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Velvet Haven

(Annwyn Chronicles #1)

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  326 ratings  ·  48 reviews
The first in a brand new series about a world of shapeshifters, from the author of Hot in Here.

Hidden from mortals for eternity, Annwyn, the Otherworld, is home to shapeshifters, wraiths and dragons. On the border with the mortal realm stands a nightclub called Velvet Haven. The shapeshifter king of Sidhe, Bran, comes there searching for his brother, Carden, who's
Paperback, 326 pages
Published March 2nd 2010 by Berkley Books (first published 2010)
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Jul 16, 2009 rated it really liked it
When Bran King of the Sidhe, a shape-shifter, would dream of his death, did he know his curse and the one whom was destined to kill him would be the one he would be willing to die for: Mairi.
Mairi has been dreaming of a great dream lover, one she desires and one she kills, never did she think she would meet him face to face, and he be the one she would finally give her heart to, and together they must fight against fate and save a magical world Annwyn along with Earth before time runs out

♥ Beth
Mar 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
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Apr 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: scorching-hot
I’ve read my fair share of paranormal romance novels as well as urban fantasy and, for the most part, I’ve enjoyed the majority of them. Midnight Breed, Demonica, Night Huntress, etc, have all been series that I’ve thoroughly enjoyed. For me, the series that I always come back to in comparison, and I know I probably shouldn’t, is J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood novels. To me, there is just no contest, no comparison, nothing really holds up to that standard for me; until now. I didn’t think ...more
Mar 10, 2010 rated it did not like it
Bran, the shape-shifting Sidhe king awaits his own murder. He knows his killer is out there, waiting for the perfect moment to strike. But Bran is willing to die because he carries the Legacy Curse. His mistake was not marrying Morgan, the Sidhe witch. She cursed him where he’ll be brought down by a female mortal. Even worse, an evil and dark magic is killing immortals of his world, close to the Cave of Cruachan, a passageway, known as veil that allows Bran to enter into the mortal realm of ...more
4 1/2 Stars!!!!

VELVET HAVEN is the Black Dagger Brotherhood meets "The Matrix" and the showdown happens at an erotic fetish club catering to an exclusive clientele that's renowned for satisfying every physical delight known to mortals and immortals alike. Whether you're a naughty school girl, sexed-up metal head, or leather-wearing hulk, all walks of life are welcome. And while mortals think they're the only beings to own the night, immortals emerge from the shadows to partake in their misguided
Laurie Garrison
** 3 1/2 stars**
This book is hard for me to rate, while I really liked some parts other parts just didn’t give me that knock my socks off impression I wanted for a dark erotic romance. This is a good start for a series, Sophie has created lots of hot characters to continue this series. You’ll find lots of good elements of the dark side with magic and excitement and lots of different religions mixed together. There is mention of God, falling angles, of course shape-shifters, Druids, Sidhe even
Pauline Allan
Jun 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing
For those of you who don't know...Sophie Renwick is Charlotte Featherstone! So...nuff said! This book was off the charts hot, steamy, awesome. Take JR Ward's Brotherhood series and add some tongue licking, skin sweating, panty soaking sex scenes and you have yourself the hottest paranormal to date. No kidding, I read this book in one afternoon and by the evening I was texting my husband the sexiest words I could think of. Raven is a hot hero with a smooth talking, dominating, naughty tongue. His ...more
Lady Heather
I loved this book!
... but I'm kinda biased when it comes to Sophie Renwick/Charlotte Featherstone
I like her broken alpha male characters and the strong women that will 'literally' do anything to save them.... awwh the perfect 'soul-mate' story!
Sep 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
Wow what a great start to a promising series. One hot read. I loved the both the main and secondary characters. Great pace without going over the top with explanations, just the right amount of balance between discribing the Otherworld and telling a story. And check out the cover....
Really good read; highly recommend.
Apr 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
I would rate this book between a 3 1/2 and 4 stars. There was a lot of things I really liked about this book and some I thought were just ok. To me this is a good start to what could be a fantastic series. The ground work is all laid out now we just have to wait and see where Sophie takes us next.
Amy Jacobs
Jun 29, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: books-i-own
Where do I begin with this review? Let's start with the cover, because that seemed to be about the only thing I really enjoyed about this book. Hubba-Hubba! Look at that man on the cover! Tattoo's, long hair, drool worthy ab's and tight leather pants! Eye candy that you can drool over for hours! I loved the blue and black misted background as well.

Unfortunately, that is where my thrill of excitement for this book ends. The author created so many different characters in this book that I was left
Mar 25, 2010 rated it really liked it
Overall a great read as there was a lot of mystery, romance and supernatural beings -- all my favorite things rolled into one. Velvet Haven begins by giving the reader a glimpse of a prophecy that will be the basis for all that occurs in the book. This prophecy speaks of nine warriors that will save Annwyn from Darkness. However, the prophecy suggests that the leader of these nine warriors will yield great power and can save all of Annwyn or bring about its destruction. Unfortunately, the seer ...more
Mar 26, 2010 rated it it was ok
"Hidden from mortals for eternity, Annwyn, the Otherworld, is home to shapeshifters, wraiths and dragons. On the border with the mortal realm stands a nightclub called Velvet Haven. The shapeshifter king of Sidhe, Bran, comes there searching for his brother, Carden, who's ensnared in a centuries-old curse. He looks to Mairi, a mortal woman with an unusual aura, for help. He usually just uses humans for sexual pleasure in order to restore his magic energy, but Mairi's lush curves and teasing ...more
Well I think I am good as not needing to read any more of the series. There is definitely an interesting story line that could happen here an interesting characters. I felt it was rushed over and really could have been something great.
M.A. Fréchette
I really tried liking it, and reading through all of it, but gave up after the Hellhound scene. I'm not sure what it was that didn't draw me into the story, but I think it was mostly all the telling, and most of the characters felt very one-dimensional.
Lady Lioness
I'm not rating this one because I actually started it back in November and finishing it was like wading through molasses. The plot was drowned under layers of sex and I'm still not entirely sure what happens. In addition, nothing actually gets resolved, aside from the relationship between the hero and the heroine. We don't know where Rowan came from or what she is. The serial killer isn't stopped. What or who the Oracle is remains a mystery. The tangled threads of religion are never properly ...more
Mar 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: yes
Recommended to Mary by: no one
This book was a sizzling, sexy and dramatic book. Definately for the adult reader. Its based on the Fey World and a cursed King that is in search of his brother. While the dark forces threaten his world as well as the human world, Bran sets out to find and destroy the evil force. His curse forces him to be with human women and in the processes he meets a mortal who's life entwines with his in more ways then he can imagine.

A lot of sexual content in the book which I didn't expect. But then as I
Shannon (Savhage Temptrest)
I definitely have mixed feelings on "Velvet Haven" by Sophie Renwick. On one hand, it was a totally original story plot and on the other it sort of dragged on until the last thirty or so pages. The story focused on a shapeshifting king from another realm seeking energy "boosts" from mortal women as part of a curse for helping a family member years before, and a lonely and troubled mortal nurse. When the two meet, neither would be the same. In the backdrop, strange murders have been happening in ...more
Aug 10, 2014 rated it liked it
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Feb 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book was not what I thought it was going to be. It was good but as I read it, it kept surprising me. I thought there was a lot of fantasizing about sex going on...It was good but a little much. Bran was a tasty half shifter/King of the Sidhe. It does not really show him doing much kingly duties but he's described definitely kingly ;) There are a few others in the story that I hope get their own book. The story line and mystery going on is what held my interest. It's book one in a series and ...more
Blue Eyed Vixen
This one I've just added to my "gotta have" basket after reaing the excerpt on Sophie Renwick's website.

Looks like a fabulous mix of shape-shifters Gargoyles included (big claps - I heart Gargoyle characters in books!!!) I love the thought of a "black thoundercloud of a man" mysterious, dangerous and sexy! and Mairi's dream .... so very hot! and if the story isn't hot enough to get you reaching for the air conditioner remote the character gallery on Sophie's website is sure to fan the
Oct 18, 2010 rated it really liked it
An interesting start to a new series filled with immortal shape-shifter's, godesses, fallen angels and magic.

The wall between our world and Annwyn is failing, in this book we meet Mairi a perceptive nurse who starts fitting pieces of a puzzle together that she shouldn't know the answers too. Can she really be hearing voices? are her dreams really coming true and why does she feel a connection to a Raven?
Apr 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
this was a good story and i do look forward to the next one in the series. this was one of those books listed HOT and cost $15. i am not saying the book was not hot but i don't know what makes it any hotter than some of gena showalter or kresley coles books. i don't like to pay that much for a book that isn't what it is supposed to be. but if i have to i will to read the next one. it really is an excellent paranormal romance.
May 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourite
I want more books like this. No, I need more books like this! I'd highly recommend this to anyone who loves their paranormal romance with buckets load of sexiness. I have to pace myself whilst reading this because I don't want it to end. I savored every page because I couldn't get enough. It was captivating from the first page.

And Suriel, I have to say, is one of those characters that I'm going to remember for a very long time. I hope he'll stick around in the next book.
Rachel- Goodbye Borders
Two back to back DNFs!

I'm bored and this book is stupid. Around page 7, after having a vision of his DEATH, he gets aroused. Nice and appropriate for the situation, huh? In addition, Bran, hates people. Oh, they're okay when he wants to get it on, but otherwise, no use for them. I didn't read far enough to learn what species, etc Bran is. I didn't care.
Feb 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
This is the best book ever I give it a "10" I didn't want it to end, can't wait till the one comes out!!! Velvet Haven caught my attention right from the beginning and kept it, the romance is HOT mixed with mystery keeps you right on the edge, not able to put it down. It's diffidently a MUST READ!!!
May 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
A complicated book that takes some "getting into" before the story begins to emerge. But Renwick has crafted some unusual characters that are vibrant and filled with color and mystery. There are twists and turns galore and before it is all over, the reader has been dragged from place to place, in this world as well as the Otherworld. A good read for lovers of romantic fantasy.
Ann Lorz
This is a sexy read. I liked the characters but at times it seems like there was so many of them. Also, the plot at times was busy too at times. If you can get over that, I think you'll enjoy the story.
Sep 10, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of paranormals
I liked this book.Started somewhat slow ,but was able to finish it within the day.Will read the next in this series to see what happens to Rowan,the h's best friend.Suriel,the Dark Angel has me curious.
Cora Star
Jul 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
This book had me confused but after the second chapter i was hooked!! This book is a mixture of fanasty, romance, and suspense in one. Ms. Sophie has a way of bringing bran our that leaves you mouth dropping for more.
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