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Sacrament (Candleglow) [Mass Market Paperback]

Susan Squires
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1 April 2007 Candleglow

It began in Sienna, with an illicit kiss stolen under a hot Mediterranean sun. It made the blood sing in her veins, burn in her body in ways—in places—that she had never felt before. It was a pulsing need to be someone else; to be something else...something she didn't yet understand.

It was embodied by Davinoff. The dark lord was the epitome of beauty, of strength. He was feared by the ton, and even by fleeing to Bath, Sarah could not escape him. His eyes were ageless, held a sadness she could hardly fathom. They pierced her, struck so deep that she felt penetrated to her very core. What they offered was frightening...and tantalizing. Was it evil that lurked within this foreigner's unnatural kiss, or was the communion he offered something else entirely? All Sarah knew was that the sacrament of his love would either be the death of her body or the salvation of her soul. And she could no more deny it than she could herself.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Dorchester Publishing; Reissue edition (1 April 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0505524724
  • ISBN-13: 978-0505524720
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 11.7 x 16.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,042,334 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Susan Squires earned a Masters degree in English literature from UCLA and, as a by-product, learned how much fun research of other times and places can be. Several trips to Suffolk and Norfolk in the east of Britain created a life-long love of that area and its history. Danish on one side, and married to a very Saxon husband, she became fascinated with that time in East Anglian Britain when two cultures married and created a new language and a new land. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A vampire tale set in Regency England. 1 April 2002
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Add Susan Squires to your list of supernatural romantic authors, along with Christine Feehan, Amanda Ashley, she gives us a vampire story that makes you wonder how vampires got such a bad reputation.
Julian Davinoff, lays claim to Sarah Ashton's home. He already owns the ruined abbey adjacent to her land. Sarah, along with her friend Corina, is fascinated by this stranger who is suspected of murder in London. How Sarah risks all to rescue Julian not only from Corina but from himself gives us a story that is a little predictable in places but with enough twists and turns to keep you wanting to find out what happens.
Susan Squire gives us a new twist into how vampires become vampires
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Squires second novel is a must read!! 14 Sep 2002
By Deborah MacGillivray HALL OF FAME VINE VOICE
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Susan Squire's second book proves she is here to stay!! Danegeld was a gritty medieval; this time her talent it turned toward a vampire tale. It is moody, dark, gothic, and captivates the reader in a story that is far from the normal vampire tale.
Her lead characters are extremely well drawn, though I really really want to just smack Corrine really HARD!!! Squires maintains the brooding darkness, the duality we find in ourselves, vampire or not, and the question of how far are we willing to go for love.
He is Julian Davinoff, the dark lord always in black, and he has come to claim Sarah's beloved and ancient home. She suspects he is so determined to gain possession of the family home that he has bribed to have the deed stolen so she cannot prove her claim.
From the first, despite the legal entanglement, Sarah is pulled toward this man, scare of him as much as she is fascinated by him.
Unfortunately for Sarah and Davinoff, Sarah's "friend' becomes suddenly obsessed with him as well, a friend already bordering on madness, a friend rumoured to have tastes for dark and evil for perversions, with the obsession pushing her into complete insanity. She will destroyed them both if not stopped.
Squires paints extremely complex characters, hardly stereotypical, in a moving story that will haunt you long after you put it down....
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good read 26 April 2013
By licara
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
A well written detailed story. Love story with many twists. I would recommend it to people who like historical fiction.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Helen Hancox TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I've read "The Companion", "The Burning" and "The Hunger" by Susan Squires, three books set in the Regency period about vampires that feature some of the same characters. I bought "Sacrament", thinking it was from a different series as it had a different publisher, but it in fact uses the same setting as her other books. As in those books, The Companion is a parasite that lives in the blood and gives the human host some unusual characteristics - the ability to heal, excessive strength and long lifespan.

There is a dedication at the beginning of this book that mentions Georgette Heyer. Now if a keen reader of Heyer read this book expecting something similar they'd get rather a shock - although set in the Regency period the whole tone of this book is completely different. Of course a vampire book is, of necessity, not strictly historical but I did find myself irritated by one or two historical anachronisms - for example, our heroine is Lady Clevancy; who is her father? Presumably the Earl of Clevancy, but then she would be Lady Sarah, not Lady Clevancy; and when her father died, where was his heir, and we know she hasn't been married before - there's a lack of accuracy in English titles here. There are also some Americanisms in speech ("drug" for the past participle "dragged") and "gotten" and other common errors. But I liked the setting and particularly the detail of things like a journey on a mail coach from London to Bath (which took several days, unlike many authors' journeys from London to Gretna Green in 3 hours!) and on the food available in a house around Christmas time when foraging and travelling around Europe.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good, if a little drawn out. 19 Mar 2002
By Sarah - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Well, Ms. Squires 2nd book, although very different from her first one, is a great read. I had some issues with the story, but all in all, thought that it was very well written. I find that her imagination and ability to tell a story is exceptionally skilled. To start, her characters are deep, well defined and interesting. No cardboard cut outs in this story. Julian is cynical, dark, aloof and detached from the world. We feel his ennui, and learn to see why he is the way he is (if you've lived as long as he has, I suppose that is reason enough, but Ms Squires brings you into his mind to see this). Sarah also has her own issues. We see her grow and mature as the story progresses. She is a strong character, though not perfect. Sarah has weaknesses and a touch of naiveté that she needs to overcome and accept.
The vampire element is new and fresh and interesting to read (again, I comment upon Ms. Squires imagination). Here comes that "but"; but there were two elements that left me uncomfortable with the book. First and foremost is Sarah's friend Corina. There is a symbiotic relationship in the first half of the book, which skirts the realm of reasonableness to me. This relationship is explained (and fairly satisfactorily) but Corina was SO dark it jerked me out of the story a time or two. The second element is the pace of the story. It felt like we had 2 or 3 different stories in one. Maybe a division of Part 1 and Part 2 would have helped, but so much happens in this story (all of which is important to the main love story) that I felt my mind wandering at times. Either the book needed to be an epic (another 200 pages to expound upon important issues) or maybe two different books?
Well, enough negative commentary. I really did enjoy the story and the characters. I was riveted to the book, unable to put it down until I finished it. I am eagerly awaiting her next book!
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Loved The Characters 1 April 2002
By Pam from Texas - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
When I first started Sacrament, I was impatient for the romance and vampire side of the story to begin. As I kept reading, I found myself getting caught up in the characters' lives and caring about them. Sarah is a very interesting heroine and the hero, Julian Davenoff,is the thing fantasies are made of. Tall, dark, brooding, and handsome, he oozes sex appeal. Sarah's friend, Corrine, had me wanting to strangle her. I couldn't figure out why Sarah stayed friends with her because she was self centered and cared nothing for anybody's feelings but her own. She proved to be quite ruthless in obtaining what she wanted.
In the beginning, it is Corrine who wants Julian, and she does everything she can to snare him. Meanwhile, Julian has produced a deed to Sarah's family home and she believes he will steal it out from under her. Her own deed has conveniently disappeared and she suspects Julian of having it stolen. As a result, their relationship starts out on shaky ground.
If you want a book with pages of graphic sex scenes and vampires attacking humans on every other page, you've got the wrong book. Instead, this book concentrates on Sarah and her relationship with Corrine and issues she has with her past. We also see how Sarah's relationship with Julian undergoes a change due to Corrine's actions. Last, but not least, we get to know Julian and come to care for him. I recommend this book very highly.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Needless to say.... 17 Jan 2003
By Ann - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I did not like this book, on my second attempt; I still had to force myself to finish it. I still cannot figure out what genre it is suppose to be-paranormal, gothic, romance? The cover states "Gothic Romance", where is the romance, was that the part where Sarah rescues Julien and helps him get over his drug addiction.
There was not enough focus on the Sarah & Julien so-called relationship. In fact they didn't have one, just a few carriage rides to parties and a one-night stand. Author had too much unfinished business with too many different and irrelevant subplots.
Sarah is weak. She allows herself to be manipulated by her "best friend", Corina. Corina is a psycho, the extent that she went to get back at Julien for ignoring her too much.
This book went from bad to worse with Sarah's suicide attempt on the grounds of the monastery, that was too drastic. Even though Julien finally comes to her rescue, Sarah's intent was to die because she felt she was "nothing" without him. No man/vampire/whatever is worth killing yourself over!
I recommend Shades of Gray by Amanda Ashley and Dark Magic by Christine Feehan, if you are interested in paranormal romance.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Squires second novel is a must read!! 16 Mar 2002
By Deborah MacGillivray - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Susan Squire's second book proves she is here to stay!! Danegeld was a gritty medieval; this time her talent it turned toward a vampire tale. It is moody, dark, gothic, and captivates the reader in a story that is far from the normal vampire tale.
Her lead characters are extremely well drawn, though I really really want to just smack Corrine really HARD!!! Squires maintains the brooding darkness, the duality we find in ourselves, vampire or not, and the question of how far are we willing to go for love.
He is Julian Davinoff, the dark lord always in black, and he has come to claim Sarah's beloved and ancient home. She suspects he is so determined to gain possession of the family home that he has bribed to have the deed stolen so she cannot prove her claim.
From the first, despite the legal entanglement, Sarah is pulled toward this man, scare of him as much as she is fascinated by him.
Unfortunately for Sarah and Davinoff, Sarah's "friend' becomes suddenly obsessed with him as well, a friend already bordering on madness, a friend rumoured to have tastes for dark and evil for perversions, with the obsession pushing her into complete insanity. She will destroyed them both if not stopped.
Squires paints extremely complex characters, hardly stereotypical, in a moving story that will haunt you long after you put it down.
WISE WRITERS AND READERS Book of the Month May 2002
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't put this book down!!! A great story! 5 Aug 2005
By Michael - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I know alot of reviews said that this book is not their cup of tea or this book is too graphic or whatever ...I truly enjoyed this book. This is my first Susan Squires book and it won't be my last. This story is about Sarah (heroine) and Julien (vampire hero) Sarah finds out that her neighbor Julien is trying to take her precious estate from her. But why would a wealthy man like Julien want Sarah's property that is just scrapping by to make ends meet? Her deeds to the land are missing and she suspects that it was Julien who stole it. She does some investagating to try and find something that says she owns the property.....Mean while Sarah's friend (corina) the talk of England sets her sights on Julien, but Julien isn't interested in Corina and she exacts her revenge on him for that . At first Julien is cold toward Sarah but he finds himself drawn to her...because of her heart, her smarts and her naivety. This story is worth reading all the way through. It's not like your ordinary romance novel. It has alot of twists and turns and you find yourself not being able to put it down! I couln't anyway. I highly reccomend this book. I am going to look for Susan Squires other books as well.
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