Early Review: As Twilight Falls by Amanda Ashley

April 26, 2013 Review 2

Early Review: As Twilight Falls by Amanda AshleyAs Twilight Falls by Amanda Ashley
Published by Zebra on April 30, 2013
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Format: Paperback
Pages: 336
Source: Publisher
Excerpt: Excerpt
Book Trailer: Trailer
Sexual Content: Mild sex scenes, references to rape
Reviewed by: Kate
3 Stars

Photographing ghost towns across the American West, Kadie Andrews takes a wrong turn and ends up in Morgan Creek—a spot that isn’t on the map. It’s a quaint little place, but there’s something off about its complacent residents. And when twilight falls, it takes on a truly sinister air…

Unable to run or to find any way out, Kadie finds herself a prisoner, hunted for her blood. Still more disturbing, her spirit and beauty have captured the attention of the town’s leader—the mysterious Rylan Saintcrow. When he looks into her eyes, she can see his hunger. When he takes her in his arms, she can feel his power. When he presses his lips against hers, she can taste his need. Saintcrow may be the most powerful creature she’s ever imagined, but Kadie knows in her heart that he is also a man. A man who needs a woman. To want him, desire him, crave him. To be his willing prisoner—for all eternity…

AS TWILIGHT FALLS is one of those romances that I felt a little guilty about liking so much. It was fun, but the more I think about it after the fact, the more I feel it wasn't as great as I thought. However, while I was reading it, I couldn't put it down, and the romance between Kadie and Rylan totally sucked me in.

One of the "once I thought about it" realizations I had is that I didn't really like how the women were characterized. The women in AS TWILIGHT FALLS are all stuck in Morgan Creek, not by choice, and end up sounding a bit passive and whiny for most of the book. All the humans come off as very reactive, not proactive, as if they have no say in their own lives. Even Kadie, the heroine, seems to be constantly dealing with the situations she is put in. Then we have the only woman vampire, Lillith, an evil sadist who terrorizes the human men in the town. You won’t find any women who fall in the middle of the spectrum and I was disappointed by the lack of any strong women in the story.

Luckily, I’m a sucker for a strong, sexy alpha male. And Rylan Saintcrow 100% fits the alpha male description. He gets to be a bit indulgent with Kadie, but even then, he is still smooth and confident of himself, two traits that I can’t do without in my heros. Rylan is sexy, but he's also a bit scary (he is holding an entire town of people against their will, after all). I think that is part of his allure, the ultimate bad boy vibe that we get from him. The other vampires also give that off, too. I especially liked Micah, who was introduced near the end of the book. He had a great sense of humor and even if he wasn't completely necessary to the plot he was a great addition.

One great thing about AS TWILIGHT FALLS is that it wasn't predictable. The set-up is such that the plot could have gone in what I felt was a very obvious direction. However, it ended up taking a turn that I didn't expect, but at the same time, it wasn't totally out of the blue, because there were some small hints dropped along the way. It was a creative, unexpected ending, and I really like when stories are shaken up a bit, since I read so many romance novels.

AS TWILIGHT FALLS is a quick, enjoyable read, so long as you don’t think about it too much. It offers a great fantasy- while obviously I would not like to be held against my will by a bunch of vampires, I also wouldn't mind being indulged a bit by Rylan. All in all, it was a nice light  read, and while it didn't break outside of any conventional paranormal romance tropes, it kept me invested from start to finish.

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2 Responses to “Early Review: As Twilight Falls by Amanda Ashley”

  1. Anna @ herding cats

    Ahhh yeah I’ve definitely read ones like that where I loved them reading them and couldn’t stop reading for the life of me but a few days later when I was working on the review for some reason had the same thing happen that you did.

    I do love an alpha though and a story that isn’t always predictable. It sounds like like an interesting one despite the trouble with the women. I’ll keep an eye out for it. Thanks for the heads up!

    herding cats & burning soup

    • Kate

      Anna- I hope you like it! Let me know what you think when you do get around to it. 🙂 I want to know if other people have the same reaction I did.