Shades of Gray / Amanda Ashley / Vampire Trilogy 1

Synopsis (Goodreads)

The fifth vampire romance by bestselling author Madeline Baker writing as Amanda Ashley! Lost in darkness, Grigori found new sustenance in the light of Marisa's love, and new purpose in his life. Only he could protect her from the evil that stalked the night. Now, hungering for her bittersweet caress, he vowed to show her that not all of the undead were monsters, and that somewhere between the black and white of damnation and desire lay infinite shades of gray.


My Take

I read this book for the first time two years ago, and recently re-read it. I loved it the first time, and loved it the second time around.

Shades of Gray is the first book in this trilogy, and tells the story of Grigori and Marisa. Marisa unknowingly awakens an evil vampire named Alexi Kristov from the confines of a death sleep. Grigori, a vampire also, has been trying to destroy Alexi since he destroyed his family when Grigori was mortal. Edward Ramsey, a vampire hunter, joins Grigori to try to track down and destroy Alexi once and for all.

One thing that I really liked about this book was the fact that Marisa did NOT fall immediately head-over-heels in love with Grigori when she first meets him. It actually takes a while in the book before she admits to herself that she is in love with him.

If you are looking for some down and dirty sexual scenes, you won't find them in this book. Amanda Ashley is known for writing sexual tension, but light (and I do mean light) on any sexual scenes. I actually like the fact there are authors out there writing vampire romances like this.

I like the characters, and I like the ending in this book. It pretty much tells you whats to come within the next book (about Edward Ramsey).

If I had to pick on one thing that bothered me, I would say I didn't like the cover of this book. The edition that I have looks like a historical romance instead of a vampire romance. If I had just looked at the cover instead of reading the synopsis, I would have passed over it. The cover has since been updated with two other editions.

I noticed one typo on page 338. It reads: 'Grigori slid a glance at Maria.' Maria was actually suppose to have been written as Marisa.

Overall, I think this book was a great read. I love Amanda Ashley's vampire romance books.
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