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Peek Inside Night's Caress

Brie Lark wants nothing to do with her hometown or vampires, but FBI Special Agent Seb Rikare needs her help on a case…in her hometown. And she’s pretty sure he’s a vampire. What’s the worst that can happen?

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When artist Brie Lark left her vampire ex and her straitjacket of a hometown to breathe free in New York City, she promised herself two things: she’d never go back to Meiers Corner, and no more vampires. The last thing she expected—or wanted—was to be sent back home on an assignment. But her boss at the FBI needs her undercover on a murder case, working with a black-haired, black-eyed giant god of a man who’s her idea of perfection, except for one thing—he’s a vampire.

FBI Special Agent Seb Rikare is an ancient vampire hardened by loss. He’s cut all emotions to protect himself and leads a deliberately steady, almost sterile life. The brash young woman forced to pose as his lover irritates him, with her jangling bracelets and colorful hair. But as much as she irritates him, he finds himself drawn to her lively spirit and he’s tempted to make fantasy a reality.

Praise

“Simply awesome. I always loved to read books with romance but it is even better when the romance has a paranormal twist. Hot and sexy vampire Seb meets once small town girl and know FBI  agent Brie and sparks fly. This book had some amazingly hot scenes that made it feel like it was 100 degrees in here!” –Laurie B., Goodreads

This story is almost non stop action. An absolutely fabulous book. I can't wait for the next in the series!” –Petula W., Goodreads

“I was thoroughly entranced by my first experience of Mary Hughes' work and I’ll certainly be following up with her back catalogue. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys character driven paranormal romance with a touch of action to keep it interesting.” –Prue O., Goodreads

“Night's Caress brings a fresher look into vampire lore romance and I appreciated that!” –The Book Disciple

“This was sensual, twisty and just plain hot!” –Hello Booklover

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781640633360
Series: The Ancients, Book 1
Release Date: Sep 25, 2017
Page Count: 324
Imprint: select otherworld
Genre: paranormal, vampires
Tropes: coworkers, fake relationship, forced proximity, opposites attract

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By Aria the Blue Fairy November 07, 2017

Final Rating: 3.75 stars

At first I was a bit worried I wasn't going to enjoy this, but surprise, I did ended up liking it - including the characters who I didn't really warm up to until second quarter of the book or so.

Full review to follow.

Many thanks to Entalngled Pub for this review copy in Ex... ...more

By Elaine September 28, 2017

Investigations by the FBI usually make great thrillers but when you add in that the Special Agent in this story is also an ancient, powerful vampire you have the recipe for a brilliant paranormal thriller and that is certainly the case in this story! The Agent concerned is Seb Rikare and he's hea... ...more

By Siobhan September 27, 2017

When I saw the synopsis of Night’s Caress, I knew I needed to read this one. It sounded like something I would love, offering some of my favourite things – namely the FBI and vampires. Of course, I was excited to dive in.

Despite being the first book in The Ancients series, I did not realise this... ...more

By Coral September 07, 2017

ARC received from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a fair review

Plot: 4/5
Characterisation: 3/5
Prose: 3/5
How much I enjoyed it: 4/5

The first book in the series but I'm assuming that its an offshoot of another series by the author judging from the way it was written and quite a few fan s... ...more

By books are love September 25, 2017

Received in exchange for a honest review.

This was sensual, twisty and plain hot. Seb Rikare wowza. that vampire is just pure wow. He locks his heart up tight though due to an ex that really crushed him. but it wasn’t because of love he was crushed. He was more crushed due to her not loving him wh... ...more

By The Word Nerd September 18, 2017

Mary Hughes is a new author for me and I’m very happy I was given the opportunity to review her latest work. I discovered about half way through Night’s Caress (Ancients #1) that it is a spin-off from her series Biting Love. However, there is no need to have read this series first; Night’s Caress... ...more

By Nikki September 22, 2017

This was my first read by this author and it won't be my last!

Whilst I hadn't read the series this is an offshoot of -Biting Love- I didn't feel lost at not knowing all the characters from previous books. This is definitely Seb and Brie's story.

Brie is a small town woman who fled a wastrel ex and... ...more

By Lisa October 04, 2017

The only complaint I had on this wonderful new series was the alternate POVs. It is told equally in 1st person by Brie and then third person from Seb's perspective. And as much as I hated the jar out of reading bliss each time this happened, I'm still giving it five stars. I love, love, love this... ...more

By Petula September 13, 2017

FBI special agent Seb Rikare is an ancient vampire and investigating a string of murders that look like vampire kills. This is bad because he has to hide the cause from the humans and stop war from breaking out between the vampire clans.
Brie Lark is an artist who works for the FBI as a civilian.... ...more


Going back to her hometown was something Brie Lark swore she'd never do, but there's no way Brie can pass up helping FBI Special Agent Seb Rikare with his investigation into a series of murders. However, he's a vampire and Brie swore never to give another vampire a chance not after what her ex di... ...more

By Gigi September 25, 2017

When artist Brie Lark left her vampire ex and her straitjacket of a hometown to breathe free in New York City, she promised herself two things: she’d never go back to Meiers Corner, and no more vampires. The last thing she expected—or wanted—was to be sent back home on an assignment. But her boss... ...more

By D.E. September 28, 2017

Seriously, is there anything better than agreeing to review a book from an author you don’t know and discovering the book totally rocks? I can’t even remember why I agreed to review Night’s Caress. I do enjoy fantasy books now and again, but only if there is a real story to be told. And man, is t... ...more

By Tracey September 30, 2017


*This ARC was received in exchange for an honest review*
This is the story of Brie Lark who works at the FBI, when she is asked to do an undercover assignment on a murder case, but it is in her home town. Brie had left there because of her ex Derek who just happened to be a vampire and she had swo... ...more

By Keri August 27, 2017

It's been while since I've visited Meiers Corner and honestly I couldn't remember Brie...that being said it didn't take me long to fall into the story and enjoy it immensely. We get to see some of our fav MC couples and get an epic vamp battle, plus some scorching moments between Brie and Seb. If... ...more

By Mellena September 26, 2017

I really enjoyed this book. It had some fun uniqueness going for it along with some well used mythical ideals; though some of those even had their own twist. The characters were entertaining and made me laugh at their dialogue. Seb is a soul injured man. He is broken and he doesn't even know it.... ...more

By Laurie September 01, 2017

Simply awesome. I always loved to read books with romance but it is even better when the romance has a paranormal twist. Hot and sexy vampire Seb meets once small town girl and know FBI agent Brie and sparks fly. This book had some amazingly hot scenes that made it feel like it was 100 degrees in... ...more

By Donna September 01, 2017

Night's Caress is a vampire/romantic suspense by new to me author Mary Hughes. Night's Caress reads like it is part of a series but I had no problems reading it standalone. If you like your vampires big and brawny and a bit judgmental you will love Seb Rikare. It took me a whole lot longer to war... ...more

By H.B. September 24, 2017

This story was captivating and easy to read! I loved the characters and I am excited to read more. Hopefully there will be more! This was a new to me author, and I do not regret giving her a chance. I will be reading more!

Reviewed by #TheUnratedBookshelf & Sweet Spot Sisterhood



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By Margaret October 06, 2017

We all love stories about quirky small towns, right? Meiers Corner, Illinois is a Chicago suburb that plays up its German heritage for tourists. The shops all have German names and proprietors with German accents. They sell traditional sausage and cheese, and lots of beer. But alongside the kitsc... ...more

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Mary Hughes

About the author

USA Today Best Selling Author

Mary Hughes

I write wickedly fun romantic adventures and steamy paranormal romances, stories that crackle with action and love. Challenging, alpha men--and women not afraid of a challenge. Oh, do the sparks fly when he meets THE woman guaranteed to infuriate and inflame him most. In real life I'm an author, a spouse and mother, a flutist, a computer geek, and a binge-TV-watcher of The Flash, Elementary, NCIS, and Wynonna Earp.

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