Cailin MacDougal has lived a dangerous life being the adopted daughter of vampire Broderick "Rick" MacDougal, so she had no choice but to learn to fight in order to protect herself. However, such behavior is hardly desirable in a dutiful wife who's supposed to embroider and run a household. This aggressive side of her behavior should be easy enough to hide from her betrothed...shouldn't it?
After being away at fencing school for seven years, James Knightly has returned as a master swordsman, ready to captain his own ship and finally wed his childhood sweetheart, Cailin MacDougal. What he finds waiting for him is a dagger-toting hellion for a bride, an immortal father-in-law, and an enemy bent on extracting revenge by threatening the family James holds most dear - the MacDougals.
Broderick MacDougal is lured away from his family with the promise of finally learning a way to protect those he loves from his clan enemy, Angus Campbell. Broderick knows he's headed for a trap, but the bait is too tempting to resist...and he unravels the beginning of a prophecy that will lead to redemption for all vampires. The cost of such redemption, though, may be the very soul of the woman he would die for...his wife, Davina.
Listener advisory: This story contains some explicit love scenes, described using graphic and direct language. This story also contains explicit, nail-biting scenes of violence and sword fights.
©2013 Arial Burnz (P)2015 Arial Burnz
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"Just Keeps Getting Better!"
I personally like listening to audiobooks especially when the narrator is excellent at reading the story which David Monteath is! He has a smooth sexy voice and gives the characters depth and detail! I hear the emotions the characters are feeling and he is awesome with accents.
I personally love when James explains to Cailin that he loves her just the way she is knife wielding and feisty as opposed to being someone she is not just to portray the good wife he should have.
I LOVED everything about David Monteath's performance! His voice is perfect for narrating books. His voice is extremely sexy and he is talented when it comes to the different accents and conveying the emotions the characters are feeling.
I can't just pick one moment in the book that moved me. I loved how James and Cailin had a special bond from when they were young and promised to each other that remained when they met again when Cailin grew up.
Ms. Burnz outdid herself with the telling of this story. I actually enjoyed it better then the first book and I can not wait to listen to Midnight Hunt!
"Love this series!"
What a great continuation to book one. I still say the narrator is awesome and brings the story to life. Love the romance the twist and turns. The story just keeps you wanting more. It's just a great story written by Ms Blunz and narrated by one of the best I've heard. Hope you enjoy this book.
"Better than the first"
I received a free copy of this Audible book from the author in exchange for my honest review.
I enjoyed Midnight Captive far more than I did Midnight Conquest. Unlike Broderick and Davina's romance, there are never anything but good intentions on the part of James toward Cailin. James and Cailin have known each other since she was a child. They have been promised to one another since he was 17 and she 9. (I really liked that they weren't to be betrothed until Cailin was old enough to make the decision for herself.) Years later, James is now back from his sword schooling in Germany to find Cailin all grown up and more skilled with a dagger than many men and with no skills in managing a household whatsoever. Much to James' surprise, he also finds that the father of his promised is of a paranormal nature with a vindictive, powerful paranormal enemy and it is now James' duty to protect Cailin. To James' credit, this (nor Cailin's skills in sword play and lack of household skills) does not deter him in the least. He still wants nothing more than to marry the feisty Cailin. I really enjoyed the relationship between James and Cailin. It is obvious they were very close when they were younger and have always held a great affection for each other. I enjoyed seeing their old habits and games peek out so many years later. I think having this long history between James and Cailin made the book that much better. All of those nuances enriched the relationship and drew me into the story. The book has a HEA ending with no cliffhanger. I am looking forward to reading book 3 in the Bonded by Blood Vampire Chronicles series!
"Redux: Still good!"
I read this book and enjoyed it thoroughly so I was very happy to try the audiobook when it became available. I have never been a fan of audiobooks, but I loved this one. I found myself hearing things in the story that I missed when I read it. David Monteath, the narrator, does a magnificent job with the voices and accents.
Even if you have read the book previously and especially if you have not, I recommend you add this to your Wish List. Thoroughly enjoyable!
"No Insta Love, The Romance had a Chance to Grow.."
If you haven't read or listened to the first book, I suggest doing so before reading the second
Several years have passed for Davina, Brodrick and their daughter Cailin.
Cailin is now engaged to James Knightly who has been away for seven years becoming a
During the time spent apart, Cailin decides to learn how to defend and protect herself, making her a strong kick azz female lead.
Throw in a determined Villain, a few steamy intimate scenes and the author has an entertaining sequel.
I was delighted listening to the couple's story unfold, especially when James realized that
Cailin was Not At All what he was expecting.
Overall, this book was really good and I patiently await the release of book three on Audible.
Once again, David Monteath did an excellent job with the narration.
"This audio book was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review."
I think this audio book is great and you would really miss out by not giving it a listen.
I liked the storyline continuation and the fluidity as the narrator gave us the book.
That he was believable and didn't take to much away from the story.
I don't think I could pick just one because I loved the whole thing.
The author did an outstanding job with the storyline because if that wasn't great to begin with no matter how hard the narrator would try it would just come out wrong.
"Wow could not get better"
The way that James and Cailin love is challenged and grows.
Cailin, Who could not ask for a daughter who could protect herself but still give herself to her future husband with all that she is
The change in his voice, to be able to her the emotion in the story and not just read it.
I had a wide range of emotions, this story has so many different elements.
This was Wow I what a great book.
I was left wanting to hear more after book 1 and now at the end of book 2 I still have not gotten enough.
To hear the story behind the feud, the training provided to a child, the protective spells & a protective spell.
WOW o wow.
I have a love that you can not live without is what MacDougal has, and now his adoptive daughter Cailin has the same.
Cailin fears that her betrothed will not accept who she is and tries hard to be what she thinks a wife should be. Cailin can not control her temper so instead of dealing with the growing feelings between herself and James she runs.
Cailin is taken the night of their betrothal ceremony while Broderick is out of town. James goes after her and finds that his father was part of the plan to kidnap Cailin and her mother. James finally gets Cailin to talk to him after he rescues her from her captures. James pours his heart out to Cailin to get her to understand that it is the woman she is that he loves, not the one who tries to hide her true self for the images of what a wife should be.
Whether you read or listen to the Audiobook you can not help but be drawn into this story and want more, to find out what the next part to a prophecy is.
I was given the Audiobook in exchange for my honest review. I can not wait to either read or listen to the next book.
"better then I expected"
yes I would because with this audio it makes the characters more alive
I have not listen to David before
heartbreaking in places
"Sweet & Good story"
It's a 3.75 story and overall. It took a little while for me to get into it.
First, whoever described this story as being hot or having degree of heat, as it relates to sex, has a pretty low heat thermometer. There were 2 sex scenes, I believe, along w/ references to wanting to being sexual. And those 2 sex scenes were sensual but with little explicit or earthy detail. There’s a greater focus on romance and sensuality when talking about the sexual encounters, which was lovely, but not hot, maybe warm.
The best part of this book is the story. It was just a good tale. It’s not the point that I’m anxiously waiting the next follow-up, but I wanted to listen to the book and see what happens next. I didn’t have to make myself b/c I bought it. In the story, there are those who are clearly designated as the “good” and the “bad,” but there’s a bit of graying too, since Broderick is a vampire. The history of vampires, as told in this story, makes some aspects gray, both “good” and “bad,” which adds a great complexity to the story. I also really enjoyed that Cailin is fantastic at fighting with knives, and James gives her all the credit she deserves and loves that about her, even though she thought she should be different. The paranormal aspect also extended to magic or divination, which was also enjoyable. It’s not a vampire tale, alone. This story gives some explanations, some history, which made sense—even for paranormal stuff--and held together in a way where it’s plausible in a land where this stuff is actual present.
And the narrator made this good tale even better. My favorite part was the pet-names that Broderick (vampire) and James, who is promised to Broderick’s daughter, Cailin, called their mates. They were so sweet, like “dove” and “mouse”.. James and Broderick had about 2 pet names each for their mates. Similarly, the way they talked about needing their mates, especially Broderick, was so passionate and loving, not in the usual animalistic way associated with some paranormal creatures.
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