Shades Of Gray By Joleene Naylor


The voice was deep, warm and, despite the fact that very few people had her work number, unfamiliar. The shock was evident in her voice when she replied cautiously, “This is she. Who is this?”

“I know who killed your lover.”

She blinked and lifted a hand to her throat. A flashof Patrick’s mutilated form appeared behind her eyes. “Excuse me?”

“I know who killed your lover,” the voice repeated, factual and emotionless. “Meet me tonight just as the sun sets. I’ll be at a house on Farm Mill road; it’s the only house there, the road is a dead end. Come alone.”

The phone clicked loudly and she called, “Wait–I…” but there was no point. Her only answer was the quiet buzz of disconnected line. She stood with the receiver pressed to her ear as if it would somehow bring the mysterious caller back.

If you loved all the Twilight vampires, you might not like this series. If you love the traditional Dracula-type of vampire, then you’ll love it. This is the first of four books in the Amaranthine series.

Katelina’s ‘friend with benefits’ is found dead in her apartment, but the mystery of his death goes unsolved until she gets an odd phone call from work stating that the person on the other end of the line knows who killed her friend Patrick. She tells her friend Sarah that the man had asked her to meet him, but that she wouldn’t go. After all, going alone is how people get themselves killed!

Against her better judgement, she ends up driving to this out-of-the-way-in-a-dead-end-street place where all there is is an abandoned, broken down house. She thinks this is just stupid, but she gets out, curiousity getting the better of her. When the sun has set, Jorick appears.

What happens next sets off a chain of sometimes horrific events for Katelina. As if it wasn’t bad enough that she is meeting this strange man at this abandoned house, but now she finds out that Patrick was murdered by his cousin, who just so happened to be a…what?…vampire.

She thinks this is all odd, because of course there is no such thing as vampires. Yet, she seems to come into contact with a whole lot of them over the course of the next two weeks, including Jorick. She was attacked, forced to watch other vampires die, taken against her will and nearly died herself. With Jorick there, she manages to find her way out of these near-death experiences. However, Jorick can’t take away the nightmares that ensue.

Can she ever go back to her old life now that she knows about the existence of vampires? Will she make it out alive to see the next book? You’ll have to read this one to find out.

Although I have to admit I’m kind of a romantic, therefore love the Twilight sort of vampires the best, I did like this book a lot. It was well written, easy to understand with all its many supporting characters, and the author wrote it with all the visuals as well. I almost felt like the vampires were biting me, that is how well written it was.

There were a lot of quite graphic scenes, especially with Katelina. She suffers bites, being tied up and beaten, raped, caged naked and forced to watch other atrocities as well as having to learn how to defend herself. I almost wondered if she were going to make it out at all. There were plenty of action scenes, and all were more graphic then the last.

It’s very hard with vampire stories to make them different but still appealing to everyone. The vampires in this book were different than the Twilight and True Blood vampires which made the characters unique. The storyline was new and not at all like any others I’ve read. As with some vampire/human relationships, they can be virtually the same. This one was totally different, and very enjoyable. There was plenty of sexual tension for a book of this genre which made it even more enjoyable.

As I write this review, I’m not quite half-way done the second book in this series, and thoroughly enjoying it.

I give this book 5 stars!!



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5 responses to “Shades Of Gray By Joleene Naylor

  1. Thanks so much for the great review, Beth!

  2. Pingback: An Awesome Review and a Sneak Peek at Chapter One! « Amaranthine Night

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