London’s diversions hold no charm for Roan Cabrera. Despite his reputation as a scoundrel, he’s in high demand among the city’s most eligible young women. And though their blood can quench his undying thirst, none of them can fill the emptiness in his centuries-old soul. He finds solace only in easing the pain of those near death—by helping them relive their most cherished memories …
The last thing Kathryn Winterbourne remembers is being struck by a carriage. When she awakens in a luxurious bed, she feels like she must have died and gone to heaven. But the man who has saved her is no angel. With his penetrating eyes, the darkly handsome Roan looks more like the devil himself. And when Kathryn is confronted with the truth about her mysterious hero, she’ll have to decide whether to shutter her heart against him—or give in to the thrill of his love …
Title: Hold Back the Dawn
Author: Amanda Ashley
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Published: August 27, 2019
Publisher: Kensington Books – Zebra
My Rating: 4.5 stars
As I sit here I can glance across the room at my bookshelves and see so many of Amanda Ashley’s works there – well worn now, often re-read, always an eternal enjoyment of my love of a good vampire story, well as eternal as I’m going to get at least. I love a good vampire romance, and Amanda Ashley does them so well.
Roan has a unique gift, one that he uses often to the benefit and comfort of those about to pass on – Roan gifts them the chance to relive a memory, perhaps the happiest memory of their life. Only this night the woman he helps did not pass but instead recovered and two lives are about to be intertwined hopefully for the good of both.
I loved Roan from the start, such a tortured soul with a heart that cares for others. Kathryn, well, I had to warm up to her but eventually, I was won over. HOLD BACK THE DAWN is a combination of vampire romance with a touch of mystery, suspense tossed in as well. We have a truly evil villain to deal with, and a woman who must decide to trust her heart, her instincts about a man and his secrets – or walk away. I don’t do spoilers other than to say that you’ll find an addicting love story as two unlikely people find their happiness together.
If you love a really good vampire romance then you’ll want to pick up HOLD BACK THE DAWN. I’d not hesitate to recommend Roan and Kathryn’s story to any reader who loves Paranormal Romance mixed with Historical Romance and Romantic Suspense. You’ll find a lot to enjoy in this story.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*
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