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3.77  ·  Rating details ·  2,533 ratings  ·  273 reviews
Jillian Conrad never believed in vampires-until she was unwillingly injected with a serum that was supposed to act as a deadly poison to them. Now, tormented half-vampire Declan Reese wants her blood to destroy the undead kingdom. Unfortunately, the serum has also made her blood irresistible to all vampires-including Declan, whose desire for Jillian is more than mere
Mass Market Paperback, 325 pages
Published February 1st 2011 by Berkley (first published December 10th 2010)
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2.5 Stars

This book captured my attention right from the start. Jillian was just a normal girl, minding her own business at work, when she was used as a hostage and injected with some mysterious serum. The next thing she knows, she’s been kidnapped and is on her way to a scientist to see if they can save her from the serum’s deadly effects.

The guy who kidnaps her is Declan, none other than the hero of the book. After meeting him and seeing his behavior toward Jillian—because he is a pretty cold,
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
2.5 starts.
Plotwise it wasn't even worth two stars, but somehow I found myself enjoying it from time to time. It was like one of those B-horror movies: they are incredibly stupid and you know it, but you still can't stop watching.

I have very little patience for PNR lately. Nightshade is paranormal romance disguised as urban fantasy and that in itself kind of pisses me off. The problem is, even the romance is unconvincing. Some parts were completely unbelievable. I know believability is not one
Iris (Artemis Library)
May 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
interesting first book for a new series. Def going to continue it and look forward to read book 2.
Blodeuedd Finland
My thoughts:

This book just got better and better. First it was ok, then good, and that the end I did not want to let go of the people and the world.

Jillian lives a normal life in a normal world, until the day a freaky professor injects her with poison and then she gets kidnaps by one scary looking guy. She is scared, but she is also tough, and I liked that about her. She had to adjust quickly as she learnt that there are evil vampires out there and she now cos of the serum is poison to them. The
Feb 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I really really enjoyed this. I don't read a lot of Adult Paranormal Romance, so I don't have much to compare to genre-wise, but I love the author, so I'm pretty much going to read everything Michelle/Morgan has ever written.

I really really enjoyed this book. It took me a day to read and I was hooked from the beginning. It starts out with explosive action, which for me is always a good thing, but I'm also nervous about openings like that because we're caught up in the action of the beginning
Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker  Queen of the Undead
3 stars.

This book could have been great as just a paranormal romance or great as just as an urban fantasy but together something went a bit wrong. The story was good but something was missing. Not sure what.

The beginning- great,
The middle- snooze
The end- pretty good

Overall- I'll have to think about this one and come back and edit this review when I have more time. It is one of those books that you liked enough but you didn't know why you weren't "wowed" by it.
Jan 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: signed, favorites
I could not put it down!!! I loved the story and the characters. I can not wait until the the next book! I'm smelling a crazy love triangle with Declan, Matthias, and Jill! Should be interesting cause I do love all three of them!
Dark Faerie Tales
Sep 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
Quick & Dirty: This compelling, frightening, and well-written urban fantasy will have you begging for the next installment.

Opening Sentence: Life as I knew it ended at half past eleven on a Tuesday morning.

The Review:

Jillian Conrad had a particularly bad day at the office. In the midst of a coffee run, she is caught between a gun wielding, dangerous looking Declan Reyes, and a stark raving mad scientist. The mad scientist injects Jillian with a deadly serum. Greatly displeased by this turn
Smokinhotbooks K.C.
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I bought this book based off a 2 star review from a blog that I really trust. Now, why would SHB buy a book when a trusted source didn’t care for it…..curiosity my friends. The review was written so well I thought, ‘hey’ I kind of what to know what the reviewer is talking about. To me, this is a sign of a good review – either you think ‘hey no way jose’ or hmmm maybe I should give it the ole college try.

Nightshade is Michelle Rowen’s latest release in what I like to call
Zemira (Kylo Ren fangirl) Warner
Declan was this gross looking dude. He only had one eye.(?!) Yuck. I just could't get into the story.
Stephanie  G
Feb 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars

Jillian Conrad, a normal temp worker, went out for a coffee run. On her way back a scientist catches her, holds a syringe to her throat and threatens a scary man who has a gun on them. Fortunately Jillian is not shot, but instead she is shot up with the syringe. The gunman Declan Reyes, a half-vampire and assassin, was sent to get what was in the syringe, but ends up with Jillian instead. The nasty stuff Jillian finds in her system is Nightshade, a powerful weapon against vampires. It
Feb 05, 2011 rated it it was ok
I'm not going to start off my review with my usual summary of the book. I'm just going to dive right into what I thought about Nightshade.

Jillian is an ordinary woman caught up in extraordinary circumstances. She was injected with poison and kidnapped by a man who looks like he would kill her without hesitation. From this perspective, I can understand why Jillian's attitude was pissy but it didn't make me like her at all. In the beginning, after Declan kidnaps her and they are on the road, her
Mandi Schreiner
Jan 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorite-2011, pnr
Jillian Conrad had no idea that running out for coffee would change her life forever. On the way back up to her office, she is held hostage with a man holding a syringe. During the standoff between this scientist and a gunman, she gets injected with a serum – which turns out to be the last vial of a poison created to kill vampires. Jill is human – but the man holding the gun, that kills the scientist and kidnaps her, is a half-vampire.

Declan Reyes is a dhampyr, and needs that poison (Nightshade)
All Things Urban Fantasy
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy

Confession time: I’m a huge fan of Martin Short. I love all those stupid comedies he made in the 80’s including one starring Dennis Quaid and Meg Ryan called Innerspace. In the movie Martin gets accosted by a scientist exiting an elevator (who’s being chased by an assassin) and injected with the contents of top secret experiment after which the assassin shoots the scientist and pursues Martin. Why am I telling you this? Because that’s the exact same
Mar 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book, I read it in one day and couldn't put it down until I had finished it. Jillian is a normal office worker out on the office coffee run when she is taken hostage by a mad scientist type and injected with an unknown serum just before he is shot dead by Declan the cold and cruel assassin who then kidnaps Jillian as the only link to the formula of the serum.

I had no idea at the start that Declan would turn out to be the hero, I was convinced he was the bad guy as he was
May 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really loved this book. I felt like it was a different concept for a vampire book. Maybe it was all the talk of serum and injections since I work in a lab and test that stuff lol. However, there were some really frustrating parts where we would almost get answers but the person doing the telling would stop talking and refuse to say any more. I really hate it when that happens. But there was so much action, especially at the end, that I gave it 4 stars. I listened to the audiobook. I didn’t ...more
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Dec 03, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: purchased-pile
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I'm still shocked at where Nightshade took me. It was much more than other PNRs I've read. There's still a guy, a girl, and several complications with a little steamy mixed in, but the surprising plot transformed this PNR into something much more unexpected..... and I liked it!

Rowen starts in with the action from basically page 1, creating a near-perfect pacing. Readers will find it almost impossible to stop until you have all the
Heather Book Savvy Babe
I rated Nightshade 4 of 5 stars. This book begins with a normal girl with a normal life as a temp in an office in San Diego. Suddenly, Jill’s life is drastically changed. Jill, caught between a scientist and a killer, is injected with poison and subsequently kidnapped by said killer. Jill realizes that the stone-cold killer is her best option for getting rid of the poison, and discovers that there is more to the world than she ever knew. Vampires exist, and her stone-cold killer, Declan, is half ...more
Amy Jacobs
Jul 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
I have always been a big fan of author Michelle Rowen! I loved her feisty and fun Demon Princess series, but I also fell in love with her Immortality Bites series that was full of romance and quirky humor. When I noticed she was starting a new and darker series, I jumped on the fan band wagon and purchased a copy to read! The author did not disappoint even if the series is darker than her other books.

Jillian finds herself held captive during a stand off between Declan -- a vampire assassin --
Jan 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Nightshade by Michelle Rowen
Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy -Feb. 1st, 2011
4 stars

Nightshade is a spellbinding Urban Fantasy that drew me in and never let me go. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it and am eager to read the next installment.

Jillian Conrad was bringing coffee to work when the elevator she was waiting for opens up to reveal a crazed scientist and a threatening gunman who wants a ‘formula.’ The scientist grabs Jill as his hostage and when the gunman threatens the scientist
Wicked Lil Pixie (Natasha)
Dec 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
Jillian Conrad was minding her own business coming back to work after a break to pick up coffee when she ends up being taken hostage. She ends up being injected with a serum that was made to act as a deadly poison to vampires, thus making her blood irresistible to all vampires.

This is a problem, since the person or half person who saved her happens to be half vampire & it’s taking all his will power not to drain her. There are also many people who want this serum & not all of them know
Lady Allison
Nov 22, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommended to Lady Allison by: Desperado
Shelves: vamps, pick-it-for-me
2.5-3 stars

I'm still not quite sure how I feel about this book.

Jillian is bringing coffee to her coworkers when waylaid by a crazy scientist whose labs are in the same office building comes out of the elevator & uses her in a stand off with a crazy guy with scars. They keep talking about a poison & how the vial he has in his hand is the last of it. Then he sticks her with it. The crazy guy with scars shoots the crazy scientist dead & grabs Jillian for a long road trip to visit his
Jan 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Jennifer by:
Shelves: para-vampires
Nightshade started out eerily similar to the movie Blade. Half vampire, able to go out in sunlight, takes serum to fend off cravings, while keeping the humans safe from vampires. I almost put the book done thinking I didn't need to read it since I've already seen the movie multiple times.

Thankfully, I stuck with Nightshade. The writing flowed so well that I became completely absorbed in the story. Before I knew it, I was halfway into the book and so in love with it that I couldn't have put it
The Good, The Bad, The OMG..

Let's begin..

The Good

Okay, I am going to admit there wasn't much that was 'good' for me. I felt that this book was written on a spreadsheet to make sure all points were hit. However, I did like the premise of this book. I liked that there was a serum developed to make a hunter more desirable and deadly to vampires. That is something I can get behind.

The Bad

So I felt that this book was like almost all other urban fantasies I have read thus far. The only thing that
Feb 02, 2011 rated it liked it
I started out loving this book. Declan is proof that you don't have to be physically perfect to be sexy as hell. He's damaged both emotionally and physically but you're torn between wanting to run from him, hug him or just jump him. I liked him a lot. Jillian is a pretty good character too. She has the wit I've come to expect from MR's female leads. So the story is cruising along...some action, some intrigue a few sexy moments and then comes Matthias which brought the book to a screeching halt ...more
Mar 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to LennyToc by: Yelania Nightwalker
From the first page I connected with Jillian, I really liked as a character, I think is a strong and determined girl. Show her courage and fear even during and after the doctor injects the serum, it became very real and be the first book in the series, I am absolutely delighted.

Declan is not the guy we usually see in books as a hero, and I liked it also gives a twist to the story unexpected and is a kind of "what matters is the inward beauty".

The vampire king, one love!

The book surprised me from
Kenya Wright
Aug 04, 2011 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: People who like uncomplex vampire romances
This book was a decent read. Not overly suspenseful. I knew the bad guys to the point where I said Duuuughh alot! The vampires weren't to amazing or unique at all.

I will say that it was really funny for the first five chapters.

I do think the romance was a bit rushed and kind of unbelieable for me.

Either way I didn't feel like I wasted my money.... but I doubt i'll read the next book.
Oct 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: vampires, adult
Really enjoyed this. Great characters and a thrilling read for me. I can't wait to get started on book 2, Bloodlust
Feb 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
Not your run of the mill vampire paranormal/urban fantasy. I'm digging the bad guy vamp. Can't wait to see what book #2 entails.
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National bestselling author MICHELLE ROWEN writes paranormal romance, urban fantasy, and young adult fantasy, both light and dark, sexy and sweet, long and short -- it all depends on the story! She's won a Holt Medallion for Best First Book and a Romantic Times Reviewers Choice award for Vampire Romance. For more information, please visit Michelle at her website at

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