paranormal
This would be my first title ever read by author Mary Hughes. Night’s Caress synopsis is what made me want to read the book.
Night’s Caress is a first-person/third person narrative, with the book based on Brie Lark POV. Right there is what made it so difficult to get into the story. If this book would have just stayed with one narrative maybe then I could have adjusted to the storyline. Therefore, it was a struggle and I only got through two chapters and couldn’t finish the book. Maybe, when I d
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H.B. Jasick
Sep 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
This story was captivating and easy to read! I loved the characters and I am excited to read more. Hopefully there will be more! This was a new to me author, and I do not regret giving her a chance. I will be reading more!

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