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Hunting Midnight (Upyr) Kindle Edition

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1375 KB
  • Print Length: 299 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; Reprint edition (4 Nov. 2003)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000O76NMI
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #653,602 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is the first Emma Holly book I have read and was admittedly dubious about reading a book by a bolder romance author. However, the book is refreshing and creates a deliciously mystical quality that is maintained from beginning to end. The main characters are Ulric and Juliana who form an unlikely alliance; Juliana's attempt to flee from a controlling father and much older fiancee and Ulric's roaming existence stemming from his determination to forget a past love bring them together in an unexpected quest to seek something new.
Ulric's character shows such development as to render him completely irresistible as he progresses from a controlling and dominant individual forged from his position as leader among the upyrs (vampire-like creatures) of Scotland into a more understanding and sypmathetic yet no less dominant character. Juliana's own strength is an undeniable force in the book and she is every much as likeable as Ulric; together they share a very palpable bond that every reader would find envious.
By far the most fascinating aspect of the book is the existence of the upyrs in mountainous caves, protected by ancient Pictish magic and their splendid shape-changing. Holly also brings in the inter-pack rivalry which serves to make all the characters more real and credible and gives the supporting cast a chance to shine in a manner uniquely their own.
Any further books concerning any of the other upyrs would be most welcome if they are anything like the pure magic the author has generated in Hunting Midnight.
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By A Customer on 25 Jan. 2005
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Yes there were hot sex scenes. Yes it is about the Upyrs, but the story was totally unbelievable and the plot too complex for it's own good.
I could not connect with the characters at all- how can a book be good when you cannot establish any empathy with the Hero or Heroine. I really lost interest in what became of them: take Ulric, the hero. One minute sad and angry looking for his old love Gillian, but suddenly falling for someone else.
I bought this book based on the reviews I had read. Most of the time I use reviews to find 'new' authors. Most reviews are helpful. In this case I feel let down by bad plot, lackluster characters and insipid writing.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x955c4210) out of 5 stars 29 reviews
35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x94ba5d8c) out of 5 stars Phenomenal, spellbinding! 6 May 2004
By CoffeeGurl - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I can't believe I'm giving this book a five-star rating when I gave the predecessor only two stars, but Hunting Midnight, the follow-up to Catching Midnight, is a true phenomenal, spellbinding read. This novel picks up where Catching Midnight left off. Ulric, the leader of a pack of shape-shifting vampires known as "upyr," is heartbroken. Gillian, the love of his life and object of his fixation, has left him for a mortal. In order to keep his pain at bay, he has one-night stands with mortal women. But when a particular mortal woman named Juliana, desperate to escape from an arranged engagement, asks for help, his existence isn't the same. Juliana, wooed by Ulric's sensuality and charisma, wants to become upyr, but she does not know that Ulric does not possess the ability to convert her into one...

I love the combination of romance and erotica in this novel. It is far steamier than the first installment and it doesn't go on explaining the life of the upyrs like in the first part. Also, the characters are far better developed this time around. It was great to get reacquainted with some of the characters. All I knew about Ulric in Catching Midnight was that he was very possessive, but he is far more dimensional in Hunting. And he is one irresistible hero! I even found myself thinking that wolves, at least the ones in the novel, were sensual and erotic. Though I find it strange that in this series the characters are shape-shifting vampires. I always thought that in these sorts of books the characters are either vampires or shape shifters, not both. But I suppose that paranormal fiction writers are free to be as creative as they want to be. Anyway, I also loved the medieval setting. The aforementioned setting added a great deal of magic and darkness to the story. This is classic Emma Holly! She awoke my senses, my heart and intellect with this phenomenal gem. There's a slight cliffhanger in Hunting, which means that there are more surprises to come. Perhaps the next installment will center on Gytha or Bastien. I cannot recommend this gem enough! But you have to read Catching Midnight first or else you won't know the whole story.
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x94ba5de0) out of 5 stars fine historical vampire romance 6 Nov. 2003
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
They roamed the Scottish forests for centuries until 1370. Ulric, leader of the pack of upyr shapeshifters, is irate that the female he should be protecting, Gillian selected someone else to be her mate. Angry, Ulric leaves the safety of the forest and his pack to wander the streets of Bridesmere to see what the excitement of humans is to Gillian.
Juliana Batoc flees an arranged betrothal. Ulric sees her, but instead of his usual taste for human blood, he feels a need to keep her safe due to some weird attraction. He agrees to help her, but soon she knows his deepest secrets and demands he bring her over as he has done with her virginity. He wants nothing more, but first she must meet the pack who must accept her as one of them. Inside that Eden resides a new snake prepared to cause trouble for the pack through the human female.
Though very similar in tone to its predecessor CATCHING MIDNIGHT, fans of historical vampire romances will appreciate Emma Holly's paranormal tale. The strong couple and his pack make believers of the audience. The story line hooks the reader with its prime theme of acceptance of her by his kin though the intrigue of the troublemaker makes it a bit too easy to reject Juliana even if it adds suspense. Fans of fourteenth century paranormal tales will enjoy HUNTING MIDNIGHT.
Harriet Klausner
27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
By S. Atterson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book has it all: adventure, romance, HOT love scenes, and great paranormal characters. I recommend this book to anyone looking for a wonderful paranormal romance. Before reading this book, I was in a "reading rut". I had a hard time finishing any book that I started until I found this one. It is going to stay with me for a long time and I can't wait to read more in this series!
22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x94ba7084) out of 5 stars Erotic medieval paranormal 28 April 2004
By Emma Ferron - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I've been a fan of Emma Holly's from her Black Lace days, and this new series is no exception. I would probably rate the first "upyr" book, CATCHING MIDNIGHT, as a 3-4 star read, but this one is a solid 5! Very sexy, very intriguing, and slightly dangerous. I wish there were more medievals like this!
20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x94ba72c4) out of 5 stars Very Erotic Historic Setting Paranormal 17 Feb. 2004
By M. Rondeau - Published on Amazon.com
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Setting - England, Bridesmere 1370 --- Enter the world of Emma Holly, an author that will spin you another tale of the Upyr - shape shifting immortals. Upyrs are generally content to stay hidden in their own woods - running in packs and feeding off of the animal inhabitants of the forest. Except, Ulric, leader of the pack, betrayed by his long time lover, has left the safety of the forest and now roams the streets of Bridesmere to see what humans have to offer. Would it be fate then that on these streets he would meet Juliana Buxton, the once dutiful daughter of a successful merchant? Fleeing from a betrothal with a much older and wealthier man, Juliana noticed the aura surrounding Ulric - which in it's own way was unusual for a human to see. Ulric who was in the process of `thralling' a crowd, as would a `pied piper', immediately sensed Juliana and the attraction would be mutual. Learning of her plight he agrees to assist her in an escape, mainly as a step in seducing her, but as the two travel across the land to his domain, Juliana on an erotic journey of her own in which there was no return, would be the one to enthrall Ulric who fought hard against feelings for any woman -- his feelings still raw from so recent a betrayal of the woman he had loved for so long.
In a word - WOW! This is Emma Holly who, in my mind, is rapidly becoming one of the most amazingly sensual erotic writers of the decade! Yes, I read the first book in the series, CATCHING MIDNIGHT, and loved it as I became acquainted with the race of Upyrs. In this sequel, which is easily a stand alone, you will be introduced again to these shape-shifting immortals and be in for the treat of your lives if you like your reading sprinkled liberally with BLAZINGLY HOT and sensually explicit encounters coupled with a beautiful and tender `love' story! What more can I say - the story is solid, the characters are well defined, it introduces you to new characters (Bastien and Emile), brings back some of the older lovable ones, yet still lets you feel the emotions of tenderness that only a beautiful love story can do. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and can only hope to see a continuation with Bastien's story in the very near future. --- Marilyn, Official Reviewer for [...]
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