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Embraced by the Shadows

Embraced by the Shadows - Mayra Calvani All of her life, Alana Piovanetti has had a taste for the macabre. As a young child, Alana was fascinated by blood. Alana and her best friend would play pranks at school, pretending to be possessed.When an opportunity to work at a vampire themed restaurant and club arises, Alana jumps at the chance and is hired as the club manager. She can now go to work dressed as a vampire. Alana has had strange and vivid dreams; dreams of flying, dreams of panthers, and dreams of a man. The dreams disturb Alana, but they also leave her happy and aroused. Finally the man in her dreams reveals himself. His name is Sadash and he has been her “guardian angel” for the last twelve years. Sadash has been following her, waiting for her…I enjoyed this book. I loved the setting – I haven’t read many books that take place in sunny Puerto Rico. The location added some color and texture to the book. I loved the vampire themed club. Clever idea - a restaurant and club with staff dressed as vampires, werewolves, zombies and even Frankensteins. I liked the flashbacks to the main character’s past. It was interesting learning about her childhood and remembering moments when Sadash appeared to her. I loved the friendship between Alana and Valeria. They shared a special bond, like sisters, best friends, and kindred spirits. Alana and Valeria always watched out for each other and were inseparable for most of their lives. I’m not sure if I liked the main characters. I found Valeria to be selfish and self-absorbed. Alana did not really have good self-preservation skills and I wondered if she had some kind of awareness of her “guardian angel” which increased her risk taking. Our mystery man Sadash was intriguing. Sadash’s past life in Turkey was fascinating. I didn’t like that Alana was not given a choice in her outcome. I wanted to see Alana take a little time and make an informed choice. In all, a pleasant and enjoyable read. I’m looking forward to reading more of this author’s work in the future. Thank you to the author for a review copy of this book.Check out my review Badass Book Reviews. The author is offering 2 books [b:Dark Lullaby|2428646|Dark Lullaby|Mayra Calvani|http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51WL0mtc5FL._SL75_.jpg|2435833] and Cat Cellar and Other stories on Smashwords free until Oct 31.