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Summary

Seductive and lethal, vampire Léopold Devereoux returns to the Big Easy to find a killer. His search leads him to a beautiful and mysterious woman who awakens desires and emotions that he's long fought to keep buried. After centuries of self-imposed solitude, the billionaire philanthropist struggles to restrain his growing thirst for the intriguing, lovely female who's captured his attention.

Laryssa Theriot, an antiques proprietor in the Vieux Carré, agrees to help the commanding - yet debonair - stranger who seeks her assistance. She withholds her secret abilities, afraid to trust the man who threatens to unleash her darkest fantasies. All the while, Léopold consumes her thoughts, testing her erotic limits and bringing her to new levels of ecstasy. As the menacing force that has stalked Laryssa for years finally catches up to her, she submits, putting her life into the hands of the dominant vampire who offers his protection.

They embark on a perilous adventure deep in the heart of New Orleans, forced to search for an ancient sacrificial relic that they hope will save their lives. As they face formidable challenges, Léopold and Laryssa surrender to the passionate intimacy that possesses them. After hundreds of years of denying himself love, will Léopold bond to the woman who has begun to crack the impenetrable shell around his heart? As evil draws near, will Laryssa survive the demon that has come to take her soul?

Warning: This audiobook contains several erotic love scenes and is intended for adult listeners only.

©2014 Kym Grosso (P)2015 Kym Grosso

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loved this one!

Leopold is a thousand year old vampire who is used to everyonedoing what he tells them to do. Returning to New Orleans on the trail of a killer and a mystery about a baby, he crosses paths with Laryssa, an antiques dealer with a secret. When the mystery/baby/killer all converge on Laryssa, she is forced to give into Leopold and his protection, but can they protect themselves from each other?

OHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH now thats what I've been waiting for! In my reviews for the other four books, I have said I felt something was missing, something I could not put my finger on. I was annoyed that I couldn't find what i wanted, but something kept me reading them and then....BOOM!!

I loved Leo in the other books, and Laryssa is a strong willed female who will not listen when told, by Leo, she stands up to him, and Leo is a little perturbed to find he likes it! Leo has some deep dark emotional past, that is hard to read at times, I mean you'd think that after a thousand years the pain would be less, but no, it comes across loud and clear. The attitude Laryssa shows him comes across too, making some laugh out loud moments breaking up the emotional and hot ones. AND boy are they hot! What I particularly liked, is the mix of the language Leo uses, its well defined, and very proper, AND then, he flips and is rude and vulgar and all very well timed so it doesnt seem out of place.

You get Logan, Wynter, Luca, Samantha, Sydney and Kade, they all play a part. Dimitri plays a HUGE part in this book, and I loved him and his way with Leopold. It leads very nicely into the next book, too, which is Dimitri's story, and I will be reading that as soon as it comes out!

The plot?? is excellent, it moves along, at speed, and a little slow, but its constantly moving, with little hints along to keep you going, you dont get it all in one go. You get introduced to new paranormal beings, too.

steam, violence, secrets that could cost lives, this book has it all.

Oh one last thing....LOVE the cover, now I've read it! :-) not that I didnt before, but now I know where the red dress fits in the story, and the WHOA steamy dancing...perfect.

big jump from 3 stars for book 4 to a full five stars for this one, read in one sitting :-)

**AUDIO REVIEW**

I won a gifted copy of this in audio!

Ryan West narrates.

This is the first of his work I have listened to. He has an American twang that is very easy on the ears! His story telling voice is smooth, real smooth, and each character has a clearly definable voice, making it obvious who is talking when. His voices are so much better, clearer, fabulous-er (is that a word? it is now!) that what I heard in my head when I READ this book. If that makes any sense??!!

I do love LISTENING to a book I have already READ. I get so much more out of the experience. Second time around, I get the title line, the emotions come across differently, the story grabs me in a slightly altered way. Mr West's narration is excellent. He gives you everything you need to get the full audio experience: love, passion, hatred, pain, distain, every emotion comes across perfectly, clearly and in all the right places.

As I said, this is the first I have listened to of Mr West's work, and the first book in this series I have listened to, but I have read them all. Books one through four got 3 and 4 stars, and this book got 5 full and shiny stars.

5 full and shiny stars for the narration too!

**same worded review will appear on Goodreads, Amazon.com, Audible.co.uk and Amazon.co.uk*

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really good

loving this whole series. already purchased the next book. . . . . . .

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Brilliant! Brilliant! Brilliant!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes i would as the book is all action packed, romance, hot hot hot sex. The aurthor is very clever with her words.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Leopold's Wicked Embrace?

I have all the books in this series and was awaiting for Leopolds book to come out. I liked the way he courted Larissa, Patient and very decisive that he wanted her in his life.

Have you listened to any of Ryan West’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Ryan West is one of My favourite narrators. The way he brings out all the emotions of the characters, the way his voice changes on all the characters. I think he is very Brilliant and talented.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The book made me laugh sometimes and it was fast paced which i like in My books.

Any additional comments?

I love to listen to Audible books driving as My work requires driving a lot, Doing house work. Kym Grosso is becoming one of My favourite authors and i love Ryan West sexy voice.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-06-15

Hot!

Great story and very hot! A seriously fun read.. I could not take too many breaks as wanted to know what happened next.
This is not a story for those offended by well described sexual scenes. Yet for those that are open and love a great paranormal romance, this is right up there with the best!

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  • Cheri
  • 13-08-16

Hot, Sexy, and Wicked!


Wow! Book five in the Immortals of New Orleans was Awesome! I loved PNR's, and this serious has a great mix of action, suspense, steamy sex scene and humor! Grosso has done an excellent job developing the plot and characters, as well as the world building which is very captivating. While each story could be listened as a stand alone, each book adds more depth to the word and characters, and builds on each other.

Throughout the series, I've liked Leopold and enjoyed his story. His character is sophisticated, sexy, lethal, but also has a vulnerable and caring side which we get to see as his and Laryssa's relationship blossom. A very powerful vampire indeed.

West's performance is amazing! I really enjoy how he portrays the characters, especially the dominate/alpha males.

Awesome series, and narration that's totally worth a credit!

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  • 🔹🔹🔹CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹
  • 02-07-15

THE CHARACTERS CAME ALIVE WITH RYAN'S VOICE.. SIGH

This is a fantastic series if you're a paranormal romance lover..... Vampires, Were-shifters, Witches, Demons and now, in this entertaining story, yet another 'species' has been conjured up by the very talented Kym Grosso in her new, very imaginative, hot, romantic, funny and exciting plot. The sexy, charismatic and hunky French Master Vampire Leopold, who has turned his back on close friendships for 1000 years, has finally met a woman that can tear down his barriers, isn't afraid of his Alpha 'me a cold and scary Vamp' ways and is a perfect match for his sensual desires (and boy does he have some... Ooo la la!). But Laryssa comes with baggage of her own.... in the form of an evil Demon Stalker wanting to sexually claim her together with her missing magical sacrificial dagger that will allow him to open up the portals of Hell and, if that's not bad enough, he wants her soul too.

An addictive action packed ride that has a humorous feisty but confused and vulnerable Heroine, a French Vampire Hero who oozes charm, looks and sex appeal also the plot includes characters from previous books who all get involved in the storyline so multiple POV's (but mainly from the H/H's). However, the main star, who made this an awesome listen, is Ryan West as his narration was just perfect.... no matter what personality, nationality or gender he did, he did them all so well and what a gift it is to have a narrator such as Ryan. He made a good book into a great listen and gave all the cast of paranormals larger than life likeable (and dislikable) characters with their ego's, faults, strengths, vulnerabilities, sexy and humorous sides so visualising them, and each scene, was a joy.

Worth a credit? Yes, absolutely but this is a very sexy listen and not for the unsuspecting listener who shies away from the explicit and downright flirty and dirty sex scenes.... You've been warned.

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  • Patricia M
  • 01-07-15

Naughty naughty Leopold!

If you could sum up Leopold's Wicked Embrace in three words, what would they be?

Just three?! I would say adventurous, naughty and passionate!

What did you like best about this story?

I loved the characters and their personalities. Kym Grosso did a great job in developing the characters and giving them each their own voice. I liked the friendship between Leopold and Dimitri. The banter back and forth made me laugh.

Which character – as performed by Ryan West – was your favorite?

Leopold of course! Ryan West does a great job in getting into character with Leopold. His voice is consistent, steady and clear the whole time.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes! The combination of Kym's story and Ryan's performance made this book really enjoyable.

Any additional comments?

Kym Grosso is a gifted author. Her Immortals of New Orleans series is outstanding! The characters are likable, witty and full of passion. Leopold's Wicked Embrace has it all. An alpha male, a passionate female who can take care of herself, and some naughty scenes! I recommend the whole series! You will not be disappointed!

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  • sarah earle
  • 10-06-15

Great Author and Fabulous Reader

Loved the book as I have all her books. Ryan is the best reader. Love him

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  • Jacklynn Sizemore
  • 13-06-15

WOW so hot!!!

If you could sum up Leopold's Wicked Embrace in three words, what would they be?

So need listen!!!!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Leopold's Wicked Embrace?

I have say all the book it was just that darn amazing.

What does Ryan West bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I love hearing Ryan tell this story he brings the characters more alive in my head as I listen to him.

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Now this was just an amazing and hot read!!! I just love Leopold he is so a hot and power vampire and Laryssa is so brave and loving naiad. As for the rest of this book if you what know what happens to Leopold and Laryssa you got read this so amazing and sizzling book!!!!

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  • April
  • 02-10-15

Unpredictable

Storyline was great however, Larissa's character very whiney and at most times irritating. Loved Leopold very strong, masculine with a little bit of cocky.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 30-08-15

Absolutely Mesmerizing!

Thrilling and mesmerizing, this is a can't put down book. The characters just draw you in and won't let go. Narrator Ryan West as usual does a superb job of transporting you right into the story world, making it real. The epilogue always leads you right into the next book. I very highly recommend this book and the entire must read series.

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  • GB
  • 14-08-15

Fast paced, action packed and full of heat

First I have to say that I LOVED this narrator. Also, I did come into this series late so, this was my first one. That, however, didn't take away from the story at all.

Lots of action and lots of heat kept the pages turning. The storyline is good and I loved the characters. I will definitely be checking out other books in this series.

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  • sharaine
  • 07-08-15

Amazing!

Where does Leopold's Wicked Embrace rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This was my first audio book and now I have a new addiction!

Any additional comments?

Hot hot hot! What an amazing story that still let my imagination fly. I can't wait for my next audio book from Kym and Ryan!

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